Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests With These 50 Effortless Pieces
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Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests With These 50 Effortless Pieces

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By Samantha Daly
With the holidays at hand, a bit of preparation will ensure that seasonal hosting goes off without a hitch.

From cozy sleeper sofas to aromatic handwash and the perfect tableware, these selections will make your guests’ stay more comfortable—and you get to keep them after the holidays are over.

For the Dining Room

Creekside Farms Fragrant Pod Wreath Centerpiece Table Wreaths (Set of 2)
Taking center stage.  These festive centerpieces really know how to create an ambience, especially with that fresh and fragrant greenery. Each one’s made on a family-owned farm in California using eucalyptus and salal leaves, plus nigella pods and white statice for a little extra somethin’.
Farmhouse Pottery Handmade Ceramic Farmhouse Gravy Boat
Feeling saucy.  No true feast is complete without a gravy boat for that savory sauce or sweet syrup—and we can’t wait to bring this one to the table. It’s hand-thrown and dipped in a cool cream glaze to create that perfectly rustic look you see.
Parachute Washed Linen Table Runner
For a festive dining experience, accent your table with our jewel tone runner.
Menu Bottle Grinder - Set of 2
Mill salt, pepper or any other spices cleanly in a minimalist style. The Menu Bottle Grinder - Set of 2 features two bottle-shaped grinders, in complementing and modern colors.
Parachute Washed Linen Tablecloth
Dress up your dining room with our festive, jewel tone tablecloth.
Dusen Dusen Woven Napkin Set
Mismatch set of napkins from Dusen Dusen. Two-tone cotton jacquard with allover geometric patterns. Reversible. Machine wash.
Iittala Collective Tools Salad Set
The Iittala Collective Tools Salad Set was designed by Antonio Citterio to help build the perfect modern dining experience. The heft, smooth texture and curves of the stainless steel utensils make them a pleasure to wield.
Chilewich Stitch Placemats, Set of 4
Over the years, Sandy Chilewich has expanded her tabletop collection with both natural and synthetic materials in varied textures and colors.
Frederick Arndt Artworks Mid-Century Modern Napkin Holder
Never another flyaway napkin.  Fred Arndt has been impressing us with his intricate wood-cutting technique since we first launched his pieces on Food52.
Borrowed Blu Cotton Crinkle Napkins (Set of 6)
Sweet and simple.  Setting the table with cloth napkins doesn’t mean your meal has to be stiff and formal. Forget the iron and starch—these crinkle napkins were meant to feel comfy and familiar.
SIN Handmade Coil Napkin Rings
Ring the dinner bell.  Nothing completes a tablescape quite like a set of cloth napkins, each tucked inside its own little ring.
Beehive Alchemy Tapered Bayberry Candles (Set of 8)
Ever seen a candleberry?  Bayberry wax, a natural vegetable wax found on the outside of the bayberry fruit, is blended with beeswax to create these 10" tapered candles. Each pair is wrapped with a paper sleeve and the following poem: "This Bayberry candle comes from a friend.

