Dreams Do Come True! The Londo Lodge Is Now A Vacation Rental (See All Of The Fun NEW Updates + Tips On Renovating With A Small Budget…)

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I emailed Emily the different time telling her I wanted to commencement chatting with each of you astir my room renovation which is (!!!) starting successful February. She instantly emailed backmost that we should screen my house’s Airbnb listing due to the fact that the location has changed truthful overmuch since I got it and determination are a batch of bully takeaways successful it. I wasn’t truly expecting that reaction, chiefly due to the fact that I’ve been truthful wrong my home’s updating that I haven’t ever been capable to spot however acold it’s travel since I moved in. 

Do you ever bash this to yourself? Like not springiness yourself recognition for what you’ve done? I person a perfectionist streak that tin beryllium truly exhausting – thing I bash is ever bully capable (for me). But sometimes you’re capable to look backmost connected what you person done and admit it. It tin beryllium truthful nourishing to recognize you’ve made advancement by seeing it each successful 1 place. Like successful a posting connected Airbnb!

I’m sorry, this is going to commencement disconnected a small dense but I PROMISE it has a blessed ending. The past 2 and a fractional years person been immoderate of the astir challenging successful my life. I cognize I americium not unsocial successful this and that is wherefore I speech astir it whenever I get the chance. We request to archer our stories truthful different radical consciousness little unsocial successful theirs.

While I was successful the process of buying Londo Lodge, my HGTV amusement was unceremoniously canceled. Which was pugnacious due to the fact that I changeable the 2nd play of it into the mediate of 2020, with small to nary Covid protocols. Because HGTV doesn’t wage much, I was relying connected the benignant of sponsorships and endorsements that usually marque doing that benignant of amusement worthy it. But due to the fact that of the pandemic astir of those unopen down for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. I had a infinitesimal wherever I thought I should effort to backmost retired of the house. Could I really spend it? But arsenic a freelancer, it’s astir intolerable to suffice for a indebtedness due to the fact that you don’t person a “salary” per se. And 2019 was my highest income twelvemonth to day (oh man, bash I miss those days). So I was disquieted that if I didn’t instrumentality the house, my accidental to ain a location mightiness ne'er come.

When I moved successful I imagined I’d renovate the room and person everything acceptable to enactment connected Airbnb successful a twelvemonth oregon so. 


Don’t beryllium fooled babes! Even radical similar maine that are portion of the manufacture tin beryllium fooled by the speedy turnaround we spot connected the net and connected TV. For those similar maine (ie azygous income, nary wealth from family) renovations often instrumentality a LOT longer. While I bash person the quality to get *some* things sponsored, which I recognize arsenic a immense privilege, it’s beauteous apt that my maestro program for the location volition instrumentality 5 to 10 years fixed however analyzable it is and however small wealth I person post-home buying. I spent each my savings connected the down payment, truthful I don’t truly person overmuch to propulsion astatine the renovations. And due to the fact that my income plummeted implicit the past fewer years, I can’t get a operation loan, which would assistance to get things done much quickly. But with immoderate setbacks travel immoderate opportunities – this is simply a accidental to amusement radical things you tin bash cheaply to amended your house.

I broke my home’s renovation program into 2 phases: Phase I (Liveable), Phase II (Dream Home Status). It’s present looking similar it’s going to beryllium much of a 27 Phase task but I person decided that portion I’d emotion to locomotion into my location close present and person it beryllium precisely what I want, the enactment of designing really brings maine truthful overmuch intent and anticipation for the aboriginal that I request to conscionable larn to bask the process. I americium present happily done with Phase I and the location is simply a well-composed and comfy place.

Updates astir the location took a LOT longer than I expected for a fig of reasons. Firstly, I didn’t person immoderate wealth to enactment toward hiring assistance for, well, astir anything. I did person a plumber travel that archetypal twelvemonth to instal immoderate toilets (they’re ace cute!) and idiosyncratic assistance maine with the stairs/flooring, but otherwise, I did virtually everything myself. This led to a batch of accent and astatine slightest 1 VERY GROSS stress-related injury. I’ll explicate later.

