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Shops April 12th, 2013


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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!




About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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