Getting Your Guestroom Ready for Guests

Less than a week until Christmas! Is it just me or has time flown by this year? This is such a fun time of year where family and friends come to visit, hearts are warm and laughs are plentiful.

It can be difficult to focus on a specific task during this time because so much is going on. It’s important to remember the key things that you need to accomplish and make a list!

With company coming, one of the first tasks is to get the guestrooms organized and ready. You will want to start with the basics.

Foremost, you want to make sure that you have clean bed linens and that the bed is made up with decorative pillows and a cozy throw over the end. If you are shooting for a holiday theme, find pillows and a throw that accent your current color scheme, while also capturing the holidays. It’s always important to make sure that the room feels homey and the bed is the first point of focus as you walk in a room.

 

After you’ve set up the bed, you may want to hang art or a mirror above, to pull the room together. Being in Seattle is such a treat because we have so many artists around us. The West Seattle Junction hosts the Art Walk every second Thursday and many shops still have up the art from the last walk. Try to find something that ties in with your pillows and color scheme. You don’t want both the pillows and your art to be really busy, so pick one or the other to have a strong pattern and leave the other more simple.

 

You also want to make sure there is a bed side table with a lamp that is easy to get to and an outlet that is easy to get to; if not, plug in a power strip for easy accessibility.

Next you will want to stock up the hangers in the closet and make sure that there is drawer space. A nice addition to the drawers would be sachets for a nice, fresh smell. Another fun add on could be an extra robe and slippers so that the guests truly feel at home.

The final decorative touches are the best part! This time of year, you could set out mini trees around the room (always in groups of at least 3). To add some extra color, you can get a couple of vases and fill them with flowers such as poinsettias or white lilies.

 

For the last few things in the bedroom, you could add a few candles or an oil diffuser so it smells nice and clean.

With the room all set up, smelling nice and decorated, your guests will surely vote you best host!

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Gift Guide For Her

Tis’ the season of giving and we want to help you find the perfect presents for your loved ones. In this gift guide, we will help you find gift options for ‘her’ (grandma, wife, mother, daughter, aunt, etc.). Some people can be difficult to shop for and we want to help you break that barrier with a gift that she will love!

 

First off, where is she located? If she’s in the PNW or somewhere chilly, scarves, fingerless gloves, hats, slippers and throws may be the quickest way to her heart. CAPERS has all of the above, in many different styles.

If she’s in a warmer climate like Arizona or Florida, maybe consider something that can be used no matter the temperature. For example, jewelry, large overnight bags, design or cook books or soothing neck pillows might be a good way to go.

If you’re looking to get something small or less personal, you might consider something like bath bombs/ sachets, candles, soaps, incense or ornaments. These items can be given to women of all ages and will be sure to please. Ladies love happy scents and we have many to choose from.

Maybe you’d like to get the lady in your life something stylish or sophisticated? If so, we have beautiful alpaca ruanas in stock and they are so soft and stylin’! We also have french linens, french silverware and — cutting boards.

 

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Artist Invitational

CAPERS is hosting the 2nd Annual Abstract and Ceramics Invitational on November 8th from 5-8pm. This invitational will feature 8 artists and 8 potters and their work will be available for purchase in-store.

One potter, Marie Turnow, is a nature lover and uses elements and designs from everyday life. “Amid the craziness of our big city culture, nature nurtures and continues to delight the senses. My work reflects the seasons, textures and Northwest beauty that I view right here in West Seattle. Her ceramics are food and dishwasher safe.

Similarly, Nicole Pepper of ModHome Ceramics is also inspired by her surroundings. “I love clay and all the functional and sculptural ways it holds. Clay can bring a connection to the Earth and warmth.” With her BFA from West Washington University, Nicole has been experimenting and finding her way ever since.  “Each piece here has been uniquely hand-crafted, inspired by nature and daily life. My hope is to bring joy into this modern world one piece at a time.

Tracy Madison took her first ceramics class in January of 2016, and she never looked back. Working as an art director and stylist in the photo world, she has been surrounded by inspiration her whole career. Only when she hand-formed her first platter did she realize it was her calling. She created her brand and company, Madisonware in 2016.

Along with ceramicists, the Invitational will feature local artists with abstract paintings and photographs. One of the 8 artists, includes photographer, Todd Kowalski. Todd began photography when he was in high school in the early 70’s. By commuting on bicycle, Todd is able to capture the ever fleeting moments that he comes across; this opens the spectrum to what he is able to photograph.

 

Another artist that will have their art available is Mary Parkes. Mary is a contemporary realism painter that captures joy in her paintings. Her work is done on clear glazed linen, canvas and regular linen. In her abstract paintings, she uses hints of color to brighten up the natural hues, like this painting titles ‘Swoosh’.

Last but not least, Diana Grant paints everything from still life to landscape to abstract. Diana is local, from Kirkland, WA and is most know for her achievements in landscape paintings. Her work is acrylic on canvas and ranges from bright colors to pastels.

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