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Find The Best Ruggable Rug For Your Short Term Rental

Dec 16, 2021

I first learned about these washable rugs from Ruggable a couple of years ago. As a dog owner at the time and avid dog lover, I was immediately intrigued. 

But I'll be honest, I was skeptical. How could a flat weave rug that you can put inside of a washing machine actually look and feel nice enough to meet my rug standards? And does it actually wash and dry easily? 

Further investigation into this company, and a few years of incredible reviews from raving fans to sort through now, and I think this is actually an incredible design solution for a short term rental. 

Recently on an STR design webinar I hosted, someone asked what rug I would suggest for a vacation rental where lots of mud consistently gets tracked in due to location and clientele. (Apparently their guests did a lot of ATV riding and they were located in the woods.) Without hesitation I would suggest going with a Ruggable rug for any property like this where your rugs may be getting extra dirty. ...

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Sleeper Sofa Round Up - Best Sleeper Sofa's For Your Short Term Rental

Nov 10, 2021

I've been working on a short term rental design project in Portland Oregon, and have been on the hunt for sleeper sofas. (The spot I'm designing is a 1 bedroom, with a nice living area so we wanted a versatile sofa that could sleep one or two more people.) 

Since I've been on this hunt, I thought I would share my findings with a round up of some great looking sleeper sofa options with you. It's not been easy to find sofas in stock for immediate shipment, but some of these have fairly quick ship times.

Scroll on for some great sleeper sofa options broken down by retailer! 

1. $1799  |  2. $1499  |  3. $1799  |  4. $1899

If you're considering adding a sleeper sofa to your BNB, try not to be put off by the larger price tag that comes with them. Of course they cost more. There is a whole bed in there, and that means that you can charge a higher nightly rate for your rental on...

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Q & A with Cabin Dreamweaver Hosts in North Carolina

Sep 30, 2021

It began with the stalking of this gorgeous North Carolina mountain cabin's Instagram account, and it developed into an IG friendship with a fab and very funny design and renovation power couple. 

Loree Beth Harris, who goes by LB, and her husband Will own Both Minds Design, a thriving design firm in Nashville, Tennessee. They bought and renovated this cabin to share with the world as a short term rental, but also as a reprieve to rest and recharge as a family of 4 when they want to get out of Nashville and head to the mountains. 

If you want to hear them talk about their business and hosting a mountain vacation rental, head to this link to watch my IG Live interview with them. Did I mention they're super entertaining? You won't be dissapointed.

 

Before we Dive into the Q&A portion of this blog, here is a board to help you shop the look of their beautiful cabin which they've aptly named Cabin Dreamweaver. 

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There's No Place Like Target

Sep 21, 2021

As a girl born and raised in Tennessee, I grew up going to Target. 

Having lived in England for the last 3 years, I appreciate this super store more than ever since it's is a rare occurrence that I get to step foot into an actual Target. 

There is no Target in England, and there is also nothing like it. In fact, I've traveled all over the world and I've never experienced any other store where you can buy cute new underwear, an awesome lamp, a new rad jean jacket and your laundry detergent all under one bright and cheery roof. 

So safe to say, I'm a fan. I like the whole experience of Target. Did you know Target has a smell? It's distinct and nostalgic for me. I could spend hours in there and every time we come home to the U.S. I always sneak away from my kids and family for a least one glorious date with my former friend - big giant red Target. 

I was walking through the Target closest to my parents house this summer...

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The BEST OF IKEA for your Short Term Rental

Jun 16, 2021

I once stayed at an Airbnb in Canada that was very clearly stocked and furnished with 100% Ikea everything. From the dishes to the duvet covers to the sofa. All of it. It wasn't great. It wasn't horrible, but it was not great. It lacked soul, for one thing. 

Let me first clarify, I love Ikea. I love the experience of visiting the stores and seeing the vignettes all set up in their staged glory. I love buying their art supplies for my kids. They've got some incredible storage solutions, and I'm even a fan of their kitchens for the right application. 

