I love tents with the wreckless abandon of a child. Like all children I know, I loved to build forts inside and see how big we could make them using all of the blankets in the house and creatively draping them over furniture in a room. They’re beautiful in a patchwork quilt kind of way from the outside and special secret places inside.

When I was young, I thought tents were maybe the best way to spend a weekend or a snow day. (Our neighborhood-wide snow day igloo in the ditches in front of our houses should be in the running for most epic child-built fort in Topeka, Kansas.)

But now that I’m an adult, tents seem like just a cozy hideaway to spend a special holiday with my husband — who, after all, is my best friend and favorite playmate.

He was a little sick this weekend so we spent most of Saturday in bed, watching TV and Netflix, and just hanging out. If I were more of a planner of big romantic gestures, I’d probably surprise him with a giant tent around our bedroom … or in the living room or …  in the rest of our house.

There are so many beautiful ideas for turning a room in your house into a tent!

And so much inspiration that makes me wish it was summer already and we could spend an afternoon outside.

Or share an outside evening meal together:

Or maybe even the whole night:

If you’re enjoying this tent inspiration as much as I am, give some love to the link-throughs and click the images for more fabulous tent roundups at other blogs!

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