Have you got family and friends coming to stay for a special occasion? renting out your spare room to holiday makers? Either way, it’s time to start creating the ultimate space for them to sleep and relax in. For most homeowners, the guest room is a dumping ground that goes unnoticed and unused for the majority of the year. It’s a place to store those items you want to keep but don’t use often. It’s also a room that doesn’t get decorated as often as the other rooms in your home. When you invite guests to stay, particularly those who are paying, you want them to have a fantastic experience in this room. It doesn’t have to be spacious or overly fancy. It just needs to be clean, tidy and comfortable. So to help you create an incredible guest room that your visitors never want to leave, follow these steps.
Replace old with new
If your guest room has not been used for a while, it will undoubtedly need updating. So before you do anything else you need to access what needs replacing. This depends greatly on how much time you have before your guests arrive. Starting large renovations the day before is of course not a good idea. So try to plan ahead as best you can.
One element of a guest room that many homeowners forget to replace is the mattress. A worn or damaged mattress won’t give your guests a peaceful night’s sleep. So check the condition and assess whether it needs replacing. If it does, look online at latex or pocket spring mattresses from John Ryan by Design. Another part of your spare room that you need to check is your bedding. Does the bed look and smell clean? If not, give all of your bedding a thorough clean and make sure it’s dry and ironed before putting it back on. If you find that some stains cannot be removed, or there are rips, start looking for new and beautiful bedding online. You can’t go wrong with white, but don’t be afraid of colour either. Also, make sure you replace your pillows and ensure you have a variety of sizes on offer.
Another aspect of your guest room that might need updating is the decor. It’s likely this room needs sprucing up to make it look brand new. You can replace tired looking wallpaper with sophisticated styles by Harlequin wallpaper designers . Or just use a fresh lick of paint to bring vibrancy and interest back into the space. In addition to this, you could replace your window treatments, light fittings and carpets. This will provide you with an enhanced overall look and could allow you to charge more when you rent the room out.
Think like your guests
To give your guests the best experience possible, you need to start thinking like them. This will make it far easier to know what to include in your guest room. While the look of the room is important, it should also be practical and functional to use. So think about what you would want to be included if you were coming to stay in someone else’s house. Clean, fluffy towels in varying sizes is a top must-have for house guests. Buy the best quality you can afford as they are more likely to last longer. These should be neatly folded and placed on the bed or stored in the en-suite or bathroom. You should also provide other bathroom essentials such as toothbrushes, toilet paper and shower gel. These are things that many people forget to pack, and your guests will love that you’ve make the effort to provide them.
Storage is another thing that most of your visitors require. Especially if they are staying for a long time or have children with them. You don’t want them to be living out of a suitcase for the stay, do you? So start clearing the wardrobes and drawers within your spare room. You could buy some extra hangers and make more space on the surfaces too. This should give your visitors sufficient space to unpack their belongings which will make the room feel more welcoming. Pens, paper and water glasses will also be welcomed additions to your room.
While it’s good to provide space, try not to make the room feel too clinical and sparse. It’s doubtful that your guests will feel comfortable in a room that lacks personality of any kind. You could display books on the bedside table or on shelves within the room. Or use wall art, candles and flowers for decoration. This will make the space feel more homely and more enjoyable to spend time in.
Create an information sheet
While you are making the final touches to your guest room, take the time to create a fun information sheet. This is particularly important if you are having paying visitors, but family and friends might also find it useful too. This sheet should have useful information such as the wifi password, your address and contact information. If the room has an en suite, you could also include instructions on how to turn on the shower. For out of town guests, remember to include nearby attractions too. Restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres could all be places they want to visit during their stay.
Just make sure your information sheet doesn’t sound too much like you are setting rules and restrictions. This will be off-putting and may make your house guests feel uncomfortable. Keep it fun and stick to bullet points. The last thing your guests will want is a long essay to read just to find out your wifi password. Position it somewhere in the room where they will see it such as on a desk or on the bed.
You should now have a guest room that looks more loved and far more appealing for your guests. Whether it’s for renting visitors or family, they will no doubt want to return again and again. Just remember to keep it maintained with regular cleaning and tidying to keep it looking incredible at all times. You never know when an unexpected visitor might need a bed for the night.
Cheers for reading X
It’s summer and what possible way can you celebrate it with doing a bucket list (also a great way to gather some activities for the kiddos). So without further ado here is my summer list for 2016 which I shall attempt to do it all, fingers crossed!
