DAY 17 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Make Your Bed

This here is one of those situations where my Airbnb bedrooms are top notch, but my home was not. As per usual. Kinda like my towel situation. But, I raised my standards last year and man has sleeping been better. And so has just walking into my bedroom! Today we make the bed of our dreams.

Click  here  for West Elm bed in photo.

Click here for West Elm bed in photo.

Another top client complaint is that they have worked on a lot of things in their home but have never put energy toward their bedroom. On Instagram we see beautiful pictures of people’s place of rest. But, for the rest of the world the bedroom is pretty much a square box with a sad looking bed, old discolored sheets, an ugly comforter and a depressing looking pillows. Sleeping pillows that is. Decorative pillows are likely a decade old or non-existent.

Let’s two-step (with mini steps in between) our way to a perfect bedroom retreat!

Strangers In My Bed

Let’s pretend some strangers are going to come stay at our house and sleep in our bed while we are gone. Isn’t that a little disturbing? It’s not if you call it Airbnb. Would you let someone sleep in your bed in it’s current status? I know I wouldn’t. So why am I sleeping in these “conditions”? Let’s follow these steps to make our beds stranger worthy. I’m sorry that sounds really weird. We’ll start from the base and work our way out.

Bed

Are you still sleeping on just a metal bed frame? It’s cool. You can keep doing that, but, did you know you can buy a bed with a headboard for pretty cheap? There are always our friendly neighborhood Craigslist and Offer Up deals to be had of course. You can even buy a bed at Goodwill. I have been binge shopping Wayfair for my Airbnb beds. I like that they are new and inexpensive. Keep in mind whether the bed you choose needs a box spring or not so you can avoid that expense if necessary.

Mattress

Are you sleeping on that same mattress you inherited from someone and it sucked back then? Try adulting and getting something that actually helps you sleep. My favorite two mattresses are Tuft & Needle or Wayfair mattresses. I have them both in my home and my Airbnbs. Throw a padded mattress cover on and it’s golden. Gone are the days when you had to buy something for over $1,000 to actually be comfortable.

Sheets

I’ve said it a thousand times but I don’t buy anything but these bamboo sheets anymore. When I find something I like, I stick with it. I think I’ve now bought about 20+ sets of these sheets for all of my Airbnbs and my own home. They are so soft and so inexpensive! I also buy extra pillow cases for back up.

Comforter

I personally can’t stand down comforters with duvet covers. Even when I lived in Cincinnati and I was cold AF they made sweaty AF. Now in the desert it’s definitely not happening. They are also way to big to wash in Airbnbs so now I stick to quilts. White ones of course so I can bleach them. I also prefer the white backdrop for my ever changing pillow situation. White looks clean, fresh, bright and inviting. And all pillows go with it FTW. This is my favorite quilt that is comfy and priced well. As of this post, it is also 10% off with code HOME. I love this quilt because one side has raw edge type of ruffles, but not really ruffle-y while the other side is just stitched. Switch depending on your mood.

Strangers Looking At My Bed

Ok let’s now pretend we are going to show strangers our bedroom via Instagram. This may be silly to think of making your bedroom camera ready, who really cares? For some reason we do. If you really don’t care what your bedroom looks like, then don’t move forward. But, if you are tired of it looking the way it is, and thinking about showing it to others helps you allow yourself the simple pleasure of a nice bedroom, then do it. For some reason if it is just for ourselves we feel too self indulgent to go all out.

Pillows

Go back to DAY 5 where we went pillow shopping and do the same thing with your bed. I’ve actually started to back off of the pillows all over the bed a bit. It’s just so much to take off at night and they end up just laying on the floor. One or two are nice, though. Decoratively speaking. We could all probably use a couple new bed pillows. I get these inexpensive ones from Target and they hold up pretty well for a while considering their price. Order online and ship or pick up in store so you don’t show up and there aren’t any there to buy. I find they are all sold out at times.

Accent

Go back to DAY 12 if you haven’t done it yet and add a painted accent wall behind your bed. This is one of my favorite places to put an accent wall because it helps anchor the room.

Feet

Ok not really your bed but it does have something to do with waking up in the morning. Doesn’t it just feel good to step off of your bed onto a rug? The answer is yes. If you didn’t do DAY 6 yet, get to it now.

Ok so with all of that your bed should be super fabulous. If I were to choose a place to start I’d go with a new mattress or sheets first then work to the “prettier” things after that. Below are all of the items mentioned in this post.

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"The Lounge" Downtown Cincinnati Airbnb is Live!

After a great rush to fill my friend, agent and fellow flipper, Grant Steed’s condo with all the comfiness, the time has come to hit the SEND button! Now live and ready for your next Cincinnati visit is The Lounge Downtown Cincinnati Airbnb! Let me give you the grand tour!

The Lounge is over 2000 square feet, 1100 of which is just in the living room area alone! I kid you not. If you know anything about downtown spaces, you know that that is just ridiculously huge. The space used to be a social club back in the day, so we wanted to bring a little bit of that vibe in and impart a comfortable lounge feel. In order to do that with the large area, we made separate seating areas and places to chill.

