Guest-room Design Ideas and Etiquette Tips

Hospitality Sweet: Three well-designed guest rooms illustrate how attention to detail, little luxuries, and tactile furnishings invite visitors to settle in and stay awhile


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An Up North room for visiting children is casual and comfortable, in keeping with the rest of the vacation home. The matching antique oar lamps, found on, have a bulb mounted to the back of the paddle end. The sisal “Swirl” carpet is from Stark and the bed linens are by Matouk with custom pillows and dust ruffle in Holly Hunt linen to match the drapery. The circa-1920 nightstands (inspired by a museum packing container) are part of the first collection from architect Bobby McAlpine.

The décor earned interior designers Michael Coyne and Kim Bondy a 2012 Detroit Home Design Award (see

— Michael Coyne, Michael Coyne Design, Troy; 248-649-6540.


Designer’s Advice

“Little touches make everyone feel special,” Coyne says. “They wake up happier.” Think floral stems in a clear vase, a water bottle, ironed sheets, and a magazine on the night table. “Oh, and put the dimmer and media controls close by.”


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