How to Make Your Home More Welcoming to Guests

A bar of soap from Laketown Soap Company.
Keep it simple, and make it grand.

May marks so many fun occasions … Mother’s Day, the Kentucky Derby and, of course, the official kick off to summer with Memorial Day. It’s especially fitting to dedicate this month’s column to my dear mom, who instilled everything I know about creating “a welcome home.”

Create inviting spaces throughout your house using spring’s accents. A simple glass bowl filled with overflowing tulips adds instant cheer to a space. Change out candles from last season; a crisp white pillar candle with a soft hint of rose ivy exudes freshness.

As you plan for houseguests over the upcoming holiday weekends, remember to make their guestroom extra special—a delicate bud vase with a single stemmed rose; crisp, white fluffy towels; a beautiful bar of soap (read about Laketown Soap, Co. here) and a carafe of sparkling water. As my dear mom (who is 85 and still creating warm, inviting spaces) always taught me, it’s about making your guests feel comfortable—welcome.

As I observe my daughters taking the time to create special spaces for our houseguests, my heart swells. Life’s greatest joys are sometimes the most simplest of gestures. Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day, celebrating all the women, who have touched our lives—in both the grandest and simplest of ways.