A Mobile Brocante in Australia by

Issue 22 · Indoor/Outdoor · June 5, 2014

A Mobile Brocante in Australia

Issue 22 · Indoor/Outdoor · June 5, 2014

A vagabond shopper takes her wares on the road in her native Australia.

When she lived in London, Kara Rosenlund (see House Call) made frequent sojourns to France in pursuit of vintage treasures and flea market finds. Upon returning to her Australia, she noticed a gap in the market and decided to fill the void with Travelling Wares. Hitting the highway in style, Rosenlund offers up practical, well-curated, vintage items from a restored 1956 Franklin Caravan.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: exterior

Above: Kara and her husband, Timothy, completely restored their vintage Franklin Caravan, affectionately nicknamed "Frankie."

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: Kara outside

Above: Kara outside her caravan, ready to hit the road.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: interior with seaside theme

Above: As in her home, Kara's caravan reflects her signature style: crisp white with textured naturals and warm vintage accents.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: painting

Above: To keep things fresh, Kara styles the inside of the caravan according to different themes. Here, a vintage painting fits in perfectly with a seaside motif.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: nautical stripes

Above: The caravan's striped cushions and other nautical accents are all for sale.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: Australian accents

Above: A bit of Australia, both vintage and natural, adorns a shelf.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: rope pulls

Above: When renovating the caravan, Kara and Timothy opted for VJ (vertical joint) boards, which give it a more beachy vibe. The original mint green was painted over in a crisp white with navy accents. Rope door pulls complete the coastal feel. For two DIY projects that make use of pre-made wood paneling, see the Kitchen Overhaul for Under $500 and DIY: Beadboard Ceilings.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: stoneware collection

Above: Outside the caravan, Kara sets up more wares on trestle tables.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: vintage blues

Above: Sourcing both locally and abroad, Kara looks for "original utilitarian pieces that were built to last."

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: glass and more

Above: Among the many items you'll find at Kara's Travelling Wares: English pudding bowls and mixing bowls, enamelware, French wooden spoons, French dinner plates, and Australian glass preserving jars, canisters, cutlery, and more.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: detail

Above: Each item at Travelling Wares is beautifully styled, supplying ideas as to how you might use it in your own home.

Travelling Wares by Kara Rosenlund: exterior with more wares on tables

Above: For Kara's next location, visit her website. Not in your neighborhood? Kara also offers an online Travelling Wares collection, an ever-evolving selection of her finds.

For more great browsing, go to Shopper's Diary (and on Gardenista, too). Attracted to vintage trailers? See Wanderlust: 10 Airstream Trailers for Living Small

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 30, 2012 as part of our issue called The Last Gasp of Summer.



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