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High/Low: 6 Essentials for Stocking the Rental House

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 23, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Jun 22, 2015

My knowledge of guest room niceties is a family legacy. For several years, my mom owned a bed-and-breakfast in the Napa Valley. When she opened the inn, she told me that it had been her lifelong dream to run her own business. But it was clear that the dream was really all about stocking the best amenities: Organic hand soaps and porcelain bedside carafes led to sprigs of lavender on turned-down bedsheets. When it comes to setting one B&B or rental house or guest quarters apart from the rest, it's all in the details. We've created a list of six amenities—each with a high and low option—guaranteed to give an instant upgrade. Liquid Hand Soap Above: Aesop's  Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash is scented with cedarwood and orange; $39 for a 16-ounce bottle. Photograph from  Makers & Brothers  of Dublin, who also sell the soap. Above: Packaged in a similar amber-colored bottle, Murchison-Hume's Superlative Liquid Hand Soap is $20 for 17 ounces, and a 32-ounce Refill Liquid Soap Bottle  is $22 on Amazon. Bath Towels Above: Restoration Hardware's white  Turkish Bath Towel  is currently on sale for $24 (marked down from $29). Above: Ikea's basic white  Hären Bath Towels  are $2.99, and  Hären Hand Towels  are $1.99. Bed Linens Above: The UK's White Company offers Italian 400-count, cotton percale sheets. The  Savoy Bed Linen Collection  includes pillowcases from $30 and fitted and flat sheets starting at $120 each. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Hotel Sheets and Editors' Picks: Favorite Luxury Bed Linens . Above: Parachute, a Los Angeles company specializing in affordable Italian luxury linens, sells the Venice Sheet Set (a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and two pillowcases) from $199. Read more about Parachute in  Eat, Pray, Love: Luxury Linens for Less , and f ind more  Bed Linens  in our Shop section.  Water Carafe Above: Crate & Barrel's Bedside Carafe with Glass is $24.95. Above: The Bedside Carafe with Tumbler is $14.40, marked down from $18, at Canvas. For more of our favorites, see  10 Easy Pieces: Bedside Water Carafes . Linen Fragrance Above: Blended in the Austrian alps with lavender and orange oil, Susanne Kaufmann's  Calming Pillow Spray  can be used as a bed linen or room spray; $28 for 2.5 ounces at The Line. For more finds from The Line, see A Soho Dream Loft (Where Everything Is for Sale) . Above: The Laundress Linen Spray is a subtle lavender solution for use when ironing or steaming and as a room refresher; 16 ounces for $14.95 at Crate & Barrel. Sewing Kit Above: For guests' clothing emergencies, the comprehensive Sewing Notions Set  is £42 ($66.80) from Merchant & Mills. Photograph via Aesthetic Nest . Above: Muji's  Portable Sewing Kit contains small quantities of the essentials; $4.95. Now that you have the guest room covered, don't miss 7 Essentials for the Bath, Landlady Edition  and the  Best Summer Beach Towels .  Looking for a house to rent? See  Editors' Picks: 15 Favorite Vacation Rental Resources .  This post is an update; it originally ran on July 10, 2014, as part of our Summer Rentals issue. More Stories from Remodelista Steal This Look: An Architect's Guest Bedroom Just Add Pillows: The DIY Headboard for $35 Sleep Disrupters: 7 Upstart Mattress Companies






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