Wednesday, June 23, 2010


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.

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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.


Tent exterior:
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.

Tent Interior:
"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.

Bedside tables: 
Wooden box side tables, Fremont Sunday Street Market find
Red lamps, Goodwill.
Dauphine candlesticks, Rosanna, Inc.

End table: 
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.

Seating area: 
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


AB said...


I love the candles on the bedside table! Where did you get them? Or were they just a GoodWill find that you sprayed out?

Awesome job!

Kelley Moore said...

Hi AB,

So embarrassing that I didn't include those in the resources!!! They are Rosanna Inc. Dauphine Candlesticks - I will update the post now.


ashlina {the decorista} said...

amazing. you are so creative and stylish. love it

Kathysue said...

Kelley you are so clever and amazing!! Love the term Glamping. that is my way of camping for sure, great fun!! Kathysue

Retreat said...

Beautiful tent, Kelley! Creating temporary spaces is such a fun exercise in design... We created a Bedouin tent to stay in during an antique show in 2009, and the tent ended up in a magazine feature about the show!
Photos of our vintage-inspired 'glamping' tent can be seen on our RETREAT Facebook Page:

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I just can't stop looking at these pictures! I found them on Erin's blog and they make me want to pack up and do some "glamping" right this minute! Who needs Europe when you can vacation like this??? (c;

BrookeJ said...

Love it! Have to have to have to set up a big tent like this in my backyard!

Maiah said...

Came across this via Elements of Style. Stunning design! So resourceful in keeping in line with those of us who are on tighter budgets. And fantastic inspiration for home design as well. Thanks for this!

Scott said...

Quite nice! For more information on the business of glamping and luxury camping, drop by our basecamp at!

Jennifer said...

I found this delicious glamping vignette via the HGTV blog (they featured you today) and I'm militant about only pinning from the original source so I didn't want to pin from the HGTV post. However, when I tried to pin from your post, your Flickr setting prevented it. So I checked the Seattle Magazine website to see if it was there and only the text is there (no image). Soooo...because I'm so inspired by this photo, I was hoping you would consider hunting down this image in your Flickr stream and modifying the private setting. Thank you SO MUCH - this is just gorgeous.

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