Lorri Elder Dyner of Return to Home Interiors
Isn’t it the best when you stay at someone’s house and they’ve put in place little thoughtful details that make your stay more comfortable? I wanted that for my own family, hoping that what was lacking in actual accommodations (when we have a big group over, some stay in our basement, some on inflatable mattresses—ouch!), would be made up for in nice little touches.
I scoured the Internet for ideas to take my guests’ experience from good to great! Here are five of the best tips I found:
Provide reading material and adequate lighting next to your guest’s bed.
In my own home I included a short little lamp with low lighting next to a foldout couch, perfect for reading.
Give your guests extra towels, not just one per person.
It’s a small thing, but an abundance of towels can really make your guests feel more comfortable. While you’re at it, go ahead and put an extra blanket in the closet in case it gets chilly at night, and some extra pillows, too.
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In the shower, provide shampoo, conditioner, and a new bar of soap.
I did just that, and it’s just like the Ritz, I’m telling you!
Snacks and flowers never hurt anyone.
I bought red tulips at the grocery store for, like, $5, and I really think the room came alive with just that little bit of color and thoughtfulness. My sister-in-law’s parents sent us a gift basket of fruit and nibbles (thanks, Mark and Nancy!), and I put it in my parents’ room before they arrived – such a great idea for future reference! Put some fruit and something naughty (aka something sweet) in a basket in your guest’s room. I also added some DIY artwork by my two-year-old and a photo of the grandkids.
Add a personal touch.
I made sure to leave Twizzlers for my mom (it’s her favorite candy) and a small fan for my brother who can’t sleep without white noise. Just a little something to let them know that you’re glad they’re there.
And now, for your viewing pleasure, feast your eyes on these fabulous guest rooms—I would show you pictures of my own, but who wants to see a basement full of AeroBeds?
Any tips for bringing a little love to their stay?
Lorri Elder Dyner is an interior designer and blogger who believes in the power of “decorating for the rest of us.” Using clever, accessible, and affordable ideas, she brings us insider tips and tricks that make our living spaces feel pulled together. Lorri resides in Westchester with her husband and two small children. Visit her at returntohomeinteriors.com.
The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Westchester Magazine editorial staff.