The Quill Blog

5 Options for Filling the Blank Space Above your Sofa

Dec 04, 2019

Is the sofa in your Airbnb's living room in front of a big blank wall?  A blank wall always seems to grow and become more boring once the sofa is positioned in front, right? It can be overwhelming knowing what to do with this prominent blank canvas. 

However, there are a lot of different ways to bring that wall to life, and I'm here to help!

Let's break down the options and look at some beautiful examples done by some amazing designers. 

(1) The Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are always fun and can really allow your creativity to soar with the endless options for what to add.  Also, they can be less expensive than buying large pieces of real art, depending on your approach. However, I totally get that the term "endless options" is enough to send many of you into a tizzy of anxiety, and I get it. I am the exact same way without a well thought through plan.

How about a mini-tutorial?! Let's dive in:

(a) Think through your Color...

Continue Reading...

Step by Step Guide for Planning and Hanging a Collage Wall

Oct 28, 2019
 

Okay, so you've decided to hang a wall collage on some part of your vast, empty drywall.

Now, what? 

I remember being in my 20's in my very first apartment, and deciding exactly that.

"I'm going to do a gallery wall above my sofa! It's going to be organic, and collected, and uniquely awesome."

Fast forward to 2 days later after a trip to the flea market with my Mom and I felt so frustrated and overwhelmed I quit the gallery wall and found some wooden and metal thing from Pier One to hang above my sofa instead. (Don't judge me. This was circa 2005.) 

Thank Goodness I'm no longer in my 20's and thank goodness I've finally nailed the formula for building the perfect wall collage in a home. Let's break this down with a tutorial! 

Steps to Hanging a Collage Wall


Step 1: Think about Size and Scale. 

Now that you know you want to do a collage wall, think about how much space on the wall you'd like the collage to cover. It's ideal if for the items...

Continue Reading...

The Art You Need to Hang on the Walls of Your Airbnb Now!

Oct 24, 2019

Decorating walls is something that very few Airbnbs get right, but those that do are undoubtedly more inviting and ultimately more successful. 

Art should make your room feel more alive, and more inviting!

Let's go through some examples of inexpensive, yet interesting art. 

1. Art Prints from Etsy

If you're after something to put in a frame you already own, I highly suggest scouring Etsy. Typically downloadable print files cost around $10 or less. Then all you have to do is print them out from Staples or an online source like Vistaprint in the size that you need. (There will be preset size options listed on the product, so make sure the scale will work with your existing frame if you have one.)

Also, for convenience, these shops will often print the file for you in the size of your choice and ship to your door. It may cost just a bit more than printing yourself, but the convenience might be totally #worthit to you! 

Search for...

Continue Reading...

8 Affordable and Durable Sofa Options for your Airbnb

Sep 26, 2019

When you're selecting furniture for your Airbnb Living Room, the sofa should be one of the FIRST items you consider.

It's a really large purchase, and I understand completely that it can feel quite daunting. This piece will get a lot of use and abuse from your guests, and you want it to last!

To help on your quest, I've rounded up my top 8 fav options for you here!

These choices represent a variety of different styles that I feel are versatile chameleons able to slide into almost any style genre you choose for your space. (Hyperlink style quiz at "style genre" <-------) 

1. Wayfair Clausen Sofa  2.Article Sven  3.Article Triplo   4. Pottery Barn Buchanan Slipcovered  5. APT2B Sutton Sofa  6. West Elm Hamilton  7. Room & Board York Sofa  8. Joybird Preston 

  

More Tips for How to Choose a Sofa

When it comes settling on a sofa there is more than just the quality to consider....

Continue Reading...

The 5 Plants Your Airbnb Needs Right now...That you won't kill

Sep 20, 2019

If you've been paying any attention to the design scene lately, you'll notice that plants are everywhere.

They literally bring life to a room, and can make an otherwise flat design feel complete and photo ready. Plants will make your temporary rental stand apart from your hotel competitors because: 

Hotels don't have plants!

As you're designing your Airbnb, you don't want to skip over adding some green buddies to your space!

However, I can understand your hesitation, especially if you yourself aren't going to be visiting the property regularly to care for them. Luckily, I've put together this easy guide for you to follow to make the process stress free!


Step 1: Which Plants to Buy

Obviously, I'll suggest plants that are hardy and hard to kill. It's important, however, to recognize two things. 

  1. It's okay to kill a plant, and then buy a new different kind of plant. Trial and error is a part of the plant journey. And next time, don't buy the same...
Continue Reading...
Close

50% Complete

Join the Quill Newsletter

Type your info below for the latest news and trends for Short Term Rental design from Valerie. (Don't worry, we never share your info!)