The Well-Appointed Guest Room

Deb Chapman

Blogger: Deb Chapman

It’s that time of year again — when many of us either visit friends or relatives or we welcome out-of-town overnight guests into our own home.

For the past few days I’ve been lucky enough to be visiting one of my very best friends who recently moved to the west coast of Florida.  She has a lovely new home (with a pool) but most importantly, she has a very comfortable guest room, including, the added bonus, a fairly new mattress! She and her husband are empty-nesters and she happens to have TWO guest rooms, so I had my choice of a firm or soft mattress. Here’s the room I was lucky enough to have stayed in over the weekend. Gorgeous Guest Room

Don’t worry, you don’t need to create hotel-like accommodations to make guests feel at home.  Consider these thoughtful details that will help them feel welcome.

  • Clear the clutter. If your guest room is like mine, it often becomes the repository for “stuff”.  Clean it out to provide a soothing and relaxing environment.
  • Provide freshly-laundered bedding and several pillows. Give your guest several firm and soft pillows.  If there is no seating in the room, a few larger pillows or a body pillow are also perfect to turn a bed into a comfortable reading chair.
  • Leave an extra blanket at the end of the bed for cool nights.
  • Have a nightstand, small table or a tray in the room for personal items
  • Bring in an extra lamp if needed to provide sufficient lighting.
  • Offer magazines or reading material on the nightstand in case they need to wind down before going to bed.
  • Make sure there are empty outlets for guests to power up their phones and other devices overnight.

Martha Stewart offers suggestions for preparing for guests and you can find other guest room ideas here.



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