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See How a Designer Transforms an Outdated RV Into a Hip Family Home

August 25, 2020

Tour the boho Airstream that designer Melanie Raver transformed into a charming family home that oozes vintage character and retro charm.

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Meet Melanie Raver

Meet Melanie Raver, a Seattle-born interior designer with an effortless eye for color. The mother of three is well-versed in property redevelopment, design and staging, and never backs down from even the most out-of-the-box design challenges. Her latest project? Turning an Airstream from the 1970s into what may be the most enviable camper on the road.

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Classic Camper Charm

The 1973 Airstream Argosy is definitely a head-turner. According to Melanie, it was the two-toned, orange-and-white vintage appeal that initially got her husband’s attention and reminded him of a vintage VW bus.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

On the inside, the 24-foot camper looks like a work of art. With bright white walls, dark woods and premium, handpicked finishes throughout, the space feels like a breath of fresh air. The Raver family could not be happier with the final result of all their hard work, but are quick to admit just how much work it took.

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Vintage Storage Solutions

Though the exterior of the trailer looked fantastic as it was, the interior took a lot more time, effort and money to reach stunning status. The original interior was in decent condition but wasn’t quite in line with Melanie’s vision for the space. “With a family of five including three young girls, we knew we needed LOTS of accessible storage,” says Melanie. “The existing cabinetry was very similar to an airplane.”

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