Creating a Great Guest Room

Creating a Great Guest Room

When clients ask for consultations on their guest rooms they usually say, “I want them to be comfortable…but not too comfortable.”  Now that the holidays are upon us, here are some great ways to keep everyone happy:

Starting with decor, it’s best to keep things simple and gender-neutral.

West Elm's Organic Village Diamond Duvet Cover, $49.99/Queen

West Elm's Organic Village Diamond Duvet Cover, $49.99/Queen

Spruce things up with some pillows that speak to holiday colors but won’t look awkward the rest of the year.

cb2 Wave Pillow, $34.95.

cb2 Wave Pillow, $34.95.

Crate & Barrel Layla Pillow, $59.95

Crate & Barrel Layla Pillow, $59.95

Lamps on bedside tables are mandatory.

cb2 Ada Table Lamp, $59.95.

cb2 Ada Table Lamp, $59.95.

Make sure your bonehead brother-in-law doesn’t slink down to the kitchen in his underwear with this sleek bedside carafe.  The self-contained unit keeps water or vodka handy (hey, no judgements) and features a glass that doubles as a lid to the carafe.

Crate & Barrel bedside carafe, $19.95.

Crate & Barrel bedside carafe, $19.95.

Shaped soaps usually have a slight ew factor, but these snowflake soaps are a bit more sophisticated.

Crate & Barrel's snowflake soap, $1.25 ea or $5.95 for 5.

Crate & Barrel's snowflake soap, $1.25 ea or $5.95 for 5.

And while we’re on the subject of personal hygiene–something you’ll want guests to sport in spades–stock up on some holiday-inspired toothbrushes.  You know someone’s going to forget theirs.

Beach House Stripe Sprout Green Toothbrush from E Dental Stuff, $4.99.

Beach House Stripe Sprout Green Toothbrush from E Dental Stuff, $4.99.

You can’t please all the people all the time, but this comforter set will help you please most of ’em.  You get one summer weight feather comforter and a thicker one as well.  Your guests can use them individually for light or medium warmth, or snap their corners together to combine them for greater heat retention.

IKEA MYSA RÖNN Comforter, warmth rate 1+3, $79.99/Queen

IKEA MYSA RÖNN Comforter, warmth rate 1+3, $79.99/Queen

A few good books never hurt anybody.

Lost Lore, by Una McGovern and Paul Jenner

Lost Lore, by Una McGovern and Paul Jenner

Crusing Paradise, by Sam Shepard

Crusing Paradise, by Sam Shepard

More Information Than You Require, by John Hodgman

More Information Than You Require, by John Hodgman

If you’re not a morning person, add blackout liners to your guest room curtains.  Guests will sleep longer, so you’ll be able to sneak in at least one cup of sanity-enhancement before the relatives wake up.

Target's Euro Premium Blackout Drapery Liner, $41.99/pair (White, 54x92. Fits 96" curtains.)

Target's Euro Premium Blackout Drapery Liner, $41.99/pair (White, 54x92. Fits 96" curtains.)

When it’s time for guests to ship out, you don’t want them missing their flight, right? Most everyone uses their phone as an alarm clock these days, but it’s smart to keep an old school version on hand, just in case.

Wrapables' Round Alarm Clock, $16.99.

Wrapables' Round Alarm Clock, $16.99.

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