Saturday, March 20, 2010

What Do You Think of My Meditation and Yoga Room?

It's a yurt!  I'm so loving this . . .

by Pacific Yurts  (The canvas sides roll up.)

Although, I do like the jazzy fun color of this one below (so unlike its rugged, ancient 13th century Central Asian ancestor, which focused more on practicality rather than aesthetics):

Confession: I'm still thinking about the yurts and making one my own. I don't have my yoga or meditation room -- yet.  Pacific Yurts helped me with this fantasy ruse. Forgive me . . . .
OK. Here's what happened:  My neighbors invited us to hike up to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse , located just north of Leadville, Colorado. The gourmet restaurant, albeit decorated in "come-as-you-are-rustic-woods," is housed in a yurt. In this case, a snow-packed yurt. It got me all fired up about yurt possibilities (for art studio, guest lodging, yoga, office....), so I went online to search for inspiration.

This is me below, mugging for the camera -- dressed to hike the Artic! I had leggings and tights on underneath my insulated ski pants -- and a sweater or two hidden behind the Marmot jacket!  Overkill!!  I thought it was going to be really-really cold at 10,800 feet. Nah -- especially when you're hiking up an incline for about 1 1/2 miles:

Come with me on this little adventure . . . of exploring yurts.

First, this above is the place of our 5-course meal.... It was afterward I noticed a lingering hunger to have and decorate one of these cute wood-framed, canvas structures  According to Pacific Yurts, these circular dwellings are the modern-day adaptation of ancient shelter used by former residents of Central Asia. They possess maximum strength using minimal materials. Weathertight. Sturdy. Moveable.  And, you can customize them like crazy, if you so desire. They start at around $4,400 and go up to more than $200,000.

Yurts are essentially circular tents. They do offer some decorating challenges, especially with the interior lattice that supports the canvas exterior.  Here some of the interiors I felt more at home in:

How about painting the lattice?  Maybe cover up the "walls" with soft drapery? (Remember, in my case, I'm thinking of an extra room -- out on the land.)

Now, I'm wondering does it feel like a jail? I love the way some of these look on the outside, but this lattice continues to nag me. (But stay tuned . . . .)  Otherwise, I like the floor, the cut tapestry above the bed ... the serenity.
Home shows in both Winnepeg and London recently showcased yurts. (I wasn't familiar with them until we came to Colorado.)  Apparently, though, they're the rage in many places. Here are a few shots of the one featured at the home show in London:

Think loft-like space so these whispy white drapes not only add softness but are practical.

Not the usual look of a yurt. But, if it's your full-time, permanent place, maybe so.

Speaking of the UK, here are some photos of a company that transports portable A-rated spa-hotels, yurt style, to festivals:

Wow. Look at the chandelier!

Someone got creative with the ceiling in this one below:

In fact, I think they did the lattice this way as well.

Also from Hooe's Yurts whose mission is to provide memorable wedding destination tents:

On a completely different note, I'd like to thank Candace Manroe, senior home design editor at Traditional Home magazine, for the write-ups about our store, The Green Plum, in her blog and on the magazine's Web site. Such a nice surprise; many of the photos she posted were taken more than a year ago, just when we moved into our new space. (The ones below are recent.)  I had forgotten about it until seeing it on my own blog roll. This from her blog:
"Shopping the Green Plum -- Sweet"

The Green Plum   -- Sam (our Aussie) sits in front. In Salida, Colorado.

Sub-zero temps and knee-high snow in Iowa, which only vanished within the last two weeks and promise to return this weekend, got me dreaming…not of that secluded sunny beach in the Caribbean, but of skiing. Downhill. Swish.
If you’re thinking my way, Colorado’s the place to be. And if you’re REALLY thinking my way, no trip—ski or otherwise—is complete without a shopping component. I can’t wait to get to the Rockies to visit my friend and colleague’s boutique furniture shop in Salida, Colorado. Owner Susan Fox is a contributing editor for TRAD HOME, and she’s a peach. Her shop’s The Green Plum—“green” meaning antiques and gently used pieces (what’s easier on the planet than that?), and “plum” as in great hand-picked new products. (Think cherry-picked.)

