The Vintage Caravan Interviews – The Pearl

The Vintage Caravan Interviews – The Pearl

My name is Kerrie Sanderson and I live in Northern California.  I grew up in a the Bay Area near San Francisco.  Now I live further North, but always near the water.  My Dad had a high stress job as manager of the F.A.A.  To relax he fished on the weekends.  He fished in bass tournaments and even won the Western United States Championship.  Needless to say, I grew up
camping almost every weekend.

When I was a wee one we camped in our baby blue VW bus,  Then we got a real canvas tent with cots, and then a Dodge moterhome (all of which are vintage now!).  I love camping!  Thankfully I married a man who likes to camp too.  We raised our four children tent camping along the coast.  I even camped while 8 months pregnant in the rain!  Ten years ago our camping turned to glamping when we were able to purchase our vintage caravan ‘The Pearl’ from dear friends.

The Pearl is a 1972 Timberline 16 footer with two double beds, a single bunk, kitchen, diner and outhouse(potty).  She is fondly
named after my favorite Great Grandmother Nora Pearl.  We also have a soft spot for Jack Sparrow and his Pearl.

We have decorated The Pearl in a beachy shabby chic style.  We painted an aqua stripe on her exterior using Krylon #1512 ‘Blue
Ocean Breeze’.  The interior came already painted a fresh creamy white with seafoam green trim.  Would you like to come inside for a peek?

The first thing we did was replace flooring with laminate wood from Ikea.  I filled her with feather down blankets and lots of
rose covered quilts and pillows from Rachel Ashwell Simply Shabby Chic.  The rose cottage curtains are from Homegoods.  Unfortunately they did not have enough for all the windows so I used white sail cloth curtains from Target for the rest.

The kitchen countertops, stove, oven, light fixtures, and vintage shower with toilet are all original.  The previous owners made the crescent moon on the outhouse.  Isn’t it cute!  I try to use vintage retro accessories like the aqua radio, fisherman’s basket, tin artwork, and clock.

We have enjoyed glamping in her for 8 yrs. along the California Pacific Coast.  We often drive the 2 hrs. through the Napa Valley wine country to our favorite destination The Sonoma Coast.  We like to camp on the peninsula between the sea and bay or in
the dunes.  The furthest we have ever gone is Yosemite Valley which is a 5-6 hrs. drive.  The Pearl loved being tucked in the redwood forest with views that only Ansel Adams can capture.

Unfortunately The Pearl came with water damage and the dry rot has caused the wall that the door is on to come loose.  We are afraid that it might fall off if we travel anymore.  So she sits and waits for her renovation.  We also discovered that the stove had a gas leak.  During our first few outings in her, my daughter and I became very light headed while sleeping in the bed near the stove.   There was also a stinky odor that we just thought was the toilet.  Thankfully my hubby realized what it was and disconnected the stove from the gas.  So be careful to check everything for safety after purchasing your  vintage caravan.

Our plans for renovation are to rebuild the entire side of the caravan where the dry rot is.  My hubby and son are both carpenters and will be doing all the work themselves.  they will build new kitchen cabinets in a weathered style wood, add a vintage tin backsplash, paint the stove and oven(if it can be repaired) white or aqua, remove the bunk and build a captains bed with storage underneath, and re-do the floors in a weathered wood.

The style will be what I call Nordic Coastal with lots of white, driftwood grey, and sea blue.  I envision faded blue sheer curtains blowing in a sea breeze.  The rose floral linens and pillows will remain…I always have to have roses.

I also am collecting a mismatch of rose china.  The decor will be minimal with a few sea and rose paintings (I am an artist) and scatterings of seashells.  Hopefully a tiny chandie too!

If you would like to read more about The Pearl you can visit her blog at HERE

Thank you so much Kerrie for sharing your lovely Pearl with us – I hope you can share pictures of her again soon, once she has undergone her make-over…she sure looks lovely now and I love the way she has been loved and used on so many holidays away…

…and folks if you want to check Kerrie out, she has her own blog HERE

So tell me…what do you think of Kerrie’s Caravan? Has she inspired you to buy one? or have you already bought one?

What colours do you want to paint yours? Or do you have a Caravan that you have already ‘Made-over’ and would like to share with us here…either way…tell us about it 🙂

Looking forward to receiving your lovely comments :)Bye for now my lovelies xxx

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  1. Anonymous
    9th March 2014 / 10:07 am

    Adorably cute hope you feature the remodel.Happy I hope you update soon.Have a great blessed weekErika

  2. Sandi~A Cottage Muse
    3rd March 2014 / 12:10 am

    Kerrie's Pearl is one of my favorite vintage glampers! I love her attention to detail and it looks so comfy and cozy!

  3. Burlap Luxe
    2nd March 2014 / 7:38 pm

    What beauty Kerrie creates soulfully.Just love her Pearl and will be looking forward to her face lift.Thank you for featuring her, Kerrie is a doll, as well as a beautiful artist.XoxoBeautiful Glamping to all.XoxoDoré

  4. NanaDiana
    2nd March 2014 / 2:10 am

    Oh- Thank you for sharing a bit of your self and childhood with all of us, Kerrie, it is always fun to get to know people on a more personal level. I love blogs that feature other bloggers so that we can get to know them even better~ xo Diana.

  5. Castles Crowns and Cottages
    1st March 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Kerrie is ultra talented, kind, beautiful and she has inspired me for years now. Everything she does is from a stroke of love and gentleness and in many ways as a California girl myself, I can relate. Every summer we made a big family camping trip up the coast of Malibu and caravans like The Pearl were part of my upbringing. GORGEOUS colors and décor, Kerrie! Anita

  6. Tanza
    1st March 2014 / 7:42 pm

    This was sooo fun to see !! I LOVE Kerrie, and all she does, and little does she know, I would sooo live in that darling "Pearl" of hers just the way it is !! How cozy and wonderful that bed looks … the green with all the pink roses … scrumptious !! Thank you for sharing and letting us in to meet the Pearl xo Happy hugs ~Tanza~

  7. Deborah
    1st March 2014 / 6:01 pm

    So sweet!I love Kerries camper!It has such a romantic vintage feel to it, and I'm sure it has many sweet memories tucked away in it.It has a softness to it just like Kerrie.Thanks for sharing her "Pearl" with us!All my heart,Deborah xoxo

  8. hostess of the humble bungalow
    1st March 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Ooh I love this trailer!What a great decor and all the bells and whistles.Glamping sounds like a lot of fun.We have a boat which is a little like camping but on the ocean!Nice to visit a new blog too…

  9. Victoria
    1st March 2014 / 5:05 pm

    I adore Kerrie and adore her little Nora Pearl too! I can't wait to see her after her renovation:)

  10. Julie Marie
    1st March 2014 / 4:44 pm

    I adore Kerrie and how nice of you to feature her "Pearl"… it is absolutely gorgeous!… love every single inch of it and I think I want to live there… xoxo Julie Marie PS Speaking of Jack Sparrow… he's kinda easy on the eyes himself… sigh…

  11. Happy Harris
    1st March 2014 / 1:34 am

    Well Kerrie, you have a lovely Caravan there…it was a pleasure to feature you sweetie…thanks for all your hard work – Love Happy xx

  12. kerrie of sea cottage
    28th February 2014 / 11:07 pm

    Oh my goodness how fun this was to read! Thank you so much Happy for kindly including The Pearl in your Caravan Interviews. I have been sick in bed all day but as soon as I can I will share on my blogs the link to your interview. I just love all the photos you chose and the entire layout!!!! I am thrilled. xxo

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