Home decor, Carnations, Bay Window decor, Initials, Brownstone

Being a House Guests comes with some Responsibilities, well if you ever want to be invited back. Summer is a time for long weekends away. Sometimes "away" means going to stay at a friend's beach or country house. Mind your manners and maintain your "jenée" sais quoi with a few simple impressions.

1. GIFTS - It is best to not show up empty handed. A small gesture goes a long way. Something for the home is most appropriate: flowers, a bottle for the bar,a scented candle or something you've baked. Though, if you do not know the taste of your host so well, it's ok to send a gift right after your departure once you have a better sense of what they might like. Also, you can pick something up during the weekend while shopping that you find suitable and present it on your last day.
lillet, lillet rose, apertif, french, summer drinks

One of my favorite gifts in the summer which is always fun and unique is a bottle of Lillet (Rosé if you can find it!) Gifting wine can be tricky but Lillet is a perfect summer aperitif enjoyed by anyone with the slightest sense of adventure or culture. Sometimes I order mine from Aster Wine. 
Lillet Rosé Cocktails

2. THANK YOU NOTES - Always always always send a handwritten Thank you note no less than 2 days after leaving your host. Done.
stationary, etsy, personalized startionary, snail mail
There are many great stationary option on Etsy, like this one

3. MAKE YOUR BED - What ever you do, don't be a slob. The simple gesture of making your bed each morning goes a long. If you don't get what I mean, Leave a comment. We can discuss :)

It doesn't have to be perfect, but at least a very good attempt - I love this one.