Hi All, can you believe Christmas is coming up quickly and I know many of you are preparing for guests that will be visiting for the Christmas holiday! I thought I’d share some easy tips to make your holiday guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home during the holiday season. While I’ve focused on the Christmas holiday, most of these suggestions can translate to preparing a guest room any time of year. I hope you enjoy these, and feel free to comment if there are tips that you really like, or if you have questions. Here’s a picture of a Christmas guest room that I prepared for the holidays. I will use other photos in this room to share my tips.
· I like to use Christmas colors in the linens and pillows this time of year. I found this great comforter set at Ross. It’s very heavy and bulky, so I’ve made the bed with the usual sheets, pillows, and a warm cream-colored blanked, and I’ve placed the comforter on the end of the bed for use if needed. I also like to keep extra blankets and pillows in the closet if needed. I added a cute pillow that says “Jolly” as a touch of holiday décor, but as you can see, the opposite side is a cozy plaid fabric, so I could really place it either way and it will be festive. Let me know which side you like best in the comments! I’m currently “mad for plaid,” and as you can see, it’s OK to mix patterns with the plaid and floral pillows.
· Next I created a framed message with the home’s Wifi network and password (this is made-up for visualization; not the home’s real network/password). In this day and age, visitors will frequently ask for this information when they arrive to your home, so I thought it would be helpful to leave it as a reference in the guest room. You can get creative with this by leaving it on a small blackboard in the room or in welcome note/card, but I enjoyed creating this by framing it with some pretty craft paper that went well with the room’s décor.
· I like to ensure I have some pretty lamps on the nightstand tables for reading or surfing the web on tablets/laptops in bed. I scored this lamp at Goodwill and simply replaced the older lampshade with this burlap shade. FYI, bed-side tables don’t have to match, but they should be coordinated; more on that in a future blog post … As you can see, again I added some Christmas whimsy by placing a small decorative Christmas tree on one of the nightstands, along with a sign encouraging the guests to “relax.” It’s all about making this a cozy space away from home, and making guests feel welcome. Click here to read more about my Christmas trees in every room …
· I also have included a chair in the corner of the room with a cozy pillow and throw blanket, in case the guests want to sit and relax there for a bit, or even sit there while getting dressed, putting on shoes, etc.
· How do you like this luggage rack, and an extra decorative pillow? I found this luggage rack for about $10 at an estate sale and this room was the perfect place to put it. Guests will appreciate having a spot to place their luggage rather than having to store it on the floor, but if you don’t have a luggage rack, be sure to have a space for them to place their luggage, perhaps a corner of the room where it won’t be in the way.
· I like to include some necessities for my guests in the room, or in the guest bathroom, such as these examples of hangers in the closet, guest towels of varying sizes (nicely rolled and stored in this basket), and also some toiletries in the guest bathroom, in case they forgot to pack some items.
· To add to the cozy and welcoming theme, I also like to leave a small candle on the bedside table and some reading materials that I think they will like on the bed.
· Lastly, I picked up this small chalkboard that is hanging on the doorknob to welcome guests to their Christmas guest room. Obviously the message can be changed or personalized for different times of year and guests.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures and tips for creating a warm and welcoming Christmas guest room for your holiday visitors. If you are in the process of selling your home during the holidays, check out my post here for more information on home staging during the holidays.
Lastly, if you are preparing for guests for the holidays and would like a handy-dandy checklist to prepare the guest rooms, please sign up immediately below for my email list to receive the FREE checklist (I promise not to overwhelm your inbox – I hate that!). Happy Holidays!