I love seeing how people decorate their homes on Airbnb. The styles are very eclectic from modern, to shabby chic, to retro and transitional. When I travel, I make sure I book a room on Airbnb because I love staying with locals and learning about native places, restaurants, and activities they recommend. But more than that, I enjoy the personalized experience in a comfortable and cozy home that I just wouldn’t get from staying in a hotel. Also, as an Airbnb host myself, I take pleasure in sharing my home with guests. In return, my guests enjoy their stay in a beautifully designed and comfortable home that makes them feel welcome, safe, and happy. If you are considering becoming an Airbnb host, I highly recommend it. I’ve met wonderful people from all over the world and one of my guests became a client of mine who also connected me to other clients and business professionals. My experience with Airbnb has been nothing but positive and a wonderful experience that I’m happy to share with anyone who is interested in learning more about Airbnb.
If you are considering becoming an Airbnb host, first think about the kind of guests you want to attract. Do you want to attract business professionals, families, single tourists, or older couples? Once you determine the guests you want to appeal to, think about what they would need if you were in their shoes. If you were a professional traveling for business, what would you need? Would you need a desk, access to internet, a printer, an iron, coffee, etc…? Next, come up with a theme for the space. If you live by the beach, create a beach bungalow feel or if you live in a cabin in the mountains, create a natural, rustic space that give guests the experience of being out in nature. Add personalized touches such as photographs that you took while traveling, hang artwork you were inspired by, or display knick knacks you have collected over the years. Place flowers and plants around your home to bring a touch of nature indoors and add aromatic fragrances that deepen the experience for your guests. The most important thing is to design your home so that it reflects who you are while providing guests with an authentic, local ambiance where they can get a unique adventure that they would never get by staying at a hotel.
Check out some decorating tips for Airbnb Interior Design here or view some amazing Airbnb designs below to inspire you to re-decorate your own home if you are a host. If you are new to Airbnb and are considering becoming a host, check out Airbnb’s Interior Design Collection to get creative ideas for your own home.
Neutral tones, textured wall coverings, mirrors, brass materials, cultural patterns, and a tribute to musicians highlight this year’s Decorator’s Showcase located at San Francisco’s Villa de Martini on 298 Chestnut Street. It’s always nice to see seasoned high end designers showcase their talent year after year from Artistic Designs for Living to Antonio Martins Interior Designs, Heather Hilliard Design, and Ann Lowengart Interiors, but it’s just as refreshing to see new and different designers bring their creative concepts to life such as Stephan Jones Interiors and Gloria Marth Design. Last year’s Decorator Showcase featured many designs in a black and white theme with more space to play with compared to this year, where the rooms appear to be much smaller with a more natural, cozy feel and breathtaking views. A few designers paid tribute to musicians such as David Bowie and his wife Iman, and Stevie Mack. Their creative and artistic designs were inspired by these legendary musicians. Other designers were inspired by their family, the Chinese zodiac signs, nature and the outdoors, small personal spaces, light, and the creative colorful energy of the Bay Area.
One of my favorite rooms was the study on the first level designed by Stephan Jones Interiors. The study was created in a smaller space which felt very intimate, comfortable, and cozy that appealed not only to me but to many of the other visitors. The use of natural materials, hand blocked prints on linen, texture, patterns, and “antiques ranging from Baroque to mid-century mixed with modern artists” provide a very eclectic and cultured look and feel to the space. Neutral tones combined with muted blues and rusted orange fill the study. Even though the study comes across as more of a masculine design to me, the room was created and pulled together in a way that appeals to both men and women as noted by the many wonderful and positive comments regarding this study. This was clearly one of the highly regarded rooms in the entire house and one of the top favorites among most visitors.
Don’t you wish you had a kitchen or bathroom like the ones you see on Houzz? Aren’t they beautiful, elegant, and luxurious? What you don’t know is that some of the designs you see on Houzz may not comply with building code requirements.
Why wouldn’t someone want to comply with code requirements? One reason is that you’ll have to give up the aesthetics and beauty of a space in order to comply with code. Another reason is you have to pull a permit and people don’t want to deal with the hassle of going through the permit process and inspection process. So, what are building code requirements? They are a collection of regulations regarding building construction that are meant to ensure public safety. There are codes for a lot of things such as fire, electrical, plumbing, ceiling, fenestration, fireplace, and more. Example: A minimum ceiling height needs to be 7′ 6″ for habitable spaces and hallways. A shower stall needs to have a minimum finished interior of 1024 square inches that surrounds a 30″ diameter circle (32″ x 32″ is one size). Stairs require a maximum riser height of 7¾” and a minimum tread depth of 10″. The stair width must be at least 36 ” wide. The list goes on with more rules regulating the rules, but they are all there for a good reason.
