We're beginning to contemplate getting the Christmas decorations down from the attic, what wrapping colour scheme to opt for and confirming who will be around our festive table this year. Yes, the Christmas countdown has begun. But just before we start jotting down gift ideas and peeling the sprouts, we're adding the finishing touches to our home ensuring those descending upon us this December remember their stay for all the right reasons. Whether you're a seasoned aficionado or a bit a green when it comes to playing host - it can be daunting. It's certainly the most wonderful time of the year, but also somewhat stressful and busy; so, we've compiled our top tips for getting your home guest-ready this Christmas.
But first some inspiration to get you in the festive mood...
A Good Night's Sleep with our Luxury Mattresses and Bedding
"T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."
No one wants this to be more true than an anxious host; guests who've had a lumpy night's sleep will not be so forgiving if the turkey's a bit overdone. Give your spare bedroom some love with one of our hand-crafted mattresses (starting from £260), a comfortable mattress can make a world of difference to your guests' slumber. Add some soft, down pillows, a quilted mattresses topper and a fluffy duvet for your visitors to nestle into after a few eggnogs.
We don't need to say it; new bed linen is a must! And for those guests who feel the chill, leave a selection of warm throws to wrap around themselves on Christmas morning - before someone has given them the obligatory slippers to keep their toes warm!
One thing you can never seem to have enough of at Christmas time is seating. If you're not careful you could end up with a silent musical chairs scenario, with family members wrangling for the last spare seat. From benches to stools, armchairs to sofas - we've got it stylishly covered. And remember, the comfier the seat, the more likely they are to keep out from under your feet in the kitchen, you'll just have to fill up their glass every now and then.
Lastly, don't forget our furry visitors this Christmas (no, we're not talking about Uncle Bill). For the posh, pampered pets there's our luxurious velvet pet bed and our collection of snuggly faux-fur throws for securing their spot on the sofa in time for the Queen's speech.
And don't forget the mince pies!