As we explore the great indoors while obeying the stay-at-home orders, we are familiarizing ourselves with our home interiors more every day. From uninspired bedding to a lackluster backdrop for your video calls, it’s fair to say some of us are in need of a design refresh more than ever. If reimagining your upgraded space has not come easy and you're dealing with a difficult case of wanderlust, we have the perfect Shop Talk for you.
WHAT IS THE CITIZENRY:
Commercial home furnishing stores have their place (we wrote a whole piece on it), but those big box interiors can begin to blend together. We are innate storytellers and expect our spaces to do the same, representing our journey and personal flare. That is what intrinsically transforms a one-note house into a home with depth of character. However, discovering the pieces that tell our journey is a challenge of its own. Enter The Citizenry. Their company was built around the philosophy that “personal spaces deserve designs with a soul, a story, and a purpose” and their timeless collection makes sure of it.
If you have ever wanted to instantly add an Instagrammable spark to your interior but pair it with positive global impact and a sense of individuality, The Citizenry is the place to do it. Well, not necessarily a place, given that they are an online home-good store, but nevertheless, their site is the digital destination.
FROM SMALL, TEXAS BEGINNINGS:
Founded and led by Texas-raised entrepreneurs, Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley, the two ventured out to build a community that champions creators. They travel far and wide, developing lasting relationships with gifted, dedicated artisans to reimagine global interior furnishings with their modern eye.
Meeting at the start of their freshman year at Texas A&M University, they created a connection from their mutual love of travel which grew into something larger than life. Now as they travel the world together, Carly and Rachel have created a business network with talented makers in Argentina, Chile, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, and more. Each handcrafted piece they curate feels unique and cultured, created with a current filter to adapt and coexist in nearly any room and color palette.
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If their beginnings and method of design aren’t enough, their business operations will comfort any social-conscious shopper. Carly, Rachel and their team personally tour for talented makers and work directly with them to develop a sustainable business model, maintaining fair trade standards throughout. In fact, each partner has a profile and story highlighted on the site for consumer transparency and 10% of proceeds are invested back into artisan communities. Different from luxury boutiques, The Citizenry’s personal connections ensure healthy, open collaborations to benefit their artisans with continued success and offers an incredible line of home-goods we get to enjoy.
THE PIECES IN OUR SHOPPING CARTS RIGHT NOW:
The best of The Citizenry offers an international flare, immediately revitalizing a space with a worldly, well-traveled touch without ever leaving the confines of your home. Layer this Peruvian wool throw pillow and blanket to brighten a seating area. Spruce up a coffee table moment with a hand-thrown and glazed in Dublin vase or these eye catching Puebla marble coasters and entertaining set. These pieces are sure to spark conversation with your visitors (post COVID-19 of course) and might even spark the slightest bit of envy.
We are partial to the hand-braided, palm leaf Mercado baskets from their latest Desert Calm collection and these amazing leather bins. You can never go wrong with cozy, organizational furnishings that dual as a statement piece and storage alternative. They offer the ultimate quick style boost with warmth, texture, and functionality.
We’ll leave you to peruse our favorite finds and uncover why The Citizenry is our internet happy place these days.
There’s nothing quite like visiting your grandparents, nestled comfortably on the overstuffed, patterned sofa, enveloped by the smell of something freshly baked with the sound of Turner Classic movies filling the background. Reminiscing a moment like this gives more than enough reason to understand the increasingly popular trend now known as, Grandmillennial style.
The term was coined by House Beautiful last fall, however, the movement has been on the rise for a few years with design-savvy 20 and 30-somethings taking serious notes from their older loved ones' homes to create their very own granny chic spaces. Experts credit the origin of this trend to the need to distract from negativity by leveraging nostalgia and comfort in new, fresh ways.
Now you may still be asking yourself, what in the world is Grandmillennial style. At first glance, the name doesn’t evoke a clear image. But trust us, when you see these beautifully layered spaces balancing the vibrant, chintzy designs from past generations with the crisp, polished finish of our contemporary, present day, the word takes on new life.
