Creating Memories: Start a Guestbook at Home

Creating Memories: Start a Guestbook at Home

Taryn Williford
Nov 18, 2015
(Image credit: Liz Hanson)

You tend to think of a guestbook as something that belongs at a wedding, bar mitzvah or bed and breakfast. But I was struck by the sentimentality of keeping a home guestbook when I spotted the scene above in a recent Boston house tour.

Among the many original personal touches sentimental art-lover Julie incorporated into her home, Julie's South End Jewel, is the book above. Emblazoned with "Hellos & Goodbyes," it's dedicated to capturing record of the friends and family that Julie shares her home with as they come and go.

Home guest books might be more common for vacation homes, like lake houses and mountain cabins, but I think it's a wonderful way to document your time in any space. Ask guests to sign and date their names, then maybe tuck in a photo from the visit later on. In this digital, in-the-cloud era, it's nice to commit some memories to paper every once in a while.

How do you document memories with the people who visit you?

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