Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Camp Chic

So recently we packed up the sleeping bags, air mattresses, lots of snacks, plenty of bug repellent and tent and headed to Pennsylvania to go...gulp...CAMPING! Yes, I traded in my usual weekend routine of cleaning the house, starting projects, shopping, painting, moving furniture (oh did I tell you I'm a bit obsessive about rearranging the house?), and pouring over design magazines for a weekend of "outdoor adventure" with my hubby and kids.

Despite all of the amenities that the campsite had, (swimming pool, ice cream shop, miniature golf and hayrides), I found myself wondering how cool it would be if you could combine the fun of the whole camping experience with just a little more er, um,...style (Can't help it. It's the designer in me). I wondered to myself: "Could camping and glamour coexist?" So when we returned to civilization on Sunday afternoon, after hosing everyone down of course, I did a bit of online researching.  Apparently camping and glamour can coexist and it looks like a little something like this....

Fully equipped home away from home

How about trading in the air mattress for one of these feather beds covered with fresh linens and fluffy pillows?
and while I did appreciate the camp's indoor shower facility, which, by the way, we were told was a "bonus amenity," I would have swapped those showers for this antiqued clawfoot tub in a hearbeat. Ha!

Or for this slate tiled bathroom with glass enclosed shower, granite counters with double sinks, guest towels and...electricity! People, this bathroom is actually attached to a tent!

And after a long day of play and hiking, wouldn't it be nice to trade in the hard picnic table and bench found at most camp sites for something like this, rustic yet chic, fully set dinner table


Of course the table wouldn't be complete without these adorable gourmet Smores kits at each place setting

Even though luxury camping is probably more up my alley than actual camping, I wouldn't trade seeing the huge smiles on the kids' faces and the good time we had as a family for the featherbed, clawfoot tub, or the gourmet Smores kit. The kids had a ball and ( I'll let you in on a secret)...I did too!

Rustic Table Setting Luxury Camping Gourmet Smores