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March 2, 2012, 3:17 pm Anna Koorey for Home Beautiful, Yahoo!7
Put your service to the test when visitors arrive with our tips for creating a welcoming guest retreat.
'Tis the season to share your home with others, as hordes of relatives and friends descend from all corners of the globe for the holidays. If you don’t have a dedicated guest room, don’t despair – it’s the little luxuries that make staying on a sofa bed all the more comfortable. Whether you need to prepare the study or sitting room for guests, or are lucky enough to have a dedicated spare room, there are a few simple things you can do to make visitors feel at home.
On top, layer light covers rather than a heavy doona, and choose natural fibres and the highest thread count you can afford. Even a blow-up mattress is comfy when covered with luxurious sheets!SPACE TO HANG
as a freestanding clothes rail that can be dismantled and packed away when not in use. Pretty wall hooks can be left in place as a decorative element, while more functional ones work well on the back of the door. Try the over-door variety if the room serves another purpose for most of the year.ROOM SERVICE
Apart from the obligatory dust and vacuum, cleaning the blinds, sponging marks off the walls, cleaning light switches or powerpoints and washing the windows will instantly revitalise a seldom-used space. If guests are visiting in summer, replace ripped flyscreens or consider installing one, and ensure windows are easy to open. Air the room the week before guests arrive to banish mustiness, and add fragrance sachets to drawers and cupboard doors. “A great way to lift a room is to spray your linen and towels with a linen spray, and light a candle an hour before your guests arrive for a wonderful scented welcome,” says Debbie Wild of Jo Malone. The final touch? A vase filled with flowers from the garden – violets, gardenias and jasmine are all common garden blooms with a heavenly scent.SLEEPING BEAUTY
Create a restful haven with a neutral decor and layers of texture. A cosy throw and piles of plush cushions will distract from a tired quilt cover – soothing greens or blues work well as accent colours. If the room doubles as an office, clear desk clutter so guests don’t feel like they’re intruding. Store linen and pillows in a wicker basket next to the daybed or sofa bed, and choose side tables that work as bedsides, with a lamp on each. The spare room isn’t the place for anything overly personal, so keep family photos in shared living areas, and decorate bare walls with a mirror.WARM WELCOME
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