What have we learned from our quarantine time?
Day one of my new driveway project found me sitting in my very efficiently designed home on wheels wondering what to do next. Fortunately, my casita, as I now call it, is in great physical shape thanks to the TLC of the previous owners. My only real challenge was to put my signature on this new space… or so I thought.
My vision boards have always included a home in Santa Fe as well as meaningful work I could do anywhere in the world. Enter now, my mobile coaching casita. All I had to do is redecorate and find a great RV park in Santa Fe. With some creativity and imagination, I could probably check two items off my bucket list. Voila!
It is interesting how projects take on an unintentional life of their own. There are always unexpected lessons along every project’s journey. We just do not know some things until we do know. My first expensive (although it could have been worse) lesson was having my electrician run an outside 220-volt hook-up at home. I bought the heavy-duty extension cord with giant yellow plugs from our local RV shop. I was just about to plug my baby up and it occurred to me to take a gander at the nice hardbound Airstream manual that thankfully was still inside my unit. Well, as it turns out, unlike most RVs, Airstreams old and new run on 110-volt not 220-volt. Lesson learned? Do your homework! Yes, the manual/directions come with it for a reason. Side note – it is amazing the vast world of vintage Airstream blogs, parts-and-accessories websites, and books that are available. My Telluride friend, Denny Durbin, and his son Cole have a company, Silver Travelers RVs and Trailer Repair at Aviontrailer.com in Phoenix, Arizona. They offer custom restoration if you do not want to tackle the project yourself. There really is an art to Airstream restoration. Just like vintage car collectors, some are 100 percent committed to keeping them cherry i.e. original in every way. One company in Santa Fe, VintageTrailerSupply.com stocks parts and accessories for vintage travel enthusiasts. I ordered overhead cabinet closure hardware and even received a personalized thank you card. Now that’s vintage!
It has been amazing how many vintage décor items I own that fit perfectly into the theme I was trying to achieve. My décor fits the description of Santa Fe retro-bohemian charm. Now I just need to dig out my hippy girl skirt. This makes me take pause; does this mean I am vintage? Another lesson: There is nothing wrong with getting older. In fact, if we stay actively engaged and take care of ourselves, we may become timeless just like an Airstream.
Article written by Debbie Nix and originally published in Focus on Artesia 2020 Summer edition.