I always love when guests come to stay at my house. I live alone so it's nice to have a cheerful voice wish you "good morning" over coffee. I always make sure the guest room has fresh flowers, fluffy towels in the bathroom (or on the bed), a fresh bar of dove soap, etc. It's what my mom and friends' moms always did and I've embraced old-fashioned hospitality 100%.
But, I'm also a 20-something on a shoestring budget. I want the look of my grandmother's guest rooms (she had exceptionally timeless taste, think Bunny Melon) but can't afford to hire a decorator, let alone pay full price at most furniture stores. Plus, it's a guest room. It's definitely not the most used room in the house. Here's where places like Amazon, Wayfair, and Overstock come into play (and sometimes One Kings Lane surprisingly). I've found some great west elm dupes, embroidered sheets that look like Matouk, and more to help you get the look you want, without shelling out crazy amounts of money.
Other great places to find furniture and other fun decor items are antique stores and estate sales. I've found several custom sofas with down-filled cushions at these sorts of places that I love and will have for the rest of my life (always, always, always check the quality of a piece). By combining these antique & vintage finds with steals from Amazon, I have (and you can) create a layered, collected guest room for less. Let me know what you think of these finds in the comments!
I've always heard there are two types of sheet people. Those who like warm, soft sheets (sateen) and those who like cool, crisp sheets (percale). Full disclosure, I'm a percale kind of girl. To me, there's nothing better than getting into a crisp, freshly made bed. I like to treat my guests to the same luxury. And white bedding, always.
1. These Belle Epoque sheets are a steal at under $100 and have the look of the old school ones I love, without the crazy price. Sorry the image is terrible, it's what they had...
3. I've found a few sets of Peacock Alley sheets at my local Tuesday Morning. I bought my boyfriend a set there 6 months ago because he desperately needed new sheets and he still talks about how amazing they are. And it seems like Tuesday Morning gets the actual castoffs instead of pieces made cheaply just to send to the discount stores.
4. Zara home is another great source for embroidered sheets. I have a gorgeous top sheet I bought there a few years ago with lemons embroidered across the top. It's held up beautifully over the years.
5. Fluffy towels are an essential in a guest bedroom. These are gorgeous looking and get solid reviews.
6. I also love browsing vintage & antique furniture stores for guest room furniture. I found an amazing chest on chest for next to nothing because a bit of the crown was missing one one side (and it's the side you can't see in the room which makes it even easier). Chairish is another place I love browsing for great furniture & decor.
7. I didn't know where to put rugs but this jute one is fantastic and a great price point! I like for a jute rug to really fill the room (measure for floor vents, I made that mistake once) and then layer vintage accent rugs and sheepskins, which are so nice next to a bed in winter, you get out of bed and feel like you're landing on uggs.
As someone who works in an art gallery, I have a slight aversion to buying mass-produced paintings from Target. I'd rather have framed photos and vintage botanical prints on the walls, it's just more collected looking.
1. This water pitcher and glass make it easy for your guest to find water at night when they're thirsty.