Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

San Francisco houseToby and Joe each have their own studio, facing onto the garden, separated by a common area: neutral ground. Both lifelong artists, they’ve welcomed me into their home in Bernal Heights, San Francisco, turning over their garden cabin to me for the week. From my vantage point, sat with a coffee on the step in the sun, i can look down over the city, or back across the garden to the two studios, each the dedicated creative space of a different artist.

I met Joe and Toby through AirBnB, a California startup that allows anyone to rent out a room or a bed to travellers who crave the different, the interesting, the budget or simply the human touch. No hotel chains here: you’re staying in someone’s home, sometimes in their bed as they decamp to the sofa for a few nights. It’s an interesting model: as a first time…

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