Before visitors start arriving it’s time to take stock of your spare bedrooms. Veranda Editor Eugenia Santiesteban Soto shops for the items that no guest bedroom should be without!
Robe: No one wants to pack a bulky robe when they’re traveling, so I always think it’s thoughtful when a guest room comes stocked with one.This one is unisex, and nice enough to wear to the breakfast table.
Luxurious Sheets: Comfortable sheets are probably the one most important component of a great guest bed. These linen sheets from 100% Capri are sweet without being too saccharin and are in the most gorgeous, go-with-everything chocolate brown palette.
Carafe: A bedside carafe is one of those things that you can’t live without once you grow accustomed to it. No more midnight treks to the kitchen!
Tray: So useful anywhere it lives — as a catch-all for pocket change and bedside reading on a nightstand, or to serve morning coffee if you’re feeling generous.
Wastebasket: I love having pretty versions of utilitarian things, and this woven wastebasket fits the bill.
Cire Trudon Candle: Candles can be pretty polarizing, but these Cire Trudon ones just smell so good in an all-natural way. Plus, the green glass votives make the best little vases once the wax has burnt down.
Pretty Soap: This black cameo soap is equal parts old-fashioned and cool. And it’s a little bit of an upgrade from everyday drug store varieties.
Still-life Painting: I just fell in love with this still-life the minute I saw it — how great would it be hanging above a dresser or leaning on a bedside table? It brings a little touch of romance to any room.
Bedside Book: I’m one of those people that can’t go to bed without reading just a little, and Neruda is just the thing you want to lull you to sleep —it’s soothing, sweet and best of all, short.
Bolster Pillow: A beautiful little detail for the bed.
Note cards: Some of the best hosts are the ones that think of everything in advance. A little notepad is one of those details that really makes guests feel like they’re being taking care of.
A sweet treat: A little chocolate at turn down is such a surprise. I don’t think anyone will complain about that one!
Now that the weather is warming up, we recommend packing a basket and having a lovely picnic to celebrate the season!
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The South Georgia Sampler from Sweet Grass Dairy is like the perfect picnic in a box. It comes in a beautiful handcrafted crate and is filled with two of their most popular cheeses and a crowd pleasing jam.
Who wants to lug a heavy blanket around when you can bring a few of these luxe Honeycomb Turkish Towels? they are lightweight and beautifully designed.
The miniature Nantucket Basket is perfect for an outing in the park. Throw a few sandwiches and a good book in and you’re ready to go!
Golden Rabbit’s collection of enamelware was simply made for a picnic. It’s lightweight and tough as nails, plus it comes in a variety of charming colors and patterns.
What’s a picnic without pickles? We’ll warn you that McClure’s Spicy Pickles are not for the faint of heart… They are intermingled with cayenne and habanero peppers.
Easter baskets are for all ages… And we have everything you need to make the perfect one– both inside and out!
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The perfect Easter basket starts with a basket, of course! Hancock Baskets has a large collection of every type of basket you could ever want. From the lovely Evening basket (above) to a sweet Dolly bed with bedding, they have it all.
These adorable Avarcas sandals are handcrafted in Menorca, Spain using top quality sustainable materials like authentic leather and recycled tire saved from landfills. They come in a variety of colors and hand drawn custom patterns, but we can’t get enough of the “Bird and Worm” design.
Who doesn’t love a pair of new socks? The Gull socks from Doug and Gene would be a practical and fun Easter basket treat.
Easter would not be complete without Chocolate Eggs. These hand painted ones from Christophe Chocolatier have a praline filling that we adore!
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Throw in a custom twelve-gauge shell box with two pairs of boxer shorts built of the highest ‘calibur’ pre-shrunk herringbone shirting fabric.
Goshwara’s Mischief Bracelet screams Easter. It is made up of beautiful gemstones in pastel colors and would go with any outfit under the sun. Whoever finds this in their basket is one lucky lady!
Classic with a twist, this equestrian inspired clutch will be your go-to this spring and summer. Throw it into your big bag during the day and then wear it alone at night.
These Calla Clips from Little Citizens are adorably hand crafted and hard to resist. Make sure the Easter Bunny leaves a few for the little girls in your life.
This Jay Strongwater hydrangea box is beautiful enough to stand by itself, but who wouldn’t welcome a lovely Goshwara amethyst Gossip Ring inside? These dainty rings are beautiful alone or stacked in groups.
Paper, pens and x’s and o’s… We have all the supplies you need to bring back the love letter, or just simply say Be Mine!
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Send plenty of kisses with these plaster x’s from Dandelion. You can also spell out your loved one’s name or a simple I love you!
Karen Adams’ “Love Notes” stationery set should be a Valentine’s Day requirement. With beautiful hand painted designs and sayings like “you light my fire” your loved one will surely melt.
Don’t forget the hugs!
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Everyone needs a good pen for a love letter and how appropriate that this colorful one from Doug and Gene is called the 8-xo!
Who could ever forget Rhett Butler’s famous quote, “You should be kissed–and often–by someone who knows how.” The blank inside of this Petal Press card gives you a space to explain yourself!
Not much of a writer? Then try The Calligrapher Cufflink Set that comes with a beautiful hand lettered card with a message of your choosing.