As I lay sleepless at Carpenteria State Beach last weekend, laying on an air mattress covered with my favorite linens and throw blankets from home, I wondered when the market would catch up to the “glamping” craze and produce me a fine affordable floral print tent to stare up at when the stars aren’t shining through the fog.
Glamping—once a high-end camping mode for outdoors types with money to spend on designer campsites with hotel-like ammenities—has gone mainstream. As such, it’s no longer merely about making yourself comfortable at a campsite—to really pull it off, you want to make it look good!
Here’s what I have in mind (and what inspired my Polyvore collage above):
Pillows and throws.
The more options you have for a cuddle the better, and you it wouldn’t be Glamping if it was totally practical. I like to take my velvet and brocade throw along with a vintage wool Pendelton and a few inexpensive serapes to make sure everyone has an option for sitting around and covering up by the fire or in the tent. You can get creative with a cot and some poufs and pillows too.
Our friends made a mockery of my guy and me as we set up our “instant tent” in under a minute, but we know they were just aghast with envy. Thanks Coleman! We know the secret to a long and lasting relationship and it is an easy up tent. (Nothing says glamorous like getting along with your dude.) Soon we’ll happily just put the jacks down on the Shasta. Ah, playing domesticity in the wild is sweet.
Fine foods and finishes.
Let’s get real, the food and drink is the best part of camping, so go all out. Prepare for a lovely meal by bringing along some fine wine, your china, your linens, and your silver, then scrounge around in nature to create a beautiful centerpiece.
REI will have plenty for you in the way of practical headlamps and LED lanterns, but you can do fancier. Take along some tabletop candlesticks, string up some solar bistro lights, or consider hanging a pendant or two from the trees. Extravagant I know, but keeping your eyes towards the sky is part of the experience.
Complete the look with an adventure hat and some gypsy garb to lounge around in, like this dreamy number from Free People.
Betsy Moyer is a North Carolinian living in Los Angeles. Part bohemian and part fish out of water, she’s interested in what makes Angelenos unique and shares her lifestyle and fashion musings here on the Clutch. She also sings in a band, dabbles in thrifting and home décor, and blogs about blogging. Follow her daily on Instagram, Twitter, or at her blog, betsymoyer.com.