Homey for the Holidays

Luxe touches in the guest room ensure holiday visitors feel right at home


For many of us, holiday celebrations include an overnight guest or two. Whether your guest accommodation is a sofa or a dedicated room, you can make it welcoming and comfortable with minimal effort. And the best part is, when the guests leave, these new additions are yours to enjoy.

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Throw Down
A beautiful throw is a cozy, thoughtful guest-room addition, whether your visitor is curling up for a movie or turning in for the night. Go glam with faux fur from Restoration Hardware (pictured, $99 and up), or wrap up bohemian-style with Anthropologie's hand-felted lhasa throws ($128).

Sniff Test
Home fragrances can erase harsh cooking smells and provide an aromatic retreat. Two of our favorites are Nest's luxury mini votive gift set from Pirch ($40), and Life of Riley's signature scent of frankincense, myrrh, Indonesian teak and spice. Gild the lily with interesting matches you've collected on your travels.

Head in the Game
A custom down puff from Pillow Bar is a luxurious way for anyone to rest her head at the end of a long Yuletide day. Pillows start at $229 at several locations, including Linen Boutique (which has an in-store Pillow Bar), Timothy Oulton and Stanley Korshak. Or order online.

Perk Up
For the guest who's not quite ready to face a crowd first thing in the morning, consider an in-room coffee bar with a mug or two, cream, sugar, and spoons. Nespresso's sleek designs ($99 and up, online or at its NorthPark Center location) and flavorful pods are definitely a motivation in the morning.

Blooming Inspiration
Add some organic beauty with small arrangements in attractive containers. The Balance four-piece vase set by Design Within Reach ($169), caught our eye for its attractiveness with or without stems — but the extra trouble is worth it!

The Right Fluff
Stock the guest bath with fluffy towels. If you feel you must, you can drag out the old ones when your visitors depart — but we doubt you'll want to. For that luxury hotel feel, go for pristine white. We love Milagro by Matouk ($11 and up), available at the Linen Boutique.

Shower Power
Pamper your guests with indulgent bath gels and soaps. ESPA's energising shower gel ($37) goes on thick and lathers beautifully, available at the spa's Joule location. Or try Whish's sugar scrubs ($38, Spa Nordstrom), which revive dry wintertime skin.

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