- Fly a kite. ✅
- Go to Burton Dassett as it has great hills for a walk and beautiful scenery. ✅
- Make some bread. ✅
- Visit a new Park. ✅
- Have an outdoor picnic.✅
- Get to level 10 on Pokemon Go. ✅
- Do a summer scavenge hunt.✅
- Get an ice-cream cone 🍦 ✅
- Splash in muddie puddles. ✅
- Go strawberry 🍓 picking. ✅
Hope you have a lovely summer of fun.
Cheers for reading X
My word of the week is:
it must be the end term thing where I feel absolutely exhausted and overwhelmed. My list of things to do seems to be getting longer and longer. My motivation on the other hand seems to have vanished. I have a crippling headache (which I am a frequent suffer off, it runs in my family) making it even harder to focus on stuff. I also have had the youngest be poorly with vomiting and struggling to cope with any energy. So been doing a lot of washing that is constantly needing doing . It just the all the little bits adding up and creating such a big mountain to climb up at the moment.
On a more positive note I signed my eldest son up to some free swimming lessons for one week only (he normally has swimming lessons once week anyway). He loves it and it is lovely to watch how confident he is getting at swimming. It is funny though as it is in the same pool that I used to swim when I was pregnant with him. So that has been the highlight of my week to see him grow.
Hopefully next week I won’t sound such a miserable cow, but this is my blog and this is where I will vent. God I love blogging it is such a great therapy tool.
Hope you have a lovely week,
cheers for reading X
The living room is the perfect place for all the family to spend some quality time together, so you should aim to create a room that’s cosy and comfortable for everyone. Even really nicely decorated rooms can look stark and bare without the right finishing touches, so to bring it all together the perfect accessories are key. If you feel like your family room is currently bland and a bit lacking, check out these easy ways to make it feel more homely.
Add Cushions and Throws
Cushions and throws will make a room immediately look more cosy and homely. They’re a good way to bring in some colour and texture into the room, but also have the benefit of being lovely and comfortable too. Perfect for snuggling up together with in the evenings and on lazy weekends. A cosy bed on the sofa is the perfect way for a sick child to recover when they’ve not been feeling well (and they’re pretty handy for cheeky naps for the adults too!)
Display Family Photographs
When we all take so many photos this day in age, it would be silly not to display some of our favourites. Family photos are a great way for visitors to learn more about your family, and are fantastic little reminders of the fun you’ve had together. Gallery walls are popular and give you the opportunity to display lots of individual pictures. Before hanging your frames, lay them all out on the floor first so you have an idea of where each piece looks best. Add Glue dots from Glue Guns Direct to each corner of your photo. This will tack it to the inside of the frame, and prevent it from slipping down or moving once it’s been hung. Then use a spirit level to check each picture after hanging to make sure everything looks perfectly straight.
Don’t Disregard Lighting
Lighting is so often overlooked, but it’s a a really important thing to get right if you want to create a nice ambience in your home. You should ideally go for a couple of different lamps with varying levels of brightness, then you can tailor the lighting to whatever you’re doing in the room. Lamps with multi touch brightness are especially good as you have even more control. If you buy lamps with neutral coloured bases, you can change up the shades whenever you get bored or want to update the colour scheme in your room. This saves money on shelling out for an entirely new lamp!
Put Down Some Rugs
Rugs are great for bringing in some additional comfort underfoot, and can tie everything else in the room together. When you have young kids that like to play on the floor it makes it a lot nicer for them too. Another benefit of adding rugs to your space is that you can use them to section out different areas in a room. So for example if you have your dining table in your living room, a rug under that as well as one in the general seating area gives you defined spaces.
Display Some Decorative Items
These are all of the other miscellaneous bits and bobs. Things like vases of flowers, candles, plants and ornaments. The key to getting your decorative accessories right is finding a good balance. You want to display pieces that show your personality but without cluttering or overcrowding the room. One good tip to remember is don’t display things that are smaller that a grapefruit. This will prevent your room from looking too busy. Arrange small groups of items, and play around with the layout of them to work out what looks best.
Cheers for reading X
Hope you are coping with summer holidays and not enduring too much squabbling if you have two children, like me who feels a full time referee.
Anyhoos, here is my ten things that have happened to me recently.
- I completed a very basic photography course but it was great in getting my juices flowing and be inspired to not just constantly have my camera on auto.
