How to Create a Well Appointed Guest Room

For those of us who pride ourselves on being the hostess with the mostess, hosting overnight guests is both extremely fun and extremely time consuming! Lots of prep goes into creating a warm and welcoming environment for guests, so we have laid out a few tips for you to make the process a little easier!

1. Start with Inviting Bedding 

An inviting bed is essential to making your guests feel at home. To ensure that your guests have a good night’s sleep, make the guest bed with freshly laundered, soft cotton sheets.

sorrento-scalloped-bedding-collectionSorrento Scalloped Bedding Collection – Starting at $252

Remember that the more you wash your linens, the softer they get…give new sheets a quick wash or two before making your guest’s bed to make them extra soft!

ibiza-bedding-collectionIbiza Scalloped Bedding Collection – Starting at $150

Another tip about bedding: a recent study showed that most people sleep better in a white bed. Something about a white bed connotes luxury and a good night’s sleep…just a little food for thought!


Peacock Alley Penelope Duvet & Shams – Starting at $100

2. Provide Suitable Lighting

Be sure to provide a good reading lamp in the guest room with soft lighting, or go for bedside sconces. Just make sure the lighting is not harsh. A single overhead light can leave a room feeling cold, rather than warm and comfy.

rose-gold-brushstroke-lampRose Gold Brushstroke Lamp – $450

le_chic_gold_table_lampLe Chic Gold Table Lamp – $372 


Modern Silver Tree Lamp – $247.50 – In Stock in our Greenwich, CT store for QUICK SHIPPING or Pickup. 

swing-arm-wall-sconce-antique-brass-shiny-nickel-drum-shadeBarbara Cosgrave Swing Arm Wall Sconce – $352

4. Refreshments 

A nice touch for a guest room is to leave your overnight guests with a few refreshments. Set out a tray with glasses and a pitcher of water, and perhaps a few wrapped cookies or granola bars. This way, your pampered guests won’t have to walk to the kitchen if they get thirsty or hungry during the night. Add some fresh flowers into the mix too!

clover_mirror_coaching_table_in_whiteClover Mirror Coaching Table in White – $678.50

trellis_wooden_serving_tray_with_glass_insertTrellis Wooden Serving Tray with Glass Insert – $132

pitcher_amber_gold_handledOscar de la Renta Tortoise Gold-Handled Pitcher – $195


White Ceramic Seahorse Pitcher – $55QUICK SHIPPING

5. Pay Attention to the Details

 There are subtle ways that you can anticipate the needs of your guests. Make it easy for your guests to get settled- luggage racks make unpacking easy!

white_luggage_rack_with_blue_toile_straps_2White Luggage Rack with Blue Toile Straps – $94

Take a cue from designer Mary McDonald: “I spritz the room with a lavender linen spray and put out a bottle of Perrier so it feels like a little French hotel.” You can also fill the room with a beautifully fragrant candle like this one from Laduree:

laduree_rose_geranium_candle_1Laduree Rose Geranium Candle – $81 QUICK SHIPPING

apothecary-guild-candle-jar-peach-blossomApothecary Guild Peach Blossom Candle Jar with Dome – $36 QUICK SHIPPING

Bonus points for DVRing your guest’s favorite shows!

6. Create a Luxurious Guest Bath

Every bathroom should be complete with lusciously soft towels, chic vanity accessories, and luxurious products. Stock your guest bath with freshly washed towels and make all the necessities are present – nicely scented body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and a moisturizing hand soap. A vanity tray for jewelry is also always a nice touch!

inlaid_bone_and_resin_rectangular_vanity_tray_in_turq_mediumPigeon & Poodle Inlaid Bone Prescott Vanity Tray in Turquoise & White – More Colors Available – $176

greek-key-bath-towel-collectionGreek Key Towel Collection – $428 per set

blue-pagoda-hand-towel-2Blue Pagoda Hand Towel – $25

46964Peacock Alley Bamboo Bath Robe – $145

lavender_rosemary_handcare_caddyLavender Rosemary Handcare Caddy with Soap & Lotion – $30QUICK SHIPPING

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