One of the things I've been really insistent on for our new house is having a beautiful guest bedroom that people will want to come and stay in. Jim really does not get this (he thinks they should just be happy they have a bed not a blow-up mattress – men!) but I think there is something really lovely about having a space that people will look forwards to visiting. Also, I have spent far too much time on Pinterest and have more ideas than one master bedroom allows.
Our guest room budget is pretty small, given that it's the room we'll mostly likely be shutting the door to and being content in knowing it's sorted, but it doesn't mean we can't make a big impact with some lovely pieces and when I saw the current competition from Hilary's Blinds to redo a bedroom, I thought I'd have to enter.
We’re really lucky in that our guest room is really rather big. Big enough that we have been able to add a king sized bed to the room (we already had this) and a giant wardrobe (a hand-me-down) and it’s still got loads of space left over for me to play with.
I want to keep the room really simple and relaxing, elegant but comfy. A boudoir rather than a room. I’ve already got some lovely lights that are super fancy (you just tap their base to turn them on) and I’ve earmarked some artwork from our current collection for the walls too, but there are still some bits that I am dreaming of to make the room lovely. Here are some of the essentials that our guest room needs to include;
1. A blackout blind is a must for the guest room. I know what I am like with sleeping in light rooms, so we have to block out the light for guests. This Monochrome blind from Hilary’s would be just perfect. 2. The carpet in the room is pretty dire, and whilst it’s not in our budget to be replaced just yet, having something for guests to sink their feet into when they get up would be a must. 3 As would curtains to fit around the blind. I love the look of a window with layers and sometimes, if you’re just getting changed, you don’t want a pitch black room, so a light curtain over the window too would be ideal. 4. I love the idea of having a full stocked guest room, with big fluffy towels, carafe of water for guests, and midnight snacks and pretty jars full of any toiletries they might need, plus magazines or books, and maybe a guide to Sheffield for infrequent visitors to the city. This bar cart come guest room organiser has everything you could possibly need. 5. And to finish it off in style, simple,beautiful bedding, filled with a soft duvet and fluffy pillows of course.
Some other bits that I would love to include in the room is a nice dressing table, the room has a chimney breast in it, and I'd love to add a floating dressing table in one of the recessed spaces, with a big fancy mirror above it for guests to get ready at. The room also needs loads of plugs. I know how annoying it is to not be able to charge your phone because of a lack of plugs. And a big comfy chair , a bit like this one from Loaf for chilling out in when guests need a bit of alone time, probably from Flash!
What are your guest room must haves?