The summer entertaining season isn’t over just yet, and that means it’s not too late to revamp your guest room for company forgoing a hotel to vacation at your place. Cathy Hobbs, interior designer, real estate stager and finalist on season 6 of HGTV’s "Design Star," shares her tips for setting up a guest room that might just turn your visitors into permanent roommates — whether you like it or not.
Say “hi” with a basket of goodies
Greeting guests with a welcome basket is a cute idea that will help family and friends feel comfortable from the moment they arrive.
“When you have an out-of-town guest you want them to feel at home, and comfortable for the time that they’re there,” say Hobbs. “ Nothing quite says it better than a beautiful welcome basket.”
It doesn’t matter whether you splurge on extravagant items or go for cute budget friendly finds like candy, the key is that it’s personal. “Maybe that person likes bird watching and you have a little pair of binoculars,” says Hobbs.
Another fun idea: create a local-themed basket to help guests familiarize themselves with the area with maps, brochures of area attractions and local products like wines, syrups or jams.