Eight Tips for Creating a Cozy Guest Bedroom

cozy guest bedroom
APD Architects

 

Now that spring is officially here, we are looking forward to warmer weather, plenty of travel–and, of course, lots of guests!

cozy guest bedroom
One Kings Lane

 

Living at the beach, it seems that when the weather changes, suddenly everyone wants to come visit. And we can’t think of anything better! Check out a few of our favorite tips for creating a lovely room that your guests will never want to leave!

cozy guest bedroom
Cullman & Kravis

 

  1. Invest in cozy bedding. Nothing says “welcome” to your guests like cozy, comfy bedding. 
cozy guest bedroom
Tracery Interiors

 

2. If there’s room, add a chair–or two! It’s so nice for guests to have a spot for relaxing right in the privacy or comfort of their own room. 

cozy guest bedroom
Urban Grace

 

3. Think about their comfort. When it comes to sleep, few things are as important as the mattress! We always suggest sleeping in your own guest room every now and then to see how it would be to be a guest in your home. If the mattress isn’t up to par, it might be time to upgrade. Check this fabulous selection–including the Bedding Mart family bed!

cozy guest bedroom
Urban Grace

 

4. Keep it clutter free. A few well-placed accessories are more than enough when it comes to guest rooms. We don’t want to overwhelm our guests with personal mementos and too many accessories. 

cozy guest bedroom
One Kings Lane

 

5. That said, it’s always nice to provide guests with all the essentials they’ll need! A stack of fresh towels, shower essentials and a water pitcher are all nice touches.

cozy guest bedroom
Meg Braff Interiors

 

6. Include a few favorite reading materials–books, magazines, today’s newspaper–in case guests have a bit of downtime. Bonus points for this fabulous reading nook!

cozy guest bedroom
Susan Gilmore Photography

 

7. If there’s room, there’s nothing we love more than a desk in a guest room. We’re all so connected these days that it’s hard to totally unplug and a desk gives guests a place to sneak in a few minutes of work without any interruptions.

cozy guest bedroom
McGill Design Group

 

8. Footboards are great, but not every bed has one. When faced with a bed with no footboard, we love the look of a bench at the end of the bed. A chaise or a pair of chairs is also a great complement and gives guests a spot to sit and read, watch TV or simply put on their shoes!

 
cozy guest bedroom
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography – Katie Gibson Interiors

 

We don’t know about you, but these gorgeous guest rooms have us ready to do a little entertaining of our own! What’s your favorite way to make your guests feel at home?


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A Stunning Shorefront House and Slightly South of Simple!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! Slightly South of Simple is officially out in the world. You can pick up your copy at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target or online at Amazon or any of your other favorite retailers. In the meantime, we wanted you to explore the home of my interior designer main character, Ansley Murphy, and get a little better feel for her aesthetic.

We picture Ansley’s aesthetic to be light, bright, streamlined and coastally chic.

In the historic, fictional town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, Ansley designs not only the yachts coming in and out of the harbor, but also the historic homes that line the picturesque downtown.

When Ansley’s three daughters come home–grandchildren in tow–that can only mean one thing: lots of family dinners! This is just the type of comfortable yet chic dining room that Ansley would love. 

In her own home and in her redesigns, Ansley’s aesthetic is very natural with well-chosen pops of pretty colors. This green and yellow is absolutely lovely.

Wide-plank hardwood floors and windows that let in plenty of light are hallmarks of some of Ansley’s prettiest redesigns. 

Of course, with all of those kids home, Ansley’s bedrooms are getting quite a bit of use! We picture this as the perfect master retreat where Ansley can get away from it all…

And a sweet blue color palette is perfect for soothing Sloane’s nerves while her husband is deployed. 

A chic–and a touch Bohemian–canopy bed would suit Emerson, the youngest, actress daughter’s personality to a tee. We love the mix of antique and new!

But the best part of Ansley’s house? This gorgeous, waterfront porch, of course, where she can sit with her daughters and her mother and sort through all the big decisions they are making over the year that will change their lives–and their family–forever.

We want to thank you for being such loyal readers of Design Chic and hope that you will take the time to read Slightly South of Simple. It’s perfect for lounging beach or poolside or a gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, wedding guests or bridesmaids! 

You can pick up from your favorite local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TargetIndiebound, Books-A-Million or wherever books are sold. 

Want to find out more?



Images via Phoebe Howard Design

 

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