                 Spring sale under way:  20% off furnishings and 10% all else.

Salida is a historic town in Central Colorado’s upper Arkansas Valley, and it’s a sight in itself.  In fact, it has the largest historic downtown district in the state, and Susan’s shop is smack in the center. The swift-running, trout-rising Arkansas River runs right through the heart of downtown. I don’t know about you, but for me, shopping cool boutiques in a pristine natural setting instead of a congested mall surrounded by acres of concrete is worth a trip in itself.
The Green Plum is packed—make that beautifully and cozily filled—with antiques like a French trestle table and chairs still in their original leather. As a traveler, you may want something more portable. Antique botanical prints stylishly reframed by Susan are the best.
One item I plan to fill my carry-on with are her scented soybean candles—the fragrance is just the right balance of scent and unobtrusiveness. But the ultimate dose of delicious comes later. After the candle has burned a while, blow out the flame, and dip your fingers into the melted wax. It’s the ultimate pampering (and it’s the manufacturer’s intent, lest you fear this is some hair-brain idea I’ve invented during down time). Trust me, you’ll like it.
If you can’t make it to Salida this spring, no worries. Its white-water rafting, trout-fishing, and hiking make it a multi-seasonal destination.

Click here for the full story and pics -- and give a shout out to Candace, if you like.

15 Responses to “What Do You Think of My Meditation and Yoga Room?”

Yurt gonna hate it if ya don't get one. (yurt humor)

They sound divine. Particularly in your neck of the world. Actually, a coleague moved into a Yurt (in CO) while they built their dream home!

What fun! Even the name. Yurt.
The draped one with dark furnishings feels very "Out of Africa" to me. Could easily go Asian too though. I agree with you about the lattice. All those x's seem distracting... not very condusive to calm and meditation. Hope you fet one!

This was a most interesting post. The Yurt is so nice. Can't believe you could use it in the winter.
The windows in it are very nice. Good luck, hope you get the yurt.


Ima Weed said...

Enjoyed this post. Living in a yurt would be fun I think and I would want those lattice walls painted the white or off-white color of the yurt. .

Cote de Texas said...

loved this. I'm so jealous of your life - galveston AND colorado. unreal!!!!!!!

thanks for the skirted roundtable comment too. muchas.


annechovie said...

These are fascinating! Have a great week.

Atticmag said...

Those are some fabulous yurts. Really impressive. Thanks for stoppping by to see us. Glad to discover your blog. -- Jane F.

Alright... going against the flow here. Love the IDEA of a yurt, and the inside of some of those (specially the UK ones) are just fabulous, BUT I'd much rather have a Pagoda on my property. It is so much more stylish, in my opinion. Don't know how it would work in Colorado though.
Thanks for leaving that hillarious comment. You had me in stitches and only a little bit embarassed. :)

New follower, neighbor.

Patty said...

You should for sure make your own "yoga yurt" it's such a good idea!

Hi Susan,
Just wrote a follow up to you article.

Thanks for the inspiration.

I agree with Joni, I am jealous too. Thanks for visiting.

Housewife Bliss said...

I found you via the Shiny Pebble, so happy I came over for a look at your blog. Am a new follower...

I just adore your new jealous!

Tootsie said...

okay..this was an interesting post...but I have to admit...a yurt is so NOT on my wish addition to the greenhouse maybe...but I am not a good meditation nor am I able to any sort of yoga...I have energy to burn and meditation is out of the question for a girl that can't sit still for more than a few moments at a time....and not patient...or flexible...and I do think it may require me sitting in one spot! lol

I've seen some pictures of yurts in a coastal state park in Oregon..., hmmmm, wonder if I have them still in my files somewhere! Pretty neat idea.

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