So, you may or may not know this, but I'm a bit of a serial entrepreneur. Besides running my full-time interior design business, I have a side hustle (QuickSites.co) creating beautiful websites for small businesses (not unlike LFID), I run our church art gallery and plan our bi-monthly gallery opening events, and I've also been working on something VERY exciting that I'm so pumped to reveal to the world!
Ready for it?
We turned our spare room + attic loft into an AirBNB! Crazy? Wonderful? Scary? All of the above? Yes.
I'm sure all of you have seen the latest AirBNB Netflix show, Stay Here, with brilliant interior designer Genevieve Gorder? Yeahhh, that might have given me a little bit of the AirBNB bug...
We've had long term renters in the past, but as we were exploring possibilities, we thought, what could it look like to turn the space into a vacation rental instead of a long term rental? We loved the idea of flexibility and not necessarily having to rent the space all the time. We also LOVE travel and exploring new cities, so the chance to curate an experience for people visiting our home city sounded like so much fun. And of course, we also liked that it gave us an excuse to fix up some of the things in our house we'd been wanting to do for a while but just couldn't justify fixing at the present.
So, of course, I couldn't just slap the space on AirBNB and call it good. Nope! Our space has a name, an instagram account, and a full-on dedicated website to give local recommendations and tips to our guests.
Here it is, folks! Introducing....
The Loft on Madison
a unique AirBNB in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids
Check out our website here.
And now for the goodies...here are a few photos of the space, and you can see the full gallery in our portfolio here.
The space includes one bedroom, a private bathroom, and access to our third floor living space. The bedroom is super cozy and right across from the bathroom. I kept the decor nice and neutral (duh!) with hints of blues and green. Since the room is small, I leaned a large wall mirror on one wall, which makes the space appear and feel larger.
And you might recognize the below bathroom from our home tour series. Within the last year, we did some minor upgrades to this bath, including new counters, light fixtures, a coat of paint for the cabinets and walls, and new LVP flooring:
We wanted the loft to feel like an open-concept studio space. We created several distinct areas, including a sitting area, a reading nook, a sleeping area, and a dining room complete with "kitchenette" using an existing dresser, microwave, and mini-fridge: everything you need for a little weekend getaway or mid-week business trip to Grand Rapids.
This nook is my favorite spot in the loft...its so cozy and full of sunlight, and the absolute perfect spot for sippin' coffee (or wine) and reading a good book!
We wanted the space to feel super functional for a short stay, whether for work or play. We included a writing desk, and since the attic is a completely open concept, we brought in an adorable clothing rack for any items a guest might want to hang up.
The sitting area is super spacious, with room for 5+ people. We furnished the space with fun vintage furniture, along with a TV/DVD/Apple TV so guests can enjoy a movie or Netflix.
So what do you think? Would you stay here?? And if you're from the city and have friends and family, by all means, we'd LOVE to host them! Feel free to send them to our website (www.TheLoftOnMadison.com) for rates and availability.
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So...now that we've got the AirBNB bug, who else out there had vacation rental they need to spice up so they can get more per night and more nights booked? We'd LOVE to tackle another project like this! Tell us about your project here
and our team will get back to you shortly!