My Very Fave Curtain Trick

For my One Room Challenge makeover of our little guest house, I was able to rock one of my very favorite-y, fave curtain tricks of allllll time: hanging the curtains from the ceiling. 

We already had some shades on our windows, but our space was still not looking pulled together enough for me, and I knew that curtains were the way to go. I had been drooling over curtains from The Shade Store for eons, and lucky for me, they were one of the sponsors of the One Room Challenge. 

The beauty of the ceiling mount trick is that it draws your eyes up, and makes the room seem larger than it actually is. We have lowish ceilings in the guest house too, so I knew it was ceiling mount or bust in there. I never even considered using a rod. 

My first challenge was deciding which The Shade Store drapes I wanted to use in the space. I got a sense of all my options online, but I really wanted to go see (and feel!) the goods in person. So I headed over to their showroom in Pasadena and teamed up with one of their kickass designers Meghan. 

Their ripple fold drapes are really well suited to a ceiling mount, so I decided to go with those. I also knew that I wanted to keep the color palette in the space very gender neutral, as we rent out our guest house on airbnb and have all sorts of people in there all the time. So I decided to go with a natural linen. 

And if you have visions of hospital room curtains dancing in your head, feast your eyes on this gorgeousness:

Image via Bethany Nauert

Image via Bethany Nauert

Here's a before pic so that you can see how lame-o it was looking before: 

I honestly feel like we went from some 16-year-old Harry Styles obsessed teenagers room to a boutique hotel room. The space is all grown-up now. 

And in addition to looking ridiculously chic, the curtains also cover up an ugly eyesore in the corner of the room right next to the air conditioner.  

There's this crazy ugly tube that is attached to the AC unit that used to make me murder-y every time I saw. Now it's covered up by my sexy curtains. 

Another detail on the drapery that I'm crazy in love with is the brown stripe border. I was on the fence about whether on not I wanted to add it when I was picking out the fabric, but I am SO darn glad I did. 

Here's the thing: you know I love me a good bargain online or a crazy find from Home Goods. But there are certain things in your home that I think are totally worth investing in...and drapes like these are one of em. The fact that they are specifically customized for the room makes the space look about a billion times more baller. 

The Shade Store is def one of my new goto resources. If you need drapes, shades or blinds for your space, you must check them out pronto. 

How I Deal With Laundry As An Airbnb Super Host (And a Laundry Room Makeover)

Whenever someone asks me about what it's like to be an Airbnb host, my first response is always: "you have no idea how much laundry is involved."

My husband Greg and I rent out our tiny little guest house in Los Angeles on Airbnb. After about 72 takes, here's a pic of our little family, including our senior Basset Hound Dudley.

Image via Dabito for The Jungalow

Image via Dabito for The Jungalow

And here's our little guest house! It's got a petite dining area: 

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Image via Bethany Nauert

A little bedroom area: 

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Image via Bethany Nauert

A full kitchen and a bathroom: 

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Image via Bethany Nauert

And after about a year, I'm psyched to report that we are booked about 99% of the time. However, that also means that every two to three days, I've got a serious, no joke pile of laundry to tackle. In case you don't believe me, here's a list of all the things that I typically have to wash: 

+ Duvet cover
+ Flat sheet
+ Fitted sheet
+ Cotton blanket
+ King pillowcases (white and salmon)
+ Bath towels
+ Hand towels
+ Washcloths (white and black, which I provide for women to use when taking off their make-up)
+ Bath mat
+ Shower curtain liner
+ Kitchen towels

Needless to say, I've gotten *real* good at doing laundry. But it def comes with its own challenges too. We have blue fitted sheets and salmon colored pillowcases, so those can't be washed with the other white linens that get bleached. The black washcloths need to be washed separately from the white ones, and we have a bunch of different colorful kitchen towels which also need to be washed separately. 

