Over the past few weeks, the guest room (or as we’ve been calling it, the unpacking room) has been getting more and more empty. And this past weekend, low and behold… it’s finally completely EMPTY!
It’s a far cry from what it looked like just a few short weeks ago:
And even a farther cry from what it looked like the day we closed on the house:
We got the room cleared out just in time! Last week, I found out my grandparents are coming into town from Tampa to visit in March. We get to have them for two whole weeks, and we’re super excited! Not only do we thoroughly enjoy their company when they are in town (my grandparents are abnormally cool), but they will be our very first overnight guests in our new abode. Actually… they will be our first ever overnight guests that haven’t had to sleep on the couch or on a blow up mattress (our apartment didn’t have a guest room).
Therefore, we have exactly 6 weekends to take the room from completely empty to company-ready. This is where Rosie the Riveter comes to mind…
It may sound weird, but I’m actually glad we have a deadline to work towards. The pressure is on and hopefully it will bring some peace of mind to know the end is near. Enough chatter, let’s get to work…
I don’t want to just throw a bed and dresser in the room, slap up a couple of pictures and call it a day. It’s really important to Greg and me that this room feel welcoming, comfortable and a relaxing home away from home for our friends and family. To start things on the right foot, we’ve come up with a list of 5 Guest Room Must Haves:
1. An inviting bed. First and foremost, a guest room must have a super comfortable and inviting bed. One of those beds that says, “come on, hop in and sweet dreams”. To me, there is nothing more inviting than a bed with all white bedding and just a touch of color.
Ahh, you just can’t beat that. As amazingly crisp and clean as it looks, it’s important for the bedding in a guest room to be kid friendly. Meaning, the bedding needs to be durable enough to withstand some scrubbing in case there is a crayon mishap.
2. Good sized bedside tables. In my opinion, when it comes to bedrooms, there is nothing more annoying than dinky side tables that will hardly hold a glass of water. Yeah, they are pretty and dainty, but certainly not practical. I want to make certain the side tables will be able to accommodate not only a glass of water but a cell phone, lamp and a book or two.
3. Adequate reading lights. Speaking of books, my Grandparents love to read at night (as do I!). Therefore, it’s important that the guest room has adequate reading lights near the bed. This may come by way of table lamps or wall sconces. Not sure yet. But either way, we’ll need to make sure it’s not only aesthetically pleasing but convenient to operate.
4. Ample storage. When I go to a hotel, I like to unpack my entire suitcase – even if I’m only staying for a day or two. It makes things much easier when getting ready in the mornings. Therefore, I think it would be nice to have enough storage for all our guest’s clothes and other items like a laptop, cell phone charger, etc.
5. Umm… This is where we’re torn. There is room for one of two things in this space (besides the bed, side tables and dresser): 1) a comfy reading chair paired with a side table and floor lamp or 2) a small desk and chair roomy enough for a laptop, lamp and whatnot. My first instinct is to go with a desk. However, it’s so nice to have a comfortable chair in your room. What do you think?
There are many other details and finishing touches that go into creating a comfortable guest room, and we’ll definitely be getting to that when the time comes. The next step will be configuring a room layout and making a practical and economical furniture shopping list. That should be fun