- I also completed a course in mindfulness to see what all the hype was about. It is not really my think but some things I have taken on board and found helpful.
- I have been enjoying the sunshine and getting shed loads of washing done, whoop!
- I am loving easy going mornings and not feeling like a headless chicken to get the boys ready for nursery in the mornings.
- I have upped my exercise and trying to get more fit as I have hurt my foot recently causing me a lot pain when walking. So that has helped me feel better and of course nothing beats going out in the fresh air.
- I have joined in with the craze that is Pokemon Go and it is fun doing it with the boys. Great excuse to go out and hunt the little animals down 🙂
- I have finally got round to purchasing a laptop. Oh my word it so much better then my tablet with the processor and saves me a lot of time sorting blogging stuff out.I am a lot quicker at typing compared to the tablet which is a bonus!
- I set myself a challenge to read more and it has been great to just get lost in books. I have had really bad anxiety so this has helped make me feel better more productive.
- I have felt really inspired to write more stuff on the blog and get loads of ideas for content.
- I enjoyed spending 1-2-1 time with my eldest and I took him on his first tram trip which he loved so much.
Cheers for reading X
My eldest starts a new chapter in his life in September. He starts school and here is when it is a turning point, where I worry about what will happen when social pressure rears it’s ugly head.
I have already seen the impact of my sons decisions he has made based on the influence of his nursery friends. Small things but noticeable things. Such as he randomly wanting a England football t-shirt because his friend had one. He wanted it right down to the same number on the back of the top. I am fine with him having choice and pleased that he knows what he wants. But I also know the power of peer pressure and the need we may have to want to fit in. I worry how it will impact on my son. I would love him to have the confidence to be his own person. I would love him not to be swayed by others but sadly we are reaching that point that you lose a tiny bit of your child and now we now simply have to adjust to the ever changing direction of my son’s journey through childhood.
It is scary and I do worry whether my son will get bullied or he will bully others. That being said he might not be either of this, which would be brilliant.
You think you know your child until you have an opportunity to secretly watch them out of sight and you realise that they are slowly becoming their own person. What you think you know of your child can be totally wrong especially in a different environment such as nursery. I have witnessed some behaviour in my son that I would not see in is home environment.
I just hope me and my husband can teach our son that he can be his own person and that if he does not want to do something that he can say no. I want him to know he can always trust myself and his dad and we are always there to talk if at all he feels anxious or needs advice.
It is awful to let go of being primary carer and allow other people to come along and be my son’s life to influence. I can not now at the tender age of five wrap him in cotton wool all the time though I can give hot chocolate and cuddles when needed. Lets face it one day my son won’t be a child, he will grow into his own person where he will have to stand on his own two feet. All I can do is trust and hope that he turns out not too damaged. regardless of whatever path my son takes he knows that he is loved and accepted for who he is.
I suppose it is not just a turning point in his life but a new chapter for me as a parent when my son slowly grows further in to independence and I am not needed as much as a guidance but just a warm hand of support.
cheers for reading X
Well it’s finally here, summer hols! Both my boys broke up from nursery on Tuesday albeit the youngest didn’t go in this week as he was poorly. Over the weekend the youngest had a temperature over 41.5 and he kept getting really cold and hot. He was very wingy and tired due to this bug he caught.
Saturday we did go out but he was so bad that I had to come home and get him comfy on the sofa with his quilt whilst watching a marathon of Octonauts. He was motionless on the sofa which is very, very unusual for my DS2. If you ever met him he would be really bouncy and have bucketfuls of energy. Clearly needed the rest on Saturday afternoon. He then started developing a rash with red spots. So, we did take him to the out of hours doctors in the evening as we rang up for advice and got told to bring him down to the clinic. The dr said it was some sort of virus and advised us to give him paracetamol and ibuprofen to help with his temperature. Strangely it went down but then on Sunday evening his temperature spiked again into the forties.
We decided Monday morning to not take him into nursery as his rash was so bad all over his face, legs and chest. We got an appointment to the dr that morning. They confirmed that it was a virus and gave him a proscription for some antibiotics. I am pleased to inform on Wednesday evening the rash has reduced and so has his temperature. Just in time for the holidays 😉
In other news boy is it hot. I feel slightly dread of lack of child free time to get stuff during the summer. I think it is more the anxiety of change. Give it a week I will get into the swing of things. I can’t complain having lie ins and not getting flustered trying to get two children for nursery.
Thanks for reading X