And truth time: our current laundry sitch is really just not cutting it. Because not only am I dealing with a way higher volume of laundry than I ever have before, but I have this odd combo of whites/colors that I need to deal with that usually requires me to do the double amount of normal wash. This is big time annoying. 

For the last couple of months I've been fantasizing a lot about giving us a major laundry room upgrade. Which is why I went kinda bonkers when I first heard about the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry machines. Basically, each one of these magical unicorn boxes feature two washers in one and two dryers in one. This means you can wash two loads at once (darks and lights, hot and cold) or dry two loads at once (normal and delicate).

So for example: when I am washing all the sheets (whites + colors) I can do two washes at the same time – one for each! And since the dryer has a huge bottom compartment, I can dry both washes together while starting another wash load of the towels. It's almost like a choose-your-own-adventure laundry sitch. And not only would this duo eliminate the need for back-to-back-to-back loads of laundry, I would also be able control them with their app on my smartphone – super handy if I need to be out running around. Anything I can control with an app on my phone, pretty much immediately gets my stamp of approval. 

This, of course, got me thinking about redesigning our whole laundry room from top to bottom. #Shocker. And since laundry is just about the un-sexiest thing there is, I decided I wanted to go for a super glam, black on gold style laundry room. I'm calling this my Vegas laundry room. And the FlexWash + FlexDry would fit right in.

I'm not sure when we'll be able to tackle this fantasy laundry room makeover, but I've already measured the room so we know how much tile to order...soooo it might be REAL soon. 

In the meantime, one of the best tips I have for any other Airbnb hosts is this: get THREE sets of everything. Not two...two isn't enough. Three sets gives you the freedom to not have to immediately dive into your laundry every single time someone checks out. Trust me, ppl: three is the magic number.

In the meantime, check out the FlexWash + FlexDry in action below: 

This post was sponsored by Samsung, but all opinions about the products mentioned are me, myself, and mine.

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK SIX: GUEST HOUSE FINAL REVEAL, YO

You guyzzzzzzzzz! It's week 6, which means: the One Room Challenge is ovah! And you know what else that means?? I have all sorts of yummy final pics to drop right on your faces. Like this: 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

BOOM!

But before we get too deep into the final pics, let me remind you what this little guest house mofo of ours *used* to look like. 

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After I first decorated the guest house a couple of years ago, I thought it was so baller...but now I think I must have been VERY VERY drunk. Look: it was ok...it was fine. But it was def not baller. 

As a reminder, when we started this whole ORC shebang, I shared with you that I wanted to re-imagine the space as a "cozy luxe" boutique hotel room. Now, if you're throwing up in your mouth a little bit right now after reading "cozy luxe" I soooo don't blame you. But I needed some way to describe this thang, and that's what I landed on. I really just wanted it to feel like a hip hotel, but also to feel a bit more layered and home-y. Do you want to punch me yet? 

As a reminder, there are a few main issues I was dealing with in this space that were kinda weird: 

+ The space is super duper tiny...and based on the layout (including location of windows, closet, etc), I could not change the floorplan of the space AT ALL. 
+ We Airbnb the guest house, so I needed to make decisions about decor and furniture that would take that into account (I.e. platform beds are cool, but older people can't easily get in and out of em). 
+ There were also a couple of pieces that I *had* to keep in there (like my blue banquette, because we use it for storage in the space. 
+ The guest house is haunted

Ok, TOTALLY kidding about the haunted thing. 

So let's dive into this makeover area by area...get ready for alllllll the juicy details. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

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Image by Bethany Nauert

Here's the entrance to the guest house. You enter the property through a path right in front of that fence in the back of the pic. We have keypads at both doors (and we change the code to the last 4 digits of our guest's cell phone #'s each time they check in), so no one ever forgets their code. My husband Greg and I enter through another gate, so the space feels pretty private (even though our main house is right behind that wall directly across from the front door...so we're just a few feet away). 

