By Debbe Daley

Summer has officially arrived and vacation plans are in the works or perhaps already taking off. This is an exciting time for friends and family members to get together and enjoy outdoor activities whether at home or away at the shore or in the mountains.

For extended-stay guests, creating a summer guest bedroom that has the charm and tranquility of a bed and breakfast will make them feel welcome and at home. Here are some necessities that will make the guest bedroom a huge hit whether a large or small space.

Begin with the bed. An old iron bed found in your antiquing and picking travels can be the inspiration for this space. Let the style of the frame set the tone for the rest of the room.

Choose a bedding color you love, then determine your paint color from there. Try a stress-reducing color such as Sherwin Williams SW6771 Bathe Blue.

Adding a side table is a must. This doesn't have to be big and bulky. A small pedestal base will take up less floor space. A table lamp for reading will add an ambiance to the room at night for late returns from the day's activities.

If space is limited and a ceiling receptacle is available, add a hanging light to the room instead. A charming iron birdcage or wire basket can easily be transformed into a hanging chandelier.

A chest of drawers or other piece of furniture that provides storage for guests to unpack is always appreciated. Add a tray of rolled towels and washcloths on top with an assortment of lotions and soaps.

Don't forget some final touches in the guest bedroom. Add some classic or favorite new books for guests' down time or guidebooks for attractions in the area. Flowers from your garden will provide a multi-sensory flourish. Beach roses, Queen Anne's lace or -- let's not forget one of our favorites -- hydrangeas in a milk-glass vase will give the room a light, airy, summer feel.

Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and RAW Furnishings, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/daleydecor. She also blogs at debbedaleydesignsllc.blogspot.com.