Decorate with Books

by | Jan 7, 2021 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

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?


  1. Paula Shreckhise

    We stayed in an Airbnb for our Mother’s Memorial Service. We left a copy of her memoirs that she published when she was 99. She died at 101.
    We found out the owner’s mother also wrote a memoir.
    They left books for the guests also.

  2. Katie Gray

    Your decorations are so lovely. I would really enjoy staying in your AirBnBs. I used to decorate with books, on the end tables in the bedrooms and living room, but now with a 1 year-old, I can no longer do that. One day I will be able to have a rotating lineup of books to decorate with again.


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