Create An Inviting Guest Bedroom With Tips From Fine Hotels

Opening your home to friends and family is part of the holiday season, and you want your guests to feel welcome. If you will be hosting anyone overnight in the upcoming weeks, take some time now to plan ahead and create a wonderful retreat for your guest bedroom. Here are 10 things fine hotels do to make their guests feel special so they look forward to coming back:

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Use soft linens

Launder linens the day before your guests arrive, so they smell fresh and feel crisp. Invest in a high-thread count set of sheets, which will be soft and comfortable. If your guests are visiting during winter, make sure to provide extra blankets, and consider flannel or microfiber sheets, which will be warmer.

Provide a clock radio

If your guests want to wake up early, make it easy by providing a clock radio with an alarm. This will also allow your guests to listen to music while they fall asleep.

Prepare the bathroom

Make sure your guests have extra towels in the bathroom, so they can easily freshen up during they stay. Put out a basket of toiletries, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and consider offering a robe they can use if the bathroom is down the hall or shared with others.

Pay attention to the details

Fresh flowers on the nightstand of a guest bedroom are a nice touch, as is including candies, bottled water and a book or magazine for reading. Be sure the room has adequate light for reading.

Ask about food preferences

Before your guests arrive, find out if they have any food allergies or diet restrictions. You’ll want them to feel at home; set up a coffee and tea station in the kitchen so they can help themselves if they wake before you in the morning.

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Provide easy access to electronics

Help your guests connect online by writing your WiFi password on a notecard on the nightstand in your guest bedroom. You can also give a quick tutorial on cable remotes, and provide a cable guide so your friends can find their favorite channels.

Plan activities

If sightseeing is on the agenda, provide information on all your area has to offer. You can plan this ahead of time, and pre-purchase tickets to ensure you get your first choice.

Provide a place luggage

Think about where guests can set their luggage in your guest bedroom, such as a luggage rack, bench or chair. Suitcases can be dirty, and your guests will be glad they don’t have to place them on the bed.

Clear room in the closet

Make space in the closet for guests to hang clothes. Be sure you provide enough hangers, as well as floor space for shoes.

Think about the kids

If there will be children, consider their special needs. Look into renting a crib if you don’t have one. Place socket protectors on outlets, and gather age-appropriate games and activities.

Final tip: Before guests arrive, consider spending the night in your own guest bedroom. You’ll experience firsthand your own hospitality, and will welcome them with confidence later.

How to Buy a Bedroom Set

Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. It’s where you spend about a third of your time, and it’s where you begin and end each day. Creating a relaxing setting is important, and that means choosing the right furniture is key. Here are five things you need to know about how to buy a bedroom set.

How to buy a bedroom set
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1. The size of your room

To create a calming setting, don’t overwhelm your room with furniture. Choose the right size and style of pieces by considering your square footage and layout. Measure the wall space, including door and window frames. This will help you determine how many pieces will comfortably fit.

2. The size of your bed

From twin to king, beds come in a variety of sizes and it’s one of the most important considerations for how to buy a bedroom set. Before you go out and buy the biggest bed you can find, determine how it will fit in your room. Select the wall where you’ll place the bed, and measure how much room you have. Here are the mattress measurements:

  • Twin: 39” x 75”
  • Twin XL: 39” x 80”
  • Full: 54” x 75”
  • Full XL: 54” x 80”
  • Queen: 60” x 80”
  • King: 76” x 80
  • California King: 72” x 84”
3. The amount of storage you need

How much clothing you have and how you prefer to store it will help you determine how many storage pieces will fit in your bedroom. Do you need a dresser and a chest of drawers? Would two chests of drawers be better? Can you combine a nightstand with a small chest to maximize space and storage? The options are limitless, so make sure you maximize your room.

4. Your décor

Consider the atmosphere you want like to create in your bedroom and choose a style to match. You’ll find everything from traditional to contemporary, modern, rustic, urban, casual and mission. You may also decide to pair an upholstered headboard with wood furniture. Or create an eclectic grouping by mixing styles and finishes. It’s your room – let your personality shine!

5. Your palette

The color or finish of your bedroom furniture can have a big impact on the overall design of the room. Dark-toned woods work well with traditional décor. Black, white and espresso are great for contemporary rooms. If you love cottage style, choose furniture with a distressed or painted finish. Mission style bedrooms look great in oak and cherry finishes.

How would you describe the style of your bedroom décor? Let us know in the comments below.

How To Use a Settee in the Bedroom

Your bedroom is the ultimate place in your home to unwind. Instead of sitting on the bed, why not include seating—namely a settee. Similar to a loveseat, a settee is streamlined and petite. The perfect bedroom accent, it offers more room than an accent chair and takes up less space than a sofa. A settee in the bedroom is the perfect spot to sit and slip on your shoes as you dress in the morning or to chat with your partner at the end of the day. The scale feels quite intimate, and it would look lovely at the foot of your bed, on a wall or even in a large master bath. Here are three settees that would bring something unique to your master suite.

