#1 A Swing Arm Lamp
These little Jielde lamps from France are ideal bedside lights as they focus the light straight down on what you are reading without illuminating the whole room (so your guests will be able to read themselves to sleep without worrying about waking up their bed mate (a good thing to consider if they’ve come a long way, as they might have jet lag).
#2 A Soft Carpet Underfoot
A carpet that’s soft underfoot and big enough that bare feet will land on the rug, not the cold floor when they wake up. Adding a rug also helps to dampen sound and floor creaks in older houses so guests can walk without tiptoeing.
#3 100% Cotton Sheets
100% cotton sheets that are crisp and smooth. A freshly made bed (made by someone else no less) is always a treat, so it’s easy to make your guests feel like they’ve just checked into a great hotel by putting a bit of thought and care into the amenities. Click here to shop my collection of 100% cotton sheets!
#4 A Choice Of Pillows
I’m fussy about pillows and assume my guests are the same so I make every bed with one polyester pillow and one soft down (or down alternative) pillow so guests can pile up as many or as few pillows as they like.
#5 Storage Space
Somewhere to put your stuff! A bedside table with a drawer, a large top surface and a cubby or shelf for storage will help guests feel that you’ve given them room to spread out and unpack a bit. Try to limit personal effects and keep knick knacks and clutter to a minimum so the room feels finished but not too busy or personal.