During this old school renaissance, millennials are drawing inspiration from Victorian and English Country design, curating classic pieces and features that have otherwise been deemed outdated or old-fashioned. Think shapely, skirted sofas, glossy, cane furniture, gilded hanging mirrors, ruffled bedding and plenty of eye-catching patterns for walls and curtains to match. Smaller pieces that offer an instant Grandmillennial style boost include a bold ginger jar (get a pair for extra measure) and pleated lampshades throughout the room. Not to mention, adding extra flash to your window treatments with swag and tail details. Retailers have also followed suit, producing a great array of Grandmillennial offerings like this upgraded needle point pillow and this chintz floral wallpaper.
The secret to keeping these spaces from feeling stuffy is to balance the traditional elements with unexpected moments like contemporary art or a muted, neutral furniture piece. This ensures the space still has the essence of the warm, comfort felt while visiting a grandparent but with the modern luxuries of 2020. Take our recent photoshoot featuring our fierce founder for example, the cool, floral wallpaper and tufted, velvet couch create a Grandmillennial statement but feels current with the modern lighting.
So while we are staying safe at home, now is the perfect time to rummage through those boxes stored in the far corners of the attic and see what gems have been hiding. Perhaps a forgotten antique, maybe a family hand-me-down that sparks memories of yesteryear, or if you’re lucky, a vintage heirloom waiting to be put on display. If you don’t happen to have a twentieth century treasure trove in your home, fear not, there are plenty of surefire pieces to discover online. Happy hunting!
According to a study by Delos, a wellness-design innovations company, we spend 90% of our time indoors, with two-thirds of that time spent at home. Due to the current, global health situation, we're occupying our residential spaces even more. Because of that, it's vital our homes promote our health and overall wellbeing. In this blog, we'll cover the most important elements to focus on inside your home, while also providing healthy solutions to improve the quality of your space.
We typically think of air pollutants existing outdoors, but research shows concentrations of allergins, toxins, and pollutants can be up to five times higher indoors. Poor air quality can greatly impact our health. While short-term effects include respiratory irritation, long-term adverse effects include increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung cancers, and other respiratory issues. Therefore, the level of air pollutants in our everyday spaces is vitally important.
Thankfully, a movement of wellness-inspired design solutions has swept over the design community. While we're all familiar with air purifiers and their function, the technology has rapidly advanced in sophistication and sleekness. Samsung's Cube Air Purifier, for example, uses a laser-monitoring system to provide real-time air quality measurements. Always reading the room's conditions, it adapts to and improves the air in its given space.
It's true that Americans benefit from better-quality drinking water than other countries. Our water treatment infrastructure, however, is aging and deteriorating, leading it to receive a grade "D" by the American Society of Civil Engineers in their most recent report. Additionally, the EPA has estimated that US water infrastructure needs over $734 billion in improvements.
As our systems break down, water contaminants increase. In just the past five years, nearly 77 million Americans lived in communities whose water systems violated at least one Safe Drinking Water Act rule, with over 88,000 total violations.
To help people take control of their water contaminant levels, many companies are offering professional-grade water filtration systems. Brondell, for example, offers an under-the-counter reverse osmosis (RO) water filter system that features a four-step filtering process that's 10x more efficient than typical RO systems. Award-winning Australian company, Zip, has developed a tap-system that provides instant purified chilled, boiling, and sparkling water.
Working or studying from home doesn't necessarily mean you'll be spending more time inside. However, with many businesses closing to accommodate social distancing, the need or reason to leave one's home has decreased. This could, indirectly, cause people to stay indoors more than usual. With that in mind, we need to be aware of our space's quality of light.
As discussed in a previous blog, lighting has a huge impact on our overall wellbeing. It affects our sleep patterns, our mood, our stress levels. That's why it's essential our inside spaces receive as much natural light — or light mimicking natural conditions — as possible during this time.
