Spend Your Next Vacation In a Dreamy Designer Home
We’re fans of AirBnB, the short-term rental service that lets you skip splashing out on hotels in favor of staying in a Parisian pied-à-terre, New York loft or even a renovated townhouse in old Kyoto. But while the price is usually right, design cred can be hit or miss. Enter onefinestay, a London-based take on the vacation rental scheme that takes the best bits of home exchanges and combines them with five-star hotel service. Now operating in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and, of course, its British hometown, the company has a multitude of stunning, high-end homes on offer.
You won’t be surprised to hear we’ve been planning dream vacations non-stop. Our current favorite is this insanely spacious Prospect Heights abode. Click through to see inside the gorgeous townhouse with soaring ceilings, inlaid wood floors and that distinctive Brooklyn aesthetic. Anyone free over the Labor Day long weekend?
The open-concept kitchen has plenty of room to whip up a gourmet meal for family or friends — and a massive fireplace for cozy mornings lingering over a latte and the Times. The light wood floor is a warm counterpoint to the stainless steel cabinetry, crisp white walls and modern furniture.
In another corner of the kitchen, two Eames molded plywood lounge chairs are set up in an intimate arrangement overlooking the home’s lush back garden.
Arched doorways, gorgeous mouldings and an ornate stone fireplace lend historical charm to this eclectic space. Statement lighting and modern furniture create a nice tension in the room, while a brightly colored wall hanging and sheepskin throw provide softness and texture.
The second sitting room is used as a main-floor sleeping space. A mod platform bed takes center stage, while a second fireplace and huge wooden mirror emphasize the room’s expansiveness.
A mid-century modern sideboard sits between two doorways in the second sitting room, creating a stylish vignette.
Built-in bookshelves turn a staircase landing into a sweet mini-library. A mix of open display and closed storage keeps clutter to a minimum, while rustic floorboards add texture and visual interest underfoot.
The principal bedroom is a serene escape. A beautiful fireplace (we’re up to three, if you’re counting!) with a decorative grille feels elegant in the spare space, while different tones of wood add warmth. Thin wood mullions add to the home’s historical feel.
The second bedroom is expansive and kid-friendly. Built-in bookshelves and a twin bed create a cozy sleeping nook, while the center of the room is clutter-free for games of make-believe, coloring or flopping down with a book.
On the opposite side of the second bedroom, a leggy armchair is a high-design counterpoint to the impromptu gallery wall of kids’ art. Floral embroidery in earthy hues feels like an on-trend reference to the ’70s.
A vintage hutch is the ideal way to wrangle toys, while still providing space to display kids’ tiny treasures.
The boxy shape of this quirky cabinet has a distinctly mid-century vibe. Set into an arched recess and topped with botanical art, it makes for a stylish vignette in the mostly casual space.
Unlike the rest of the house, the principal ensuite is unabashedly modern. A floating vanity feels like a contemporary sculpture, while grey tile adds to the room’s serene vibe.
The back garden has plenty of space for basking in the sun or entertaining guests. Hardscaping makes it low-maintenance, while judicious use of shrubs and trees gives it a lush, welcoming feel.