10 ways to touch up your guest room

Wow your houseguests with these special touches to make them feel right at home. (Warning: They may never leave!)

Welcome note

Photo: Jeffrey Cross

Welcome note

Add that personal touch with a "So glad you're here!" $3/pack of 25 notecards, $3/pack of 10 envelopes; paper-source.com

Organic pillow

Photo: Jeffrey Cross

Organic pillow

Ensure peaceful dreams with down-alternative hypoallergenic pillow. From $58; gaiam.com

Seersucker robe

Photo: Jeffrey Cross

Seersucker robe

Make the room spa-like—and morning-coffee modesty more likely—with organic cotton cover-ups.  $60; coyuchi.com

iPhone alarm-clock dock

Photo: Jeffrey Cross

iPhone alarm-clock dock

Download Larva Labs Flip Clock app (.99 cents) to turn the dock—made of sustainably harvested young beech—into a clock. $40; areaware.com

Key chain

Photo: Jeffrey Cross

Key chain

This silicone cast—the original belonged to an old Italian church—is too cool, and large, to lose. Available in assorted colors; $19, areaware.com

Glass water bottle and drinking cups

Photo: Jeffery Cross

Glass water bottle and drinking cups

These transparent beauties whisper your eco-friendly values. $30 and $7 each; pigeontoeceramics.com

Toothbrushes

Photo: Jeffrey Cross

Toothbrushes

Because someone's bound to ask, "Do you happen to have a spare...?" $13/set of 4; branchhome.com

Fresh bedside flowers

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Fresh bedside flowers

They're an all-natural air freshener. Some of our winter-garden favorites: jasmine, Camellia sasangua, and blossoming branches of citrus or wintersweet.

Local map

Photo: Courtesy of Streetwise Maps

Local map

Promote exploration outside the house—but first, mark your address with an X and the landline number. Major U.S. cities from $6.95; streetwisemaps.com

Cheat sheet

Photo: Annabelle Breakey

Cheat sheet

List your favorite sights, restaurants, and shops in a ruled notebook, and encourage guests to add their own finds. Cahier pocket notebooks, $8.95/set of 3; moleskineus.com

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