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Last Minute Tricks to Make Guests feel at Home

Guest Bedroom Essentials to Make them Feel at Home • @SavvyHome

“Being a good host is all about those few, important details that let guests know you’re happy they’re there and want them to be comfortable” —Nate Berkus

The holiday season is upon us and overnight guests are only a few days away. Here are a few guest bedroom essentials to make them feel extra welcome in their cozy quarters this year. Get ready to fluff up and turn down your guest bedroom in preparation for the holidays.

The essentials

Put yourself in your guests’ shoes and try to anticipate their needs. Always have a luggage rack or bench in the room to make unpacking more pleasant. Replace lightbulbs in the bedside lamps, clear out the bedside tables and empty drawers in the nightstands and dressers. Make sure there are enough hangers in the wardrobe. Install a mirror (ideally full-length) so they can quickly fix themselves before coming down for breakfast. Most importantly, leave a spare key on a pretty key ring so they can come and go as they please. Get the technicalities out of the way by leaving a one-sheet ‘manual’ with useful information such as WiFi passwords and alarm codes.

The linens

Crisp quality bedding and fresh towels is key. Ironing the sheets ahead and spritzing them with lavender spray right before is a surefire way to know they’ll feel ultra-special. Always keep extra blankets handy in case your guests are feeling extra chilly. If your guests are staying for more than a few days, bathrobes and slippers are a nice touch.

The extras

Anticipate what they might have forgotten (toothbrushes, bath products, etc) and prepare a guest welcome pack arranged nicely in a tray. Add a few goodies like chocolate, magazines, a box of tissues, a notepad+pen or a guidebook if your guests aren’t familiar with your city. Include a water carafe with glasses in case your guests get thirsty at night. Before they arrive, arrange a simple bouquet of fresh flowers on the nightstand, light up a scented candle and play a loungy playlist on the Bluetooth speaker/alarm clock to make them instantly feel at home.

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Gab Loves: Holiday Cheer

Gab Loves: Holiday Cheer • @SavvyHome

Santa baby, slip these cheerful items under the tree for me… Just a few items filled with Holiday cheer that I wish I had over the Holidays: a bright red manicure, an infinity faux fur scarf to keep warm, the ultimate Christmas shoe (am I right?!) and a pretty new watch for the festivities… And after the big day, simple comfortable shirts, cozy espadrilles, a cookbook to dig into and a mongolian lamb stool because they’re just so chic. Side note: is anyone else utterly obsessed with everything Clare Vivier these days? I can’t get enough.

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My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year

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Beyond the tree, there are a million ways to bring the Christmas spirit in your home. Here are a few ridiculously easy ideas that caught my eye this year.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Pine Garlands on  @SavvyHome

GARLANDS GALORE

Decorate with garlands of the magnolia, fir or olive branch variety. Hang them over the doorway, around the mantle or use them as a table runner. You can even hang them on your chandelier. If you’re feeling crafty, here’s a beautiful tabletop garland made out of mistletoe and Meyer lemons you can easily DIY at home.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Fresh Greenery on  @SavvyHome

THINK SIMPLE AND FRESH

Few things make me cringe more than artificial pine greenery. Instead of reusing the same dusty greens year after year, invest in lost cost bulb flowers—like amaryllis—that will last throughout the season and hang a single mistletoe branch with a red ribbon. It’s simple, cost-effective and much prettier.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Sheepskin Throws on  @SavvyHome

KEEP WARM

Scatter sheepskin throws everywhere. Throw them around the fireplace or on the back of dining room chairs. They’ll make them much more comfortable for long Holiday parties and make your guests feel instantly at ease.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Wreaths Everywhere on  @SavvyHome

WREATHS EVERYWHERE

Same as garlands, add wreaths everywhere. Keep them plain: pine, magnolia, myrtle bay olive or boxwood—their round shape are visually interesting enough. Add them to the front door and hang them on your windows with a colorful bow. You can even create a wreath arrangement or make mini rosemary wreaths to decorate your place settings.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Pillar Candles on  @SavvyHome

LIGHT IT UP

Light up pillar candles in the fireplace in lieu of a real fire and line up votives along the staircase for a magical effect. And for ambiance, light a Frasier Fir scented candle (or substitute with their diffuser for a lasting Christmas tree smell).

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15 Items on my Christmas Wish List

At the Top of my Christmas Wish List • @SavvyHome

At the end of the day year, this is what made it to the top of my Christmas wish list

My watch battery died in Geneva (my friend hilariously pointed out that the Swiss did it on purpose so I buy a new watch—ha ha). Well joke’s on them because I’ve had my eyes on a British Daniel Wellington for a while. It’s time for a change (pun intended).

Anyone who’s ever had dinner at my house knows I’m a one-pot cooking kind of gal. Staub‘s got my vote for the best cookware around.

One thing I do a lot of is traveling, and my luggage definitely doesn’t reflect that (or does it?) — it’s beat up and old. All I want is a Rimowa case that’s lightweight, compartmentalized and easy to roll around.

Just like my luggage, my wallet needs an upgrade. I can’t think of a better choice than this sexy Chloé number.

Anna Spiro dropped a bomb with her book Absolutely Beautiful Things a few weeks back and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

I’ve grown addicted to Bluetooth players so I can schlep my music around the house and listen to it anywhere. This Marshall amp is the only one I found that actually looks good.

In the category of things I always need but never buy are flats — you’ll find me in the high-heel aisle for days but when I need a good pair of flats, I always fall short.

I definitely don’t NEED another bag, but isn’t this satchel too cute to resist?

Some women have too many shoes, I have too many sunglasses. What am I saying, there’s no such thing as too many. I have my eyes on these Prada sunnies, and a pair of Dior please.

I’ve seen Alexandra Von Furstenberg trays left, right and centre at showhouses this year and they always add such a great pop of color to a room. I just need one.

My keychain is U.G.L.Y. and when I finally found a super cute one at J.Crew last Christmas, it sold out before I had time to put it in my cart. So this year I won’t let Kelly Wearstler’s keychain collection pass me by.

I’ve been wanting to get a pair of classic pearls for a while now, but when I set eyes on this ear jacket version, I was sold.

Living in Montreal, I’m always on the lookout for warm gloves, coats and scarves.

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