We don’t get many guest stay with us that often, but when we do, I want my guests to feel as comfortable as possible. I recently stayed with some family that had the basic bathroom essentials needed for us to use. I wasn’t expecting it, so it was a delight to feel as if I was staying in a hotel, but not. There was something about knowing that if I had forgotten my shampoo and soap that I’d still survive without running to the grocery store (who wants to do that on vacation) because the products were there for me. This led me to replicating this gesture to any guests that come to our home.
I wanted to create a homey/tropical theme for my guests. I like to incorporate what reminds me of home, and what makes me feel as if I have a little piece of Hawaii to share with my guests. Orchids are a direct link to my mom; she has such a big love and passion for growing and raising these beauties, that whenever I see one I’m reminded of her. It’s so beautiful, simple, and easy to place in the bathroom that is not too overwhelming, giving it the perfect amount of natural touches. I then thought about if I was traveling, what items were my necessities that I needed to have a full shower. I don’t know about you, but I save all the little shampoos and soaps when I go to a hotel, especially if they are a great brand such as Peter Thomas Roth, or L’occitaine! (Yes, I got these from staying at a hotel once!) These are great to put out for your guests to use! I also like to place a little perfume scent for the ladies to try if they want. Finally, I know they might not burn one, but having a candle completes the display giving it an aesthetically homey appeal, hoping for my guests to feel comfortable and relaxed.
Giving your guest the option to be able to use products that you provide can make for a pleasurable and comfortable experience. Pick a theme that you love, and find things around your house that replicates that. So all those hotel shampoos and soaps that you have lying around put them to use and offer them to your guests to use. It’ll make your guest feel special and welcoming, which makes for a wonderful start to a visit!