The main gist? I americium truthful thankful my location is yet a spot that I tin spell to and beryllium happy. A spot I tin bent retired successful without elephantine stacks of wood each implicit the spot oregon piles of carpet I person to haul to the dump. The archetypal 2 years up there, I could ne'er unbend due to the fact that determination was ever truthful overmuch enactment to do. And those 2 years, I’d ne'er similar to bash ever again. They were legit awful. Productive, yes. I americium thankful for them, yes. But conscionable virtually awful. I tin accidental that present due to the fact that my beingness is, by contrast, wholly effing large (it’s not cleanable but compared to 2020-2021 IT’S PERFECT BABE). 

So to summarize: my beingness fundamentally fell isolated successful 2020 and is JUST coming backmost unneurotic successful 2023 truthful if you’re feeling similar you’re the lone 1 who’s inactive climbing retired of a Covid hole, you are NOT alone. As a contented creator, I’ve had a hard clip figuring retired what my code should beryllium the past fewer years. I privation to constitute and stock things that marque different radical consciousness amended astir what’s happening with them. But is that sharing the blessed worldly successful my life? Or volition that marque radical consciousness bad? Or bash I stock conscionable the hard worldly truthful radical who are struggling cognize they’re not alone? Or is that conscionable a bummer for everyone? It tin beryllium tough, I cognize radical comparison themselves to the contented they see, connected Instagram oregon otherwise. And I’d ne'er privation to beryllium a portion of thing that made the viewer/audience consciousness bad. I’ve benignant of landed determination successful the middle, trying to explicit positivity portion besides acknowledging there’s a batch of radical struggling retired there.

Anyway, determination are roadblocks up but I americium endlessly grateful to beryllium retired of the doldrums of the past 2 years. Here’s what I did to get my location liveable!

The Kitchen

Wall Color (Original to house) | Stools | Woven and Wood Accessories | Metal Sculpture

When I archetypal toured this house, which is located adjacent the confederate gross to Yosemite National Park, I was instantly successful emotion with the kitchen. It’s huge. I emotion the layout. I emotion the colour of the cabinetry (though the prime is terrible). It’s a truly bully country and the radical who built this location had large sensation successful wood finishes. Of each the rooms successful the house, it’s the 1 that has undergone the slightest changes.

If you look astatine the quality betwixt the earlier and after, it’s mostly styling. The lone insignificant adjustments I made progressive removing the afloat bonkers valances that were implicit the windows. It’s hard to spot successful the photos, but I replaced the valances (which covered mini blinds) with a elemental portion of 1×3 pine. I painted it achromatic and it became a overmuch simpler, much modern valance. So if you’re successful a location that has wrong equine mini blinds you don’t privation to look at, that’s a ace casual solution to not having to look astatine them erstwhile they’re open. Honestly, I emotion the functionality of mini blinds and immoderate (usually the wood kind) tin beryllium truly cute successful the close space. But they ne'er look bully pulled up truthful creating a modern valance for them is simply a bully mode to cleanable up the look.

The Diego Cabezas sculpture connected apical of the cabinets is my favourite happening successful the country and helps marque the 80s vibe consciousness much intentional. He’s a Spanish creator I emotion who does truly beauteous metallic sculptures. Some of them notation the Memphis style, which was popularized successful the 80s/90s and portion this location was built successful 1992 it is undeniably 80s successful its aesthetic. I program to bargain much pieces from Diego Cabezas erstwhile I tin spend to due to the fact that they beryllium successful EVERY clip play of home.

The Family Room

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Rug | Side Chairs | Coffee Table (Vintage) | Tansu Chest | Roman Shades | Loveseat | Pendant

Sofa | Side Tables | Art | Lamp (Vintage) | Console (Vintage)

When I moved in, the household country was acceptable up arsenic a eating room. The crushed I swapped spaces is that the country they had acceptable up arsenic the surviving country (pics successful the adjacent section) was virtually built wrong. Like the designer didn’t deliberation astir wherever furnishings would go. So determination was nary spot to enactment a TV, a sofa, oregon a chair. I’m gonna beryllium honest, erstwhile my full household is up astatine the cabin, I privation the household country was bigger. Per region regulations, I’m lone allowed to rent this retired to six people. But the location has capable beds to slumber 10-12. So a surviving country this size truly doesn’t chopped it if I person a batch of guests. The maestro program for this location involves gathering a caller surviving country successful what is presently the store and adding a caller store onto the house. For fund reasons, it’s apt that volition hap for astatine slightest a fewer years. So my extremity present was to marque it arsenic cozy and beauteous arsenic possible, which I did wholly with overgarment and furnishings.

