We decided to continue to live in a hotel down the street from our house until our moving truck comes on 7/21 (and the floors are ready for us!). However, my mom just booked a ticket to come see us on July 23rd! So the guest house needs a good scrubbing and we need to get it ready!! Clean it, for sure. Paint it–I hope!
It first needs to be CLEANED. It smells very stale and there are cobwebs and dust everywhere. That’s priority one. It doesn’t need to be painted, but bonus points. Honestly, it’ll never be easier. And here’s a secret–I’m tempted to paint the floors. These are the Brazilian cherry floors that we removed in the main house but we didn’t do anything in here because the guest house will be a completely different renovation down the road–so part of me is thinking why not paint the floors in the interim?!
Someone talk me out of it or I’m going for it. There’s a lot I want to do before our first very special guest arrives (hi, mom!), but I realize there are only a few things that are a must.
• A lamp to immediately cozy the place up.
• A stocked fridge. We’re so lucky the guest house has a full kitchen that we’ll be using until our kitchen in the main house is completed.
• Bathroom essentials (extra toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, towels, toothpaste, floss!
• Some sort of bedside table (You can even use a chair, or these $9 folding table that can travel around in a pinch in the future.)
• Display the Wifi password prominently somewhere. It’s cute in a mini frame on a nightstand.
• Allow for temperature control. I love layering soft sheets, with a light coverlet and then a warm duvet so our guests can choose how many or little blankets they need. I also put a basket with extra blankets by the bed–you never know. I’m someone that always needs an extra blanket!
Last note, we love our Sleep Number bed and honestly miss it right now. But over the years, we have switched every other bed in our house to this hybrid mattress and our guests always ask what kind it is because it’s so comfortable! Highly recommend it!
More phase 1 updates to come!! Here’s some other fun things from this week.
• This short sleeved sweater in the prettiest ochre color, that I picked up for a steal this week made me feel so incredibly put together after wearing the same 4 oversized t-shirts for the last 26 days.
• My go-to, tried and true lash serum is 2 for 1 in the Nordstrom sale! (I added it to my wish list to stock up!)
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