Girl scouts, Brownies, Explorers and Boy Scouts created memories for so many Boomers and younger generations—it’s this type of nostalgia we’d like to have for our own children. Remember camping out, crafts and activities on the lake? Even on rainy Saturdays we strung sheets over tables and sofas trying to recreate the tent experience. Country Living magazine has even devoted two issues to cabin design, cabin living and cabin décor and cabin-related Christmas gifts.
The décor used to recreate the rustic charm recalls a kitchen with a red painted floor; a massive stone fireplace warms the room with bucolic charm while a pair of iconic Old Hickory hoop chairs and rag rugs or striped rugs add much-needed color and pattern. After lunch take a sit in a 6-foot-long porch swing. Do the words Lake Keowee come to mind?
Since aged charm is much of what you’re after, many cabins or log homes use knotty pine paneling and the accouterments of hunting lodge motif to help set the tone. Antique furniture either weathered or in a rural finish, under exposed rafters, antler chandeliers, indoor-outdoor wicker seating all create a scene. And porcelain eating plates, wood hewn-and-branded Day-to-Night Coasters and something like our United by Blue Wilderness enamelware/steel cup to help to get the feel.
Kid’s Camp Gear: the fabulous chair
Iconic tartan adds instant warmth to a fabulous frameless foam chair for the kids we got from The Land of Nod (joining their Seated Society of Nod Chair Owners). We love the preppy pattern of the Northwood’s multi-plaid cover with the Camp Wandawega logo patch on the back seat; and it also boasts a back pocket that can be personalized with the child’s name.
Add in a terrific Discovery Kids Zig-Zag Teepee from Overstock.com and more camp magic begins. This is a jumbo 5-foot model with thick wooden poles. It has a quick easy set-up that just requires: attaching poles together with plastic linking sections and threading them into already sewn pockets; stringing it together at the top—then stretching it open at the four corners (takes mere minutes and no tools). The canvas cover has a fetching zig-zag pattern and is durable and can be used indoors or out. It’s a wonderful private space for children 3 and up (and up!). And dogs (note the dog).
Notice too, the Matador Original Pocket Blanket peeking out of the teepee floor. It is packed into a little pouch: ultra compact, puncture-resistant and with weighted corners. It is 63″ x 44″—large enough for two to relax. Keep one in the car for trips to the park, concerts and impromptu stops at the beach. Would be great for gifts under $25.
See the photo array in the slideshow for all these products. Great holiday gifts for the camper/cabin-minded at heart.