Top-of-the-line, smart home light integrations — like Delos's Darwin circadian lighting and Ketra's human-centric dynamic lights — mirror natural light patterns. These do require more advanced installations (and we highly recommend them for future projects), but the Eria smart lightbulb kit can be implemented right away. As featured in our Healthy Design: Lighting blog, this smart kit allows users to activate a circadian light setting and the Color Rendering Index (CRI) of these bulbs is 90+. (CRI measures the color an object looks under artificial light in contrast to natural light, with a 90+ rating deemed as "excellent" light.)
By now, we've probably all given our homes a scrub down (or two) and we're definitely more conscious about the surfaces we touch when arriving home. With that said, many of us will neglect cleaning the cleaning tools themselves, leaving us exposed to unwanted contaminants. For that reason, we recommend touchless cleaning solutions.
Typically, we don't think of touchless hand dryers or paper towel dispensers in the home. In fact, touchless soap dispensers just recently joined hand-sensor trashcans as semi-common household products. Appliances like these, however, can make all the difference when trying to keep a sanitized home.
Robot vacuums and mops can also be great solutions. Our daily habits and cleaning routine have already changed so much, so if there's a tool out there that can operate on a consistent schedule (giving you one less thing to think about) take advantage of it!
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As stated earlier, we spend 90% of our lives inside, and 66% of that time at home. So no matter the situation, it's important your home promotes healthiness. If it seems like too many solutions to implement on your own, no worries! We're here to help.
Choosing the right interior designer is no simple task. Many factors come into play that will shape the experience and overall outcome of the design. Additionally, depending on the scope of your project, you could be working with your designer for months, possibly years. That's why we believe it's important you find someone right for you. In order to do that, you need to know how interior designers differentiate themselves in terms of service and style. To help you feel confident about your choice, here are some things to consider when hiring your interior designer.
First and foremost, you want an interior designer who can give you a design that matches your aesthetic (or your business’s brand, for you commercial clients). Even if you don’t know your style, per se, you can easily determine if a designer’s style matches yours by looking at their portfolio. If their work speaks to you, add them to your list! You want someone who’s skilled in designing your aesthetic so they can personalize their design to you.
Another factor to consider is the level of service you’d like your interior designer to perform. For example, we at Beyond Interior Design are a full-service design firm. Therefore, simply put, when we take over a project, we handle everything — from design to build-out and everything in between. If you don’t have the know-how and time to put together a cohesive space, full-service design is a great option for you.
On the other hand, you may want a designer to consult on your space, giving you ideas that you can later execute. Or you could, like many people, lie in the in-between and want a designer to create the design while you make the purchases and take over the build-out. No matter the level of service you’re looking for, there are designers out there for you. You just need to know what level of service fits your needs.
To further hone in on a designer that’s right for your project, consider what special interests or design goals you have and compare them to those of the designers you're considering. Are you someone who wants a connected house, aesthetically and wirelessly? If so, perhaps you want a designer experienced in incorporating smart-home technology into their designs. Do you live a natural and holistic life? Maybe you'd benefit from a designer who has biophilic and sustainable design principles at their core. The more aligned you are with your designer, the easier it is for them to create a space personalized to you. Even if they don't advertise their specialty, ask them more about what inspires them. The discovery process is a two-way street so take advantage of it!
When considering the cost of design, you must take into account the designer's fees as well as the implementation of the design. Still, understanding the cost of design can be tricky because numerous factors come into play. A designer's vendors (i.e. sources for furnishings, finishes, etc.) will heavily impact the overall cost, as will the level of service. With some services, such as e-design or consultation packages, the design cost is stated upfront, and you have more control over the vendors you purchase from. Therefore, the total cost of design is easier to grasp. For full-service design firms, it’s more complex, as a designer simply can’t provide an accurate project quote until after the products are sourced and the design is complete.
