To me, the most important space in our house is the guest bedroom. There is nothing better than staying at someone's house and feeling like you are on vacation rather than feeling like you are imposing on their personal space. Joe and I love to host guests at the farm, the more guests the better. But our friends know that when they come to visit, how they spend their time is up to them. That's why it was so important to us to create guest spaces that feel inviting and comfortable.
When we moved into this house the guest rooms were, well, complicated. You had to walk through guest room 1 to get to guest room 2. No, no, no, this would not do. Before we tackled ANYTHING else, this had to be fixed.
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Yes, we have meals and social time but we really try to encourage our friends to relax and do what they want, when they feel like it. If they want to sleep until 10am and then read a book in their room until noon, that is FINE by us! That's what I want to do (but can't because there's too much farm work to do, ha).
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So when designing our guest bedroom, we took special care to make it warm and homey but not too personal. Yes, we have some family pictures framed here and there, but we don't have items in these rooms that we use daily or need to access. We view those spaces as our guests personal space.
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A good friend, Daryl Muller, has the most fabulous guest rooms in his house. I was staying there between moves once and he was out of town. In the back of my mind I was worried about intruding, not putting things away property, not knowing the internet password or how to work the tv and having to call him 100 times. Well, there was no need to worry at all because in each guest room he had all the necessary information handwritten and beautifully framed with a welcome note. I LOVED this so much, I copied his idea and now have the same in all my guest rooms. It's these little touches that make guests feel welcome and non-intrusive.
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What special touches do you provide for your guests? email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to hear your great ideas.