Hosting at Home

How To Be a Thoughtful Host

“Nightingale” hallways in the medieval Japanese Nijo Castle were built squeaky on purpose. Royal hosts didn’t want any uninvited guests–especially those carrying samurai swords–to wander around the castle undetected.

Unless you happen to live at Nijo Castle, you’d probably prefer not being awakened by squeaks. So make sure your guest rooms have plush throw rugs to dampen sounds from bare floors. It will make the room seem warmer, too.

Here are a few other things that House Beautiful magazine thinks the considerate host should keep in mind:

  • Be sure guests are comfortable in any temperature by providing the best combination of bedding: High thread count cotton sheets and a coverlet, topped by a down duvet.
  • Attractive blackout shades or curtains will make the room feel cozy, and allow your guests to get up when they’re good and ready
  • Make it easy for them to get a midnight snack: leave a piece of fruit and bottle of spring water on the bedside table
  • Power strips or docking stations will make it convenient to charge cell phones or use laptops.

And providing storage space for samurai swords?

Strictly optional.