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we made over a tent?! | Upgrade My Stay

we made over a tent?! | Upgrade My Stay
the turtle turtle turtle turtle welcome to

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my save the show where me Kelsey and me Becky Check Into vacation rentals with the goal of upgrading the

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experience with some DIY design and decor all before checkout we are fully on a dirt road now this is a dirt road so today we're heading to Mono which is like about an hour outside of Toronto and we're going to Ellen and Joey's yurts I'm so excited here it is like a permanent

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yes have you ever been to Europe before
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I haven't you get kind of like the front of camping because there's no electricity yeah but it's a bit of a bigger space you get the feeling of like being inside and like you don't have to feel like damn yes it's like good for all seasons kind of thing yes okay cool but just from looking at the rental listing some of the reviews are like the year was fantastic easy to keep warm and very comfy a great getaway glad we brought extra lamps for lighting cuz as it is quite dark oh
I guess all you have is the fireplace yeah and then like maybe some lantern right but you know we're used to like the overhead lighting so maybe we can do something about that this one says helpful tips for packing extra kindling from there your recycling would be helpful as we went in the winter and had the fire going continuously okay so maybe they need a little bit extra storage for like wood and kindling and stuff and of course bring boardgames yeah everybody loves coming up and visiting
the property so I'm really excited to see it okay I think we actually are getting quite close they aren't oh yeah they're up here a little yes this is a perfect Wow over there hello my god yeah thanks for having us thanks for being here we're so excited I've never been to Europe before I don't think I have but I have so many questions how does one own a yurt well you can order them as a kit or they're not too hard and you could probably just build one yourself too
so here's a kit this one's a kid okay cool and how long have you had it here since 2006 okay a long time quite a while it's in good condition yeah it looks very cute so I guess tell us a bit about the space is there anything that you'd like to change about it or things you love about it yeah yeah definitely lighting kitchen area I think we want a little bit more defined a little bit more easy to to work on okay inside yeah but better seating kind of stuff more comfort and
coziness okay so there's no power to the year it currently right that's right so all the lighting is from the fireplace and lanterns correct right everything we do has to be solar or battery okay well I think that we can handle all that it's just up here yeah okay we'll go out check ourselves in and we'll holler if we need anything okay and we'll see you guys tomorrow with a new space fantastic okay thank you I smelled a fire it's gonna be so cozy already tell oh my
gosh it's like a whole clearing here what came first the year or the clearing oh this looks nice oh this is cozy I love it did they meet us it's bigger than I thought it would be which is nice I could

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here okay okay so this is the kitchen yes I definitely see what she's saying in that it's not like a huge table to do anything thank you you wouldn't really eat at this table if I had to pick a solution for this like this wouldn't I know yes I see that what we're
gonna do here is hide some of the cooler and trash components with some curtains and we're going to use visual storage so we're going to be hanging some of the pots and kitchen utensils and stuff off of the wall using some s hooks this is great for a vacation rental space because then when you have a guest coming in they don't need to like learn the space they can just like see if they want something it's there on the wall to grab it fire this I feel like this feels like it's
taking up a lot of space and it doesn't even fit like this basket is tipped already the wood isn't all in there and I feel like if you've ever been camping this is like an hour's worth of wood yeah I can take depending okay so maybe we can address that mm-hmm they've talked about dining in seating yes I don't know if this is meant to be the dining table or just like a seating area I think it's both in a space this size this is both yes this either becomes seating or
table yes I think you need to give it's one or the other you either have big comfy chairs or you have like a table to eat it so we're actually going to try a couple different things we have some comfy chairs that would work as a comfy option but we're also brought like a table and stools if you want to have somebody actually sit here and eat a dinner so we're gonna try all those options that are not quite sure yet which one's gonna work okay well test stuff out later what do
you think about the bed layout okay so I feel like the layout of the beds currently is a little bit awkward so we want to move them so that each bed is under a window I feel like it will anchor it a little better and then if we use some pillows perhaps a DIY pillow it can help to give this kind of headboard effect underneath the windows I really do like the circle table that me too so I'm glad that we don't have to change that and then they do have this mirror which I think mirrors are
so important it's giving me a little bit of college dorm vibe stinks so maybe something bigger would be great and then they've got that kind of wicker shelf system but even if we could bring in different or more storage because when you're coming you probably have a suitcase of stuff you know like put it somewhere and where do you put it you don't really PS you don't okay so storage trunk great I am noticing the lanterns scattered around which there are some but again
they've just asked for even more lighting so I think hanging some string lights and getting it up to really light the ceiling at night is gonna do a lot for brightening up the space and I mean I think that's the major things we got a tackle here yeah let's get to it let's take out things that aren't gonna