Don’t worry, there are still ways for you to understand if your budget matches the cost of a designer. For one, you can tell them the scope and desired budget of your project and ask if that's accomplishable by their firm. You could also determine if the designer has a project minimum and what that minimum is. We’ll use ourselves in another example. Because we typically design custom kitchens, we average at least $60-$100K for kitchen remodels. Additionally, we have a $50K project minimum. If those numbers are not in your budget this time around, that’s totally ok! But it’s helpful to understand that early on so you can make the right decision when selecting a designer.
THINGS TO ASK YOUR DESIGNER
Some interior design firms hire general contractors to oversee the build-out of a design while other designers have the credentials (i.e. contractor’s license) to manage the project themselves. Many benefits come from hiring a designer who will also project manage the buildout, including streamlined communication, accurate implementation, and shared industry discounts.
Most designers offer two types of fee structures, hourly or flat-fee, both of which are pretty straightforward. A designer either bills the clients for hours worked or creates a flat-fee based on estimated hours worked. Some clients really love the flat-fee because they know the number upfront. It’s important to understand that flat-fees are typically derived from estimated total hours plus hours for unforeseen issues or design edits. In other words, clients might pay for more hours than actually worked. Other people enjoying an hourly fee structure because they only pay for hours worked. They just don’t know the total cost of design fees until after services are complete.
Transparency is key, especially for hourly-fee firms, because you should know where your money is going. One thing we do at Beyond Interior Design is offer monthly invoices with detailed descriptions of all hours logged.
Now that you know what factors to consider when selecting your interior designer, you can confidently hire someone who will excel at your project. If that interior designer happens to be us, wonderful! We can't wait to speak with you more and start our journey together.
Beyond Interior Design awaits excitingly for what 2020 will bring. We've already filled up the beginning of the year, which is a thrilling way to start the new decade. But before we push ahead, we'd like to spend time looking back on 2019 and showcase our work of the 2010s' final year.
This past year, we've had the unique opportunity to work on some amazing projects close to our Uptown office. We completely transformed one unit at the Renaissance at Turtle Creek, which was formally Texas traditional, through-and-through. We also redesigned a space for one of the penthouses at The Katy, taking advantage of its floor-to-ceiling windows and long, continuous space.
Residential building in Dallas has grown exponentially in the past several years, especially as the metroplex gained over 1 million new residents since 2010. Just because people are buying new-builds, though, doesn't mean they're perfect as-is. People still want to set their houses apart, creating spaces that represent them. We had the special opportunity to give a few new builds the interior makeover the new owners needed to feel represented by their home.
Over the past year, we've developed a blooming partnership with Grand Development and Clay Stapp + Co, creating a series of modern spec homes in Inwood Park with a flare of international influence. We're excited about what we've brought to the northwest Dallas neighborhood, and we look forward to our projects in 2020!
Don't be fooled, our jobs as interior designers don't constrain our abilities to transform only interior spaces. We redesigned outdoor areas in 2019, giving clients spaces where they could enjoy the Texas sun in style.
Thanks to all of our clients making this past year possible! We can't wait to get started on all our new projects in 2020.
Amy and her family had been living in their Plano home for over 25 years, and it came to the point where they were either going to buy a new house or remodel their current one. Amy and her husband made a beautiful life in this house. They raised three kids in it. It was truly their home.
So, they decided to stay and called us to bring their 1978 home into the 21st century.
Having lived in the house for so long, Amy knew exactly how she wanted to improve her space — open up the galley kitchen to the living room and dining room. She also wanted to give the 40-year-old home a makeover — update the style and give it a fresh, clean look that would last for decades to come. We took her suggestions and ran with them, giving her the space of her dreams in the home her family filled with memories.
The biggest task in the remodel was knocking down the wall that separated Amy’s kitchen from the surrounding primary spaces. Opening up that area brought in an incredible amount of light, which accentuated the white kitchen we designed for her.
WHAT OUR TEAM LOVES
“There’s a moment where the backsplash wraps around the cabinets up to the ceiling and it meets the wood paneling on the adjacent wall. It’s a beautiful meeting of two contrasting materials. I just love it.” — ABBEY, Junior Designer at Beyond Interior Design
When we first entered the house (prior to the remodel), we saw two separate spaces — the dining room and living room — with an entry to the kitchen on your left. The removal of the kitchen wall changed those two adjoining spaces. With one large connected space, we had the opportunity to create a cohesive design that flowed throughout the home.
