If your house is like mine then sometime over the next month or so you will host family and/or friends for an overnight stay! I love hosting here at StoneGable. And I want my guests to feel like we could not wait until they got here! It’s so important to make guests feel wanted, welcomed and comfortable in our homes, especially if they are staying an overnight or two! So here are 10 simple, kind, doable things to get your guest room ready for friends and family that are staying with you over the holidays!
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Our home is at its best when it’s full of overnight guests. StoneGable takes on a life of its own, that’s for sure!!!
This is our GABLE GUEST ROOM. It’s one of four guest rooms here at StoneGable.It is the smallest and certainly the most feminine. This room has such a cozy feeling with it’s high ceiling, big window and pitched walls. I like to say it is a room that envelopes you! Most of the pieces here are antiques or have been in my family.
The Gable Room is decorated and ready for guest this weekend. Here are some of my favorite ways to make guest feel at home away from home. Let’s get past the obvious… clean room, clean linens, comfy bed and look at little ways to make our guest feel welcomed!
1. Lightly decorate a guest room for the holiday. Nothing says I’ve been expecting you like making the effort to bring a little bit of Christmas into a guest’s room! But don’t overdo it! You don’t need to dump the whole sleigh of decorations in the guest room. A little goes a long way. We don’t want to overwhelm our guests!
2. Give guests space to move around in a guest room. We don’t need a triple dresser, chest of drawers, gigantic bed, chairs, tables and night stands in one room… unless it’s palatial! Opt for a nice modest bed, chest of drawers and maybe a small table and or chair. Guests will come with lots of “STUFF”and luggage and presents and animals and they will need all the extra space in a guest room you can give them. Again, less done beautifully is best!
3. Clean out the closet in the guest room. Take everything out. I know this might be a hard thing for many of us to do. It seems like such a waste of usable and valuable space. But your guests will love you for it! Your guest will have more freedom to hang up their clothes and stash away their suitcases. I also keep extra blankets and a fan and a small electric heater on the top shelf of the closet for our guest’s comfort.
4. While we are cleaning out… clean out the dresser drawers and put some pretty drawer liner in the bottom of them. I keep towels in the bottom drawer for our guests, but the rest of the drawers are for them to use.
5. Put books, magazines and brochures of local interests in the guest room. I keep an assortment for both men and women on top of a basket under the table. It’s nice to switch them out seasonally. Right now I have CREATIVELY CHRISTMAS, a new book by blogger Jennifer Rizzo on a chair for guest to enjoy. When they leave it will be their take-home gift! (I have several copies… one is mine!)
6. Have a box with personal, hygiene and incidental items in the guest room so your guest don’t have to bother you for something they forgot. I let my guests know beforehand that they can find this box in the basket under the table. Don’t forget to add tissues, ear plugs and an alarm clock.
7. It’s a good idea to supply your guest with a few bottles of water and some snacks. Sometimes, guests need a break from all the Christmas cheer going on and want to regroup in their room. Have it ready with a nibble or two. I keep a small dish of our local (and famous) Wilbur chocolate buds near the bed on a table. I usually have to refill the dish!
8. Don’t you love slipping onto a well made bed with beautiful linens? Our guests will too! Make sure you make up a cozy bed with nice sheets and blankets and covers. I keep a fluffy duvet at the end of our guest beds all year round!
9. Fluff the pillows! I’ve slept on my share of old, flat, tired pillows in other’s homes! If you don’t like sleeping on them either will your guests. There are fluffy, inexpensive pillows on the market so there is no reason to give guest our cast-offs! I buy both down and poly filled and offer both to guest.
10. Ask your guests beforehand if they have any special needs, allergies or accommodations. Just asking shows how much you care!
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