HGTV.ca Editorial Team
Friday, August 20, 2010 3:16 PM EDT
Earlier this week, I asked if you would ever go glamping and 79 per cent of you said you would, so whether you're actually planning your next trip or just dreaming about it, I thought I'd indulge you with a little what you might call "rustic luxury."
From left: Urban Outfitters Leather Butterfly Chair; Pottery Barn Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Folding Chair; PC Home folding Muskoka chair
You can't take just any folding chairs glamping. For a little portable luxury look for high-end materials and comfy, substantial seats. The key is the chair's ability to fold so it fits easily in the caravan you're obviously travelling in.
From left: Homemade S'mores kit; Gourmet S'mores Kit
It's not a camping trip without s'mores but since you're glamping, you won't just be pulling marshmallows from a bag and slapping them on a graham cracker. Be sure to make or pick up a gourmet kit. The one above even comes with a little hibachi so you don't have to deal with that yucky smoke smell that comes with a bonfire.
From left: Cocoon Silk Mummy Liner; L.L. Bean Silk Sleeping Bag Liner; Sexy Hotness sleeping bag
Okay, realistically you'll be sleeping in a bed of some kind but if you've chosen a sleeping bag on top of a mattress, you'll need to up the ante with a silk sleeping bag liner. And if you're glamping with that special someone, invest in a couple of Sexy Hotness sleeping bags (yes, that's actually what it's called). They easily zip together to create a cozy sleeping bag for two.
Safari tent outside and in from Tents Manufacturer
Because a pop-up tent just isn't big enough, hire a tent company to assemble and erect a heavy-duty safari tent with separate rooms and lots of head space.
For All the Luxuries of Home... Literally
Clockwise from top left: Zoomer editor-in-chief and style icon Suzanne Boyd's apartment in New York as featured in O Magazine; sweet low-profile dining in a living room tent; DeBoer's Outdoor Pyramid
Great minds think alike, I guess. In her post yesterday, guest blogger Kim Vallee featured some great outdoor teepees but I suggest you buy a luxe tent or make one and use it indoors. The photos above of former Flare editor Suzanne Boyd's at-home teepee came out a few years ago and struck such a chord with me that an indoor tent has a permanent place on my dream house wish list. And really, what better way to glamp than in your own home? There are no bugs to deal with, no worries about the weather and the commute is non-existent.
Whether you string up a bed sheet in your bedroom or venture out into the great outdoors, have a fabulous weekend and happy glamping!