We have lived away from our family for almost 20 years. As you can imagine, that means a LOT of traveling back and forth for the holiday. Several years ago, we declared Thanksgiving as the ONE holiday we would no longer travel. We invited family to come our way, and they called our bluff. They. came. It’s a lot of working hosting a holiday gathering, but it is one of my favorite days of the year. The house is noisy, there’s food everywhere, and most of my family is gathered in my home–what’s not to like?
Of course, having out-of-town guests means having somewhere comfortable and relaxing for them to stay. My mom’s room (aka the guest room) needed some help, and thanks to West Elm it got it. I’ve been eyeing this duvet for months. Is it too bold? Would it look right in this space? Would my mom be ok with it? I got over all my worries and was truly giddy the day it arrived. It was exactly what the doctor ordered.
It is bold. It is classic. It brings some pizazz to an otherwise non-pizazzy space, and more importantly, it welcomes my mom with a big ol’ classy hug.
Since my kids were toddlers, she has told bedtime stories here, had major giggle fits (even after I yelled for everyone to go to bed), and even fallen asleep in here with them when they just wouldn’t stay in their rooms. She has done my dishes, folded my laundry, planted my flowers….the list goes on. So maybe this duvet offers her a space that says, “Thank you. Now go to sleep.”
A guest room should make people want to stay, and it should make them feel comfortable while they’re away from home. Can a duvet and some sassy pillows do that? I I think it’s evident that it’s more than that for me. Thanksgiving is an opportunity for me to show thanks by opening my home to the people I love and taking pride in my home by making it beautiful. So yeah, maybe it all comes down to a duvet.
Rest assured (get it? rest?), my mom will love it! And my kids will love bothering her in there.
So what is it for you? Are you hosting the holidays this year? What do you focus on when you know you’re hosting family? It’s a lot of work, no? But it’s totally worth it!
I can’t thank West Elm enough for sponsoring this new look. They may have provided the inspiration, but the stories about my mom were all my own. They don’t know her.
- Bed-Pier 1 (purchased off Craigslist)
- Peacock print-HomeGoods
- Glass dishes–Ikea
- Sunburst mirror-Home Depot