Retro Camper

Earlier this spring my very dear friends purchased a retro pea green 1970s Trillium camper. My friends and their kids love the great outdoors and do everything they can to enjoy the breathtaking national and provincial parks that surround our fair city. They are also some of the coolest people I know, and wherever they go, the party follows. Incredible chefs, consummate hosts, and great conversationalists, they need to travel in style since their campsite will be THE place to be. When they asked me to help them update the Trillium they bought I was totally excited!


1. Blue Squiggles by Michelle Brighton via Fine Art America  2. Converse by the Pool via Etsy  3. Lemonade via Oh The Lovely Things  4. The Diving Board by Joshua Jensen-Nagle via Artnet First, I asked the family members what they envisioned for the camper. The eight year old daughter was emphatic about incorporating blue squiggles. I’m not sure why, but to her, blue squiggles were imperative in the successful design of the Trillium.  Hmmm, OK, so I was going to have to find a way to incorporate this into the design. After our meeting, I went about sourcing some images to complete the concept for the camper. My clients are Converse sneaker fans, so the image of the shoes at the edge of the pool got me started. I was drawn to the colours  and the summery, carefree attitude of this photo. Lemonade is the quintessential summertime drink and I pictured a lot of it being served (spiked for the adults, of course!). I wanted to make sure the colour scheme was as refreshing as a tall, icy glass of tart lemonade. Joshua Jensen-Nagle is an artist I’ve long admired and his series of vintage holiday photography based paintings had just the right vibe. That sense of nostalgia needed to be included too.


1. Bansuri by Kravet  2. Imperial Trelis from Schumacher  3. Quilted bedding by Tritex  4. White Wing by Benjamin Moore  5. Hardware from Restoration Hardware  6. Vinyl Bamboo flooring 7. Dill Pickle by Benjamin Moore  8. LaPlates via Country Living 9. Formica Here are a few highlights of what I’ve proposed for my friends….Ikat curtains to block out the early morning sunshine and “squiggly” blue printed fabric for the bench seats which double as mattresses. The floor will be recovered in faux bamboo vinyl tiles – it is a camper after all! The dining table will be refinished with a retro inspired white laminate. I’m throwing in some nautical inspired cabinet hardware that stays fastened during road trips and some preppy melamine plates to dress up campfire fare. It’s a modern blend of fresh colour and finishes with a vintage feel. We’re madly getting it all ready for the the May long weekend, when camping season officially opens here in Alberta. By then there’s less of a chance for it to snow! To be totally honest with you, despite years in Girl Guides, I’m not much of the camping type. I’m more a five star hotel, spa on the premises, Egyptian cotton sheets kind of gal. But after seeing my friend’s camper and selecting all these fun finishes, I’m dreaming about my own little caravan. How fun it would be! I’m imagining a gourmet picnic with friends, the kids running around, a late night campfire and a stylish, retro camper to snuggle down into at the end of the evening. I extremely tempted to run out and get one of my own. Happy Camping! Cheers! Jacqueline My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated and fresh approach to residential interiors. We’d love to help you with your projects – please get in touch!

6 Comments on Retro Camper

    May 1, 2012 at 10:47 am (7 years ago)

    Jacqueline…hoping you will be posting pictures. So excited to see the magic you put together:)

  2. admin
    May 1, 2012 at 11:23 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks so much Anita! Yes, I’ll post photos as soon as it is ready for the road!

  3. Boyd
    May 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm (7 years ago)

    What a great idea. being the consumate camper too, I get the needs vs. wants aspects. Storage and comfort always seem to beat out style. I know that will NOT be the case. Good luck with the project. I loof dorward to the before and after photos.

  4. admin
    May 3, 2012 at 6:29 am (7 years ago)

    Hello Boyd – Thanks so much for stopping by! You’re right, storage and comfort are key, but style is still important too. The camper will blend all three of these requirements. I’ll make sure to post after pictures. It will be quite a transformation!

  5. Kathy Penner
    March 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm (6 years ago)

    HI! My husband and I just recently purchased a 1964 Shasta Travel trailer. We are bringing it back to life as well. I am looking for the pictures of the completed trailer. Help!

  6. admin
    March 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Kathy,
    The camper is still undergoing renovations and will be ready for Summer 2013. We’ll post some photos when it is complete. Best of luck to you on your project!

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