Airstream and Pottery Barn Created a Travel Trailer That Sleeps 5

Airstream and Pottery Barn Created a Travel Trailer That Sleeps 5

Forget crowded rest stops and leg cramps; now you can experience a summer road trip in style. The iconic RV company and decor retailer have officially teamed up to create the Airstream x Pottery Barn Travel Trailer, a 28-foot trailer equipped with all the classic travel features of an Airstream (on-board kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping and relaxing areas) along with the hardware, soft goods, fixtures, and touches inspired by Pottery Barn’s best-selling collections. 

According to a release, the travel trailer was created to function in the modern era, “where work, play, life and learning blend at home and on the road.” That means luxe features like custom-made, ultra-soft seating and a sofa inspired by Pottery Barn’s Big Sur Collection, and unique features like a hidden airline-style table in the arm and to window coverings made with oatmeal linen Emery Curtain fabric. A galley kitchen features a solid oak wood dinette table and a matte-black pull-down kitchen faucet, stainless steel apron sink, and a walnut cutter board that covers the sink for easy meal prep. 

Naturally, the trailer’s private bathroom is a real highlight for anyone who’s spent some time on the road. With a round vessel sink and matte-black faucet, it’s complemented by wall sconces, which pretty much means it’s nicer than the one in your first apartment. The space is also equipped with plenty of storage, including plenty of space under the bed and overhead lockers with headboard paneling. Throughout the space, there’s wall sconces to create that classic Pottery Barn ambiance. 

The trailer also plays up the outdoor space, so you can soak up the sun any time you decide to pull over. There’s an outdoor hanging table attached to the trailer’s exterior, as well as an exterior awning and accessory kit. That’s equipped with a 16-piece Mason Stoneware Dinnerware Set, an Indio Outdoor Folding Table and Armchair Set, a doormat, and other fun features.

If you’re wondering how many members of your squad you can load up the trailer with, it comfortably sleeps up to five people. The twin or queen-size bed options come with Pottery Barn bedding too, of course.

The creation comes in response from consumers who wanted a travel-friendly space that embraces all the cozy features of home, said Pottery Barn President Marta Benson. 

“We were able to build on the comfort of home that Pottery Barn is known for while fueling the sense of adventure and the idea that home is wherever our customers are,” said Benson.

The 28-foot dream on wheels will cost you $145,000. For more information, visit www.airstream.com.

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Self-Described Minimalists Share the 8 Organization Rules They Live By

Self-Described Minimalists Share the 8 Organization Rules They Live By

When you picture a minimalist, what do you see? Is it someone who only dresses in neutral, coordinating colors? A person who only owns one pair of shoes for each season? Someone who refuses to purchase unnecessary home decor or sentimental knick-knacks? It’s true that a minimalist could very well meet any of these descriptions (there are many ways to be a minimalist), but minimalism is, at its core, a lot simpler than any of that. Really, it’s all about mindset shifts.

Minimalism as a concept can often feel intimidating or even a little pretentious to some. But when you break it down to simple mindset shifts, it feels a little more accessible. One self-proclaimed minimalist, Carrie Reese, told me their approach to minimalism is simply governed by repeating the phrase “I have everything I need,” again and again — just five little words.

While cutting things back to the bare minimum when it comes to possessions is certainly not realistic for everyone, I assume you’re reading this because you want to start simplifying your life at least a little bit. Adopting a minimalist principle or two can be a gentle and gradual process that works to enhance the life you’re already living (yes, even if you want to own more than 10 pairs of shoes… for each season).

If you’re looking to learn about some other minimalist-approved life rules to bring into your own day-to-day schedule, here are nine places to start. 

Sure, you might have heard of the one in, one out rule where you donate or get rid of one piece of clothing (or furniture, etc.) for every one you bring into your home. But have you considered the one in, two out version?

Carine Vinett, founder and CEO of Chic Shop, told me that living in a small space means it’s imperative that clutter isn’t building up over time. “I have a one in, two (or more) out rule,” Vinett said.  “I’m always going through my daughter Valentina’s clothes and toys, especially when the season’s change and around her birthday when I know there will be an influx of toys.”

