Hello friends! Today is fall break for the Beans and it got me thinking…first of all how is it already the middle of October? And secondly–(insert Jaws theme song here) the holidays are approaching–EEEK! As much as I love seeing my family there is a lot of prep to get there.
I don’t think it’s too early to start preparing our guest rooms for the upcoming round of visitors.
I love it when clients ask me to work on a guest room. Here is a glimpse of a recent guest room I designed. This room is on the lower level of a large home and it looks out onto the patio where the pool and the outdoor kitchen/entertaining areas are located. Even though there are a lot of windows, it has the tendency to feel dark since it’s under an overhang from the story above.
The goal was to keep it light and cheery with washable bedding, (that’s one of my favorite bedspreads), light walls and bursts of poppy. There’s a comfy swivel chair for reading or watching television and guests have access to a dining area and living area in the other part of the lower level.
It’s a calming, transitional retreat and I would gladly stay here!
Another guest room that I designed has a totally different look but also feels cozy and warm. This guest room was done for a client of mine who wanted to incorporate family mementos to give her guests a trip down memory lane. There are some new elements as well (no one wants to stay in Granny’s attic) and I like the mixture of the two. Repurposing old suitcases for an end table and reupholstering an antique wicker chair (real wicker!!) adds a vintage feel. I chose an embroidered sheer for the panels and we incorporated an antique quilt for the bed. The bed tables are old bamboo pieces and even though they are small, they have shelves below for an extra book or magazine.
It was a fun room to work on and as an avid 1920′s-1930′s fan, I like to imagine sitting at the dressing table and getting ready for a night at a supper club. I watch way too many old movies!
What do you have in your guest room?
No matter how your guest room is designed, the most important thing is to make your guests comfortable!
Here are some simple suggestions to do just that.
I always like to put on a comfy robe at the end of the day or after a shower but they take up so much room in a suitcase that I often forgo packing one. This is a great robe from Robeworks and is a worn by the guests at the Venetian, Canyon Ranch Spa as well as lucky ducks who stay at Oprah’s. There are many colors to choose from (and you could add a monogram) but this one happens to currently be on sale.
Of course you will want a hook to hang that fabulous robe on–I love this adorable Scottie hook from Anthropologie. Even if you don’t provide a robe for your guests, I like to have a hook for guests to hang their pajamas or whatever else they fancy.
Who likes to iron? Not me. I’m a lefty and doing almost anything that requires dexterity is a problem for me. So I steam practically everything I own. If it needs a crease, it’s going to be a long morning! I have a large garment steamer (and I love it) that I obviously can’t take with me so I travel with this mini steamer. I would love it if it was at my destination so I wouldn’t have to worry about drying it fully before re packing it to leave. Why not put one in your guest room?
I like my creature comforts when I travel and I have a bed time routine that includes reading to wind down. Nothing bugs me more than not having proper reading light for my tired eyes at the end of the day. It’s great to have a 3 way lamp on the bedside table for guests to be able to choose the level of light they want.
So you don’t have a 3 way light next to the bed? No worries. I love my book light. I use it mostly when Mr. V wants to conk out early and I am engrossed in one of the 17 books I am reading. But I also use it when traveling just so I don’t have to worry about what kind of light my destination might have.
I am not a fan of waking up thirsty in the middle of the night without having a glass of water near the bed. This carafe and glass set is a much prettier option than a bottle of water.
Another great thing to give your guests is a place to charge their iPhone and/or iPad. It’s so nice when I don’t have to look for a place to plug mine in and then ultimately have to move a piece of furniture or leave my phone on the floor where I am bound to clumsily step on it!
I like this option (even though it’s not that gorgeous) since it combines charging both iPhone and iPad as well as integrating a clock with the ability to play music from my iTunes.
Perhaps the most simple but oh so appreciated is a box of tissues in a guest room. I really like this pretty linen tissue box cover (because the tissue manufacturers will NEVER come out with a design I like).
I love to have a tray on the dresser in a guest room. It can be used for my guests to put their personal items or they can put it on the bed to have their tea next to them or corral magazines and books. These trays are gorgeous and there are a multitude of options.
Lastly, the best way to welcome someone is truly make them feel like you want them in your home and that you are happy they are there.
The easiest ways to do that are providing soft bedding, clearing out a couple of dresser drawers and making room in the closet with empty hangars. If nothing else, at least your guests feel like you remembered they were coming! (That is a story for another time).
I would love to hear what you do to make your guests feel welcome!
Thanks for reading,
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