Have you got friends or family staying over the Christmas period? Like many people we don’t have a spare bedroom. Our back room is my home office and when guests come to stay it converts into a guest room. When be bought our home, one of our first purchases was a futon bed. A futon sofa was the solution to a long slim room, it converts to a double-bed side-ways. With some interiors styling and extra touches the space converts into a welcoming guest room.
With all the other things to do at Christmas, it is easy to simply make up a spare bed and add fresh towels. Adding a few extra items creates a more thoughtful, welcoming space that will make your guests that little bit more at ease.
Leaving treats and magazines. Adding a reading lamp and some scented roses. Changes the room from its previous life and converts it into a cosy space that guests will want to spend time in. Let’s be honest, at Christmas sometimes we all need a little bit of space from our nearest and dearest.
The room before:
Ideas for creating the perfect guest room for Christmas
- Do give them a note of your wifi code, Christmas is the perfect time for lazy mornings browsing social media. Sharing greetings with friends on the other side of the globe.
- Consider different sleeping needs. A sleep mask and an extra blanket give guests options that might be more suited to their usual sleeping choices.
- Make space. I clear my desk of files, pens, notebooks, laptop and other clutter than gathers there to make space for my guests’ toiletries and personal bits.
- Add a hand mirror. Make-up can a be a quick fix for some or a lengthy me-time for others. A mirror means then can take as long as they like in their room, without keeping the bathroom busy; useful when lots of people are home together.
- White roses and eucalyptus leaves (available by the stem from florists) in vase make a room feel special and give a stylish season feel.
- Turn a chair into a bedside table with the addition of a small table and a flask of water. A place to put a book or magazine.
- Leave a list with local places to visit and things to do. A local map. Ideas of things to do; The Christmas market. A walk in woods. Nearest National Trust places with what’s on guide. Directions to good local pubs or cafes. Details of Christmas carol events and church services. It’s nice to give guests some choices of things to do or the opportunity for an independent explore.
- In small spaces keep thing simple with neutral bedding to avoid the room feeling too busy.
- Quick dry towels (like the ones selected below) are a bonus when you’ve more people at home than usual.
Create a Christmas guest box
In collaboration with Wayfair, I’ve created a Christmas box for guests. A box full of ‘welcome’. Inside sturdy wooden box from Zeller (see below) I’ve added:
Christmas edition magazines. My choices; The Simple Things and Living Etc.
Restful chamomile tea. A sleep mask (our guest room is very light).
Christmas biscuits and a chocolate orange – add a treat you know your guest loves.
Tied to the side is a label with the wifi code.
Christmas day menu. The big day is all about the food. Sharing the menu before hand creates a sense of anticipation and excitement.
Soured cream smoked salmon blini
Posh crisps. Black olives
Drink: Prosecco. Sherry with a twist of orange & ice
Roast Belly of Pork & gravy or Roasted squash with cranberries, chestnuts & cambozola cheese
Honey glazed parsnips & carrots
Braised red cabbage with apples
Drink: Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio
Christmas pudding and Jersey cream
Home made New York cheese cake
Cheese & Biscuits
English Stilton. French Pont L’eveque. Spanish Manchego
Guest Room Essentials
What would be your essential items to convert a spare room into a guest room and make guests feel welcome over the festive period?
Sponsored post in collaboration with Wayfair Home Experts.