As home gawkers here at Apartment Therapy, we're pretty obsessed with the idea of staying in someone's home and seeing how they live. Having stayed as guests recently in a few Airbnb homes across the country (hello, perfect cottage in Santa Barbara – miss you already!) we've come to recognize that becoming an Airbnb host may not seem as easy as being an Airbnb guest. If you're like us, then you have some questions. What's it like to be a host? What are the tricks and tips to being successful? What do we really need to know to get started? To get some real answers to our questions, we reached out to a few local LA hosts to get the inside scoop on how to host on Airbnb.
Name: Francis Location: Hell's Kitchen; New York, NY Size: 560 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; rented Time Hosting on Airbnb: 3 Months
As a youngster growing up in Greece, Francis says that he was enchanted by Liza Minnelli's classic "New York, New York" - and always dreamed of living there. True to his dream, he became a professional ballet dancer, studied in Europe, and then finally packed two suitcases and a few thousand dollars and set out across the ocean.
Francis now lives in a dream apartment just a few blocks from Times Square, complete with a backyard barbecue and cozy outdoor breakfast nook draped in ivy. He's made some nuanced but jaw-dropping renovations to his rental home, and the effect is modern, expansive, and cozy.
Moving is tough. Uprooting your life. Disturbing your routines. Not to mention having to put everything you own into boxes (and then into vehicles and then out of vehicles and into a new place). That's why the next time you move, whether it's in a few months or a few years, you should consider this small trick that might help you survive it with your sanity intact.
Do you have a small, dedicated room that you enter into from your front door, that pleasantly greets guests, that houses all the things you need for the day? Yeah me neither. What I do have is a front door that deposits me and my guests directly into my living room and a list of every day items that continually threaten to take over the entire home. Here are the best ideas for folks who want to contain clutter and have a space that greets guests, even if their home didn't come with a separate, distinct space known as the "entryway" or a really small entryway.
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‘Tis the season to be thankful. Thankful for family, thankful for holiday twists on your fave drinks (hello spiced, mulled wine!) and thankful for a good night’s sleep. That’s right, I’m taking it there: a good mattress is one of many things to appreciate this holiday season.
The difference between an organized fridge and a messy, stinky, ugly one is simple: Focus, discipline and a strong foundation of good ideas. We've collected ten excellent guiding principles for keeping your refrigerator clean, healthy and happy, and they're all right here for you to implement at home.
Name: Michael Location: Bed-Stuy; Brooklyn, NY Size: 630 square feet (1400 square feet with backyard) Years lived in: 1 years in apartment; 4 years in the same building; rented Years Hosting on Airbnb: 1 Year
Michael is an architect and a designer, and you can tell the minute you walk in the door. Down to the hidden stitching on his collaboratively designed couch, everything in his Brooklyn apartment is hand-sewn, stylish and welcoming.
Name: Joey, aka "Joey the Cat" Location: Mission District of San Francisco, CA Size: 747 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned Years hosting on Airbnb: Over 5 years
The moment you walk into "Joey the Cat's" Mission District loft, you feel like you were just granted access to a secret world where you're allowed to have fun, even though you are a fully grown adult. It's sophisticated, it's modern, it's bold, and right in front of the big beautiful front windows is a giant skeeball machine right out of your childhood.
Do you wish your home was more of a peaceful sanctuary? A getaway from the hectic world? A place you can relax in, yes, but more importantly, recharge in? There's something you can do that could add to a sanctuary feel, and it involves minimizing the appearance or existence of tech in your home.
Name: Alex Location: Noe Valley, San Francisco Size: 1,738 square feet Years lived in: 17 years; owned Years hosting on Airbnb: 2 1/2 years
Alex's two-story home is situated on a quiet, tree-lined street in Noe Valley. From his upper balcony you can see a stunning view of the city, and on a clear day you can spy both the Bay Bridge and Twin Peaks. With a hot tub on the lower deck off the master bedroom, and a hammock off the upper deck opening off of the dining area, it's an ideal spot and an oasis for any traveler looking to retreat from the bustle of the city.