In this Style Story, we sat down with Sheena Armstrong to talk about how she and her husband built their 1977 Airstream from the ground up. Keep reading to learn more!
Sheena Armstrong, a freelance photographer and graphic designer, and her husband, Jason, knew that there was more to life than the daily grind. They dreamed of going out on their own and seeing the world. In 2016, that’s exactly what they did.
“We started to realize that this dream of owning a home, driving fancy cars, wearing nice clothes, came at a steep price: our happiness. We spent some time paying off debts, paying off our cars, paying off credit cards and saved up money to pay cash for our future home on wheels.” – Sheena Armstrong
The couple bought a perfectly preserved 1975 Airstream Overlander. They made adjustments around some of the existing built-ins in the Airstream so the van could accommodate themselves and their 12-year-old pup, Riley. Sheena and Jason lovingly named their home Mavis and set out for the adventure of a lifetime. Eventually, they decided they needed a bit more space, so they gave Mavis to another family looking to do the same thing they did and bought a new Airstream, this time a 1977 Sovereign.
This Airstream had four additional feet, making it more conducive for Jason’s job and their growing need to be off-grid. Their ultimate goal for Mavis 2.0 was to make it comfortable enough to sustainably boondock. Once they got Mavis 2.0, they took stock of it, started planning on what they could do differently than the first time around, and got to work building it from scratch. Here’s how it looked before they got started.
Now, even though Mavis 2.0 is still technically under construction, it is completely changed. Sheena and Jason gutted the Airstream and made many massive improvements so they could create the new home of their dreams. Some of the changes included added hardwood flooring, custom shelving, and chic decor items to give their home a warm, eclectic and modern look. To complete the design, they opted to get the Eliot Apartment Sofa and two Toscano Chairs from Joybird.
Joybird’s mission centers around being sustainable and completely customizable, which was exactly what Sheena and Jason were looking for in their furniture.
“Joybird has several perfectly sized pieces for an Airstream! The apartment sofas fit like they were literally made to go in a vintage Airstream. I always wanted to prove that a real sofa could be added to a travel trailer whether that happened in a customer trailer or my own someday.” – Sheena Armstrong
We love the amazing progress Sheena and Jason have made on Mavis 2.0 so far, and we can’t wait to follow their journey when they hit the road. If you’d like to see updates from the couple directly, check out their blog, Mavis the Airstream, or give them a follow on Instagram! For now, enjoy even more photos of their gorgeous creation!