Oh so campy!


Camping or glamping? My huz and I have been discussing low impact ways to build a vacation home on our sweet little lakeside plot in Maine. We’d like to pitch a tent to get used to the land and its quirks while we do our planning but, between you and me, I do not relish the idea of a sleeping bag on the cruel ground. The au courant idea of glamping is really working for me…


A yurt is a traditional nomadic style tent, popping up in hip retreats all over the globe. Imagine staying in the middle of a mow in Spain for your next vacation – talk about close to nature.  This could translate easily to your backyard, for the next family reunion! Keep a lighthouse camping lantern or a Black moroccan birdcage lantern for a more classy option close by for warmth and light with your loved ones, and maybe a campfire story.


A fabulous updated yurt – a perfect respite on a rainy day – as posted on that wonderful design blog, Pillar Box Post.


Another rustic option posted on Pillar Box Post, this well considered temporary outdoor kitchen was unpacked from the trailer shown. Pick up some stout branches, lay a piece of oiled canvas over the top for a non-plastic rain resistant roof and start the kettle for tea!


If you are considering a more urban approach, what about a house at the touch of a button? illy set this box in NYC and served coffee to visitors while they explored the dwelling, designed by architect Adam Kalkin.


The dwelling was built inside a standard shipping container – it took just 90 seconds to unveil the five-room home with built-in kitchen, dining area, bedroom, living room and library.

What tricks do you have for comfortable outdoor living? Share them here!

~ sue lambe, your Spark exterior stylist.