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Top Tips and Lessons for Furnishing a Vacation Rental

Top Tips and Lessons for Furnishing a Vacation Rental
My last blog focused on the process  we have been using to furnish our latest venture, Century View Lodge. As you can imagine, though we did have plans in place, we have had to employ flexibility, persistence, and consistency to get the job done. We have learned a thing or two but also have some tips. Most of these can apply to any decorating job, no matter the size. Continue reading

Our Latest Endeavor

Our Latest Endeavor
For a few years we have had a plan to eventually purchase a vacation property to rent out but also to enjoy ourselves. So, after lots of research and exploratory camping trips, we finally settled on the area where we wanted to buy: Blue Ridge, Georgia. Continue reading

The Virtues of Separates

The Virtues of Separates
So, what happens when you have a full set of sheets and in the laundry, you missed that stubborn mascara smudge on a pillow case? You can’t put stained linens on a guest’s bed. It does not give the impression of a clean space. But if you have a stash of matching extras, you are good to go. Continue reading

What's a Table Crumber?

What's a Table Crumber?
A number of years ago I had the opportunity to go through training on serving etiquette. This was because our consulting group was preparing to surprise and delight restaurant owners by serving them dinner during our annual national meeting. As part of our training we were each issued a small, gold, pen-like instrument... Continue reading

The Beginning of our Hosting Journey...

The Beginning of our Hosting Journey...
Ever since Beth and I first met over twenty three years ago in a small town south of Kyiv, Ukraine, we have always enjoyed hosting and entertaining guests.  We made it part of our family mission to be as gracious and generous as we could in our hospitality over these many years.  Read more of our story and how our love for all things home and hospitality began.... Continue reading