Decorate with Books

I’m doing something I never thought I’d do. My husband and I own and run three Airbnb properties. My son told me five months ago, “Just try it, Mom. You might find you enjoy dealing with the different guests. You might even see it as a way to help during this time.”

Well, I knew the idea hung outside my comfort zone. What did I know about owning and hosting an Airbnb, must less three of them? Sure, I could keep a house for my family, but strangers? What needs would they have? Would I be able to meet those expectations?

One of my favorite parts of the project is the decorating. I feel I meet a need when I make it homey. I always include a variety of reading options. I place some of my favorite books by authors I follow in the rooms. I hope to entice the guests to read a good book and possibly find a new author. Whenever I stay at a BnB or Airbnb, I always gravitate to a bookshelf or a nightstand to browse the offerings. What better way to entertain my guests!

Perhaps you see a favorite author from my pictures of my houses. What books do you use as an entertainment for your family and guests?

What’s next on your agenda?

Since so many things have changed in my recent life, I’m wondering if it is the same for you. I would like to know that I’m not the only one experiencing new schedules, new hobbies, new foods, new plans. Please comment and perhaps I’ll add something new to my list of accomplishments.


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As you know, I resigned from teaching in February before the pandemic with my last day being May 22. Therefore, this is the first September in forever that I have had “free.” Free is an interesting phenomenon. In July we bought a house to flip, meaning I’ve become a painter and a cabinet hanger as well as a debris collector. It’s hard work, but I love working with my husband even though he says I’m slow and “un”professional. Yet, I get the job done well. I won’t say I’m free labor, but close to it until the house sells.

Add to that I now run an Airbnb. What? Yes, I’m a host. I’ve been a guest many times in Europe while traveling with my daughter, so I sort of know what a guest wants. We’ll see!

I’m an accidental gardener, meaning I throw seed out and see what they will do. I want to learn to make candles and petit fours!

My days always include reading and writing. I’m excited about the release of Wait for Me. I’m being ever so patient as I wait to hold it. That ends the Revolutionary Faith series. What’s next? Somehow, I’ll release the first book in Gardens in Time. Details in the next six months or so.

Enough about my what’s next. Share about something new in your life.