Interior Design| How to create a welcoming guest space at home 1

Seems like yesterday (2012) when we originally posted this blog on Home Hospitality makeover – how to create an at home hotel experience guest room.

Since we are in the height of the travel season, we thought it would be nice to re-share our thoughts on creating the perfect guest space for your visitors, as well as some great preparing for and hosting house guest tips from Houzz .

You too can create a welcoming hotel like atmosphere for your house guests just by adding a few hospitality touches to the space.  Here are a few tips you can borrow from reputable hotels that will help make your home more welcoming and comfortable for your guests.

There is just something about a freshly made bed of crisp white linens and billowy soft pillows that screams luxury.  When choosing bed linens for your guest space, a higher thread count doesn’t always matter.  I good rule of thumb to follow is to select sheets of a minimum 400 thread count out of Egyptian cotton or Pima cotton. These are affordable, soft and very luxurious to the touch.

Comfortable bed pillows will make or break a restful night’s sleep and your guests may be most comfortable with a medium firm pillow, but it’s always nice to give your guests options.  Place a few pillows of different firmness with varying fillers on the bed to let your guests decide which one is right for them.

Keep in mind that travel restrictions and luggage limitations makes it difficult for travelers to pack all the comforts of home, so consider providing the convenience of a bathrobe and slippers for your guest’s use while visiting.

To complete your home hospitality make-over, add a couple finishing touches to the space such as a local event magazine, water, and fresh towels for your guest’s comfort and enjoyment while visiting.

Want to create the perfect guest experience but don’t know where to start?  Just let us know we would love to help!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Design to Help You Sleep Better 1

Bedrooms should be retreats, places where we can go to rejuvenate and restore. . .places we can relax away the stresses of the day.  So, which colors can help you get the best sleep?  If you guessed calm colors such as blue, yellow and green, you are correct!  According to a recently published sleep study, color sets the mood and those sleeping in blue bedrooms received the best night’s rest, followed by rooms in yellow and green.

Lakeside Serenity Retreat

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

However, color is only one design element that can help or hinder your restful sleep.  If you are not sleeping as soundly as you should be, here are some quick tips to help you create a better place to sleep.

  • Eliminate signs of work from your bedroom. No desk, no computer, and no files!
  • TV’s should be kept behind closed doors when not in use, and always on a timer.
  • De-clutter your space and get organized…put everything in its place, and have a place for everything.
  • Choose soothing, calm colors for your bedroom, linens, and accessories.
  • Luxury linens are always welcomed and I like to suggest organic fabrics.
  • Hang blackout drapery if you have light sensitivities…these also insulate from the winter cold and hot summer sun.

And to help send you off to “Slumberville”, try a therapeutic calming blend of essential oils lightly diffused into your space minutes before bedtime.  Check out my favorite natural essential oils/product sites www.doTerra.com and www.Aveda.com for healthy living.*

Setting a restful stage with calming colors, de-cluttering your space and removing signs of stresses from work, will help encourage a good night’s rest.  To learn more about how we can help you design your personal retreat and promote the best sleep, please visit our website or Email us your questions. We are glad to help.

Sweet dreams!

Corinne

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Interior Design | Home hospitality make-over… Reply

You can create an inviting atmosphere for your house guests just by adding a few hotel touches to your guest space.  Here are a few tips to help make your home more welcoming and comfortable for your guests.
Nothing speaks home more than a freshly made bed of crisp white linens and billowy soft pillows.  When choosing bed linens for your guest space, remember that thread counts matter and I suggest looking for a thread count of 400 or better. Although not all 400 thread counts will feel luxurious to the touch, I suggest feeling the fabric before buying.  In addition, pillows will make or break a restful night’s sleep, and choosing the right pillow can be tricky…guests may be most comfortable with a medium firm pillow, one that is not too soft, and not too firm.  Some hotels place a couple firmness options on the bed to let their guests decide which one is right for them.
Keep in mind that travel restrictions and luggage limitations makes it difficult for travelers to pack all the comforts of home, so consider providing the convenience of a bathrobe for guest use while visiting.   There are many bathrobe options available in one-size fits all that will fill the order for most guests.
To complete your home hospitality make-over, add a couple finishing touches to the space such as a local event magazine, water, and fresh towels for your guest’s comfort and enjoyment while visiting.