Henry Bennett and Paul Loran, the founders of the start-up YourWelcome, invited me on September 27th to take part in their mini-festival on hospitality in the St Pancras Tower, an exceptional London venue.

St Pancras tower in London where happened the YourWelcome festival The St Pancras Tower where Katia Blanchard, founder of BnbStaging was speaking.


What is YourWelcome? It is a digital tablet worthy of the concierge services at the best hotels. It facilitates communication with travellers and enriches their local experience. So it was during this event on premium hospitality that I intervened to talk about interior design of seasonal rentals. A presentation entitled "How can interior design boost your rental income?" given in front of many Airbnb & co hosts gathered in the spectacular room, but also in front of their screens since the conference was broadcast live on Facebook.


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Airbnb Open 2016 Los Angeles, Katia Blanchard on stage   

For the second consecutive year, I was invited by Airbnb to be part of its annual Airbnb Open. The hospitality festival took place in downtown Los Angeles between November 17 and 19, and I was on stage in  the amazing Ace Theatre.

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Katia Blanchard at the YourWelcome Conference in London

On September 27, the YourWelcome team invited me to their mini hosting festival in London. The conference gathered many hosts in St Pancras tower and was broadcast live on Facebook.

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Katia Blanchard at the 2016 Airbnb Open in Paris  

It's in the french capital, Paris, that Airbnb organized its second Airbnb Open on November 11-12. During this conference I conducted two workshops on interior design.

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The second annual Airbnb hospitality conference took place on the 11th and 12th November, 2015. The event, Airbnb Open, gathered 5 000 hosts from 110 countries and brought them together at La Grande Halle of la Villette in Paris. There were two days of member meetings, talks from founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk as well as Strategy Director, Chip Conley. There was also a series of workshops which I was honoured to participate in as a speaker!


Indeed, I was one of two French people asked to go on stage as Host Educators. As a consultant in interior design for seasonal rentals with BnbStaging, the workshop that I conducted, in English, was entitled "How interior design can boost guest satisfaction and revenue"

  Airbnb Open event in Paris with host educator Katia BlanchardKatia Blanchard's workshop, Airbnb Open 2015


Nearly 500 hosts signed up to learn how to improve their rental’s comfort, generate better comments and boost their income through an interior design that has the traveller in mind. This session, held at the Paul Delouvrier Pavilion, notably covered ideas for decoration, tips on organization and storage, advice on design and segmentation of space, guidance on colour choices and lighting, and reminders of essential equipment.


"As an interior design consultant, Katia specializes in rental interiors

and gives practical advice for creating a sense of wellbeing in your home”


 Host educator Katia Blanchard in Halle de la Villette with the Airbnb Open symbol



For its third annual conference on hospitality, Airbnb hit it big ! This year the Airbnb Open took place between November 17 and 19 in Los Angeles, more precisely on Broadway St. in downtown LA.

2016 Los Angeles Airbnb open announcement on a theatre 


To host the event, which was designed as a get-together festival for 6 000 hosts from all over the world, Airbnb reserved four grandiose theaters, which hosted presentations by the founders Brian Chesky, Nate Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia, by the Strategy Director Chip Conley, and by other speakers. Among them the only Frenchie, yours hostly: Katia Blanchard!


Katia Blanchard description as a speaker on airbnb website 


On November 19 I was invited by Airbnb, for the second year in a row, to get on stage and present my secret sauce on interior design for rentals - this time inside the famous 1650-seat Ace Theatre. My speech, titled "Interior design tips : give your rental a personal and unique touch", provided tips and advice for hosts, to help them make their rental stand out. 


In fact, as a BnbStaging consultant, I keep noticing that more and more hosts tend to completely de-personalize their apartments or houses, to standardize them as if they were hotel rooms. However, guests and travellers seek authenticity and character in a rental, in order to make them feel "at home". My presentation, which concluded the Open, first focused on the fundamentals of interior design, and then proposed a number of original and easy-to-do ideas to customize and instill personality in a home.


Katia Blanchard on stage in the Los Angeles Ace theatre

Katia Blanchard on stage at the Airbnb Open at the Ace TheatreKatia Blanchard on stage at the Ace Theatre during the 2016 LA Airbnb OpenKatia Blanchard, Interior designer and BnbStaging consultant, on the stage of the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles during the 2016 Airbnb Open


Who Am I?


Above everything else, I love hosting friends and travellers in my Parisian apartment. If you heard them talk, pampering my guests has become a calling! Over the years, by combining my hosting experience with my education in interior design, I have developed my personal interior planning and optimization techniques that are uniquely adapted to the comfort and practical needs of guests. Soon afterwards, friends started asking me to help them set up their rentals, then friends of friends, and then real estate professionals called seeking my advice. That’s when I founded BnbStaging®.


Today, I am helping Airbnb & co hosts plan their homes through my BnbStaging Agency. I provide practical and timely solutions that make the rental stand out, guaranteeing that guests will be satisfied with their stay. The goal is threefold: to receive positive reviews on the online posting, to grow the number of bookings, and to increase the host's revenue. In addition to my work at the Agency, I am also an Airbnb “Host Educator”. I was selected by the management team in San Francisco to develop pilot programs with a global reach, and was invited, in November 2015, to hold interior planning workshops at the Airbnb Open in Paris, in front of over 500 hosts from around the world.


I’m really eager to share this exciting adventure with you on this blog. By giving you ideas, tricks, tips and information, I hope to answer all of those questions that you’ve been asking yourselves, and ease your day-to-day activity as an Airbnb & co host.


Feel free to contact me if you would like me to cover a specific topic on this blog, or if you would like to share ideas and tips with the host community. I love the idea of adding new articles about hosting, and will post your suggestions.


Hostly yours!




Do you have questions about being a host? Would you like me to address a certain type of décor or a particular theme? Are you looking for tips on how to organize/layout your rental space? Get in touch and let me know! I’d be more than happy to write new articles that can help facilitate daily life for all us hosts!


Also, if you have any interior design tips, DIY ideas or a repertoire of items that make your home more comfortable and functional and you’d like to share them with this blog’s community, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I will soon be adding a page specifically designated to publishing our readers’ suggestions.


You can contact me via the form below, email me at or write to me at BnbStaging, 231 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France.



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