10 Tips to Make your Overnight Guests Feel at Home!

One of my favorite things about moving out of the city is SPACE: space to cook, space for the puppies and space to host guests!  When it comes to hosting, there are a few things that you can do to ensure your overnight guests feel at home.

Only a few weeks after moving in, we hosted my family for Thanksgiving and all 3 of our spare bedrooms were put to use!  Since then, I’ve been able to offer friends visiting from out-of-town a comfortable room in which to spend the night on numerous occassions. While I miss being close enough to grab lunch, having the space to host and enjoy a longer visit certainly makes up for it!  Sometimes, as friends will do, we get chatting and time slips away from us… as such, my overnight guests are often spontaneous and unplanned.  In order to ensure im promptu guests have everything they might need, I’ve made a few additions.  Follow my tips below and your guests will feel right at home!

1. Confortable Bedding and Throw Pillows

The initial impression of how comfortable a room will be is often determined by the bedding and any accompanying pillows.  Make your guests feel relaxed and at home as soon as they walk into the space by providing a visually appealling and comfortable bedding options with 2-3 throw pillows.  If you’re feeling extra-hospitable, purchase my favorite 100% organic bamboo hypoallergenic sheets for the room as well!

2. Extra Blanket

Some guests may be chilly in the evening and prefer to put an additional blanket on the bed.  Other guests may run warm… by layering the bed with a blanket and a duvet, you provide guests the ability to regulate their own temperature without adjusting your thermostat.  If the room is particularly prone to drafts or tends to run warm in the summer, a supplemental space heater or portable air conditioning unit is also a nice touch.

3. Toiletries your Guests may have Forgotten

Keep showers stocked with soap, shampoo and conditioner.  Keep extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, makeup remover and feminine products in vanity drawers.  These essential items will allow im promptu guests the ability to feel like they can take care of themselves when they crash unexpectedly.

4. Plenty of Fresh Towels

When guests are able to wake up and shower without bothering you, they will naturually feel more at home.  If you’ve included the toiletries and the towels, then they have everything that they need!  Be sure to keep more than 1 in the bathroom for multiple guest or guests that prefer 2 towels – I am a 2 towel girl myself!  One for my hair and one for my body.  Check on Amazon for high-quality turkish cotten towels at much cheaper prices than home stores!

5.  Extra Paper Products

Place a box of tissues on the bathroom counter and stash an extra one under the sink.  Also ensure there is a roll of paper towels and extra toilet paper under the sink.  Pre-emptively including these items saves guests who are embarassed to ask you if something runs out.  How often have you been to a restaurant and no one bothered to tell the hostess there is no toilet paper?  Hopefully this will not happen at your home gathering!

6. A Bedside Table and Lamp

This provides the ability to not only turn the lights off from the bed, but also a place to put glasses, jewelry or other small items overnight.

7. Extra Phone Charger

If you have a spare charger, stash it in the room for guests to use!  It will save them from having to ask you if you have one for them to borrow.

8. Candle or Oil Diffuser

A small candle or oil difuser provides a clean, refreshing scent to the room.  I personally love this ultrasonic aroma cool mist difuser because it can be run at night without any light and lasts up to 9 hours!  If you regularly keep the windows and doors closed to the guest room, be sure to open the door in advance of bedtime to allow the stale air to ciruculate and let the temperature of the room balance with that of the house.

9. Comfortable Seat 

This could be a rocking chair, arm chair, bench, or any othe spare chair option you may have available.  Providing guests somewhere to sit besides on the bed provides a space for them to relax and take care of any other tasks they may need to do in the privacy of their room – tending to a baby, checking work emails, calling family, etc.

10. Place to Put Luggage

If you have a tight space, use a bench that will double as a place to sit or put luggage.  Conversely, you can also use as small table, dresser or folding suitcase stand.

Bonus Tip!

If your guest is a dog person, it never hurts to have the puppy waiting as well.

But first, coffee – where many good things start!

But first, coffee – where many good things start!  I was unsure where to begin this blog until I realized that many of my mornings start similarly.  In the same way that I turn to coffee to give me a jump start, so too will I turn to the coffee and beverage bar to be my first post!

For those of you who are not familiar, my boyfriend (Joe) and I recently bought our first house and have been renovating for a year a half.  In this context, I have found a passion for not only renovating, but making the house a home and tailoring it to fit our lifestyle.  An extrovert-at-heart, I have a passion for entertaining and have designed our space to not only suite our personal needs, but the need for large family holidays, ladies painting wine nights, summer barbeques and many similar fun events!

Where do all of these events generally start?  At the coffee and beverage bar of course!  We strategically designed this space to be outside of the working area of the kitchen in order to afford guests open access to a beverage upon arrival or a coffee upon waking up (and in the case of some, stumbling downstairs!).  We have incorporated 2 beverage coolers – one for wine (50 Bottle Magic Chef 24in wide Wine Cooler) and one for upright smaller bottles and cans (156 12oz Can Magic Chef 24in wide Beverage Cooler).  I highly recommend beverage fridges in the kitchen, dining room, bedroom – anywhere you can fit them!  They make your home feel luxurious at a relatively low cost – if you are putting them under a counter, they are often the same or less than the 24” kitchen cabinet!

My wonderful friend Kerry was over for the holidays and during our decorating shenanigans, we labeled one as ‘Adults Only’ and the other as ‘Kid Friendly’.  I’ve since removed the nutcracker and snowmen window clings, but kept these labels, as it makes things very simple when the kids are over:  “You can have anything from the cooler labeled ‘Kid Friendly.”

During the course of this blog, I will take you through the decisions, the joys and the struggles of home renovation.  My hope is that you will pick up some good tips, become inspired by my photos, learn several things NOT to do, and have fun during the process!  I will keep my blogs purposefully short and full of pictures, as my main goal is not to be a writer, but to share my journey through making a home.  Please always feel free to comment or email me with feedback or requests for more information.  Thank you for your support going forward! 😊

Quick Tips from this project:

  • Peel-and-stick tiles can often be used with grout for a more permanent installation.  These tiles are a great option – and they are MUCH less expensive than anything I found in tile showrooms that was designed for grout only.
  • Kumquats are cute and delicious – you can eat the rind and all!