This room is the entire 2nd floor of our darling mid-century cape cod-style cottage in Clintonville. With original French windows, wall-to-wall wooden shelving, and charming farmhouse-meets-midcentury vintage decor, this place is a cozy retreat in the heart of our city!
*** NOTE: PLEASE READ THE HOUSE RULES. They might seem long, but, trust us -- all of these things have happened. We regularly get guests who show up and seem shocked when we describe the house rules -- so you need to read them. If you can't or don't agree, then, this isn't the place for you; and it's much better to know that before you book! But, we think you'll love it -- just make sure you can abide by the rules for the duration of your stay! -- MGMT ***
First -- the HUGE stuff. This *should* be 100% obvious to all potential guests, but, due to some recent guests' decisions, we have to put this in writing. Bear with us:
1. ABSOLUTELY no drugs. Don't come here on drugs. Don't BRING drugs. Don't have drug paraphernalia. Of any kind. COME ON, people. This is our house?! What's wrong with you?
2. ABSOLUTELY no drama. If you are having trouble with your marriage and you're offering that to me first thing in the AirBnB message thread? I wish you the best of luck, but this isn't the place for your drama.
3. ABSOLUTELY no offers of physical contact, touching, comments on our bodies as hosts or the bodies of any other guests. THIS CONSTITUTES SEXUAL HARASSMENT, and we take this very, VERY seriously. If you so much as make one inappropriate comment along these lines, you're out. For serious. We've had this happen before, and we're wiser now. We won't hesitate to get AirBnB involved. Again: come on, people.
4. ABSOLUTELY no smoking at the house, in the drive, or on the property. This is a safety concern and a health concern. Butts can cause fires; and, because we're a non-toxic and all-natural house, our guests value being free from the toxins and chemicals that smoke brings. Do it somewhere else. (Or better yet: not at all!)
1. Shoes Off by the Front Door when you enter
2. THIS IS A VEGETARIAN HOUSE. Stop asking us if you can bring in/cook/eat meat or animal products in the house. Sorry. No!
3. No strong scents, fragrances and absolutely no chemical products or bleach. If you need hairspray, etc., DO IT OUTSIDE. This includes bodywash and soaps. If it has anything artificial or fragrances that aren't 100% from essential oils/all-natural? Don't bring it. We can't risk the migraines. Please respect that this is a health issue for us. And, no: Herbal Essences or your shampoo with pictures of honeycombs on the front? It's probably not all-natural. Read the label, people.
4. We don't use A/C unless there's a total emergency. We determine that. We like windows open in summer. If you have a medical condition requiring A/C, don't stay with us. It's usually very cool in the mornings/nights and we control temps in the summer by opening/closing windows.
5. Your room will be immaculate and your own; but we run our living room and common spaces the way that works for us -- which sometimes can be a little (to some guests) cluttered! You're welcome to hang in the living room and kitchen, etc.; but know these are primarily our working/living spaces, so you'll have to be OK with our spaces the way they work for us.
6. Be awesome, be tolerant, be kind. To us, to each other, and especially to our pup, Isaly.
Be courteous, kind, tidy, and respectful! Alas, we are not crazy partiers; but we do love a good dinner, lively conversation with folks from around the world, our old records, and a really shitty 80s movie from time to time. We expect to treat you, and for you to treat us, with kindness; and we'll do our best to be helpful, generous hosts and welcome you in to our phenomenal city.
Stricter stuff: Unless you make a special request, the kitchen and laundry room are not for use by guests. Light meal prep (sandwiches, cereal, tea) is OK. Similarly, unless you make special requests ahead of time, we're not set up to accomodate guests with fridge or freezer space. Sorry. Have a specific need? Ask us ahead! Regardless, we're an all-vegetarian household. We also ask -- sounds odd, but it matters! -- that you try to minimize use of perfumed and strongly scented products and any chemical cleaners while staying with us :) We both get migraines from chemicals and strong scents, and we do all-natural (vinegar, essential oils, baking soda) cleaners & soaps, so we hope that works for you, too -- and, don't worry: we'll have Dr. Bronner's and local/organic soap available for your stay!
Be courteous, kind, quiet, and respectful; be good to our stuff and our space and to us, and especially, to our pets. We do have a hodgepodge of beloved vintage furniture and dishware, much of which has a long family story and is dear to our heart, so we just ask that you handle our things and our space as you would your own. In turn, we'll treat you with kindness and generosity, respect your space and belongings, and do all we can to ensure you have a wonderful time in Columbus!
Furniture/set-up: We love our house, and kindly ask that guests (especially those considering longer term stays) maintain the furniture and spirit of the spaces in our house, and in your room. We try to provide beautiful and comforting spaces -- and in return we ask you to respect our house. Of course, if you need anything or the room set-up doesn't serve your needs, don't hesitate to ask! We have alot of vintage furniture that we love dearly and have collected/thrifted/(SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)ed proudly over the years -- please use common sense, and our coasters, and don't bring any potentially staining foods or drinks into your room with you!
