April 18, 2014

Gone GLAMPING... A DIY Glamorous Camping Trip


When you think of camping, do you think it's messy, dirty, uncomfortable, full of bugs and lacks any kind of luxury? Many women I know don't care to go camping unless they are in a nice motor-home or RV and most would probably rather just go to a hotel or resort. A couple of years ago I set out to show that camping can be very nice, in fact this trip was the opposite of most peoples impressions of camping is!!!   Welcome to our DIY camping/GLAMPING trip...



Loving decorating as much as I do, I can't just go camping, so a couple of years ago I decided to start going GLAMPING... which translates to Glamorous Camping For me "Glamping" means having all the comforts of home all around us and decorating our surrounding space with a comfortable homelike feel.  

My Glamping must haves include a comfy bed with nice linens... also, both a shower and a flushing toilet within a couple minutes walk and restaurants in the area so we didn't have to do all of our own cooking or dishes... oh, and lots and lots of candles!!!

Above is a picture of our car at our camp site after we had already started unloading it's contents.  I had it packed literally from top to bottom.  Seriously, I could not have fit anything else inside!!!  I had so much packed and puzzled in every nook and cranny of our vehicle.  Luckily my hubby never complained and is fully supportive of all my decorating craziness :)

I will post several pictures so you can get a feel for what it was like actually being there. If you like what you see, I would love it if you could PIN them to Pinterest and share them with your friends!
  

A few minutes after we arrived at our campsite, my hubby scouted the campsite for a good flat spot and he got to putting up our tent.  Below is a picture of the tent about 25 minutes later.  

I realize that many people don't like tent camping, but as long as you have air mattresses or an airbed it really can be very comfortable!  Air mattresses are very easy to use and roll up small for easy transport. To see what kind I use visit HERE.




I had planned to hang mason and jelly jars from the trees with candles in them.  I used battery operated flicker candles since there were fire rules in the forest.  As you can see below all of my jars have wire hangars on them so I could hang the jars from the trees.  However, when we arrived I discovered that all of the trees were like 100 feet tall or more and I had absolutely no way to get them up into the trees, so instead I put them all over our site at different levels to add ambiance.  My husband actually went and found a tree laying on it's side in the forest and cut these stumps for me to use as tables.  He also cut us our own firewood... (I'm married to such a stud... lucky me!).

The wooden box below is an old grenade crate with rope handles that I found at a flea market for only $3.  I've since seen them for sale on ETSY and eBay for anywhere from $50 to $150... I so love finding bargains for just a few dollars!  I used the crate to transport all of my hanging mason jars and then was able to use it as a decorative piece at the camp site... love it!


This wall hanging birdcage was found at a thrift store for $3.  I painted it, added some nesting material, hung a few sparkling crystal prisms from it and popped in a couple of battery operated tea-light candles into it.  Since we were outdoors, I incorporated a few birdcages and birdhouses into the decor.



The weather was perfect and the view from our windows was stunning!


Having a bed off of the floor and having end tables when camping made it feel so much more like home!  And it's a ton more comfortable!!!  The wood end table on the left I found on clearance at Home Depot for just $11.  It folds completely flat which made for easy transport.  The little round table on the right I found at a vintage store.  It was originally black, but I painted it white for that shabby cottage chic look.

I made this battery operated chandelier from a birdcage that I found for $10 at Marshalls, a strand of LED Lights, some nesting material and a couple of faux candles that were also battery operated.  I used a bunch of crystal prisms (leftover from prior crafts) add hung them from the bottom making it feel like a real chandelier.  The chandelier added a nice touch of romance to our tent. 


Once we zipped up the windows we had complete privacy.



The entire campsite decor was initially inspired by this vintage wooden Pepsi box crate that I found at a flea market a few weeks ago.  I paid just $5 for it, and with it I was inspired to go with a red, white and blue theme.  Also being that 4th of July/Independence Day was close, I figured patriotic colors were appropriate.


Below is a wooden box that I added rose furniture appliques to and then I painted it Heirloom White and distressed it for a shabby look.  I added mason jars to it to and used them to hold our designer plastic silverware (hehe)...


