112 - Weekend Guests
Part One - The Bedroom
I always get excited when friends or family accept an invitation
to spend the weekend with me. I look forward to their company and
know they'll relax and enjoy the city and my home. There's a simple
trick to weekend entertaining: exceed your guests' every expectation!
After all, wouldn't you expect the same?
Thus begins our Company's Coming special series. Today we'll get
into preparing the bed. Next week, it's making room for your guests
clothing. The following week we'll talk about details which will
have guests coming back again and again. Then it's on to towels,
soaps and finally what I like to call the Savoir Faire Bathroom
Survival Kit. Ready? Let's go!
Making the bed is a cinch. I use a fitted sheet for the mattress
and a tailored top sheet, placing it on the bed pattern-side down.
To make a hospital corner, make sure you have an equal amount of
sheet both at the foot and the side of the bed. Pull up the side
of the sheet which runs back from the corner. Now fold it down and
tuck it between the mattress and box spring. Then, tuck in the sheet
at the foot of the bed. Voila! Nice and taut.
Whether you use a matching duvet or blanket, place it on top of
the flat sheet, leaving about a foot exposed at the head of the
bed. Fold the sheet back over the duvet to reveal the sheet's pattern
or emphasize a nice crisp look.
Next, pillows. I usually place four pillows on a double, queen or
king size bed: two feather and two foam, in case a guest has an
allergy. Then I toss on a nice pillow sham. You may wish to add
a small linen covered pillow into which has been slipped a sachet
of pine and cedar chips. Final step, a wool or cotton throw, which
will make your guest's bed most inviting.