A gracious hostess always greets her guests with hospitality and style. Take the time to think of your guests’ needs and comfort, then prepare your home for house guests with those necessities in mind.
It’s so lovely to enjoy house guests during the winter months, especially with snow gently falling, and a fire roaring in the hearth. There’s a tray of mulled wine on the coffee table, perhaps a basket of cheese straws and pot of fig jam. Talk of attending the local outdoor ice sculpture competition the next afternoon swirling around the room.
That’s the kind of scene you daydream about while doing the dishes after dinner at night. You start to think, “Maybe I’ll call so-and-so to invite them for a long, relaxing weekend.” Why not!
It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the midst of the holidays, or after the decorations are stored away. You can prepare your home for house guests with all my fabulous tips and ideas for making your company comfy! It’s always a great idea to have house guests to enjoy a fabulous long visit!
But first, you need to give your guest room and bath a little attention to get them “company-ready”.
Since this kind of preparation can be quite an undertaking, I created a fabulous 3-PAGE GUEST ROOM AND BATH PREP CHECKLISTS PDF.
I’ve tried to anticipate all our guests’ needs and little ways to create a comfortable space in our guest bedrooms and baths. Once I finished that task, I put together a fabulous checklist that we can all use when prepping our homes for house guests.
Once you’ve looked over the checklists, you’ll be able to plan your cleaning and any purchases that you might need to complete your guest spaces.
I’ll tell you a little later how to get your own copy to help you navigate prepping both rooms for your impending guests’ arrival.
It’s actually quite logical to start your guest bedroom and bath decorating plans with your guests in mind. Especially if the room doesn’t serve multi-purposes. When I designed my guest bedroom after downsizing a few years back, I did exactly that.
CHOOSING A NEUTRAL PALETTE IS A GREAT PLACE TO START
You know the feeling you get when you see a Sandals Resort commercial? Or when you walk into a luxury spa and the vibe is perfectly relaxing and elegant?
That’s what you’re going for when you decorate your guest bedroom and bath.
And that’s what you want your guests to feel when they cross the threshold of their temporary lodgings.
A relaxing getaway at their friend’s home is something that most people would say “YES” to when asked. Wouldn’t you? Putting together a palette of mixed and matched colors and patterns in several neutral colors is where you should start.
You’ll want to try to pick a color combo that can work for all four seasons. Unless, of course, you like to mix things up with Christmas or seasonal bedding changes. I have a dear friend who has two sets, one for spring/summer and a second for fall/winter. It works for her, and I personally love it.
I tend to be a little obsessed with my hostessing skills and the comfort of my guests. So, I’ve developed a list of my own “pet peeves” that comes from renting a ton of “other people’s houses”. (gotta love Airbnb)
H.H. and I are huge fans of traveling the world, while staying in lovely chalets, cottages and villas. But, sometimes they’re missing some of the creature comforts that I would have liked to have during my stay. I always think to myself, “it would be nice to have some guest bathroom accessories” for my convenience.
We recently moved to a home in a golf/ski resort on a mountaintop in Western North Carolina. Our intent is to make it a vacation rental during the times of year we do extensive traveling. So, my whole house has to be “guest ready”!
Here’s the list I’ve put together of some of the things I’d love to have when I’m a guest:
Here’s a list of those little “extras” that ensure your guests’ total comfort and pleasure during their stay:
It’s big, soft and fluffy. Therefore, perfect! Perhaps, not so much.
There are some characteristics that can make a huge difference between towels. Knowing what they are before choosing and buying your guest bath towels is essential if you don’t want to waste money.
Towel Weight –
Judging the thickness of a towel can be tricky, especially if you’re doing your comparison shopping online. What you want to look for is the towel’s GSM, or grams per square meter. A towel’s GSM refers to its weight, and most of the time, the higher the number, the better.
The general consensus is that a guest bath towel with a GSM of 500 will give good performance. If you want a softer or more absorbent towel, start looking at 700 grams per square meter or higher range.
Unfortunately, many retailers don’t share the GSM, especially online. That may mean you’ll need to get “up close and snuggly” with your choice of towel before actually purchasing.
It’s no surprise that 100 percent cotton makes the best guest bath towels. The best type of cotton though, is long-staple cotton, which means the fibers are longer. Longer fibers mean the towel will be softer, more durable and more absorbent too. The towel’s material can be found on the care tag, along with the laundry instructions.
When deciding on the size of my guest bath towels, I consider what I like to use at a hotel. The standard 30″ x 56″ size are barely serviceable for my five-foot frame, let alone over six-feet of H.H. I prefer a bath sheet or body towel, which provides more coverage and performance. The over-sized 33″ x 70″ towels provide a much cozier experience for your guests.
What you’re looking for is a guest bath towel with bulky, textured or tightly woven loops. If you bend the towel, you should not be able to see the innermost layer of a fairly dense towel.
Exactly how much are you supposed to spend on a great set of guest bath towels anyway? It’s not easy to ferret your way through the vast array of bath towels on the market today. But, take heart! Some reasonably priced options are available at a decent price, if you take the time to do a little research.
The key is telling the difference between low-cost, quality options and an affordable higher quality one. You’ll need to apply all the information I listed above and let your eyes decide.
Let your guests know what towels they should use. Deco guest bath towels are fabulous, but they intimidate house guests!
Even better, make a display of their towels in the guest bath or bedroom. How fabulous a hostess are you!
Hate to tell ya, but… Your bathroom may be a sparkling “spa-like experience” every time you walk in, but it could be a bastion of contamination too! This too is a part of your guest bedroom and bath prep.
Steady yourselves before reading this.
When you flush the toilet, the plume of aerosol created can travel up to six feet in every direction. YUCK! Even low-flush versions create a plume several feet wide. That means when flushing the toilet, especially with the lid open, it spreads those contaminants all over your “clean” bath.
Those bacteria and viruses can settle on your guest bath towels and stay alive for days to weeks. How’s that for a bit of bad news? It’s fine to display your guest’s towels during their visit, but put them into the linen closet after they go home. Of course, if you have space in a closed cabinet, feel free to keep them closer to where needed.
Since you’ll be doing some cooking for your house guests, wouldn’t it be nice to have a clean refrigerator?
Before your house guests arrive, you’d better stick your head inside your vegetable drawers! Do you need to read my post?? “Refrigerator Resolutions” – How to Clean and Organize Your Refrigerator
It’s a little gross, I warn you, but I’ve included some really great products to help keep your refrigerator clean afterwards.
When it comes to being a great hostess, it isn’t really that tough. Especially with my GUEST ROOM AND BATH PREP CHECKLISTS DOWNLOADABLE PDF to help you get started.
Just check off the items from the list of guest bathroom accessories you added. And how about those new guest bath towels you expertly purchased?
Your guest room and bath prep can be pleasurable now that you have all the information you need. Now where is your phone? Call some friends and book a weekend soon. You don’t want to miss out on a fabulous winter weekend in front of that blazing fire, do you?
Just download and print the FREE PDF, and you’re in business.
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