Already feeling overwhelmed in anticipation of the yuletide season? Stop for a second and just take a deep breath. We’re here to help...

Get ahead of the game this year by making sure your home is ready for both planned and surprise overnight guests before you get distracted with gift shopping, ordering turkeys and general Christmas chaos.

So, follow our top tips below to alleviate your pre-seasonal stress and guarantee that your humble abode is warm and welcoming whilst being super practical. 'Tis the season to be jolly after all!

P.S. we’re not to blame if their expectations are exceeded massively and they nominate you to host again the following year...

 



Declutter and create space

Since most of us end up using guest bedrooms as make-do storage areas, remember to remove clutter and make a spot for a suitcase or travel bag. By creating space now, you won’t be phased when bag after bag and box after box is brought from a never-ending boot.

This is also an ideal opportunity to clear out your wardrobe and drawers to free up some hanging space for visitors and any new things you may receive this year.

Vacuum bags are a great storage solution for summer clothes and bedding that have found their way into the room. These drastically reduce the size of your items and can then be stored away either under the bed or in the loft.

Consider gathering additional storage options for your guest’s belongings to optimise the limited space in communal areas like the bathroom and keep them clutter-free.


Refresh with soft furnishings

Looking to spruce up your guest room? Now is your chance to refresh! Treat your visitors to contemporary, high-quality bedding along with perfectly plump pillows and a winter duvet for maximum comfort levels.

Our popular Highams seersucker duvet set is the ideal clean modern canvas to style an array of cushions and throws upon and fashion a winter sanctuary. Featuring a versatile design and made of breathable polycotton, this easy-care set will see you through the full year, never mind just the festive period!

If you want to make more of a snug seasonal statement, we love the Dreamscene Aspen brushed cotton duvet set and check teddy fleece duvet set. Both feature a bold winter check pattern and are reversible so you get to switch the set-up in between guests.

At the end of the bed, we’ve layered our Dreamscene chunky knit pom-pom throw but should this combo not quite be your style, take a look at OHS’s full bedding collection and throw blanket collection.

For the final finishing touch, add a thick rug to give your loved ones underfoot warmth that will be especially appreciated on those cold hardwood floors. Our thickest pile rug is the Sienna faux fur sheepskin rug which we offer in both the animal shape and now a larger traditional rectangle shape. Crafted in three our of signature shades, this modern runner rug can be paired with a variety of other colours!


Sienna Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug in White, 60 x 90cm from £13 £9

Sienna Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug

Highams Seersucker Duvet Set in White from £12 £9

Highams Seersucker Duvet Set

Dreamscene Chunky Knit Pom Pom Throw in Cream, 150 x 180cm from £21.99

Dreamscene Chunky Knit Pom Pom Throw

Stock up on toiletries and towels

Besides the festive period, it’s a good idea to have all the essentials ready when you’re expecting guests at any point in the year. We’ve all been there...you’ve left the house, all packed up, and 10 minutes down the road you realise you’ve forgotten your toothbrush.

Therefore, do your visitors a huge favour and leave out a small supply of anything you feel necessary (toothpaste, shower gel, deodorant etc.) either in the spare bedroom or the ensuite. They don’t need to be completely brand new every time either!

Don’t forget to provide some freshly washed towels that they can use throughout their stay as well. This is the one item that we’re almost certain they won’t bring so you will most definitely need to have some to hand.

Why not treat them to a bale of our Brentfords 100% cotton 500 GSM towels?! They’re even bundled with a ribbon so the presentation is already on point! We have 6, 10 and 12 piece sets depending on the number of people staying with you or you can pick them up individually.

You could even go one step further and give the room a high-end hotel feel by picking up our Sienna sherpa fleece dressing gown, either to keep for future company or as an early gift...


Sienna Sherpa Fleece Hooded Dressing Gown in Silver Grey, One Size from £10

Sienna Sherpa Fleece Hooded Dressing Gown

Brentfords 100% Cotton Bale 6 Piece in Ochre Yellow from £15 £11

Brentfords Towel Bale 6 Piece

Make seasonal snacks

Whip up a fresh batch of anything festive that you fancy presenting upon your guest’s arrival, the smell will likely fill the house with a drool-worthy aroma.

If your guests have come a long way, a tasty treat or two will be particularly welcomed and get them into the Christmas spirit pronto!

Click here to check out our ‘Easy Mince Pie Recipe’ post, it’s vegan friendly and can easily be made gluten-free. Pair with mulled wine for the grown-ups or hot chocolate for the little ones of the bunch.

 


 

Are presents next on your agenda? Click here to browse the OHS 2021 Christmas gift guide.

Whether you’re after a bougie faux fur rug or a super soft throw, we’ve got all the Christmas cheer and giftspiration you need to kickstart your seasonal shopping - no matter the budget!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram here for festive styling inspo, Christmas themed home hacks and much more...