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For Sale: Impeccably Restored & Modernized 1950 Westcraft Capistrano Trailer

1950 Westcraft Capistrano Calypso Trailer for sale luxury restoration

Available for sale: A 1950 Westcraft Capistrano Trailer named “Calypso” – one of only two in the world. This stunning work of functional art (picture it as a guest house or a pool house overlooking the ocean) is the product of 11 years of work by a team committed to transforming it from a slightly forlorn collector’s item into a move-in ready piece of art and history.

The restoration included the trailer’s return to spectacular, period-authentic style both interior and out by one of the most acclaimed restoration professionals in the country – but with high-end, luxury amenities that bring it into the modern age.

The goal was NOT to restore this trailer to the original mint condition, but to create an even more opulent antique style based on the original 1930’s Art Deco design, thereby adding many new elements to attain a much higher level of luxury and elegance than the original had. 

In addition, many modern practical and luxury appliances were installed for truly comfortable living – but all of them are completely hidden in cabinets and behind curtains, so that when all cabinets are closed, the trailer looks and feels like an antique vintage specimen in absolute mint condition.

To achieve this double goal, almost all elements of the interior had to be meticulously designed from scratch and handcrafted in the shop, with the assistance of third party specialists working on the metal elements, such as water-jetting and bending aluminum, cutting and forming stainless steel, polishing and chroming, as well as high-quality painting, especially on the exterior.

-Owner Lucas Lackner

A sampling of the restomod amenities:

  • Enamel “bread loaf” exterior custom-painted in Art Deco style
  • Rare clerestory roof known as a “Pullman”
  • Full master bedroom
  • Full kitchen with period-specific appliances including mint-green Dixie Permaview stove and matching Norcold fridge/freezer
  • Sparkling bar/lounge
  • Living room with custom-made leather convertible sofa/bed and chairs
  • Jaw-dropping period bathroom with jade-green toilet, gimbaled vanity and oversize stainless steel shower enclosure.
  • Honey wooden floors and cognac woodwork
  • Custom Ben Ahadzedeh burgundy leatherwork
  • Polished aluminum propane tanks and valve system
  • Period lighting throughout
  • Hand-built furnishings, including a fold-up dining table that vanishes into a leather-lined cabinet that also conceals a flat-screen TV
  • Two highest-end sound systems
  • Two hidden flat-screen televisions
  • Authentic Deco lighting set to dimmers
  • Custom-fabricated grills, modern appliances, luxury faucets and fixtures
  • Contemporary water-heating, air-conditioning and heating systems

…And many more touches that make this beauty an absolute one-of-a-kind find for the most discerning of buyers.

For more information or to schedule a showing (virtual or in-person at the Fillmore, CA storage location), contact Lucas Lackner / / 805-680-3759.

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How To Make the Most of Your Side Yard

how to make your side yard a more functional space

With a smaller home it’s especially important to make use of every single available area – but side yards often turn into inefficient places to put…everything you don’t know where else to put.

Here’s how we transformed a side yard that was basically a garbage storage area into a super-useful space.

First, we added a slanted roof (for rain runoff) and closed up the walls to create a covered area. We then added shingles to the exterior of the roof so that it would match the roof of the rest of the house (and therefore look like an extension of the house from the front), reinforced the exterior gate with locks, and installed an interior gate to separate the part of the space that houses the motorcycle from the part where we keep our bikes and tools.

bike hooks hanging from ceiling

We also installed hooks to hang our bikes and scooters…

shelving for tool storage in side yard

Hung shelving for tools and cleaning supplies…

additional electrical outlets for power tools

Put in a couple of outlets for power tools and such…

antique wooden croquet set

And found a spot to store our croquet set when we’re not using it (which is always, as we have no idea how to play croquet).

We also painted the interior white with gray accents (Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur) and power washed the floor. Knowing how much more efficient we made the space makes me wish we’d done it a looooong time ago. (Especially getting those bikes up and off the floor – such a space-saver.)

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Five Easy (And Unexpected) Ways To Update Your Autumn Decor



Fall decor can be a little tricky. The whole dried gourds/wheat/pinecones/orange/tartan thing…it’s very easy for it to feel dated and excessively fussy. Below are some modern, minimalist takes on traditional fall decor that’ll make your home feel autumnal, and anything but average.

