10 Ways You Can Create the Perfect Winter Retreat for Guests

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Are you expecting some guests to drop by and stay a while at your home this winter season? If so, you’ll want to give them a comfortable space to sleep in, not on a foldout couch in your home office or a futon in the basement. Give them a warm wintry retreat in your guest room by using these 10 tips!

Play with an Icy Palette – Winter’s color palettes – hues of white, light blues, creams, and metallic shades – can be welcoming and cozy in a guest room. These brighter colors can also help bounce light throughout the space, making the most of the short amount of sunlight we receive during the season.

Try Seasonal Scents – There’s really nothing like the smell of a delightful fire, but if you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry – there are plenty of other wonderful wintertime scents for your guests to enjoy. We recommend something inviting like vanilla, cinnamon, or gingerbread during the winter. Want to help your guests relax when they wind down? Lavender and chamomile are great choices!

Add a Rug – Want to add extra warmth, color, and texture to your space all at once? Include an area rug! Whether the guest room has hardwood floors or wall-to-wall carpet, a rug ups the coziness factor and helps your guests feel snug and at ease.

Pamper Them with a Robe and Slippers – Speaking of being comfy, nothing says luxurious quite like a soft plush robe and slippers. Be sure to add a robe to a hook on the back of the door and place slippers near the bed. Your guests may forget that they’re staying at your home and not a relaxing resort!

Don’t Skimp on the Bedding – Remember the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. That means you should roll out some high-quality sheets and top them with a warm, comfortable duvet or comforter. Add the finishing touches with an array of pillows in different sizes and textures!

Throw in Additional Seating – If you find that your guest room has extra space, try adding a few pieces for extra seating. An inviting armchair, small love seat, or a little couch can work wonders in helping your guests settle in with a warm drink and a good book.

Wrap ‘Em Up with a Throw or Blanket – Of course, nothing goes better with a hot beverage and page-turning piece of literature than a cozy blanket or throw, especially faux fur. Your guest room will absolutely ooze luxury and warmth when you add a soft faux fur throw on the bed, chair, or couch.

Let There Be Light – Whisk your guests away to their very own sanctuary by using a variety of lighting options! Create the perfect ambiance with candles, adjustable lighting, and even a strand or two of white Christmas lights.

Adorn the Walls with Art – Don’t forget about the walls! Make the guest room perfect by hanging artwork with complementary colors and theme to match the space’s comfy-cozy aesthetics.

Include Some Reading Material – Winding down with a good book or fun magazine is a great way for anyone to end the night. Give your guests the luxury of literature by adding your favorite books and a few popular magazines. Make them feel even more at home by placing a book or two next to a fresh vase of flowers on the nightstand!

Don’t have a guest room but warming up the idea of having one? Call on the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties to help you find the perfect home for you and your needs! Just give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com and get started today!

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8 Easy Ways You Can Kick the Winter Blues at Home This Year

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Like it or not, winter is slowly but surely approaching. If you find yourself beginning to dread the entrance of a new season, don’t fret. There are a few very easy things that you can do at home to help you have a happier winter!

Here are 8 clever tips to help you keep your mood elevated all winter long:

Bring in Some Nice Scents – Did you know that your sense of smell is directly connected to your emotions? You can thank your limbic system for that! Beat the winter blues with some happy or relaxing scents. We like orange, lemon, or lime for a mood-boost or chamomile and lavender to help you kick back and relax.

Keep Your Home Tidy and Clean – Piles of clutter can make you feel more anxious and unmotivated. Combat this by keeping your home tidy and neat. Make your bed in the morning, do small tasks when they come up (say, doing the dishes after making a meal), and clean regularly. You’ll find that your mood is more elevated when your home is picked up!

Let in Natural Light – Speaking of a mood boost, light is a natural way to make you happier! Even 15 minutes of sunshine can help! Open the blinds and curtains, trim back obtrusive tree branches, and clean the windows to let the sunlight pour in more easily. Craving more daylight? Sitting next to an artificial light such as a light box can work wonders!

Stock the Fridge and Pantry with Healthy Food – It can be so tempting to reach into the pantry for a bag of chips or grab a carton of ice cream out of your freezer to munch on, but it will more than likely leave you feeling not so great (and not so happy). Eat well-balanced meals to help give your body the nutrients it needs to feel and function well. Your diet should consist of lean proteins, fruits, veggies, and complex carbs. Want to treat yourself? Indulge in rich dark chocolate moderately!

Get Out and Exercise – We know that one of the last things you want to do in the winter is to go outside and work out, but you’ll feel so much better once you do! Sticking to a regular exercise regimen can help you combat the winter blues, improve your focus, and lower stress levels. Too cold or snowy to go outside? There are plenty of exercises you can do inside to help give you that boost of endorphins!

Play Some Upbeat Music – Music can affect us in so many ways. It’s no wonder that upbeat tunes have been shown over and over to improve our moods significantly, both in the short- and long-term! If you haven’t done so already, create a playlist of your favorite cheerful songs and blare them shamelessly in your abode!

Invite Some Friends Over – Sometimes during the winter season, we feel like hibernating. While a little bit of solitude is healthy, be sure to reach out and spend time with your friends and family! Have the gang over for a fun game night, ask the fam to drop by and check out that new comedy you just found, or hold a holiday potluck with your closest pals!

Get Comfy – Maybe you’re not a fan of all that winter brings with it – the longer nights, the cold weather, the icy precipitation. While you can’t do much about the weather, you can definitely treat yourself to some comfort during this time of year! Wrap yourself in your softest blankets, cozy up with your favorite hot beverage, and read a good book by the fireplace as you watch the snow drift lazily to the ground. Who knows – you might actually come to love winter if you do this enough!

What are some things you do to combat the winter blues in your home? Be sure to tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!