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26 | A P R I L / M A Y 2 0 1 6 and more. Hyde knows a well-appointed guest room says, "Welcome, we're glad you're here," to her guests. To extend that warm welcome, Hyde replicates the details she appreciates at a four-star hotel and then pampers her guests with some homier touches. "I want our guest room to be a respite where people can go to unwind and rest." She begins by layering the bed with comfortable linens and a variety of supple pillows. "I like to use layers for both style and comfort," she explains. "You never know what the weather will do at the lake and an extra throw blanket is nice to snuggle in when there's a breeze coming off the water." A Nod to Nautical Living Her soothing color scheme of soft gray-blues with a splash of orange and clean whites give a tranquil, nautical feel to the guest room. Of course the sound of waves lapping up on the beach below this second-story suite only adds to the ambiance. A small bench provides the perfect place to unpack a suitcase—or beach bag. Nearby, a convenient row of wall hooks holds a pair of binoculars ready to catch a close-up view of the heron who visits the dock each morning. Hyde carries the upscale nautical theme into the guest bath where an oar-turned-towel hook anchors the wall and fish-shaped dishes hold guest soaps. She stocks an array of spare toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and lotions in the vanity for guests to use. Details Make a Difference It's the little things that can turn an overnight visit into an experience. Chocolates on the pillow. A carafe of water beside the bed. Fresh flowers. A guest book. These amenities deliver the "wow" factor. Hyde takes hospitality a step further, with a bedside memo board sharing the house Wi-Fi password and reminders that coffee will be ready by 7 a.m. and "the bar is always open." Be your own guest Spend a night in your guest space to make sure everything is comfortable and in working order. Check for burned-out light bulbs, slow bathroom drains, and loose knobs. Did you remember to change the clock for daylight savings time? Are there tissues beside the bed? Is there a dark hallway in need of a nightlight or lamp? By hosting your own sleepover, you'll learn firsthand what you need to add or repair to make your guests' stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Company is coming! Are you ready? Here's a checklist to help you upgrade your guest suite: • Bench, chair or luggage rack to hold a suitcase • Drawers or designated closet space (with plenty of hangers) • A place to hang damp towels • Mirror • Bedside table or tray to hold an alarm clock, tissues, and a carafe of water • Cheat sheet for using electronics (television channels, Wi-Fi password, etc.) • Reading material (a nice selection of books, magazines, and guidebook of the area) • Good quality bed linens, pillows, towels and washcloths • Toiletries—a basket of miscellaneous hotel ones work well (toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, disposable razors, aspirin, nail clipper, and sunscreen) • Hair dryer Want to make your guests feel extra-special? Add these touches and they'll keep coming back! • Fresh flowers • Lavender sachet or rosemary sprigs—keeps rooms smelling fresh and naturally repels insects • Slippers and bath robes • Small dish to hold change and jewelry • Phone charger • Private mini bar—in case your guests get the midnight munchies, fill a basket with bottled water and small mason jars of nuts, chocolates, and dried fruits • A guest book—to remember great times at the lake with family and friends. home ~ continued 26 | A P R I L / M A Y 2 0 1 6

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