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bye bye see ya this is simple but cute yeah look well that's what she wanted right it was like simple pieces in the space but we're actually very useful four
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of them right yeah we have four of these so this would be option a which we could like tuck them underneath when they're not in use which is nice mm-hmm or we have those chairs which I think once you see them they're like the perfect color to the yurt already okay let's let's bring them in and then po

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ially this table could replace the little one over there what could I add to it it could let's just move this out of the way and bring those chairs is yeah we feel what that
that might work they're like kind of different modes but like whatever so let's move this out of the way and bring this sorry I was thinking about it I was like hold on I have a good idea that was good I'm like a videogame character can only say the same wine okay so let's move this out of the way and can you believe these chairs though like the color of the fabric and the wood is like this color scheme I think I love this too much too to not use them to not use them well in that
it solves her asked of comfy or seating because sit these are comfy yeah why don't we just play around with that side and see if we can make that work if we make that work then I think it'd be nice to keep these chairs here obviously I agree they're so cute it's literally I was sold as soon as I saw the color scheme like I was like Stewie D chairs we're not sure we're not sure and then you see them here and it's like we do need the chair these came with the yurt
literally they came in the yurt kit okay let's make this table work okay okay so if we want to use this table over here how do we make that work this we need like a kitchen prep area mm-hmm but also dining table so okay okay let me try this here yes I think that's the move because then it doesn't take outdoor space mm-hmm then what if it was just over here mm-hmm and then we have our little stools mm-hmm you know I like that I think it works I think it makes sense it does make sense
we have a bunch of great hooks that we can hang all like the cooking stuff up here above this area yeah I'm feeling good let's bring that all together then okay yes do you have a ticket for the long way home we have these ones or these ones I think though oh we have red plates and stuff but like do we want to me to matrimony I don't know are we doing right at you where else there's like something right in this in the in the yeah pillows and like betting and stuff okay then I
like the red take a chunk the only problem is we don't know they're running out of hooks is that where's that twine go well know where it was from the lantern that we took down we did anyone lose that twine and then like make like a little hook system Oh out of s hooks I thought they liked that that's a good DIY option we could like have them all kind of in a row yay cups in a row make your Ducks yeah okay okay I love being resourceful okay Pitts sick I feel like I'm camping
I need to remember all my camping not ok so now we tie this just like that yeah I was sick so frickin Dania yeah cute resourceful chic yeah why give me more words more click sweet words well not quickly it's accurate okay - that's cute I love that yeah we're already in such a tight space so it's smart to get the most use out of the walls right so that all the countertops are free for what other things you need that's the hack is if you are low on space you gotta use your
walls we got a lot of whoa I actually think we're hanging more things in this makeover before we're done

