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Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

How to Create the Perfect Guest Room Your guest room should be homier than a hotel room, but still less personal than the rest of your home. Here’s how to achieve the perfect balance! These are the elements you need to create the perfect guest room or guest house so that visitors feel right at home. With these guest room essentials, they may never want to leave! Welcome Housekeeping Upon entry, you’ll want your guests to feel right at home. So you’ll want to take care of housekeeping items that let your guests know where they can find everything: Consider including some form of a placard with important instructions (ie: how to use the TV, where to find extra pillows and towels, and, of course, include the coveted wifi password!). Guest Room Amenities Save your guests late-night or early-morning trips to the kitchen by including a coffee station and/or small mini wet bar: We recommend including a coffee/tea maker with some local brew and teas, or a basket or mini fridge stocked with local bottles of wine or beer. Decorate your mini-bar with something living (a little green goes a long way!) and something that smells good -- we love a space with a signature scent! So consider including a pillow mist or some luxurious scented candles. Guest Room Bedding Keep a closet or bed-foot storage stocked with easily accessible, extra pillows and blankets in neutral colors that are always welcoming and easily washed. The bed may be the one area where it’s always a good idea to take note from your favorite hotel suite, complete with: Multiple high thread-count flat sheets, with a light blanket sandwiched between them Plenty of cozy, down feather-filled pillows! (Shams, pillows, and throw pillows) A plush duvet and blankets Lounge Seating in Your Guest Bedroom Creating a lounge-like atmosphere akin to that of a hotel room: Consider including poufs or small cocktail tables with cozy seating or benches or trunks that can function as seating, tabletop, and storage. Decorate with coffee table books and magazine/city guides that pertain to activities to do around town! This is also a good place to include a catch-all for keys or jewelry, and an additional phone and computer charging station. Guest Room Closet & Laundry In the closet, you’ll want to include an empty set of hangers, laundry baskets or a hamper, and for added hotel vibes, a luggage rack (like this super styling one from Dunes and Duchess)! Guest Bathroom Include travel-sized toiletries or bubble baths and oils for an added luxe element, and extra toilet paper and towels rolled in a basket for easy access.


Honolulu Vs. Martha’s Vineyard: Which Island Getaway is Calling Your Name?

Are you more Tropical or Traditional?

Martha's Vinyard Vs. Honolulu: Which Island Getaway is Calling Your Name? Are you more Tropical or Traditional?


15 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dads Who Have it All

  Skip the Hallmark card and necktie department and get Dad something a little more luxe this Father's Day! We’re specifying gifts at every price point, for every personality! Whether he’s a wine-tasting, world-traveler, or the king of the grill who loves to entertain at home, there’s something for every dad on this list.  Use this guide to think more creatively this Father’s Day. Kitchen & Bar Accessories for Dad $-$$ Bar, coffee, and grilling utensils and accessories always make practical, appreciated gifts for Father’s Day! 2. For the chef who already has it all, getting more cooking supplies might feel too redundant. Check out Williams Sonoma where they have fabulous steak and lobster of month subscriptions! 3. Update Dad’s morning coffee with a shiny new Nespresso machine. Once you taste this frothy espresso, you’ll never go back to boring slow drip. 4. We always love a group activity gift, a game or kit-- something you and dad can do together! Turn your home into your own craft brewery with Williams Sonoma’s gluten free beer making kits. 5. And a Wayfair keg fridge to match! 6. If dad is more of a mixologist, consider an outdoor bar or 7. decorative wine storage. We’re partial to these fabulous easy-assemble bars and storage units from Wayfair! Home Accessories for Dad 8. Style dad’s office with a set of uniform desk accessories. West Elm has super chic collections of mid century desk organizers we can’t recommend highly enough, as well as  sleek phone and ipad tech covers. 9. Upgrade Dad's desk chair with a sleek, ergonomic one. 10. Green thumb? Cute compostable planters from Wayfair are a unique backyard addition dad will love. Travel Accessories for Dad $-$$$ 11. Luxe luggage is often something Dad’s won’t think to buy for themselves. Upgrade dad to first class with a leather duffle like this great find from Wayfair 12. And a custom passport cover to match. Luxe Gifts for Dad $$-$$$ 13. Every golfer needs an efficient way to organize their clubs! Wayfair has an impressive selection of sports storage racks dad will love. 14. No man cave is complete without a game table! This chic, multi-functional table from Wayfair fits perfectly with multiple decor styles. 15. For the ultimate collector, we discovered an elegant selection of watch winders on Wayfair. Structural beauties themselves, you won’t mind leaving them out on a bathroom vanity counter top or nightstand.