Panda Interview: Interior Designer and Airbnb Host Stasia Buckle

Last updated on August 16th, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Isn’t it great when you LOVE the bedroom you’ve chosen to stay in? It’s even better when the bed is so comfy you don’t want to leave. So, what is the secret to designing that perfect room? Stasia Buckle knows a thing or two about what it takes to give her guests the best night’s sleep. Here she shares her top tips on creating the perfect bedroom, why a good mattress is vital, and how she maintains her glamorous status as an Airbnb super host.

1) Hi Stasia! Airbnb has become one of the world’s favourite ways to travel, it must be very competitive and challenging to become a super host- congratulations! What do you love most about the role?

Thank you – Yes, it is full on. I really love getting 5-star reviews, they really help give other guests the confidence to book my properties. I also love receiving messages from guests telling me what a wonderful time they had at the Airbnb. That means a lot. I’ve also had a lot of people stay for anniversaries, birthdays even mini-moons so it’s extra special when these guests message to say it was the perfect stay.

2) That’s nice, it must be a great feeling to know you are giving people such great memories. Where do you get your inspiration?

I stalk Instagram & Pinterest for Inspiration. I love using colour, especially pastels, colours, homeware that reminds you of holidays, sun, sea and sand, sweets, or anything delicious. I want my decor to give you a dopamine high.

man laying ona hybrid bamboo pillow smilling

3) When preparing a bedroom for guests, what are the key things you focus on?

The bed is obviously the most important thing, you want to ensure the guests are warm and cosy in the winter and cool and comfortable in the summer. The mattress is king so it’s important this is breathable and reacts to body temperature. It should also be moisture and odour resistant, antibacterial and hypoallergenic.

I want it to be long-lasting, durable and above all else super soft on the skin and comfy. In the winter, I also add a hot water bottle and sometimes an electric throw just as an option for guests if they want to feel super toasty. I like the bed to be made perfectly with towels folded on the end, shampoo and body wash placed on top, and some fluffy slippers. It’s all these little touches that guests really appreciate.

4) It sounds like you are very fussy about a good night’s sleep! How do you choose the best bedding?

I like the bedding to feel and look luxurious with a high thread count. It also has to be easy to wash, as I do so much laundry.

5) As a super host with guests staying all year, what are your top tips for styling an ‘all season’ room?

My top tips to keep the bedroom comfy and stylish all year are:

  • Use a throw on the bed that is warm but also lightweight and suits both the winter and summer months. Or choose a duvet and bedding made from fabric that is thermoregulating and breathable all year round, bamboo is perfect for cosy winters and cool summers.

  • Keep the linen colours simple and neutral so they work with any accessories all year round.

  • I adore Panda’s bedding as it is thermoregulating, stylish, and comes in a range of colours that work all year round.

  • I like to put out lots of pillows and cushions, I think you can make the room look super stylish by accessorising with cushions and I believe you can never have enough pillows.

  • You want to buy bedding and accessories that you know won’t fade or lose their comfort, another reason I choose Panda bedding is bamboo gets softer and softer with every wash and is incredibly durable.

6) You certainly know your stuff, your guests seem to be very happy with your choices. What do you believe they love most?

Guests always comment on the small touches, like extra towels, slippers and the bed and bedding being soft. They really want to feel special and get a good night’s sleep.

7) There is nothing like a good night’s sleep, and you are right we all love to feel special. Why do you believe guests come back to stay again?

I think it is because they love the uniqueness of the colourful decor and they know they will get a good night’s sleep. I go above and beyond so they trust that everything will be provided for them to ensure they have the best stay possible.

8) Finally, share your favourite three things in your bedroom.

Easy! My favourite things in my bedroom are my bed, my Panda Hybrid Pillow, and my TV because I am currently addicted to Happy Valley.

Thanks Stasia, we look forward to chatting more about style, sleep and bedding with you soon.

If you are looking to become a super host or even create the perfect bedroom at home, take inspiration from our Airbnb star. From pinching ideas on Instagram, providing the little touches and choosing the perfect mattress, everything you need is at your fingertips.

Get creative and do tag us in your images @PandaLondon.

Stay posted for more tips and advice from Stasia and follow her colourful feed @stasiabuckle

Sweet Dreams