Friday, July 29, 2005

Helping Guests Feel Welcome in Our Homes

I've been doing a little browsing this morning on what makes a nice guest room and found the following article at MSN House and Home

* Think about who is most likely to use the room and determine the beds you'll need. A queen is good for couples, but if you don't have the room, consider twins, a daybed, or a trundle bed.
* Supply proper bedding for the season: lightweight blankets and sheets in the summer, and jersey or flannel sheets in the winter, plus extra blankets and a throw.
Stock the closet with a variety of bed pillows—soft, hard, flat, fluffy, down, synthetic—so guests can choose the one that's most comfortable for them.
* Top the bed with an array of throw pillows for a comfortable, luxurious resting spot.
* Treat a guest room as you would your own bedroom. Incorporate color, pretty fabrics, and accessories to give it a finished look.
* Always include an alarm clock and reading lamp, and make room for a bedside table or nightstand to rest them on.
* Make sure guests have place to store clothes and empty luggage.
* In warm months, add a tabletop fan to the room.
* Pay attention to window treatments and how light enters the room at different times of the day. If light is a problem, adjust the shades or curtains accordingly.

I always try to have bottled water and a few small snacks in the room. What else do you like to offer your guests when they visit? Have you stayed in an especially nice guest room? What made it feel comfortable?

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