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10 Tips for Maximizing Profits on Your Vacation Rental Property

The Complete Guide to Buying, Renovating, and Managing Your Vacation Rental Property

A request our firm gets more and more frequently is, “Can you design my vacation rental?” It’s a phone call we’re always excited to get. The truth is designers love working on hospitality spaces. Whimsical and fun, vacation rentals are about escape and pleasure, and owners are usually willing to push boundaries of design a lot further than in their own homes.

Fool-Proof Formulas for the Perfect Styling Side Table

Plus The 5 Basic Rules of Styling a Side Table

 The 5 Basic Rules of Styling a Side Table These are the rules that apply to any surface in your home that you’re looking to accessorize. All of them are meant to make flat surfaces as dynamic and aesthetically interesting as possible. And of course: all rules are meant to be broken, once you understand the function they serve. 1. Rule of Threes When in doubt, revert to the rule of threes: Pick three types of objects to use as your jumping off point. Might we suggest: A plant, a candle, and perhaps some books? Think High/Low levels Work on multiple planes. Think: Tall candlesticks or plants offset by shorter picture frames or catch-all dishes and decorative boxes. Add some Life Tables are both literally and metaphorically flat surfaces. Fix that by adding a little life, including personal photos or plants. Add Contrast to Side Tables High contrast is incredibly pleasing to the eye. Think opposite colors & mixed metals. Pick One Side or Corner of the Surface to Decorate The eye loves some negative space, offset by careful, uncluttered organization and sometimes less is more! How to Style Your Nightstands Emphasize personalization with picture frames containing family photos. Pro Tip: Stagger your picture frames, but keep all frames front facing, rather than displaying them on a slant. This will give your tabletop a much cleaner look. Include an organizer, tray, or cute decorative catch-all for all your personals, and a clock and/or phone & tech docking station to charge up overnight. How to Style Entryway Console Tables Keep this area welcoming and abstract-- we suggest saving any family photos or anything super personal for down the hall. Include fresh flowers, catchalls for keys, coffee table Books to express the personality of your home. Pro Tip: For a super clean look, we suggest organizing everything in one tray. How to Style Fireplace Mantles Emphasize warmth, elegance, and symmetry with obelisks and other architectural art objects. Fireplace mantles are also a great place to display objects collected from worldly travels, as they often add some texture to an otherwise more formal space. This is also a place where we inherently expect symmetry so don’t be afraid to be bold and break from tradition by only decorating one side or the floor underneath.  

Hygge Your Home in 3 Easy Steps

Create the Coziest Spaces this Winter with this Danish Decor Trend

 What is Hygge? Hygge is central to Danish culture and its influences have begun taking the US by storm. Hygge is a Danish term for coziness, particularly as it relates to communal space.  The Danish term hygge, pronounced “hue-gah”, roughly translates to the feeling of coziness, warmth, and simply enjoying the small things in life.     When using hygge to describe design, it is known as the art of creating intimacy within a space. The Danes do a wonderful job of incorporating hygge into every aspect of their lives, including of course, their living space. After discovering the concept of hygge, it is no wonder the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world. They are constantly reflecting feelings of togetherness and calmness in everything they do. Here’s how to Hygge your Home in 3 Easy Steps: First, get into the hygge mindset. Think: wearing uggs, sipping chamomile by the fire in an oversized cream knit sweater (like a scene out of a Nancy Meyers film set in a cabin!) Hygge spaces emphasize warmth, naturalness, and community. Some examples of these hygge moments include bundling up on the couch by the fire with a cup of tea, enjoying a hot bath surrounded by candles, or gathering with friends for a home cooked meal.  One of the most important aspects of adding hygge to your home is the presence of candles. Click here to shop hygge home products that won't break the bank. 1. Warmth The first key component to crafting a perfectly hygge home environment is making sure it's warm! When it comes to Materials, be sure to include lots of cozy cushions and layers of drapery and natural linens and wicker baskets filled with alpaca throws or super soft knit blankets. You may even want to include fuzzy socks or slippers for guests to slip on when they're over. While cozying up to the fire, you might want to add some fur pillows. To mix this texture with some others, you can add a velvet pillow and textured throw blanket as well. This allows for more tints and patterns, while maintaining the same soothing shades of colors throughout the room. Lighting + Fire Elements You want dimmable lighting--More tungsten than blue-- so the space has a warmer tint. You should have candles aplenty in warm, rustic scents like vanilla and tobacco or pine. And be sure your fireplace is fully functional and you have plenty of firewood stashed. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "849e2fed9dbc8e3eea4acd984896f44d"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01DURSHMW,B01H6MCJC6,B07812VMQW,B0043TSH1S"; 2. Natural Earth Elements The 2nd element of any hygge space is its emphasis on natural, earth elements. Hygge color palettes are warm, inviting, feminine and are often monochromatic, warm, winter whites or pastels or earth tones. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "849e2fed9dbc8e3eea4acd984896f44d"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B071FH59SD,B01M6TSN4H,B073SRFHX2,B073GSPBM4"; Natural Textures and Scents Include succulents or some other low-maintenance greenery. And you can never go wrong with sachets of lavender or calming essential oils. Include a set of natural, wooden coasters to continue the rustic theme throughout. And trendy crocheted accessories provide a twist on your grandma's favorite material. 3. Community The third, but perhaps the most important aspect of a hygge space is its emphasis on community. Achieve this through the layout of the space, and accessories that encourage conversation. No hygge space is complete without a little something sweet: a candy dish with dark chocolates or toffee and a tea & espresso or hot cocoa station for a little after dinner pick me up. The Danes will tell you that the cure for anything is tea. So, add a unique teapot to the area for decoration and easy access to a refreshing cup of tea.  Click here to shop this article. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = ""; amzn_assoc_linkid = "849e2fed9dbc8e3eea4acd984896f44d"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B0187UZDW4,B06XCP87JX,B0058ORT98,B000FN69PC"; Layouts for the Perfect Hygge Home Built around warmth and conversation. More seating, less electronics. To create a truly hygge space is not to optimize the layout of a room around the flat screen TV but rather a card table or surface for dining becomes the center.  Include coffee table books that set the mood, a guestbook where visitors can write sweet notes, and board and card games that encourage guests to stay engaged.  Click Image to shop this article. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.