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A Dream Vacation Rental

This post sponsored by STAINMASTER®. All opinions are my own. 

Finally! The day is here! I have been so excited to share this beautiful vacation rental with you. If you follow along on Instagram, you may remember I recently flew to Florida to lend a hand with decorating this newly completed vacation rental, belonging to Jess @carcabaroad and her husband Jody! Jess and I had so much fun shopping til we dropped, and decorating our hearts out for a few days in April.

It all started with this beautiful STAINMASTER® flooring (you can find this particular one here!). Jess caught the attention of the folks at STAINMASTER® when she was answering constant questions about the beautiful flooring in her own home, each time she posted a pic on Instagram (you can find her @carcabaroad). Knowing that we are super big fans of the flooring over here too, STAINMASTER® teamed us up to decorate together, and OH HOW WE LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!!

Jody & Jess Davis have been building homes since 2012. The first home they built was for themselves, and then it became a vacation rental when they built a new home in 2018.

 The Davis’ got their start when the market crashed and land was relatively cheap on the island where they reside in St. Augustine, Florida. But then, the hurricanes happened. With Matthew hitting in 2016, followed by Irma in 2017, a lot of folks were moving away. Jess describes the scene like this: “It looked like a warzone in our neighborhood for months. There were piles of people’s belongings just sitting out by the street.” As you can imagine, there were suddenly a lot of properties available, including one such home that Jody & Jess purchased, renovated, and turned into a vacation rental.

Thankfully, since the Davis’ homes were all new construction and built really well, they weathered the storms, and now this power couple continues to pursue their passion in Florida. They are blessed to live close to plenty of family, and their 4 sweet kiddos keep them on their toes!


In the planning stages, Jess knew she wanted a coastal beach house vibe, with some mid-mod boho touches (a departure from her usual farmhouse style!). The key to the whole thing was to keep the surfaces light & bright, so that color could be brought in with the furniture and decor. And here’s the kicker: since this is a vacation rental, there are guests of all kinds: kids, snowbirds, large family groups, you name it! Selecting a flooring option that could stand up to it ALL (including sand, water, and damp beach towels) was of utmost importance.

And then, Jody & Jess made an amazing design decision: they opted to run this beautiful STAINMASTER® luxury vinyl throughout the entire home. From the entry, to the kitchen, to the bathrooms. And let me tell you,


In the living room, we brought in some warmth with a big area rug, woven accents, and an armload of super cozy pillows. Jess found the sectional on CraigsList (she’s an amazing bargain-hunter!), and her uncle Guy was our hero when it came to hanging all the decor in the house!

Our color palette was inspired by these vintage dining chairs (also a CraigsList find!). Doesn’t it just SCREAM Florida vacation?? If you come to stay in this pretty home, there will be room for the whole family to gather around the table!

The kitchen is airy, bright, and oh-so-beautiful! Jess told me the flooring actually inspired her counter top choice. Isn’t it stunning?

The kitchen rug was a “Tuesday Morning” find. It adds such a fun splash of color in here!

I literally could NOT stop taking pictures when I was there. This house is such a breath of fresh air!

On the main level of this house there are two master suites. This room has beautiful dramatic dark walls (this is Sherwin Williams “Tricorn Black”) and is super spacious.

Notice how the STAINMASTER® flooring runs straight into the master bath. Seamless!

The other main level master bedroom is flooded with light and is made for total relaxation.

Are you ready to book your stay yet? I AM!!!!

This cheerful bath (below) is just off the bedroom. What a retreat!

Let’s go upstairs! At the top of the steps you’ll find a great loft bonus area, perfect for the kiddos to play.

Speaking of kiddos, how about this bunk room? (below)

On the other side of the 2nd level is one more beautiful bedroom (below).

The “St. Augustine Beach” sign was one of our favorite purchases (from Alton Creatives) on our whirlwind shopping adventure! We felt like it just completed this room!

The mirror (below) was found at Kirkland’s, and the vintage table/chest was a fun way to add character to this new house.

Outside, near the pool, Jess & I added some fun hanging battery-operated lanterns to the trees. Such a magical touch! I can hardly wait to see them at night.

If you’re going to be in the St. Augustine, Florida area, and you need a great place to stay, check this place out here!

Want to see the video we created with STAINMASTER® while decorating this home? We can’t wait to share it! See it here!!

A HUGE thanks to the team at STAINMASTER® for putting this whole thing together. This was a dream collaboration and we had a blast!!

Ok, so tell us!!! WHATCHA THINK???

  • July 25, 2019 - 12:24 pm

    Dena Breitmeyer - WOW! I am in awe of Jess and this beautiful home! The flooring is breathtaking! Thank you for this beautiful tour!ReplyCancel

    • August 6, 2019 - 6:20 pm

      yellowprairieint - thanks Dena! You’re the sweetest!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2019 - 9:21 am

    Ankita - Hi!!
    Love your post. It’s really amazing & helpful too. I like the way you explained everything it’s really mesmerizing. Keep sharing 🙂
    Thank You & Regards

    • September 10, 2019 - 12:38 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you so much Ankita!ReplyCancel