Have a Yearly “Purge”

Self-proclaimed minimalist Megan Peterson keeps things organized in her home by having a yearly, top-to-bottom cleanout that she calls “the purge.”

Every year we do ‘the purge’ and systematically work through every room in the house to toss clutter, donate, or sell items we no longer use,” Peterson explained. Once the unnecessary items are gone, she and her partner “functionally organize whatever survives.” 

“A Place For Everything, and Everything in Its Place”

Ashley La Fond, an organization consultant for Open Spaces, told me that the phrase “a place for everything, and everything in its place” is her go-to organization rule when it comes to minimalism. 

“By making an intentional decision about where things should be stored, and giving everything a ‘place’ you no longer have to search for the belongings that you need, and it makes cleanup a breeze,” La Fond said. “Take this one step further, and store items where they are intended to be used. This makes completing tasks much more streamlined and efficient.” 

“Clear Surfaces, Clear Mind”

Is your brain feeling a little cluttered? Having more trouble focusing than usual? That messy desktop probably isn’t helping, according to La Fond. 

Clutter isn’t just seen, it’s felt. Keep your surfaces clean and free of any unnecessary items… to avoid distractions and the disorganization that creates mental clutter,” La Fond said. “Limit what you keep out to the things that you use daily — store everything else out of sight.”

Looking for an easy way to quickly declutter surfaces without getting rid of everything you own? La Fond suggested using a nesting tray or designated bin for every item in a certain area (say, a desk or a kitchen table). “If the container of choice starts to overflow, then you know it’s time to do an edit,” La Fond says. 

Don’t Buy Single-Use Items

When was the last time you thought about how many specific uses you can get out of any single item? This single question could be a great entry into minimalist principles, as Michelle Doody explained. 

“I try not to buy single purpose items, like an avocado pit remover. I also won’t buy something if I have something at home that does the same job,” Doody said. “[If] I don’t like the look of my water bottle, but it still works… I can’t justify a new one.” 

I don’t know about you, but as someone who currently owns somewhere between five and 12 reusable water bottles, this one hits home.

Put a Regular Fridge Clean-Out on Your Schedule

Keeping your fridge clean, organized, and clutter-free can be surprisingly difficult. Plus, it’s a task that’s very, very easy to put off. After all, how many people are staring at the inside of your fridge other than you and your family? But having a clean and easy-to-access fridge means an easier cooking and clean-up experience, too, so it’s worth it. 

Marissa Hagmeyer is co-founder of organizing company NEAT Method and told me she does a weekly fridge touch-up when she puts away groceries each week. “That includes rotating half-used items so the oldest is in the front and making sure leftovers are front and center,” Hagmeyer said of the weekly routine. Sounds like a good way to never let a bag of spinach go to waste again. 

Everything Behind Doors 

Edgar Blazona, founder of BenchMade Modern, shared that having a rule of “everything behind doors” is a way to achieve the aesthetics of minimalism without having to throw away things you aren’t ready to part with quite yet. 

“You can have a lot of stuff, but most of it needs to be behind doors — closets, dressers, baskets, shelves. Keep it hidden away from eyesight,” Blazona suggested.

Another self-described minimalist, Luz Valdovinos, shares a similar mindset: “My goal is one day the only things visible will be ones that I find pleasing or used for decorative purposes. Everything else will live behind a cabinet or drawer,” Valdovinos explained. Sounds pretty nice, right?

Only Buy a New Product When You Run Out Of an Old One 

Samantha Rucobo told me that she considers herself a minimalist when it comes to beauty. After realizing that she had multiple versions of the same type of product, she decided to adopt a more minimalist philosophy. 

“About two years ago I decided I would only buy something to replace something (e.g. a finished product). I essentially force myself to finish something, even if I don’t love it before purchasing something,” Rucobo said. “I now only have six skincare products… and the same with makeup. This really [forces] me to buy only things I truly like and avoid fad trends. This has also saved me a ton of money and has made me less wasteful and mindful of my purchases when it comes to beauty/skincare. In an industry that is constantly coming out with ‘new things,’ it really helps me decrease waste and save money.” 

