Dad Pad: Trailer Getaway

Men love their getaways. My fiancé dreams about his future man cave, my grandfather had his carpentry shop, and my brother has his cabin in the woods. And then there's my father, who spends much of his free time in an aluminum midcentury trailer in the middle of the forest. The trailer — which he's named Old Roy — is a classic Airstream knockoff, and he's done a great job of renovating it in smart ways. He's retiled the floor with stone tiles and built retractable sleeping and sitting areas with sustainably harvested wood. However, he's also stubbornly clung to the idea that taxidermied fish and Hudson Bay blankets can complete the look of this place. He's definitely outfitted the trailer to reflect his needs; there are fly rods that hang from the ceiling and a designated space to store extra linens in case he has visitors. While I love the sentiment behind some of the quirky touches — the felted bee lights reflect his beekeeping hobby — there's just not a lot of continuity going on here.


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This place has a tremendous amount of potential, but it needs a little shaping (which I think is the case for most man pads). And I'd love to hear any of your ideas on how to shape it to maintain both its utilitarian function while giving it some decorating continuity. Take a look at these pictures and tell me what you think of my dad's getaway pad. (And Dad, for your information, I still think Old Roy is fabulous.)

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