It’s time to start thinking about sprucing up your guest room for holiday visitors. Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere can be a fun part of hosting, and it conveys a genuine holiday break for your guests.
While comfortable bedding is a given, “Adding a cozy holiday throw to the top of the bed can help your guests feel at home,” Renee Behr with The Platinum Group Realtors said. It’s just right for midday naps or curling up with a book during downtime without having to go searching for it. “Plus,” Behr said, “a comfortable blanket is an easy way to add a luxurious sense into a space.”
Cleaning out the closet in the guest room is an accommodating gesture. While it might be a hard thing for many of us to do, your guests will love you for it. Having the freedom to hang up clothes and stash away suitcases is a valuable element for any guest.
Stocking up on the latest magazines and gathering them in a basket or tray for visitors help generate a calm, welcoming retreat. Behr also suggests decorating a table-top Christmas tree and adding a few small gifts for your guests to open. “I like to get a two-to-three-foot tree and decorate it with some lights and small bulbs,” Behr said. “If your guests are visiting for 12 days, it would be fun to do a ‘12 Days of Christmas’ theme, with a gift each day.”
Another considerate undertaking is providing a box or basket with personal, hygiene and incidental items so guest don’t have to ask for something they forgot. Include things like tissues, ear plugs, toothbrushes, and lotions.
Arranging a little bit of escapism for your guests helps ensure they enjoy a special holiday reprieve. Along with some plush holiday themed bath and hand towels, Behr suggests a few extra touches to create a peaceful sanctuary.
“A small coffee space is great for guests too,” Behr said. “We like to do this when staging homes for sale, to help visitors feel welcome and relaxed.” A small coffee maker with mugs and spoons, teas and sweeteners, gives guests the chance to put their feet up and unwind at their leisure.
It’s important to make guests feel welcomed and comfortable when they are staying a night or two, especially during the holidays. Ask your guests beforehand if they have any special needs, allergies or accommodations.
“Be sure you don’t go overboard,” Behr said, “but some nice warm touches, like a little garland will help create a cozy holiday feel.”
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