I loved lighting the candles and chandelier as the sun went down. It added a warm glow and soft ambiance to our campsite. We were out in the forest with hundreds of huge trees and we had created our own wonderful romantic haven... It was our home for the weekend. 

My parents stopped in for a visit and my father said, "Wow, so you can be homeless and still live in style". He got a huge kick out of the fact that I would go to all this trouble... but he loved it!


The framed chalkboard on the table that says "welcome glampers" was made from a vintage frame I found for just $2 at a swap meet.  I spray painted the frame Heirloom White and then painted a wood backer board (that fit inside the frame) with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint

I love making my own chalkboards from inexpensive vintage finds!



As I mentioned earlier, I gave the chandelier light by using Battery Operated LED Lights. They put off a good amount of light and one set of batteries lasts quite a long time.




You can see how at night the campsite had a nice warm glow using different kinds of battery operated lighting.


Our favorite restaurant was only about 10 minutes away from where we camped, so the only cooking we did during our trip was make s'mores over the campfire.  We toasted/roasted marshmallows until they were oooey and gooey, put them between two graham crackers and added a square of Hershey's chocolate in the middle, waited for it to melt together and then happily indulged.  YUM!!!


Saturday afternoon we met friends at their dock on the lake, barbecued, boated and knee boarded.  Well, I didn't actually knee board, but I did live vicariously through those that did... lol.




As we sped around the lake we slowed down to see a few of the amazing homes that surround the lake.  This little mountain cabin is available for $16,000,000.  Okay, so it's a major mansion... but 16 million... That is crazy!!!  But I do imagine it has an amazing view.


I have always thought this next place was incredibly awesome.  It has a boat house directly under the house.  So very cool!
  
Lake Arrowhead has a village that has lots of fun shops, restaurants, a grocery store and more.  When you have a boat on the lake, you can take your boat to the village and dock while you shop, eat, stroll around the village and visit their summer concerts.  That would be so much fun... You would never have to use your car.  Imagine, just hop in your boat and run your errands.




Sunday morning we packed up our car like a puzzle filling each and every hole...  Somehow we managed to squeeze everything back in!

We had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to going Glamping again soon!




Would you go Glamping if it was like this?


Diana

9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Is the bed a air mattress on a fold up frame?

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    1. It's actually two double tall, extra long twin air mattresses placed side by side. That way when your partner rolls over you don't feel it.

      ;)

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    2. To see the kind of mattresses I used, you can use the below link/address.
      You might need to copy and paste the info into your address bar.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HBILB2/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B000HBILB2&link_code=as3&tag=anyon08-20

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  2. I'm curious how big your tent is? It looks huge! :)

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    1. Overall (with the screen porch) the tent is approximately 16' x 11'. We've had it for several years now so I can't find a link to the exact one, but below is a link to what is basically the same thing (may need to copy and paste).

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002PB2HPS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B002PB2HPS&link_code=as3&tag=anyon08-20&linkId=OSPCSKWR22JVNNBS

      Blessings,
      Diana

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  3. Your post gives me hope for camping again :) I really hadnt thought about going that extra mile and bringing things from home to actually decorate the site. I think I might try to find plastic mason jars though instead of glass but I love the idea of having little lights all over the site. I also love the 2 twins as a king bed but Im afraid with 2 kids along we wouldnt have the space. These ideas are definitely more for the week long camping trip rather than a weekend but I'm inspired to do a longer camping trip with more of the comforts of home. I love the red white and blue colors too. Really good job!

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  4. Great ideas! I am curious though as to how you were able to hang the chandelier in the tent without it pulling down on the tent? I love the idea, I'm just worried that it would be too heavy for our tent.

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    1. The chandelier that I used weighs under three pounds. Our tent has bars that criss cross at the top. There is a small ring at the top center of the tent where I was able to hang the chandelier from.

      I hope that helps!
      Best regards,
      Diana

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  5. I love your glamping post! Your campsite looks so comfy and amazing :)

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I love all of your comments and I read every one... I'd love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Diana