Photos by Erika Hodges
Hi, I’m Melissa — Hubby and I are constantly doing some kind of home renovation, but sometimes the simplest of projects can have the biggest impact. A small project is just as important as a room renovation. This is the part that makes a space feel like home, and decorating can often be the hardest task.
Sleep is important to you, so don’t you think it is for your guests? There is nothing like diving into a beautifully made bed when you’re away from home. Dedicating a personal space for company makes them feel comfortable and welcome.
Getting your guest bedroom ready takes a little more effort than just tossing a bed and nightstand into a room. Men, roll your eyes and move aside – this part takes a woman’s touch!
The blankets, blinds, pillows and artwork are touches that make the space feel finished. For this Décor Diva column, I decided to do something that anybody can do at home. You don’t need to rip up a floor, put in a new vanity and learn how to install a sink. Add a little to your room using these tips:
Declutter: Remove things you’ve pushed in the corner and take out personal items such as family photos, awards/trophies, etc. This will help make your guests feel like they aren’t intruding in your space. Less is more.
Extra pillows: Waking up with a kink in your neck is not ideal. Put soft and firm pillows out as a simple way to give your guests comfort control.
Extra blankets: Not only is this a great accent to any room, but adding extra blankets allows guests to cozy up and layer when they are too hot or cold.
Fan: Fans are great to help cool down a room and they also provide white noise for those who don’t like to sleep in silence. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, leave a box fan in the corner to give your guests that option.
Fresh flowers: A small arrangement freshens up any room and brings life into the space. It makes your guests feel special and looks nice!
Towels: Provide your guests with bath towels and face towels. I like to roll them up in a basket or on the bed so they know they were put out just for them.
Water glass: I have a great little contraption. It’s a small water pitcher and the top is a water glass. I like to set this out on a tray to add to my décor, but placing this on the nightstand is just as useful. Guests generally don’t want to venture to the kitchen or ask when they are thirsty.
Window treatments: Not only do blinds and drapes add to your décor, it also provides privacy and control to the amount of light your guests want in the room.
Clothing space: Give your guests a place to hang items or a place to set their luggage. Some are traveling with items that need to be hung up instead of staying folded in a bag.
Finishing touches: Add books to your décor, it gives a softer and more welcoming element to the space. Place an area rug in the room for style and comfort. Put a mirror on the wall for convenience — it will also bring extra light to the space.