Southern Hospitality & Home Decor for the Hostess with the Mostess


Whether you're a seasoned southern hostess or just getting your home ready for family and friends, here are a few room-by-room ideas for hosting guests in your coastal home:

Kitchen: Time to put out the fancy towels! Your guests probably don't expect you to plan every meal during their stay, but I like to find out what breakfast foods everyone prefers. I usually prep a casserole or two that's easy to throw in the oven, stock up on fresh fruit, and try and have a few special treats on hand like local bagels or fresh donuts. After all—breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Dining Room: This room gets used the most when company is in town. Get some fun coastal color ideas over on Pinterest.

Guest Bedroom: Keep it simple by removing clutter and give your guests a simple space to unwind. Use decor that shows off your area's personality by adding a small statement piece or fun print from a local artist or framing a few photos that show off your town or city. It doesn't have to be extravagant, but you can find wonderful and affordable pieces at a local farmer's market, art fair, or seasonal festival—or even print a few of your own snaps with Artifact Uprising (not an advertisement - they just have really beautiful and affordable, luxe prints that last). Give the room a fresh coat of paint in a spa tone and add texture with a colorful duvet, canvas pillow, or throw.

Bathroom: Stock the guest bath with extra hand soap, TP, and plenty of fluffy towels. Even if the bathroom has a towel rack, I like to add an extra set of hooks to the back of the door for robes, extra towels, and give a place to hand those travel-ready hanging toiletry kits.

Hallways & Gathering Spaces: Wall decor is usually the best way to brighten and add interest to all the nooks and crannies in your home. Pinterest is yet again my favorite place to get ideas for creating gallery walls, shelving arrangements, and other wall decor display tips.

Have fun! And don't forget to let loose and play tourist with your guests—the best memories are usually made right in your own backyard. And if you're on the receiving end of hospitality, a pretty set of note cards makes the perfect hostess gift. If you're staying overnight, be sure to pick up a colorful card to leave your hosts or hostesses a thoughtful note at the end of your stay!

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