Friday, August 27, 2010

Everything you need to know about yurts -
well almost

Pricilla the great goat

Many moons, and carrot sticks ago, Pricilla the spokesgoat for Happy Goats soap, sent me an email regarding her humble abode that she was building. Now this wasn't just any abode, it was a yurt. If you are unfamiliar with this term, a yurt is essentially a round structure, with a wood lattice frame, tradtionally used by nomads because they are portable. But honestly, I can't see Pricilla being a nomad. She is a pampered goat with too many demands to speak of, and she has way too much stuff to be moving all the time.

Because Pricilla is the spokesgoat of Happy Goats soap, she is quite full of herself, and has the needs of a glorified, overpaid, CEO. (Probably because she got the position over Abigail the other goat, and Pricilla doesn't like her much.) But honestly, between you, me and the fencepost, I think Pricilla's attitude is the publicist's fault. Yes, I am a bit bitter. Although I find Pricilla very interesting, it was Harry that had my heart, and the publicist's sent him off to the nether regions, I mean a new farm with lots of room to roam and play. Despite the publicity that followed this heartwarming farewell, the publicist and Pricilla had tricks up there sleeve hooves, and I think a little insider trading was going on. But my feelings on this matter remain the same and is a whole other story that we won't discuss. HUMPH!

I {heart}Harry

Ok where were we? Oh yes, Pricilla the spokesgoat. Pricilla, the demanding CEO of Happy Goat Soaps, wanted me to help her design and plan her yurt. There were many, many things on her list of needs, but her mouth was so full of hay I could barely understand her. I was able to determine that she loved color, and she loved big sofas. I was however, skeptical of the big sofa. She has a tendency to knaw on upholstery, so I made a note to keep it small. After all we are designing a yurt, not the Taj Mahal Pricilla!

So what exactly is the interior of a yurt like? Yurts are always round, and have interior framework exposed. This framework can be hidden with canvas or other materials but most people leave it exposed. Yurts vary in sizes and can be as small as 12' in diameter or  as large as 40' in diameter. The best part about a yurt is they are fairly easy to assemble, and they can be built in a few days. And unlike a new home, yurts start at $4000. Many people will substitue a yurt for a home simply because of it's ease, and low cost; and in Pricilla's case, portability.


Yurts can be used for everyday homes, vacation homes, offices and retreats. Many companies, including the goverment use yurts as an alternative to traditional building facilities. They can be as elaborate or simple as you choose. The most important thing to keep in mind when building a yurt is sticking to your plan. Space is limited, and some items, like large sofas won't fit. They are appropriate for all climate's and offer many of the same amenties that a typical home or office would have. Perfect for a any demanding CEO, (especially those of Happy Goats soap.)

So, despite ignoring Priscilla, (she doesn't take being ignored lightly!) and procrastinating through two seasons worth of carrot harvest, I did promise to help her out with her yurt. Unfortunatley, I too am a CEO, (of something really important I just can't think of what that is at the moment,) and she has probably given up on the idea of me offering up solutions. But that is what you get when you negotiate design services with a log pile, a seasons worth of hay and a goat named Abigail. You almost had me with the log pile, Priscilla, but Abby is where I draw the line! 

To see the progress of Pricilla's fancy yurt click here
To help Pricilla pay for her fancy yurt, click here to buy her loot on Etsy

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  1. You are the best expert on yurts I know.
    The publicist is very happy to be in her yurt even if it is not finished. It is easier for her to make me treats in the big kitchen.

    Thank you very much!

  2. Aaah, I always wanted to spend time in a yurt! I love these photos. I heart you Pricilla (and Amanda, blog hostess supreme :)), for making this post possible :)

  3. Great blog... I am now following on all networks!
    All the best,

  4. Well... I wasn't expecting this, but it is a GREAT story. Love this!

  5. in a yurt...I would have to try it before doing it, I think somedays I may keep going in circles...however, with your touch, this is going to be the most luxurious yurt ever...and I checked out the loot, it is delicious and has been bookmarked for future use! xo

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  7. How interesting! Thanks for sharing.


  8. WOW! Amanda, this was truly an informative, yet entertaining post! I looked at all of the links to the yurt websites, and they can really be super cute with a little design touch! Thanks for sharing. As always, love your blog!

  9. very cute, Amanda. And educational, too! Keep that quirky sense of humor flowing in your posts. It's original and endearing. :)

  10. Oh how great and unique! The first time I ever saw a yurt erected and decked out was on the show Design Inc. with Sarah Richardson. I loved what she did and I love what I see now. What a simple, yet stunningly round of pleasure to romp around in!

  11. Awesome post. Love the goat-y viewpoint, too!

  12. I lived in a yurt for a summer while in Mongolia, I loved it! Ah to have as my office now, I would surely be calling you to liven it up darling. I followed your poppy trail right to my a poppy princess just like you.

  13. I NEED Harry.

    I'm not big into Yurts, but, this one is super cute!


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