Kitchen rules: We maintain a vegetarian household. *IF YOU DISCUSS WITH US IN ADVANCE,* you're totally welcome to *lightly* use our kitchen and cookware (see above), but we do ask that you please refrain from cooking or storing meat in the house during your stay, and that, unless we talk first, you not use our foodstuffs. Please be respectful and use your best judgment -- again, this is our home! LIGHT MEAL PREP means sandwiches, cereal, tea. It does not mean making pasta. It ABSOLUTELY does not mean cooking things with meat. We'd strongly prefer, for the low rate you are paying for your room, that you respect our house and just leave our tiny personal kitchen to us.
Please *DO NOT* use any of our dishware in the dishwasher or microwave -- our dishes are almost entirely vintage and can't stand up to these rogue technologies! :P No nonstick sprays; if you need that bring yr own pans. Our preference is that you don't cook, and just store dry foods in the kitchen or store leftovers in fridge if you need to.
Scents/Fragrances/Chemicals: We also ask that you refrain from using strong fragrances, perfumes, or scented shampoos/soaps/hairsprays during your stay with us -- I have very severe chemical sensitivities and allergies, and use all-natural cleaners (vinegar, baking soda, essential oils) and body care products. We're thrilled to be able to provide you with Dr. Bronner's and local-organic all-natural soap for the duration of your stay; in return, we ask that you be kind to our poor over-taxed smell cells and spare us the migraines :)
We also ask that our guests not invite over other guests to the house unless they are on the reservation -- this is our home, of course, and while we know you're awesome and have awesome friends, we just want to make sure we know who is coming and going in our space. Feel free to ask if you have a particular situation; we're reasonable people, but want it to be clear that this is our home, and not a hotel-style detached AirBNB as you may find in some listings :)
Please note that this is our home and we will reserve the right to control temperature to our preference. We prefer natural air and windows open but and largely do not use A/C in the summer; and of course heat in winter! Please just let us know if you are too hot or too cold; there are fans available. We encourage you to open windows (in summer) during the evening and morning. Be sure to always shut and lock windows when you leave for the day. Once again, we DO NOT use A/C most of the time. This is NOT the place to stay if you have medical conditions or bougie preferences necessitating A/C. There are hotels for that, and plenty of other AirBnB's that do pump the A/C all summer long. That's not our style; but we do love a good Columbus breeze and adore having our windows open. If that sounds like you, too, come on down! :)
UPDATE, due to furniture damages: Please also do not leave wet or cold things ok wood or surfaces! We have a lot of beloved vintage furniture and we don't love water rings. Please use coasters for drinks, hot or cold; and DO NOT drape wet towels or clothes on tables or chairs! We *will* assess damage fees when this rule is disregarded and if our furniture incurs ring water stains, etc.
Other than that, we think we're pretty low-key and easy to get along with -- you can even come fetch with us and Isaly in the backyard or join us for an evening stroll if you like! We hope you'll come back and stay forever -- it's really that kind of place :)
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hi there! i'm jess -- a folklorist, oral historian and columbus, ohio native with a really amazing border collie pup, named isaly.
my partner jeff & i are both currently grad students -- he studies the history of industrialization and labor in the u.s. south through a history of science & technology phd. program based in philly, and i'm a folklorist and oral historian who works on the history of sustainable agriculture, food & environmental justice, & everyday perceptions of environmental toxicity. that means i get to road-trip around this fine state alot, asking people questions about how they connect food and environment health, and how they've had their lives shaped around those questions.
as a folklorist and oral historian, i believe in the power of everyday people's embodied and lived knowledge and experience; and my work is in documenting, interpreting and helping to present these powerful perspectives to wider audiences, to create conversations for change. i try to bring these passions to everything in my life.
i'm interested in the ways people connect food, health and environmental concern; and movement histories and futures of activism around the stuff that makes us sick, and the stuff that makes us healthy. basically, if you wanna talk farm magazines from the 1950s or the poisons & boons of various audio recorders or just like food in general, i'm yr grrl!
because of my own history of exposure and chemical sensitivity, we try to keep (as much as possible) a non-toxic home, free of meats, chemical cleaners, and scents. and, if you come in summer or fall, you're free to help harvest goodies from our bountiful yard garden! (the "yarden.") it can get a bit weedy this time of year; but it's all chem-free and very well loved.
columbus, ohio is my hometown (and my favorite city on earth), and we're so blessed to get to do cultural work in and around the good and environmental systems in this lovely place. we absolutely love showing people this city -- from cultural tours to the best nature spots to restaurants (even pokémon)!
our wonderful brilliant border collie isaly will be your prime host -- she loves our guests and will happily throw you some tricks (her newest one is "step up and kisses") and some cuddles. we also have a lovely matching kitty named nella.
we love meeting people from all around the world, and sharing our love for our little city and its wonderful culture. we can't wait to meet you!