Surprisingly to many, Emily Post's personal family legacy was actually in architecture, not the business of manners. Her father, Bruce Price, had a been a well- respected architect in his day, and had times been different, Emily, his only child, probably would have followed in his footsteps. Instead, after raising her two sons, her life took a famous turn into etiquette in 1922. But in 1930 she had a chance to revisit her passion for architecture, in her book The Personality of a House. In addition to timeless advise on architecture, interior architecture and decorating, she included a section on guest rooms, and to this day I love what she had to say. In fact, my own list has hardly changed from it.
- A bathroom of its own.
- A delightful bed.
- Plenty of light and air.
- Choice of pillows.
- A perfect dressing-table.
- A good light to read by in bed.
- Heat in cold weather.
- Cross-ventilation in hot weather.
- A sofa to rest on.
- Situation as free from noise as possible."
I think most of us can offer heat in cold weather these days! Check back tomorrow for my updated take on Emily's list--with the holidays coming, it's the perfect time to make sure you're ready!