Firstly, be sure to look in Southwest or Southeast Cape for homes. This is a great area for seasonal rentals.
My suggestion is to go look at some homes for sale that already have rental income as well as visit some homes that are for rent. This will help you visually see what others are doing. Be sure to chat with companies that specialize in seasonal rentals. They may have some buying opportunities as well. You could possibly buy a home already furnished! =)
I really like American Signature for my furniture. If you drive down 41 in fort myers, you will find some going out of business sales or sales on holiday weekends.
Hope that helped
Have a Great Day!
Century 21 Sunbelt Realty
Think about your area and why would someone want to have a short term rental there. You are in Florida the furnishings shoud reflect that, make it bright and the furniture sturdy but open. Check your newspapers, ask people for their suggestions and then, even with the price of gas, get in your car and drive the main streets. And don't forget to ask the stores if they have a complimentary decorating service to work with you?
Even Europeans don't want to see dark, heavily uppolstered furniture, in a summer envoronment.
Good Luck to you.
Agnes tabor, REALTOR
ABR- accredited Buyers Representative
PREMIERE PLUS REALTY
Naples, Florida 34102
Regarding style--again, in addition to Bill's advice--you might go online and see what sorts of furnishings you see in European vacation homes.
Hope that helps.
Furnishing a short term rental isn't as much about "style" as it is good taste and cleanliness. Buyers of rental property in Florida enjoy a great supply of reasonably priced and good condition furnishings that can be found easily at consignment and secondhand shops.
Light colors and the tropical look are always popular with Florida renters......and you can never go wrong with birds, fish, boats and golf accents.