It’s the most wonderful time of year – or so the song goes. It’s also a time for family and friends to be traveling, visiting and staying over. How is your guest bedroom situation? I’ll admit – mine isn’t so great! One of my brothers lives in Colorado and he only comes east once a year or so. I’m so excited that he’s coming to stay next week and we’ll be doing a family get together with my other brother and family at my home, aka #NookCottage. Currently, my house is not guest ready – my new puppy Sansa (all 6.9 pounds of her) has pretty much taken over my small house and everything that’s pretty, has a skirt or hangs to the floor (like drapery and tablecloths) has been taken up or completely taken off. It’s not pretty, is what I’m saying. I have a lot of work to do to make my house guest and holiday ready!
I don’t have a dedicated guest bedroom, so anyone who comes to stay ends up on an air mattress in my home office. The other choice is the living room, but it doesn’t have a door and the only bathroom is off the living room – so it lacks privacy. At least my office has a door and therefor some privacy. I do have a dedicated set of linens and pillows for the room – anything to make the air mattress seem more luxe! But, planning his stay has got me dreaming of having a dedicated guest bedroom – I’d so love that!
One of my inspirations for a great guest bedroom are usually those found in boutique hotels. They usually have a great combination of beautiful, comfortable and welcoming. A little bit upscale, a little bit homey. The good ones strike just the right balance. Here are some that I really love:
The Bastle, Northumberland, England
I wrote about this charming stone cottage, The Bastle, here. The guest bedroom s are simple and super charming.
The Jane Hotel, New York City
The Jane Hotel in New York is quirky and defiantly old-school. It’s definitely on my list of places to stay!
The Garrison Inn, Newburyport, MA
Blue Inn, Newburyport, MA
Blue Inn in Newburyport is another place on my “must-stay” list. The rooms come in varying sizes and amenities, but all look amazing.
I think what all these hotel guest bedroom s have in common is that they are relatively simple and could easily be created at home. Amenities include reading lights, lovely bedding and pretty details.
I’ve put together a tips sheet for creating a wonderful and welcoming guest bedroom for your self. Click the image below for a downloadable version.
I’ve put together a shopping boutique of great ideas to get your started on the perfect guest bedroom experience – many also make great hostess gifts as well! (Note – this boutique contains affiliate links. A small commission is paid on any sales resulting from this list, at no additional cost to the buyer. This goes to help support this blog. Thank you!)