What happens when you combine a rundown ’70s motel with two imaginative entrepreneurs and a global pandemic? One binge-worthy Netflix series. In Motel Makeover, Sarah Sklash (left) and April Brown take you behind-the-scenes of the nail-biting transformation of the second The June Motel location in Sauble Beach, Ontario. It wasn’t all rosé and sunshine. “People really see the work that went into creating that amount of beauty,” says April of the six-episode series. Like how COVID pushed their opening date by three months, the pool was finished in the nick of time, a pipe burst in one of the guest rooms after it was renovated and more. “There was a lot more pressure. Millions of people are going to see this — we wanted it to be perfect,” says April. “We’re not designers by trade, we don’t have a ton of experience in hospitality. We took that leap and you see us figuring it out as we go.”
That’s what is so inspiring about the series: their approachable, trial-and-error process of “junifying” (taking something that isn’t so pretty and making it something special) the once-dated space with their nostalgic aesthetic. “We can impact and inspire so many more people with our story, and that’s really what we’re all about: helping people take that leap and live their best life, whether they’re at The June or at home,” says April.
We devoured this series in a day (yes, you heard that right), and here are the best tips we learned from the show. Scroll down!