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Customer Spotlight Debra Amerson embraces art eco-friendly living in her Pacific Yurt

February 23rd, 2021

Customer Spotlight Debra Amerson embraces art eco-friendly living in her Pacific Yurt

Debra Amerson purchased her yurt in 1999. She transformed the space into a personalized home office and art studio. “It’s worked beautifully for me,” Amerson said when she described her use of the yurt space. Her business, a sustainable art, interior, and plantscape design firm called Deeper Green Interiors, is committed to eco-friendly operations, which is what drove Amerson to contact Peter Dolan at Pacific Yurts. Since Amerson had owned her yurt for 21 years, some repairs and replacements were necessary. She wanted solutions that were both long-lasting and environmentally friendly. Pacific Yurts was able to help. For years, Amerson has enjoyed her yurt as well as introduced others to the benefits of owning yurts and working with Pacific Yurts.

The Inspiration to Build a Pacific Yurt
In the early 90s, Amerson visited Esalen Institute in Big Sur where she received a massage inside a massive and cozy yurt. She enjoyed the structure and the possibility to make the space something unique to her interests. Here sparked the idea of building a personal yurt as an art studio and office.

Yurts can be challenging to install, Amerson admits, as there are several factors to take into consideration. The amount of sun exposure, wind, rain, elevation, overhanging tree branches, among other facets, must be considered when choosing a location. However, Amerson will also be the first to describe the charm of yurts. She describes the perks of working in a yurt in any season: “The raindrops on the roof are actually quite charming and I like working inside my yurt with the wood stove keeping me cozy during the winter rains in NorCal.”

The Advantage of Owning a Pacific Yurt

Having a home office can be tricky, which is why yurts provide the perfect solution for an office or studio space. Amerson’s 24’ yurt is the perfect size for her workspace. Plus, during the pandemic, her yurt has provided relief as an additional space to work and spend time in apart from her home. For Amerson, owning a yurt means having a space of her own dedicated to her creativity, allowing her to focus and develop her craft to fully immerse herself in her art and work. The beauty of owning a yurt is this kind of versatility. Owners can turn their yurt into any kind of space they desire. However, Amerson cautions that yurt living is not a given in every state and county. To avoid disappointment, find out if your county deems it legal to live in a yurt full-time.

The Future of Eco-Friendly Living in Pacific Yurts

Yurts can easily be constructed to be eco-friendly, which was a huge plus for Amerson, who operates a certified green business in Marin County, California. Typical yurt walls and roofs last 13 to 15 years, but Amerson didn’t want to throw away the canvas siding and PVC roof materials when the time came to replace it. Instead, Pacific Yurts introduced Amerson to elastomeric paint, which is a thick rubber-based paint that expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations and is resistant to all kinds of weather. This has allowed her to keep her yurt’s original walls and roof functioning without needing to dispose of the materials.

Image by Todd Pickering Photography.
In the years since Amerson first purchased her yurt, she has coated the interior walls and beams with non-toxic zero VOC paints, installed laminate wood flooring, and added additional structural beams under the base to support new large glass windows. Her crew created a large storage closet enclosed with galvanized metal, and Amerson decorated the interior with existing office furniture upgraded with extra wood flooring as decorative cladding. Through all the structural and design projects, Pacific Yurts has, when asked, provided the necessary support to make for a smooth and easy process.

Amerson believes that yurts could be the future of eco-friendly living and working. Yurts can be built sustainably, last a long time, and have a minimal footprint on the planet.

Advice for Prospective Pacific Yurt Owners

Looking to embark on life in the round? Before deciding if a yurt is right for you, make sure you ask Pacific Yurts and your county building department a lot of questions, Amerson notes. You’ll need to consider how you plan to use the space, the location, and the features you’re interested in prior to ordering a new yurt. Pacific Yurts continues to offer valuable, environmentally friendly alternatives for Amerson’s older yurt, allowing it to not only function beyond the typical lifespan, but to thrive!

Like any long-lasting structure, a yurt requires occasional maintenance. Over the years Amerson has needed to repaint the interior and exterior of her yurt, replace pieces of the structure, and fix holes from fallen tree branches that poked through the ceiling during storms. She recalls one wind storm that dropped a tree branch on her yurt and snapped an interior roof beam. She contacted Pacific Yurts who sent a replacement piece promptly.

Amerson stresses the importance of having a good crew to build and install a yurt. Ideally, someone “well-versed in yurt installation.” In regards to Pacific Yurts, Amerson said, “Pacific Yurts provides excellent install specs and are helpful during the installation process.”

If you’re interested in asking questions or taking the next steps to install your personal yurt, contact us for more information.

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3 Things You Should Know Before Pairing Interior Plants With Wall Art

November 28th, 2020

3 Things You Should Know Before Pairing Interior Plants With Wall Art

Artist owned Deeper Green Interiors is a leader in blending living plants together with fine art to create spaces that are alive inside. Their unique California style marries Amersons original art in an array of vibrant colors paired with living plants to create unique and stylish spaces in which people work, play and enjoy a sense of calm and tranquility.

3 keys to successfully pairing interior plants & art together

Be Mindful of Humidity
One of the most destructive forces on the pigments, canvas, and frame of your paintings is moisture. Humidity and moisture are natural byproducts of plants, and you will want to be sure that your greenery does not directly touch the oils or mounting of your artwork. Also, you will need to keep your room at a humidity level of between forty to fifty percent with a temperature setting at between seventy to seventy-five degrees.

Managing Light
Light is a two-edged sword—it is necessary for interior plant life, but it can also damage precious works of art. Invisible ultraviolet and infrared rays from the sun can be filtered out with special window tinting to keep colors from fading, and artificial lighting should be warm and can come from Tungsten lighting and fluorescent lamps. In addition, excessive sunlight can overload photosynthetic processes, damaging plants and turning leaves brown. For best results, foliage plants can respond beautifully to artificial fluorescent light 14–16 hours per day by being placed a few feet from a window. The color and appearance of the vegetation will be a clear indication of the health of the plant.

Grouping Interior Plants & Art
Your art and interior plantscape should not compete—they should complement one another. Your eye will be drawn to the combined visual effect of life and imaginative artistry, and as such, a variegated leaf pattern should not be paired with a colorful abstract painting. Instead, it should be arranged with artwork that prominently displays the color least present in the leaf’s design. You can also choose art in which the hues will provide contrast for the most dominant color found in the vegetation. Plants with solid green leaves can go well with paintings featuring bold or complex color schemes.

By Debra Amerson
Visual Artist & Interior Designer