I am so excited to be a part of this year’s Summer Home Tour hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. If you are visiting from Marty’s beautiful home tour, welcome! I always love participating in her fun tours, but this year is extra exciting for me since we have spent the last year completely gutting and remodeling our 1987 Fixer Upper. I’m excited to have a space to share! Marty has renovated her own home and I love what she has done to turn her house into a dream home. The renovation here has been a long ride, and things are still a work in progress, but one space that is definitely summer ready are our guest bedrooms. You may have seen our bunk room design here, and now we have completed (or almost completed!) another guest bedroom just in time for our first guests coming from across the pond in a week. It all started with this guest bedroom design plan and I think we did a pretty good job sticking with the plan. 😉 Having friends and family visit is always one of the best parts of summer. Everyone is looking for a vacation, and if you have a room that is ready for guests, you can be their home away from home. We are gearing up for several rounds of guests this summer and can’t wait to host! Ever wondered how to make your guest room inviting? Take your cues from a five-star resort and add these guest room must haves to make your guest bedroom as comfortable as it can be for your friends and family. Not only will they appreciate it, but it will simplify things for you when hosting. Here are tips for creating the ultimate guest bedroom and the guest room must haves to help your guests relax and unwind during their stay. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Make it Pretty
Guest bedroom decor can be fun and a little different than the rest of the house. Think of it like a boutique hotel and try out some different design ideas that you have been wanting to experiment with. Decorating a guest room will make you even more excited for your guests to arrive. Add some travel inspired art (we like this map of one of our favorite vacation destinations) and a nightstand with a nice lamp and books that are inspired by your local area gets your guests excited to explore. When you’re thinking about how to decorate a guest room, also think about how it will function when you aren’t hosting guests. It’s great to make it a multi-purpose space so that you can use it year round.
A desk in the room can be set up as a vanity area when guests are in town, and used as a home office when no one has reserved the room. This bedroom already has overhead lighting, but add an inexpensive and pretty task lamp for reading and writing. Fresh flowers in a pretty vase are that extra special touch that really make your guests feel special. Creating a simple arrangement with some bunches from the farmer’s market or local florist is easy and inexpensive. Tulips available year-round and they make easy, no-hassle arrangements. If they are in season, spoil your guests with some decadent peonies.
Make it Cozy and Comfortable
Whether you have a dedicated guest room space or are setting up a temporary air mattress for overnight guests, create an environment that will help them get a good night’s sleep. High quality, 100 percent cotton sheets like this basic set that I purchased are a great place to start. Layer the bed with a blanket, duvet ( I fell in love with the texture on this one), and throws like this one to add texture and a feeling of luxury to the bed, as well as to appeal to every kind of sleeper. Pile on lots of pillows…I try to mix in different types of pillows…feather pillows, soft and fluffy hypoallergenic pillows, and firm pillows, in order to have a better chance of meeting everyone’s needs. Throw pillows are a great way to add pattern and color to a room. I added these striped Euro pillows as well as a fun blue patterned pillow and this lumbar pillow to tie it all together. I mixed relaxing and calming hues of blue and gray. Try to think of what different people might like to help them sleep and include it in the guest bedroom.
Add Special Touches
There’s nothing worse when you are staying with people than to feel like you are being a bother by asking for help finding things you might need as a guest. Try to anticipate your guests needs. A great way to do this is to spend a night in the room yourself to get a feel for how to make the guest room feel comfortable. Is it too hot? Too cold? Too bright in the morning? Is there noise from the road? Some of the things to have in a guest room that really make a guest comfortable are often overlooked. Try a fan for warm evenings, a noise machine to combat kids that wake up early or road noise, extra blankets and pillows for warmth and comfort and a task lamp for the night owl are all great places to start. A bottle of hand lotion, a box of tissues and a trash can are also good to have. If looking for your guests to want to move in and never leave, you may consider adding a TV to their room as well. 😉
Extra towels and washcloths
A drawer with toiletries in it (travel size toothpaste, an extra toothbrush, a razor, q-tips etc.)
Iron and Ironing Board
Hangers in the closet
Think of the list of things you can get from the front desk at a hotel when you are traveling and include those somewhere in your guest bedroom…a basket in the closet or on the desk is a great place. Let guests know they are there if they need them.
Prepare for the Midnight Munchies
Your guests may be on a different time schedule than you are depending on how far they traveled. Include a basket of goodies by their bedside like water bottles, apples, trail mix, and some snack size packages of cookies and crackers incase they need a midnight snack. It’s also nice to include a few things like bandaids and ibuprofen. It is thoughtful touches like this that really make your guest bedroom as comfortable as it can be.
While spending time enjoying your company is part of being a great host, chances are they will be spending time on their own exploring your city. Go the extra mile and create a folder of brochures and leaflets from around town with ideas for things to see and do, copies of your favorite restaurant’s menus, and a list with information about your home like Wifi passwords, where to find miscellaneous items they may need, etc.
I have yet to add a few of these guest room must haves to our space…good thing I still have a week! 😉 We’re waiting on real window coverings, a few art pieces and a mirror. The basket of goodies is ALWAYS a hit with our guests, but I have to wait until the last minute to buy those things, otherwise they seem to mysteriously disappear with teenagers in the house. 😉
What are some guest room must haves at your house? Do you have any tips to add to my list? I’d love to hear them! I’m always looking for ways to make our guests more comfortable!
I hope you are feeling inspired by our guest bedroom design and these tips for guest bedroom must haves to make your guests feel extra special.
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Thank you so much for coming over! I hope you enjoyed a peek into our every evolving home. Don’t miss out on the other 29…yes you read that right! 29 Amazing blogger Summer Home Tours this week. Here’s the line-up to make finding them a breeze! Be sure to head on over to Heather’s beautiful tour next!
2018 Summer Home Tour
Monday – June 11
A Stroll Thru Life – Marty
Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy
Setting For Four – Heather
Nesting With Grace – Brooke
Cuckoo4Design – Julia
Southern Hospitality – Rhoda
Tuesday – June 12
ZDesign At Home – Bree
Inspiration For Moms – Laura
Simple Stylings – Summer
Life On Virginia Street – Sarah
Remodelando La Casa – Cristina
Wednesday – June 13
Our Southern Home – Christy
House By Hoff – April
Our Fifth House – Carmel
Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer
Decor To Adore – Laura
Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Amber
Thursday – June 14
Haneens Haven – Haneen
Monica Wants It – Monica
Duke Manor Farm – Laura
My Sweet Savannah – Melaine
11 Magnolia Lane – Christy
Life Love Larson – Andrea
Fri –June 15
Decorating Delirium – Jennifer
Thistlewood Farm – Karianne
Thrifty & Chic – Alicia
Hymns & Verses – Doreen
Starfish Cottage – Kristy
Far Above Rubies – Anita
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