Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Trailer Inspiration

"It isn't the structure you live in, it's what you do with it that makes it a home."  -- Theresa Smith

I came across Theresa Smith's story first at The Lettered Cottage some time ago and was so intrigued by the images of her home, that I had to read more of Theresa's story.  I found the original article on Theresa's home on the Country Living Website.

Theresa was a single mom who moved into a double-wide trailer and proved that home is what you make it.  After meeting her husband and building a new home together, the two decided to go into the antiques business, so they moved back to the trailer and decorated it together.   To read the article in its entirety, go to Country Living.


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This chandelier is one of 14 in her house:


Image: Country Living


Her kitchen:

Image: Country Living

Her master bedroom features a canopy over the bed created from an old store display.

Image: Country Living

Also in the master bedroom, a salvaged mantel with a framed display.




Her studio is the only room that breaks the ivory/white theme and uses red for the wall color.


Image: Country Living



So those of you who know me know that I was a trailer park kid for many years.  It's no wonder I was amazed by Theresa's home and went on an online mission to see if I could find more trailer inspiration. 

Charmaine, over at High Desert Diva also renovated her double wide.  Here are a few pictures of her renovation.









If you get a chance, check out Charmaine's before and after pictures on her blog.  They're pretty amazing.

These women inspire me with their vision to create beautiful homes from double-wide trailers.  Having lived in one as a kid, I know it's not easy to renovate such a structure.

Do you have some amazing trailer decorating or renovating pictures or do you know someone who does?  If so, send them my way.  I would love to see them.

13 comments:

  1. Hi Stephenie...fantastic pics. But you are going to have to explain to this poor Aussie what a double-wide trailer is!

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  2. Hi Stephenie,

    Thanks for including the photos from our trailer renovation in your post!

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  3. Kerry - a double wide trailer is a manufactured home. You don't have them in Australia? My apologies!

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  4. Charmaine,
    It's my pleasure to include pictures of your renovation. It's quite impressive. You've done a wonderful job!

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  5. Thanks for a great post! I too grew up in a trailer. My parents still live in one. If I had pics of their home I would send it. My mom does an amazing job!!

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  6. Stephenie,

    Great post. I was also intrigued by Layla's story of Theresa Smith and read the Country Living's article.
    I am wondering how they managed to hang such heavy objects on the walls. Perhaps I will ask Charmaine. (Thank you for sharing her blog. I've never been.)
    Both are outstanding transformations and leave me in awe.

    Deborah

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  7. What a great blog! Thanks for sharing the great pics...everything Theresa does is beautiful!

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  8. Deborah,
    I'm not sure how they hang heavy things. If anyone knows, please comment! Deborah . . . if you find out, do share.

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  9. I asked Charmaine and this was her response:

    "We sheetrocked over the existing paneling. Most of the items I have on the walls are hung with sheetrock screws. In some instances (heavy mirrors, etc.) I used molleys (sp?). Hope that helps...."

    Deborah

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  10. What beautiful homes you've shared.. so inspiring! xoxo

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  11. I was very impressed when I saw those photos as well. What a vision.

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  12. Hello! Charmaine lives fairly close to me so it was a total treat to learn you featured her double-wide transformation ~ and what a transformation it is! So beautifully done.

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  13. Deborah -
    Thanks for the follow up! I asked Jason and he suspected they sheetrocked over the existing walls. That man is always right!

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