Source: Laurel and Wolf
Have your in-laws or friends spending the weekend at your place? Does your guest room look more like hoarder hell than a heavenly oasis? We turned to online interior design marketplace Laurel & Wolf for tips on welcoming guests. Their designer Lucinda Pace imparted these words of wisdom:
1. A well-made bed is the most important thing you can provide to your guest. Bed linens should be freshly laundered and firmly tucked. Always provide 2-3 Pillows of varying firmness and an extra blanket to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.
2. A small array of fresh cut flowers on the bureau or nightstand not only makes a room smell great, but it also lets your guest know that his or her stay is important to you, and you’re happy to be hosting your guest.
3. Be sure to have a Bath Towel, Hand Towel and Washcloth set out on the bed or in the bathroom your guest will be using. A comfy Bathrobe for your guest to use during his or her stay is also nice to provide, especially if the bathroom is not en suite to the guest room.
4. A small carafe with glasses or bottles of water should be set on the nightstand or dresser. Adding some individually wrapped granola bars and/or chocolates is a nice touch.
5. A catch-all tray or basket on the bureau provides a specific place for your guest’s small personal belongings. It’s helpful to have a designated place for keys, jewelry, smart phone, etc.
6. Place a box of tissues by the bed and a box of bar soap in the shower. You may want to provide a small basket of additional toiletries such as a disposable razor, toothbrush, shampoo/conditioner, Advil, etc.
7. Allocate space for your guests to place belongings during his or her stay. The closet/wardrobe should be cleared in addition to the dresser drawers. Provide 6-8 hangers per guest and a place for them to store luggage, whether that be a clear space in a closet or a folding luggage rack.
8. Some reading material on the bureau is nice to provide, especially if there is not a television in the room. A couple of coffee table books and a few local magazines will be very appreciated.
9. Anticipate what questions your guest may have during his or her stay. Provide a small card with your Wi-Fi password, instructions for operating the television/remote, addresses of your local recommendations, etc.
10. A universal charger is also a good idea; we’ve all forgotten this at least once. Save your guest the hassle of having to purchase a new cord or ask to borrow your own.