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Get the Look: Indoor Camping Kitsch

Camping is one of my favorite Summertime activities, and ever since I came across this adorable Campfire Tealight (below right) the other day, I've been obsessed with creating a decorating theme that brings the spirit of camping indoors.

There are definitely right and wrong ways to incorporate camping gear into your decor: A friend whose college living room consisted only of two fold-up camping chairs and a TV comes to mind. And I'm certainly not suggesting that you curl up every night in a sleeping bag. But done right, this would be a very cute look for a sitting room, office, or sun room. Here's how to get it.

The Palette: You'll want plenty of woodsy hues, including dark brown and forest green, balanced with lighter earth tones like sage green and khaki.

The walls: To recreate the comfy feeling of being surrounded by nature, try a kitschy Morning Forest Wall Mural, or pair an earth-toned paint shade with rustic accents that echo tree branches.

For the rest of your indoor camping essentials,

The furniture: Supplement regular furniture with pieces that evoke camping gear. Canvas-covered cots and fold-up chairs would be fun, as would a hammock for snoozing.

The lighting: Find table lamps that resemble or re-purpose camping lanterns — like this adorable Camping Lantern Lamp that I'm crazy about.

Accents: Here's the place where you can really have fun with campfire-motif tchotchkes like the tealight above. Also, consider mixing real camping gear, like enamelware dishes, with retro relics like Campfire Girl patches, pictures from old guidebooks, and nostalgic Summer camp photos.

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