The Living Room

The main seating area is outfitted with two large chesterfield sofas and huge 4’ square coffee table, all of which face a 65” Roku TV.

The windows are one of the best parts of this loft bringing in a ton of light. There isn’t a building directly across from The Lounge, so it feels private despite the wall to wall windows.

*affiliate links ahead…

Chesterfield Sofas | Coffee Table (vintage) | Rug | Lamp

The Bar

Behind the sofas in the other half of the front living area is the bar set up with two lounge chairs facing the TVs as well.

Lounge Chairs | Bar | Cincinnati Art | Coffee Table (vintage) | Rug | Pillow

The Dining Room

Moving away from the windows we come to a large dining table with seating for 8. I imagine this as a great place to host a dinner party or work meeting.

Downtown Cincinnat The Lounge Airbnb

The Library

Across from the dining table is our library stocked with a ton of books. I filled it with as many random books as i could get my hands on. You’ll find anything from finance to romance novels, biographies to thrillers. Take one or leave one. Up to you! Enjoy a book on our chaise lounge that also converts to a twin size bed.

Chaise Lounge Chair | Rug | Bookshelves | Art | Lamp

The Kitchen

Rounding out the living area is this kitchen with a huge island with seating for three making that a total of 20 seats in the living area! The kitchen is fully stocked with everything someone needs on a vacation and then some. Knives that actually cut! Storage containers for leftovers! I try to consider everything!

Counter Stools

Which means that a coffee bar is A MUST! A 12 cup coffee pot should take care of things nicely. If not, have some tea.

Coffee Bar | Microwave | Coffee Pot | Coffee Cup Stand | Dishware/Coffee Cups

The Master Bedroom

Moving onto the bedrooms…I’m all about getting a good night’s rest. So both bedrooms come with a comfy memory foam mattress, organic bamboo sheets and blackout curtains. This condo is in the city, but it’s actually very quiet! I have included a noise machine just in case for those that aren’t accustomed to even the tiniest bit of city noise.

The master bath is also very large and comes with two vanities and two shower heads. Lots of room to get ready in the morning.

Master Bedroom in the Lounge Downtown Cincinnati

The Second Bedroom

The other bedroom also has a queen bed and all the amenities of the other bedroom. The second bath is in the hallway and includes a tub with shower and plenty of storage.

Art | Bamboo Sheets | Bed | Curtains | Curtain Rod | Mattress | Mattress Pad Cover | Side Tables | Throw Blanket | Quilt

Not only is this loft incredibly comfortable, it’s also in one of the best locations downtown. Situated on the Northern end of the Central Business District puts this loft only one block from OTR. This is basically the best of both worlds. Walk South to all of the attractions on the Ohio River such as the Red’s and Bengal’s stadiums, the restaurants and bars at The Banks, US Bank Arena or come inland a little to Fountain Square and all of it’s attractions. Walk North to OTR and visit a ton of the city’s greatest restaurants, small shops and breweries. Don’t want to walk? The street car passes (quietly) in front of this loft with a stop on the same block. My favorite things nearby though, are the couple of coffee shops just around the corner. We have written up a huge guidebook with all of our favorite places and really had a hard time stopping at what we had. So much good stuff!

The Lounge Downtown Cincinnati

I’m so excited for you guys to get to see and hopefully visit this great spot now! I stayed here for a week while I was putting it all together and I pretty much didn’t want to leave. The Lounge Downtown Cincinnati is now available for nightly bookings so you can see for yourself. Weekly and monthly discounts are available! Click the link below to see what dates are available!

Shop The Room: The Comfy Cactus on Airbnb

Since I just re-outfitted The Comfy Cactus (formally the Cozy Cactus ahaha big change), I wanted to do a Shop The Room post for it. Tons of comfy cozy things make this condo nice to snuggle up in. Happy shopping!

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Kitchen

Cozy Cactus Kitchen Shelves.jpg
Cozy Cactus Cutting Board and Towel.jpg

Faucet: Signature Hardware, Cactus pot + leaf tea towel: LCo Design Studio

Living Room

Sofa: Ikea, Coffee table: Ikea, Trunks: vintage, Lamp + Side Table: Target, Gray checked pillow and cactus planter: LCo Design Studio, Agave print: Jenny Komenda's Print Shop 

Master Bedroom

Cozy Cactus Master Bedroom Shop

Bed: Living Spaces, Pink Rug: vintage, Side tables: Twigs & Twine, Lamps + pillows + throw blanket: Home Goods, Palm tree print: Jenny Komenda's Print Shop

Rug: Ikea, Bed: Living Spaces, Bedside tables: Twigs & Twine, Gray + turquoise pillows: Home Goods, Potted Cactus: La Grande Orange, Lamps: Target

Patio

Shop The Cozy Cactus Patio Hanging Chair

Pillow: Target, Cactus pot + palm leaf tea towel: LCo Design Studio

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