For the Living Room 

Medley Mota Sofa Bed
The Mota Sofa Bed has a casual sophistication, with a low frame and lounge style design that is extremely comfortable. The high, thin arms have an attractive flow into the back, creating a smooth look.
Schoolhouse Everyday Cotton Throw
Bundle up in this cozy blanket. Made of 100% cotton, the small woven loops feel supple on bare skin. Fresh and fit for any living room, den or bedroom.
The Laundress Home Spray - No247
Fill up your living space with the smells that you make it feel at home. The Home Spray – No247 was designed with a non-toxic formula so that you can feel comfortable spraying liberally in every room.  How to use: Spray liberally six inches away from the target.
Vornado VH200 Whole Room Vortex Heater
This whole room heater is an effective way to cut energy costs this winter. This whole room heater features 3 heat settings (750-Watt, 1125-Watt, 1500-Watt) to allow you to tailor heat output and energy consumption.
Arhaus Brushed Heathered Throw
Perfect for any couch or bed, this woven throw made from cozy mohair and wool is crafted by Indian artisans. Features a neutral heathered charcoal design and fringed edges for added style and texture.
Medley Rio Sofa Bed
The Rio Sofa Bed is a classic design with a contemporary twist, without looking like a sofa bed. This is an attractive addition to any room you want to add it to, with the classic proportions of this sofa bed. Choose between a regular mattress or a latex mattress.
Vitra Color Block Throw
Material research primarily determines all of Hella Jongerius’ designs.
Malin + Goetz Candle
What it is: A candle handmade in Brooklyn.  What it does: This candle's earth-friendly blend of beeswax, vegetable and soy waxes provides a clean, slow burn while filling your home with a crisp, clean aroma.
Schoolhouse Oversized Safety Matches
A set of matches you won’t feel the need to hide when company comes around. Safety features include strike-on-box functionality and an extended length to protect your fingers when lighting a stove, barbecue, or array of candles. A perfect addition to a gifted candle. A Schoolhouse Original.
Parachute Banded Alpaca Pillow Cover
Toss this fuzzy accent piece onto any chair, sofa or bed for a boho look. Loomed from soft, 100% alpaca yarn – our pillow cover is handmade in Peru using time-honored techniques. Match it with our Banded Alpaca Throw or mix it with our decorative pillows.
Medley Blumen Sofa Bed
A sofa that is also a bed, the Blumen Sofa Bed is exactly what you have been looking for. This highly comfortable sofa bed can be used as a sofa when you get a few guests over and can instantly be used as a bed when you need to lie down, relax, read, or watch television.
Terrain Holly Berry Garland
Handmade especially for terrain from weathered iron, this intricate garland brings a festive feeling to wreaths, centerpieces, mantel displays, and more.
Herman Miller Nelson Fireplace Caddy
Possessing one of the most inventive minds of the 20th century, George Nelson described his creative abilities as a series of “zaps” – quick flashes of inspiration he turned into innovative design ideas. In 1945, Nelson became director of design at Herman Miller, a position he held until 1972.

For the Guest Bedroom

The White Company Medium Winter Botanical Candle
What it is: This softly scented candle enhances botanical notes with a generous infusion of cinnamon sticks, orange slices and red berries.  Fragrance story: Like the inviting aroma of stepping in from the cold, winter will instantaneously wrap your senses with its warm, spicy scent.
Treasure & Bond Relaxed Cotton & Linen Duvet Cover
This cotton-and-linen duvet cover with its natural texture and casual ties perfects an artfully disheveled bed.
Coyuchi Cloud Brushed Organic Flannel Sheets
Thicker, warmer, and more durable than your average flannel, our Cloud Brushed Organic Flannel™️ is in a class of its own when it comes to cold weather comfort. These weighty six-ounce sheets keep you luxuriously comfy and warm.
Casper Original Pillow
You want a pillow that’s soft, but also supportive. Now you don’t have to pick one or the other. An innovative pillow-in-pillow design. The inner pillow is supportive, while the outer pillow adds a soft touch of fluff.  If gusset isn’t a word in your vocabulary, it should be. It’s the backbone...
Parachute Linen Fitted Sheet
This is one of the most used and washed Bedding items, so our Fitted Sheet was designed with comfort and durability in mind.
Brooklinen Down Comforter
DOWN QUALITIES  We only use down clusters  Extra fluffy and warm without heavy bulk  Sourced from Hutterite farms  Ethically produced  Our down is treated with Ultra-Fresh Antimicrobial FEATURES  All-Season - 700 fill power - warm, fluffy, and award-winning ...
Coyuchi Diablo Striped Climate Beneficial Wool Throw
Our Diablo throw gets its extraordinary warmth and softness from the wool of Rambouillet sheep, a breed known for the finest and softest merino. Stripes of alternating thickness and color reverse at each end.
The Citizenry Cuadra Throw
Clean, classic stripes in a soft neutral palette, this alpaca throw is the perfect trifecta - subtle, mixable, and giftable.

