It's high season for houseguests. Here are 30 ways to step up your game and make your guest room a welcoming oasis for your friends and family:
- 1- Fresh flowers - who doesn't love fresh flowers? Keep it simple and elegant with one single variety of flowers in a small vase.
- 2 - WiFi info - print out your home's wifi password and network name and put it in a photo frame to make it easily accessible for guests
- 3 - Water - leave out a few water bottles so your guest(s) can stay hydrated. Put them on top of the dresser or the bottom shelf of an open nightstand
- 4 - Snacks - put them in a tray or basket and personalize them for each guest whenever possible. Adding a handwritten note is a nice touch and makes it feel like a little gift.
- 5 - Wastebasket - for the snack wrappers and any other trash. This is a simple addition that is easy to forget. Include a liner.
- 6 - Magazines - give them something leisurely to read while unwinding. Perhaps include one you know they like, and a local one so they can get to know your area.
- 7 - Lots of bedding layers - this is probably one of the most essential things on the list. We all have our different preferences when it comes to how many layers we like to have while sleeping. Keep an extra quilt, blanket, comforter, etc., easily accessible so guests can customize to their liking.
- 8 - Lots of sleeping pillows - another essential - a mix of feather down and alternative down pillows can accommodate different preferences. Freshen them up right before your guests arrive by sticking them in the dryer for about 10 minutes.
- 9 - Big euro pillows (26x26) - they look luxurious and make the the bed more comfortable for those times when guest are just lounging with a book, device, etc. This is especially true if the bed doesn't have a padded headboard.
- 10 - Pillow protectors - this keeps sleeping pillows from getting stained and gross
- 11 - A beautiful decorative pillow - it can instantly dress up a plain bed and elevate the look of the room overall. Try a luxe velvet pillow in a rich color as shown in the photo above or perhaps a single extra-long patterned lumbar in neutral colors.
- 12 - Blackout shades or sleep mask - in case guests want to turn in early or sleep in
- 13 - A chair - if you have the space for it, a chair is a nice addition as a spot for guests to sit and put their shoes on, a spot for placing any extra pillows at night, etc.
- 14 - Full length mirror - we all like to give ourselves the once over before heading out the door
- 15 - Plenty of towels - a must. Wash them right before your guests arrive so that they're fresh.
- 16 - Toiletries - if you have sample size toiletries collect them all and put them in a clear glass jar for your guests to use or drop some of what you already have available from your full sized (or Costco sized) bottles into refillable uniform pump bottles
- 17 - Tissue box - add a cover so it's not an eyesore
- 18 - Reed diffuser - good for adding a light scent in the room
- 19 - Hair dryer - convenient
- 20 - Robe - nice especially if guests need to walk through the hallways to get to and from the shower. Go with classic big plush white ones.
- 21 - Slippers - guests probably didn't bring this along with them and it would help make them feel relaxed and at home
- 22 - Alarm Clock - I have this one in my own bedroom and love it - it has a cool sunrise effect that gently wakes you up and you can turn off the display so that the room can stay dark at night
- 23 - USB outlet - give them a place to charge their devices
- 24 - Empty hangers + closet space - give them as much space as possible to hang their clothes
- 25 - Empty drawers - give them a place to unpack and feel at home. If you usually use your guest room for storage, temporarily move as much as possible to another room.
- 26 - Drawer/closet sachet - place a lavender sachet inside a drawer or closet for a pleasant scent - as a bonus it can help keep insects away
- 27 - Laundry bag or hamper - depending on how long they're staying this could be really handy.
- 28 - Empty closet shelf or closet floor space - give them a spot to put their suitcase away
- 29 - Iron or steamer - we all know how wrinkly clothes can get after being stuffed inside luggage
- 30 - Hooks - so they can hang their bags, scarves, coats, etc.
Hope this gave you some good ideas! Don't feel like you need to do everything - pick and choose what you think your guests would appreciate the most.
photo credits: 1- home of kristen shaeffer / 2 - home of krystin lee, design by jacquelyn clark, photography by heidi lau
Is it just me, or is there something really satisfying about seeing a good before and after? It's probably why all those HGTV makeover shows are so addictive! Below is a little round-up of four beautiful bedroom transformations that will inspire you to make over your own space.
Designer: Kristin Jackson
blue pillows, front to back: Pyne Hollyhock Indigo in size 22x22, Betwixt Indigo Blue in size 20x26, similar blue velvets
Designer: Naomi Stein
light pink patterned pillow on bed: Imperial Trellis Blush in size 15x25
Designer: Megan Pflug
black and white geometric lumbar pillows on bed: Channels Ebony and Ivory in size 11x19
Designer: Megan Bachmann
ochre lumbar pillows: Golden Yellow Velvet in size 12x24
photo credits: 1 - design by Naomi Stein, photography by Courtney Apple / 2 - design by Kristin Jackson / 3- design by Megan Pflug, photography by Manuel Rodriguez / 4- design by Megan Bachmann, photography by Vivian Johnson
Two key things to note:
- There's a variety of textures, not everything is flat and smooth - notice the texture of the duvet vs. the rattan headboard vs. the linen lampshades.
- There's one standout pattern (the floral pillows in front) and a couple of subtler non-competing patterns (the wallpaper and the polka dotted sheet set)
Shop the Look:
photos courtesy of Monika Hibbs
Sadly the Bark (brown) colorway of the beloved David Hicks La Fiorentina geometric print has been discontinued. If you've been eyeing this pillow, now's your time to get it! We still have some remaining, but once they're gone, they're gone. Photos below of a chic bedroom designed by one of our customers, Paloma Contreras.
I first become familiar with Jillian Harris via the addicting HGTV show Love It or List It, but I really fell in love with her aesthetic via her regular posts on instagram and her blog. I was so excited to see a tour of her Kelowna home. Here's a look:
Light and bright.
Our Leopard Linen pillow in her beautiful living room!
Chandeliers glam up the white kitchen.
Perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee.
For more of Jillian's home (including her cozy outdoor dining space that made it on the cover!), check out the May issue of Style at Home Magazine (available at newsstands as well as online via Zinio). Spot our Leopard Linen pillow on page 108!
photos by Janis Nicolay
So grateful that our Leopard Velvet pillow is in the pages of a magazine I have absolutely loved since it came out years ago and really deepened my passion for decorating and design –Domino!! See it in the spread featuring my friend (and cover girl!) Paloma Contreras’s beautiful Texas home – in the guest bedroom and in the living room.
Professional photographs by Brittany Ambridge for Domino
My friend Irene's beautiful SoCal home was featured on Apartment Therapy this week! If you haven't seen the tour yet, you're gonna love it. I've had the pleasure of stepping foot inside her home and it really is as fun and welcoming as the photos show (possibly even more so!). This girl sure knows how to effectively bring together multiple colors, textures and patterns. She's one talented lady!
Our Leopard Velvet pillow in her bedroom! (size 20x20)
View the full tour here.
photography by Bethany Nauert