Saturday, November 5, 2011

Spoil Your Houseguests

Create a Mood

Layer your lighting: Use lamps with three-way bulbs so guests can adjust the amount of needed light when reading or getting ready in the morning.

Triple the sheets: How do luxe hotels make their beds so comfy? It's the three-sheet rule. One is spread over the feathertop on the mattress. The other two sandwich a thin, down-filled blanket. Then a heavier down duvet goes on top of all that.

Make Them Feel at Home

Be prepared: It really does make life easier when your guests have what they need at the ready. On a bench at the end of the bed, lay out sets of towels, soaps, shampoos, lotions, bottled water, and snacks.

Special touches: Think of ways to personalize the amenities. Does your mother love the scent of lavender? Does your sister go gaga for dark chocolate truffles? Let them know that a run-of-the-mill mini-bar has nothing on you.

Little Touches

Ready the closet: Supply hangers so guests can unpack with ease; provide extra pillows and blankets, robes, and slippers. A luggage rack or small table is also a thoughtful touch.

For their entertainment: Keep current magazines and books on shelves or inside nightstand drawers. If you have a TV in the room, jot down a channel guide on an index card, or print one from your cable provider's Web site.

Simple addition: Remember to set out a decanter and glass wtih some bottled water.

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