Monday, May 26, 2014

10 Ways to Make the Guest Room Great!

I am always searching for ways to make my guest room more comfortable. When I recently stayed at my friend Anita's home in North Carolina, I got all kinds of good tips that will help me with that. Anita is a great entertainer and makes her guests feel right at home. Here are some ideas I learned from staying in Anita's Biltmore Room that make a guest room a top notch place to stay:

1. Have local books for your guests to peruse and good lighting next to the bed. I read the book about the Biltmore estate in Ashville, North Carolina that was sitting on the nightstand. Anita also had a Bible in the top drawer and some Better Homes & Gardens magazines available.

2. Have a clock somewhere in the room. You can see it in the mirror in the picture below.

3. Have a luggage rack and drawer space. Anita's guest room had several spacious empty drawers that held my things. It was nice not living out of a suitcase. 

4. A good sized mirror.

5. Trash can.

6. Box of tissues. 

7. A comfortable bed with a lovely bed ensemble.

8. Interesting things to enjoy. Sitting on top of the dresser were all kinds of fun objects to explore. 

I had to try on this beautiful vintage hat!

There was a Downton Abbey bag

and a dress form that displayed one of the bridal gowns from Anita's vast collection.

9. A chair for a guest to relax and place their clothes on when they get ready for the day.

10. And finally, a bathroom close by with towels and other essentials complete my list of things that make a guest feel truly comfortable!

Staying in Anita's guest room was a great inspiration to help me to get mine in better shape!


  1. What a beautiful room! I am afraid our guest room doesn't quite live up to the "guest room" criteria just yet. We are working on in though.
    xo Kris

  2. My guest room lacks a lot of the little luxuries. :-D

  3. Hello from Spain: I like the guest room of Anita. It is an elegant and comfortable. Great tips for a comfortable room. Keep in touch

  4. A good list there alright!

    Her guest room is very nice.

    Amy from Ireland

  5. That room is inviting. One would want to use the phone to call down for some tea and crumpets. You are cute in your hats. xoxo,Susie

  6. Wow! Very impressed!! Beautiful "guest room"!! She knows how to pamper her guests! The vintage hat is adorably sweet on you~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

  7. That was a majorly fantastic guest room!!! I would have tried on that hat, too!! Love it!!! I know you must have had a great visit with your friend!!


  8. Wow! That truly is beautiful. My friend Lori does much of the same. And it feels so good to be pampered and loved in such a way.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. I wish my guest room was used more often! All of these tips are perfect. I definitely need to remember the one about a box of tissues!


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