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remodeling to acommodate an elderly loved one

When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

Come In And Stay Awhile -- 4 Tips For Creating A Guest Haven In Your Home

Whether you have paid guests that rent out your spare room or family and friends who want to share your life for a visit, a gorgeous guest room is the best way to make them feel welcome and loved. And by adding in the right touches, you can create a space that's a haven for guest and renter alike. Here are 4 tips for any budget. 

Make It Cushy

Upgrade the bedroom furniture to promote relaxation and sleep. This generally means a slightly oversize bed (perhaps a double or queen) with a thick mattress, high-thread count sheets and fluffy pillows. The actual bed doesn't have to be an expensive grouping of matching furniture -- you can get the same inviting effect from chic, mismatched (but stylistically similar) furnishings. Consider building your own grouping at the furniture store by choosing what makes you feel relaxed and tying it together with accessories. 

Help Guests Help Themselves

Think about what hotels offer to guests for the morning and include a few self-service amenities. This can include basic toiletries, a few books to read or a small coffee/tea station with cups and a small selection of beverages. It might also be nice to lay out a basket with a few healthy snacks in case guests have a midnight hunger attack. 

Make a Bathroom Spa

Make the designated guest bathroom into a restful spa with some niceties. Even with a small budget, you can make over a bathroom by adding some fluffy towels, painting the space a soft color, hanging soft bathrobes for guests and adding dimmers on light switches. Go the added mile by offering a bottle of wine or chocolates, candles, incense, bubble bath and a small bubbling fountain.

Stock Tourism Basics

Especially if you're opening the room to paid guests, you should have a few basic necessities available for travelers. This can include maps of the local area, suggestions or menus from local restaurants, and information on unique options like local breweries or bike sharing facilities. If your home is near the beach, include some beach accessories like chairs and an umbrella. If there is good hiking nearby, include trail maps, water bottles and rain gear for guests to borrow.

By doing a little bit extra beyond just providing the minimum, you can create a space that guests of all types and ages will enjoy and want to return to year after year. For assistance with furnishings, talk to a professional like Cozy Interiors.