Our creative team recently journeyed to the Midwest and no trip to Michigan would be complete without stopping in to see one of our all time favorite designers, Jean Stoffer. We arrived to Jean's beautiful Grand Rapids home on a sunny fall day. Every detail was as perfect as we'd imagined. There were freshly picked apples set out on the counter, fresh lattes being made on demand, and the most adorable pup, Bonnie, basking in a warm streak of sun. What makes Jean's home and the homes that she designs so special, is the thought and heart behind them. Every space feels like life happens there, nothing is too precious and every design decision is made with living in mind. As guests, we immediately felt right at home. So we thought it wise to ask Jean what her top tips for getting guest-ready are. Read on for more.

A worn brown leather arm chair sits atop a gray area rug. A small black table sits next to the chair and in front of a white painted brick fireplace with rustic wooden mantel.
An emerald green velvet upholstered bed has ivory linens and orange throw pillows. The bed sits atop a neutral area rug. Three black and white sketches of trees hang above the bed and a wooden nightstand sits next to the bed.


Freshen up the Guest Room. Fresh linens, a few fun pillows, and fresh florals or a candle go a long way.

Light a candle. A simple touch that makes the house smell great. Extra credit: bake some cookies.

Consider the little ones. For the littler guests, have some toys and books on hand to keep them entertained.

Add a personal touch. For Jean, it's her delicious homemade lattes. Make it your own! 


Interior designer Jean Stoffer stands in the doorway of her Michigan home with white painted bricks and an arched wooden front door.
A light wood dining table is surrounded by light wood, cane and maroon velvet upholstered dining chairs. A rubber plant and decorative accessories sit on the table and gray built-in shelves are behind the table.
A staircase with wooden treads and white risers and paneling on the walls has a black and gold metal railing. A small black round table sits in the corner and has a small fern. Wooden bathroom vanities with gold hardware and a marble top have two gold-framed hexagonal mirrors above them, along with two bronze sconces and a black and gold framed painting.