Rucobo’s philosophy in particular is a great reminder that minimalism doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. You can use bits and pieces of minimalist rules and principles to create a wardrobe that is more efficient, to stop letting food go to waste in your fridge, or to make your decor a little more peaceful — without throwing away everything you own. 

A 575-Square-Foot Brooklyn Rental Shows How Colors Can Soothe

A 575-Square-Foot Brooklyn Rental Shows How Colors Can Soothe

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Name: Sarah Duncan and my husband
Location: Brooklyn, New York City
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 575 square feet
Time lived in: 6 months, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I live in a recently renovated one-bedroom apartment of a six-story building that was built in 1928 in the beautiful neighborhood of Kensington. It’s our first place together since getting married two and a half years ago (we lived with family previously) and it has been so special for us to finally have a space of our own and create a peaceful environment. Decorating our home these past few months has awakened a desire I’ve always had for interior design and has inspired me to get into that field.

My husband and I are very creative and love the arts. I love doing DIY projects because it taps into my creative nature. You see it reflected in the images and artwork we selected. Many of the photographs were taken by my husband and most of the artwork (like the painting above our sectional) was made by me. We feel it’s deeply personal and reflects who we are. With our color palettes, we love the airiness of the white and light grey with the touch of color with the blue. I am sucker for gold because I love the feel of luxury it brings to a space. I also love plants and the life and color they bring into a space.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Clean, airy, bright, classy and cozy

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is our living room. One, because it’s the first space that is finished lol. But mainly, it’s so calm and peaceful, especially in the morning when the sun is at its brightest. I’m a firm believer that your physical space is a reflection of what’s within. My husband and I pride ourselves in being peacemakers and love that this room really personifies that.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing(s) I bought were the frames I used for my gallery wall (they were all purchased from Michaels) and the Pure White vase set on our dining table from West Elm. I plan to get a couple more.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time to create the space you want to live in. It’s very tempting to want to get everything all at once. I know I had to fight that urge many times. But taking my time to sit in it and imagine what I wanted this space to be really helped. And it’s okay to change your mind about something. I’ve had a few things that I realized wasn’t going to work for the space and that is okay. Or sometimes I try moving things around in different places until it feels right. The most important thing is that you are happy and at peace with the space that you rest in.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.

The $50 Amazon Find That Instantly Transforms My Bathtub into a Washing Machine

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A 575-Square-Foot Mexico City Loft Has the Dreamiest Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Wall

A 575-Square-Foot Mexico City Loft Has the Dreamiest Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Wall

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Name: Marc Bowers and a pup
Location: Roma Norte — Mexico City, Mexico
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 575 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live in a penthouse loft in La Romita, a small neighborhood on the edge of Roma Norte. Built in 2019, the architects merged classic Mexico City design themes like floor-to-ceiling glass walls with a modern industrial interior. The furniture has been slowly collected over the past two years, largely from vintage dealers in places like La Lagunilla and from local makers. The plants have been sourced from Xochimilco Plant Market, the largest plant market in Latin America!

I also have a tiny art collection made up of Latin American artists, including originals from José Luis Cuevas, Carlos Mérida, and Francisco Toledo. Mexico City has a thriving design community — from textiles and ceramics to woodwork and stone carvings (and everything in between) — making it an inspiring and limitless place to design your home. I’ve been interested in interior design for going on half-a-decade, but it was only upon my move to Mexico City in 2019 from Washington DC that I began to take a deeper interest in my space.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Modern + Industrial + Mid-Century + Green

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite part of the loft is the indoor-outdoor living space. Mexico City has good weather year round, so I can fully retract the the balcony doors on most days. Plus, it allows my dog to be outside whenever he wants.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The most recent piece I bought was a custom-made charcoal-colored terrazzo table from a local Mexico City design shop called Azzo Studio. To complement the table, I bought a four-piece set of Cesca chairs from a vintage furniture shop in Roma Norte.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time; there’s no fire. If you’re buying vintage and live in Mexico City, ask for the phone numbers of the dealers. They’re usually happy to send you their latest pieces upon request.