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Preparing a Guest Bedroom for Company

October 27, 2019

It’s October 28th – only one more month until Thanksgiving and two until Christmas. In the past, I’d show up to holiday parties with store-bought cookies that I arranged lovingly on a platter to look homemade. But something happens in your 30’s, suddenly you’re buying Christmas presents in July, inviting guests into your home, and donning an apron that reads “Hostess with the Most-est.” In order to live up to those four words, I’ve partnered with the best in class, Serena & Lily to share my tips on how to prepare your guest bedroom for company.

Luxurious Bedding

Someone wise once said, “It only takes one scratchy set of sheets to ruin a good night’s sleep.” That person was me. Last week. When I thought I’d save a buck by purchasing linen sheets off Amazon. BIG MISTAKE – unless you like sleeping on fabric that feels like a cat’s tongue on a hot summer day. Do your guests a favor and learn from my mistake. Invest in your bedding because the good stuff, like the Cavallo Sheet Set, gets softer with every wash.

It’s easy to keep your guest room holiday neutral by avoiding seasonal motifs and choosing something classic instead. The Hammonds Duvet Cover features a windowpane pattern that feels appropriate year round. While dark navy accents from the Sutter Linen Quilt and Winter Beach Pillow Cover add much needed depth and warmth.

Clean Bath Linens

Let’s circle back to the topic of wise women, shall we? My mom has always taught me to have two sets of hand towels: One for everyday use and one for hosting company. Take Sallee’s advice to heart by leaving clean bath linens on your guest’s bed. This will help avoid any late night confusion. No more rummaging through closets and hampers! Plus the Napa Bath Collection is soft, plush, and looks exceptionally chic with a ribbon tied around it.

Want to make an even bigger impression? Hand your visitor a Beach Club Bath Sheet. 20 inches larger than your standard bath towel and woven with 100% Turkish cotton, your guests aren’t going to want to leave! (Which may be a problem.)

Full Length Mirror

Elevate your hostess with the most-est game by adding a full-length Teak Ladder Mirror to your guest bedroom. Made of harvested branches that normally go unused, this gets extra points for minimizing waste! Your company will thank you when they don’t have to jump up and down in the bathroom to get a good look at their bottom half. (No? Apparently I’m the only one who does this.)

Meaningful Details

A carafe of water, a scented candle, a set of linens tied with ribbon – add meaningful details to prepare your guest bedroom this holiday season. Have wifi? Spell out your username and password on a letterboard. Company forget their toiletries? No problem, you already purchased travel-size bottles and placed them in a glass jar by the bed. Think of everything so your visitors don’t have to! Do this and you’ve pretty much ensured that they can’t complain the next time you bring store-bought cookies to their party.

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This post is in collaboration with Serena & Lily. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Emilyeverday up and running.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jenn October 28, 2019 at 8:52 am

    This is so gorgeous!!

  • Reply Tiffany October 28, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Love it

  • Reply Alyson October 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

    So much yes to the full length mirror and clean linens! I have a one bedroom so when guests come they sleep on our pull out couch, but we use the storage under the pull out couch for clean linens and bed sheets and theres a full length mirror in the hallway because I feel like those two things are so essential wherever you go!

    • Reply emilyeveryday October 28, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Yes!! Love this! I’ve never really done clean linens laid out in the room before but I think it’s such a nice touch as opposed to pulling it out of the closet and handing it to your guests.

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