Monday, July 30, 2007


Whether you offer them a single room or an entire house,create relaxing for your guests.Skip the extravagant and focus on simplicity.Cosy furniture,reading materials and natural color scheme invite guests to relax in comfort.
Maximise space by creating separate areas in one room.A rug in a sitting area pulls chairs and couches together and invites guests to skip off their shoes and prop up their feet.Use a small room divider to beak up the space and create privacy.Paint the divider a shades that matches the room, so it becomes another pieces of furniture.
As a host,you are in charge of pampering your guests,but you don't have to wait on them hand and foot,day and night.Just make them feel special with personalized attention.Greet them by setting out fresh fruit,plush towels and extra pillows.They'll never want to leave.
Whether your guest room walls are blank white or mishmash of color,invent a new look with a fresh coat of paint or inexpensive artwork.
  • Try simple paint treatment to make a big difference.Add architectural interest by painting a contrasting color on the bottom of the walls, or paint a border to create dimension on the room.
  • Find vintage magazine at a thrift store,then frame the covers on other interesting photos for unusual art.Create a theme in the room with landscape photos or divas from old magazines covers.
  • Use black and white prints to add a touch of style to bare walls.

No Shopping Required.

You don't need new furniture for your guest room.Even hand-me-downs from others rooms.Grouped with the right accessories,create a chic get away.

  • Paint mismatched furniture in complementary hues.Choose a neutral shades, such as white or a pale pastel, for the beds and bright matching color for a desk or dresser.There's a paint for almost any surface these days.So any piece that's sturdy has potential.Apply the same treatment to decorative accessories.
  • Think creatively about artwork for the walls.Groupings of decorative plates,small mirrors,framed vintage textiles,old signage,license plates or tools make a strong visual impact over a bed or accent table.
  • Hang sheer curtains so guests experience privacy but still enjoy view.
  • Choose bedding that accents the furniture and walls to tie the room together.
  • Don't have a bedside table for the guest room?A stack of old suitcases does the job while providing storage for linens.Large books in a sturdy stack also a lamp in a pinch.A butler's tray painted in a coordinating color works well as a side table and is easily portable to accommodate other uses in a small room.
  • Remember to provide entertainment.With plenty of free time, guests might enjoy working a puzzle or sitting back to savor the aroma of fresh-picked flowers.Offer empty vases and they can create their own bouquets.
  • Purchase a wiring kit at a hardware store or home improvement center to turn unusual object into lamp.With a little imagination teapots,vases,bottles,tripod and old table legs take on a second life as a lamp.

Quick tips.

  • Dress up your pillowcases to complete a bedding set.Simply fuse a ribbon border on plain cases; your guest will think you bought new linens for their visit.
  • Cover ordinary storage boxes with fabrics and stash your favorite mementos in style.
  • Hang sheer draperies.Pulled during the day to block the sun,they create a dreamy atmosphere perfect for taking a nap.

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