Glamping Kicks on 66

Words by Andrea K. Grist
Photos by Tiffany Marie Buckley

My quest for the perfect vintage camper began with the idea of embarking on a project that my dad and I could do together. After a few months of searching ads and online listings we found the perfect one. As an added bonus it was within driving distance from us in Louisburg, Kansas. After naming her “Etta” we hooked her up to our vehicle and headed into the land of vintage camper restoration.

It was important to us that we keep as much of the original as possible, but with the idea of creating a space unique to us and our style. The famous road Route 66 became our inspiration.

I traveled Route 66 multiple times with my parents as a kid while venturing to the great American Southwest. Driving through small towns and seeing the beauty of a time gone by always fascinated me. Even as an adult I have found the opportunity to travel small sections of the road and embrace the history that comes along with it.

Along with the iconic signs and memorabilia, we were able to include soft terra cotta, turquoise, and earth tones. The original kitchen cabinets and stove were saved and paired with elements we made from salvaged pallet wood. The original fabrics were not in great shape so my mom made new curtains using coordinating themes.

After 2-½ years of finding small pockets of time within our busy daily lives, she is done. We love how she turned out and first on our list is a road trip of course, to get our “Kicks on Route 66”!


Andrea is an event floral artist based in Lee’s Summit, MO, and the author of Gatherings in Bloom, Table Art for All Occasions. Flowers have always been her passion and she has been providing beautiful flowers and designs for her clients for more than 15 years. She lives with her husband and five children in Lee’s Summit. Andrea also enjoys writing, traveling, hiking, and snuggling up with her babies. See more of her work at: andreakgristfloralart.com