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Preparing your guest room for visitors

How to make your guests feel at home, how to make your guests feel welcome, cozy guest room, blue and white bedroom, how to prepare for out of town guests

Ever since we built our new house we have started hosting a lot more overnight visitors and we couldn’t be more thrilled to FINALLY have the space to do so.  Even though our guest room is tiny, I have managed to come up with a few ways to make our guests feel more comfortable and more at home during their stay.  With the holidays quickly approaching, I figured now would be a perfect time to share my tips so that you can start to think about preparing your guest room for all of your family and friends.

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Room Tour {guest room}

cozy guest room, blue and white bedroom, blue walls, green bedroom,

Every room in our house still has a lot of work, but we are starting to make progress on a few.  The guest room is definitely not finished, but it is complete enough that we have decided to put it on the back burner for a little while to work on other projects.  This room is very small and doesn’t fit much furniture at all.  For this room I decided to go dark blue on the walls.  I was a little nervous at first, but I am so glad that we did! I think it plays well with the white bedding and green accents.  We didn’t purchase anything new for this room in hopes that we could get by with what we have for a little while. Hopefully our guests feel at home when they visit!

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splurge vs. steal {home decor}

Everyone loves a good “splurge vs. steal” post so I thought I would do some digging and find some of my favorite pieces right now for a steal.  I actually own two of the “steal” couches linked here and LOVE them.  They are a great price and definitely look more like a splurge.  What do you like to splurge on?


Splurge// lamp, couch, nightstand, chair, headboard

Steal// lamp, couch, nightstand, chair, headboard 

Tnee’s Tpees is the bee’s knees


When we realized that we would have enough room in our new house for a designated playroom, I knew immediately that I wanted to include a teepee for the kiddos.  After lots of searching online (and the amazing power of Instagram), I found the most wonderful company! Tnee’s Tpees is a fabulous family-run company based out of Utah that hand makes all of their teepees.  They employ stay-at-home moms and the quality is fantastic! Their website offers tons of color combinations and different color options.  If you don’t find one that is exactly what you are looking for, you literally can have them custom make almost any teepee that you like (and they even offer personalization).  I knew I wanted a gray and white striped teepee and Courtney (amazing and super helpful) was able to help me design the perfect fit for our new space.

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Coffee Table Style

coffeetable1newOne of my favorite things to do throughout the year is style our coffee table.  It is one of the easiest ways to switch things up for different holidays and it can make such an overall impact in the room.  All of our guests usually gather in our living room and around the coffee table so our priorities are function first and style second.  Here are some of my favorite items for styling our space but keeping it functional for our family and friends!

{1} Trays – We have a huge coffee table (42″ x 42″).  We went with a big ottoman style/tufted piece covered in an outdoor Sunbrella fabric because we have 2 kids under the age of 2 and I wanted something that would be family-friendly and easy to clean.  We love it! The only issue with the upholstered piece is that we do not have a solid place to set drinks.  That’s where the trays come in to play.  We bought two large trays and it is perfect because they act as the centerpiece for the coffee table but they are also functional when we are entertaining.  Guests can pull them apart and they have a ton of space for cocktails and snacks.  I also love trays because they can act as the vessel for all of your coffee table goodies.  They keep everything organized but still look stylish.  I like larger trays so that you can add a few different vignettes inside and make a big impact.  They are also easy to clean so if someone spills, you can wipe the tray clean instead of worrying about the entire coffee table. Bonus!

{2} Flowers – For me, fresh flowers are a must.  They add such life and vibrancy to a living room and can really brighten up a space.  I replace my coffee table flowers each week and change the colors based on the time of year and on my mood.  It is amazing how they can make a room feel pulled together.  I actually use an ice bucket for my vase because I feel that the height is perfect and guests do not have to peek around flowers to have a conversation.  Most of my flowers come from the grocery store so they are super affordable.  Stay tuned for my {ask the experts} post on arranging your own flowers at home!


{3} Coffee Table Books – Who doesn’t love a good coffee table book?  My husband has been buying me coffee table books for years and I love switching them up throughout the year.  They are also a great way to add height to your coffee table and they provide a place for other decorative items to sit. Coffee table books are such a great way for guests to get a taste of who you are and what you enjoy.  From home decor to fashion and photography, there literally is something for everyone.  I would recommend buying books with great photos and that are larger than your typical book.  That way they really make a big impact on the table and if guests want to flip through them while you are finishing dinner, they will have beautiful images to keep them entertained.

{4} Candle/Matches – Candlelight is such a great way to set a mood, whether you are at home by yourself or enjoying a fun game night with friends.  There are so many great candle options out there and you can find great candles in all different price ranges.  If you prefer, you can even buy scentless candles and just enjoy the flicker of the candlelight.  I would recommend lighting your candles about an hour before guests arrive so that the smell of the candle has time to fill the room.  If you are planning on serving dinner or food in your living room, I would suggest an unscented candle option so that your candle doesn’t compete with the smell of your food.  You definitely don’t want the smell of roses competing with your salmon 🙂

{5} Bowls – I love adding bowls and anything else that creates storage for all the small items that you have to keep out on your coffee table.  We have a large clam shell that we use for remote controls and other small items we like to keep accessible.  We also have a small bowl that we like to fill with fresh fruit to add color and liveliness.  This is also something that we change out often depending on the season and on our mood.  We love limes and lemons because they last forever and are so bright and colorful!


{6} Decorative Items – In addition to all of the main items on our coffee table, we also like to add some decorative things to fill the space.  Since it is summer, we have put out a large piece of faux coral and some pink agate drink coasters.  When fall hits we will switch out those items along with our clam shell bowl to items that coordinate with the season.  I also love items that tell a story or that mean something to you.  Since most of your guests will gather around this area, this is such a great place to put items that come with a story. We have a mint julep cup that we received as a wedding gift and we fill it with straws when we have guests over.  I love it because whenever someone comments on it, we get to share the story.


I like to keep our coffee table as clutter-free as possible, but it still has to remain functional for our family.  But just because it is functional, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and pulled together!  What are some of your favorite items that you like to display on your coffee table? (ps…please ignore the unfinished living room 🙂 this was taken a couple weeks after we moved in)

Shop some of my coffee table picks below!