Great Guest Rooms!

Creating a Fabulous Guest Room!

In a recent “Tip of the Week”, Create a Five Star Guest Room, I reminded readers to spruce up their guest rooms for holiday visitors and offered a few simple ideas to get started.  But if you are interested creating a more elaborate guest room, here are a few fun ideas!

Quality Sheets

You can buy quality sheets with a high thread count without spending a fortune!  Take a look at Martha Stewart’s 400 thread count sheets for Macy’s, which range in price from $9.99 to 29.99.

Fluffy Towels

Here is another way to pamper guests –with soft, fluffy towels, providing each with a bath towel, hand towel and washcloth.

  1. Martha Stewart Towels – Martha Stewart for Macy’s is a terrific resource for towels, too!  Take a look at these lovely Trousseau Leaf towels which range in price from $12 to $22.
  2. Personalization – You can embroider guest towels with your monogram (wife’s first name initial first, family last name initial larger in the middle and husband’s first name initial last) or a single word like “Welcome” or “Guest.”  Fold and bundle towel sets with wide ribbon!

Attractive Luggage Rack

This is an especially nice touch!

  • Ballard Designs offers a sturdy wooden luggage rack that looks like bamboo!  Suitcases rest on strong cotton twill straps and a lower shelf can hold shoes or handbags. This attractive rack comes in antique white or rubbed black!  (Ballard Designs, $99.50 or for a less expensive option, see Stacks and Stacks Folding Luggage Rack, for $39.99)

Bedside Water Carafe

A water carafe and glass set is a perfect bedside accessory and easily available.

  • Williams-Sonoma online offers a hand blown clear glass carafe.  This lovely amenity retails for $24 and can be engraved with a single or triple initial monogram for an additional $8.  (Williams Sonoma Monogrammed Carafe)

Guest Robes

Taking a cue from the best hotels, hang terry cloth robes in the guest room closet!

  1. You can pick up terry robes reasonably from Lillian Vernon
    (Ultra-Soft Microfleece Robe, $49.98 with complimentary personalization)
  2. Linens n’ Things offers “hotel robes” for $79.99 – use those coupons that arrive in your mailbox daily!
  3. Not that you need to personalize every last item in your guest room, but it can be fun to embroider these robes with “Guest” or “His” and “Hers!”

Special Extra Touches

Other thoughtful touches include:

  1. A clock/CD player for quiet music and a wakeup call.
  2. A spot to stow wet towels such as an attractive laundry basket or hooks on the back of the door
  3. A reading lamp
  4. Coasters
  5. Stationery with postage
  6. A note detailing any weekend activities!

Go ahead and implement a few of these ideas and you’ll have a guest room that your visitors will never want to leave!

Do you have an idea for creating a fabulous guest room?  I’d love to hear!

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One response to “Great Guest Rooms!”

  1. Judy Huber says:

    Those are great ideas that someone I know has put into practice!

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