The holidays are fast approaching—and with them, hordes of houseguests. The good news: There’s still time to get your neglected spare bedroom in order. Jim Guttau, director of public relations at the Four Seasons Denver, gives his top tips for creating a room where visitors feel right at home.
1. Frame It
To take your hospitality to the next level, Guttau suggests framing a photo of you and your guest during her visit; leave the framed photo on her bedside table.
2. Make Layers
Offer different weights of bedding: Pick a light coverlet or blanket, then add a fluffy down comforter at the
foot of the bed. That way, guests can add or shed as they desire.
3. Sun Block
“The last thing you want when you are exhausted from jet lag is to wake up
at 6 a.m. because the sun is streaming in the windows,” Guttau says. Simply layer a blackout liner behind your pre-existing curtain panels.
Editors’ Pick: Blackout Curtain, $29–$69, West Elm, 2955 E. First Ave., 303-320-1001, westelm.com
4. Pillow Down
“A VIP touch that we do is monogrammed pillowcases guests can take with them afterward,” says Guttau.
Editors’ Pick: Ansonia Boudoir Sham in bronze, $75, Matouk, matouk.com
5. Serve Up
This tray meets lots of requests—whether your guest needs an impromptu workspace or decides to have breakfast in bed.
Editors’ Pick: Acrylic Bed Tray, $79.95, CB2, cb2.com
6. Stow Away
Free up floor space for visitors and give them an attractive place to neatly store their suitcase and easily access belongings.
Editors’ Pick: Bamboo Luggage Rack in Natural, $95, Scully & Scully, scullyandscully.com