10 Modern Yurts You Could Totally Live In
When you’re planning a vacation, you probably look to resorts, hotels and even apartments for accommodations. But there’s another lodging option you’ve likely overlooked that can be just as relaxing — a yurt. Yurts are round structures with cone-shaped roofs. And actually, they’ve been around for thousands of years and have been a primary style of housing in Central Asia. Today, luxury yurts are sought after as vacation spots and even houses across the U.S., Canada and Europe. And after seeing these yurts, you’ll want to book your next trip to one — or just move in.
1. Green Acres Yurt: Drive east of Austin and you’ll stumble upon this modern glamping tent, which is available on Airbnb. The door opens to rustic decor, including a wooden table, plenty of poufs and lush bedding. (via Lauren Kelp)
2. Santa Barbara Yurt: This guest yurt at a Santa Barbara ranch features an African tribal shield above the bed, as well as a vintage pendant lamp and reclaimed wood for the bathroom washstand. The result is a light and airy space that we wouldn’t mind living in. (via Magazine C)
3. Western Yurt: This yurt’s floor is covered in colorful Western rugs layered on each other, and the bed features a mix of interesting patterns that go wonderfully together. The exposed wooden beams also add to the Western feel. (via Domino)
4. Czech Republic Yurt: Retreat to a yurt in a meadow surrounded by fruit trees in the small village of Chlum. The yurt, which is available on Airbnb, features a canopy bed and plenty of sunny rays from the skylight. (via Airbnb)
5. Shelter Co. Yurts: Though not technically yurts, these definitely look like the real thing inside. The tents can be set up anywhere, whether it’s for a camping trip or a wedding. They feature full beds, wool blankets, area rugs and even lounge seating to create a true camping oasis. (via Shelter Co.)
6. Backyard Office Yurt: This couple built a spacious yurt in their backyard that doubles as an office and relaxing retreat. They decorated with colorful bedding and rugs and placed a large light in the center of the room. Talk about an inspirational workspace! (via Apartment Therapy)
8. Adirondack Yurt: Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, this 250-square-foot yurt was hand built by a Brooklyn couple. Over the years, they’ve added a second yurt, cooking area, sauna and even a zip line. (via Apartment Therapy)
9. West Wood Yurts: You’ll definitely want to stay in this UK yurt village. Accommodations feature a skylight, waterproof cover and wooden doors hand painted in colorful patterns. Each yurt sits on a deck complete with a picnic table, gas stove and barbecue to enjoy a meal with friends and family. (via Adero)
10. Energy-Conscious Yurts: Inhabitat writer Rachel Ross worked with her husband to create a series of Energy Star-rated yurts in the woods of Nelson, B.C. in Canada. This house uses 30 percent less energy and is just as beautiful as it is efficient. Every room has skylights and sun tubes — and did we mention the insanely tall ceilings? (via Inhabitat)
Would you live in one of these yurts? Let us know in the comments.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)