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One of my goals in life is to be the type of person who makes their bed everyday. I've also found that doing small things to make the new routines I'm trying to set more enjoyable helps me stick with them! So a few months ago, I whipped up a bottle of this easy DIY essential oil linen spray and I've been using it as a pillow mist every time I make the bed. It's so nice curling up in a nicely made and heavenly-smelling bed at the end of the day!
What You'll Need
4 oz. glass spray bottles (I use these amber ones)
A small funnel
20 drops of Lavender essential oil
20 drops of Rosemary essential oil
I love the smell of lavender and rosemary together, but the best thing about essential oils is that you can experiment to find your own favorite combinations! The basic recipe uses about 40 drops total, so feel free to combine your own favorite scents to customize your linen spray!
Start by filling your spray bottle halfway with distilled water, using the small funnel. Next add your essential oils, then fill the bottle the rest of the way with witch hazel. Replace the cap, give it a good shake and your linen spray is ready to go! It really couldn't be easier. I keep one of these bottles on my nightstand so it's always in easy reach, and I also use it every time I wash the linens in our guest bedroom.
I know this is where a lot of blogs will say, "If you're interested in learning more about essential oils, click here to join my (insert multi-level marketing company) team!". As a general rule, I tend to avoid companies like that. No offense if you buy or sell them! It's just a personal preference, but one I'm pretty solidly aligned with for a variety of reasons. But since I have gotten more into essential oils lately, I thought it might be cool to share how I'm using them in our home, as a person who won't pressure you to buy them through me.
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I remember when we lived in an apartment, I would dream about having a real guest bedroom to decorate someday. Then, when we bought our first home a few years ago, we ended up with three! One is being turned into a nursery very soon, but since we have ample room we find ourselves hosting overnight guests on a pretty regular basis. As such, I decided my 2014 post on 7 Guest Bedroom Essentials was in for a little update! Read on to see my new list of tips for how to put together a welcoming guest bedroom.
Idylwyld Project Guest Bedroom
1. Layered blankets
No matter what season it is, give your guests a variety of blankets to choose from. My go-to bed bedding combination is a duvet, a lightweight quilt and a throw blanket. Similarly, it's a good idea to have two sets of pillows to layer on a bed -- two on the softer side and two slightly firmer. I do the same thing on our bed because I like a soft pillow whereas my husband prefers something firmer. Give your guests some options to make them feel right at home!
2. Wifi password
One of the first things I want to do after spending long hours on the road is to plug my electronics in and check my email. Make it easy for your guests by sharing your home's wifi password with this cute printable I designed! It's kind of crazy, but this little printable has been repinned over 100K times on Pinterest. Can you believe it? Grab your copy below or shop my other printable designs here.
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3. Cozy chair
If you have the space, it's always great to add some comfortable seating to your guest bedroom! We have a small settee across from the foot of the bed in ours, but an upholstered chair in a corner is a great option too. It gives guests a place to sit other than the bed and makes the whole room feel warmer and more inviting.
4. Spare set of house keys
We've hosted a lot of guests in the two and a half years we've owned our house. For guests staying for a longer visit or just crashing while they are in town for an event, we like to leave out a spare key. It gives our guests a little more autonomy with coming and going as they need to and just makes things easier! We have ours on a pretty leather tassel keychain I made so it's easy to spot!
5. Fresh towels
This one seems obvious, but there's nothing worse than realizing you forgot to do that load of laundry right when your guest wants to take a shower. Unfortunately, I know this from experience-- sorry, Ella! In the bustle of getting ready for houseguests, it's easy to forget something but make sure you have a couple nice, freshly laundered towels ready for when they arrive! I usually stack them in a pile on the foot of the bed or on the chair/settee.
I always like to have some snack food at the ready when I have guests coming. My guests are always welcome to what's in the refrigerator, but guests feel more comfortable helping themselves to snacks that are already out and ready for munching. I keep a bowl of granola bars and crackers stocked in our kitchen but if you really want to make a good impression, a small tray with a carafe, drinking glass and a few snacks right in the guest bedroom is a really nice detail!
7. Reading material
I always have a supply of magazines like Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens, and I will usually leave a few of the current issues out when I know guests are coming over. I use hardcover and vintage books all around our house for styling, but I recently started keeping my collection of paperbacks in our guest bedroom too. This gives guests something to do if you are busy milling about the house preparing for a family gathering or celebration!
Confession, we don't currently have a waste basket in our guest room but it's something I keep meaning to add to my shopping list! There's a lot of small trash that can be created when you're traveling and it's always more convenient when your guests don't have to go looking for a spot to throw something away. I like decorative wastebaskets with removable liners, like this one.
We used to have a mirror in our guest room, but things in our house are always moving around and now I'm on the hunt for a nice, affordable floor mirror to put next to the closet. Yes, there's the bathroom but it's a nice touch to give guests a spot to check their outfit or touch up their makeup before they leave the room. Plus, a pretty mirror can add so much light and energy to a space! Hang a smaller one over a dresser or desk, or lean a tall mirror up against the wall like I plan to do.
10. Scented linen spray
In addition to washing all the bedding before I'm expecting a house guest, I like to add an extra boost of freshness when I'm making the bed with a naturally scented linen spray. You can definitely buy a premade spray, but I've started incorporating essential oils into my wellness and housekeeping routines over the last year or so and room sprays are so easy to whip up! I keep one in our room too to add some extra freshness to our bedding in between washes. I'll be sharing the DIY later this week!
What do you do to prep for house guests?
Comment below or on Instagram to share your tips! I love hosting friends and family in our home and I'm always looking for new ways to make things special for their visit!