Elements of an Elegant Guest Room

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Greet Guests with Grace

A great guest room is beautiful but also useful. It provides your guests with a private retreat from the hustle and bustle of your home and is a way to communicate to your loved ones how much you care. Before your summer guests arrive, take some time to clear out the clutter (no one loves sleeping in a storage space) and evaluate the state of your bed linens and towels (anything with holes, stains or an old loofah-like texture should be replaced.) Then add some of these elements of an elegant guest room. Your guests will never want to leave. elements-of-elegant-guest-room

1. Something Calming

Give your guests a little bit of luxury and serenity by placing a special candle in the guest quarters, like the Joya Prism Candle $26 anthropologie.

2. Something to Read

A few magazines are always a considerate addition to a guest room, as are beautifully bound books. I am a fan of a stacking a few Penguin Classics $17 Amazon which are too pretty to put down.

3. Hydration Station

A couple bottles of Fiji feels too hotel. Instead, provide your guests with a reusable, convenient and classic Bedside Carafe and Glass Set $17 Amazon.

4. Let There Be Light

Adequate light is essential in a guest room, so do not forget to provide a bedside table reading light. An adjustable arm gives guests lighting options. Renarp Lamp $40 Ikea.

5. Music Maker

A clock radio is so passé, and the clock part is unnecessary in this age of smart phone alarms. A small speaker that allows guests to play their own music in-room from their phone or iPod is ideal, such as the iFrogz BoostPlus Speaker $60 iFrogz.

6. WiFi Access

The most courteous item you can place in your guest room is your WiFi code and password. Instead of a random Post-It, why not print it out in a cute font and place it in an interesting frame, like the Small Green Filigree Adalyn Frame $13 World Market

7. Something Green

The sweetest touch to a guest room is the addition of some simple flowers or greenery. Pick some blooms from your yard or pick up some grocery store flowers and place in a bud vase. Or you can add an interesting plant as a permanent fixture in your guest room. I love this Deluxe Succulent Garden $30 ProFlowers.

What is YOUR must-have item in an elegant guest room?


Meet the Author | Jessica McFadden

Jessica McFadden (@JessicaMcFadd) is a mom-blogging, freelance-writing, bass-cranking-in-the-minivan mother of three. She writes the award-winning local website A Parent in Silver Spring for parents in the DC area, as well as the lifestyle blog A Parent in America. Jessica has been called a mom blog must-read and featured in media such as CNN and Forbes. Her blog is also a top resource for Washington, DC area parents. Jessica has contributed to The Washington Post, Nickelodeon, TLC and elsewhere. She is also a prolific vlogger at her YouTube channel and also hosts Real Life Style with Jessica McFadden on MomTV. But her favorite gig is being a mom to Charlie, Eve and Alice.

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