If you’re into the pink-and-white pumpkin pile pictured above, surprise: That isn’t paint! It’s just pink and white balloons with the ends snipped off, stretched over mini pumpkins.



Obviously these pumpkins win fall. They’re like the pumpkins at school who are so cool they won’t even talk to your pumpkin.

How to make them: just paint an assortment of small pumpkins in different shades of matte chalkboard paint, and glue on studs and spikes (you can find inexpensive ones at Jo-Anns or Michael’s).

simple fall centerpiece succulents


More traditional – but still nice and simple – is this fresh-looking twist on a gourd centerpiece. Wood box, succulents, white pumpkin, a couple of pinecones. Done.



There are elements of this display that would be totally easy to incorporate into a party (the framed “Happy Thanksgiving” print, for example, or the white cake plate dessert displays). It’s a nice way to save space – the food itself becomes the centerpiece – and the staggered heights of the plates create a really beautiful, striking arrangement when they’re all grouped together.

antler center piece table

And finally: If you want to try this look and have trouble finding white pumpkins (or just think they’re too expensive, which they can be), you can always spray-paint regular old orange ones or faux craft-store pumpkins.

Ideas To Embolden Your Entryway (And Enhance Curb Appeal)

inspiration for a front door makeover

As the saying goes, first impressions are everything. Fortunately, transforming the entryway of your home into a statement-making showpiece can be an investment…but can also be done with a paintbrush and a couple of spare hours.

A handful of tips for a DIY-ed door makeover:

  • Paint a test area first, and monitor it over the course of the day – how the light hits your house at different times will likely dramatically impact how the color reads.
  • Before starting, sand down any imperfections in the door, and then go over it with a clean wet rag to remove dirt and dust.
  • If you’re making a big color change, prime the door first (and make sure the type of primer you use – latex or oil-based – matches the type of paint you use).
  • A quart of paint should be sufficient to cover a primed door. People usually go for a high-gloss paint on trim and doors (and glossy paint is more resistant to chipping, so that’s good), but you do you.
  • And finally, don’t stress too much about it. Remember: it’s just paint, and paint can be painted over.

And now: some color inspiration.

inspiration for a front door makeover

Mint accents on home exteriors are gorgeous, but can look a little too sweet without the right extras. The copper light fixture shown here adds just the right amount of industrial cool.

inspiration for a front door makeover

Here’s another example of how lighting and hardware selection can take a color to the next level. The gold fixtures shown here take any Easter egg-iness away from this robin’s egg-blue door, and make it chic and elegant.

inspiration for a front door makeover

How amazing is this Art Deco-style door? I especially appreciate that the owners decided to pair the bold color with subtle antique hardware.

inspiration for a front door makeover

This bright, modern look is completely unexpected (and of-the-moment).

inspiration for a front door makeover

The clean black lines of the accent pieces shown here give this yellow door an upscale-country vibe.

inspiration for a front door makeover

Evidence that black and white doesn’t have to be boring. The trick to this: leave the entire house white – trim and all – and the door will make an even bigger statement. The pink rosebushes soften the look and add a subtle dose of color.

inspiration for a front door makeover

Another robin’s egg-blue door, but this one is much more classic thanks to the pairing with steel grey and the traditional architecture and hardware selection.

inspiration for a front door makeover

And finally: this. Obviously this is lovely. If you love this too, surprise:

You can do it yourself. With paint.

Have at it.


Betsey Johnson’s Mobile Homes Malibu Listing Featured In National Press

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Betsey Johnson is selling her iconic Paradise Cove mobile home, seen in Man Repeller, Architectural Digest, and more. Since going live last week, the listing for the sale has been featured in national press including Apartment Therapy, Page Six, WSJ, Variety, and Curbed LA.

Full list of national press features below. [Updated daily.]

Curbed LA

Apartment Therapy

The Wall Street Journal

Mansion Global

BRAVO’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen


Town & Country Magazine

Page Six

Business Insider

Second Shelters

People Magazine


The Real Deal


Cottages & Gardens




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