But do I think a Short Term Rental should be 100% Ikea? Definitely not. And if you're here reading this, I probably don't need to explain why. To boil it down, it will not differentiate you or your rental. In a market flooded with Ikea everything, you can be better

That said, there are some excellent Ikea furniture and decor items that you should totally consider folding...

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Best Beds for your Airbnb

May 20, 2021

(above image: design by Michelle Gage)

The bed of your Airbnb property is paramount to your overall success. People care deeply about the beds in a rental! The headboard/bed of your short term rental property will set the tone for the bedroom, and it's important to think through the mood you're after when you select this item. I will say for certain that although the look of the bed's headboard and frame is important it's NOT where I'd recommend you spend a lot of money.

There are plenty of good quality beds at excellent prices out there, and I've put loads of them in this post. 

Now, when you buy lower priced beds, this means you'll be assembling a flat-pack product yourself, or paying someone else to do it. So do consider that in your equation. If you can swing it, hire a handyman or flat-pack assembly company to come in one day and knock all this stuff out for you in one shot. OR if you're trying to save money on the front end, buy some booze and bribe...

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A No Brainer List: The Best Bedding and Mattress for your Airbnb

May 04, 2021

THE BED is for obvious reasons SUPER consequential to the overall happiness of your guests. Happy guests leave good reviews and refer your spot to friends and re-book for future dates. All important to the overall success of your rental business! 

If you need some inspiration for the design of the bedroom, head to this post.

Here, we're gonna talk about the way to achieve the highest levels of comfort for your Airbnb beds with the best mattress and bedding choices! 


Let's Start with the Mattress

When my family is going on vacation, I'll inevitably choose the Airbnb with the cutest design, and best reviews. I don't often think about bed comfort, but some people are obsessive about this. They'll look for specific comments in your reviews about the bed, or ask what specific brand your mattress is.

We recently stayed at an Airbnb that did so many design things right! Window sill full of succulents? Check!...

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Q&A with Hanan from Tahoe Little Black Cabins

Apr 09, 2021

I've said it before, I'll say it again. 

One of the best things about being involved in the short term rental space is meeting a community of other amazing hosts. Today I'm sharing a Q&A with some talented hosts from California, Hanan and Joe, who clearly must not sleep what with their full time jobs, multiple short term rental properties, AND 3 gorgeous children to raise. 

Let's dive in and learn what they have to teach us about hosting the right way. 


Tell us about yourselves! 

 

We are Hanan and Joe, a husband & wife team with a passion for interior design, renovation, entrepreneurship, traveling and family. We own and run short term rentals in both the Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe while also raising 3 lovely children (Jacob, Aminah & Jordan) and working full time jobs. Joe works as a registered nurse and Hanan works as a Realtor in the Napa/Sonoma region.

 

How did your Short Term Rental  journey begin?

In 2015, we...

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Gain 5 Star Reviews by Customizing Amenities for Different Guests

Mar 23, 2021

Hello readers! Today I have a special treat for you.

Tracey Northcott, a seasoned host who offers a wealth of experienced knowledge through her consulting business, has a special guest article for us that you're going to love!

Have you ever stayed at an Airbnb or other short term rental and just felt that the host might as well have been right there acting as your butler, anticipating every need? Well, Tracey is here to teach you how to stand apart by anticipating the needs of your guests in advance and thus earning their praise and better reviews in return.

Take it away Tracey!


Hello, Tracey here!

It is a pleasure to be guest blogging for Valerie - I have admired her styling for such a long time. Her Instagram is always so full of great tips and wonderful eye candy…. Looking at photos of stylish STRs is really my happy place - and if you are reading this, then I am sure you understand.

If you too are a fan of Valerie’s work, then you are just the sort of host who...

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The 5 Plants Your Airbnb Needs Right now THAT YOU WON'T KILL

Mar 09, 2021

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 less stressful!

I also gathered up some of the best faux plant options on the market right now, so keep reading!


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...
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