My first Airbnb

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I’ve started another avenue for Top Shelf and this job was my first step in that direction. This client and her husband had just renovated their garage into a studio to use for their Airbnb guests and it is a beautiful space, but the wife had no clue how to make the studio apartment feel cohesive but also with very clear “spaces” for their guests. She called in Top Shelf and in just a couple hours we were able to get the bathroom, main living area and kitchen staged and organized, along with a small list of items needed to complete the room and bring it all together.

The main living area included the “dining room”, “bedroom” and “den”. When I walked in everything was pushed to the walls and there was an awkward empty space in the middle of the room. I moved the bed to the corner, pulled the couch out at a slight angle and pushed the table over to the center of the empty space and turned it length-wise to fill the space better. Once we out down a couple rugs and figured out what she needed for the “den” space (coming soon a cowhide rug), the main living area was complete.

After that we moved on to the bathroom which was a simple job of folding the towels so they fit the small floating shelves and incorporating a small wooden holder she had purchased, which contained the wash cloths.

Last but not least was the kitchen. She pretty much had everything she needed but she wasn’t sure how to organize all the drawers and cupboards. I was able to get most things placed where they needed to go, including the creation of a coffee station.

A few plants placed around the rooms and the studio was complete. She and her husband loved the final result and hopefully their future guests will be as well!

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House to House Parts 1 & 2

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This job began as a simple packing job but grew to include staging the home for pictures and then unpacking the kitchen in their new home. This busy family of 4 includes 2 full-time working parents and 2 high-schoolers (plus a couple of cats and a dog). Naturally, they have a very busy, full life, so packing up their home and getting it ready for pictures before they put it on the market was just too much for them to do. Matt Kirkegaard with Keller Williams Realty contacted me and asked if I would be willing to help them out through this process and of course I said yes.

The first stage of this job included packing up the kitchen and random spaces around the home including the hall closet and their home office. As I packed I made sure to leave things to help with the staging process and tackled some of that at the same time.

*Slide the blue line R and L to see the Before and After pictures

Head over to the next post to see the pictures of their new kitchen by clicking here!

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This client and her husband were preparing to put their house on the market and knew one space that would help lure in potential buyers was their amazing pantry. The wife knew that with 3 older kids (one in college but occasionally home) she would need something eye-catching yet also functional. So she called Top Shelf to help her unorganized and underutilized pantry get ‘open house ready’.

As the family was in and out of the house, I was able to throw out what was expired, organize the items left by creating zones (the youngest daughter loves baking and was thrilled to have a ‘baking zone’ just for her) and finish the pantry looking organized and ‘open house ready’. And it was still functional enough for the family to maintain the organization throughout their day-to-day. This job took a full day (7 hours) to do, but the end result was definitely worth it.


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