December 7th, 2015

6 Easy Ways to Get Your Home Guest-Ready for the Holidays


The holidays are here and with them come overnight guests. Making those guests feel as comfortable as possible in your home is the best gift, but with all the chaos that comes with the holidays, it’s easy to overlook. Follow these simple tricks and you’ll have the happiest guests.

A Fabulous Welcome

Take a tip from luxury hotels and pamper your guests with a few treats for their stay. The example pictured is a wooden flower box painted with GIidden paint in Candy Apple. It’s stuffed with a few personal favorites including a refreshing drink, a light snack, mints, magazines and luxe toiletries.

Liven it Up

Live plants and flowers add a special touch to any space. A single fresh cut stem or small succulent will go a long way to make your guests feel that their presence is treasured.

Welcome to the Future

Almost everyone travels with at least one connected device now. Make it easy for guests to recharge both physically and digitally by providing charging cables and the wi-fi password. Extra points for changing the password to something festive!

Serene Sleeping Space

Set the tone for a restful night of sleep by clearing out the clutter and keeping a quiet color scheme in your guest room. Don’t be afraid to use dark muted colors like Shaded Fern or Delicious Plum on the walls and then keep the color of your fabrics and furniture coordinated for a calm atmosphere.

Make Space

Your guests will be living out of a suitcase, so make sure they have a place to put their luggage. Clear out some room in closets and dressers so they have room to put away their essentials. Put out a folding luggage rack to make packing and unpacking more pleasant.

Appearances Aren’t Everything

Engage the other senses to make for the best all around welcome. Hang eucalyptus in the shower for a refreshing steam, play holiday music when your guests arrive, hang a fresh evergreen wreath in the house for holiday scent or provide a plush throw blanket for chilly nights—these little touches take you to the next level of hosting.

This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.