As the holiday season approaches and you have guests coming to visit, it's kind of unwelcoming to just rake all the crap that has accumulated in there over the past year onto the floor and offer that space to your guests as is. I recognize that as a design professional, I make some people nervous about having me over. But there's really no need. I'm not at all overly formal about how people keep their homes. It's just too much to worry about, when those who are interested in getting help call me. What I am talking about is taking a few moments to think about the room and what you personally might want for yourself when you're away from home.
For me, nothing spells out a good night's rest like great bedding, so that's my main thing. (Check out or Bedding By Malaysia Pargo post) Now, I'm not even talking about the size of the bed itself. Truthfully, there are people who have the same size bed in both rooms, but simply don't think about sharing the good stuff with the guests. I've stayed with people where I got extremely cold during the night (no cozy blanket to drowsily pull over my freezing body) or where the sheets were so rough, I'd rather forgo the pajamas and stay in my daytime clothes.
If you think about it...when people come to visit, it's either for a celebration or a tragedy. Both are occasions for something special. I feel that if you are going to have a guest bedroom than it should be special. I stayed with a friend in North Carolina once who allowed guests to stay in the daughter's room during visits. That was an enjoyable stay for me because the bed was comfortable and the mother completely transformed the room before our arrival. Nothing fancy mind you, just great sheets, a nice candle and flowers on the nightstand where those stacks of US Weekly would normally be.
So what's enough? First of all, stop thinking of the guest room as a catch-all for your old or odd furniture. I am all for saving money in this room, but it doesn't have to be tacky. Keep the bed and maybe lose the worn out mattress. Replace the mirror over the dresser with a lovely piece of art. Add lamps and family photos. Think simple luxuries. I love leaving photo albums of the family near the bed so my guests can see what the gang has been up to since their last visit. If you're expecting guests over the next few days or weeks and are on a limited budget, consider the following tips for making your guest space more welcoming.
1. Clean up. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you'll be surprised how many people don't think about this. Unless you have guests on a regular, your spare room has probably collected a lot of dust! Go into the space before your guest arrives and give it a good cleaning. Remember the blinds and window sills. They hold just enough dust to cause allergy flare-ups.
2. De-clutter your space. You've stored a lot of stuff in there all year long; I get it. Before your guest arrives is the perfect time to get things organized and finally give those things a home. Donate what you no longer need. It will make you feel good, and your guests will sleep better with the fear of boxes tumbling down on their heads removed.
3. Change the sheets. My mother does this right after guests leave, but still, puts fresh sheets on right before the next guest arrives. I love Egyptian cotton with a thread count around 600. If I have time. I like to iron them and spray them with lavender. I'm a little obsessed because there are few things better than fresh sheets?
4. Make your guest comfortable. I love to provide my guest 4. Make your guest comfortable. I love to provide my guest with small luxuries like high-quality sheets and fresh flowers. It's a gift that lets them know I'm glad they are there. In addition to these things, I make sure the room has the necessities like a lamp and an alarm clock.
5. Light a candle. Nothing says "come on in" as a welcoming aroma. The warm, soft glow of a candle sets the tone for the relaxing evening you have planned for your family. I love "Green Tomato Leaf" by Jo Malone. I know you have a favorite candle, Why not share it with your guests?
If you take a little time to incorporate this assortment of tips, your guests will undoubtedly leave your home having felt your love and feel greatly appreciative of the effort that you put into their stay.
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