Creating a Welcoming Guest Room


Creating a Welcoming Guest Room


Be my guest! It’s finally the summer season which means many of us will be doing some travel of some variety. It may be a luxury resort, a tour, a road trip, a camping adventure or visiting friends and loved ones for a vacation.  With that in mind, I’ve been in the mood to update our guest room for summertime guests.  

  Start with freshly laundered, high thread count (read smooth)  sheets.  I love to use all white sheets in our guest room for a fresh feel. I add a lightweight comforter, either down or hypo-allergenic (best for those with allergies). This bold black and white duvet cover captured my eye the other day and I’m liking the additional pop it gives the room.  I layer on a colorful coverlet, this one is DKNY, folded at the lower edge of the bed which can be added for cooler nights to adjust the level of warmth.  


I always add fresh flowers~tuberoses, freshly cut roses or white lilies have lovely scents. Gardenias are fresh and fragrant from our garden during the summer season.    I like to float them in a pretty vase or bowl. 

 My mom, Jeri, is a flower lover and had fresh flowers from her garden in the house, most days, while I was growing up.  This small tradition definitely makes life a little more beautiful. 

Lightly scented candles (don’t forget the matches!) are another favorite touch. My current favorite is the Dayna Decker candle.  I always include an alarm clock but hopefully, no one will need to use it during a relaxing visit.

This glass dish is originally from my husband’s family. Scott’s mother had labeled it (using tape and waterproof pen) with this caption ‘Daddy State’s candy dish 1800’s’.  Labeling family heirlooms adds is an instant reminder to the family of the history of the piece. A history that might otherwise be forgotten.

Fluffy white towels are always a must in my house. Magazines for early or late night reading is a nice touch to deal with insomnia. I often include a travel magazine for dreaming about the next adventure.  Putting items in a welcoming basket is a good way for your quests to know you thought of them in preparation for the visit.  This Kai perfume oil smells like a tropical holiday in a spritz.


When I travel I easily get dehydrated so a carafe of water within easy reach is essential to quench the dreaded midnight thirst.   I like to change out the photo based on who is visiting. Our girls are our most frequent overnighters so I love to use this one from our trip to  Cabo San Lucas in 2007.

On a tray, I include some favorite spa items like the MOR body butter, sugar scrub, and fragrant soaps.  

A light summer weight robe is also a nice touch to avoid any ‘mishaps’  around the house. #tmi   This chic number in Greek key motif is one of my favorites.

  A corner chair is always handy for conversation or putting on shoes.

  This little sparkler was a find from Target.

 The vintage print and two petite florals painted by my mom, Jeri, many years ago are special to me.   Aren’t they sweet?  

  My final tip~Stock up on toiletries and extra supplies for guests in the guest bathroom. I always supply toothbrushes & toothpaste, lotions, deodorant, band-aids, anti-bacterial ointment, and aspirin.


Typically my recommendation is that a weekend or long weekend is the perfect length of time for a visit.    You know what they say about how guests and fish alike don’t you??   (After three days they both begin to stink…….ha ha ha -just jokes here!!;)    I tend to follow that rule when I am a guest in someone else’s home as well.   

Leave ’em wanting more….  also a great motto for life!

If you are welcoming guests this summer or being a house guest yourself, here’s to long lazy mornings catching up over coffee, walking and talking, belly laughs and shared sunsets, with a glass of wine, enjoying those you love.   

Are you having house guests this summer? 

How are your travel plans shaping up?   

Enjoy every moment,


Heather Lindstrom

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can I come stay? what a lovely retreat! I need to revamp my guest room as well!



Your room is lovely, and I love the robe in your shop. Really pretty.


Such a very lovely post dear Heather! Wonderful guest room tips… and a perfect way to tie in your shop… you struck a perfect balance!

with your loving care and pampering… I am sure your guest room is well used!


Hi Heather!

Well..I could use a little getaway so I’m heading over! Your guest room is perfect and I agree.. two-three days MAX is the perfect amount of time. My Mom is still here (leaving tomorrow). I’ve enjoyed having her as my husband was in Paris all week attending the air show. I see you have Kai spray.. one of my all-time favorites. I started using it when I lived in S. CA and I could only buy it in Santa Barbara.. about twenty plus years ago. There’s a candle too however it doesn’t seem to hold the fragrance well. Love all your sweet touches bedside. Well done! Have a great weekend!


Hello friends! Looks like we should have a slumber party. The pool is looking good today and I just started summer vacay (about 30 mins. ago!).
Cheers to that! Thanks for stopping by and you always have a place to visit! xx


Oh Heather, now I want to come stay with you! Wow, what a guest room set-up. Forget three days, I’m movin’ in, ha ha! XO, Jill


Oh Heather, how perfectly wonderful! Gardenias, scented candles, a dreamy bed… what a delightful hostess you are!

You’re not going to believe this… but i have that exact little wooden box. My Mom bought it in France when we lived there and its on my own bedside table, i treasure it! Amazing coincidence!!


Really? That room is really for me?
You’ve got every beautiful detail covered, what a great post. You should be in a travel guide. :)


I am totally coming to visit you! It’s like staying at a resort : )



you can take on any hotel out there Heather! your guests might feel almost too comfortable and keep staying xx


Good morning Heather dear! You are reminding me that I must get my guest room ready for our guests who are coming in July! And what a difference it makes for them when their room is beautifully adorned as you have shown here! I will be back to you regarding the Pinterest board! Anita


Heather, PERFECT list for a welcoming guest room. In this new home, I have the opportunity to create an actual guest room, and bath. I’m so excited. You have covered it all for me! By the way, I love every detail, but I have to mention that I love the drapes behind the bed. The soft color is like a soothing touch of heaven to rest under! Love it!!! xoxo

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