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We played guest this weekend. And though our Home Stay is not quite complete (Kitchen and Bath need to be finalized...and it's the most tedious!), we got to test all the beds! The new mattresses are amazing but the biggest surprise...because my kids wouldn't go to sleep, I slept part of the night on the sofa pullout...and it's incredibly comfortable!
Other surprises, it had been a busy Saturday night in town. The chamber put on it's annual Art and Wine stroll and we participated at our shop downstairs, Nest Interiors. I thought, being on main street, it would be loud...and the cars were whooshing until about midnight and then it was like a night in the country. The other remarkable thing was sunrise in the morning. About 7am it creeps up over a stand of pine trees just down the street (that I've never noticed!). The kitchen, even though, filled with boxes, paint cans, etc...was filled with the most beautiful light.
To me, the space feels vibrant, yet still hidden away right above the hustle bustle of a small town.
Did you ever practice the exercise "trust falls"; the one where you fall back blindly, hoping the person, you may or may not even know, will catch you before you fall to the ground?
I was never a fan the couple times I attempted it...but that feeling was exactly the same feeling I had once our first guests checked in. We had panicked so hard about getting it ready, stocked, super clean...we never thought about how it would feel for our guests (strangers!) to be in our home stay!
I'm happy to say we survived, our place survived...everything was more than fine. In fact they were too good! You could barely tell anyone had visited; they even made the beds!
And like that, we have our first 5 star review! And as our next guests check in today, I'm feeling a lot better. I know it will get easier and we are booked EVERY weekend this month, so I'll have lots of opportunities to fall and trust my guests have my back...and will come back!
The other side of this is I a…
I have to admit, I'm thrilled to see Mardi Gras on the way out...I have never been so exhausted, without going to ONE parade this season! Mainly because we had a parade of guests; a lot of turnovers and YES! We opened our second apartment.
The response has been really wonderful from our guests; it's larger than our first apartment and where I went "cozy" with the first, this one embraces the spaciousness.
Here we are in August and I find we're somewhere stuck in the middle of our renovation...mainly because we ran out of steam. the two bedrooms are nearly done Above is the 1st bedroom.
In the second bedroom, I refurbished and chalk painted my old antique bed frame. It's in a beautiful color, French Quarter Rain, from my own line of paint, Cottage Nest Paints. Also, in the same room, will be an antique desk gifted to me...it needed so much work but it looks like it will be an amazing piece.
This room needs a few more furnishings to finish it out, plus art and decor...but for both bedrooms the major painting and touch-ups are complete. Next up will be the living room...