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5 Ways to Ready Your Home for Overnight Guests

The holidays are upon us and that means you may be extending invitations to friends or family to stay with you for a night or two. Getting ready for guests needn’t be nerve-wracking if you prepare ahead. Simple touches go a long way to making your guests feel at home and guaranteeing a comfortable stay. Here are five ways to ready your home for overnight guests!

A welcoming entry shows you’re excited for their arrival, take the time to spruce up the porch and layer it with a few seasonal touches to convey your warm greetings.

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Clear out some closet space in the foyer or spare bedroom so that coats, scarves, and overnight bags can be stored out of the way but are also easily accessible.

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Clean linens and a comfortable place to sleep are a necessity whether that’s a spare bedroom or sofa. Consider including two kinds of sleeping pillows, flat and fluffy, to suit your guest’s preference and don’t forget extra blankets in case of midnight chill!

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Think like a hotel and provide fresh towels, washcloths, and toiletries within easy reach so that guests can wash up in comfort and then join in festivities or shared outings.

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Stock up on beverages your guest may enjoy, from sparkling water to wine. An open display on a shelf or separate bar cart invites your guests to help themselves, or a simple “help yourself” tray on a counter in the kitchen allows for casual sipping or snacking in between meals.

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More suggestions to pamper your guests further: 1) fill a vase with fresh flowers in their bathroom or on a table to greet them; 2) fill a tray with drugstore travel size amenities just in case they’ve forgotten any of theirs.  3) Include a basket of goodies from chocolates to protein bars to candy for midday indulgences or late night snackers, and 4) provide an alarm clock, reading material, and a carafe of water on a tray for bedtime comfort.

What steps do you take to ready your home for overnight guests?



5 Ways to Dress Wood Stairs

Those of us that own or rent two story homes live with a staircase. Often the staircase is carpeted, but it can also possess wood risers with stained or painted treads. Having a carpeted stair runner allows for the best of both worlds – it exposes the beauty of the stained or painted treads but also inserts a nonslip comfortable surface for the dozens of trips made up and down each day. Here a five different choices to consider for dressing your home’s wood staircase.

Neutral Sisal. This natural fiber is a timeless choice and the neutral shades in sisal are a pleasant backdrop to dramatic impact or statement pieces incorporated in other ways such as a colorful velvet sofette and large scale botanical wallpaper.

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Dramatic. If you’re looking to make a statement, a wide striped runner will do the trick. This eye-catching pattern enhances the dramatic contrast between the black and white tones present in this entry.

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Geometric. For years, geometric prints have reigned supreme in the textile world and a motif present in a runner ensures a contemporary look on your staircase. Opt for a repeat that plays off the existing hues present in the stain and paint for a pattern that is sure to complement instead of compete.

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Coastal.  A classic stripe is a timeless choice that will also add a coastal or cottage vibe to a staircase. Dash & Albert offers a multitude of choices and this step by step tutorial will help you install a similar version yourself.

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You can always skip the carpeted runner and opt for a pretty painted stripe in blue or green, or even jazz up the risers with tile. Bonus points for creativity!

But then again, there’s something truly beautiful about leaving the staircase alone and not adding a runner at all. Purposefully choosing to not include a runner allows the stained wood to take the spotlight, and when coupled with white risers and balusters, the contrast is striking.

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What say you? What look do you prefer on a stained wood staircase – a runner or nothing at all?


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