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Inexpensive Ways to Freshen Bedrooms for Holiday Guests

The holiday season is fast approaching.  It won’t be long before we are caught up in Christmas decorations, shopping, baking, and holiday parties.  I always have guests during the holidays. One good thing; Thanksgiving is late this year and this give us an opportunity to refresh our homes before all the revelry of Christmas begins.

Here are some ideas to refresh your guest bedrooms for the holiday season. I've done this in my own home over the years, and for customers, too.

Slipcover a headboard - Yes, this can be done. For me, a bedroom isn't complete without a nice headboard and if I am a guest I am definitely sitting in bed with my tablet. Having a comfy headboard to rest against is a must!

Above: The addition of the headboard and the timeless black and white fabric give this bedroom character and style.

Add a new duvet cover - This may seem like a no-brainer but more often than not people think they need to replace their bedding instead of customizing a duvet cover. Fabric choices for this option are plentiful and the change to the bedroom will be dramatic, and inviting.

Top: The duvet cover before some simple customization transforms it and the bedroom.

Change your shams - So you love your duvet or your comforter, and you don't want to change it. That's fine, too. You can still freshen your space with new shams or one really great decorative pillow. This is like adding amazing jewelry to a great dress; it just finishes it off. Accessories really let you show your creativity without you having to make a really big commitment.

The shams add color and interest to this bed.

Layer blankets and throws - Like the "Sleep Number Bed," everyone has a different warm/cold ratio. I find if I have a cotton thermal blanket on the bed, and a duvet, I can cover most preferences. By adding a throw, it adds interest to the room. And it's there if someone needs a little extra warmth.

Bring in a comfy chair - This is the time of year I like to re-purpose furniture from one room to an other. In the spring and summer, it's all about the outside. But in the fall/winter, I like to create a warm and inviting space inside. Switching out chairs from one room to another will give you an opportunity to personalize the room for your guest and for the season; think slipcovering. It's a great way to re-purpose your own furniture or a thrift-store find or something from your folks' house that needs a little updating.

Below, this photo has all the elements, plus an adorable puppy. This project included changing the slipcover for the headboard, bringing in a comfy chair and adding a custom throw for the bed.

When my friends and family stay with me, they saw how comfortable it is, and that they wish they could stay longer. This is music to my ears and food for my soul. Whether you embrace all of these ideas of just one, your guest will feel like they never want to leave.


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