Welcoming House Guests

March 7, 2012

Living close to family and friends for the first half of our married lives together has meant that we haven’t had a tonne of opportunity for house guests.  But now that we are thousands of miles away, we already miss our family and friends and would love a visitor now and then.  To make it comfortable for long stays, I think doing some preparation beforehand can go a long way in making their stay as comfortable as possible.  Having a dedicated guest room and bath would be luxurious but it isn’t always possible so carving out some space might be necessary.  Turning a home office into an guest oasis and clearing out a drawer or two in a bathroom gives guests their own space and prevents everyone from stepping on each other’s toes.  But let’s just say we lived in a dream world and you have an extra room for guests to stay.

 Apartment Therapy

I know when I’m a guest, I always feel like I’m intruding so stocking up prevents guests from having to ask.  Besides giving your guest room a hotel makeover, stock your fridge with snacks and beverages and be sure to put some in their room as well.  The sky is the limit but adding personal items like a journal, magazines and books, maps and information about local attractions and an extra house key will make your guests feel right at home. I guess it all depends on how often you expect guests and how long you want them to stay.

West Elm

Apartment Therapy

Alexandra ANGLE Interior Design

New Designing

 Coyuchi via Remodelista

The house that we had us drooling on the weekend had an extra room that would work perfectly as a shared office and guest room with a private bath across the hall…just one of the many features we loved about the home.  If a private guest bath isn’t an option, a vanity in their room for doing hair and makeup can provide the same level of comfort.  I realize that this bathroom is on the larger side but  I thought this armoir would be perfect for guests.


West Elm

 Design Sponge


Do you take in house guests?  Any tips you’d like to share?


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2 Birch + Bird { 03.07.12 at 10:08 am }

Oh yes, please! I’ll come stay in any of these spaces…in fact, I might overstay! Can’t wait to hear more about this house…any teaser pics to share? ~Lily

3 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 03.08.12 at 7:08 am }

You are more than welcome to overstay, any time! I’d love to share pics but the realty images are a real downer.
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4 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 03.07.12 at 1:07 pm }

Love your guest room tips – I like to light a scented candle and put together a guest basket with some nice soap, a towel, their favourite magazine etc. Small, personal touches go a long way I think!
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5 Uncle Beefy { 03.07.12 at 1:40 pm }

I feel like I’m following Will around the blogosphere! Here he is again! :)

First off, I LOVE that nook space in the top photo! How I’d love to be curling up there right about now!

I love taking guests, although my partner is not always a fan. On the rare occasions that it does happen, I love to set things up much like a little hotel. Fresh towels, a few extra toiletries from a great store, a little flower arrangement, and a box of snacks, bottled water, even mini bottles of wine. It’s such a fun way to let someone know they’re truly welcome. :)

Lovely post idea!
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6 Igor { 03.07.12 at 3:46 pm }

I love the abundance of textures in those pics! Great round-up! Cheers from Germany!
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7 Keren { 03.07.12 at 5:57 pm }

Sadly in my New York apartment I can only fit a guest futon! However, I try to keep the towels stocked, extra shampoos from hotels, and extra toilet paper in easy to find places.

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8 elisa { 03.08.12 at 8:37 am }

oh, i love having guests. that last image looks perfect! we have a daybed in our living room/studio, i like to stack fresh towels and leave out a book i know they’d like. my sweetheart will build them a fire in the wood stove. x

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