White might be right for the master bath, but the towels in a guest room ensuite can have a bit more chutzpah. Although the bold chevron bath linens evoke the signature print of a luxe design label, Lohnes snagged them for a song from none other than Giant Tiger! Decorative trees, urbanoutfitters.com. Reeded glass doors, nautical sconce, homedepot.ca. Boathouse Pine laminate floors, pergo.com. Sink, elte.com. Mirror, bombay.ca. Glitter reindeer, homesense.ca. Bath mat, simons.ca.
Made from silver German glass, the glitter on this festive figurine has tarnished over time to a charming (and ontrend!) copper colour. Glitter reindeer, homesense.ca.
From the charming wooden jam cupboard to the edgy industrial nightstand, virtually all of the furniture was sourced through secondhand shopping websites. Even the room’s pièce de résistance—a tufted vinyl headboard with a show-stopping silhouette—was a Craigslist bargain that just needed a bit of a boost. “It was originally in a yellow, blue and green 1950s floral print, so I gave it a few coats of white spray paint,” says Lohnes. “Now it’s a neutral backdrop for trendier bedding and cushions.” Find the perfect thread count The higher the thread count, the more luxurious the bed linens, right? Although he’d never go as low as a thread count of 180, Lohnes says there are drawbacks to super-dense weaves. “The more threads per square inch, the heavier the feel of the sheet and the more prone it is to trapping body heat,” he says. “Plus, the higher the thread count, the harder the sheet is to iron.” For easy maintenance and maximum comfort, Lohnes recommends a thread count between 325 and 350.
More luxurious than a twin and more compact than a queen, a double bed proved the perfect fit. A firm mattress Even more important than a well-dressed bed is what lies beneath the fitted sheet. Lohnes takes a three-tier approach, building on the foundation of a good firm mattress with a layer of memory support foam and topping it off with a feather bed. Finally, he’ll wrap the entire stack in a single mattress protector to prevent anything from shifting. “It’s lofty and luxurious, with just enough support,” he says. Bedding, simons.ca. Faux fox fur throw blanket, potterybarn.com. Lamp, homesense.ca. Pendant light, homedepot.ca. Smoky Green CC-700 paint (on walls), Vanilla Milkshake OC-59 paint (on trim), benjaminmoore.ca.
The latest generation of faux flowers, including this exotic orchid, are virtually indistinguishable from the real deal. What’s more, they’re perfect for an infrequently used room like this, where the genuine article might suffer from neglect. “The only maintenance comes when the bottom of the pot creates a dust ring,” laughs Lohnes. “Then you know it’s time to move it somewhere else.” Everlasting orchid, freshflorals.com.
There’s no shame in reusing cherished Christmas keepsakes year after year. “The problem is when we always put the same decorations in the same spot,” says Lohnes, who transplanted this tray from its customary spot on the dining room sideboard to the guest room. “Moving things around makes them new again, and often you’ll appreciate them a little bit more.” Lantern, homesense.ca.
Whether or not wee ones are occupying the guest suite, it’s a good idea to make it a flame-free zone. “Wherever you can, over the holidays, replace real candles with battery-operated LED models,” suggests Lohnes. He put one such candle to work as a flameless festive accent, fixing it to the bottom of a large canning jar with doublesided tape and covering its base with a light dusting of faux snow. “Placing one of these in each windowsill of your home can create an incredibly beautiful effect from the street at night,” he says. Extra-large canning jar, bernardin.ca. LED taper candle, large pink ornament, canadiantire.ca. Artificial snow, walmart.ca.
Lohnes focused his holiday decorating budget on a core collection that will lend itself to countless Christmases to come. The versatile metallic leaf swag hanging above the headboard was a splurge-worthy investment that will look completely different when Lohnes swaps the inexpensive fuchsia ornaments for next year’s fashion-forward hue. Glitter garland, fuchsia ornaments, sears.ca. Keep your guest room "guest ready" all year round with these tips.