We have a small room in our house, which we used as a workspace during the pandemic. But, inspired by friends and family visiting Brooklyn, we decided to turn it into a guest room. Here’s the makeover, with help from Brooklinen, the wonderful bedding brand we’ve loved and used for more than a decade…
First off, we made the bed with Brooklinen’s airy and buttery smooth sateen sheets. I have these on my bed, too, and they’re beyond comfortable to climb into at the end of a long day. (Pro tip: We got the Luxe Hardcore Bundle, which comes with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases, and saves you 25% overall.) We also layered in navy shams with pretty stitching; they feel good to lean against while reading.
When close relatives — like my mom or dad — come to stay, we like to put a photo of them on the bedside table. It’s an easy way to make them laugh and feel welcome.
We also leave out a few books for guests to flip through, like funny essays, poetry collections and photo books. (This dog one is Anton’s favorite.)
Years ago, I came home from work and found this note taped onto the front door: “Clean house made by Toby and a teeny tiny bit of Anton who did not help.” It made me laugh so much that I ended up framing it, as a surprise for guests to notice when heading to bed.
Pink blanket: Textured Throw. New York print: David Ehrenstråhle.
Another thing I appreciate is when guest rooms have artwork of the place you’re visiting. (It’s sort of disorienting to walk into a Michigan hotel room filled with posters of Paris!) So, I moved our New York poster here to get guests excited for city adventures.
This room is small, so we set a candle, smelling of citrus and cedar, on the windowsill. “You don’t even have to light it,” says English designer Rita Konig. “Just leave it in the room, and it gives off a nice soft fragrance, and it’s so much better than dusty potpourri.”
Towels: Super Plush.
Finally, we leave out several hangers and a stack of fresh Brooklinen towels. For the longest time we had ratty bath towels, and switching over to these hotel-like ones was a game-changer. They’re super thick and plush but also absorbent. They’re made with Turkish cotton and come in 13 colors and patterns (I like the stripes!).
How much do you want to climb in? We love Brooklinen, the Brooklyn-based company run by a husband-and-wife team. All their designs are simple and classic, like their pink textured throw. And right now they’re having their big birthday sale, where you get 25% off sitewide, good through May 8th.
What Brooklinen pieces would you add to your home? Here are a few more…
What are your secrets for a cozy guest room?
(Photography by Kate Jordan, styling by Oliver Cano for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Brooklinen, a brand our family has used and loved for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)