Are you ready for festive guests?

With just under six weeks to go until Christmas, it’s a great time to start thinking about getting your home ready for festive guests. If your guest room is more storage room gloom than hotel chic now is a good to start planning a little refresh.
Hosting Christmas can be stressful enough without the worry of redecorating. The good news is you don’t need to redecorate the whole room, in fact we have some very simple updates and finishing touches that will instantly update your space and help create a delightful retreat for your guests.

So often the spare or guest room has a hand-me-down lighting previously used in other rooms in our home, so a quick and easy way to refresh your space for Christmas guests is to invest in new lampshades and lamps.

Adding nature inspired pattern is guaranteed to elevate your guest room with these unique designs from local maker Rhoma Designs. Designed and handmade right here in Caldbeck, by our very own Holly, whom you will have met if you’ve visited the shop on a Tuesday. These kaleidoscopic designs bring instant colour and pattern to any space and look stunning when paired up with some vivid velvets.

Rhoma Design Cushions and lampshade on a table

cushions on a wooden table

cushions in a fruit crate on a wooden table with a lamp

Soft Furnishings
The easiest of updates for any space, soft furnishings instantly raise your comfort levels in any room and nothing dresses up a bed more than a couple of new cushions and an extra cosy throw, giving your guests that hotel feel.

As it's Christmas add touches of glamour and some seasonal luxe with soft velvets, bobble trims or gold thread detailing.

velvet cushions

bobble trim velvet cushions

For added texture bring in a coordinating cosy knit throw for extra warmth like this luxurious soft tassel knit.

luxury throw

Boutique Vibe
Nothing says boutique hotel vibe like delicious scents. Think of any luxury or boutique hotel you’ve ever visited, it probably had a beautiful fragrance wafting around. Fragrance creates memory, so give you guests a delightful fragranced room and it will always remind them of the special times spent in your home.

Diffuser – Bring the holiday scent of fresh Christmas Trees in (without the dropping pine needles) with FERN+FELL’s all natural woodland reed diffuser gift set. Made with 100% natural plant based ingredients and essential oils.

FERN+FELL woodland redd diffuser gift set

Candle – For a festive fragrances and cosy glow just add Heaven Scent’s mulled pear & spices candle made with natural soy wax.


mulled pear candle

Wax melts – Try this cosy Freckleface soy wax melt fragrance "Winter Nights" to cosy up you space with a warming blend of cedar wood, sandalwood, leather and cashmere musk.

wax melts freckle face


Get festive
Don’t forget to add some festive decorations to you guest room, you don’t need to go Christmas crazy but a few carefully chosen decorative pieces can add some festive cheer to make your guest room extra special.

A string of fairy lights over the headboard or draped over a picture frame or mirror will add instant festive cheer. In store now we several options like these starburst or snowberry lights, they come with a handy timer options too helping your save battery power.

starburst fairy lights

snowberry fairy lights

Add some festive trinkets to the bedside table like these beautiful Nordic style light up ceramic Christmas tree, they come in various sizes and designs. And for some festive fun how about a knitted gonk.

Ceramic Christmas Trees

Festive gonk


Power of Paint
Giving an old piece of furniture a fresh lick of colourful paint is an easy afternoon or weekend project depending on what you want to paint. Refreshing furniture is a great way to update what you have or save an old piece from landfill. Adding colour to some old furniture can really transform a space.

Take inspiration: Hesta Scene owner Karen has updated a small cabinet using Annie Sloan’s zingy English Yellow Chalk Paint  and finished with CLEAR wax.



Or how about this clever update from House of Maram over on Instagram, a vintage wardrobe is given a colourful new lease of life using two paint colours.

Vintage wardrobe painted in coral and mint green

We have much more inspiration in store, and don't forget if you would like some free professional design advice you can book a free 30 minute consultation with our in-house interior designer. Talk through your plans or just get some great ideas and advice on colour combination or pattern matching - just CONTACT US to book.

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