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Blog :: 12-2019

12 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Guest Suite

When building your dream home, remodeling or simply redecorating, one of the most satisfying projects and most appreciated spaces you can create is an ultimate guest suite. Through the years, you will surely come to appreciate this well-planned space as your family grows and your needs change. As we see more and more multi-generational homes, mother-in-law suites also become exceptionally important. Here are twelve tips to help you achieve a wonderfully welcoming guest suite.

1. Design for Simplicity

Though it may sound counter-intuitive to suggest simplicity is key when creating the ultimate guest suite or mother-in-law suite, the most successful of these projects are indeed designed for simplicity in room layout, furnishings, and decor. Separate the space into well-defined areas for sleeping, lounging, entertaining, meal prep, and a private bath, of course. Allowing for lots of room to move about freely will make any space seem more spacious and comfortable. Think of that incredible hotel suite you’ve stayed in and how you seemed to have all the amenities of home.

 

Calming Colors in the Guest Suite

2. Use Calming Color

With so many gorgeous neutral hues to choose from, calming color palettes are anything but boring. Soft grays, taupes, blues, and beiges in both solid colors and a mix of patterns can be interesting and soothing at the same time. Blue is a serene color while adding a bit of flair to an otherwise neutral room. Accent with vivid pops of color with fresh flowers, toss pillows, and artwork for a bit of freshness.

3. Add a Kitchenette

Creating a luxury kitchen on a small scale doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. You will find many of your favorite high-end appliance brands offer slimline refrigerators, wall ovens and ranges, plus dishwasher drawers and lots of other space-saving options—the same high-end features you expect, just smaller in size. If space does not allow for a kitchenette, consider adding a microwave, minifridge, and small freestanding cabinet.

 

 

4. Furnish a Well-Stocked Bar Cart with Coffee, Water & Libation

One of the most thoughtful additions to your ultimate guest suite is a beautifully appointed and well-stocked cart offering water, juice and the ability to make hot beverages. Guests often hesitate to ask for refreshments because they don’t want to be a bother. Thirst can strike at inconvenient times like the middle of the night, so having easy access to cold and hot drinks will be appreciated. A carafe filled with water and a glass by the bedside are also nice touches.

5. Soothe with Scents

Natural, barely-there scents can help create that relaxing atmosphere you’re going for in your new guest space. Choose light, not overpowering, scents, and be sure to ask those who will be staying in the suite if they have any allergies so you can avoid those ingredients in your choice of scents.

 

 

6. Comfort with Luxurious Bedding 

Nothing pampers like luxury bedding, so add high thread count sheets and the most beautiful and comfortable bedding you can find. Remember to keep the look simple but sumptuous. Be sure to fit the mattress with a feather or thick cotton fill mattress pad for ultimate in plush sleeping. Lots of plump pillows with crisp cases are a must.

7.  Create a Beautiful Bath

When it comes to creating the bath for your mother-in-law suite, consider both form and function. Choose beautiful fixtures and finishes, at the same time remembering the needs of those who will be using the room. For instance, it might be wise to add a large walk-in shower in addition to that gorgeous tub you’re dreaming of. Add plenty of gorgeous thick, soft towels and bathmats.

8. Let There Be Light

Lighting is an essential element in any space. In your guest suite, lighting can make the difference between having a beautiful room and an extraordinary one. Beautiful light fixtures such as an appropriately sized chandelier or hanging pendant in the center of the room provide a warm glow, while bedside lamps or wall lights work well for reading in bed. Of course, table lamps should be added to the sitting area and perhaps on the chest of drawers or dresser.

9. Plan for Easy Connectivity

Guests of all ages require a spot to charge phones, tablets, or laptops. Access to the internet is also a must-have for most folks these today, so consider how you will make your wireless network available or even add a separate wireless router for your guest suite. Digital devices are not just a convenience anymore; they’re often considered a necessity, so a charging station and wireless access will be appreciated and will perhaps eliminate undue stress for your guests.

 

10. Provide Luxurious Touches

We’ve already talked about luxury bedding, but you’ll want to provide other luxe touches like cozy throws, beautiful wall art and a thoughtfully arranged basket of personal items like hand creams and lotions for the bedside and soaps or body washes for the shower and travel-size versions of other personal care items. Think of all those special touches you would receive in an upscale boutique hotel and how they make your stay feel a bit decadent.

11. Lavish with Lounge Furniture

Create an ultra-comfortable and inviting sitting area with a loveseat, lounge chairs and stylish, but functional coffee and accent tables. If space is an issue, consider placing a small loveseat at the foot of the bed with a small table set atop a decorative rug in front to offer the illusion of a separate sitting area.

 

12. Access to the Outdoors 

Creating a lush plant-filled patio, deck, or balcony outside your guest suite will add extra space and a place for relaxation. Guests can enjoy the view from inside or with easy access, go outside to read or enjoy a cup of coffee or a tall refreshing drink.

