I love furnishing homes where clients live every day and build family memories, but there's something unique about furnishing a short term rental property. It's a little more fun and a little more free because the purpose is about creating an enjoyable space for someone to stay for a few days, so I like to bring in a little more color and spunk.
This client has an office out of the bottom floor of an 1920s bungalow near Vanderbilt and Belmont in downtown Nashville, so they decided to rent out the upstairs apartment as an Airbnb. It's cute and small and full of that old house charm. I was thrilled when they hired me to furnish it from top to bottom! (For more Airbnb fun, check out the West Side Single Story).
This client requested mid-century modern vibes that felt a little feminine and a little eclectic. I wanted it to feel like a space that had been collected over time and pieced together.
So, on your next trip to Nashville, look up this Airbnb and book a few nights!
Until then, I'll give you a virtual tour.
The living space has a few fun pops of color and quirk in the blue velvet tufted sofa (that lays flat into a bed for extra guests), the vintage art (a cheap flea market find), and the Kilim pillows from Etsy.
I love that mid-century style TV stand. It's from Wayfair, and it is really sturdy and solid!
And how fun is this old newspaper I found? Just a little bit of Nashville flair for all the out of town guests.
In the middle of the apartment is a small, but functional kitchen. In order to make room for a little bit of tableside dining, I picked a petite tripod table (from West Elm) and surrounded it with acrylic ghost chairs.
Now let's head into the double twin bedroom. Perfect for kids or for friends! I love this little space.
The client already owned the Pottery Barn rug in the middle, and it was the perfect jumping off point for this space. I kept the bedding simple, but a pop of color in the rust pillows adds just enough spunk.
The final room in this apartment is the master bedroom. I love all the bright light streaming in from the windows, and I went for a simple, classic look in this room. I found that large piece of vintage art for $20 at the Nashville Flea Market, and then I pulled in the blues and greens through the pillows on the bed.
When you're decorating on a budget, sometimes you have to think outside of the box. In lieu of traditional side tables which were too tall for this platform bed, I found these lidded baskets on clearance at target. They're the perfect height, and then mimic the woven texture on the window shades.
Also, with a platform bed, sometimes the best lighting choice is a wall sconce. These shaded lamps from Lowe's are an affordable solution (at less than $30 a pop!), and they add a little bit of a "hotel" vibe to the room.
Thanks for dropping by! Now go ahead and book a few nights to stay here. You will love our wonderful city, and I promise a comfortable and cozy few days!
Also, I want to take a moment to give a huge shoutout to Wayfair Trade! Wayfair is one of my favorite places to shop, and they went above and beyond to make this space awesome. I spent hours on the phone with my awesome trade rep, Riley, working out shipping details on a very large shipment. Wayfair has amazing customer service, and they make beautiful, quality things!