Holiday Hospitality Guest Room Essentials

Holiday hospitality guest room essentials in mi casa es su casa fashion fit perfectly into the ’tis the holiday company’s coming season.

Creating a comfortable home away from home guest room for visiting family or friends begins with holiday hospitality guest room essentials.


Our Canadian snowbird arrived home last week, officially kicking off the There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays party.

That red suitcase is the ultimate holiday decoration.

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends and family, Mr. Emerson.


The goal at Places In The Home is for our guests to need or want for nothing.

My darling Daddy always welcomed guests with the heartfelt declaration “if we don’t have it, we will get it.”

Welcoming words for sure, and that is the objective.


When Dave the Builder and I are overnight guests at the homes of friends and family, we consider the comforts of home furnished by our hosts not only thoughtful, but guest room life savers.

Let’s take a look at my list of guest room essentials.

Guest Room Essentials

Topping the list of guest room essentials is space!!!  Dresser and bedside tabletops and drawers cleared and ready for guests to clutter set out and fill is always appreciated.

To reduce the risk of scratching the top of a dresser or bedside table(s), simply place a plush bath towel or blanket on top of the furniture piece.

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Closet space complete with extra clothes hangers and a bottle of wrinkle releaser, thank you.


Rack ’em up

I like to put out one or two luggage racks for our guests to utilize vs. wall to wall luggage on the guest room floor.  Navigating the guest bedroom should not resemble an obstacle course.

Looking good, Billy Ray!
Feeling good, Louis!

The snowbird loves our long standing holiday tradition of watching the movie Trading Places on Thanksgiving night (Black Friday Eve).

I love the above line from the movie, and seize every opportunity to inject it into a conversation.

His and Her looking good-feeling good baskets are a big hit with overnight guests.


His and Her looking good-feeling good baskets are a big hit with overnight guests.


travelWrap these welcome kits up and tie them with a holiday bow for festive gifting fun.

Gift Your Guests with the Gift of Comfort and Hospitality


Festive faux or fresh flowers.


A beside water carafe.


A stylish basket packed to please with his and her slippers, plug-and-power charging station for devices, reading glasses, tissues, extra toilet paper, room and linen spray, and a pair of mini flashlight (to avoid things that go bump in the night like toes and kneecaps).


Extra blankets, a scented candle, note pad with pen, and trinket tray on the bedside table or dresser top my holiday hospitality guest room essentials list.{affiliate_id}O{offer_id}TID{transaction_id}

Over the river and through the woods, To grandmother’s fantastic smelling house we go.


Staying connected to the world wide web while connecting with friends and family is the business and leisure routine of daily life.

Holiday sales, where to go, what to do, checking emails and social media, tracking Santa’s route- when you need to know you need the password.

Frame a WiFi password printable for beside table display so guests can connect to your WiFi network.

Downtime is the Right Time



Travel, especially holiday travel, can be a stressful event.

Enter Noisli.

The Noisli app is a little peace on earth and goodwill toward traveling men and women.  Peaceful background noises promote a serene environment conducive to a relaxing sleep.

A Good Read

Place a few best sellers and shelter magazines around the guest room for guests to enjoy.

end-table-booksDomino – photography by James Waddell

A good read before bedtime can unwind even the tightest of clocks, and is proven reading often promotes a better night’s sleep.


Guest Room Service

A bedtime sip and snack is a token gesture of comfort, or as we say in Louisiana, a little lagniappe.

A tray of holiday or anytime of year sips and snacks served in room service fashion is a hospitality treat.

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A glass of ice cold milk paired with home for the holidays cookies.

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What do we holiday have here?


Hot Cocoa Oreos.

sipsA mug of hot cocoa  goes well with the holidays.

Add a zing of seasonal deliciousness to hot cocoa with a dollop of flavored whipped topping, peppermint or cinnamon sticks, a splash of Kahlúa or a generous shot of Southern Comfort for a 21 and over spirited nightcap.


A relaxing cup of decaffeinated sweet cinnamon spice herbal tea.  Little details pamper and please, and a bedtime treat always goes over big with guests.


It’s the little touches that make them feel right at home sweet home for the holiday.

Love your style!

Adventures In Decorating Rental Property

During a recent all in the family design consultation the question how would mom approach decorating rental property was asked and answered.

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Our son is on the move once again in the pursuit of higher education and stylish digs, and thus begins our adventures in decorating rental property.

He has clear and concise idea of what he wants on the education front, but questions his decorative decisions on the latter.


I’m considering replacing my LSU Mom bumper sticker with a custom sticker stating “My son and my money and my furniture, home furnishings, and home decor accessories go to LSU.”

LSU mom

It’s important when decorating rental property to be fully aware of the rules and limitations regarding changes to the existing decor, but to also keep a personal stamp of style in mind.

Color does just that.

The color palette I’m suggesting consists of his all time favorite colors.

It’s been established the living area and kitchen colors will remain as is for the following two reasons:

A neutral color palette in a common area works to your advantage.

gray paint colors BHG photo by Marty Baldwin

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Marty Baldwin

Neutral colors are wildly popular because most everyone lives well with them.

With that in mind, it’s a safe assumption a neutral color palette in shared areas will reduce the risk of conflicting tastes with the roommate.

Your security deposit dollars and post graduation time schedule thank you in advance for your consideration.

Introduce color through accent pieces and home decor accessories.

It’s much easier to add and subtract on a smaller scale than to go big or repaint at this stage of the college housing game.

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The decorative emphasis is on the bedroom.

The floor plan offers enough space and full walls for better furniture placement.

Windows are great, but can wreak havoc with furniture placement.

Thankfully, this will not present a problem.

Storage and a sufficient work area remain big considerations in the overall plan.

bedroom floor plan

Let me share with you a renter/lessee tip.

Before painting the interior or exterior of a property, obtain written permission from the landlord or property management firm.

With written permission from the property management firm giving the okay to paint firmly in place, we’ve reached a color compromise of sorts.


We both agree the 14′ X 13′ bedroom is better equipped to do a core color decorative justice as a focal point color.

Enter the accent wall.


“I Heart NY” is one of my favorite Sex In The City episodes.

Moon River.

A red accent wall.

The charismatic Chris Noth as Mr. Big.

That one red wall is captivating!

Other than my gush, our son has no point of reference.

Unfortunately, Dave the Builder does due to the years of overexposure to my obsession.

Dave suggested the above image for visual reference.

The decision has been made and we have a winner.


Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue SW 6965  is the one color he is set on.

Dave the Builder insists on making a custom upholstered headboard.

It’s a practical and affordable way to bring more color into the space and to create a striking look.

One sheet of plywood, a jigsaw, upholstery foam, batting, upholstery fabric, and a staple gun will get the DIY job done.

For the next two months one thing is for sure- college decorating days are here again.

This is a refresher course for me in the ABC’s of decorating rental property, an all in the family affair, and I’m loving every stylish minute of it!