My last decorating article, Prepare your Guest Bathroom for the Holidays, offered tips on getting the guest bath ready for holiday visitors. This week, I wanted to provide tips on getting your guest bedroom ready or any area that you plan to put your guests. If you are new to your place of living and want to host guests and have nothing, you can easily and on a budget pull this together.
As we head into December, you may have guests arriving and parties to host. To help you create the best experience possible for your visitors I have detailed some ways to freshen up a room and get your guest room ready.
Create a fresh entertainment area!
Why not do a quick change up in your entertainment area and add a pop of unexpected color! Pops of color can add interest, excitement, and ground color schemes in a room.
Is your guest room ready?
My suggestion is to walk into your guest room and try to view it from the eye of the visitor. Is it fresh smelling? Is there a place to put luggage, a place to plug in electronics for recharging, and a place to sit?
If you want to create a fresh look quickly without spending a fortune:
- Add a soft and cozy throw to the foot of the bed and a fun textured fur pillow.
- If your guest room does not have bedside tables or lamps, be creative and walk around your house and see if there is a table or lamp that can be used! Even if it is only temporary! Make sure to add appropriately sized lamps. When sitting in bed, the bottom of the lampshade should be at the top of your ear. Make sure lampshades and light bulbs match. I love using white or cream shades as they diffuse the best light in the room.
- If you find a great table or lamp base and it is the wrong color SPRAY PAINT them! Rustoleum Primer & Paint Spray paint is fabulous at resurrecting items and adding an unexpected pop of color to a room.
To ensure that your guests have a fabulous stay, click here for a 15-item checklist.
I hope these tips help you and you have fun decorating your home! If you need any help pulling together some rooms in your home, please call 610.955.8202 or email, and we would love to help you get started!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.
As we head into fall and the weather gets cooler here on the east coast, we long for warmth and comfort. What does that look like for you? There are many trending concepts to support a simpler, back-to-basics, way of life. To name a couple:
Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga”
Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of “The Little Book of Hygge,” states:
“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”
There are various meanings to this Japanese term, here is an explanation from Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers:
“Wabi Sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.”
These concepts embrace the idea that your home should be a place of sanctuary in a simple and clutter-free way. Think about colors found in nature, weathered materials that are truly weathered-by-age. Pull out that old family frame or chest, regardless of the imperfections and add it to a room. The theory is that items loved by time have more meaning and add a peaceful feel to a room.
How can you create a simple, cozy, sanctuary-like area in your home?
- Remove the clutter. Create a no-technology zone where you and your guests can take a break and relax.
- Get comfortable. Create a comfortable area for you and your guests, with the proper pillows, fun textured throws, and various candles to burn.
- Embrace nature. Bring interesting branches or cuttings from your yard into your home, place in a vase as part of a centerpiece, use the colors of the season.
- Incorporate old and weathered items into your space.
- Have friends over and entertain in a relaxing environment. Have a movie night or a game night, having friends over does not have to be complicated. Think warm drinks such as tea or coffee, and plenty of relaxation.
It’s all about creating a peaceful area in your home, regardless of what is happening in your world, your home should be a sanctuary that is comfortable for you to enjoy and make new memories. If you need help picking the proper colors for your home or need a home decorating refresh, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. (Featured Photo from Houzz: Hoedemaker Pfeiffer)