I saw the previews for Moonrise Kingdom last week and when this image hit the screen my pulse started to race. Oh my goodness, the red plaid mat on that cot and more of the very same plaid lining two sides of the tent! Camp furniture (preferably old-fashioned wood) and red plaid are two of my very favorite things. And with summer approaching, I’ve got wood and canvas folding furniture on my mind. I’ve already been thinking of laying in a couple of deck chairs. I used to have a pair and I even sewed canvas slings for them. Unfortunately I left them out all the time and the wood got pretty thrashed, so I eventually parted with them. Do you know the kind of chair I’m talking about? Here’s a gorgeous one from Gallant & Jones in British Columbia:
That’s your top-of-the-line model, near as I can tell. Did you know that these deck chairs are very popular in parks in England and that you can use them while you visit? I remember using them in a park in Bath. I thought for sure we’d have to rent them or something, but they were just there for the taking. How do they keep them from being stolen I wonder? Well, I’m thinking of going for the mid-range model from Telescope Casual, part of their Cabana Beach Collection. Maybe one in yellow and one in hot pink. They’d look so nice and summery on the lawn.
I already have a nice wood cot from Byer of Maine. It and two matching camp stools were some of the first furniture pieces we could afford to buy. The cot was a good investment because it still comes in handy as extra sleeping space now and then and it’s not at all uncomfortable. Sometimes I’ll see an image of a cot that is done up with lovely bedding and pillows and throws in a park-like setting and think, I’ve got to do that with our cot, but I haven’t yet. Maybe this summer …
You can still get wood cots from Byer. In fact, Byer offers deck chairs (they call them gliders) as well. They’re no longer made in Maine, but they look pretty nice and they cost about $75 – the best price I found for this kind of wood deck chair.