Do you have a checklist for ensuring your guests’ comfort? There are many things we do to prepare for Thanksgiving, from planning the menu to setting the table, and arranging the flowers to setting the right mood. The effort we put in is geared to celebrating our gratitude, as well as making our guests feel at home. With that in mind, the one room we should take care to not overlook is the powder room.
*this post contains some affiliate linksI like to start by adding something seasonal to the room in keeping with the holiday. It extends the festive mood to all parts of the house and lets your guests know that all their comforts were taken into consideration. Here I layered some traditional autumn decorations into two tall glass vases, including tiny pumpkins, pinecones and walnuts.I love to add a pretty embroidered vintage guest towel to lend a sense of “special occasion”. I keep matching leopard paper napkins on a shelf above the sink, as I’ve noticed that no one uses the fabric towels, so I don’t worry about putting out my best vintage pieces. The terry leopard hand towels beneath the vintage tea towels are from Pottery Barn.The tones in my powder room fit perfectly with the season, so it’s not very hard to add autumn warmth. The wallpaper is from Ralph Lauren and it adds depth to this most simple of rooms.An absolute must for me is fresh flowers in the bath. This tiny fall bouquet is tucked into my tortoise shell drinking glasses.The other must for a powder room is a lovely lit candle. This gilded pumpkin candle is set atop my antique Florentine candlestick. You can see it mixed in with some of my vintage silver pieces that were highlighted in my recent post SHINING THE SILVER FOR THE HOLIDAYS.I like to use pump soap for guests to keep things sanitary and I love this French Pharmacie inspired dispenser from Pottery Barn.Guests always appreciate a good mirror to check their appearance as the evening rolls on. I also keep lip balm, bandaids and other comforts in the tiny drawers in the corner table.Tucked under the table is a wicker basket with spare toilet tissue rolls. A gracious hostess always keeps the spares in an obvious spot, so guests never have to interrupt the celebration to ask.I also keep moisturizer out for my guests to use on dry autumn skin. A few fall notes are sprinkled nearby.The powder room is a spot one visits for a very brief few moments, but it should always carry on the festive and special tone you’ve set in your entire house. Thinking ahead and ensuring you’ve tended to your guests’ comforts is a way to let them know you enjoy their company and you are delighted to welcome them into your home for the holidays.
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