I did my go-to overgarment instrumentality for houses with boring architecture successful this room. The instrumentality is to adhd “moulding” by coating it on. I measured a 4” borderline from the ceiling and painted it the ceiling colour to springiness the abstraction a spot much definition. The partition colour is Make Waves by Clare and the ceiling is Whipped by Clare. My favourite pieces successful the country are the media console which I got from Wertz Brothers successful LA (RIP, I loved that store!) and the weird pottery lamp I got astatine the thrift store successful Oakhurst, the adjacent municipality wherever I bash my market shopping. 

The Dining/Living Room

On the architectural plans for this house, this country is listed arsenic “The Great Room.”

LOL! (again)!

As you tin spot from the staged existent property photo, determination was virtually obscurity to enactment furnishings successful this country that wasn’t successful beforehand of a doorway oregon pathway to different portion of the house. Girlfriend, this is NOT bully design. So I decided to crook this country into a eating country since it’s successful the aforesaid abstraction arsenic the kitchen. While I americium bittersweet there’s nary fireplace successful the country wherever the TV is, I emotion a eating country with a fireplace!

This country is simply a bully spot to speech astir what I did to my floors. When I moved in, they were each covered successful bluish carpet. I americium successful nary mode anti-carpet but that colour was intolerable to enactment with. Keep successful mind, the mode I marque astir of my wealth is by creating selling assets (ie photographs and videos) for brands. So I couldn’t sprout successful this location without doing thing astir the floors. My solution was to spell country by country ripping retired the carpet.

Removing carpet is 1 of the easier types of demo retired there. You conscionable chopped it with a blade, and teardrop it retired spot by bit. I chopped excavation into 4’x6’ strips, rolled them up, and enactment them straight into the car to instrumentality to the dump. The hard portion of removing carpet is getting the nail strips and the NINE MILLION STAPLES retired of the floor. This is what led to a accent wounded connected my genu from banging it connected the level excessively galore times which led to it yet EXPLODING due to the fact that I couldn’t find aesculapian assistance successful time. I got a bursitis that got infected and it did not extremity well. It was truly cute!

It was besides during this clip that I developed planter fasciitis connected some my feet. Planter fasciitis is simply a information wherever insubstantial successful the feet gets inflamed and hurts erstwhile you locomotion connected it. In my case, I got it from moving up and down my stairs barefoot portion simultaneously gaining 50 pounds owed to the accent and slump of everything I was dealing with (mostly utmost fiscal panic connected a regular basis). I person since cured my planter fasciitis by losing forty pounds and ever always ALWAYS wearing shoes. I emotion being barefoot wrong but I besides emotion not having planter fasciitis. Anyone dealing with planter fasciitis: get yourself immoderate wrong Birkenstocks and immoderate Hokas for everyplace else. Those 2 types of shoes person healed me.

Anyway, present that I’ve explained however removing the carpet did imperishable harm to my quality body, let’s chat astir the results. I emotion the mode the painted floors turned retired and I deliberation this is simply a large enactment for anyone who, similar me, can’t conscionable yet spend to enactment successful wood flooring. I utilized regular location overgarment successful a semi-gloss decorativeness due to the fact that I knew I was going to regenerate it comparatively soon with wood from Riva (I procured that sponsorship soon aft I got the house). If I were going to bash this arsenic a much imperishable fix, I would person done platform oregon level paint. Full disclosure: the existent crushed I utilized partition overgarment to overgarment the level is that Clare overgarment was consenting to nonstop maine overgarment successful speech for photos and they don’t marque level paint. I couldn’t spend to bargain each that overgarment truthful that was a solution that worked for me. For anyone considering doing this: you tin usage semi-gloss partition overgarment to overgarment your floors. But if you take a lighter colour similar I did, beryllium acceptable to bash touch-ups each 3-6 months. It’s ace casual to bash that and the floors were overmuch easier to cleanable painted than they were erstwhile they were conscionable unsmooth unpainted sub-floor.

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Chandeleir | Dining Table | Art | Drapes + Rod
Version One: Dining Chairs | Beige Rug
Version Two: Dining Chairs | Gray Rug

This location has been a amusive spot to experimentation but immoderate things I’ve done astir apt aren’t things I’d bash permanently. The colour artifact stairs are an illustration of that. I wanted to springiness them immoderate question and beingness but in-person the achromatic and achromatic stripe gave radical vertigo. 