I did a crazy simple DIY and updated an Ikea doormat with some of the gorge trim I got from Fringe Market. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I really, really wanted to change the color of the front door, BUT, I just didn't get it together. So we kept it yellow. 

When you enter the guest house, immediately to your left is the SEATING AREA

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Image by Bethany Nauert

One of the biggest changes we made here was replacing the old lame-o French doors that were there with these gorge doors from Metrie. These Fashion Forward doors are avail in both the a glass and a solid version, but when I saw the glass version, I basically had to start breathing into a paper bag. And when you have gorge doors, you gotta add gorge hardware, which is where Emtek came in. Now, basically you walk through the entrance, see these doors,  and it's like KAPOW! 

Before the makeover, this space had more of a living room vibe. There was a coffee table there, and the blue banquette. So while you could sit and hang out in there, you couldn't really eat there. I decided that I wanted to turn it into a true dining space, so we ditched the coffee table and replaced it with a dining table. 

I had to keep the banquette, because the seats of the benches open up to reveal storage below. I store extra towels and linens in there, and I don't really have any other spots in the guest house for them, so the banquette wasn't goin' anywhere. Also, it happens to fit perfectly in that small corner.

Image by Bethany Nauert

Image by Bethany Nauert

But I wanted to make the banquette stand out a bit more, so I decided to add a bright, kind of out of the box wallpaper choice for me behind it....and I'm SO damn glad I did. I was crazy excited when I realized that New Wall was a sponsor of ORC, and after spending hours on their site staring at all their gorge papers, I decided on this pretty pony.  I wanted to go tone on tone with the color, and I love the explosion of blue in there now. 

The wallpaper was actually a "mural," which means it came in sections that all worked together as one piece of art. It wasn't quite big enough to cover both walls, so we hung it just in the space behind the banquette. I was worried it would look ridic, but we decided to go for it anyway. We left equi-distant space on each side of the mural, and I think it turned out fab. It was also a really good reminder that sometimes you've got to put on your big girl pants, and think outside of the box. 

I spent eons looking for the perfect light fixture for the space, and I finally found one at Crystorama. I love the white/brass combo and the fact that it's not too big or overpowering, but still provides a decent amount of light. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I always try to have paper and pens around for our guests, so that they can make lists or take notes. I added a notebook and some supplies to a vintage basket to keep handy on the chic chrome side table.  I'm also deeply in love with this sisal rug, which brings even more of that pretty royal blue color into the space. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

These copper art ledge shelves from Minted are the perfect spot for us to display the guidebook we created for our Airbnb rental, some additional artwork, and some other LA resources we like to provide. 

Across from the seating area is the little KITCHEN: 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I didn't make a ton of changes in the kitchen as it was mostly brand new. Before we bought our house, this space just had a washer/dryer in it. We added the full kitchen back when we weren't sure this whole airbnb thing would work (now we pay our ENTIRE mortgage with our airbnb every month!). I added a graphic rug in here, as well as new butcher block island (both from The Mine). 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

We always provide plenty of snacks, treats, and even packs of gum for our guests, which we keep in this vintage basket on top of the microwave. 

Through the pretty new doors, we move on to the BEDROOM AREA

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Image by Bethany Nauert

Get yo self into the bedroom! (Mind outta the gutter...I mean that in the least naughty way possible, fyizers). Remember: we couldn't change the floorplan of the bedroom at all, but I still wanted to completely change the look of the space. Enter wallpaper numero dos. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I decided to go more neutral in the bedroom area, and so I chose a rich grasscloth wallpaper from All Modern. Originally, I was just going to paper the wall behind the bed, but once I stood back, I realized that also papering the little niche on the side of the closet would visually pull the space together in a srsly fab way. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

Uhm, do you see that gorge flush mount light from Bellacor? I've already asked it to marry me, and it said YES! I had to find a great flush mount light for the bedroom area, because I didn't want anything hanging down from the ceiling and blocking the TV on the opposite wall. Paired with the sexy sconces from Lamps Plus, the lighting in this area adds a serious pop of glam. 

