ViewOn Magazine November - December 2022 Holiday Issue

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by Helen Houston

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here has been a lot written about the pandemic lifestyle shift in the home. We have seen the home take on multiple functions as a result of the national housing crisis, the work-from-home experience, and the need for temporary classrooms. More and more people have had to leave behind the idea of reserving an extra room for guests. But what about the holidays? While hospitality will never be absent, the ability to offer your occasional

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guests a stay in a temporary room of one’s own—a guest room—seems as luxurious as it does improbable. According to design writer and author Sarah Archer, the guest room as we once knew it is a product of the 20th century. Postwar suburban houses offered more room to spread out—for the middle and lower-middle classes specifically—which meant that guest rooms became more common along with dens or family rooms.