Here's How to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome During the Holidays

Local designer Debra Funt shares her tips for making visitors feel welcome.

When guests come to stay for the holidays — or at any time — you want to wow them. “Homeowners want their guest rooms to be as beautiful as the rest of the home and just as functional,” explains local designer Debra Funt. I design guest spaces with two critical factors in mind,” she says. “First, what will make guests feel most comfortable and welcome? Second, how can I make their private space function efficiently, so they are not always in the common family spaces, to give my clients some relief from entertaining?” Here are Funt’s tips for doing precisely that.


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• “A durable, great-looking rug with a small pile sets the tone for the room and feels good underfoot,” says Funt.

• Next have a crisp, well-made bed in the largest size that the space will accommodate. “I always think white linens look clean and feel like a high-end hotel,” Funt says.

• She suggests using four medium-soft pillows on the bed, but no more than one decorative pillow. “Guests shouldn’t have to work to get into bed at night,” she notes.

• For the nightstand, choose one with at least one drawer “so guests can store personal items, like eyeglasses, an iPad, and books. It helps keep the room tidy,” says Funt. “Add a bedside lamp that is bright enough to read by but not too harsh.”

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• Storage needs can vary. If there is an ample closet with built in organizers, there is no reason for a dresser; otherwise provide a dresser for guests to put their clothes away.

• Most importantly, Funt says she always includes a comfortable club chair with a small side table, and floor lamp. “This makes all the difference in the world,” she says. “When a guest wants a little private time to relax, they don’t have to get into bed.”

• Finally, a little something extra adds a nice touch: “A dish of chocolates, a couple of bottles of water, a few great books or magazines, and a spa robe hanging in the closet will go a long way toward ensuring that your guests have an amazing experience,” says Funt.

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