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as you know from my recent travels, i’ve been using airbnb to book apartments. (italy here, rome here, sweden here) i pulled together 5 cute california spots you could stay in case you are headed west anytime soon! or maybe a staycation? a few by the beach, one in a treehouse (!), an artist loft and one in my silver lake neighborhood. i might even rent that place in malibu for our next anniversary…
click to rent them here:
venice beach cottage, SF treehouse, malibu beach house, downtown loft, silver lake apartment
people ask quite a bit on instagram how i find the places that i stay. here’s a few of my airbnb tips:
- 1. first do research on the neighborhood. location is key! while it’s great to have an amazing place to sleep, you still want to be able to walk around to shops and cafes easily. i usually google the “hip” or “trendy” neighborhoods because it usually means they have a lot going on as far as restaurants and fun sights. then i type that neighborhood into airbnb.
- 2. i always read the reviews. i am skeptical about places with only 1 or 2 reviews. usually the great places have a lot people giving you their two cents.
- 3. create wish lists & organize your listings into the “my trips” section. we did this for our recent european trip so we could share our lists with each other and decide our favorites. that way you don’t have to keep all the tabs open, they will save them for you.
- 4. if i have a minimum budget i always start the filters there. this will shorten the time you have to weed through places. i keep the maximum budget high, just because i like to look. although it’s sometimes torture
- 5. a couple more things i always check for: is it close to public transportation? does it have wifi? is it up 10 flights of stairs with no elevator (yes, i found that out that hard way, with heavy bags) and sometimes i ask the host if the apartment still looks the same as in the photos. you don’t want to get there and it look completely different because the photos were old.
(this post was sponsored by airbnb, all opinions are my own. photos by designlovefest)
a student in my class a few weeks ago told me about a site called behomm. it’s a site where you can just swap homes with someone. so it costs you nothing. the catch is that it’s only for designers and visual artists (meaning there are some SERIOUSLY well designed homes in the mix)
i’m thinking about doing it sometime, but sure do feel the pressure to step up my home decor after seeing all these awesome spaces…
as a freelancer, the freedom to work remotely is definitely the best part. (and believe me, there are some not so great parts about it) but, i sure wouldn’t mind working from paris or new york for the week…
don’t these look great?
i usually rent apartments when i go abraod, so behomm seems like a great alternative. just pay for the flight and the rest is handled.
would you feel comfortable with someone in your home, while you stayed at theirs?
we took the italia rail from rome (see that post here!) to our last stop, venice. the train took about 3.5 hours and cost us each around $150 for first class. we got to all sit together in seats that faced each other, drink mini champagnes and enjoy the scenery. so relaxing!
let me start off by saying that venice is definitely one of the most interesting places that i’ve ever traveled to. probably because everything was new and exciting. you load your luggage onto a boat and just take in this magical city. we were all pretty giddy at this point. you don’t really think about until you arrive how there really aren’t roads, just tiny little alleyways that you will get lost in, countless bridges and water around every turn. it was pretty unreal, really. much more of a wander and find a good spot sort of place…
definitely not the most luggage-friendly destination (lugging our bags over 3 bridges, cobblestone streets and up a flight of stairs.) but our apartment made it worth it. we rented this one from airbnb as well (you can rent it here) the hosts gave us endless recommendations and tips.
talking to a local is so important, so you can get those silly questions out of the way. (what’s the tipping like here at restaurants? what about the public transportation? what time is best for dinner?) so many things are different over there! we stayed only a 5 minute walk from the rialto bridge and i really liked our little area.
the home of two architects, everything had it’s place. they brought a lot of treasures back from their travels from asia. the kitchen was my favorite part…open, airy, beautiful lights, open shelving, two balconies looking over the canal. it was where we hung out the most.
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we arrived in rome and dragged our bags through the cobblestone alleys to meet our host at the airbnb apartment we rented in via dei banchi nuovi (you can rent it here). it was quite the change of scenery from stockholm, where i had just been! i love how cheap the flights are through europe. just $80 and we were somewhere completely different.
follow the map that asia and i made for some of our favorite rome activities…
there was a bottle of wine waiting for us there and we just took in the crazy views from our terrace. our host was so nice and wrote out a big list of places to eat and drink and pointed out some of his favorite places to go in the area. victoria and i arrived first and waited for jen before we hit the town. the place was just a short walk away from piazza navona, which was full of great bars, gelato, restaurants and people watching. such a charming little spot.
a really good meal by our place was cul de sac. meatballs on mashed potatoes, cheese ravioli, tiramisu. a cozy little spot with friendly waiters, a bunch of locals, and a ridiculous wine selection.
we made a few meals in our apartment. mostly just meals in between larger meals (we ate far too much on this trip!) one of my favorite parts about renting an apartment is going to the grocery store and filling the fridge with snacks and drinks and having the option to cook. after traveling more than a week, sometimes it’s nice to not have to think about what restaurant is next and just stay home.
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hi everyone! i really enjoy putting together these travel posts for you…documenting some of my favorite restaurants, shops and must-see spots. this month, i visited stockholm for the first time and had such a wonderful experience. i have been dreaming of going there for years! scandinavian design is a true love of mine and now it is more than ever. follow this guide if you are planning a trip there. i was only there a few short days, but tried to pack in as much as i could!
first, lunch at urban deli. a hip spot with yellow stools, great atmosphere, and a fun menu. there’s also a fancier supermarket on the other side of the restaurant (similar to a dean & deluca in new york) i always think it’s cool seeing the food packaging in other countries. i am sure this would be a great spot just to grab a drink at the bar too!
you can save this map below for your trip to stockholm! thanks for making it beautiful, asia.
i have really liked the bold patterns and beautiful styling coming from svenskt tenn for a while now, so i was happy to be able to visit the store in person to gather inspiration. just look at this colorful couch…
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