The Ultimate Guest Suite

One of my greatest joys is having family and friends come stay with us. I want my home to be a revolving door with each guest bringing their individual outlooks, inspiring stories, and wonderful laughter to fill our hearts. I find making them feel comfortable and appreciated is the best way to show them they are welcome and free to be themselves! For this purpose, read on for my design tips to ensure your guests feel right at home in the ultimate guest suite.

Guest Suite Design - Marie Flanigan Interiors

Woven Jute Rug | Stone Linen Bedding | Throw | Lumbar | Chair | Tray | Light Fixture | Lamp

Guest Suite Lighting

Nothing sets an inviting atmosphere quite like lighting. Mixing natural light with gorgeous fixtures lifts the mood and makes a space feel larger. Strategically place different light sources throughout the room. Locate them in spots that make it easy for your guests to turn down for the night or rise and shine in the morning. Start with an overhead fixture that illuminates the whole space, and then integrate lamps for task lighting.

Guest Suite Design - Marie Flanigan Interiors

Lamp | Bedding | Lumbar | Side Table


Layers are key! Give your guests lots of bedding options. Whether they cozy up under a fluffy duvet or need a pile of pillows to be comfortable, incorporate various throws and pillows. This allows your guests to relax however they see fit. A wide range of materials and textures, from crisp cotton sheets to a chunky jute rug, will subconsciously enhance their tactile experience of a room. (*Don’t forget to provide a landing zone for all of those comfy options! A bench or a trunk at the foot of the bed will serve as a place for extras to stay off the floor. Furthermore, storage like this clears the walkway when it’s time to get tucked in.)

Rug | Duvet | Lumbar | Light Fixture | Chair

Special Details

I love to create little moments of joy for my visitors. As an illustration, using trays is a simple way to add meaningful touches. Whether you use them to corral candles, refreshments, or a good book, these thoughtful gestures show your desire to go above and beyond in anticipating your guests’ needs.

Guest Suite Design - Marie Flanigan Interiors

Tray | Candle | Lumbar

Guest Suite Amenities

The conveniences of home can be discovered within any guest suite, regardless of shape and size. If you have the available square footage, housing a washer/dryer unit or a coffee bar within built-in cabinets are luxurious ways to ensure guests have everything they need at their fingertips. If you’re more limited on space or budget, then clearing a spot in a spare closet and providing cushioned hangers and a luggage stand can go a long way in helping guests settle in.

Guest Suite Seating

All things considered, grant your guests space to relax and unwind. I’ve found this especially useful when families with children are staying with me. Kids’ schedules can vary, so providing a peaceful place to have a snack or read a book is a win-win for everyone. A built-in breakfast nook supplies a dedicated area for morning coffee or a moment of calm.

Guest Suite Design - Marie Flanigan Interiors

Chairs | TableNapkins

Chairs | TableNapkins

Guest Suite Surprise

Have some fun in your guest suite! Utilizing unique materials, like “picket” tiles in the shower or painted tiles on the floor, adds whimsy and playfulness to basic areas. Since most guest quarters will only be occupied for a few days at a time, they offer an opportunity to take a risk. Try something that you may otherwise shy away from in frequently used, everyday rooms.

Guest Suite Design - Marie Flanigan Interiors

A fluted vanity is always a classic choice and feels especially refined in a secondary space, such as a guest bathroom. Its drawers afford plenty of concealed storage for toiletries, a hairdryer, towels, and other necessities. Finally, remember that fresh greenery and floral arrangements inject a room with life and vibrancy. I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t feel special and appreciated when presented with such a treat.

What are your favorite ways to prep for visitors? Drop us a note below!

  1. Nadie says:

    I love the white paint on the walls. Would YOU share the exact color and brand of paint? Thank you!

  2. Rosanne Tomich says:

    Where did you buy that bathroom vanity or what brand is it? I absolutely love it, please tell me. ; )

  3. Marili Rivera says:

    Hi, I love the bathroom vanity! Where’d you get it? Thanks!

  4. Tanis says:

    I love that sink in the bathroom. Would you mind sharing where it was purchased from?

  5. Karen Franklin says:

    I was wondering where you found the cabinet in the bathroom above picture in the guest house? Its beautiful and is the counter top quartz?

    Thanks so much,

  6. Alicia Collier says:

    This is a beautiful and welcoming guest suite. One they would never want to leave. Can you tell me more about the fluted vanity. I am looking for a 36-42 inch vanity for a powder room and I love this one. I am not having luck finding anything similar.

  7. Reina says:

    This space is so beautiful and welcoming! I’m in love with your bathroom vanity. Would you mind sharing your source?

  8. Cathy says:

    These pictures show some beautiful bathroom ideas. Is it possible to get a resource for the round mirror i the last picture. It is unusual. Thank you.

  9. Christine says:

    The bathroom vanity is gorgeous! Could you share who it’s by, even if it’s custom? 🙂

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  11. Laurel S says:

    Hi, I love the floor tile. Where is it from?

  12. Laurel Covalt says:

    Hello –
    Lovely bathroom! <3 Do you recall the manufacturer of the faucet and sconces?

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