Yes, it’s frustrating when you are planning on remodeling your kitchen and bathroom and realize you have to sacrifice something, including aesthetics in order to comply with code. If you are remodeling a bathroom, want to change the layout, and have no room to expand (keeping the walls, windows, and doors intact), then you are left with the existing space. With a small bathroom of 6′ x 5′, you wonder how will you meet the code requirements? It can be done, but you’ll have to sacrifice something. You may need to sacrifice the luxury of a larger shower in exchange for a smaller one. Or, if you prefer to have a larger shower, then you may have to accept a smaller lavatory. There’s no way around it. You just have to do the best you can while trying to make it as beautiful and as elegant as you imagined. In this scenario, you do need to pull an alteration permit which will save you any headache or stress in the future if you decide to sell your home. It ensures your safety as well as the safety of future homeowners when they move in. In the long run, it’s going to benefit and protect you.
However, if you decide not to change the layout and just want to swap out old fixtures like an old sink or old toilet with a new one in same dimensions, replace your existing tub with a shower stall that is the same size as your old tub, or update your vinyl floors with ceramic tile, you don’t need to pull a permit (if your home is an older home). This was confirmed by the Building of Inspection in SF. By sticking to the existing floor plan, it relieves a lot of stress and frustrations. The downside can be that your current layout doesn’t flow very well and may not be the best layout, especially in older homes. Another downside is that when you open up your walls, there may be mold or the pipes have been corroded, rusted, or decayed and need to be replaced. You will need a permit if you need to re-pipe. If you are in doubt, check with your local building inspection before starting any home renovations. So, what are some examples of home remodels that don’t comply with code requirements? What are examples of renovations that do comply with code requirements yet are also beautiful and elegant, especially in small spaces where it may be challenging to comply with code? See if you can tell which images below comply or don’t comply with code and let me know what your challenges are when it comes to your remodeling project!
If you are in the process of renovating your kitchen or bathroom and aren’t sure what materials to select for your countertops, don’t worry. You can absolutely narrow down the numerous options by determining how you live and what your design style is. Do you cook a lot? Do you have kids or pets? Do you like cleaning regularly? These questions are important to think about because every countertop has it’s advantages and disadvantages. No countertop is perfect and completely free of stains, scratches, etches, bacteria, heat, abrasion, or water. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different materials will help you select the one that’s right for you based on your lifestyle and aesthetics. Below are the top 5 most common and best rated materials used in homes today.
Quartz has become very popular over the past few years as more homeowners are using quartz for their kitchen and bath countertops. Quartz is a man made engineered stone that is manufactured in a factory. It contains approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with polymer resins and pigments. It comes in many colors with sparkles and veins to resemble granite and marble. It is nonporous and nonabsorbent which means it obstructs the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew and doesn’t draw in moisture. It is stain resistant, scratch resistant, durable, and easy to clean. No sealing or polishing is required but it can chip if you aren’t careful. Caesarstone, Cambria, and Silestone are common brand names of quartz manufacturers. The price is comparable to granite at about $40-$100/sq ft. If you don’t like maintenance and prefer little to no pattern with a variety of color and don’t mind the price tag, this countertop is for you.
One of the most common things I hear about from people who are looking for an interior designer is that they need help with execution and how to tie a room design together. Most people have a good sense of their design style and what they like, but they have a hard time putting everything together so that all the elements in each room flow and blend together nicely. It can be overwhelming, so just take it one step at a time and think about some of these tips and ideas below for creating a harmonious well designed room.
Think of the focal point
One very easy way to tie a room together is to choose a focal point and start from there. A focal point is the first thing your eye sees when you enter a room. It could be artwork, an architectural feature, a view of the exterior through oversized windows, texture, pattern, or a striking color. If you have a large piece of painting you love, you can hang it over a fireplace mantel in the living room or bedroom where it will be the first thing people see when they enter the space. One large painting with bold colors against a neutral wall and furniture will stand out and draw your eye to it. Make sure the room theme and color palette are reflected in the painting as well as in the frame. Or, if you have exposed wood ceiling beams, highlight this beautiful architectural feature by restoring it to its original state. The glory of a focal point is it allows you to channel what you want the room to say and the mood you want it to exude.
What is a monochromatic color scheme? Most people mistake monochromatic to mean one color because the word “mono” means single, alone, or one. However, monochromatic is really using the same base color in different shades, tints, and tones. Monochromatic color can create a specific mood based on the color you choose. Ex. white is equated with being clean and pure, so a white monochromatic color scheme conveys a crisp, fresh, and peaceful space. Using one base color is a great way to work with a color that you love and makes you happy. It can also make certain elements stand out, if you learn how to work with different color variations. Further, monochromatic color is simpler to work with, since you’re only using one dominant color and not worrying about figuring out what other colors go well together.
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