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

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.

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Interior Design | How Do I Work with an Interior Designer? Reply


Author: Jessica Cross, Interior Designer, Corinne Gail Interior Design
You’ve decided to hire an interior designer. Now the question is, how do I get my ideas across for my space to achieve the look I’m going for? Or maybe you have no idea what you want your space to look like, you just know it needs a change. Going through the process with a designer allows them to help you discover what will best suite your needs. A successful project requires good communication.

Here are some guidelines from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) to follow to help avoid disappointment or surprises:

  • Minimize changes to your plan. Changes or special requests can require any number of adjustments that will add time and expense.
  • Consider carefully and make notes before you call your designer. Repeating calls are inefficient, expensive and can slow down the process.
  • Stay flexible. Decide before meeting with your designer where you are willing to compromise and where you are not.
  • Avoid open-ended requests. Tell your designer up front what you are willing to pay for the total project.
Following these guidelines and communicating well will improve your overall experience with your designer. Both you and your designer will get the most out of the project and achieve the best result.
Corinne Gail Interior Design, “Designing positive spaces to inspire healthy living and nurture your soul”.
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Interior Design | Should you Hire a Friend or Family Member for Your Design Project? Reply


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Author: Jessica Cross, Interior Designer, Corinne Gail Interior Design
We all have friends or family who offer favors to us, and it’s great to have that resource available for our projects.  However, there are a couple things to consider before asking a friend or family member to help with your remodel or design project.
1.Tasks are usually worked on during their “free time” aside from their primary employment, and this means the project may not get completed when you need it to be, or worse case scenario the job is started but never finished due to other commitments.  Remember that time is money and the longer it takes to complete a job, the more money it may cost you especially if you have to live offsite during construction.
2.You may feel guilty asking for what you want and avoid hurt feelings by settling for what you get.  Settling will only cause negative feelings and tension between you, and in turn you run the risk of straining your relationships.

So, what should you do when you’re ready to get going with your design project? As much as we want to help out a friend or support a family member, it’s not always the best situation to enter into for either party.  Working with a professional interior designer can help avoid those fine line situations with friends and family.  Your designer will help you determine the best contractor for the job to keep your project on time and on budget.  Professional designers have the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage your project from start to finish, and will work closely with you to ensure your project is your vision.

Corinne Gail Interior Design, designing positive spaces to inspire healthy living and nurture your soul.
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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.