We asked Little Rock interior designer and hostess extraordinaire Tobi Fairley for the essentials for a perfectly appointed guest room—you know, beyond the obvious linens, towels, and toiletries. Here are her must-haves:
• Slippers and a robe. The plush robes from West Virginia’s Greenbrier Hotel are embroidered with a “G,” which can also stand for guest. ($95; greenbrier.com)
• Candles. To encouraged a relaxed and soothing atmosphere. Invite guests to take them home after their stay.
• Beverage service. Include a beverage tray with a small coffee maker (how many of us really want to face the world before that first cup?), a lidded pitcher of water (the lid will keeps dust from settling in), and small basket of snacks such as trail mix.
• Reading material/light. Offer a mix of books and magazine titles that are pertinent to your town, or specially chosen with the guests’ interests in mind. Keep a reading light within arm’s reach.
• Closet space. If you use your guest closet for storage, place a hook to the exterior of the closet door and stock it with a few wooden hangers so guests don’t have to subject themselves to the organizational horrors inside (Hello, prom dress from 1982!)
• A Chocolate on the Pillow. We love the pretty packaging of Tennessee-based Olive & Sinclair Artisanal Chocolates ($5.99 per bar, oliveandsinclair.com). Or, for extra sweet dreams, try Moonpies (also made in Tennessee) on the pillow instead ($24.50 for case of 50, moonpie.com).
Bonus Tip: Spend a night in the guest room to better anticipate your company’s needs. (Who knew it got so cold in there?!)