Our guest room suit is always guest-ready!
Living so far from home we typically have a steady stream of friends and family stopping in for a long stay. Preparing for your guests the right way is easy, but wowing them takes a little more forethought! Let me share with you some tips and tricks on how you can wow your guests with a 5 star guest suit!
You know you’re in for a great vacation when you open up the door to your hotel room and you find a space that you immediately fall in LOVE with and can’t wait to wind down in at the end of the night. I don’t know if it’s just silly old me, but there’s a serious level of excitement that begins beating in my chest from the moment the hotel clerk gives me my room key. All of my senses kick into high gear. Are the colors and textures well-balanced and complimentary of one another? Is the room too dark or too bright? Is the space well planned? Does it smell nice and does the air feel fresh? What about the bathroom- anything cool going on in there? What kind of amenities or treats are there to select from? Most hotels offer mini shampoo and conditioner bottles, but is there anything else exciting? Below I am going to provide you with a list of all the guest suit must-haves that will make any suit feel like a 5 star hotel, leaving your guests feeling loved and appreciated.
One of the first things I always do when preparing for our guests is fill the room with fresh flowers. Fresh flowers will not only brighten a room, but they do a really great job at immediately adding life to any space. This doesn’t have to be costly. Check out what you have going on in your own landscaping- even a few fresh clippings of some thin green branches can do the job. A bundle of cut flowers at your local grocery store might cost around $10. Perhaps you can combine store-bought flowers with a few clippings from your own yard as vase filler.
Having your wi-fi available to your guests sends a message that you welcome them to your space and you want them to stay, relax and feel at home. I have my wi-fi code typed up and placed in a cute little frame. Since my house is named Bella Nido my frame reads, “Welcome to Bella Nido” and then I list our wi-fi code.
3. A Bed That Looks Professional Decorated!
The secret to giving your guest room a designer-decorated look is all in the way you layer texture and balance your colors. First, decided on the base color of bedding. I like to work with white as my base color because it’s crisp and clean. Next, choose your accent color. I typically stay with one accent color to keep things simple on the eye. Now that you have decided on your base color you can begin layering with texture in the shades of the same color. Add in pops of accent color, but keep it simple. An accent color is just that- an accent. Overdoing your accent color is overwhelming and messy. If you’d like to learn the basics of layering a bed click here for my page on Secrets to a Designer-Decorated Bed.
Lighting is so underrated. It’s the one area that you can be fun and fancy. Think of it as the jewelry to your room. Whether it is an elegant lamp base or a unique lamp shade, I always like to try to play up my lighting when I can. In this guest bedroom I chose these Fascination II lamps that I purchased online at lamps Plus. This lamp adds the perfect touch of glamour to my otherwise simple room. It comes with its own dimmer knob and when on, the cascading crystal accents sparkle.
This is important. Your guests will need to place things like a cell phone, glass of water, eye glasses, reading material and more on something close to the bed. It doesn’t have to actually be a nightstand- it could be a desk or a stack of large trunks. Whatever you chose, keep in mind that this piece will most likely be a host for your lighting as well. You’ll want this piece to be a good size. My nightstand is from Arhaus and is no longer available, but I have found a comparable nightstand here.
6. Remotes and Nightstand Extras!
A nightstand is the perfect place to tuck away remote controls and other items that your guests may need. My nightstand has a drawer that I use to store the following:
- TV remote
- Ceiling fan and light remote
- heating mattress remote
- paper pad
- writing instrument
- light reading glasses
- cell phone charger
Your guest bathroom and your guest bedroom need to complement one another. It is, after all, an extension of your guest bedroom. Your base color and your accent colors need to be the same or similar. For added interest, many designers choose to paint the bathroom a shade or two lighter or darker than the room color. In this case I chose to keep the bathroom wall the same color as the bedroom, Silver Gray by Benjamin Moore, however, the wall sheen in the bathroom is semi gloss and the bedroom wall sheen is satin. My countertops are a simple white porcelain tile and the sink backsplash and shower wall is accented with square glass tiles in a light blue. For some added texture I found this beautiful white feathery wing mounted on a natural canvas and encased in a leucite shadow box.
7. Soft Towels!
8. Guest Extras!
All of us have forgotten to pack at least one or two items in our past travels. Most hotels provide things like soap, shampoo & conditioner, Q-tips, and body lotion. It’s always wonderful, though, when the hotel you’re staying at thinks beyond the typical inclusions and offers extra extras. Below is a list of essentials that I have my guest bathroom stocked with:
- Body Soap
- Face Wash, non-fragrant for sensitive skin
- Body Lotion
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Dental Floss
- Pain Reliever (remove from room when young children are present or expected to be present)
- Antacids (remove from room when young children are present or expected to be present)
- Lip Balm
- Soft Bath Mat
- Female Hygiene Paper Products
I hope this page has inspired you with ideas to transform your own guest bedroom into a 5 star guest suite. Infuse your own little personal touch, and I promise, your guests will feel loved and appreciated. Happy housekeeping!