How to recover from a DIY disaster! I've been on a mission to redecorate one of my Airbnb apartments this week in preparation for an inspection by the Select program photographer. I was tired of the mundane artwork on the walls that I had inherited from the previous owner, and wanted to inject a Melbourne vibe into the space. In my opinion, a property should always speak to its location and environment, so for instance if it's by the seaside, decorate it accordingly, with c
Here's an easy way to turn a cheap quilt from ordinary to extraordinary.
It's a lesson in gilding the lily: Why start from scratch when you can simply embellish a finished product? The brief I wanted to dress up a rather plain bedroom in my St Kilda Rd apartment so a luxurious comforter draped over the foot of the bed seemed the way to go. On top of that, I needed it quickly so I could get in there to do some decorating on the one day between bookings that the property wa
There should be a law against bland. As a traveler, if I wanted bland I would stay at a cheap motel. When I travel, I specifically look for properties where I can see signs of life & the personality of the owner. This is most often evident in what they have hanging on their walls. It doesn't have to be an Old Master... it could be a humorous poster, a striking modern painting, pop art, a stencil, some photos or something the owner has painted themselves. Whatever the mediu
Wondering why your Airbnb property is languishing with minimal views and even fewer bookings? Could it be that your pics are boring and your space is nothing special in a sea of other listings?
With the explosion of properties listing on Airbnb globally, your place is facing unprecedented competition. You can wring your hands, blame Airbnb, blame the universe and the economy, or you can take action. Check out these Before & After shots of rooms I have transformed. I often he
How I transformed my boring balcony into a lush and inviting outdoor living-room! Ok, I admit it... I was bored in those lazy days between Christmas and New Year. More than 2 days off, and I start to look around for things to renovate or spray-paint. This time the balcony was in my line of sight and I decided I was sick of it after 4 years, so a design make-over was called for. I invited my Airbnb hosting buddies to watch my progress on my FaceBook posts as I went on my journ