Holiday Home Away From Home: Upgrade Your Guest Room For Holiday Visitors
Ready or not, the holidays are almost here, which means an influx of friends and family coming to visit. Whether they're only staying a few days or they're moving in for the long haul, here are our favorite guest room essentials to make your visitors feel at home.
Don't you dare make your guests sleep on your pilled linens from college! Make their stay comfortable with a quality set of sheets so luxurious you might even steal them for your own bed once your visitors leave. Sferra's Grande Hotel collection will make visitors feel like they're staying at a five-star hotel — the soft Italian-woven percale is accented with double rows of satin stitching in several versatile colors that will match any decor.
Down comforter and pillows
Nothing's worse than traveling all day and then laying your head on a lumpy or flat pillow. Upgrade for your beloved guests with a soft down pillow, like the Lucerne, that will support the head and neck (avoiding the dreaded midnight pillow bunch and punch). Guests will also love snuggling into a down comforter — the ultimate in luxury and warmth. Down comes in a variety of weights and fills. Come into the store and speak to our experts about which down products will be perfect additions to your guest room.
Cozy throw and/or extra blanket
Toss a throw blanket over a chair or fold at the end of the bed so guests will have something to wrap up in while reading a good book. The Lands Downunder herringbone throw features a sophisticated white decorative fringe and even though it's made with an Italian cotton blend, it's cashmere-soft. But don't take our word for it — it's one of Oprah's Favorite Things.
Also, make sure to provide an extra blanket or two for the bed since you never know which cold-natured guests might like another layer on chilly evenings. Cotton is a popular option because it can be warm without adding too much bulk. Sferra's plush and velvety St. Moritz blanket is woven in Portugal from long-staple combed cotton that's been brushed for softness and warmth.
Fully-stocked bedside table
Put everything within arms' reach for your guests:
• A carafe and glass set for sipping water at night - this Pigeon & Poodle set has a fun diagonally lined texture and the tumbler fits inside the carafe to prevent dripping
• A tube of hand cream to combat dry winter skin - Pre de Provence's Shea Butter Hand Cream is designed to be nourishing, soothing, and healing while protecting the skin from the elements.
• A phone charger for guests who left theirs behind
• A notecard containing good-to-know information like the Wi-Fi password and the itinerary for the week/weekend
• A delectable-smelling candle to help guests relax after a long day of traveling - Nest makes long-burn time candles in dozens of scents including holiday and winter-inspired fragrances
• A visually appealing alarm clock - Banish the digital display (or using a phone as an alarm) in favor of a beautiful alarm clock like this Italian wood version from Galassi
Spa-worthy bathroom essentials
Even if your guest room doesn't have its own en suite bathroom, you can still give visitors the spa treatment:
• Keep a dedicated set of guest towels like Matouk's Guesthouse collection. Leave them in your guest bathroom (or in the cabinet of a shared bathroom) so they're always ready for unexpected visitors.
• Consider offering guests a bathrobe to avoid the naked mad-dash from bathroom to bedroom. Pine Cone Hill's Sheepy Fleece Robe is snuggly and machine washable.
• Stock your guest shower with shampoo, conditioner and body wash so visitors won't have to fight with tiny travel-sized bottles.
These little extras will put your guests' stay over the top:
• A pair of fuzzy sock or slippers
• Lavender pillow inserts to help even the most jet-lagged of guests wind down for the night
• A wireless speaker for listening to music or podcasts during downtime
By keeping your guest room cozy and welcoming, you'll ensure your visitors are relaxed and comfortable for their entire stay. Stop by the store to find out more ways to get your guest room ready for the holidays.