key elements for a great guest room: place to put a suitcase

Taylor Burke Home Kelly Brass Bench DetailLabor Day may be just around the corner, but — believe it or not — if you want to revamp your home before the holiday rush, now is the time!  And that seems like a perfect opportunity to turn back to my “key elements for a great guest room” series … because we all know the holidays mean house guests.  I’ve already talked about comfortable seating and layered lighting – but let’s get even more practical.

Vintage Lucite Luggage Rack Madeline StuartThere’s nothing worse than a guest room that is so jam-packed there’s no place to put your stuff down!  Yes, guest room closets and dressers often end up storing out-of-season clothes, linens and decorations.  But your guests will be much more comfortable if there is a place to put their suitcase and hopefully room to unpack.

Taylor Burke Home Kelly Brass BenchA luggage rack stashed in the closet is a great place to start — check eBay and Etsy for vintage lucite ones — but why stop there?  I used Taylor Burke Home’s Kelly Brass Bench at the foot of my bed, which is perfect for luggage and extra seating.  Plus, it’s so gorgeous that it can easily move to your living room!  The hair-on-hide upholstery is luxe and sturdy, which is “twice as nice.”  Hahaha, I do love my twin puns.  

Better Homes and Gardens September 2014 TB BenchI’m a huge fan of Taylor Burke Home’s beautiful furniture, which is proudly manufactured in North Carolina.  Did you see their bench on the cover of this month’s Better Homes and Gardens?

Ziploc Space BagOh, and if you really need to clear out some space in that closet, the “as-seen-on-TV” Space Bags really do work.  My favorite use for Space Bags?  It’s much easier to store extra down comforters when they are flat as a pancake!

What’s your top storage secret?

Top photo by Dustin Peck Photography for Traci Zeller Designs.  Doesn’t Loloi‘s “Sahara” rug complement the brass bench beautifully?  Vintage lucite luggage rack photo via One Kings Lane.  Kelly Brass Bench photo via Taylor Burke Home.  Better Homes and Gardens cover image by David A. Land.    

“word to the wise” wednesday — meredith heron

Meredith Heron Design Spruce Street Living Room

As humans, we don’t need to live in large spaces; we just need to live in thoughtful ones that reflect our lifestyles.

Meredith Heron

Meredith Heron Design Navy White NurseryI’m so lucky to count Meredith Heron as one of my friends, and I loved her insightful commentary on a recent Facebook post … so much so that I wanted to share it here.  Of course, I also adore Meredith’s clean, sophisticated design style.  I especially love her use of color and how layered her designs are.  She often posts sneak peeks on Instagram, so you’ll definitely want to follow her there for lots of eye candy.

Over to you.  If you could choose any home, what size would you chose?

Interior design by, and photos courtesy of, Meredith Heron Design.  Top photo (Meredith’s living room) by Stacey Brandford Photography.  Bottom photo (her adorable son’s nursery) by Stephani Buchman Photography.  Much more gorgeousness on her portfolio page!    

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