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Glamour

Use a settee in the bedroom to add glamour, such as this velvet piece that features gold legs. Its curves offer elegance and style, while the white upholstery feels sophisticated and chic.

Settee in the bedroom
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Color

A settee can add a pop of color. This sleek option has a Mid-Century Modern vibe that will pair well with your modern or casual style room.

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Tradition

A settee offers a sense of tradition in your master suite, as well. This option has an updated wingback style that dresses up your room.

Which is your favorite?

How to Create a Hotel Style Bedroom

If you’ve been fortunate enough to stay in a four- or five-star hotel, you know that the luxury that surrounds you can feel like a rare treat. Fortunately, it’s possible to recreate the look at home – and it’s affordable. Take a peek at how you can bring a hotel style bedroom home:

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A Dramatic Bed

The centerpiece of a master suite is the bed, and in a hotel style bedroom that includes a bit of drama. Choose an upholstered headboard or one made of a rich wood grain. The taller the better, or select something tufted or with a striking shape.

hotel style bedroom nightstand
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Unique Nightstands

Next you’ll need nightstands. Many of the traditional offerings you’ll find in the bedroom department have two or three drawers, but hotel style bedroom nightstands often look more like end tables from a chic living room. Simple and sleek, they give the room a modern feel.

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Striking Lamps 

Top the nightstands/end tables with a lamp. Hotel style bedrooms often choose pieces with dramatic shades for impact, or a base that underscores the design of the room.

hotel style bedroom bench
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 A Bench

At the foot of the bed, an upholstered bench provides a comfortable place to sit while you dress or rest when you come home at night. Hotel style bedrooms often use a bench that is tufted or upholstered in a rich fabric, such as velvet.

hotel style bedroom chair
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Chair and Ottoman

Finally, a hotel style bedroom gets the feeling of a suite with the addition of a plush chair and ottoman. It beckons you to relax and soak up the scenery with a beverage and good book. Choose one that complements your décor or provides a sense of contrast.

While you won’t have a concierge or room service, a hotel style bedroom definitely delivers a dreamy place in which to lay your head. The good news is that check in and check out whenever you wish.

How to Design a Home Office for the Whole Family

Millions Americans work from home and as technology makes it easier and easier to communicate with employees and customers at far flung locations, that trend is expected to continue. If you’re among this group, you can get more done by taking the time to design a proper work space. Whether you log in full-time hours or simply manage household affairs, here are seven ways to design a home office to work efficiently—and in style—from your home sweet home (office):

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1. Claim a space

If you haven’t done so already, choose a spot in your home that can be used exclusively for work. A formal home office or spare bedroom is ideal – a spot on the sofa with a laptop is not. Look for an area where you can place a desk and storage system –you can even if you convert a closet if need be.

2. Choose a work surface

Every home office needs a desk or work surface. From a sleek writing desk to a larger executive set, the amount of space you have will dictate which style is best for you. If you have the room, consider an L-shaped desk that will offer room for your screens as well as a surface for writing.

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3. Clear out distractions

When you design a home office, sometimes it needs to double duty as a guest room or den, but you’ll want to get rid of anything that might steal your attention. This includes everything from clutter to media components, such as a television – you want your space to be focused on work. If your job requires you to watch videos, however, the TV can stay; if you’re tempted to watch Judge Judy, it should go.

4. Personalize your room

Just as you would place a picture of your loved ones on your desk at an outside office, personalize the area so it is welcoming to you. Choose a paint color that makes you happy, hang art on the wall, and consider furniture beyond a desk and chair. For example, a loveseat or accent chair might make sense if you do a lot of reading at work and want a comfortable place to sit.

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5. Incorporate good lighting

No matter what kind of work you do, you’ll want to do it in a room that is well lit. This means including an assortment of lighting. Overhead lights are a good place to start. Then add task lights at your desk or workstations, as well as accent lights that will help create an inviting atmosphere.

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6. Find a place for paperwork

No matter how much of your work is digital, you’ll most likely have papers you need to keep and reference. If your desk doesn’t have adequate drawer space, include filing cabinets or bookcases that can handle the excess. You’ll find several options that look like furniture, which will help keep your room from looking like an office supply store.

7. Maintain a clean-up routine

Once you’ve organized your space, do the work to maintain it. Every evening before you quit work, take a few minutes to put away papers. On Fridays, take out the trash and to run the vacuum cleaner so that everything is fresh and ready when you come back on Monday. And reserve your office space for office activities. If kids bring toys in, remove them at the end of the day. Do a visual sweep each day, and you’ll stay organized.

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