This is Gina's Villa in San Ramon, California.
When Gina approached vacation rental photographer Tyann Marcink to do a pro photo shoot, Tyann immediately recognized Gina's Villa as the perfect candidate for our next Makeover Takeover.
Professional photos can do a lot to showcase a space, but the space itself has to have a certain WOW factor for the photos (and photographers) to really do their best work. And pro photos aren't cheap! Tyann wanted to be sure Gina would get a great return on her investment.
Conveniently, I live in San Francisco, close to Gina's Villa...and I know a thing or two about setting up vacation rentals to maximize their potential. Tyann put the two of us in touch, and I went out for a visit.
One thing that I noticed right away was that the condo was closed and dark, and the furniture was a bit dated.
Check out the "Before" photos below:
I knew that Gina's Villa could be easily transformed and couldn't wait to get to work. But we had a timeline challenge on our hands.
The rental was currently occupied by a long-term tenant who would be out in three weeks. After that, it would be just 5 DAYS until Tyann arrived from Missouri, camera in-hand.
So Gina and I set up a secret Pinterest page and got to work. Luckily, our taste, design sense, and ideas gelled perfectly, which made the process seamless.
We focused first on the Big Ticket items, like a new industrial-style dining table, a coffee table, and large art pieces. Then came the darling little accents that you'll see in the video below.
We worked our TAILS off for those 4 weeks. and the results are incredible! You may not even recognize it.
Sofa - IKEA EKTORP Sectional
Dining table - Wayfair Claremont 7 Piece Dining Set
Area rug - Wayfair Tariq White and Blue Area Rug
Art - Wayfair Meddebamps Carnation Wall Decor, Waifair Wood Abstract Wall Decor, World Market - Macrame Wall Art, World Market - Green Mirrored World Map, World Market Abstract Sky
Throw Pillows - World Market Macrame Wood Bead, World Market Jali Macrame, Stonewashed Patchwork Dhurrie Lumbar Pillow
Towels - EuroClassique towels by Standard Textile, Makeup Towels
Sheets - Centima Sheets by Standard Textile
Duvet Covers - Thomaston Mills Duvets
Pillows - ChamberLoft Pillows by Standard Textile
Waterproof Protectors - Pillow Protectors by Protect a Bed, Lilypad Mattress Protectors by Down Etc.
Bathroom Essentials - Terra Pure Toiletries, Aloe Cleansing Bar