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House Swap: Inspiring Vacation Stays for Design Pros

Behomm home swap photos

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If you’re in a creative visual field and love a getaway in a stunning locale, there’s a new home-swapping service that could make your next trip less expensive, more comfortable, and way more fabulous. Behomm (pronounced Be Home), the world’s first design-focused home-exchange website, offers visual creatives—photographers, stylists, artists, interior designers, art directors, graphic designers, architects, and more—the chance to share their inspiring spaces for barter.

We first discovered Behomm through this story on the New York Times Home & Garden site, and have since been ogling the available spaces. A plush modern Victorian apartment in London? Yes, please. A sleek, exposed-brick loft filled with graphic touches? We’re in. A seaside stunner in Shelter Island Heights? When do we set sail? These homes—from Croatia to Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, the United States, Indonesia, and Tanzania—have to be seen to be believed. Here are just a couple.

Behomm Madrid apartment

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Behomm Reykavic Iceland apartment

Photo via Behomm

Behomm charges a small annual fee for membership, but once in the system, you can arrange to share your own beautifully designed space, as many times as you like, in exchange for a stay in another member’s home. You can even make services like cleaning, grocery shopping, or pet care part of your exchange terms—as long as you’re willing to participate in reciprocal services (of the homeowner’s choice) at your destination. We love this approach, which puts a premium on caring for another person’s space as you would your own while giving you an incredible opportunity to experience a new city or country.

Now we just have to pick our dream destination. . . .

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