Designing a Guest Room

The 6 things every guest room should have according to interior designer Emily Yeates.

  1. Refreshments: Healthy snacks and sparkling water are refreshing treats after a long drive or plane flight.
  2. Pillows: Plenty of pillows and blankets make guests feel like they are getting the royal treatment. It’s also handy to have extra on hand for pull out beds or air mattresses.
  3. Work space: Clear a desk for guests to check email or get work done while away.
  4. City guide: Make a list of your favorite places or pick up a local magazine’s “Best Of” issue to keep on hand for visitors.
  5. Charging station: Ensure your guests are always plugged in and ready to go with an available cell phone and portable electronic charging station.
  6. Last but not least: Keep a tidy bathroom, stocked with extra towels and toiletries.

Photography by Erica Velasco.


Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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