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tuned can't wait love that vertical you're at storage on my Pinterest all right we're finishing up the last of the kitchen stuff we have some bowls and some place we can bring out and set on that table and the last thing we're actually gonna hang a curtain around the bottom of the table that way it will conceal the larger items I know they're like
the cooler in the recycling bin okay this can go here we're bringing in this side table tray that was beside the bed and we're also bringing in a firewood stand that matches the one that they already have is there perhaps a hike we can do maybe outside the year the Bruce trail oh okay so that firewood holder needs to be filled with firewood yeah I think that's just nice to keep some stuff dry inside cause like you could use that up in like a day I don't know less for sure depends
how much you're doing so I think it's good to have like some more inside that's dry in case it is like snowy or rainy out so let's go find some wood I do think I saw a wheelbarrow on the way we could have used that perhaps let's use that I feel like we should cut some wood I don't know both pieces are small enough are they hmm well this is our wheelbarrow chop me some what baby I never talked I don't think I've ever talked to it it's it's like go why is
it I don't know I just go oh that's not good then it's like ax throwing but don't let go oh my god oh my god oh my god okay ready I'm not what do you think I do behind your head oh my god I feel like I'm and then I'm rose in your jack what Titanic when did I chop wood in Titanic when he's on the he's handcuffed to the oh I've not seen that movie in a while I guess he like took practice swings okay sleep investment we are okay okay okay okay ready yep this
is not gonna go I can feel it not going well I really didn't do anything how do you chum what I just do like a little tops okay let me try this baby here one I feel good I need my words of affirmation doesn't help that your your platforms crooked okay give it everything okay and then we do this yeah oh no I'm breaking this down oh and you split your stuff instead of the one you're trying to chop I think you are getting somewhere oh my god wow that's the cleanest cut I ever
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did see okay.what acquired would you do the honors and bring it inside I would it is cold in here oh I think our fire went out yeah good thing we got more wood so should I try and get that fire started again yes please there's like some tea I would say also look at this I can pick it up because our fireplace is not hot enough it's a turtle and it lives in a yurt and it's yertle the turtle here told a year turned her at all who was in the yard I love him our mascot yes absolutely
the turtle turtle turtle turtle okay yeah you got it so while our water boils for the tea we're gonna get to setting up the lights because the day is actually ending this on a setting and I don't want to be stuck in the dark we're gonna be swinging these long strands of battery-operated lights around the walls in the yurt and kind of up on the ceiling and hopefully it does something to combat the darkness the fun thing about these license they're actually remote-controlled so you
can be in bed about to go to sleep and switch off your lights so you don't have to get up and walk around and put the bunch of switches okay this is looking good I think it I think it'll get off with good light yeah if anything it's just a mood of I being here um you think you can reach the second ring like no unless it's too steep oh oh it's very close that's frustrating that's not gonna work get another water yeah yeah the horses have been fed and watered how's
our tea noodle is ready I just need like an of glob you know hey this is Joey's turning Gardens chocolate peppermint I am excited oh I was should have served you first I apologize oh how about this you did serve me first cheers to a good day it's looking very very cozy in here already and we're not even done half the things we want to do we literally did like half of the thing literally half yeah I'm excited for tomorrow take the test a team and I ear it all night Becky
let's do a trick okay my sister was the figure skater not me but one leg what's it called triple salchow there's the wine it's a shooting back and you like like this okay this is what I can do tens tens tens across the board this is beautiful where's your skates and bring them I didn't read the rental listing and said this was an option yeah I read it and I was like are you kidding me I bring my skate bride oh we get back to beautifying the year but I can't
appreciate the year if I don't appreciate the nature around the year you know so yesterday we got the right side completed mm-hm so now today it's kind of like the bedroom area yeah all the bedroom stuff and then final touches I'm excited and then Ellen Joey get their New Year back okay so we have this trunk here yes this is a vintage and like beautiful and actually very functional because people can like put a suitcase on it and open it put stuff in it and also it's a home full
because that house our next DIY in it that's right okay curtains I think we only need to do curtains above each bed because it's like a nice anchor you don't need to do all the windows and there they already have a problem with it being too dark not too bright that's yeah that's true it's like kind of a style thing you know a little bit of aesthetic never hurt nobody I need that I'm a shirt okay yeah and then we're gonna bring back a mirror but this is gonna be
bigger yeah we'll see where this wants to go could be a side table could be a center moment mhm but let's make these curtains yes for these curtains we have some panels pre-

