10 Guest Bedroom Essentials

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.

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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.

6. Snacks

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!

8. Wastebasket

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

9. Mirror

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!

7 Guest Room Essentials

2018 Update: In honor of my FREE Wifi Password printable hitting 145k engagements on Pinterest, I've refreshed this blog post adding 3 more tips for outfitting a stylish and comfortable room for your guests. Click here to read the updated post and grab your copy!

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Now that we are past Thanksgiving, the holidays will be here before we know it! I love getting to see friends and family members who live far away during this time of year, and even though our current apartment is only one bedroom, I love hosting guests! For Thanksgiving, my best friend Lindsay and her boyfriend, James stayed with us for two nights. This time they had to settle for the pull-out sofa bed but I am dreaming of the day when we have a proper Guest Bedroom in our home! 

For those of you who will be hosting out-of-town guests this month, I am sharing my top 7 guest room essentials! 

1. Fun wall art - A room without art screams "spare room". Upgrade the cozy factor with some cute wall decor. It doesn't have to be expensive! Etsy is a great resource for art prints, like this one from my shop! My hand lettered print makes a sophisticated statement, but the Beauty and the Beast reference is sure to give your guests a chuckle! This printable is available as an instant download through my Etsy shop, so it's the perfect last minute addition to your decor!

2. Cozy blankets - I'm always freezing so I love when the person who's hosting me leaves lots of extra throw blankets around! There are so many beautiful throw options around, from knit to faux fur to fleece. 

3. Candles - I'm a big fan of candles when I'm entertaining. Nothing warms up a space like the soft flickering light of a candle and I love walking into a room with a clean, inviting scent. This Stella & Dot candle has a fig, white tea and peach scent and comes in this adorable printed tin! (This would make an excellent Christmas gift too!)

4. Accent chair - When the day comes that we DO have a guest room to furnish, I will be keeping my eye out for a comfy little chair to put in the corner. It will give guests a place to sit (other than the bed!) and will add a dash of style to the room! 

5. Wifi - 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! 

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6. Snacks - 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. 

7. Reading material -  I always have a supply of magazines like Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Home, and I will usually leave a few of the current issues out when I know guests are coming over. This gives them something to do if you are busy milling about the house preparing for a family gathering or celebration!

 

Simple Fixes for Clothing You (Almost) Love: Part One

I got this sweater off the clearance rack at Old Navy. I loved the stripes and the colors, but for the life of me, I could not figure out why someone though 3/4 length bell sleeve were a good idea... I was about to put it back down, but then I thought about the sewing machine that Anthony's grandmother had given me...

I'd been meaning to do more sewing projects to improve my skills, so I figured refashioning the sleeves on this sweater would be a great start!

I started out by trying on the sweater inside out and putting two pins into the extra fabric of the sleeve. The first at the top where the "bell" part of the sleeve started to flare out and the second at the bottom of the sleeve to mark how fitted I wanted to sleeve to be. After carefully taking the sweater off with the pins still in, I used a straight edge to fill in the space between the two with more pins. It looked like this:

I then started sewing, from the first pin at the top of the sleeve down to the bottom of the sleeve, making sure I locked the seam at both ends. My sewing machine is from the 80's, so to change the stitch type, I would have had to change a cog, which I haven't quite figured out yet. If you have a newer sewing machine, you could just sew a zig-zag seam parallel to the straight seam you just sewed to prevent the knit of the sweater from fraying. What I did was just sew three parallel seams very close together. After all the seams were finished, I then took fabric scissors and cut the excess fabric off, keeping it to use as a template for the other sleeve. To make sure I was happy with the fit, I turned the sleeve right side out again and tried it on, before starting on the second sleeve.

That's really it! It took me about 30 minutes since I was guessing as I went a long, but I love this sweater so much now! Definitely worth the small effort it took to adjust it a little.

This is me wearing the sweater on my birthday, being the weirdo that I am!