A Vintage Airstream Gets a Scandinavian Inspired Remodel

updated Apr 14, 2019

A Vintage Airstream Gets a Scandinavian Inspired Remodel

updated Apr 14, 2019
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Name: Natasha Lawyer and Brett Bashaw
Location: Seattle, Washington
Size: 200 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Natasha Lawyer and Brett Bashaw’s 1971 Airstream Sovereign packs incredible style into a compact space — every inch has been thoughtfully designed and curated by the couple. Over one very eventful year of renovation and restoration, they have been able to build a home that is warm, bright, and that even boasts a feeling of loftiness, all in 200 square feet!

The couple purchased the trailer after wrapping up an epic road trip — which spanned the whole of the United States — in their previous home, a Volkswagen van. In the time since, they have continued to live in very close quarters, though this time around, their new home (now affectionately called “Tin Can Homestead“) is always parked in the same state!

They have kept very busy in their spare time with the rigorous renovation process. While Natasha, an illustrator and budding ceramicist, works from home in the Airstream the majority of the time, Brett works full time in the city with children with disabilities. They’ve spent most of their weekends checking off boxes from their long list of projects, and are now left with just a few more before the renovation is complete.

With an end in sight for their greatest endeavor yet, they are already hatching plans for their next grand adventure. We are excited to see where they are off to next! Stay tuned here.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: We like to think of our style as somewhere around Scandinavian minimalist crossed with Anthropologie. I love black, white and warm wood tones and pops of color through plants but we’re not pure minimalists. I love pottery and thrifting and we like to have mementos and strange objects we’ve found together like our brass turkey foot from an antique store in New Hampshire.

Inspiration: Scandinavian design, our pals at The Modern Caravan, Anthropologie, nature (wood, clay, natural tones).

Favorite Element: Our patterned daybed mattress from Anthropologie. It adds a hint of bohemian eclectic glam to the Airstream.

Biggest Challenge: Building around the curves of the Airstream, never again will I build furniture to fit inside what is basically a Twinkie.

What Friends Say: You guys must like each other a lot…ha ha. It’s a small space but we moved into it from a Volkswagen van so it feels big comparatively.

Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom still isn’t done. It’s 70% laziness and 30% rainy weather that won’t allow me to finish the woodworking part of it.

Proudest DIY: Installing a toilet for the first time all by myself. I needed Brett to help me lift it on but I was so psyched about doing it.

Biggest Indulgence: A king-sized bed, ha ha. Brett is 6’2″ and shaped like a linebacker, plus he and the dogs sleep like starfish. A big bed means I get to sleep too.

Best Advice: Plan ahead. Don’t buy a tiny house or Airstream without a place to put it and be realistic about how much work it’s going to be. It’s a lot of work.


Behr Frost

Daybed mattress — Anthropologie with matching pillows from target
Green mud cloth pillows — Territory Home Goods
Black mud cloth pillows — Maewoven
Lamp — Target

Hexagon tiles — home depot
Shelf — custom live-edge wood and Ikea brackets
Toaster — Bella
Faucet — Kingston Brass
Sink — Ikea
Brass rail hanger — Schoolhouse Electric
Artwork — Banquet Workshop (cactus) and Kristen Barnhart (ladies)
Sconces — Ikea

Sconces — Schoolhouse Electric
Bedding — Nate Berkus for Target
Bed — Amerisleep

Faucet — Kingston brass
Sconce — Ikea
Lamp — Target

Thanks, Natasha and Brett!

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