Charming Guest Rooms: Decorating Secrets from Country Inns

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Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated, Jun 28, 2004 - House & Home - 128 pages
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Entertain visitors with the charm and grace of the finest country innkeepers - people whose business it is to provide their guests with a welcoming atmosphere and a pleasant experience. Choose from the inviting hospitality and decorating tips that have made them successful and adapt them in your home. What is the perfect guest room and how can you extend a personal touch? The room should be comfortable, clean, and fresh, with plenty of good pillows. A reading lamp by the bed and space on the table is important. What's more, a plant or fresh flowers nearby are lovely. Look through many examples of beautiful, comfortable guest rooms for inspiration. One features stenciled designs on the walls, furniture, and fabrics, while another evokes the warmth of the tropics with coral-hued walls, reed window blinds, and a bamboo-framed mirror over a simple painted chest. If you don't have a separate room to devote solely to guests, simply transform sitting and working spaces into sleeping areas. In a home office, for example, consider a bed that pulls down from a wall unit that also includes cabinets, shelves, and drawers for files. What makes you feel at home and pampered at a hotel or inn? The same things can be done in your house. Information like restaurant recommendations and brochures of local attractions are especially helpful if you're at work during the day. Certain touches in the bathroom are another way to recreate the inn experience. Are extra towels within easy access? Are there hooks for hanging a robe? Do you have scented candles and matches set out? Prepare delicious breakfasts for everyone to wake up to with wonderful recipes like Blueberry-Stuffed French Toast and Scrambled Egg Casserole. Be sure to take the time to set a pretty table with cloth napkins and sparkling glassware.

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Baskett (Fabulous Painted Furniture) and Mueller (You Can Be Your Own Interior Designer) present practical, helpful advice from the innkeepers of two country inns-Glen-Ella Springs Inn ... Read full review

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Mickey Baskett is the author of numerous furniture decorating instruction books.

Martin Melaver, LEED AP is CEO of Melaver, Inc., a firm that develops, acquires, owns, and brokers commercial and residential real estate.

Phyllis Mueller is an experienced editor and writer in the field of construction and environmental issues.

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