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S M A L L C H A N G E S C A N B R I N G B I G C O M F O R T T O F R I E N D S A N D R E L AT I V E S ABOVE: Add appeal to a modern room with luxe accents, such as pillows from the Red Brick Modern collection by Austin-based Deborah Main Designs.

The spare bedroom often functions as a catch-all room, harboring miscellaneous stuff that doesn’t have a home, aiding and abetting clutter that needs to be hauled off. Some spare bedrooms may be recently vacated after kids have left the nest — some may have been vacated 10, 15 or 20 years ago, but never made the transition to a proper guestroom. You can dress up a guestroom by improving a few small things or go for a complete makeover. The simplest things can have a major impact. New sheets or a new duvet can provide an instant boost to the look and appeal of your guestroom. Already love the linens? Spring for a spectacular accent pillow to add fresh sophistication. “I love color and texture — those are very important to me,” says Deborah Main, owner of Deborah Main Designs, known for stunning pillow creations. “I have learned over the years to go with what you love. In a guestroom, start with a basic, soft wall color to serve as a backdrop, then have some fun. I love playing with color, such as a peacock blue or 44

orange. For linens, of course cotton is very durable and washable, but use silks in accent pieces for a more luxurious touch.” Deborah Main’s wide variety of pillows features French vintage fabrics and trims, feathers, vintage furs and antique broaches. Each one tells an individual story. She considers the pillow collections a family of sorts for each creation. Her Redbrick Modern collection of pillows is inspired by the revitalization of downtown Austin. GUESTROOM ESSENTIALS

Look around your guestroom to determine if your room has the elements of a comfortable guestroom. At the top of the list is a comfortable bed – if you haven’t tried it in a while test out the comfort of the bed in your guestroom. Could you sleep well on that mattress? If not, consider replacing it. And before you move a new bed into the room, take a look at the wall color. Make any necessary touchups or apply a whole new color for a fresh look.

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Thoughtful Touches We asked Austin’s luxury pillow goddess Deborah Main to share her ideas on what elements make for a delightful guestroom. Main’s Redbrick Modern collection features geometric patterns, saturated hues, and soft textures, these pillows are eye-catching and make for an inspired focal point in any room. Keep in mind that changing something as simple as a decorative accent can breathe new life in a room. “The attention to detail makes guests feel welcome, even in an ultra modern setting,” she says. Here are Main’s suggestions for special touches: • A single flower in a unique vase • A small gift basket • Crisp cotton sheets made up nice and tight makes a big statement, feather down pillows • Comfy reading chair, a lamp by the bed • Art and photos on the walls • A vintage mirror • Of course, decorative pillows

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Additional accessories to complete your guestroom include a nice mirror, placed on a wall or dresser, so guests can easily get dressed when they may not have access to the bathroom. Make room for your guest’s things. Make sure there is a practical place for luggage, such as atop an ottoman or even a luggage rack. Be sure to provide hanging space. If you guestroom closet is jammed with your own stuff, mount wall hooks or install an over-the-door rack with multiple hooks for guests to hang their clothes. Give your guests easy access to an electrical outlet. These days, most everyone travels with a phone, computer or other device that requires charging. If all of the outlets are obscured behind furniture, plug in an extension cord or power strip to offer guests a handy power source. If you have room, place a small desk as a bedside table. Many desks can be purchased with a built-in power stip. To treat your guests with five-star hospitality, stock the room with a few snacks, bottle or carafe of water and a small coffee maker.

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