Have guests coming in for spring break? Here are a few tips and ideas on how to make a guest bedroom cozy.

// pink and white bedding // tufted bed (similar) //

I’ve always wanted to own an Airbnb.

I just watched a movie about an Inn in Vermont and if I squinted? I could see myself running it. I’d decorate every bedroom with a different theme and build an outdoor patio with a circle of chairs and find the best muffins to leave for guests and leave chunky knit blankets in every room.

This week I created the next best thing.

Spring break is just around the corner.

And guess who’s coming home? And bringing friends.

In preparation for all the hustle and bustle of entertaining guests—I finally took the holiday bedding off of Westleigh’s bed. I think it was time.

Or was it? Holly berries and evergreen go great with Valentine hearts, right?

I replaced the Christmas comforter with the sweetest bedding with a comforter, shams and an accent pillow and filled the room with a few extras to make sure the guests felt welcome.

So just in case you were getting ready for guests this spring, here are my best tips and a few ideas and things I discovered along the way.

// pink and white bedding // quatrefoil pillows // quilt set // tufted bed (similar) //

How To Make a Guest Bedroom Cozy

1. Choose cozy bed pillows

Did you know I can’t even remember the last time I bought a pillow before last year? It’s like all my pillows came over on the Mayflower and stuck around.

And then?

I found these. They are seriously the all-star of pillows. They hold their shape and look cute in a pillow sham and everyone who sleeps on them raves about them and they have over 230,000 reviews that sing their praises.

You can see them here (and there’s a coupon right now for 20%0ff).

// pink and white bedding // quatrefoil pillows // quilt set // tufted bed (similar) //

2. Add soft linens that feel cozy

We have these sheets on every single bed in the house. I tested these sheets out before I ever added them to all the beds and they are the COZIEST. I have them on every bed in our home. The sheets feel SO MUCH more expensive than they are and they come in so many different colors (I chose white so I could bleach them).

You can see them here (and there’s a 40% off coupon right now–wait until you see the price).

This new pink and white patterned bedding is NEXT LEVEL. The pattern is the prettiest pink with a soft white background. It comes with a comforter, two shams and this accent pillow. I didn’t even know the set came with an accent pillow and I almost did a cartwheel when I opened the package and it was there.

You can see it here.

It also comes in blue and white here.

And while we are still talking about the bed—this mattress pad is GOLD. It’s cooling and so cozy and I’ve ordered it for our beds and I sent two of them with the twins to college (I’m looking at you dorm mattresses).

You can see the BEST mattress pad here.

3. Empty drawers

I know this is probably Captain Obvious, but when I travel I like to unpack my suitcase and put everything away.

Having a few empty drawers makes it so convenient for guests who like to unpack like me.

If you can’t empty all the drawers, just empty a few and let guests know where they are.

// pink floral rug // 

4. Add a cozy rug

In addition to your bedding, it’s also important to think about what those guests’ toes are walking on.

Place soft rugs throughout the room to provide extra cushioning and a layer of cozy under their feet.

You can see this rug here.

Also, here are some of my favorite rugs.

And the BEST rug pad.

// gourd lamp //

5. Set up three points of light in the room

One major aspect of creating a comfortable guest room is thinking about lighting. Make sure you have plenty of lamps and overhead lights, as well as small accent lights that can be used to create a soft glow at night.

You can add these inserts to your lamps to make the bulbs dimmable.

You can see these gourd lamps that I have all over the house here.

// velvet hangers //

6. Hangers

The closet in this room is empty now. All the clothes have gone to Baylor University.

So I added some hangers to the closet just like they do in hotels or Airbnbs.

These are my go-to velvet hangers.

7. Add a charger and a sound machine

A wireless charger is the perfect way to welcome your guests.

This is one of my favorite wireless chargers.

Sometimes it’s so hard to feel at home in a new room. A sleep machine like this one can help give your guests a good night’s sleep.

You can see it here.

Think about anything else your guests might need, too. You may even try sleeping in the room to make sure that you are able to see if there’s anything you would add for your guests so they can feel extra comfortable during their stay.

