December 21, 2011
With the holidays can often come house guests, which means you need to be prepared to ensure their stay with you is as comfortable as possible. You'd be surprised how little things can show guests that you've taken the time to think about their needs and understand what it means to entertain. (By the way, Vogue's Book of Etiquette has some great tips on this topic.) Here's what I suggest you consider for making guests feel at home.
Plush, white towels. There's something about cozy, white towels that give off a luxurious vibe and make people feel special. Stack a few in the bathroom for a spa-like feel. Why should they just be reserved for hotel stays?
Candles. Everyone feels more relaxed when a candle's burning. Whether you have a few lit during dinner or in the bathroom when guests arrive, it's an easy way to help guests unwind. If you prefer scented candles, my favorite is Votivo's Island Grapefruit.
One good robe. I love nothing more during the winter months than a soft robe, especially when I'm hopping out of the shower or having breakfast. Consider having a robe or two handy for guests when they're lounging around your place. I'm sure they'll thank you for it.
Liquid hand soap. One of my top pet peeves is using someone's bathroom and being left to find that in lieu of a simple bottle of liquid hand soap, I'm being forced to use bar soap. Being the germaphobe that I am, the idea of using a soap bar after a trillion people isn't appealing to me at all. I love the liquid olive soaps from Savon de Marseille. They're lightly scented and extremely gentle on your skin. You can't go wrong with the lavender version.