Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Image via: Williams Sonoma Home

Image via: Williams Sonoma Home

Below are some of my favourite guest rooms that look so cozy and inviting - perfect for any guest! Now I am not suggesting that you install wallpaper and express ship new monogrammed bedding this week, rather use the pictures as inspiration to create a similar feel with existing elements in your home. Keep it simple people.

Image via: Williams Sonoma Home

Image via: Williams Sonoma Home

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Image via: Studio McGee

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Image via: One Kings Lane

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Image via: House Beautiful

Image via: Williams Sonoma Home

Image via: Williams Sonoma Home

and while you don't need another item to add to your 'to-do' list - you should consider the following when preparing your guest room for your guests.

There really is nothing worse than staying at someone's house and not knowing where anything is or you don't feel comfortable continuously asking for things. Horrible guest experiences include the following: waking up freezing in the middle of the night because they made the bed with only a top sheet in December, it's 1 am and you don't know the WiFi password and really want to watch Netflix on your iPad, you are so thirsty in the middle of the night but don't want to venture downstairs in fear of waking someone or stepping on the dog! To avoid all of these unfortunate scenarios this holiday season, make your guest's stay as welcoming as possible by including following items in your guest room:

1. Fresh Towels - Neatly fold a bunch of fresh towels and place them in a basket.

2. Extra Hangers - Empty hangers and adequate closet space are a must! (especially around the holidays when people are wearing fancy outfits).

3. Alarm Clock - A functional alarm clock for beside the bed (don't assume everyone uses their phone).

4. Travel Essentials - Small toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrush, lip balm, and moisturizer are great and sometimes forgotten by house guests. Everything else should be available in the bathroom (shampoo, body wash, etc).

5. Small Coffee Machine - A small Keurig is great for guests if they want to have a coffee while getting ready before saying good morning to everyone. Makes for a very hotel-like feeling!

6. Extra Blankets - Do not forget to have extra blankets for your guests!

7. WiFi Password - Write down the WiFi network and password so guests can connect their devices incase you aren't always around to ask.

8. Scented Candle & Matches - Place a scented candle on the nightstand for guests to enjoy (don't forget the matches).

9. Magazines & Books - Have a few magazines or a book or two for guests to read if they please (they don't have to be new).

10. Empty Tray - A decorative tray is great for guests to keep any small items organized (travel documents, keys, glasses, etc).

11. Water - If you can, place a glass carafe of water with a few glasses in the room. If this isn't an option, place a handful of water bottles on the dresser.

12. Fresh Flowers - Welcome guests with freshly cut flowers in a cute vase. You can pick up simple flowers at the grocery store and make your own small arrangement. Don't want to spend extra money? use fresh greenery from your yard and create something special with a few extra Christmas ornaments!