Most of my family lives near by so, we don’t typically get a lot of overnight guests around the holidays, but it’s something I would love to have more of! That scene in Home Alone where the house is full of aunts, uncles and cousins spending the night before their flight is my idea of holiday fun! Now, hopefully I can find a replica of that amazing Home Alone house in my price range! Then we would really be in business! While I don’t host a ton, I have a pretty good idea of what the ideal guest room should look like. Now a guest room could be anything from an actual separate space, your master bedroom that does double duty as a guest room or even your pull out sofa. There are key things you can do to make your guest feel right at home. Today I teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to share their guest rooms! Nothing like a little virtual vacation where I get to pretend I’m at some of my blogger besties homes. If you are coming over from DIY DECOR MOM welcome! I hope you enjoy my tips! I love Annie and her beautiful home which is full of design candy like her stunning entry way with that drool worthy wallpaper!
Tip 1: Make sure you have toiletries: Just like a hotel it’s nice to have toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, hand cream, etc. All of the little essentials that someone might forget. Instead of running around and gathering things and then finding a basket I reached out to my friend Katherine from Panache Gifts and I asked her if she could make me a basket with all of the must haves. She came up with, The House Guest, which is filled with these goodies!
The box includes: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, agave cloth to apply shower gel, wooden toothbrush, hand cream, Pinch minimergency kit,a Mast chocolate bar. I’m not going to lie my favorite thing was the Mast chocolate bar, because I always love a sweet treat at night. If you are interested in getting something similar, Katherine is offering readers 15% off with the code EFFORTLESS. They are amazing holiday gifts for clients, friends and family!
Tip 2: Sense of smell: When I was little my mom would buy eucalyptus and place it under her bed. It made the room smell amazing, but not overly perfumed and helps you fall asleep. I love that Katherine included a branch of eucalyptus in her package, because it killed two birds with one stone.
Tip 3: Essentials for the nightstand: I like to clear out a lot of what I typically have on my nightstands in order to give my guest room to spread out. I do leave two essentials: 1st essential is books! I like to read before going to bed so, I think it’s nice to leave a mix of books your guests can enjoy.
2nd essential: A small catch all tray. It’s the perfect for jewelry or a snack, glass of water, etc.
Tip 4: Bedding: I like to have duvet covers instead of just comforters. It makes it easy to swap them out after guests have come and gone. Comforters don’t typically get washed all of the time and I never use flat sheets. With a duvet cover there is really no doubt that it has probably been laundered recently. I also like to buy duvet sets in the same color story, but different patterns. This way I can mix and match and get a bunch of different looks. For this bed I used Elsie in green and Linden in green from Crane & Canopy.
I found that Euro shams typically just get tossed on the floor. So, I went with two pretty standard shams instead and didn’t use the sham from my sheet set.
I also liked the mix of the shams because it gave me a little pattern play without needing a ton of accent pillows. Typically I have at least 5 accent pillows on a bed! Jon isn’t a fan. I don’t think a guest would love it either. So, I went with simple with just 3, but honestly I probably could have just put the lumbar pillow and it would have been fab!
Tip 5: Don’t forget the cozy! I don’t typically have a blanket/throw at the end of my bed, but for a guest I think it’s nice to have something a guest can use if they are chilly or perhaps they just want to lay on top of the bed for a nap.
Since it’s winter I also like to leave cozy socks that are fleeced lined and have grippers. They will keep you toasty and also work as slippers.
Tip 6: Wi-Fi password: This goes without saying, but everyone always wants the WI-FI password make sure you print one up with your houses details for guests to have easy access.
Make sure to head over to check out Sue from The Zhush! Sue is an old blog friend from back in the day! I love her home! Everything she touches is beautiful and sophisticated!
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