Hey guys! Today is an exciting day for me. Its the first full day back to school! That means I will have time to write and design and write about design... I'm really excited for this year.
First up, since it's Monday, is what I am calling a mood board, but not like a fully designed room. This one is just going to be kind of a round up of some things I thought would help when pulling together a guest room. Here are a few things that I personally think are nice to incorporate for an inviting guest room.
Good linens - Invest in the best you can afford. Your guests will be treated to a lovely rest in your home, and since they won’t be used as often as your regular bedding, they will have a much longer life. Also, here’s a personal tip that I want to share: as someone with severe allergies I cannot stress to you how important it is to wash the bedding before your guests arrive. It is absolutely miserable when you crawl into bed at night, ready to relax, and your nose is instantly filled with dust and musty smells.
Lighting - get some lamps or sconces for next to the bed. Not everyone likes overhead lighting. Having ambient lighting is great to have for your guests as it allows them to wind down without a glaring light over them. You want them to relax, not feel like they are about to be interrogated. Bonus points: The lamp shown has a built in USB port. You can plug your phone right into it.
Storage - This one is tricky, because a lot of people use their guest room closets for storage or secondary closets. Try to at least have a few drawers handy for guests to unpack their belongings. If you do have space in the closet, have some hangers for your guests to hang up their clothes. Also, I think this cute little trinket dish would be a cute way for your guests to make sure they don't lose their rings or watches. You really can't go wrong with a brass peacock!
Nightstands - Another thing that’s nice to have is a bedside table of some sort. You get a lot of function out of this one. Here’s the place for the ambient lighting that I spoke of earlier. There’s a place for a drink of water (or wine), to put a book, phone, and as a glasses wearer, I can’t tell you how nervous it makes me to think about putting my glasses on the floor.
Table Fan - This works two-fold. It helps circulate air in the room and acts as a sound machine. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, a table fan is a great touch to help make your guests feel comfortable.
Cozy Blanket - I don’t know about you, but it’s no fun being at someone’s house and being cold. Having a nice, cozy blanket at the foot of the bed or thrown over a chair is a nice touch. It’s there if they need it, and if not, that’s cool too.
Smells - Okay this is a biggie for me. I know I’m unique in this, but here me out. Don’t have a lot of perfumey smells in the room. As I mentioned, I have severe allergies and smells can trigger migraines. Be mindful of any flowers you put in the room, as their scents could be too overpowering (Lillie’s, for example!). Have unscented candles, or lightly scented candles in fresh, clean scents if you want to add those. Your guests can always tuck those away if they need to (I’ve done this one before!)
Clean it! - If you want the room to smell good, a simple quick clean using some natural cleaners could do the trick, and that tip I shared earlier about washing the sheets before the guests arrive will help too. You clean the rest of the house before company comes, don’t skip the area where they will go to recharge from all the fun you’ll have. When we were in San Francisco, I am pretty sure the room hadn't been cleaned in a while and the first three days we were there my son and I sneezed like crazy. Not fun.
What do you think? Do you have anything in your guest room that you like to spoil your guests with? I'm hoping our next house has an extra bedroom that we can turn into a guest room. We've never had one and I'd really like to have family stay over. Especially since we're going to have a pool and all...wishful thinking!