For modern motel owner and Airbnb host April Brown, a big mix of artful accents adds up to one dreamy little bungalow.

By Betsy Goldberg
Photographs by Alpha Smoot

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An updated take on traditional subway tile, this larger, four-by-four-inch version has a graphic look, especially with dark gray grout instead of the usual white. The blue cabinets are from the Sarah Sherman Samuel line at Semihandmade, a company that makes custom doors for IKEA cabinets. “I love the color for a lake house, because it’s equally fun and tranquil,” says Brown.

Robin’s-egg blue is a daring color for kitchen cabinets, but Airbnb host April Brown often makes gutsy moves, even in her career. The Calgary native initially left her marketing job to launch an “adult wine camp” in Prince Edward County, Ontario, with a friend, but when the venue they planned to rent (a run-down lodge) turned out to be for sale, they bought it, renovated it, and reopened it as the trendy June Motel. …


Betsy Goldberg

I am a deputy editor at Airbnb Magazine, and previously was a deputy editor @real_simple and HGTV Magazine.

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