An Insider's Guide to Holiday Shopping in Marblehead and Swampscott

View of Old Town, Marblehead

 

 

During this festive yet busy holiday season, we suggest stopping by some of our wonderful local shops for last-minute gifts, décor, clothing, and foodstuffs. Besides infusing money into our local economy, shopping around the Swampscott and Marblehead area will save you time and get you in the spirit of the season meandering from shop to shop with a hot coffee or cider in hand.

 

Below are a few of our favorite shops and a few we ran across during our recent Holiday Fair. We hope you enjoy each local shop and getting to know your neighborhood businesses.

Botticelli Cuff

Botticelli Cuff, Jambu Jewelry

1. Jambu Jewelry


38 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead, MA 01945
Website: JambuJewelry.com 

Jambu’s curated collection of handcrafted artisan jewelry is a must-see! Created by talented artists from NYC to LA, each piece is made to dazzle in sterling silver and 14 karat gold, with precious and semi-precious stones to suit your style from classic to edgy.

 


 

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2. Shoe Galley


46 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead, MA
Facebook: @theshoegalley

We love Shoe Galley’s wide selection of stylish footwear for men, women, and children. Their boot selection offers a myriad of choices for keeping your feet warm this holiday season and through the rest of winter.

 

 

3. O’rama’s Boutique Store


148 Washington St, Marblehead, MA
Shop Instore Only

A local treasure, O’rama’s Boutique, is touted as one of the best places in Marblehead to find gifts for others and oneself. You’ll find a treasure trove of magical possibilities to get lost amongst including jewelry, pajamas, candles, home décor, beauty products, and so much more.

 

 

Burgundy sweater dress, Bobbles and Lace

4. Bobbles & Lace


139 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA
Website: BobblesandLace.com

Right down the street from O’rama’s, Bobbles & Lace is the place to find that last-minute outfit for your holiday party. You’ll find a glamorous collection of classic and trendy women’s clothing from which to choose. You’re sure to be the best-dressed hostess or guest at the party!
 

 


 

5. Gold Bug Co.


43 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead, MA
Shop Instore Only

A mainstay in Marblehead since 1979, Gold Bug offers a range of sophisticated, budget-friendly fine jewelry. This little local shop is a gem of a find for last-minute gifts for family, friends, or a significant other.

 

 

Italian Herringbone Blanket, The Preppy Stitch

6. Preppy Stitch


44 Crestwood Road, Marblehead, MA
Website: ThePreppyStitch.com

Wonderful handstitched monogram gifts await at Preppy Stitch in Marblehead. Gabrielle Roberts, the owner of Preppy Stitch, designs embroidered items to make your own with a monogram or any other motif you may want to have in your preferred colors. These unique designs are terrific for gifting and include items such as a set of towels, sheets, dish towels, napkins, tablecloths, or bags as a closing gift, anniversary gift, or holiday present.

Big Dipper Waxworks Pillar Candle at The Farmacie Shop

7. The Farmacie Shop


218 Humphrey Street. Swampscott, MA
Website: TheFarmaciaShop.com

This newcomer to Swampstock commerce opened in mid-November, and we are so excited they did. Founded by Paulina, a pharmacist with a passion for beauty, health, and wellness, the Farmacie Shop sells natural and holistic products and services. From skincare to supplements, you’ll find a plethora of pleasant products and advice to keep you and your loved ones cared for and healthy.

 

 

 

Little Pink Houses Cards, Kat’s Boutique

8. Kats Boutique


212 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA
Website: KatsBoutique.com

Just steps away from The Farmacie Shop, Kat’s Boutique is a local favorite for women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories from local designers, artists, and international brands. The boutique also offers one-of-kind vintage finds that are handpicked for their beauty and brilliance. They specialize in genuine pearl jewelry and accessories.

 

 

Marblehead Harbor

9. Artist -- Lynn Mercer Michaud


PH: 781-631-8283
Email: LynnMercerMichaud@yahoo.com
Website: ImmGallery.com/LynnMercerMichaud.com

This local artist creates breathtaking watercolor paintings of homes, landscapes, and portraits. Her works of art make endearing gifts for house closings, anniversaries, or holiday presents. She has various sizes, and the paintings can be duplicated easily if you need multiple copies for family members. She is also developing a line of note cards that can bear the same resemblance to the painting or can be scenes from Marblehead, which are great gifts as well for clients or friends.

 

10. Handcrafted Jewelry by Debra Goldberg


Phone: 781-771-8189

Debra Goldberg, a realtor at Raveis in Marblehead, designs her own line of jewelry which can be customized to your specific requests. She uses a huge variety of gems and acrylics as well as gold and silver and copper and can design anything you need to complete a certain outfit or a great signature everyday piece. You’ll find a quick turn-around time to make the jewelry at very reasonable prices. Perfect for holiday gifts!

Whether shopping Swampscott’s historic Olmsted district or charming downtown Marblehead, we hope you find that perfect item or gift you’ve been searching for.

Happy holiday and joyful shopping from our team to you!

 

 

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