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A Weekend in Martha's Vineyard; Summer Camp Style

This post is in partnership with Lark Hotels, but all opinions are my own.

I'm always inspired by the decor of Lark Hotels, but an entire hotel that's devoted to summer camp?  I knew I had to add that one to my bucket list the minute I saw it!  Summer camp is all about structure mixed with the perfect dose of playtime, relaxation, & living it up in the great outdoors, and Summercamp Hotel transports you there without having to deal with the bugs & bunk beds.  Tying in summer camp elements to decor is a perfect way to evoke the nostalgia of childhood & re-instill a sense of purposeful fun.  Pulling off any type of decor theme is no easy feat, and this one could have easily gone really off track and had the space looking like a kid's birthday party.  Here are some ways Lark's Summer Camp Hotel executed it like a champ.

Signs Everywhere

What better way to catch the eye and also designate your space than with awesome lettering? I'm a sucker for signage, and a wall full of words or eye-catching 3d letters add a little dose of fun to the scene.

Games Galore

Whether as part of the decor or to provide actual entertainment, there are games everywhere you look.  Vintage racquets adorn the walls, and a life size Connect Four game is begging to be played in a beautiful sitting room.  Turf has been spray painted to make it always time for Twister, & the ping pong table is ready for action.

Bring the Outdoors In

Highlighting the best and worst of nature can actually make for some amazing interior design.  Bugs are something we put up with in order to get outside, but here they are celebrated through delightful art.  Having plenty of plants and wooden accents are of course a must, but my favorite outdoor detail was probably the bark wallpaper.

Pop Your Color

Summer camp is no place for all white decor!  Guests feel welcome with this inviting furniture that isn't afraid to be a little more about quirk than high class.

Prioritizing the Porch

You should always treat the porch like another room in your house.  Get a sense of those nights around the campfire but take it up a notch with plenty of pillows, blankets, & comfy seating.  The coziness factor of Summercamp's front porch truly pays homage to cool summer nights around the campfire and makes for happy campers indeed.

Be sure to check out this post if you want some great movies to take you back to the nostalgic days of summer camp, and follow me on Instagram to see where I'm off to next!



Weekend Life: Summer Camp Movies

Moonrise Kingdom Print by  Lauren Gregg , $35

Moonrise Kingdom Print by Lauren Gregg, $35

When you need to just curl up on the couch and watch a great movie, there is nothing more frustrating than being stuck with no clue what to watch.  My husband and I often spend at least 30 minutes watching previews trying to pick a movie.  If that has happened to you, allow me to introduce one of my favorite genres: summer camp movies. Ok this isn't a real movie genre you will find in your Netflix app, but there are so many movies worth watching that have to do with this nostalgic summer theme.  Even if you're like me and never actually went to summer camp, I'm sure you'll still appreciate the celebration of childhood, enjoy the scenery offered by the great outdoors, and possibly even be inspired to seek out some adventure.   

1. Troop Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, what a thrill!  I grew up on this movie but at the time didn't realize how fabulous it really is.  Phyllis Nefler is the most fashion forward troop leader you'll ever meet, who suddenly has me wishing I had a khaki cape and a green neck scarf.  This movie is all about rooting for the underdog, and you'll probably see a little of yourself in at least one of the girl scouts.

all images via Google

all images via Google

2. Parent Trap (NOT the Lindsay Lohan one!)

I have been watching this movie since I was too young to realize Haley Mills was playing her own twin in this movie (despite her British accent sometimes creeping into her American character).  It doesn't even matter, it's still the best movie ever and I don't really know why.  Maybe that whole torturing your evil step-mother thing is just fun to watch unfold, or perhaps the story of sisterhood is what gets me.  Regardless, you're going to love it. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

3. Moonrise Kingdom

If you have never seen a Wes Anderson movie (and/or don't even know what that means), prepare to get hooked.  Even if the plot was terrible I would watch his movies for the cinematography, but throw in Bill Murray & Bruce Willis cameos and a really sweet love story and you have a recipe for the perfect weekend flick. 

4. Wet Hot American Summer

This is worth the watch purely for the stellar cast.  Not only is it chock full of SNL greats i.e. Amy Poehler & Molly Shannon, there is also plenty of eye candy from the likes of Bradley Cooper & Elizabeth Banks.  You will definitely be hooked enough to enjoy the Netflix season that takes place the same year as the movie, despite the characters having now aged 15 years.  It's pretty hilarious yet awesome how they pull it off.

5.  Heavyweights

I used to watch this before the Disney Channel was all about Miley and it still entertains me today.  It's co-written by Judd Apatow and features Ben Stiller as a weight loss camper's worst nightmare.

If you love Summer Camp vibes as much as I do, check out this summer camp decor I created for a client of mine.  I also just visited Summer Camp Hotel, an entire hotel with a summer camp theme, so I'm loving it even more. It was a step up from a cabin with bunk beds, but still created such fun playful atmosphere.  I'll be sharing more from that spot soon, or find me on Instagram to see some of my photos. 



Decorate Your Life: Summer Camp Style

I occasionally take on interior decorating projects, and this wound up being one of my favorites!  I was a little stuck with this client, trying to make a fun retro spot where a ping pong table can be incorporated into the decor.  Finally I decided to stop trying to fight the fun and just go with it!  What lends itself to playtime more than summer camp? I gave Rachel a little colorful retro inspiration, and I'm so glad she has already run with this idea.  She has found so much great Etsy art for her fun new garage rec room!

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