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Junk Gypsies' Celeb Airstream Makeovers
The Junk Gypsies sisters Amie and Jolie Sikes approach each of their design projects with a charmingly eccentric aesthetic. Their newly released book, Junk Gypsy: Designing a Life at the Crossroads of Wonder and Wander, chronicles their journey so far while also sharing their best tips and tricks for designing in Gypsy style.
Some of their most memorable projects include over-the-top Airstreams that they’ve designed for Dierks Bentley, Billie Joe Armstrong, the sisters’ close friend Miranda Lambert, and Amie herself. Keep reading to see each of these artists' unique retreats.
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“Miranda’s trailer was an ode to all that is grand, rhinestoney and metallic turquoise in the world,” the Sikeses write of the Airstream Lambert nicknamed Wanda the Wanderer. The “rolling saloon on wheels,” was hitched to the back of Lambert’s tour bus and taken along to every venue the country star played that year.
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Billie Joe Armstrong's Sweet Surprise
The Airstream they created for Billie Joe Armstrong was actually a surprise from the Green Day singer’s wife, Adrienne, for their 20th wedding anniversary. “It was to be a Zen surf shack where Billie Joe could go to write and escape,” Amie and Jolie write in the book.
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Armed with quotes, poems and lyrics that speak to the singer, including a particularly meaningful saying that has become something of a mantra to Armstrong, “Be silently drawn,” the Gypsies went to work creating the one-of-a-kind space. “We combined elements that worked for them,” they say. “A little Zen, a little rock star, a little surf shack and a little retro.”
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Dierks Bentley's Huge Hideaway
Country star Dierks Bentley's project was one of the larger Airstream projects Amie and Jolie took on. One standout detail of the thirty-one-foot space, with both a bathroom and kitchen, is the thunderbird Amie drew on a drop cloth now displayed in the back window.
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Fit for the Family
“He wanted it to be one part songwriter/troubadour and one part camping hideout for him, his wife and their three children,” the Junky Gypsies write. “It turned out to be even more meaningful than we ever expected.”
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Amie's Girls-Only Glam Spot
Perhaps the most memorable Airstream project, however, was the one the sisters created for Amie and her daughter, Indie, as a glam and girly hideaway.
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Flashy and Fun
A little glitter and a lot of metallic paints, which Amie and Jolie had in their warehouse, were put to use for an end result that they describe as, “a Neverland escape on wheels.” For more details on their colorful and creative makeovers, as well as their best tips, tricks and life advice, pick up Junk Gypsy: Designing a Life at the Crossroads of Wonder and Wander, out now.
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