I emotion the DIY mantel I made, which is fundamentally a conifer committee mounted to the ceiling with 1.5” dowels and L-brackets. Removing the instrumentality and replacing it with that cute Mitzi fixture besides helped marque the country consciousness much refined. The model coverings passim the location are from Everhem and the drapes successful this country were a MASSIVE betterment from the vertical blinds that were successful present before.

To prosecute the space, I decided to marque a eating country and a lounge country adjacent the fireplace truthful radical could bask the fire. You mightiness deliberation I’m nuts for putting a achromatic sofa adjacent to the fireplace but this one is from Sixpenny and you tin instrumentality each the covers disconnected and lavation them. The java table is different fave successful here, it’s from Lightology and its legs determination truthful you tin reconfigure it to person an asymmetrical look. 

Wood Mantle (DIY!) | Circle Art (DIY!) | Tiny Lamps | Clock (No Longer Available) | Fireplace Screen (No Longer Available) | Fireplace Tools | Pink Chair | White Sofa | Coffee Table | Stone Side Table | Wood Side Table

The Powder Bath

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Sconce | Mirror | Towel Ring

This location benignant of has excessively galore bathrooms. Technically, it has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. I don’t truly cognize what the intent of this pulverization country (right disconnected the impermanent country I designed for my parents) is since there’s different afloat bath down the hall. But my program is to yet grow it a bit, marque it into a afloat bath, and marque it into an en suite for the chamber it presently sits outside. My program for the location is to make 4 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms truthful that radical staying each person their ain bathroom. That’s benignant of excessive but this is my imagination home. And besides for abrogation rentals, nary 1 wants to stock a bathroom, and having your ain is simply a batch much backstage and luxe. 

The Primary Bedroom

Patterned Bed | Sheets | Knit Blanket | Lumbar Pillow (No Longer Available) | Nightstands | Table Lamps | Painting by ME!  | Rug

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Cream Table Lamps | Art (Left) | Art (Right) | Dresser

Version One: Patterned Bed | Throw Pillow Fabric | Duvet Cover | Blanket (no longer available) | Sheets (from Target nary longer available) | Nightstand | Marble Tray (on nightstand) | White Vase (no longer available) | Bench | Rug | Paper Lantern | Light Kit | Black Table Lamps | Cobalt Blue Art | Chair (similar)
Version Two: White Bed | Sheets and Duvet | Nightstand (painted beige) | Chandelier | Rug | Boucle Chair | Quilt connected Sofa

My chamber has undergone much makeovers than I adjacent retrieve astatine this point. When I moved in, I brought my bed from The Inside from my LA apartment. I loved that bed, but I recovered it hard to benignant due to the fact that of the pattern. Basically, erstwhile you person a patterned furniture each your bedding has to beryllium coagulated oregon it turns into signifier chaos. I’m not a maximalist erstwhile it comes to signifier truthful I missed being capable to enactment beauteous textiles connected my bed. This is wherefore I replaced it with this gorgeous bed from Jonathan Louis Design Lab. I added a sofa to the extremity of the furniture due to the fact that I deliberation it’s truly luxurious to person the abstraction for that. No 1 ever sits successful it, but it’s bully to cognize it’s there. 

The chamber has really evolved since these photos were taken and I present person a truly beauteous four-poster furniture successful here. If you’re wondering what happens to each the furnishings erstwhile I’m done with it, I springiness it distant to radical successful my town. I cognize it tin look wasteful to radical erstwhile they spot influencers getting caller worldly each the time, but I emotion it due to the fact that it allows maine to springiness beauteous things distant portion they’re inactive successful cleanable condition. Which successful crook is helping maine assistance radical marque their homes beautiful. So don’t worry, I’m not wasting this stuff! It’s each going to bully homes for free!

Guestroom #1/ My Parents’ Bedroom

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Wall Mural | Nightstands | Lamps
Progress: Stripe Art by ME!
Version One: Metal Bed | Snake Pillows (No Longer Available) | Pendant | Rug | Patterned Bench
Version Two: Flush Mount | Teal Duvet | Throw Blanket | Waterfall Bench | Roman Shade

The downstairs impermanent country is reserved for my parents. So I wanted to marque it arsenic inviting arsenic possible. The focal constituent of the country is evidently the partition mural down the bed. But the partition color, rug, and airy fixture besides assistance marque the country consciousness much polished. I’m not a instrumentality of accent walls, which is wherefore curved the edges of the partition mural to marque it look much similar a shape, little similar a random partition that’s a antithetic attraction for nary reason. Usually, my regularisation of thumb present is that determination should beryllium an architectural crushed for a partition being a antithetic colour oregon material, like a recess successful the partition oregon astatine slightest trim. When I painted the country (Chill by Clare) I created a borderline astir the mural to thrust location its curved signifier adjacent more.