In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the domino effect (if you change one thing, it will often change another). With the kitchen and dining rooms open to the living room, we knew we’d need to update the stairs and fireplace to maintain a fluid aesthetic. To achieve this, we created a custom, sleek fireplace wall and slimmed down the finishings of the staircase.
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We're excited to announce that the international tile, kitchen, and bath company Porcelanosa has invited Head Designer Juliana Oliveira to tour their facilities in February 2020. Juliana will travel to Spain with a small, exclusive group of industry professionals to take a peek at the company's newest line of products and see where the 50-year-old business first began.
As an internationally-inspired, modern interior designer, Juliana sources materials from all over the world, but Porcelanosa holds a special place in the design hearts of Juliana and the rest of the Beyond team. The company's cutting-edge designs don't keep up with the trends, they set them. When we use their products, we know the end result will be innovative, one-of-a-kind, and truly exceptional.
While collaborating with Clay Stapp + Co. and Grand Development on their Northwest Dallas new-builds, we've had the special opportunity to fully take advantage of the wide array of products Porcelanosa offers, allowing us to create distinctive modern palettes.
In some of our designs, we'll source an entire space with Porcelanosa products. Other times, we utilize their materials as accents, such as in backsplashes or countertops. Either way, Porcelanosa products truly enhance a space.
We're constantly following the European company to get inspiration, which is why we're so excited to tour their facility in February and see what they'll be producing for Spring 2020!
Be sure to keep an eye out for our post-Porcelanosa trip blog!
This blog was NOT paid for by Porcelanosa. We just simply love them.
On a chilly winter's day, there are few reasons one would get out from under the comfort of the covers and brave the cold. Heading to one's favorite coffee shop and grabbing their favorite brew is one of those reasons. All coffee aficionados have their go-to cafes. Some people choose their spot based on coffee alone, others need a quality brew and vibe that fits them. For us, as you can imagine, the design of a coffee shop greatly impacts our experience. So, for this warming post, we'll share with you our favorite local, Dallas coffee shops where the brew and design make for a wonderful experience.
Popping out of the monotonous color-palette of Downtown Dallas is the vibrant blue-and-white-tiled coffee bar and market, Commissary. Trying to capture the beautiful Texas sky in an otherwise grey-toned city, artist Jorge Pardo designed the five-story building to incorporate over 27,000 blue-toned tiles, sourced from Guadalajara, that change in appearance based on the time of day. The meticulously thought-out design creates an energetic space, making it a great place for friends to grab a quick caffeine fix or for creatives to work and feel inspired!
DRINK OF CHOICE: Mocha Latte. Chocolate and coffee in one cup, mmmm.
There's nothing that doesn't impress about Brewed+Pressed (see what we did there?). Everything from their milks to their chocolate is house-made, which means the quality of their coffee and treats is unmatched. Using natural materials and colors, the space's modern, minimalistic design mirrors the coffee shop's organic purpose — which we absolutely love.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Honey Cinnamon Latte. Sweet, spice, and everything nice.
If you're looking for a classic French cafe, with an artistic, mid-century twist to it, Magnolia Sous Le Pont is the place to go. This is a coffee house that invites you to stay and leisurely enjoy your brew — honestly, you'll probably never want to leave. If you're a fan of artisanal coffee and unique creations, you'll love trying the various drink options Magnolia has to offer. Carve out some time and treat yourself to a chill afternoon at this one-of-a-kind cafe.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Lavender Latte or Matcha Latte — we couldn't choose one!
Based in San Antonio, Merit Coffee's popularity has grown exponentially in the past two years, allowing the Texas roaster to begin serving Dallas and Austin. Architect Michael Hsu (responsible for the design of Austin's Uchi, La Condesa, and Sway) designed the Deep Ellum location, turning the warehouse space into a modern, wood-toned cafe.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Batch brew. Keep it simple and fully enjoy.
