Glamping: the Perfect Way to Vacation at Home

Summer is the best time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. And while camping is one of my favorite summer activities, there are times where it can get a bit too rugged for my taste. (I'm looking at you, outhouses and mosquitos!)


Fortunately, "glamping", or glamorous camping, is all the rage. Think of it as a traditional camping trip made way fancier. After all, there's no reason you should sacrifice comfort or convenience to enjoy a night under the stars. Moroccan-inspired decor is also a huge trend; its rich jewel tones, architectural patterns, luxurious textiles, and soft lighting is a beautiful contrast to the great outdoors. Why not combine the two for the ultimate "glamping" experience?


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A simple tent is a good place to start -- it's what's inside that counts. Forget sleeping in a claustrophobic sleeping bag on the cold, hard ground; instead, glam it up with an air mattress topped with Egyptian cotton sheets and a Marrakesh-print comforter (named for the capital city of Morocco). A jute rug or two can help keep the dirt at bay, and a few decorative pillows will make it feel like home. Then, armed with a stylish sun hat, ease into a folding leather butterfly chair with a good book or a journal and let the day float away. Or, rest your foot on a golden Moroccan ottoman, also called a pouf, for a luxurious nap in your exotic outdoor oasis. An authentic Moroccan side table and a rich velvet X-bench at the foot of the bed would really up the glam factor, and both transition easily to your Marrakesh-inspired interior decor when you move things indoors. When nightfall hits, add a flickering glow to the tent with a no-flame tea light set in this copper lantern; you'll feel miles away -- even in your own backyard.


Would you ever try a "glamping" outing, or are you a camping purist? What do you think of the Moroccan decor trend?



Posted by Jen Gustavson

Jennifer Gustavson



Jul. 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I love the Moroccan décor trend -- vibrant colors and patterns that aren't too precious. The air bed is a great idea, but I think you'll need a feather bed in addition to your comforter to stay warm in the mountains.

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