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Best for Guests Part II: Just Like Home

Guests in the house? Do more than show them the guest room door. Part II of Best for Guests ensures your friends & family feel settled in and comfortable.

An Assortment of Appliances

If you don’t have an extra iron and ironing board to offer, be sure to tell your guests where they can find yours – and a hair dryer for guests always makes a nice addition!

You Can Ring My Bell

I love having a lighted clock next to my bed. An alarm clock or clock/radio is even better, so having an alarm clock on a nightstand is a nice touch. A radio in the room is perfect for guests to enjoy some music before going to sleep or when waking up.

Crosley Songbird Radio

Crosley Songbird - retro fun!

This colorful retro clock is just the cutest! Include a jack for cell phone or ipod output and you’ve also got a mini music player for guests.

Keep ‘Em Hydrated

Keep a water glass and carafe filled with fresh water by your guest’s bedside table.

Monogrammed Carafe

Don't let them get parched.

I think this carafe is great! The cup fits right on top of the carafe for easy storage, and you can even have it monogrammed with your family’s initials!

A Bountiful Basket

Set out essentials and little luxuries in a basket. Fill a basket with all of those mini toiletries for hotel stays, such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, tissues, toothpaste, razors, and a fresh toothbrush.

Clear the Decks

Resist the temptation to leave your collections on the dresser or fill the closet with out-of-season clothes. In a guest room, less is more – more spacious, more comforting, and more welcoming, that is.

Hanging Clothes – Simple Storage

Clear at least a foot or two of pole space in the closet. Or purchase an inexpensive over-the-door hook that can accommodate some hanging clothes. Don’t forget a supply of six or eight hangers. A simple hook on the wall or behind a closet door can hold a robe, coat, or a purse.

Cambridge Hooks

Over the door keeps things off the floor.

This rack is ideal because it doesn’t take up much space behind that door and it adds six hooks for storage!

Share Your Drawer Space

If you have a dresser in your guest room – great! But at least clear out one or two drawers for small items. Both you and your guests will feel better with odds and ends out of sight.

Provide Privacy

Choose window coverings that not only add to the character of the room, but also provide privacy and light control. A set of nice blinds will work well!

A Little R & R

Place an upholstered armchair and ottoman or side chair in the guest room with a table and lamp close by. Some people don’t like to sit on beds, so provide other options for your guests! You probably won’t have to entertain your guests the entire time they’re with you, and it’s important they know they have someplace to get away for a little private relaxing time.

Sussex Armchair

Sussex Armchair for settling in ...

I love the grey linen fabric and tufting on this club chair. The high back makes it cozy, and the framed legs (instead of upholstered) make it look lighter in the room.

Love the Lighting

It’s always nice to have a light near the bed so your guests won’t have to stumble around in the dark just to turn on a light. If nothing else, provide a good reading lamp near a chair or over the bed. Another fixture or lamp near the desk would surely be appreciated, too. A small night light would be helpful, and a lighted, magnifying make-up mirror in the bathroom is a real luxury.

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