In the heart of the Bishops Arts District lies SERVE, a healthy coffee house and eatery. In addition to serving unique and delicious brews, this go-to place for the southwest Dallas community offers acai bowls and scrumptious sandwiches and toast. The quaint, repurposed Dallas house has a white, curated interior with natural wood and black accents, two design features we absolutely love.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Honey lavender matcha latte. It's like our two favorite drinks from Sous Le Pont in one!
Now, after writing this post, we're going to have to excuse ourselves and take a latte break. We recommend you do the same!
In early 2018, a Dallas resident, feeling aligned with our international modern style, hired us to redesign her 2-bedroom Uptown condo. The client needed more than new furnishings — she wanted a full remodel. As a registered contractor with the city, Juliana reminded the Dallas modernista that we could project manage the construction work and see the design to completion. In the end, our client wished to use her friend who was a general contractor.
When a client offers to use their own contractor, we respect that decision. Hey — maybe if we like their work we'll consider putting them on our go-to list. Even if the torch is passed, we still like to collaborate with the GC to ensure the design gets implemented properly. In this particular project, we became concerned after not hearing from the GC, and, after scheduling an on-site visit with the client to check in on the work, we were disheartened by what we saw.
Among the many minute, but noticeable, design details the crew ignored, they also sourced the wrong materials for the bathroom and hadn't waterproofed the tub. (They also installed plumbing lines incorrectly, eventually causing the entire condo to flood.) We had to notify the client, and she was grateful we did. Eventually, she hired a different contractor to oversee the work, which only led to more unfortunate events. The new crew demolished items not on the demo list, including her newly remodeled fireplace and installed a water heater too small to heat the tub.
Our rightfully exhausted client has expressed her regret in hiring a third party to oversee her project. Honestly, we just empathize with her. No one should have to experience this worst-case-scenario. Our main focus now is figuring out how we can come in to get the project on track and give her the design she's been dreaming of for over a year.
Our client's story has compelled us to share with you the benefits of hiring an interior designer who can legally oversee the project from design to end-of-construction. It's imperative we clearly outline those perks so you can make an informed decision about what qualifications you'll look for when hiring someone to give you the home of your dreams.
Passing along a set of construction documents and specifications to a contractor acts like a real-life, high-stakes game of operator. To the initial communicator, the message is crystal clear, but one tiny misinterpretation can completely change the meaning. Maybe they decide to go with a slab of granite for your kitchen countertops instead of marble, or perhaps they choose a smaller, flat teal tile when we had meticulously researched and sourced a large, textured one. Small changes, big implications. Simply said, when the person who designed your interior is in charge of managing the project, you can rest assured there will be no misinterpretations of the design concept we both agreed was best for the space.
As the general contractor of a project, our goal is to follow every specification to the tee. With that said, all projects incur some unforeseen changes. For example, if we design custom kitchen cabinets that extend to the ceiling, but the area's building codes prohibit ceiling-high cabinetry, as the general contractor, we can implement a change with the overall design in mind. A contractor without our unique skill set and inherent knowledge of the concept will make decisions that could compromise the entire space.
As designers, our primary goal is to give our clients the space of their dreams — the space we designed for them and of which they energetically approved. To ensure this occurs, we select the best tradesman for each job. This might mean we're organizing the work of nearly 10 different subcontractors, but we're more than pleased to do that if we know the quality of their craft is supreme.
When we oversee a project, the buck stops with us. If something does happen to go wrong in the construction phase, our clients simply reach out to us and we're immediately on it. It surprises many interior designers that we take on this responsibility (and liability), but having grown up around construction and contractors, Juliana is just as passionate about overseeing a design to completion as she is about creating it.
