Since we relocated, we have been very fortunate to have friends and family visit us for weekends and holidays. Today I am sharing a few of the things that I do to make our guest room feel special and comfortable.
When preparing a room for our guests, it is important to me that things are as convenient for our company as I can make them. The style of our home is very casual, and not the style for everyone, but the little things that I do In the guest room can be used with any style of decor or size of room.
Here is a is a look at our space and how I make our loved ones feel like they are special.
I start with the bed:
In my opinion, bedding is one of the most important components in making guests feel at home.
I love to use crisp white cotton sheets and lots of pillows to accommodate preferences. And I use blankets and quilts mixed with duvets to offer different weights of covers. Some folks like a lot of covers and some folks don’t. Some folks like fluffy pillows, some folks don’t.
And I find that bedding doesn’t have to be super expensive to add comfort.
Next to the bed, I have a nightstand on both sides so that couples staying with us have their own space for personal items.
I use the largest of the two to keep some items on hand like reading materials and a water carafe & glass.
I also like to have fresh flowers or seasonal greens by the bed. Some people really enjoy the added touch of fresh flowers and if you are able, gathering them from around the yard is a special touch.
I also have a chair for sitting and a cashmere throw for snuggling on cool nights.
Having a chair in the room is helpful to older guests and moms with babies.
A laundry basket, a luggage rack, & a night light all help to make the room functional and cozy for our friends and family.
I also make sure that at least one outlet is available and within reach for charging phones and iPads.
I keep a stack of fresh towels in the room so no one has to go searching for them, and I stock the bathroom with items I think they may need like shampoos, lotions and toothbrushes.
People really appreciate being able to find a toiletry they may have left at home. You know you always forget something.
A place for guests to put their things is a thoughtful touch.
Some room in a closet or a few drawers will do.
Visiting can be exhausting, with the traveling, sightseeing and general excitement. Having a T.V. in the room is a convenience for guests who may want to go to bed early and watch a movie, or even for those who want to get up early to watch the news without feeling like they are waking up anyone else.
Just another touch that will help them feel like they are at home.
After making sure the quest space is comfortable, I like to leave some kind of special gift in the room to let my company know just how much we appreciate them making the trip to visit us.
I have put together seasonal gift baskets of different sizes, some with things to relax and some with local treats, and sometimes just a small little something to show some love.