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Update Your Guest Bedroom Into a Cozy Retreat

It’s still in the 80s here in North Texas, but I’m already starting to think about the holidays! Now don’t get me wrong — I’m not gift shopping just yet. I’ll save that for the week before Christmas, like I always do. Instead, I’m preoccupied with where our family will stay when they come visit us this year! We just moved into a new house about six months ago, so I’ve been telling everyone to come see our new place at Christmas. Well, they’re definitely coming to stay, so now I’ve got to get busy turning a neglected, unused room into a comfortable guest room!

When we moved into our house, we used this one room upstairs as a catchall for the stuff we didn’t have a place for. (I’m not the only one who does this, right?) We call it “the art room” because we’d originally planned to use it as a playroom/craft room for our kids. But the reality is that our kids are too old for a playroom and we don’t have a proper guest bedroom in the house, so it’s going to be reinvented as a permanent place for visiting family and friends.

I’ve been perusing Pinterest to get some color palette and décor ideas. A new coat of paint is probably the easiest way to get the biggest bang for your decorating buck! And this soon-to-be guest retreat is in dire need of a paint job. Most of our house is painted in a soothing spa blue color; I want to break up the sea of blue walls but still keep the calm and sophisticated vibe. When I saw this color palette of grays, blues and yellows, I knew I was on to something!

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The gray is a great modern neutral, the blues tie the guest bedroom to the rest of the house so it doesn’t look out of place, and the yellows add a pop of cheerful color.

Armed with my new guest retreat color palette, I stopped by one of my favorite Tuesday Mornings today to see if I could find some must-have pieces for the guest bedroom. As usual, I found plenty of things to love!

Creating a Home Away From Home … With Benefits

When I’m traveling, I love staying in hotels for all the little “perks,” like a coffeemaker just steps from my bed or a well-stocked minibar (for when my sweet tooth hits after I’ve already got my pajamas on). But even the swanky hotels haven’t figured out the recipe for feeling homey. So I like to offer my guests the perfect balance of the perks of not being home along with the small details that make them feel like they are.

An easy way to do this is to create a little sitting area in your guest bedroom, if you have the space. A comfortable chair with a small table beside it, a selection of current magazines and paperback books, and ideally, a spot near an electrical outlet can give your guests the chance to retreat to their own private space at the end of the day without forcing them to go to bed right away!

I found this amazing chair at Tuesday Morning that would be perfect for a guest bedroom. It’s well made and would be a great investment piece. And the colors match my palette perfectly!

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I also found a great table to go along with the chair. It’s another classic piece for an absolute steal at $49.99.

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Another great hotel perk to add to your guest retreat is a take on the minibar. There’s nothing worse than getting the late-night munchies at someone else’s house! I can never think of a charming way to ask to raid someone’s pantry. So I try to be a proactive hostess and put a basket of goodies in the guest room. Bottled water; sodas; and snack packs of chips, cookies, granola, and other sweet and salty treats are always a safe bet.

Need a basket that’s pretty and functional? Tuesday Morning has a ton!

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Splurge on the Bedding

Obviously, the bed is the most important part of the guest room. If you do nothing else, at least splurge on quality bedding for your guests. Tuesday Morning has incredible prices on discontinued luxury bedding from Peacock Alley, Sferra, Waverly and more, so you can actually splurge without breaking the bank!

I also discovered bamboo bedding at my Tuesday Morning and fell in love with it. If you’ve never felt bamboo sheets before, you absolutely have to track some down and feel them for yourself! They’re incredibly soft — kind of like cotton sateen, but better. I did a little research to find out what’s so special about bamboo sheets, and I learned some pretty amazing things! Did you know …

  • Bamboo sheets are naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial? They are also a good option for people with sensitive skin or who suffer from allergies.
  • Bamboo fabric is breathable — definitely something you want from your bedding — but also insulating. That means that you’ll stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter!
  • Bamboo fabric is considered a “greener” fabric than cotton because bamboo requires little or no pesticides or fertilizer to grow AND, as a fast-growing grass, replenishes itself more quickly than other cash crops!

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Best of all, bamboo bedding is typically less expensive than regular or organic cotton sheeting. For me, all of those reasons — plus I got them at Tuesday Morning for $70 rather than $325! — meant getting bamboo sheets for my guest retreat was a no-brainer.

Don’t Forget the Bathroom!

Whether your guests will have their own bathroom or share a bathroom with the family, make guests more comfortable with a few thoughtful touches. Our guest bedroom adjoins our 11-year-old daughter’s bathroom, which poses its own unique dilemmas! It also means that I can’t set up a dedicated space for bath supplies for our guests in her bathroom. While browsing on Pinterest, though, I stumbled across this pin and knew it offered the perfect solution!

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I love the carefully curated look of these towels and accessories on the shelves. I can put a couple of these shelves on the wall in our guest bedroom right next to the bathroom door. That way, our guests can grab a towel as they walk into the bathroom. I can also put hooks underneath the shelves for guests to hang up their towels after using them.

Speaking of towels, I found these beauties at Tuesday Morning. White towels aren’t always practical for everyday use, but I like them for guest towels because they remind me of hotels and therefore just seem fancier. The blue chevron stripe adds just the right amount of color and style!

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Are you refreshing your guest room for the upcoming holiday season? Share your favorite hostess tips and Tuesday Morning guest room finds on our Facebook page! And be sure to visit our Guest Room Refresh Pinterest board for even more ideas and inspiration.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with some of my favorite family traditions — see you then!

~Anna