For this month's Seattle Magazine, I decided to share my take on glamping (glamorous camping.) I am not a hike-up-the-mountain camper, but I do love all the friendly banter, campfire food and stargazing that go along with camping in the Northwest. If you share this feeling, set up a beautiful campsite retreat in your own backyard with a chic outdoor bedroom and seating area for drinking wine and playing games. At this campsite, a real bathroom is mere feet away.
Pops of gray, scarlet and raspberry fabric accent a simple canvas tent. Inexpensive tree-patterned window panels add a rustic, chic feel—as do round cuts of logs from the yard, for use as coasters or décor elements. Rather than drag a mattress outdoors, I placed gray linens on top of simple camping cots, pushed the cots together to make a bed and polished it off with a fabric headboard hung by fishing line. (The cots can be pulled apart for families with children prone to flailing in their sleep.)
Set fold-up canvas chairs around a vintage trunk table so friends and family can play cards, gobble whoopie pies or enjoy some great wine. A fun DIY project: To create the pine-knot effect on the chair canvas, I found a tree-motif roller stamp at Daly’s Paint & Decorating in Wallingford and painted the plain canvas with a contrasting charcoal gray color.
Canvas 10-by-12-foot Centennial wall tent, $1,115, Rainier Industries
“Damast” lantern for block candle, $24.99, Ikea
White vintage trunk and brown travel chest, Fremont Sunday Market finds
Binoculars, Deluxe Junk find
Hardcover books, Goodwill.
"Anno Unni" tree-patterned canvas window panels, $29.99, Ikea
“Knappa” pendant chandelier lamp, $29.99, Ikea
Red and raspberry headboard fabric wrapped around plastic frame, Seattle Design Center.
Folding cots, $69.99 each, REI
gray sheets, $29.99, shams, $19.99, Target;
Inhabit "Field Grass in Arctic Sky" pillows, $60 each, Velocity Art & Design;
Scarlet velvet throw and fuzzy pillow fabric, Seattle Design Center.
Wooden box side tables, Fremont Sunday Street Market find
Red lamps, Goodwill.
Dauphine candlesticks, Rosanna, Inc.
White vintage trunk, Fremont Sunday Street Market
Papier-mâché peace bird, $45, Revival Home & Garden
Log cut from tree in yard
Vintage book, Goodwill
Roost ceramic vase, $75, Tonfisk Designs warm gift set in oak with cork lid, $168, Velocity Art & Design;
Scroll green tray, $9.95, CB2
Zebra and sisal rugs, Goodwill.
Bali club chairs, $59.98/set of two, matching canvas, $20/set of two, Cost Plus World Market,
Painted with faux-bois pattern roller, $5.99, Daly’s Paint & Decorating
Thomas Paul Perch violet linen bird pillows, $60, Velocity Art & Design
“Alseda” stools, $29.99 each, Ikea
Large vintage trunk, Deluxe Junk find
Jordan wine glasses, $4.95 each, Crate & Barrel
Snoqualmie Vineyards Naked Merlot, $12.99/bottle, Snoqualmie Vineyards Wine Shop