We have chatted about the MAHAH Project House / The Rich Hippies House a little here and there, but have yet to dig in because, well, it’s been chaotic. We have been on a tight budget with not a lot of time to spare (tick-tock goes the mortgage payment requirements), so today is like a part 1 visual party of before and after and what/how much.
The tiny peek we shared before was on this post, which may be why you remember this less-than- memorable looking house. It’s a duplex from 1960 and is having identity issues. We will do a whole big post about exterior dreams soon enough, but for now we want to show you the soul of the beast.
This is our first AirBNB and we are no stranger to making a mistake or two, but hope we were methodical and mindful enough to dive into the hospitality industry head first and without flaws. We wanted a bright and cherry spot for people visiting Nashville to call home, and feel at home. We arranged the bedrooms to accommodate lets say, a family visiting, as well as spring breakers – diversity friends, it was a tad tricky. It’s how we landed on the Queen bedroom, and the two twins bedroom with an “emergency couch” option. The unit as we lovingly refer to as “Unit A” (we will be more creative eventually” is 900 sqft. That’s way bigger than the adverse local hotel room, and is also way cheaper. We are hoping this is a no brainer for those visiting.
The Queen room is tucked in the back of the unit and most private and we wanted it to be romantic, but not too girly. I imagine while hosting guests we will get enough feedback to make edits to make it perfect, but we went with our gut on the decor. Simple, non fussy, and fresh.
Queen Room Sources:
Stool from Target $64.99
Plant stand, vintage $5
Rug on Sale at Rugs USA $177 + free ship
End tables craigslist $80/pair
Paint Delicate White from Olympic One / Black Magic for the “space” detail in matte, and Harbor Light and Little Lilac for the stars, also from Olympic One.
Curtains from Target $19/Pair
Chandelier I have had for over a decade.
This room needed floor refinishing (outsourced) painting (a la Joey), new windows (the whole upper lever of the house got them and it was about $3,800 and made such a HUGE difference) and an electrician came in to make sure things were safe and moved things around. This was the easiest room by far.
All the before images look waaaay better than it actually was. The yellow walls with all the brown, the windows with decades of dead plants and birds nests and track lighting was so depressing. The new windows, lights and paint did so much to make this drab pad into a happy and cheerful place to visit.
After we thumbs upped the white paint, things started to look and feel as they should.
The kitchen needed a new countertop, paint, and a good cleaning. We have some ideas brewing for future edits, like replacing that tile and adding some shelves under those high cabinets
We added a row of Ikea bookshelves along the whole length of the living area and will be talking about what and how much in part 2 of the tour, so for now, ignore them.
Living Area Sources:
The hyde rug was from ABC Carpet and home on sale for $200, the easily expandable dining table was from Ikea, and the 1900’s cane chairs are temporary as we reupholster the $20 find’s from Craigslist.
The slat bench was a local find at $150, the huge brass lamp we got at the Nashville flea market for $40. The small brass table was a $40 steal from a neighbor.
We were lucky enough to snag a bunch of rugs at Rugs USA on sale 60%-70% off with free shipping, so that saved a ton. That floor lamp was another local neighbor find at $60 and the couch was $125, and we plan to reupholster it.
In part 2 of the tour we will share the other bedroom, hallway, and how we did the built-in look really affordably. Do you have an airBNB? Any tips you would like to share? I would love to see your listing!