In the July 2011 issue of In Style, there is a feature titled "Your Houseguests will Love You!" I don't know about you, but one of my very favorite things is getting our guest room ready for some much anticipated company. This article had nine amazing tips to setting up the perfect guestroom.
1. Spring for Great Bedding:
Look for high quality linens and add a cozy throw near the footboard or on a chair.
I love these cable-knit throws from Pottery Barn. They make me want to cuddle up with a good book.
2. Leave a Sweet Treat:
I love to shop local and surprise our guests with something that they couldn't get anywhere but right here in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Collection chocolate box from Sucre is the perfect alternative to a mint on your guest's pillow.
3. Lay Out a Luxe Robe:
I had never really thought about this, but as In Style says, your guests usually doesn't think to pack one. Why not lay a freshly laundered robe out for their use during their stay.
In Style recommended this organic Khadi robe by Coyuchi
4. Find a Photo:
Dig up a photo of you and your guest from your childhood or from a special moment like your wedding.
This picture from our recruitment retreat would be a perfect one to put if one of my pledge sisters came to visit.
5. Lead Them to Water
To avoid having your guest find their way to your kitchen in the dark, place a carafe near the bed for them.
I love this carafe and glass set from Design within Reach.
6. Let There Be Light
Provide your guest with a lamp so that they can catch up on their summer reading.
I think this Bungalow 5 Alexandra lamp from New Orleans' own home interiors shop Perch would add such a statement to a guest room side table.
7. Spread the News
Lay out a variety of magazines for your guest to peruse through. If you know your guest favors a certain author, find their most recent paperback to add to your nightstand.
If your city has a publication, that would be a great way to introduce your guests to everything there is to see on their stay. For me, New Orleans Magazine would be a great choice.
8. Order Cafe Service
I think everyone loves a quiet morning moment with the newspaper and a cup of coffee, so try adding a single cup coffee maker in your guest room.
We love our Keurig, and this mini version looks like a great choice for your guests!
9. Try It Out
Take a little trip of your own and spend the night in your guest room. After your visit, you'll know just what extra touches you need to make your guests have the perfect experience in their home away from home.
Do you have anything that you do to get your guest room ready?