Home Edit: Be My Guest

What does it mean to be a welcome guest or to make your guests feel welcome? It’s an art (on both ends!), and I genuinely appreciate what it takes to be a gracious hostess. An enormous amount of effort goes into creating the perfect cocoon for your friends and family to feel comfortable, relaxed, and very much at home, in your home. I was recently a guest at my girlfriend’s vacation getaway and was blown away by the thought and detail she put into making her guest quarters feel like a feathered nest. Every anticipated need was tended to, from exceptional bedding and cozy robes to Marvis toothpaste and Kérastasse hair products in the bathroom. Everything you didn’t know you needed or wanted was stocked like a luxury hotel suite. Sure, bougie bath products and a Dyson hairdryer are fabulous, but it’s knowing that your host thought about making your stay comfortable, special, and memorable.

Outside of entertaining an occasional out-of-towner, I’ve never had dedicated guest quarters anywhere I’ve lived. The mountain lake house we purchased last year is my first attempt at making someone’s stay an experience. Outfitting multiple bedrooms with decor, bedding, and finishing touches doesn’t happen overnight. Still, I’m hoping by this summer, when our calendar is booked solid with kids, friends, and family, I’ve got my guest experience up to par! Here’s what I’m thinking…

Every nightstand needs a great hand lotion. Aēsop is tops, but Ouai, Byredo, and good old Lubriderm in a decorative vessel are also thoughtful choices.
It doesn’t need to be fancy, but a cozy bathrobe goes a long way. Something to throw on after a shower, cover up on the way to the hot tub, or slip on for morning coffee. This robe is luxe, but I think I would choose this for every room. And don’t forget to make your guest robes unisex; you don’t want to see your Grandpa in pink stripes.
Everyone appreciates a decorative tray on the nightstand to place their glasses, jewelry, or phone before a good night’s sleep.
It’s a must, so dress up that drab box in a little leather cover.
If your guests enjoy a scented candle, Byredo makes more subtle scents that are neither too masculine nor too feminine. If you like more floral notes, Jo Malone is pretty, and Dyptique always soothes your senses.
Don’t forget to hydrate! Especially in the mountains, a bedside carafe is a good reminder to fill up before turning in.
Throw blankets. Everywhere. End of the bed. Over a chair. Outdoors by the fire. Draped on the couch. You can never have too many.
Slippers- these shearling slide-on’s from Amazon have been on my feet all winter.
Buy (read, bargain) of the year.

Of course, starting with the basics is important, and bedding needs to be the best. Down pillows and comforters are essential (especially in a winter climate), and I use sheets and duvets in a neutral palette of white, gray, and beige that can be interchangeable in each bedroom if needed. I like cotton sheets for summer and flannel for winter (the kids like them;) and solid linen or hotel bedding ( the more stripes, the merrier) for duvets which can allow you to mix and match Euro squares, lumbar and decorative pillows seasonally if desired. Pine Cone Hill, Parachute, Boll & Branch, and Cozy Earth all make gorgeous sheet sets, but they can get pretty pricey. Target has fantastic options and fun patterns that don’t break the bank, and their sheets stand the test of time. Home Goods often has fun finds if you hit it up regularly, and they’re perfect for kid spaces and overflow sleeping.

Neutral bedding is the perfect base for mixing & matching patterns and textures.

Guest spaces should be calming, soothing, and neutral without feeling sterile or impersonal. Good lighting, a bench for overflow clothing, a stack of books, a cozy chair, and a spare charger are all guest room essentials. Window coverings are mandatory, whether it be a shade, shutter, or drape (my sister’s space gets black-out curtains and a white noise machine) is up to you, and extra hangers and hooks to hang those robes are a nice touch.

A soothing palate will make your guests feel right at home. Photo by McGee & Co.

So, be my guest and follow along as we prioritize and personalize some special spaces in our new home for the ones we love.



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  1. Kelly on March 4, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Love ? This and you are sooo great at making everything sooo sparkly ??✨✨

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