Guestroom #2

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Japanese Screen (Vintage) | Bed | Nightstands | Bedding
Version One: Rainbow Art | Basket Light | Light Kit | Table Lamps (No Longer Available) | Black Bench (No Longer Available) | Rug
Version Two: Abstract Art | Chandelier | Urn Lamps | Rug (No Longer Available) | Ottomans (No Longer Available) | Rug (No Longer Available)

You tin besides spot the painted level successful the upstairs impermanent room. It looked truly good! Of course, I emotion the Riva flooring much (mine is successful Amber), but the painted level looked truly chic and fto maine consciousness bully astir my location erstwhile I couldn’t spend to bash thing more. 

The main happening you’ll announcement successful the country is the stunning Japanese surface supra the bed. There are astir apt 2-3 things successful this location I’d beryllium devastated to suffer successful a occurrence due to the fact that they are irreplaceable. And this is 1 of those things.

In January 2020, I spent a fewer days with my person astatine his family’s compartment successful Tahoe. I’d spent clip with his parents before, but I truly got to cognize them then. I watched my person spell backmost and distant with his ma arsenic they collaborated connected putting unneurotic a analyzable French crockery (I can’t retrieve what it was). My friend’s mother, Hana, was excessively gregarious and bubbly to support quiescent agelong capable for her lad to work the ingredients and instructions to her. It was truthful comic and beauteous and meal took everlastingly to marque due to the fact that she was being truthful extra. It’s a truly bully memory. 

A fewer days aft that she was gone. She passed distant truly unexpectedly and it was a daze to everyone. By immoderate miracle, I was talented this beauteous surface that belonged to her. And it conscionable means truthful overmuch to maine due to the fact that of however fantastic that pistillate was.

Getting that surface onto the partition safely was a TASK. I fundamentally had to physique it onto the partition to marque definite it wouldn’t autumn successful an earthquake (sidenote: determination aren’t truly earthquakes up here, astatine slightest historically). I built a basal for it retired of pine. You can’t truly spot successful the photos but it’s fundamentally a immense representation rail/sleeve astatine the bottommost reinforced with posts. At the top, it’s bolted successful with brackets attached to studs. I didn’t harm it, but there’s nary mode it’s coming disconnected that wall.

The Giant Weird Room (Guestroom #3)

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Tent | Green Area Rug | Runner | Cane Chair (Vintage)

As I described before, immoderate of the architectural decisions made successful the operation of this location were perplexing. Like what is this room? Is it a landing? Is it a bedroom? A crippled room? THE LIVING ROOM? Upon seeing this space, I was truthful baffled by it that I named it the Giant Weird Room due to the fact that there’s truly nary amended mode to picture it.

Originally, I thought this would beryllium a bully surviving room. But I rapidly nixed that thought due to the fact that A) It’s close disconnected 2 bedrooms and who wants to slumber close disconnected the surviving room? And B) It would beryllium connected a antithetic level than the room which means everyone would ever beryllium successful the room and that drives maine brainsick (I hatred radical successful the room erstwhile I americium trying to cook). My solution was to fundamentally marque it into different sleeping space. I person 2 siblings with kids and my parents. So I wanted each household wrong my household (my sister, my brother, my parents, me) to person their ain sleeping space. I didn’t privation this country to consciousness similar a compromise truthful to marque up for the information that it’s not an existent bedroom, I wanted to springiness it immoderate novelty. The tent (which I bought from Vevor) was the cleanable solution. 

I emotion however amusive it is. It’s benignant of similar a elephantine canopy bed. My eventual program for this country is to physique a 4th chamber and bath successful present to get maine to my 4 en suites plan. Again, the thought present is that my siblings’ families would each person their ain room/bathroom (I program connected making a amusive bunk furniture kids’ country wherever the gym presently is). 

The sofa to the close of the tent is simply a sofa furniture truthful there’s adjacent much country to slumber there. One happening I emotion astir this location is that determination are SO galore places to conscionable be. Like if you were present with 20 people, there’d beryllium a small nook everyone could spell to to person immoderate privacy. While my household was present implicit the holidays, I spent a large woody of clip connected that grey sofa working. It felt truly backstage and serene, adjacent with my nephews downstairs screaming each implicit the place. 

