4 Tips to Make Guests Happy!
1. Make it cute! Put yourself in your guests shoes for a second. Staying at your house should be a fun time for them! Their visit at your house is like a mini-vacation for them, so show off your fabulous taste and make them feel like they’re on holiday! Give your home a spiffy little update. Make sure spaces are clean and uncluttered, with well appointed touches like chic pillow assortments and stylized tablescapes to create a magazine worthy ambiance.
2. Be our Guest! Make them feel comfortable and welcome with readily available necessities and a few luxuries too! Guests should never have to ask for a towel or wonder is its ok to use your toothpaste. Make them feel at home by providing a few spa-like comforts. They will feel so special!
3. Flowers for my flower. A little gesture can go a long way. A vase of fresh flowers, or even one lovely bloom in a glass of water, will light up the room. The delicate fragrance and life that flowers and fresh plants bring to a space will add a very pleasant vibe to your home.
4. Go the extra mile: Here are a few more things to consider for your guests this holiday season: Home is where the wifi connects automatically. Make the wifi password easily accessible – you may even want to add it to a small frame for convenience. Have extra clean blankets and pillows on hand. Magazines and a bottle of water are lovely gestures. Also, it is always nice to have a photo of your guest, perhaps even with you, somewhere in your home on display. Then they know how much you think about them all year.
The Home Alone house is famous! So many of the scenes that make this film an endearing holiday classic take place inside this gorgeous Georgian style home. The actual house, located in Winnetka, IL sold last year for $1.5 million. You can learn more about the 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home and see what it looks like now on Zillow. In the movie, the set designers used lots of red and green to maintain a Christmas feel throughout each scene. Notice how many decor details including the paint, wallpaper, rugs, bedding, and even candlesticks are classic Christmas colors. We love how well-to-do yet family oriented the interior is designed, with formal yet comfortable furniture, lots of framed photos, large rooms and lots of lovely wallpaper!
A Family Stone
This classic Christmas movie is an emotional family holiday story, one that we could watch at least once a year. With an super celebrity cast including Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson and Claire Danes, just to name a few, this movie is a well acted gem. The home, an 1860 colonial in Riverside, Connecticut was carefully cultivated by the set designer to look like a real, free spirited family lived there. Diane Keaton was quoted as saying, when she saw the interior of the house for the first time, that she thought it was “disgusting” and could not stand all of the clutter and “stuff everywhere”. However, she admitted that the look was just perfect for the family in the movie, and we could not agree more. We love the comfortable, old farm house style of the rooms.
How about you? What are some of your favorite holiday movies, and how do the sets add to the spirit of the film? It’s A Wonderful Life comes to mind, with the “drafty old house” that the Baileys buy together and fix up. The house represents so much hope and happiness for the young family. In a Christmas Story, the leg lamp in the front window is nothing short of an icon! And who could forget the 250 strands of lights that Clark Griswald covers his house with in the 1989 comedy National Lampoons Christmas Vacation? This scene makes that home another one of the most memorable holiday movie houses. Comment below with your favorite Holiday and Christmas movie scenes!
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and bringing this spirit to life in our homes is one of the most special ways that we capture the heart of the season. With festive decor including twinkling lights, glittery ornaments, pretty candles, Menorahs, Christmas trees, winter berries and boughs, our homes become an enchanted version of themselves! Many of our decorations come back out each year and have even been passed down, or were received as special gifts so they have meaning, bringing a warm historical sentiment to life. One of our most cherished areas to decorate has always been the mantel. Because the fireplace is a classic and beautiful structure, symbolizing warmth, and perhaps because it is associated with so many holiday traditions, it is a natural focal point for making merry! When decorating your mantel, there are no set rules. Have fun mixing natural elements like wreaths, pine branches, and berries with ornaments, candles, lights and jubilant figures. Some beautiful mantels choose a color scheme, like all white or silver and gold, but mixing colors is just as fetching. We have gathered some inspiring mantels below.
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