The other thing I wanted to go ALL in on, was making sure that the bed was seriously, no joke yummy. The mattress is amazeballs in there as it used to be our mattress (before I fell in love with a bed at a Kelly Wearstler warehouse sale that was a King instead of a Cal King). But I feel like the bed looks so gorgeously layered and textured with all the kickass linens from both Annie Selke and Candelabra. I also wanted a dramatic bed with a statement headboard (and I only like upholstered headboards cause I want to be able to lean back and be comfy)...as soon as I saw this baby on All Modern, I was hooked on phonics. I imagine all of our future guests will pretty much just be doing this at all times:

Across from the bed is the TV, and we swapped in a narrow console underneath where I have a few fun vintage pieces displayed along with some books. I also have a luggage rack next to the console, so guests can easily story their suitcases there if they'd like. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I think one of the biggest changes in the bedroom space, is the addition of the chic drapes from The Shade Store. I think it honestly completely changes the look of the space. I wanted to mount the drapes from the ceiling, because the ceilings are kinda low in there, and I wanted to make the space feel a bit more expansive. And even though we already had shades on the windows, the drapes definitely change the game cause they totally block out all the light. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

Here's a view of the space from the other side of the room (in front of the windows). Before the makeover, the closet had no doors (as we had those lame-o mirrored sliding doors and I hated them so much I ripped them off). Adding doors, hardware, and zhushing up the closet with art, a rug, and a sexy new light is such a killer upgrade. I put some pretty vintage baskets in there for the pics, but I will likely take those out so that people have more room to put there stuff in there. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

And last, but not least, we've got the BATHROOM: 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I wasn't ready to go bold with my paint color throughout the entire space, but I knew I could have some fun in the bathroom. I've fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with this Inchyra Blue color from Farrow & Ball. Is it blue? is it green? I don't really give a rat's ass...whatever it is, I love it long time. 

Again, my whole goal in the bathroom is to make it a space that works well for our guests. So there are plenty of extra towels, baskets under the sink with extra toilet paper, drawers in the vanity to keep your toiletries and make-up. I even provide black washcloths (along with white!) so women can easily take off their make-up without worrying about staining anything. 

Here's a view of the other side of the bathroom where the shower is. Annnd, here's one last pic, cause you know I can't help myself from gettin Dudley's furry ass in here: 

Phew! That's it, babes! So I wanna know: 
+ WTH do you think? Do you love? Do you hate? 
+ Do you have any questions about anything that I didn't cover? 
+ Do you wanna know more about being an Airbnb host and all of my tips/tricks? (we're Super Hosts, by the way!).
 

Tell me below in the comments. 

Of course I wanted to make sure to share every single source with you, so I've broken it alllll down right here: 

SEATING AREA
+ Lippa Wood & Gloss Dining Table, The Mine, $352.63
+ Coventry Storage Banquette, Ballard Designs, price varies
+ Copper Arftul Shelves (2'), Minted, $85/ea
+ Glass Side Table, The Mine, $195
+ Justina Blakeney pillow, Candelabra, $99
+ Pillows, Indiebungalow, price varies
+ Luna 4-Light White & Gold Sphere Mini Chandelier, Crystorama
+ Lady painting, Etsy (purchased years ago)
+ Blue abstract watercolor, vintage
+ Lamp, vintage
+ Tres Tintas Barcelona, Poseidonia Wallpaper, New Wall, $1060
+ Melancolia Print by Catilustre (20" x 16"), Minted, $67
+ Marco Navy Jute Soumak Woven Rug (5' x 8'), Annie Selke's Dash & Albert, $454
+ Wood fruit & bowl, vintage
+ Fashion Forward Clear Glass interior doors, Metrie
+ Bern Door Knob/Square Barrel Hinge (Satin Nickel), Emtek
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