It's common practice for general contractors to markup the cost of materials for a given job. For example, if the laundry room tile costs $5000, the contractor may apply a 20% markup, leaving the client with a $6000 bill. Because we're design professionals, suppliers often award us an industry discount, which we share with our clients. In other words, if our industry price is 20% less than retail, we split the $1000 discount with our client, saving them $500. Unlike the formally mentioned perks of hiring an interior designer who is also a GC, this practice may only be observed by Beyond Interior Design, but we thought it was worth mentioning (who doesn't enjoy exclusive discounts?!).
We still wholeheartedly believe and respect that, at the end of the day, you choose who manages your redesign. We simply want to guarantee our client's satisfaction. As cliche as that sounds, it's true.
You finished your interior design before the holidays — what a glorious feeling! Now, you can share your new space with your family and friends by hosting this year's holiday feast. You're sure to invite out-of-towners who will be thrilled to stay in your revamped guest room(s). And while we have no doubt you've maintained your home as if the installation was completed yesterday, there some finishing touches you can make to ensure your family and friends achieve full comfort in your space.
To help maximize your guests' stay, we've created a checklist of ten guest room must-haves. Don't worry, we'll provide a printable document you can have on-hand when preparing for your family and friends.
Having clean bedding is kind of a given (we hope), but providing your guests with extra blankets and towels (wash, hand, and bath) will ensure their comfort needs are met. If you're lacking a particular space for these items, not a problem. A basket can hold extra blankets or towels and act as an extra decor piece in a space.
If you're anything like us, the thought of keeping your nicely pressed holiday dinner ensemble squished in your suitcase any longer than absolutely necessary makes you cringe. Therefore, you know it's essential your guests have a place to store their hangups as soon as they get settled in. If you don't have a closet, an over-the-door hanger or wall hooks can easily solve the problem.
Don't forget the suitcase itself. Lying on the floor, luggage can consume valuable walking space and get in your guests' way. A simple luggage rack can take care of this problem if your room is lacking an empty dresser and closet.
While you can't be expected to stock up on everyone's particular moisturizer or after-shave, supplying your guests with basic toiletries — shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and toothpaste — will help alleviate the possible need for them to make an extra trip to the local drugstore. A good rule-of-thumb when selecting products: choose something you'd be happy using at someone else's home.
Even if you enjoy a phone-free night of rest, we live in a world where 71% of people sleep near or with their phones, so having a nightstand with an accompanying outlet or extension cord is another guest room necessity.
If after seeing number 4 you couldn't help but shake your head at us for slightly enabling phones near the bed-zone, don't shame us just yet! We also recommend having a clock with an alarm sitting on the nightstand so guests who prefer sleeping without their phones can still have the convenience of knowing the time and setting an alarm if they choose.
Cold weather sure has a way of bringing in the sniffles, and, as we all know, tissues sure do beat walking to the restroom to use that square of toilet paper. Having a box of tissues in your guests' room is a small detail that could go a long way.
Whether your guest needs to dispose of a tag from a newly purchased dress or one of those tissues you so conveniently provided, they shouldn't have to search for the nearest wastebasket. Placing one in your guests' room can help them, and inevitably you, keep your space clean and organized.
Usually, when guests come into town, it's for a special occasion. They've prepared an outfit from head to toe, and it's hard to capture the whole look in a vanity mirror. Placing a full-length mirror in your guest room can be super easy. Just like the over-the-door hook, you can hang a mirror behind the entry or closet door or place a standing mirror along a wall, creating a stylish and functional piece of decor.
Because those staying with you will find themselves in an unfamiliar space, having a nightlight can help your guests avoid stumbling around at night. If the guest bathroom isn't located off the room, another nightlight or two guiding the way will be greatly appreciated.
As mentioned in our previous post, Five fragrances to fill your home, our olfactory sense helps shape the way we experience our surroundings, so having a pleasant fragrance placed in your spare room is a must. Choose something warm and inviting and place it a couple of days prior to your guests arriving. That will give you time to test the fragrance's potency and, if you enjoy the scent, allow it to settle in its environment.
Once you've completed the checklist, your guest room is ready to accept all family and friends for the holidays. Just be careful, they may enjoy their stay so much, they won't ever want to leave!
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