Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bromeliad and a Guest Post

I tell you what, Samantha from Bromeliad has got it going on! She's clever and she's in the know, two great combinations. Bromeliad was one of the first blogs that I began following, so I felt it only right to have her guest post during this celebration week. She's sharing a few wise tips on overnight hosting for the holidays! This is so needed!

We are entering one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, which means you may be called upon to host overnight guests. So, while you're hiding the thigh master under the bed and stripping the shower of any mold in preparation for visitors, consider the following.

Designers, decorators, organizers and various clever people have good ideas for how to host your guests in sumptious quarters. But many of us don't have the time, resources or space to be so fancy.

For example, I happen to live in a popular destination (New York) in a small apartment (less than 500 square feet). We've had up to four people at once staying with us in our little place. (Fortunately they were former Bosnian refugees and were pretty game about wall-to-wall people sleeping on the floor. I, on the other hand, was a wreak.) Sometimes you just have to do the best you can.

Here's how the advice stacks up:

The Decorati:
Provide a guest room.

Who has a guest room? You don't have any room. If this is the case, consider a curtain for privacy. Or taking turns dressing and undressing in a closet. If crowding is a serious issue, take a long walk and don't come home until the guests are gone.

The Decorati:
Don't use the guest room for storage

See point above. If you are fortunate enough to actually have a spare room, stow your junk and squeeze in a bed. See next point.

Dress the guest bed in Belgian linen

Provide a bed. Sleeping on the floor is OK. Make sure the floor is clean. Make up the air mattress or whatever it is you've got with clean and comfortable sheets. Fluff the pillows. It's fun. It's like camping.

The Decorati:
Provide your guests with bottled Perrier on a bedside table

Provide your guests with a bedside table (assuming there is a bed.)
And then don't put anything on it. Your guests will have junk everywhere. They need tables. Clear off most surfaces in the bedroom and the bathroom so people have places to put their stuff.

Let your guests snuggle up in an organic faux fur

Keep your pets off the guests. Not everybody loves shedding licking barking meowling flatulent creatures like you do. Not that I have any personal feelings on this.

Provide slippers and a bathrobe.

Provide a nightlight so nobody breaks their neck shuffling off to the cluttered bathroom in borrowed slippers.

Happy hosting!


Jenny said...

A fun read and spot on! ;-)

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

LOVE THIS. Guests insist on coming over to our tiny one bedroom. This is REALLY helpful.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Loved this- so fun to read and so on point. Great stuff Bromeliad. xo

Caitlin at the Desert Domicile said...

Such a great post and excellent advice!

Roxy Te said...

hahaha! What a funny guest post!! She's hilarious! One day I have a sneaky feeling we will be The Decorati, but for now it's night lights and air mattresses for me ;) p.s. Thanks for stopping by and introducing me to your wonderful blog. Following along for more!

Jane said...

Great post and so agree. And if I don't have Belgian linen my guests aren't getting it either!

Roxy Te said...

p.s. So jealous you're going to LAvish!

Alexis L., The Studioist said...

Hilarious. I needed that.

Indie.Tea said...

Great 'reality' tips...and much more practical for us small-spaced city folks.

Raina Cox said...

Even those of us with bonfide guest rooms can take away something from this.

*goes to clear clutter of the bedside tables*

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

funny, these tips are more like it. unless your next guest is martha stewart, i don't think we need to be so formal, right!

The English Organizer said...

The world of Decor needs more 'reality' posts like this one! I like your pet point best. :)