For the Bathroom

Coyuchi Cloud Loom Organic Towels
A lofty towel with a soft, fluffy pile that feels plush yet lightweight and its long loops absorb water beautifully.
The Citizenry Agara Bath Mat
HANDWOVEN IN MOROCCO BY THE HOUMET WEAVING WORKSHOP  A stunning bath rug, with subtle cream threading throughout and tassels that are completely woven by hand. It’s durable, absorbent, and incredibly soft, making it an essential to any bath.
Brooklinen Shower Curtain Set
Our Shower Curtains are exactly what you need to up your bathroom game. Our Cotton Percale Curtain is lightweight and has a classic matte finish and the Curtain Liner is waterproof, recyclable, and biodegradable. The PEVA Curtain Liner is eco-friendly and inhibits mold and mildew growth.
Bambüsi Bamboo Bath Mat
As part of the Bambüsi collection of 100% natural bamboo products from Belmint, this beautiful and minimalist floor and shower mat is a wonderful addition to your life and decor.
Allswell Stonewashed Waffle Towels - White
A waffle weave gives this towel not only a luxe look and feel, but also plenty of practicality: its grooves enable it to absorb water like a sponge (just pat and wrap — no rubbing needed). And thanks to our special stonewashing process, it’s ultra-soft — and will only get more so with each wash.
Marimekko Unikko Hand Towel
This hand towel is made of thick cotton terrycloth and features the Unikko (Poppy) pattern.
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash
Gentle, non-drying hand wash from Aesop. Leaves hands feeling cleansed and refreshed. Formulated with orange, rosemary, and lavender oils to effectively cleanse skin. Features a citrus, woody and herbaceous aroma. Cruelty-free.
Parachute Looped Bath Rug
Soft, absorbent and warm underfoot, this rug adds comfort and style anywhere in the bathroom. Available in a tubside size and a long runner, fit for a jack and jill sink.
Lunya +One Candle
Meet the plus one you’ve always wanted—great smelling, super hot, and completely silent. Let it be your flame for the night, no strings attached.

For the Front Door and Entryway

Creekside Farms Vintage Bell Olive and Eucalyptus Wreath
Ring in the old and new. Well, here’s a wreath that’s sure to spread a little joy: This natural beauty is adorned with two vintage (read: totally unique) bells strung lovingly with jute, plus a mix of fresh olive leaves and seeded eucalyptus.
Terrain Fresh Mixed Greens Wreath
This fresh and festive wreath is hand-crafted from fragrant boughs of fresh red canella berries, Austriaca cones, white pine, Noble Fir, and boxwood. Designed to feature groupings of individual specimens for an elevated take on evergreen.
House Industries Neutra Modern House Numbers
In 2001, renowned design studio House Industries partnered with the estate of late architect Richard Neutra – whose notable projects include the Kaufmann House (1947) in Palm Springs, the Lovell Health House (1929) in Los Angeles and the Kronish House (1955) in Beverly Hills, among others – to...
Arhaus Fresh Mixed Eucalyptus Wreath
Add an elegant, inspiring, organic element to your holiday décor and fill your home with the aroma of fresh botanicals.
Design Within Reach Doorbell - Small
Create a clean exterior aesthetic with the addition of this modern Doorbell Plate with pared-down design that fits a variety of architectural styles and can be installed vertically or horizontally.
Iris Hantverk Doormat with Bristles
The Iris Hantverk company produces high-quality household items using techniques that date back to the 19th century. Enlisting the skills of top designers to conceptualize their products, they hire and support visually impaired craftspeople to create these meticulously assembled pieces.
Blu Dot Splash Coat Rack
Who says utility can’t be attractive? This stylish coat rack crafted out of powder-coated steel and solid walnut makes a nice addition to any entryway.
Nanimarquina Shade Runner
Turkish designer Begüm Cana Özgür earned her master’s degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2014, she started her studio in Istanbul, where the cultural richness of the land has provided her with major inspiration, particularly with respect to ancient crafting techniques.

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