//sheets I used to make the curtains here//gold curtain rods //gold curtain clips //similar damask pillow//

I can’t wait until spring break.


It’s going to be so much fun and having a pretend Airbnb is the BEST.

I learned a lot getting the room ready and now I have all the tips.

Who knows?

Maybe one day I’ll become an innkeeper in Vermont. 🙂

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  1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    The room looks so cute, as always. I immediately ordered a set of queen sheets in white. I am actually in the process of redecorating a spare room so new white sheets is exactly one thing I needed. Thank you. We are getting snow today in Ohio. Boooo. Enjoy your day.

  2. Image for Jan Fusco Jan Fusco

    Such great ideas for a guest room. And I might just have to get one of those sound machines for my own bedroom. Thanks for all the product suggestions. I have put many on my Amazon shopping list.

  3. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Love that room! What color is the wall paint? It looks so soft and calming. Have fun with the girls and their friends. Big Hugs,

  4. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I've been looking for a new mattress pad, so I've ordered the Easeland that you recommended. Great timing and beautiful guest room!

  5. Image for Tara Tara

    So welcoming! I love it! The pale pink is so calming and sweet! I have dreamed of running a bed & breakfast too. Maybe one day!

  6. Image for Diana Diana

    I've been shopping rugs for the last month so thank you for your post. I keep changing my mind on the color. LOL I can't wait to see the spring break posts.

  7. Image for LisaH LisaH

    KariAnne - Cartwheels indeed! I can just see it! This post may be my favourite to date. Love all of the ideas and links. We downsized to a very small home in 2021 with just two bedrooms/baths.But following our daughter’s wedding last year I have a spare room to decorate!!! I just have one question about the pillows - do you order the down alternative or goose down? Thank you for this post and all your recommendations.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I like the down alternative because so many people are allergic to things! Also the pillows sit up better! Hope this helps! KariAnne

  8. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Ok, now I want it All lol. Think I definitely will get the sheets and sound machine maybe pillows too. The room looks beautiful and inviting Your a great host!!!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Gail, Here's the one I bought for Zack and Courtney's apartment! They love it! Here's the link (affiliate): https://urlgeni.us/amazon/uAUsG Happy day, KariAnne

  9. Image for Kristen Kristen

    Looks like you had a lot of fun feathering your nest. It's so nice when the kids bring their friends home. I love everything that you did. They might not leave!

  10. Image for Renee Renee

    My husband and I ordered these pillows a few years back when you first raved about them!! Am re-ordering today for our bedroom and a set for guest room. Seriously best pillows I have ever slept on!! Thanks— and love Westleigh’s “new” room.

  11. Image for Kris Kris

    Adorable room. I love the idea of having a sound machine. We bring ours with us when we travel. It's a huge help for getting a good night's sleep.

  12. Image for gail w turner gail w turner

    Gorgeous and inviting guest room. And thanks for the heads up on the pillows. I have been waiting for them to go on sale again.

  13. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Love all of the ideas. ALL of my kids and grands are coming home this year for spring break! I can't wait to add a few of these tips into my planning. I've got lots of recipes for your guests if you need them. Enjoy your AirBNB and guests' time!

  14. Image for Michelle Crowley Michelle Crowley

    I so feel ya on the Bed & Breakfast dream!!! I always think it would be so amazing to own a little boutuiqe hotel. . .or two, or maybe even three. . . boutique hotels maybe one in each of my favorite cities in the world? But then I wonder. . .do I really just want to design them? Then I laugh, realizing I kinda actually do run a bed & breakfast, I just don't charge! 🤣 Our lake house has a revolving roster of at least 10-25 guests on any given day all summer long! Also, what's the name of the movie with the Vermont Bed & Breakfast? Have you wanted Hotel Portofino? Now that's living the dream, a gorgeous boutique hotel on the coast of Amalfi, Italy!

  15. Image for Susan Reynolds Giuliano Susan Reynolds Giuliano

    I love the bedding. But it’s sold out! Very frustrating. I often try to purchase things only to find them gone! Sue G

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