We are approaching that time of the year when we open up our homes to many guests. To make sure everyone is comfortable during their stay—guests and hosts—give visitors the very best. That means fresh flowers, blackout curtains, fluffed pillows, and a few more of the items that we've compiled for you. Read on for interior design ideas, essentials, and style inspirations from boutique hotels to turn your spare bedroom into a five-star getaway.
Help Them Feel at Home
Make your guest room feel like a hotel by putting the things they'll need throughout their stay right there in the room. Don't forget to add the little things that make your guest's stay more enjoyable. Some examples include a robe, slippers, and towels. If you want to go the extra mile, leave a carafe of water on the side table. Staying one night in your own guest room is the best way to know what it needs. A good reading lamp, a throw for chilly nights, and an easy-to-reach charging station for phones and electronics are some basics that every guest room should have. Don't Forget Fresh Flowers. Fresh flowers in the guest bedroom are a small but mighty detail. They communicate that you're so excited to have them there!
As interior designers, we are always going to suggest the investment of beautifully designed window treatments. Even if you're on a budget, at least add inexpensive blinds, roller shades or ready-made draperies to any windows that aren't covered. A guest in your home is on vacation and will appreciate a dark room for sleeping in. If late nights are part of your plans, consider purchasing blackout drapes, which will more efficiently block out early morning sunlight.
It's a fact of modern life: Even on vacation, we really can't live without our phones. Save guests from asking this crucial question by printing the info onto card stock and framing it. This little touch really makes a difference.
Your house guests will definitely appreciate having easy access to a full-length mirror, especially when they are living out of a suitcase. It's also a good idea to bring in plenty of greenery for a balanced, lively environment. Place a bench at the end of the bed to give the room a refined feel. And if you bring your guests breakfast in bed, you automatically earn a reputation as the best host ever. Giving them somewhere to sit other than the bed also diminishes the likelihood of spillage on the bedding.
A cozy throw blanket, either folded neatly across the foot of the bed or casually tossed across, pops in a little extra color and will also come in handy on chilly nights. If you love the simple look of neutral colors but want more color in your guest bedroom, adding colorful throws and pops of color in pillows is an easy choice.
The perfect way to welcome guests is with a space that is both stylishly appointed and features all the comforts of home. Don’t fret, with our easy hosting tips and tricks, you’ll be more than ready to welcome visitors all season long. Best of all is that you can prep most of these thoughtful touches now, so you can skip the stress and get right to enjoying those fun-filled social holiday weekends.
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About our Founder
Tina Delia, a native of Ocean County, NJ, current resident of Philadelphia, is the Founder and Principal Interior Designer of Delia Designs. For the past nine years, Tina has been steadfast in her vision and continues to develop herself personally and professionally. She is dedicated to excellence and insistence on forward thinking design.
At the forefront of her designs is the idea that our spaces have the ability to transform our lives. She is looking to move us, inspire us to see, think and create freely. After all, it's not only about creating beautiful spaces, it's about touching the lives of the people who live, work and walk through those spaces.
About the Intern
Eleni Palamidis, a native to Philadelphia, is currently a student at Community College of Philadelphia and will be transferring to Moore College of Art and Design in the Fall. She has always had a passion for interior design and creative ventures. While at Moore she will be pursuing a major in Interior Design with a minor in Graphic Design and Business.
Growing up in the Greek community has shaped Eleni to be the person she is today. She has been fortunate enough to have visited many of the islands in Greece, to which she credits her love for Architecture. Eleni hopes to one day open her own Interior Design studio and continue to do what she loves.