How to be an Airbnb host like a pro

How to style your spare room for Airbnb guests

List your guest room on Airbnb to feel like the most popular version of yourself.

My first Airbnb guests were a friendly 30-something Irish couple, Luke and Marion.

It was their third time to Australia and the last stop in a long journey before they started their new life in Dubai, where they were relocating.

I wanted to give my first guests the experience of escaping from their life into the best version of themselves. I primed my home and filled it with the beautiful little details you usually don’t bother with in day-to-day life.

In return, I got to feel like Lorelai Gilmore.

How to style your spare room for Airbnb guests

Oh, the romance.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to fantasize about Laura Ashley chinoiserie wallpaper, the smell of fresh-cut garden flowers, and the handmade artisanal soaps.

It’s like the grown up version of Alice in Wonderland.

Somewhere to escape to that brings out the best and most stylish version of yourself; the aspirational ‘you’.

How to style your spare room for Airbnb guests

My job as an Airbnb host is to bring that to life for my guests.  Help them escape to the aspirational version of themselves.

The Diane Keaton or Meryl Streep version of ourselves who always has flowers in the house, makes handmade scones, and has ‘special occasion’ furniture that they actually get to use!

How to style your spare room for Airbnb guests

In return for unleashing my inner Martha Stewart, I get showered with compliments from my Airbnb guests on my beautiful home, my thoughtful details, and oracle-like advice for where to go and what to do.

It should be no surprise that this feels. It’s actually kind of addictive.

How to style your spare room for Airbnb guests

…but the inevitable torture.

  • Safety: just because an app makes it easy to do something doesn’t mean you don’t need to use your sense. I vet the guests (message them, Google them, ask questions), and lock away my valuables.
  • Clean up: this takes a surprisingly long time but must be done. I don’t reuse old sheets, no matter how short the guests stay was. I clean the bathroom t-h-o-r-o-u-g-h-l-y. No short cuts here; that’s gross.

How to style your spare room for Airbnb guests

Your checklist to the modern bed ‘n’ breakfast dream:

  • Buy fresh flowers. I have orchids (long-lasting) to give my rooms an elegant look.
  • Create a map of your neighborhood with key amenities marked out (local convenience store, pharmacy, grocery store, etc.).
  • Extra bed sheets. Heavier and lighter to accommodate changes in weather.
  • City and eatery guide-book.
  • Hamper of snacks, teas and coffees.
  • Form over function. This sounds weird but this is what the bed ‘n’ breakfast romance is all about. A nice sofa, over something that might be more comfortable. Pretty bedspreads even if it’s not practical.

Have you tried Airbnb yet?

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