I’m gonna request to bash a DIY yet astir these model treatments due to the fact that they are SUCH a bully impermanent solution for idiosyncratic connected a budget. Basically, they’re made from painter’s canvas (I had immoderate other lying around). My ma hemmed them connected the broadside and sewed a sleeve for a dowel. They’re held unfastened by 2 canvas straps and immoderate furniture knobs I bought connected Amazon. The full happening outgo little than $20 per model and looks truthful overmuch amended than those insubstantial impermanent blinds you tin get. 

Bed | Basket Light | Light Kit | Black Table Lamps | Black Bench (No Longer Available) | Sofa Bed | Boucle Ottoman | Plug-In Sconces | Blue Art | Boucle Chair | Mirror | Dresser

The Downstairs Bathroom

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Ceiling Light | Sconce | Mirror | Drapes | Toliet | Art (Vintage) | Stool (Vintage) | Knobs | Pulls | Bath Mat | Ceramic Sculpture (On Window Sill)

It’s gonna beryllium a portion earlier I tin spend to redo these bathrooms, truthful the main thought successful present was to fig retired a mode to marque the 80s vibes consciousness much intentional. Kohler played a immense relation successful here. I got new toilets and furniture hardware from them and it made each the difference. I besides swapped retired the mirror and light fixture and added double-panel drapes to the shower. It’s benignant of a weird detail, but I thought the play of having 2 curtains was truly fun. Originally, I enactment liners down some of them with the thought they’d adjacent successful the middle. But I rapidly recovered that was a look for flooding truthful present there’s lone a liner down the 1 connected the close (where the showerhead is). This gives maine the symmetry I privation portion not encouraging a halfway opening wherever h2o gets out.

The Primary Bath

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Knobs | Pulls | Toliet | Ceiling Light | Sconce

The bath successful the superior chamber was besides hopelessly dated truthful I decided to conscionable spell with it. It’s besides VERY acheronian truthful I decided to spell with a bold overgarment color. I’m beauteous definite Emily and I person yelled astir this to you galore times, but often the instinct with acheronian rooms tin beryllium to overgarment them airy to marque them brighter. That usually doesn’t work. That tin conscionable marque the country look dingy. Painting a acheronian country a colour with much pigment helps marque it consciousness much intentionally romanticist and moody. This colour is Goodnight Moon from Clare, which I yet decided to overgarment the exterior of the home. The eventual program successful present is to bust retired the partition betwixt this bath and the adjoining walk-in closet to make a bath doubly this size THAT HAS AN EXTERIOR WINDOW. It makes maine truthful huffy that the designer enactment some the upstairs bathrooms wrong and the 2 adjacent walk-in closets connected the outside, making it intolerable for determination to beryllium windows successful the bathrooms. They enactment successful skylights, which helps with light, but I’m a steadfast believer that bathrooms request to person windows for airy and ventilation purposes.

The Upstairs Guest Bathroom

Wall Color | Ceiling Color | Sconce | Knobs | Pulls | Mirror

The upstairs impermanent bath really gets overmuch amended airy than excavation does for immoderate reason, I deliberation due to the fact that determination are little trees supra its skylight. This bath got the aforesaid fancy Kohler toilet (the Tresham) and hardware. I besides swapped retired the towel bars for beauteous brass ones from Kohler and added a caller light fixture and a circular mirror. Taking those elephantine glued-on mirrors was terrifying and I spent the full clip I did it reasoning the reflector was going to autumn connected maine and chop my assemblage successful half. There were 4 of these, 1 successful each bathroom. The archetypal 1 I removed by conscionable smashing it and putting it into contractor garbage bags (wearing gloves, obviously). The remaining 3 I figured retired however to get disconnected the partition by prying them dilatory with a crowbar and shims.

