The Guest Quarters and Making Guests Feel Welcome

Today, I am sharing with you the “guest quarters” and my tips on making guests feel welcome.

Our guest quarters – which really just consist of the guest room and the guest bathroom – are tucked away in the basement. We don’t get overnight guests too often so I kept the decor fairly inexpensive. I prefer to spend money in spaces that we use more.

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The bed and the desk are from my single days. The bedside tables were a great find on Kijiji and the buffet was my grandparents. My husband spent many painstaking hours refinishing it. I wish I had some before pictures, but he did it a few years ago before the thought of blogging ever crossed my mind!

 Most of the decor is from Winners and Homesense. I would eventually like to paint over the “Builder’s Beige” walls and add more artwork.


The guest bathroom is simple, but functional.

 Here are my tips on making your overnight guests feel at home:

TIP #1: Choose the right space

Pick a room that offers the most privacy to your guests and, if possible, dedicate one bathroom just to your guests.

TIP #2: Create an inviting space with decor

As you can see from my guest room, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to do this – the window treatments were a cheap DIY project, the furniture is re-used, and the décor is from inexpensive home stores.  If you are planning on re-decorating another room in your home, you could “transfer” the old décor into your guest room. Be creative!

TIP #3: Provide storage space

Place at least one piece of furniture in the room that guests can use to unpack their clothes. Don’t forget to leave hangers in the closet. And, for goodness sake, do not use wire hangers  (shudder) – splurge a little on wooden or fabric hangers!

TIP #4: Prep the space

Thoroughly dust and vacuum the room prior to you guests arriving. Put freshly laundered sheets on the bed and provide extra pillows and blankets. Make sure that the bathroom that your guests are using is clean and sparkling. Put out 1 bath towel, 1 hand towel, and 1 face cloth per guest.

Tip #5:Stock your guest room

I’ve stocked the guest quarters with the following items:

  • An alarm clock
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash and body lotion
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • His and Hers Toiletries Baskets
  • Hairdryer
  • Magazines and books

You can go crazy and stock the room with whatever you think your guests would enjoy – a full-length mirror, bottles of water, a TV, One Direction posters, etc.

TIP #6: Finishing Touches

Make your guests’ stay even more memorable by adding chocolates on the pillows or fresh flowers on the nightstand. I stocked the bathroom with yummy smelling body wash/lotion – even if your guests remembered theirs, they may want to use yours as a treat!

I hope you enjoyed this long-winded post! October is still a few weeks away, but just to build up some anticipation, I am dedicating my posts in the month of October to ideas for fall décor, cooking, and baking – its gonna be a good time!

Thanks for reading!

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