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6 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Out of Town Guests!

This might be the most important of all. Even if the bedding is clean, sometimes if you haven't had a guest stay over in a while, the bedding can get dusty and musty. Freshly launder everything, you can even throw your pillow inserts in the washing machine. Add fabric softener for added softness and fresh scents. Or maybe it's just time for a brand new Duvet Cover or Sheet Set!

A pretty Summer tablescape only takes a few minutes but makes a big impact! It really sets the mood for the whole meal and makes everything feel just a little bit more special. Fresh flowers are a must for your Summer table. You can even pick wildflowers or use fresh herbs. Linen napkins for each guest with a linen table runner, or tablecloth. Our lilac Juliet placemats would make a beautiful Summer statement. Small votive candles around the table. Pick a color theme and run with it! (photo by Jojotastic)

 

Sweep away fallen leaves, pick stray weeds, wipe down all your patio furniture! Make sure your guests have some shade in those hot Summer months. An oversized patio umbrella or canopy helps to add ambiance as well as shade. Maybe add some decorative pillows or throws to your outdoor chairs for pops of color and to make the space a bit cozier. Candles always make a space better!



A brand new shower curtain can give your bathroom a quick and easy face lift. Don’t forget to change the clear liner often as well to avoid mildew and mold. Make sure your guests have clean hand towels and shower towels ready. Freshen the soap especially if it's bar soap, no old cracking bars for your out of towners! If you have dogs, like us, you can often overlook laundering their beds and toys which can hold odor and bacteria. We might not notice the dog smell but our guests will! On the other hand if your guests are bringing their furry best friend, make them feel welcomed by throwing one of our Big Pillows on the floor of their room for the little one to sleep on.

People tend to congregate in the heart of the home, the kitchen. Update your kitchen with some beautiful linen towels and use less paper towels, which aren't great for the environment anyway. Pour some hot water, white vinegar and lemon juice into your sink’s garbage disposal to rid it of any rotting food smells. Simmer some cut lemons and cinnamon sticks with fresh rosemary on the stove to create a lovely welcoming scent.

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A Q&A with Interior Designer Ashley from the Gold Hive

Ashley Goldman runs a decorating and design blog called The Gold Hive where her and her husband have been restoring their 1915 bungalow in San Diego, CA. She also recently took part in the One Room Challenge where Pom Pom at Home was able to partner up and feature our bedding. See her master bedroom reveal HERE

 1.  What do you enjoy most about interior decorating?

I enjoy designing my home to be a unique space just for my family, and to create a comfortable environment perfect for a homebody. I like making a space that reflects who we are and what we love.

2. What was the goal for your design?

I aimed to create a cozy bedroom with architectural elements that reflect and accentuate the age of my 100-year-old house. I also made a point to incorporate things that had meaning to me - artwork made by women, lighting designed by a friend, natural bedding, handcrafted furniture, no VOC paint, and a vintage rug. It's a great representation of who I am and what I believe in, all in a room that I spend so many hours snoozing. 

3. What do you love about Pom Pom at Home? What is your favorite product?

I've been admiring linen for ages but had yet to add the fabric to my home. When I had the chance to incorporate natural linen into the new bedroom, it was a no-brainer!

Plus, I'm passionate about using natural, sustainable, low-impact, and chemical free products in my home - especially where I spend so many hours each night. Now, I'm a linen convert and can't wait to add more Pom Pom at Home linens throughout my house. While I love the linen duvet cover, I can't put the Oversized Trestles Throw down. It's my favorite blanket to curl up under in the evenings.

  

4. How would you describe your style?

Oh this is always so hard to answer! My current style is so influenced by my house, which is a 1915 craftsman bungalow in San Diego, CA. So, I like to pay homage to the old architecture of the home while still infusing personal artwork, modern styling, and the things I love. If I lived in a mid-mod a-frame or a cabin or a mission revival home - all architecture I adore, my style would be so different! 

5. Where do you go to get new ideas and inspiration?

I follow a bunch of home design blogs and interior designers that share endless inspiration. I like to follow DIY home design bloggers to get inspiration for accessible home improvement and then professional interior designers provide so much aspirational design to apply to my home, too. Also, I like to tour open houses in my neighborhood, keep an eye out for beautiful sets in movies/TV, design in new restaurants, and admire architecture during travels.

 

6. How would you sum up your aesthetic?

Currently, I like moody hues, classic aesthetics, simple lines, welcoming furnishings, and unique artwork.

 
7. Whats the most treasured item in your home?

I treasure the original woodwork of my old home. I love admiring the historic wood that a crew installed a century ago using handtools and quality craftsmanship. It's not something that can be easily created today, so I adore what we have.

8. Bold hues or subtle neutrals?

Hmmm... Can I say bold neutrals?

 
9. What the best piece of advice you can give someone about decorating?

I encourage folks to decorate for themselves and find meaning in their decor rather than styling according to trends or copying of what they see on HGTV. There are so many ways to infuse personal style through heirlooms, vintage pieces, family photos, travel souvenirs, meaningful artwork, mood-evoking colors, and items reminiscent of hobbies. Decor can also reflect personal passions like handcrafted furniture, artwork made by people of color or women, sustainably-made textiles, and so much more. I think our homes should reflect our identities and there are so many subtle or bold ways of doing so to make homes uniquely our own.

Thank you so much Ashley for giving us great advice and for some insight into your designer mind! We absolutely loved your One Room Challenge reveal!! 

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Father's Day is June 17th!

1.  Finn Throw in Midnight This extra chunky hand knit throw adds big bold texture to Dad's favorite place to get comfy.

2. Venice Big Pillow in Moss Oversized and perfect for reading or lounging. 

3. Indigo Stripe Pillow A pop of color and pattern for Dad's space.

4. Uptown Scarf in Grey From Clark Gable to Johnny Depp, every leading man wears a scarf. 

5. Jackson Bedding Collection - Give his bed a fresh update with our most popular collection!

6. Huntington Coverlet in Midnight - A lightweight coverlet, perfect for summer camping. 

7. Montauk Body Pillow in Natural Great for laying in bed and watching movies!

8. Trestles Throw in Midnight - An oversized knit throw in a deep grey to style up Dad's couch!
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