John Gidding's Guest-Suite-in-a-Bag

July 5, 2010 10:06:20 AM PDT
The summer travel season means you may be entertaining overnight guests. But you might end up providing your guests with so-so accommodations because your house or apartment doesn't have a lot of extra room. Or maybe you're just under prepared? A great way to always be ready for a guest is by assembling John Gidding's Guest-Suite-in-a-Bag ? all the essentials for creating a calm oasis for a guest in one easy location. John is an architect and interior designer who appears on HGTV's "Curb Appeal: The Block" and "Designed to Sell."

The most important thing to remember is to go for a guest room that is budget-friendly and universally adaptable, John says. So whether you actually have a guest room or are looking to set up an impromptu area in your home, his tips should make your guests comfortable in your home.

Where should you store your guest suite in a bag? John recommends a large duffel bag or suitcase under your bed. Make sure it's an easily accessible place that won't clutter up your home between guests.

Also, make sure to give your guests something to remember their stay, he says. A little gift goes along way so give your guests something like a tea set or stress management kit.

John says start gathering items like these. You may already have some of these at home. If you'd like to make a fresh start, John has some favorites:

You can get these items with your American Express Membership Rewards points

  • Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed Airbed with rechargeable Quickpump
  • Symphony Pillow by Tempurpedic
  • Sferra Grande Hotel Sheet Set

You can find these items at Pottery Barn: www.potterybarn.com

1. Lamp shade/ white / $9
2. Chelsea accent lamp / brushed nickel / $70
3. Dried Lavender / natural color / $24
4. Chunky throw blanket / almond / $79
5. Full/Queen quilt / PB Blue / $179
6. 300 thread count standard pillow cases / white / $15
7. Linen stripe pillow cover/ flax / $19
8. Down insert / white / $12
9. Olive print pillow cover / multi / $25
10. Glass bud vase / clear /$ 7
11. Resort slippers / white / $19.99
12. Wash cloth / PB Blue / $4.99
13. Hand towel / PB Blue / $16
14. PB Classic loop rug / almond / $36

These additional items were purchased at Crate & Barrel:
www.crateandbarrel.com

1. Glass tea pot / clear / $24.95
2. Glass tea cup & saucer / clear / $8.95
3. Honey comb dipper / natural / $1.90
4. Waffle weave dish towel / white / $7.95
5. Bentwood tray / natural / $12.95

Additionally, the tea bags were $5 and the Molton Brown Candle was $70. Both were purchased at Neiman Marcus. The blue truffles were $11for two and came from the Godiva store.

About Designer John Gidding from HGTV's "Curb Appeal: The Block" and "Designed to Sell"

John is an architect and interior designer who was born in Istanbul, Turkey. John attended American schools in Turkey and Switzerland before entering Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture. An enthusiastic art and math student, he also earned a master's degree in architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

John has enjoyed practicing his love of design with projects around the world, ranging from residential and institutional architecture to landscape and urban design. Before beginning his career in television, John got his start as a fashion model. Later, John put his education and design skills to work as host and designer for a TV series about hip teens looking to update their spaces. As owner of the New York City?based John Gidding Design Inc., John has done numerous residential renovations there and around the country.


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