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Bring the camp home...


A contemporary decorating trend is to create a camping environment …. Lodge-style furnishings, antique camping, fishing and hunting equipment, etc. Following are a few ideas you may wish to consider.

Look for rustic camp furniture - a rocking chair is a must. Think porch. Think lake. Also, Adirondack style furniture will be very effective in setting the tone for your rustic camp décor. A simple twig or wicker chair or table will serve you well. To this you might add a couple of old camp blankets. In the 1940’s and 1950’s many companies manufactured blankets with an outdoors motif or an American Indian motif. A couple of these blankets stacked on a shelf, or one thrown over an old overstuffed chair will greatly add to the camp décor feel. Consider a Popsicle stick lamp – made in the 1950’s by Boy Scouts.

Watch yard sales and flea markets for sporting equipment … an old cane fishing pole, fishing net, tackle box, bow and arrows, etc. These items can make for an interest collage on an otherwise bland wall. Many stores offer throw rugs with an American Indian motif, and you will be amazed at how much these inexpensive rugs will add to your room. An old worn oriental throw rug also sets the right mood.

Boat models, old Boy Scout hand-made items, photographs of early camps, an old stuffed fish, and perhaps an oil painting of a lake scene will add greatly to the environment you are creating.

In nearby Brimfield, MA each spring, summer and fall there are week-long antiques and flea markets which are terrific destinations for finding great decorating items. The first market is held in May. If you have never been, be sure to wear comfortable clothes and dress for the weather conditions. There are literally acres and acres of vendors and dealers set up for your shopping pleasure. Restroom facilities and refreshments are readily available. But be prepared for a lot of walking. A pull-behind wire shopping cart might be a consideration to help you contain and transport your purchases. At these markets, money talks -- cash is generally the desired mode for conducting business.

Do not necessarily look for pristine items with which to decorate. Dare to be at ease with items that are worn and warm. It is amazing how much more comfortable and easy-living these items will prove to be if you allow. Most of all, allow your self to have fun in the collecting and decorating process.


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