The Gym

Pink Paint | Beige Paint | Ivory Paint | Exercise Mat | Grip Plate Weight | Adjustable Rack | Pulldown Attachments | Adjustable Bench | Barbell Rubber Hex Dumbbell Set

Now, if you enactment astatine Londo Lodge, you won’t person entree to the gym. There are excessively galore liability issues with letting radical workout successful your house. But I did privation to amusement it conscionable truthful you person a afloat location circuit and truthful you tin spot however it changed. This country can’t technically beryllium called a chamber due to the fact that it has nary closet but it’s fundamentally a bedroom. When I moved up here, I was truly overwhelmed with beingness and I wanted to prioritize moving retired to enactment healthy. I’ve ever dealt with value issues, but arsenic an adult, I person made fittingness and moving retired a hobby that I truly similar that helps maine enactment mentally stable. Unfortunately, the slump and anxiousness I had portion surviving astatine Londo Lodge full-time prevented maine from keeping that hobby alive. But present that I’m backmost successful LA and person been successful a regular I similar (and a gym with different humans successful it to motivate me) I’m a batch much muscular than I was earlier the pandemic. And to beryllium honest, I deliberation it’s due to the fact that I gained value successful the woods. The added abdominous helped maine turn bigger muscles. So this communicative has a metallic lining! A metallic lining made from FRESH AMERICAN BEEF (me).

The Deck

Dining Table | Dining Chairs | Deck Paint

Umbrella | Sofas | Chairs (No Longer Available) | Coffee Table (No Longer Available)

The platform is 1 of the astir peaceful parts of the property. The location is nestled amongst conifer trees. And is acceptable up for outdoor hangs and prima gazing. I acceptable up the seating country close extracurricular the eating country truthful that it looks welcoming from inside. The umbrella isn’t afloat indispensable successful the woods but it has lasted done 2 winters and inactive looks cleanable (not surprising, it’s Sunbrella).

Eventually, I program connected replacing the deck. But to update it and widen its life, I painted it with deck paint. It looks great! But this is apt thing I’ll person to bash each outpouring due to the fact that snowfall is truly hard connected decks. I’ve had to hole the railing some springs I’ve spent astatine Londo Lodge. And to get this spot permitted for rental, I had to region each those balusters, enactment them person unneurotic (4” alternatively of 6” due to the fact that the codification changed since the location was built). It was benignant of a symptom due to the fact that I program connected replacing the platform soon anyway, but it was decidedly thing that wasn’t hard for maine to do.

The Other Outdoor Seating Area/The Witches Circle

Adirondack Chairs

Eventually (I’m noticing I’m utilizing that connection a lot) I person a program to lightly scenery the property. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna enactment sod successful oregon marque it look similar suburbia. I program to grow the platform astir the location and past make immoderate paths to get astir the spot but different support it natural. When I moved in, determination were virtually piles of aged rotting wood EVERYWHERE. So the autochthonal lupines and ferns weren’t increasing precise well. I person spent countless days removing debris from the spot truthful that the plants could thrive. And the past 2 springs/summers person been STUNNING. The lupines and ferns are truthful lush and they past until precocious summer. So the location is surrounded by earthy landscaping (wait, is that what we telephone “nature”?) that’s self-sustaining and requires nary irrigation. I’ve planted astir 15 dogwood trees, which are autochthonal to the country and volition yet necessitate nary irrigation but bash for the archetypal fewer years until they’re established. My extremity present is to marque an outdoor abstraction that has immoderate travel but beauteous overmuch conscionable looks similar the woods. 

For now, I’ve created what I telephone “The Witches Circle” by gathering up a portion of my gait utilizing downed branches and gait discarded covered successful ungraded and woodchips. Each outpouring our astonishing occurrence section offers a work to spot immoderate branches oregon debris that whitethorn person fallen during the winter. So I resistance each the elephantine branches that autumn to the road, they spot them, and I enactment them astir the property. The extremity is to get escaped of occurrence hazards. Wood chips are a batch safer than branches and leaves each implicit the ground. 

Londo Lodge is connected a fractional acre and honestly I didn’t truly cognize however overmuch enactment it would beryllium to support up with each those falling branches. You fundamentally person to bash a large clearing doubly a year. In outpouring aft each the snowfall makes branches fall. And autumn aft each the leaves and pinecones fall. Forest homes can’t conscionable beryllium without upkeep. They are live and request to beryllium cared for constantly. I conjecture earlier having this spot I thought you could conscionable permission your compartment for months connected end. But you can’t. You request eyes connected your spot constantly, which is 1 of the reasons I decided to rent it retired (so determination would beryllium housekeepers and managers connected tract each the time). 

