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Life of Shaz Life Hacks

Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors, an Alexandria, Virginia based interior design firm, provides simple solutions to creating a beautiful home and life.

GUEST BEDROOM REMEDIES 101

Time to clear the clutter in your guest bedroom. Here are some tips and essential items to have on hand to help make the space feel as cozy as the rest of your home.

Time to clear the clutter in your guest bedroom. Here are some tips and essential items to have on hand to help make the space feel as cozy as the rest of your home.

If you are like me, the guest room becomes a dumping ground for a milieu of items throughout the year. With guests just around the corner, it is time to make sure the room is ready to receive those who are dearest to us. Included below are just a few of my life hacks that make weary guests feel pampered.


1. Glass Carafe

Let’s be real. It’s time to celebrate and that often means lots of consumption. Keep your guests hydrated by providing water in their room at this ready with this great glass bedside carafe. It’s made of hand blown glass, and the lid doubles as a tumbler.

 

2. SLEEP is everything!

If you’re like me, it is often difficult to sleep when I am not in my bed. I have tried so many life hacks to help me fall asleep in new places but This spray is my favorite infused with lavender, vetivert, and chamomile essential oils. Mist the pillows right before bed and you will feel relaxed and ready to dream of sugar plums and lavender fields.



 

3. Make the bed easy for your guests

A nap is always a good idea and having your guest room nap ready with an extra blanket helps keep the sheets pristine. I love this cashmere throw by Matouk and keep one at the end of beds for those quiet afternoon respites.

 
SCW Interiors Life Hacks Blog Post : Guest Bedroom Remedies 101 - Hack #4 Don’t overwhelm your guests with pillows!

4. Don’t overwhelm your guests with pillows!

A bed with too many pillows can be less inviting. Stick to two pillows for sleeping. An extra perk: Everyone loves a turn down service!

Also, make sure to equip your guest bedroom with black-out shades for those who like to sleep in. In my guest room I have a shade that pulls down behind my treatment for that extra layer.

 

5. Relevant Reading Materials

I know when traveling I often forget reading material. Provide your guests with some interesting bedside reading to is relevant. I always include a couple of current reads, plus some magazines for perusing. Cater your choices to your guests’ interests for an extra thoughtful touch. Shown are some of my current favorites. Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”, is a great short read for the holidays. I also love this series of short stories “What I Know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey that I recently picked up.

 

6. Luggage Rack

Provide your guests a convenient place to set their bags and unpack with a luggage rack since no one likes bending over or having luggage to trip over in the middle of the night. These shown are absolutely adorable, customized in Colefax & Fowler prints.

 
A chest in my guest bedroom serves as command central for my guests.

A chest in my guest bedroom serves as command central for my guests.

7. Chargers and a place to write down last minute lists

Nothing is as frustrating as overlooking the charger when packing. Make your guests feel at home by providing chargers in a place they are easily found. I also like to provide guests with stylish stationary and writing utensils so they are digging in the bottom of a bag while trying to write down details from a phone call. I love these rustic twig pencils that tie in nicely with my overall aesthetic.

 

8. A little white noise so you can’t hear Santa

I personally know dozens of people who use white noise to sleep and the phone apps are not great. FINALLY, someone came up with a mini model that isn’t a giant eye sore. This small rechargeable white noise machine fits nicely in a small box and does not require a plug- I have this one on the ready when tucking in my guests for the night.  

 

9. Soothing Scents

I love to incorporate scents that create mental memories for my guests. Tuck wax sachets into a dresser drawer, or leave these lovely wax curiosities out on display by the bedside. Fresh flowers are always a nice touch but these are a great go to.

 
SCW Interiors Life Hacks Blog Post : Guest Bedroom Remedies 101 including plenty of bath essentials like extra toothbrushes, a sewing kit and Shout wipes

10. Bath Essentials

This is arguably the most important touch!  I always make sure guests have all the essentials they need including extra toothbrushes, razors, a sewing kit, Shout wipes, a Tide stick, nail file & clippers, an extra pair of reading glasses, shower caps, plenty of towels, and a pile of fresh face cloths. Don’t expect your guests to honor “for looks” towels and make it easy by providing easy access to plenty of fresh clean towels that can be easily bleached.

 

I would love to hear if you have any other must haves for holiday guests. Feel free to drop me a line at info@scwinteriors.net.


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