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t's that time again to create a
space that is both welcoming
and comfortable for family
and friends who may be spending a
few days with you over the holidays.
There's no better place to ensure
their comfortable stay than the room
in which they will spend most of their
time; the guest room.
Think of your guest room as a place
of retreat, where simplicity is key and
space is premium. To facilitate this,
storage is essential. Adequate stor-
age space that provides for the hold-
ing of clothing and other personal
items, invariably leads to more com-
fort and a more homely feel. One
such simple, yet effective tool, to as-
sist with storage is the clothing hook.
Clothing hooks don't necessarily
need to be hooks designated or mar-
keted for clothing. Large cup hooks
from the hardware can do the job. If
you want some added pizazz, items
such as door knobs and handles can
be repurposed to suit your taste.
Hooks can be placed behind doors or
on the side of cabinets as a great
hideaway for bags, clothing or towels.
In situations where the bathroom is
shared, the use of hooks in the guest
room is very handy for keeping tow-
els dry and separate.
Towels are a personal care item
that many pay attention to. Ensure
that your guest towels are free from
stain and are absorbent. They can
coordinate with the theme of your
room or be neutral. In your presenta-
tion, your towels can be tied with a
satin ribbon or folded in a design and
left on the bed to give that luxury
hotel feeling. As we are talking about
that luxury hotel feeling, the star of
the show is always the bed.
Your guest bedding should be
comfortable. When bedding and
comfort are discussed, terms like
thread count and types of materials
become the focal point, however,
after those stalwarts are dealt with,
have some fun with the use of color
and print for your covers and com-
A word to the wise - simple, light
colours for your fitted and flat
sheets usually give the perception of
cleanliness. With that said, let's
move on to some other essentials.
Proper sleep, especially after a
long journey or a hectic day is essen-
tial. To facilitate this, drapery with
"black-out" properties are recom-
mended. They reduce or eliminate
light, whether sunlight or streetlight,
from the room. You don't have to
throw out your old drapes however;
a quick fix is available by changing
just your drapery rods.
Purchase black-out drapery panels
and install them behind your existing
drapes. If you have tab top or grom-
met top drapes, black out panels
with the same tops can be used on
the rod as your existing drapes,
granted that the rod can take the
weight of both sets of window
dressings. The room is now all
dressed up, but what should we put
on its feet? Rugs, of course.
Rugs are especially important in
rooms that are not carpeted. Even in
the Caribbean, where we have rela-
tively warm weather, waking up and
placing your bare feet on tiled floors
may make your guest want to jump
back in bed. Side rugs or runners give
them a place to warm their feet be-
fore they find their slippers or shoes.
Another item, if space permits, is a
chair or bench.
A side chair or bench provides a
place to open suitcases that have
been rolled or dragged through a
myriad of places. They protect your
bed linens from the remnants of
these travels and also provide a seat-
ing area for private entertainment
within the room. Speaking of private,
most guests prefer to have access to
their own laundry basket.
Laundry baskets come in a variety
of shapes and sizes. Choose one that
compliments your guest room's
décor and that is not too intrusive to
the space. The use of these thought-
ful items, along with your own per-
sonal welcome touches will make
your guests' stay all the more mem-
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