The wait is up! Welcome to the newest addition to our little lodge- our new & improved guest room. We set out to create a cozy little space that allows our guests to sit back, relax and get comfortable. So with no further ado, let’s take a look around…
Of course, we had to keep our love for all things nautical, preppy, and vintage alive in the home of our sweet little guests. Did you expect any different?
This fabulous chair was under $100 from Kirkland’s! With a few accessories and some layering of pillows and blankets, I love how this space instantly became a cozy area for our guests to kick-off their shoes and r.e.l.a.x. The only thing missing… beach along the horizon.
The $2 thrift store lantern is the perfect pop of red & one of my favorite parts of this room.
Instead of hanging the mirror, I decided to prop it against the wall to create a less “formal” look. I scored that gem for $18 at my favorite HomeGoods!
Each little accessory is a treasure that adds character to the space while reflecting some of Matt and my favorite things. We love the quirky, personal touches of places we love to stay, so why not bring this idea home for our visitors?
And one of my all time favorite DIY projects in the room- our new pallet sign! Using this tutorial, I created a personalized sign that welcomes our guests into “the Lodge at Longview”. Did I mention the whole sign was less than $5? Best.deal.ever.
And who doesn’t want a little snack in their guest room?
Fresh flowers don’t hurt either 😉
According to the boss, there’s officially vacancy at the Lodge and this pretty little guest room is waiting for its first reservation. Any takers?
Speaking of guests, if this is your first time on the DIY Playbook… welcome! We are so happy you stopped by. Come take a tour of the whole place here or follow us on Facebook for our latest updates and Rookie DIY shenanigans. Xo, the Rookies.
When it comes to road trips, you probably don’t want to travel with me.
First of all, I’m that girl that has to pee every 30 minutes. Even if it is a short drive, if I’m in the car you’re probably making a pit stop. Besides my tiny bladder, I also can’t help but check out various antique shops/flea markets/thrift stores that we pass along the highway. Every billboard draws me in and makes me giddy for the “treasures” that I may find along our route.
We visited the Lake of the Ozarks at the start of the summer, driving the 3 hours west for our mini vacay. Finn allotted me 1 antique shop stop for the ride home. The pressure was on. I only had one chance to get this right and find the perfect stop for our little shopping spree.
I’m happy to say I found the perfect spot along our route and even managed to score a fab new chair.
While shopping, I instagrammed this photo. (It’s true…I do love a man who thrifts!) Finn was actually testing out a potential new piece of furniture, when I snapped the pic of him. What a good sport.
It’s a leather, swivel chair that we thought might fit perfectly with our desk. And at only $19…it was a total score! Into the car she went.
Waiting for us back at home was the chair we were currently using at our desk. An Ikea find that looked okay, but wasn’t actually functional for 1 out of the 2 residents here. (Hint, hint..how about the 6’3″ guy with really long legs, who couldn’t get his legs to fit under the desk??)
We needed a shorter chair, and this new score seemed to fit our needs to a T.
The chair is really unique and even has a funky floral pattern. You can definitely tell we didn’t pick it out at Office Depot.
It makes me almost want to sit down and do some work. Almost.
This $19 score is here to stay…
…and it definitely made our little detour worth it!
Finn & I absolutely love love love when people come to visit. It’s like having a grown-up sleepover with your friends and family.
(Side note: Bridget & I totally believe that sleepovers are a “do” even for grown-ups! Why should you stop hanging out with your girlfriends, watching movies, staying up late…just because you’re an adult?! Ours will continue on forever, and hopefully our fort making skills will improve over the years.)
But, there are some steps you need to take to make your guests feel truly welcome in your home. It’s more than just providing a comfy bed and a clean towel. It’s about making them feel at ease and comfortable, and making your space their “Home Away from Home.”
Here’s a little check-off list of things you might want to incorporate into your own guest room…
The Basics (a.k.a. T-Ball)
-Clean Towels: I would recommend providing at least a few for your guest. I’m a fan of all white, because then you can bleach those babies and keep them bright for years!
-Extra Pillows & Blankets: You don’t want your guests tip toeing around at night in search of an extra blanket if they get chilly. Have everything right there, so they can cozy on up in your guest room.
-Bedside Table with Lamp: This allows your guests to read in bed in the morning or at night, and also adds to the coziness of the space.
-Alarm Clock: Some people might use their phones for alarm clocks, but give them the option of an old fashioned clock.
The Next Level (a.k.a. Minor Leagues)
-Easily Accessible Outlet: This tip is often overlooked, but I feel it is very important. It seems like everything needs to be charged these days…phones, ipads, computers. So make sure you have an open outlet for your guests to charge up. Don’t make them crawl on the ground to find one, and then find out it is stuffed with cords from everything else in the room.
-Water: I’m the kind of girl that has a glass of water on my bedside table every night. I can’t go to sleep without it there. Offer this option to your guests too. You can keep water bottles in a cute basket, or fill up a glass decanter with fresh water. It doesn’t need to be an eyesore…in fact incorporate it into the spa-like decor of your guest room.
-Tissues: Keep some tissues on the bedside table, or tucked away in the top drawer.
-Luggage Rack/Hooks/Extra Hangers: Living out of a suitcase is never fun, but you can make it a little easier on your friends. We have a cute little luggage rack (found at a flea market for $10) that I keep in the room. Extra hangers are also a must. If you’re looking to save space, over the door hooks are great to hold your guest’s wet towels, jackets, and bags.
Practically a Hotel (a.k.a. Major League)
-Extra Phone Charger: Often times chargers are overlooked when someone is packing. Anticipate your guest’s needs and have a spare charger all ready to go in your guest room. We have an extra iPhone charger, but it might be a great idea to have a universal charger for all types of devices.
-Ear Plugs & Eye Mask: These touches takes things to the next level and help create that spa and vacation atmosphere for your visitors.
-Entertainment: This could include old magazines or your favorite books. If your guests will be staying awhile, you could even share some local magazines or newspapers that might give them some fun options while they’re in town.
-Pen & Paper: Because you never know when someone will suddenly have a great idea!
-Extra Everything: It’s always nice to have some toiletries on hand. I just buy mini versions of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. Find a cute basket to put all of your mini bottles in and your guests will be blown away by your thoughtfulness. Also, be sure to put some pain relievers in the basket too.
-Mirror: Now this is one tip that we don’t follow, simply because we don’t have the room. If we had the space, I would add a dresser with a mirror on top, so our visitors would have a place to get ready.
So what do you think? Will you come be our guest?
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