The Stylish Seattle Home: Crafting Comfort for Your Guests

Create a welcoming room for your summertime visitors

Category: NW Home Articles


When summer arrives travel begins for many people, and that means preparing for houseguests. Whether your guests travel short or long distances, arriving to a room stocked with thoughtful amenities lets your guests know that you care about their comfort and the quality of their visit. With just a few easy pieces, your guests will look forward to a repeat trip knowing they can expect all the comforts of home and more.

1. When your guests arrive, greet them with a tray full of goodies (Green Melamine Tray, $14.95, Crate & Barrel, University Village, Seattle; 206.937.9939; Bedside-musts are a pretty water decanter and drinking glass ($48, etched decanter; $12 each, matching glasses, Camelion Design, 5330 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle; 206.783.7125; and a bouquet of fresh flowers in a bright container (Tag Round Vase, $16, Camelion Design). 2. Sometimes in a new environment it can be hard to get around in the dark of the night. This Roost Owl Lamp ($121, Velocity Art and Design, 251 Yale Ave. N, Seattle; 206.749.9575; of fine bone china makes a nifty nightlight and lends a touch of mod whimsy to any guest bedroom or bathroom. 3. Add a sense of romance to the room with a candle. This collectible Mor Tea Cup Candle in Jasmine Tea ($46, JZ Rose, 505 Bellevue Square, Bellevue; 425.452.5595; not only imparts a sweet scent, but makes a great memento of your hospitality for when guests depart. 4. Provide visitors with a stylish seating option. A Karim Rashid Magino Acrylic Stool ($250, Revival Home & Garden, 5515 Airport Way S, Seattle; 206.763.3886; is low enough for sitting and high enough for serving as a side table next to a favorite chair. 5. Finally, don’t forget the kids. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle by John Skewes and Robert Schwartz (2007, Sasquatch Books; $16.95, Queen Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle; 206.283.5624; is a great book that is packed with fun information about Seattle’s neighborhoods and landmarks.  :

Photo by Tom Barwick
Style Editor Kelly Moore