5 Ways to Make Your Home Cozy for Visiting Guests

Dated: 11/21/2012

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I'm no expert in hospitality, but I do like to think I know how to make my overnight guests feel comfortable and welcomed. And I've picked up a lot of my tips on how to make guests feel good and how to make spaces feel fresh from my work with home stagers. After all, hosting company has a lot in common with putting a home up for sale: basically, creating the illusion that everything is neat, clean, and A-OK. (Just don't look in the closets or under the rugs.)


Here are five ideas for making your home a cozy retreat for your visiting friends and family over Thanksgiving:
Bring in the smell good. Sure, they might be toxic to your health, but I'm all about a fall-scented air freshening plug-in to make your place smell like pumpkin pie or apple cinnamon something.
Consider buying new towels and pillows. Yo, the easiest way to skeeve out a houseguest is with a foul-smelling or -looking towel or pillow. Consider this your opportunity to stock up on nice linens that you can enjoy once your guests are gone. A nice, new, wrapped bar of soap in the bathroom is also a good idea.
Put fresh flowers and recent magazines in the guest room. The flowers don't need to be anything over the top, just a few stems to show that you put some thought into this whole thing. Something nice from Trader Joe's or the Turnip Truck will do the trick.
Call ahead to ask about their coffee preferences. Stock your fridge with the cream, sugar, and coffee that your guests require to start a day happily, and make sure they know where the goods are located so they can make themselves a cup if they're the first to wake.
Same goes for the booze. Find out what your guests' holiday cocktail of choice is, and make sure you have all the ingredients handy to make many of them.
Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for you guys!
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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