Hello friends,  this summer I took three trips within FIVE WEEKS.  It was awesome, and fast paced, and full of different hotel rooms and AirBnb rooms!  I never realized how big of a deal it was to have a truly comfortable, welcoming, nicely decorated (not to be confused with expensive), functioning space that met all of our needs.  So I’m going to share with you all what I learned and what I plan to do to my guest room.

Guest Bedrooms, Dos and Don'ts. Lessons learned from an avid traveler!

Here’s a breakdown my accommodations during those five weeks.

  1. My first trip, to Montreal and Quebec City and an unexpected delay in NYC, I shared three hotel rooms with my friend, Julie.
  2. My second trip, was to Atlanta, where I stayed in a beautiful Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, Atlanta.  I had a room all to myself.  
  3. My third trip was to upstate New York.  I shared two AirBnB houses with my cousin, also named Julie.

The Dos of Guest Rooms

  • Make sure there is adequate air flow and the heat and AC can be set at comfortable levels
  • Make sure they have a big enough bed. You could take a look at Queen beds here or even consider getting a King sized bed.
  • Have a variety of pillows with varying levels of softness and firmness.
  • Make sure there is plenty of space to open a suitcase and move around it within the room.
  • Have plenty of outlets available near a bed for guests to charge phones, etc.  Make sure the outlet is accessible without moving furniture.
  • Have plenty of hooks in the bedroom (for jackets, pajamas, purses, etc) and in the bathroom (for wet towels, etc).  No joke, we did not have hooks or towel bars in Quebec City!
  • Have coordinating furniture in bedrooms.  We stayed in one AirBnB where it felt like I was sleeping in a garage sale. A great way to mix and match your furniture is to use one supplier. In the past I have used the Revival Beds Bedroom Furniture Collection to coordinate my furniture.
  • Have art work on walls.  It doesn’t need to be expensive.
  • Have a good size mirror in the bedroom.
  • I didn’t realize how nice it was to have throw blankets until we had them available.
  • Make sure you have a bedside lamp that is easy to turn on and off.
  • Nightlights in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways.

The Don’ts of Guest Rooms

  • Don’t use old mattresses!  Have a decent one that doesn’t dip on the side or in the middle.
  • Don’t offer your guests your old, mismatched towels.
  • Don’t put up cheap, thin curtains.  Make sure what you have up can provide adequate privacy and block out early morning sun rays.
  • Don’t make people hunt for the wi-fi password.  It’s the first thing anyone looks for when they arrive.
  • One of our AirBnB houses had only uncomfortable living room furniture (i.e., futons) and we were fed up with it by the time we left.  We couldn’t really relax at the end of a busy day.  The second house had these amazing large comfy sofas that we never left when we got home.
  • And for the love of God, don’t make the TV so complicated that someone can’t figure it out.  True story, first AirBnB in NY.

Right as we were about to leave our second AirBnB, I was flipping through the AirBnb magazine that was on the coffee table.  I came across this page in a magazine, and I had to take a photo of it.  (I wasn’t going to tear it out.).  I fell in love with this bedroom!  Here is my picture (via my iPhone):


This bedroom looks so cozy!  And it’s the perfect combination of modern, classic, warm and cozy.  I saw the Airbnb URL listing at the bottom of the text and quickly looked it up and saved it.  Then I realized that Laurel & Wolf designed it for the owner.  You can read the article and see the “before” photos here.

I pinned it to my BEDROOMS Pinterest Board for safe keeping.


And then I did what any obsessive blogger would do and sourced everything!  You guys, I found a ton of the exact items on Target and Etsy.  Woot woot!



When I was flying home after the last trip, I started making a mental list of all of the things I need to change to my own guest bedroom to make sure it’s comfortable, welcoming, and fully functional.  I have a couple DIY’s planned for it, so stay tuned!
Happy DIY’ing!

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