Creating a welcoming space for your future guests.
This summer, Structube is partnering with Airbnb, Stephanie Trendocher of Beaux Mondes and Alyssa Wieske of Wieske Design to inspire more Torontonians to host! To find out more about the benefits of hosting and for tips on how to prepare your home for guests, RSVP today to attend an in person design session on Saturday, June 25th, co-hosted by Beaux Mondes and Wieske Design at our Structube College Street location. You could win a Room Makeover designed by Tiffany Pratt courtesy of Airbnb and Structube. Plus, all attendees will get access to an exclusive discount offer! Find out more.
We've all been there. Perusing Airbnb's listings just to dream, making wish lists of destinations near and far. Maybe even scouring some of the most beautifully designed listings for decorating tips. The beauty of planning a trip with Airbnb, is the chance to truly feel at home in the city you are visiting, to live like a local for your stay there.
Designing a space that will appeal to a wide range of guests is easier than it seems. If you are thinking about hosting with Airbnb, read on for tips on outfitting your space and choosing the right furniture to create an irresistible listing.
Airbnb guests look for authentic experiences and spaces that offer more character than a cliché hotel room. And let's be honest. They are quick to make decision based on how a place looks! Your goal is to create a neutral space that feels inviting and is infused with the personality of the city you live in. Toronto is full of modern, industrial inspiration. Whether the backdrop to your space is exposed brick walls with natural wood floors, or loft spaces with high ceilings, vast expanses of glass and concrete floors, start with a neutral palette of greys and whites.
The tufted leather-look Cardiff sofa is timeless in style, but strong enough to create a visual impact.
We chose one statement piece to add some serious character to this space. The tufted leather-look Cardiff sofa is timeless in style, but strong enough to create a visual impact. It's worthwhile investing in key quality pieces, like a sofa in a highly resistant material. Not only will it withstand the high traffic of a rental, it will wear beautifully and create visual interest in your listing photos. (And high quality photos will help you up your asking price!)
Next you'll want to choose affordable accent pieces. The chrome steel frame of the Diamond armchair and industrial look of the City coffee table are the perfect juxtaposition to the warmth and elegance of the sofa, together creating a refined city chic feel. Plus, they are light and mobile, making it easy for guests to rearrange them to suit their needs. And easy for you to move around when cleaning. To build out the style, texture and layers were added to the room with a cozy rug, faux fur throw and graphic pillows.
The elegant Alana marble console table doubles as a desk or dining area when paired with the Lismore steel wire stools.
The elegant Alana marble console table doubles as a desk or dining area when paired with the Lismore steel wire stools. The stools can also be used as extra seating in the living room. Accent lights and a mirror placed over the console table help to make the space feel spacious and well lit.
Over in the bedroom, the Villa bed is simple and stylish. An ottoman or a bench, like the Cologne, lends character and charm when accessorized with books, trays, soft cushions or faux-fur throws. And modern table lamps and a full length mirror are the perfect finishing touches, to ensure your guest room is a space they will love to 'come home to'
All in all, you don’t need to spend a lot to create a wish list worthy Airbnb listing. Functional pieces paired with key furnishings that pop in photographs is a foolproof way to create a listing that will attract future Airbnb guests!
Stephanie Trendocher is a marketing and digital content strategist, photographer and the founder of Beaux Mondes.