There’s nothing like having your whole family together under one roof. But if it’s your turn to host this year, now’s the time to get ahead of the game. It can be a stressful task making everyone feel at home, but thankfully, there are some easy touches that can turn your guest room, or even a blow-up mattress in the den, into a hotel-inspired oasis.
Elevate Your Linens
“You can’t deny the power of a great set of sheets,” says New York City–based interior designer Phillip Thomas. “Getting into a comfy bed can make you feel like royalty. Even when guest rooms are full and guests are relegated to a makeshift bed on a couch, I think sheets can make all the difference.” Best to invest in at least one set of quality sheets—something breathable and soft to the touch. They don’t have to cost a fortune. Comfort is the most important thing, so try sleeping on them yourself first.
Create a Signature Scent
Follow the lead of luxury hotels like the W, The Ritz-Carlton, and Hotel Bel-Air and create your own signature scent, suggests JL Rocks jewelry designer Jamie Camche. “I love to burn my favorite Diptyque candle, but you can also diffuse essential oils, put potpourri sashes in the nightstand drawer, or lightly spray linens with a nice room spray,” says Camche. “Your home will be a breath of fresh air, literally, after long travels.”
For Thomas, consistency is key. “In addition to using lavender when pressing my sheets, I also love to have a scented candle with elements of lavender in my guest rooms,” he says. “The relaxing power of lavender is undeniable.”
Clear Space for Guests’ Belongings
Whether you have a dedicated guest room or are setting up a sleeper sofa, space for your guests’ things is a must. “Try to replicate a bedroom setting as much as possible,” explains Melissa Lindsay, designer for Connecticut’s Pimlico Interiors. “Think about where your guests can use closet space for hanging clothes and designate a spot for luggage.” Clear a drawer in a piece of nearby furniture, if possible, and consider buying a foldable luggage rack for suitcases.
Stock Up on Necessities
Extra phone chargers are a nice touch, Lindsay says. Another hotel tip? Think of how the concierge can provide that forgotten toothbrush. “Assemble a small kit with common toiletries, so your guests don’t even need to ask for them,” suggests New York-based designer Allison Babcock.