LOL. Ooops! The constituent of this post, based connected Emily’s unthinkable generosity, was expected to beryllium to get you to rent retired my house. But I conjecture I conscionable truly wanted to archer the communicative of however it got to wherever it is due to the fact that I haven’t told it each unneurotic successful 1 spot before. Growing up successful Yosemite Valley, I ever thought the options for lodging up determination were terrible. The crushed is that the National Park Service contracts retired the hotels and services determination and since I was a kid they’ve ever contracted with terrible, publically traded megacorporations who attraction much astir shareholder dividends than creating a bully acquisition for parkland guests. So a country astatine the Ahwahnee (the historical lodge successful the valley) usually costs astir $700 and the rooms aren’t that nice. 

My extremity with Londo Lodge was to bash thing antithetic than the different abrogation rentals successful the area. Most places you’ll spot connected Airbnb up present person beds with nary frames, nary nightstands, nary decor to talk of speech from bears carved from histrion trunks. Growing up here, I was ever similar I DON’T NEED TO SEE PHOTOS OF HALF DOME ON THE WALL YOSEMITE IS RIGHT OUTSIDE. So my creation and decor are much of what I’d person successful my regular home. 

The eventual program is to marque the location a batch much accepted by swapping retired the windows and doors, adding interior partition paneling and wood-clad ceilings, and shingling the outside. The crushed I’m renting it retired is A) So I tin spend the owe portion having a spot successful LA, which I’ve recovered is indispensable for my intelligence and carnal wellness and B) To assistance wage for the renovations I privation to bash BECAUSE GIRLFRIEND THEY ARE EXPENSIVE.

When I moved into the house, my full household was similar “You could wholly rent this retired arsenic is!” Which was true, the location would person rented easy successful its “before” state. But arsenic a designer, this is my brand, this is my calling card. So I wouldn’t person been comfy having radical wage to enactment successful a location I didn’t deliberation was up to my standards. I’m blessed that my location is arsenic beauteous and comfy arsenic it is present and I consciousness arrogant to stock it. Of course, determination are a cardinal things I privation to alteration but it volition ALWAYS beryllium similar that. I don’t deliberation I’ll ever beryllium done improving it. But for now, it’s a truly fantastic spot to walk time, to relax, to wood bathe. The beds are comfortable, the location itself is precise spacious (3000 sq/ft) and it has an amenity astir nary different properties successful municipality do: AC. I’m hoping to instal star adjacent twelvemonth to offset the powerfulness this ample location uses, but doing truthful is simply a small analyzable due to the fact that of my extortion benignant and a fewer trees that request to beryllium cleared to marque capable airy for the panels. My extremity is to marque this a carbon-neutral spot arsenic soon arsenic imaginable (which is different crushed I request funds from renting it out). 

Okay, truthful present are immoderate indispensable details astir the location should you take to book:

The location has 3 king beds (one successful each authoritative bedroom), 1 queen bed, and 1 fold-out sofa. So if 2 radical slept successful each bed, you could acceptable up to ten. Unfortunately, I’m lone authorized to rent it retired to six by the county. If you look astatine Airbnbs successful Mariposa County, determination are a suspicious fig of 3 bedrooms listed. You tin conjecture what’s going connected there. The region lone allows 3 bedrooms per spot to beryllium rented out. But my conjecture is… Those aren’t each 3 bedrooms (WINK!).

The nearest airdrome is FAT (Fresno Yosemite International Airport) but I’m gonna beryllium honest, flights straight determination thin to beryllium truly expensive. If you’re coming from retired of state, I’d alert to LA alternatively than SF. San Francisco is technically person but the roads betwixt determination and Londo Lodge are VERY windy and truthful it takes astir 5.5 hours whereas LA takes astir 4.5 hours. 

This sounds ace conceited, but it’s true: My location is going to beryllium the champion decorated location you’ll find successful the area. With the champion beds, the champion bedding, the astir outfitted kitchen, and the champion furnishings passim the house. 

I’m starting a room renovation successful February truthful it’s benignant of a bummer I didn’t get my licence from the region until close earlier Christmas. Timing hasn’t been connected my side. The exertion process for the region permits (needed to rent retired your location oregon they volition unopen it down) took a twelvemonth and outgo $15,000 BUT THAT’S A STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY.

So if you person time, caput connected up this period earlier I teardrop up the kitchen! Or, travel successful summertime aft the room (hopefully) is complete. I ruined my assemblage and ran myself ragged getting this spot acceptable and I DID IT ALL FOR YOU. Just kidding I did it for me. But you tin payment from its quality arsenic well! Book today! Goodbye!

What it volition look similar erstwhile it’s ALLLLL DONE…eventually:)

*Design by Orlando Soria
**After Photos by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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