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that have a little tube in the top and we're just going to string through some dowels that are cut to size and then we're taking some sea hooks that we just need to widen a little bit so that the dowel can fit nicely in it and then we're going to just screw in these T hooks to the wood lattice portion
of the year alright tell me we're centered is can you go to the right like I know no no like less of the right oh it's cuz the wood you could go I can go here or I can go here what should I do neither neither well they're not centered it's cuz the wood yeah if I go higher as I fix it no no I don't think this is gonna work then cuz I have to be touching wood I can't screw this into the fabric I know should we think of a back-up plan I have an idea tell me tell it to me so
what if we do instead of drilling C hooks into the would we hang twine off of that top wire and then just like drilled the twine into the edge or you can even like hang it off screws yeah hang it off screws that go into the dowel and then you're hanging it off of the wire instead of drilling into the wood and then you have to line it up that'll work okay I think I think our swine in the truck yeah all right it's just solve this problem we're actually gonna do is drill some screws
into the sides of the dowels and then just use some twine to make two little loops one's gonna go over the air craft wire around the edge of the yurt and one's gonna go around the screw that's on the dowel then I can just hang there and then to keep the curtains up when they're not in use we're going to be using some thrifted belts to secure the extra material okay this big floor-length mirror yeah I'm gonna get home which will really bring this space together got some
hooks to hang it from yeah yeah oh yeah oh my gosh yeah that's good that's perfect that's sick any like don't even really see the wire not really it's a floating near all right now the mirror is hung checkout time is fast approaching so I think Kelsey and I are gonna divide and conquer for these next parts she's gonna make a DIY pillow a headboard and I'm gonna work on swapping out the bedding instead of just swapping out the comforter and replacing it was something
entirely new what we did was picked up these duvet covers in this beautiful kind of rusty red color and then use the existing comforter as they do they insert so I'm actually doing a really cool hack to make this pillow I'm taking a woven runner and then folded in half lengthwise from there I'm gonna sew up two of the sides and then go ahead and stuff it before sewing up the last side whoo oh my gosh is this cute it's cool eh oh wow and that's the perfect size Rick you want
one okay all that's left is like little final touches final touches I imagined them as like glittery sprinkles sounds in my head Oh like raindrops yeah I don't know okay wait let's make it rain final touches so we're by the front entranceway we're replacing their coat rack with some coat hooks it's just as functional for holding coats but it actually saves a lot of floor space it makes place get a lot more open on those chairs that we brought in we added a green accent
pillow to match the curtains that we added and also brought in one of their blankets so around their Center coffee table which we know what they wanted to keep and we love it too we're just adding some extra flower poof's which are durable but work as extra syncing as well beside the bed we added hooks so that we could hang the lanterns close by to the bed to complete the bedding we're actually using a lot of pillows and blankets that they already own but we just

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decor we were buying had similar colors that it pulls it all together and of course we're gonna have a roaring fire for one of your reveals to Joey and Alan they're coming wait hold on like literally right now there's still your it on the floor no there's so much here quick quick quick it's so you're D so you're okay okay let's save them from this rain okay ready yeah okay okay okay come on in to your new yards oh I love it oh my gosh you look at people Wow and
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here yes let me figure every my gosh I'm so excited yeah let's just move here and then you guys can design our home and then we'll see here good good shape yeah I love those cushions yeah yeah so we really tried to take into account the needs of this space and what you guys wanted while also keeping your style in mind too okay so we use a lot of pieces that you guys already had and then brought in some new pieces like the trunk for some extra storage is somebody's here
they have somewhere like put their bags or a suitcase or whatever it might be and then you had asked for it may be more comfy or seating so we have two big plush armchairs which actually are the exact colors of the walls yeah it's so cozy it's I love the layout of it it's amazing I wouldn't I didn't even think about this layout and it's perfect and there's still a lot of space and like this is perfect this little sitting area yeah that's beautiful oh yeah I think
things are wood lots of firewood yeah Richard is that we know that it can go pretty quickly and you guys have the one so we kind of have a matching one now yeah and the window coverings are amazing so perfect so we've got that the beds under the windows just

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a lot of sense it's like a natural headboard yeah okay oh I think we saw something to show that yes so you've mentioned lighting being an issue so without plugs we did the best that we could we have battery-operated lights
which actually the best thing is that they're remote operated room thank you it's hard to tell when it's still kind of daylight here but when we were here when is later it really does make a victim and they're just like a nice light glow so you've got so much seating options now - there's the big chairs like you'd mentioned the floor poof's are on the table which you didn't want us to touch the table and we loved it - so we kept it yeah it's perfect and
the betting is so nice - I think it works nicely with the colored blankets that you guys already had and then the hooks on the walls for little caps and got the nice recycling because you had the coat rack which did take down exactly I think this works a little bit better okay using our walls wherever we can take yeah and then it creates more space to walk around in - which is really good oh my gosh I'm so excited thank you so much thank you so welcome I will leave you with the remote - the
lights okay and we will head out but thanks so much guys okay thank you oh I'm so glad they loved it though me too hi there they're quiet smoking individual so I was like nervous but but I think what they said was super meaningful yeah I think the fact that we kind of understood their style and their vision for the space mm-hmm yeah I'm really really happy all right back to the city we go for the next one we're gonna have to take this puppy for a car wash you