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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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WATCH: We’re on Airbnb’s How-to-Host Series!

The Village Host


Bryan & I collaborated with Airbnb this summer on their #HowtoHost video series geared toward helping hosts get better reviews and better ratings.  We were one of nine hosts selected for the series, and in our episode, we share how to get more 5-star reviews.  It was so, so much fun filming with the Airbnb crew (all 15+ of them!) and seeing them work their magic to bring this to life.  You can watch the full episode below! Bianca definitely steals the show.

Bryan and I have been hosting on Airbnb in Columbus since 2014, and it’s a really large part of our business.  We launched our own brand called The Village Host in 2017 – on our site, future & current guests can browse our listings and find out more about Columbus.  The Village Host is also on Instagram, so be sure to follow along for updates on our newest rental opening fall 2019!

Click HERE to read our full blog post with our 5 tips, and click HERE to check out the rest of Airbnb’s episodes in the #howtohost web series (they’re all really good!)


xo, C+B

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  1. Susan says:

    OMG!! That was awesome!!
    Great job Williamson Family❤️

  2. […] Over the summer, Airbnb filmed Bryan and I (Bianca made a few appearances, too!) in an episode for their #HowtoHost video series.  Our episode was geared toward helping other hosts get more 5-star reviews, and it was FUN!  We had a blast working with the Airbnb crew at our Historic Townhome for a few days, sharing info that we’re super passionate about.  If you missed it, you can catch our episode here. […]

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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