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JUNE 06, 2023

#31: How to Elevate Your Airbnb Design with Paige Hayes

Paige Hayes, an interior designer with a passion for vacation rentals and Airbnb, knows a thing or two about creating spaces that leave guests feeling like they’ve stepped into someone else’s story.

In this episode, I sit down with Paige to learn how she infuses her properties with a compelling narrative that sets them apart from the rest. By weaving intentional design choices into the story of your space, you can create an ambiance that leaves a lasting impression on your guests.

We delve into Paige’s “SSUFF Method,” a creative approach that helps you craft an alluring space without breaking the bank. You’ll learn Paige’s secrets for how to strike the perfect balance between saving money and maintaining the highest standards for your guests.

And let’s not forget the importance of capturing your design’s essence through stunning photographs. Paige guides us through the process, ensuring that our visuals convey the soul of our space and entice guests to experience it firsthand.

If you’re ready to create a home away from home that resonates with your guests on a deeper level, this episode is for you!

Highlights and Key Points:


[03:36] Who is Paige Hayes, and where is she located?

[05:25] How she got started in STR interior designing

[09:05] The concept of the story of a property

[13:08] How to create the story of your property

[15:25] The ‘SSUFF’ design method

[16:26] Why you should not copy other people’s designs

[20:08] How to create a brand for your property

[23:44] Tips for taking great property photographs with an iPhone

[27:45] Decision fatigue when decorating a property and how to overcome it

[31:56] Coohom software for furniture layout;

[33:54] The balance between budget and quality

[36:55] Ideas to help you save money when getting quality items

Golden Nuggets


  • Putting the story of your property together before starting the design helps you choose details that make your property stand out and give an amazing experience to your guests.

  • Nothing is going to sell your property to your guests like the photos. You can do the most amazing design, but nobody will book your property if you don’t photograph it right



  • “You get what you pay for in life.”

  • “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” ~John Lennon.

Resources Mentioned






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