Now that summer’s here, I’m getting ready for weekend guests. I like to make my guest bedroom and bathroom as inviting as possible—comfortable and pretty but not overstuffed or overdone. I channel some of the beautiful hotel rooms I’ve stayed in, the ones that feel luxurious and discreetly tailored, as if I’m the only person who’s ever stayed there. Here are some of my favorite picks for making guests feel similarly right at home.
Dot Bedding: Lovely sheets are a must. Don’t you just love these beautifully embroidered versions from Sharyn Blond Linens? White sheets never go out of style and these have just the right amount of detailing to keep them interesting. I’d iron them before I make the bed—even if I only get to do the pillowcases, the extra effort makes everything look incredible.
Silk Pillow: Many people are allergic to down, so I opt for these silk-filled pillows and comforter from Kumi Kookoon—every bit as luxurious, but without the sniffles!
Woven Rattan Tray: If you like to surprise houseguests with breakfast in bed, this woven rattan tray from William Wayne is the perfect vehicle.
Gourd Lamp: Good lighting is essential. Classic gourd lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller go with practically any decor and will add a nice note of color to bedside tables.
Petite Vase: Greet guests with a lush bouquet in a delicate Juliska bud vase—a sweet way to say “welcome.”
Mini Clock: This discreet clock from Simon Pearce will let guests know when it’s time to head down to down to dinner, but it’s small enough for them ignore when they’re whiling away the hours with a good book.
Robe: It’s always a nice touch to provide a clean robe for guests. Opt for something chic like the Wrap Robe from Claridge and King—stylish without being uncomfortably sexy.
Silk Slippers: Slippers are nice, too. Find out your guests’ sizes before they arrive and send them home with a nice pair of quilted Kumi Kookoons as a parting gift.
Wastebasket: Don’t forget a wastebasket. Chic versions with fun Bargello chevron stripes from Grace Hayes Linens will add a happy note to any guest room.
Carafe: Before bedtime, set out a carafe filled with water on the bedside table. This set from William Yeoward is perfection.
Candle: An exotic Moroccan Mint Tea candle from Cire Trudon will completely transport your guests. The company has been around since 1643—how amazing is that?
Shampoo: I like to supply a selection of shampoos, but lots of different bottles can look sloppy. Frederic Fekkai’s formulations are ideal because they suit different hair types, and they all come in the same sleek bottle so your bathroom will still look pulled together.
Toiletries: Stocking the medicine cabinet with toiletries is always a good idea in case someone forgets something. I fill it with cotton swabs and balls, extra toothbrushes, spray deodorant, disposable razors, tampons, sunscreen, moisturizer, body cream, and toothpaste. Marvis Whitening Mint toothpaste is made in Italy and is one of those simple luxuries you can’t imagine having ever lived without. Ultra Light sunscreen by La Roche-Posay is super silky on the face.
And you can’t go wrong with soothing, lavender scented Napa Valley body lotion—it smells wonderful.
To see more guest bedroom picks check out Eugenia Santiesteban Soto’s finds here.