On the heels of opening his new shop in the Valley, the design veteran of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators offers some tips for holiday entertaining at home.
Being a fourth-generation Californian, it is no surprise that designer Nathan Turner exudes the lifestyle. And nowhere is that more evident than in his carefully curated, bohemian, nautical-hued designs. After running Nathan Turner American Style in West Hollywood for several years, Nathan has added a Valley location to his growing empire—a “pop-up” shop at the new Village at Westfield Topanga. With the holidays around the corner, Nathan shares his best tips for spiffing up the home for guests.
A guest always feels more welcome and special if you make a little effort. Little gestures go a long way. Try to anticipate your guests’ needs: water by the bed, an extra blanket, an alarm clock and flashlight. A little bouquet of flowers and stocking up on your guests favorite refreshments takes little effort but conveys you’re happy they are there!
Fresh, super comfortable linens are key. One should always spend the night in their guest room and take it for a “test drive.” You’ll know right away if you need new pillows or your linens aren’t up to par.
It sounds obvious, but make sure your kitchen is clean and tidy, including your refrigerator. No one needs to see your dirty or unorganized kitchen. After that, a small selection of snacks and refreshments available to guests is thoughtful. I also like the idea of setting up a self-serve coffee or tea tray in the morning.
I don’t like scents that are too strong—and many people are sensitive to smells—so an overpowering scent could be a turn-off. A bathroom is a safe place for candles and infused sticks. In the bedroom, keep it mild and relatively simple like lavender or citrus or my Nathan Turner American Style grapefruit candle.
With powder rooms I like vintage hand towels, and I put out several so people don’t feel bad about using the one towel in there. A pump soap is nice, as a bar can get messy. I love Murchison Home, a natural product with nice scents and cute packaging that we sell at Nathan Turner American Style.