Designing for Airbnb – Part Two!

Still gathering ideas for where your holiday guests will stay when your own home is full?  Let’s take a look at another Airbnb unit we did in the same building for the same client.  As in our first unit, our mission was to create vibrant interiors that would photograph well & to create a sumptuous environment that would delight guests. 

For the kitchen, we let the space speak for itself and added a few key accent pieces that would make the space feel cheerful and inviting.


Here is another view back into the kitchen. We love the way the art coordinates with the accessories and makes the whole space come together. Design is not an accident, our friends! 🙂

In the living room, we created the bold accent wall using a great teal green paint. The simple magic of a can of paint is not to be disputed. We complimented the wall color with great mustard pillows and a warmly stained coffee table. The blue area rug pulls together the look. 

For the rest of the living room, we kept the walls white and made an traditional “entertainment” wall pulling double-duty by tucking extra seating, blankets, and pillows underneath. Even if guests don’t use them, it creates a cozy environment!

For the first bedroom, we carried pieces of the color palette in the living room over to create a constant look for the overall unit. Here we have burnt tangerine and blue paired with  bold red accents. We love how the art pulls the colors together.

Here is a great shot of the desk with the gorgeous green trees outside the window. A quiet moment in the overall design that speaks volumes for the thought and care that went into designing every corner of the space.

Here is an overall look at the bedroom. Plenty of storage so guests can unpack and feel right at home and bold art to invigorate the space. What more could you want?


For the second bedroom, we adapted the color palette to create a distinctive, memorable contrast to the first bedroom. Remember, we are thinking about our designs for how they will photograph / read online and we want to make it as easy for online users to remember the space as having two separate, complete bedrooms. No “closet” bedrooms here!

For this space, we carried over the mustard and added fun prints and wall art. The space is fun, laid back, and the perfect backdrop for enjoying an eclectic city!

Designing for Airbnb

When checking out Airbnb rentals, what is at the top of your list? Cleanliness, style, or location? For us, we never sacrifice on cleanliness but what we love about Airbnb is finding places with unique style. The perfect rental becomes the backdrop to a memorable trip; have a funky, cool Airbnb – have a good trip!

Designing Airbnb rentals is a lot of fun. It is a chance to use bold color, vibrant prints, and to create fun, catchy interiors. We design for the client (aka the owner of the property) and the end user (aka the renter). We think what will photograph well to spark interest on Airbnb and what furnishings, what materials, what luxuries, will guests enjoy (and leave raving reviews for the owners)?


Who wouldn’t be happy to walk into this bright, well appointed kitchen? By livening up the standard kitchen with bright accessories in fun shapes and textures, we infused the space with personality while letting the the cleanliness of the kitchen shine. 

In the living room, the bright palette is sure to catch attention online while the soft luxuries like throw pillows, blankets soften up the space. We added table lamps for reading and a nice comfortable club chair for relaxing.


Here is a view from the living room back into the kitchen. Doesn’t the space feel inviting? We designed the space so guests could feel right at home and enjoy the open layout of the apartment.

Art is always an important piece in our designs and here we used ______local??____art to add character to landing space right outside the bedrooms. Fun vignettes like this are sure to appeal to viewers online and to real life guests!

For the two bedrooms, we wanted to create unique color palettes so viewers could easily remember the space as a true two bedroom. When bedrooms appear too bland / similar in photos, it makes it really hard to remember when you compare rentals! This gorgeous blue bedroom with rich red accent pillows grabs your attention. We love the lux materials as they are a bit unexpected.

For the second bedroom, we went with fun prints and pops of color. We like how the colors compliment the first bedroom but are a distinct and memorable on their own.

Stay tuned to next week when we present the second unit!

Artists’ Downtown Retreat

Feast your eyes on one of  Nashville’s chicest condos. This delightful space in the Viridian is the perfect arts district weekend retreat for our clients who are both artists themselves as well as active in the burgeoning art scene. Our work focused on a gut renovation of the kitchen and furnishing the living room. We worked to infuse life and vibrancy into the space as well as provide an expanded floor plan that was more functional and convenient for the client who wants to use the space to entertain and enjoy a break from their more conventional Franklin home. 

From the before pictures below, we see the original kitchen was slightly dated and dark. The original floor plan included a work station desk adjacent to the kitchen that was obsolete to the lifestyle of our client for their downtown retreat. Lastly, the configuration of the existing living room space didn’t take advantage of the condos square footage and lacked seating for entertaining. The only thing we didn’t need to change were the incredible views looking out on our ever-evolving city!
Working with the existing architecture of the space, we made three main adjustments to the floor plan. The first was removing the existing desk adjacent to the kitchen and incorporating that square footage into the kitchen. By removing the desk, we created a longer row of cabinets and moved the fridge from behind the peninsula and created a pantry. The second order of business was reconfiguring the peninsula and adding a custom open shelving display. Lastly, we were able to sneak in a whole additional half wall of cabinets along side of the kitchen by adding custom 12″ deep open shelf cabinets. Not only does it give a handy storage, it provides much needed additional countertop space. Though the kitchen is not huge by any standard, it is efficient, stylish, and perfectly fitting for a downtown weekend retreat. 
Here we see the newly configured back wall. The stove has been recentered off the peninsula and the existing cabinets were replaced by floating hinged door cabinets that play up the horizontal lines of the kitchen. The image below shows off the green backsplash AND the floor to ceiling wall of WOW 3D tile. We love the texture the tile wall lends to the space as well as the visual appeal. We also love that looking straight at the kitchen you see the green but when entering the space, you notice the wall of 3D tile. Lastly, we love seeing Beth in the photo. It is not too often we capture the designer in the space! Go Beth!

This next image shows the new wall of under counter cabinets. It is was such a clever idea to add this feature to the space. A mere 12″ of space gave us so much function and beauty! The white Cambria quartz waterfall edge countertop and the new bamboo hardwoods are high on function and low on maintenance.

Lastly, we have the living room. The sculptural light fixture is an interesting juxtaposition to the rougher exposed concrete ceilings and grounds the seating area. The sleeper sectional sofa provides ample seating and is inviting, chic and a great way to accommodate extra guests for a downtown event.  

The condo has a great collection of local art pieces. We love the personality the artifacts bring to the space and it was a pleasure working with adventurous clients to create this unique space for their family and friends! Hope everyone enjoyed the peek inside our client’s home and is encouraged to visit the arts district for themselves sometime soon!