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Greet Houseguests Graciously With Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart
Heading into the fall and winter holidays, chances are you'll be expecting visitors. But there's no need to stress. Get inspired by the innovative and easy ways the members of our BHG Live Better Influencer Network prepare their guest rooms, bathrooms, and tabletops for when family and friends come to stay.
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Use Color as a Cue
To keep the guest room calm and inviting, Melonie Graves of The Mellionaire House decorates with neutral tones and reserves pops of color for quick-change seasonal accents. The base for the bed is a creamy white Pintuck Comforter Set, to which she adds a variety of throw pillows in warm gold and deep red tones of autumn, including a Round Tufted Velvet Pillow and pairs of Banded Button Pillows and Rosette Plush Pillows. A themed Sherpa Sentiment Throw provides a plush finishing touch.
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Make the Nightstand Nice
Set up the guest room as you would any other bedroom, with essential pieces like a nightstand so guests have somewhere to stow a book, eyeglasses, or phone. Becky Cunningham of Becky's Farmhouse loves a mix of rustic elegance, and flanked her guest bed with a pair of Modern Farmhouse End Tables topped with shimmery Capiz Lamp Bases partnered with Pleated Shades to light up the room.
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Create a Cozy Corner
The guest room is your visitor's retreat from the rest of the holiday hustle and bustle in your home. Lory Bernstein of Designthusiasm likes to personalize the space to make guests feel welcome and comfortable with fresh flowers, a pot of tea, or carafe of water on an Acacia Wood Tray, and an assortment of soft, soothing candlelight, such as a Copper Wire Tealight Holder.
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Take Hospitality to New Heights
No visitor likes to hunt for what they need in your home. Lindsay Hines from Whimsy Girl advises anticipating guests' needs by getting the bath ready with all essentials like toiletries and towels. For a mini makeover, add a new shower curtain, bath towels, and hand towels in a matching Tribal Chic pattern for a fast refresh.
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Brighten Up the Bath
For Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise, it's the little luxurious touches that let her guests know she is thinking about them. She perks up the bath with an elegant Beveled Mirror on Mirror for a bit of shine, and adds a super soft and plush Botanical Tapestry Bath Towel Set to spoil guests during their stay.
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Let the Table Tell a Story
When hosting special meals at this time of year, Julie Lancia and Jodie Kammerer of The Design Twins like to "pumpkin-spice-up" the dining room with warm hues of orange, amber and brown. They arrange faux foliage in a Porcelain Pitcher as a simple farmhouse style centerpiece. They always make sure they have extra dinnerware on hand to easily accommodate extra visitors.
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Delight in the Details
Adding little elements of seasonal surprise throughout your home is a fun way to get everyone in the spirit. Shannon Fox from Fox Hollow Cottage looks for ways to decorate without a lot of fuss. An arrangement of multipurpose Metal and Glass Lanterns in large and medium sizes can be used with LED Pillar Candles or filled with pumpkins, leaves, or nuts to make a charming display.
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Save formality for the big feasts—keep things casual with spur-of-the-moment invitations for snacks and drinks with friends. Kelly Wilkniss of My Soulful Home enjoys gathering a group informally in the early evening for cheese on a Marble Serving Platter, an array of bites served up on a Porcelain Platter Set, and a house-made beverage stylishly poured from a Pitcher and Glasses Set.
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Enjoy Special Moments
Birthdays and anniversaries need not get lost in the holiday shuffle. Take a break from the seasonal palette to make these celebrations feel unique. KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms set the table for her twins' birthday with pretty Melamine Blue and White Dinner Plates, Jute Braid Square Placemats, and cute Porcelain Embossed Salt and Pepper Shakers.
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