'Tis the season for guests!
With Thanksgiving just a few days away and Christmas right around the corner (can someone please tell me where the month of November went???) I figured there was no better time to discuss how to make your guest room feel extra cozy this year. I never realized what a luxury it was to have a proper guest room until we actually had one. I can't tell you how much I love saying, "stay at our place!" and luckily my little sister does so at least once a week along with our occasional friends and family members from out of town.
They always say the key to a great guest room is to actually sleep in it a few nights every season to make sure it's actually comfortable beyond just being beautiful. Last year, when I had a cough that wouldn't quit I moved in to the guest room for a few nights and to my surprise I found that the new mattress was too hard and even though the room would get warm when the heat kicked on, it was still on the chilly side the rest of the night. Since most guests won't complain, so it really is up to you to figure these things out on your own!
After I figured out what was lacking from our space, I easily remedied it by picking up the same mattress topper that we sleep on in our master and an extra blanket. As you know, these things can make a huge difference when you are traveling and as a guest you rarely will bring them up to your hosts for fear of looking ungrateful!
Here are a few things that I've added to our guest room and what I now view as essentials. I intentionally kept the design of the room clean and uncluttered to make it feel hotel like, but these small additions make it feel more homey and really that's all you want... for your guests to feel like they are home!
- A bedside carafe for water. Because no one wants to dig through someone else's cupboards in the middle of the night for a glass of water.
- A comfy throw and flannel sheets for winter. I just picked up these ikat sheets at target for our guest room (under $30!!!) and they make all the difference on those cold winter nights.
- A fan. Some people, my sister included, are just fan people. It doesn't matter if it's 10 degrees out, they will want some air on them. I love this fan because it comes in an array of colors and does a great job circulating that air.
- A noise machine. Like "fan people" we are noise machine people and can't imagine sleeping without one. For our guests I always advise them to turn it on, even if they think they won't need it. Being able to sleep through the 6:30 am wakeup of two wild boys really is the best gift we can offer our guests.
- A mattress topper. Once you top, you won't go back. We started using this a few years ago, despite having a pretty nice mattress and I'm telling you I hate sleeping without it. Not too hard, not too soft, this topper is great for backs young and old.
P.S. The boys get out of school early tomorrow and I'll be taking the next few days off from the blog to spend some time with them. We aren't traveling for the holiday so I'll be back Friday with the start of my holiday gift guides! I wish you all a fantasticThanksgiving!!! xx