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Mid Century Bungalow Living Room - Get The Look! (Plus My Design Process)

Jan 12, 2020

Decorating an Airbnb (or other short term rental property) is a slightly different art than decorating a personal home where clients live. As an interior designer who's been at it for 15 years, doing both commercial and residential design, I find Airbnb design is THE MOST fun kind of project for lots of reasons.

Whether you're designing an Airbnb that you own, or doing it for someone else, hold onto your hats and let's get this party started.

I mean, don't get me wrong, this process isn 't easy. There's SO MUCH to do, and SO MUCH to purchase. And time is money. You may be tempted to just start stuffing generic-not-so-bad Ikea/Target crap in the whole place to call it done, open it up, and start getting some return on that investment. 

But I really encourage you to take a breath, step back, and focus on the design of your Airbnb at the outset. The key to your success in this endeavor is standing apart. It's advantageous for you to think about how your...

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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...

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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. There is also...

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