|When you read by explanation below, you'll realize that it's not quite as goofy as it might first appear.|
I don't have much in the way of art and artifacts (postcards, small handicrafts, etc.) yet because we have barely begun to travel.
I agreed about the aluminum, but expounded by noting that, to my knowledge, there are no Interstate owners who are pimping their rides in the artistic sense of the word, and that's really what can captivate the public's imagination and elevate a product from being merely well-received to becoming downright iconic. There is no shortage of die-hards pimping out their Airstream trailers - that is almost de rigueur (e.g., here, Pinterest example here, and an individual 2012 trailer owner here). Not so with Interstates.
Combining these two ideas, I resolved to add a bit of art to our Interstate - but not at the expense of its aluminum goodness. Not only did I not want to cover any of the aluminum up, I actually wanted to add a display medium that would enhance it. After a few weeks of brainstorming, this is what I came up with.
|The aluminum goodness as amplified through a close-up of the bath mat, which is the Tushies and Toes Rattan Bath Mat in clear / colorless.|
- It had to attach to the wall - and a curving, non-plumb wall at that - with no harsh adhesives and absolutely no holes drilled (and no magnets because there's nothing magnetic behind there). I needed a presentation medium that could be fixed harmlessly to the wall so that the art could be attached to it, and that's a taller order than you might first think.
- It had to be adaptable to a non-standard size (in this case, 12" x 24" would fit the available wall space).
- The style had to be modern and somehow construable as relevant to Airstream (see point below).
- It had to cross-reference existing elements (interior designers refer to this as "repetition", and it's an absolute necessity for successful lay-outs). This bath mat does that three ways:
- The transparent mat echoes the aluminum itself.
- The suction cups pay homage to the rivets in the aluminum (there are rivets on the inside of the Interstate).
- The horizontal slats echo the aluminum mini-blind in the kitchen and the pleated fabric blinds in the rest of the Interstate.
|Everything in our houses (plural - one with wheels, one without) gets a cardboard mock-up prior to being constructed. That way, I can get the dimensions just the way I want them before starting work.|
|Here is the original bath mat superimposed on the fitted cardboard, so I would know how much to trim off.|
|I used a box cutter parallel to the "rattan"...|
|...and a very sharp pair of craft scissors perpendicular to it, up the side. The "rattan" pieces are offset shorter and longer at the very edge, so I replicated that look on the trimmed edge.|
|For instance if your Airstream theme is retro, there are some interesting versions that could be compatible with a 1950's style and color scheme.|