Monday, August 17, 2015

Finishing Touches

1.  That guest room will be filled with guests tomorrow so it was high time we got that sign hung up.  My brother & sister-in-law are traveling cross country to settle their youngest son into college here in NC.  It's been a few years since we've seen each other so I'm super excited for their arrival.  For old times sake I couldn't resist putting a photo of all of our children standing at the shore of Lake Huron many years ago.

2.  The guest bathroom has been cleaned.
Dixie cup dispenser filled.
Soap dispenser filled.

3.  I was pleased to discover that some of the hotel lotions I had stashed away fit in quite well with the decor.  There was a time when Brett traveled fairly often on business trips.  He had a habit of bringing home the little samples until I had to tell him to stop.  They were piling up faster than we could possibly use them.
Once in a while, however, the samples are from places like Bath & Body Works or Aveda... those I still allow in the door ;D.

4.  Tidying up the toilet paper.

5.  Brand new bar of soap.
Glad I remembered to clear out the half used bar along with various bottles of shampoo and conditioner.
I remember an Oprah episode centered around getting your home ready for guests.  Oprah made a point of recommending a fresh bar of soap.  I guess I hadn't thought much about it at the time, but once I did I had to agree that it would be a good idea.

6.  A candle for some evening ambiance and I think we are ready now.

  Except for one final touch.
Just in case a sweet treat is in order.


  1. It's looking most welcoming Kim!
    I love the photo - clever idea, I'm making a mental note here!!!
    I always put out fresh toiletries for guests too and add magazines, flowers etc to the bedroom, as as I would like when visiting family.
    Shane x

  2. I remember Oprah mentioning that too and I so agree. It's nice to have a new bar of soap and nice towels and washcloths. Everyone is tired when they travel and baths are such a nice way to relax. Your bathroom is beautiful. My master bath is blue. Hugs, Diane

  3. What a welcoming room! My favorite? The photo: inspired. Happy times to you all...

  4. Wow everything is just beautiful for your guests!! They will feel very welcome.
    You have thought of everything.
    Hope you all have a very happy visit. : )

  5. Guests that stay at your house certainly are pampered. I hope you have a great visit. ( I'm going to steal your idea of folding the end of the roll of toilet paper).

  6. What a delightful way to spend the end of summer. Everything looks inviting, and your guests are going to love all the attention to detail, Kim. I know I would. True, a new bar of soap makes a world of difference, unless it's the pump variety. You are a terrific hostess.

    Blessings for a wonderful visit,

    Marianne xo

  7. Your guests will be delighted! It looks so fresh and pretty. Enjoy your visit!

  8. Kim, I love your guest bath. I chuckled when I saw the T.P. My husband does that to our bathroom sometimes, especially after we have been on a trip. I like the fresh colors and sea shells. Kathi

  9. You are the sweetest hostess ever! They will feel right at home and maybe your hospitality will help curb a little of the "bye bye sweet child" sad feelings.

  10. What a charming time your guests will have in your guest room. Beautifully done. Love the sweet touch at the end.


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