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Tips For Creating A Guest Bedroom Retreat



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Holidays are right around the corner and that always means guests. Having a comfortable place for your guests to retreat to is the first (and most important) step in achieving the ultimate host or hostess status. Taking a few extra steps to get your guest quarters in shape can not only make your guests feel welcome – but also save you time and energy during their visit.

I partnered with Serena & Lily to give my guest bedroom a quick refresh just in time for the holidays. Here are some of my favorite tips for giving your guests the five-star treatment.

Quality Bedding & Linens.

We can all agree that getting a good night’s sleep can make or break a vacation. Serena & Lily’s selection of best-in-class bedding made it easy to create a space that will make my guests feel extra special.

Any neutral lover will tell you that they love to use texture and patterns to give a room some depth. Serena & Lily has so many options to create layers with the most beautiful details. I love a crisp white sheet and these Olympia sheets did not disappoint. They have a subtle design that elevates your standard white pillowcase to add just the right amount of interest.

Lumbar Pillow / Sheets / Euro Shams

My favorite addition to this room is this palomino alpaca throw. It is luxuriously beautiful and I can see it being something that gets moved from room to room with ease.

throw / duvet cover / sheets / shams / bed

Technology Friendly.

We live in a digital age and the wifi password will be asked for… and probably not just once. I love to make it easy for everyone at my house (including me!) to have the most used password on display. A sticky note is great but including it in a cute little frame is the perfect way to keep it accessible and part of your decor.

I also think it’s a nice touch to create a little charging station that makes it easy for your guests to charge their devices. We all have extra chargers laying around our house. Why not create a dedicated spot for guests to recharge to take the guesswork out of it. This also can prevent unnecessary devices from gathering around your main living spaces.

cord holder / clock

Make it comfortable.

Think about what you like to have in your bedroom and make sure your bedroom has all of those things. A mirror is something that is often forgotten but highly appreciated. What if you went to a hotel room and the only mirror was in the bathroom? I struggled with a mirror in this bedroom based on the wall treatment I added last year. This leaning mirror was the perfect solution and I think it gives this room the final touch that it needed.

I always think it’s a nice touch to leave towels out for guests. The less a guest has to “ask” for something, the more welcome they will feel. I love a good white towel and couldn’t resist the pretty details on these…

Mirror / Stool / Towels / Basket

Hooks. Lots of hooks. I only have 5 hooks in this bedroom and they all get used to max capacity when I have guests here. They are good for holding jackets, purses, keys… etc!

If you will have guests for any longer than a couple of days, you should have a place for dirty clothes. This allows the room to stay clutter-free and will help your guests feel more comfortable about asking to wash clothes. These baskets come in various sizes and I use them around the house for everything from clothes hampers to toy storage.

The Extras.

Traveling is stressful enough. I know from personal experience that even as a well-versed packer, it’s not hard to forget at least one necessity. A few dollars at Target can get you a basket of goodies that your guests will appreciate. I like to include extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, etc. This is a perfect place to use all those travel sizes that you accumulate when you travel!

I hope these tips helped and you’re ready to play ultimate hostess! Did I leave out any tips that you use? I would love to hear in the comments!

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