KITCHEN
+ Roast Chicken Print by Elliott Stokes (8" x 10" framed), Minted, $48
+ French Country Square Butcher's Block island, The Mine, $373
+ Nuloom Barry Area Rug (4x6), The Mine, $64
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball
+ Zodiac 6-Light Polished Nickel Ceiling Mount Light Fixture, Crystorama
+ Cutting board, Home Goods
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

BEDROOM AREA
+ Raw Grasscloth Wallpaper, All Modern, $3.48/sf
+ Highline by Rachael Ray Upholstered Bed (Cal King), All Modern, $1,155
+ Joaquin 1-Drawer Nightstand, All Modern, $381.99
+ Jonathan Adler Havana sconces, Lamps Plus (similar), $173
+ Corbett Helios LED Flush Mount Light fixture, Bellacor, $846
+ Rosette Quilt in Indigo Cotton (King), Candelabra, $329
+ Flax Linen Fitted Sheet (King), Candelabra, $287.50
+ Layla King Pillowcases (Taupe), Candelabra, $207
+ Kerala Spice Matelasse Coverlet (King), Annie Selke's Pine Cone Hill, $340
+ Anatolia Linen Throw, Annie Selke's Pine Cone Hill, $398
+ Vintage textile &  pillows, Erica Reitman Design, Etsy (customized with Fringe Market trim)
+ Petris Stacked Leg Console, The Mine, $701.80
+ Reese Luggage Rack with shelf, The Mine, $47.10
+ Sheepskin, Cowboy Kate, prices vary
+ Emperor Print by Moglea (11" x 14"), Minted, $44
+ Walnut Side Chair, Bellacor (no longer avail, here is a similar one)
+ Hide rug, vintage
+ Black & white art, vintage
+ brass foot (on bedside table), Kelly Wearstler (no longer available)
+ Liza Tapered Full length mirror, Urban Outfitters, $129
+ Bulb/Dimmer Remote Kit, Philips Hue, $34.99
+  Ripple Fold Drapery (oatmeal), The Shade Store (mounted to the ceiling)
+ Blinds, Lowes
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

CLOSET
+ Very Square 4-Panel Doors (installed as bypass closet doors), Metrie
+ 12" Cabinet Pulls (Satin Nickel), Emtek
+ Rubbed Bronze Pendant, Bellacor, $89.99
+ Tapestry, vintage
+ Kathy Ireland Paradise Garden Runner Rug in closet, The Mine, $115.50
+ Stormy Palms Print by Kamala Nahas (16" x 16"), Minted, $64
+ Bulb/Dimmer Remote Kit, Philips Hue, $34.99
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

BATHROOM
+ Inchyra Blue, Farrow & Ball
+ Very Square 4-Panel door, Metrie
+ Bern Door Knob/Square Barrel Hinge (Satin Nickel), Emtek
+ Waterloo Wall Mirror, The Mine, $163.20
+ Luna 1-Light Bronze & Gold Chandelier (above sink), Crystorama
+ Ollie Storage Shelf With Mirror (for towels), The Mine, $78.99
+ Concord Towel Bar, The Mine, $51.97
+ Basket hamper, vintage
+ Bulb/Dimmer Remote Kit, Philips Hue, $34.99
+ Large artwork, Sketch42
+ Blinds, Lowes

MISC
+ Eero wifi system
+ Ikea doormat with Jute/bead trim from Fringe Market
+ All pics via Bethany Nauert

Ok, this was fun-n-all, but now you gotta go check out all the other final reveals! I've seen some previews and this has gotta be one of the most epic One Room Challenge groups I've ever seen! I'm so incredibly grateful to Linda for including me in this round, and psyched to be amongst so many other rockstars. 

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson  Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

**I received products from the sponsors mentioned in this post for inclusion in my One Room Challenge makeover, however, all opinions are my own. We had choices about which brands we chose to work with, and all of the brands I chose were on my list because I truly do love em.