Impress Your Guests: 8 Tips for Gracious Guest Rooms

There are few greater joys in life for me than to remain at the house of a friend or family member who has a thoughtfully appointed guest bedroom. It is like having the luxury of a fantastic hotel with all the personal service of a very small country inn. Try out these eight tips to make a guest room which will have your loved ones lining up for reservations.

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1. An assortment of books. One of the most enjoyable pastimes when visiting someone else’s house is via their publication collection. Whether you’ve got a complete wall of shelving or a slender cabinet or case, stock it with a variety of reading material that appeals to all tastes: puzzles, bestsellers, nonfiction, short stories and much more. Don’t forget to add bedside lamps or reading lights, as well as a cushy spot in which to curl up.

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2. A folding bag rack. This hotel-inspired signature prevents guests from having to squat all the way into the ground to rifle through their suitcases. Stash it in the closet when you are not expecting company or leave it available as a design detail. Here it takes the place of a seat at the base of the bed.


3. Piles of pillows. Some like them flat, some like them fluffy. Some favor down, while some sneeze at the mere idea. Keep an assortment of pillows on hand to satisfy guests’ tastes. And while you are at it, put money into a few good blankets (one light, one heavy) and the best bed linens you are able to afford.

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4. Hooks and hangers. Unlike you, your guests do not have a designated spot on your house to tuck away bags and hang keys. Make it simple for them by lifting hooks and wall mounted racks (might we indicate the Eames Hang-It-All?) . And be sure that there are plenty of coat hangers in a closet or an armoire.

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5. A coffee bar. When you’ve got the space, motivation and budget, you could add a full-on morning kitchen, like this one, so that guests may brew that cup of joe without needing to go downstairs. However, you don’t have to be that extravagant. Establish a little dresser or sideboard with a coffee maker (consider a single-cup model for ease of use) and a supply of ribbons, cups and napkins. Keep additives and nonperishable creamer in pretty covered bowls or jars nearby.

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6. A well-outfitted nightstand. Lay bedtime comforts within easy reach: a carafe for water, a bowl or menu to corral rings and watches, a lamp that’s easy to switch on and off. If you know your guest likes a nightcap before retiring, you will possibly supply a glass, an ice bucket and a little bottle of her or his libation of choice.

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7. Fresh flowers. Few elements broadcast a warm welcome at the way that flowers do. Keep the arrangement simple — stick a couple of cut blossoms from the garden or the market in a pitcher or jug, or select one standout blossom to get a bud vase. Just try to avoid blossoms with overpowering scents which may result in headaches. And if your guest suffers from hay fever, a pretty, nonallergenic green plant might be a much better option.

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8. Robes and slippers. Whether you put them in the spare bathroom or hang them from a hook at the bedroom, then these little extras make guests feel pampered.

Another thoughtful signature: Contain a basket of toiletries and niceties in case of forgotten things: mini toothpaste, an extra toothbrush, emery boards, little bottles of hand lotion, shaving soap and much more.

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