Wednesday, December 1, 2021

5 Ways to Update Your Home for Holiday Guests

 Thank you to Casabella for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

After last year's holiday season was reduced to immediate family only and quarantine's, this year a lot of us seem to be gearing up for a more traditional holiday season filled with extended family and guests. One of the best things about the pandemic was the completion of all those house projects that have been on the to-do list for years. But, even if you weren't one of Home Depot's VIP customers for the last eighteen months, there are still a few quick and easy ways you can update your home before the big guy in the red suit arrives. Bonus - none require power tools or a whole home makeover. 


The very first thing guests see when they enter your home is the front entry - so you want it to make a good impression. Our first step is to always declutter this area. It tends to be a dumping ground for all the the things. Before guests arrive, make sure all random shoes, coats and mail are put away. 

Next step is to make sure the area is outfitted with items to allow guests to take off their shoes, hand their coats, or put down their purses. A gorgeous way to do this is to have a small area rug in place with a bench or a console table. Maybe even a decorative hooks if you have the space. These small changes and additions can make a big impact on your entry with very little work. 

Third step is to make it smell good. The moment your guests enter your home you want it to smell more like holiday deliciousness and less like au de litter box. Adding a yummy smelling candle to your entry table or near by is a great way to set the stage for holiday guests. Our favorites this time of year tend to be warm vanillas, cinnamons, and spicy tree scents. 

If you have overnight guests this holiday season, make them feel extra welcome by sprucing up their sleeping quarters for their stay. Hanging curtains, adding cozy pillows or a soft rug are all simple things you can do to make the space feel more inviting. 

Going the extra mile and adding in soft lighting lamps for reading or a throw to snuggle in are also quick and easy ways to put extra special touches to you guest room before visitors arrive. 

We spotted this bedding at Casabella and swooned. We love these soft and cozy the fur throw pillows for winter. And the addition of the tray and custom books is a lovely touch!

Lighting is one of the projects that tends to get put on the back burner, but is typically one of the easiest and quickest ways to update a home. It's amazing what the addition of a few table lamps or a stylish floor lamp can do for your living spaces. 

Look around and make note of any areas of your home look dark or could use an update. Concentrate on the main locations guests will be first and work out from there so you don't get overwhelmed with replacing all your lighting. 

If you are anything like us, we tend to forget our walls. Everything can be beautifully painted, living room furniture can be well placed with perfectly fluffed pillows complete with stylish coffee table accessories, but then our walls are completely bare. That's like ordering CFA milkshake without the whip cream and cherry. Not necessary, but definitely makes it feel complete. 

The quick addition of a gorgeous painting, sconces or shelving with frames and/or accessories can do wonders for a room! 

This tip is more of a PSA and friendly reminder to complete those half started house projects. We get it - we totally have project ADHD and tend to start one before another is finished. But having house guests for the holidays is a great time to get motivated and wrap up all those loose ends. 

Need to finish hanging that wall paper in the powder room? Call your bestie, hang away, finish with wine. 

Need to put that second coat of paint on the dining room? Make it a family affair. Buy some canvases, some paint brushes, and let the kids paint while you paint. Now you have gifts for grandparents. It's a two-for-one.

Need seating for your living room? Great! We love these options from Casabella and they are ready to pick up today. 

You get the idea. Get. It. Done. 

The last thing you want is cousin Mark's three year old running around with your unhung curtains as a cape. 

So, channel your inner Bob Villa and fix up this old house {project}! 


All home decor and furniture items featured in today's post are from Casabella in Marietta, GA. They have a truly amazing selection of items in stock, and a great staff of designers on hand to help you with all of your home decor needs! If you are local, be sure to check them out! 

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