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Holiday Entertaining with Brylane Home {Review}

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Raise your hands if you’re hosting a party, expecting company, or entertaining family or friends this month!  Isn’t hosting fun!?  I’ve always loved throwing parties and trying to impress my guests with the attention to detail and decor.  Holidays are no exception and I can’t wait to invite people over to use our new 66-Pc. Gold-Plated Flatware Set from Brylane Home!brylanehomeOh how these gleam!  They actually arrived on our anniversary, which was absolutely perfect, because according to the anniversary gift guide, “silverware” is the gift to exchange on your 5th Anniversary!  It couldn’t have been more perfect!  We ooh-ed and ahh-ed over every piece together as we took them out of the packaging and placed them in the box.  It was a good morning 🙂

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This set is adequate for as many as 12 guests, as there are twelve dinner knives, twelve dinner forks,  twelve salad/dessert forks, twelve teaspoons, and a 5-pc. hostess set.  We’ve already had the chance to use the whole set for our Thanksgiving meal last weekend!

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Having a full 12-guest set was just perfect for our Thanksgiving crowd.  I love how uniform everything looked and how the gold looked next to the Fall colors and flowers.  My family loved the fine silverware!  We agreed that this is a stunning set for $99.  Clearly, they are not pure gold, but who can tell the difference?

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I once taught a lesson to my junior high students about hospitality and offered cake slices on different kinds of plates and with different silverware, and then asked which one they would prefer.  With similar pieces of cake, of course, you’d like to eat it on fine china with a gleaming silver fork instead of with a plastic spork on a paper towel!  People notice and care about what they eat with!

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Imagine eating with a piece of gold in your fingers.  These look like works of art, and the color is just brilliant.  Someone could have told me that these were solid gold, and I’d believe them.

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These arrive in a wooden storage box that is just as high class as the flatware.  It feels like solid wood and it is lined in plush material with slots that keep the flatware separated and stationary during storage.

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This flatware set is only one of many beautiful dinnerware and entertaining products and decor that are perfect for the holidays.  Look at these gorgeous placemats, Christmas trees, and even a Christmas comforter set!

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Our family has been able to review several items from Brylane Home, and we are more and more impressed with each one.  Everything has arrived quickly, well-packaged, and built-to-last.  Brylane Home will be the first site I recommend to anyone furnishing a new home.

Visit Brylane Home and stock up on holiday decor in time for Christmas!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Brylane Home Guest Bed Ottoman {Review}

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Having company over STRESSES ME OUT!!  I’m dead serious when I say that I feel anxiety attacks washing over me and I frequently break into tears when I think about family or friends staying over for any length of time.  I don’t know what it is, but I feel some overwhelming need to have everything perfect, my kids well-behaved, my hair always done, and the house always clean for myself to feel comfortable.  I’m all about parties and one-night events, but thinking about any extended stay makes me feel like another case of the Shingles is coming on.

Knowing this, how do you think I feel about my sister-in-law coming to live with us?!  I’m excited to have another female friend to talk to and watch chic-flicks with, but I’m freaking out in stress and worry!  Do I sound like a lunatic?  I’ve been spending every night for the past few weeks telling myself it will be ok as I’m clearing out boxes of baby clothes and holiday decorations to make up a guest room.  Now what is the first thing that a houseguest needs?  A bed.  I needed one fast.  And something that doesn’t require a moving van, and hopefully something that we can shuffle around if we need to.  Brylane Home, who also brought you that fabulous Camp Rocker last month, has a fantastic guest bed that converts into an ottoman, and it came just in the nick of time!

brylanehomeLadies and gents, this is the Guest Bed Ottoman.  A what?  That’s a bed.  No wait, its an ottoman!  Back to a guestbed!

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Do you see why this is a fantastic option for cramped quarters?  Or maybe when your guest room also doubles as a play room and storage room?  The ability to fold and unfold easily, and especially to disguise it as something completely useful in and of itself, is so attractive.  When we aren’t housing guests, we’re going to keep this in our living room as a piano bench, ha!

1591_34789_moa_0001Here you can get a clear idea of how this thing collapses.  Just follow the directions on when and how to pull out the supportive bars, and anyone can do it.  Look how much space it doesn’t take up!  When you don’t want to be a bed, its just a cute little cushion seat in the corner!

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We (meaning the hubby) spent only a few minutes putting our bed together.  The instructions are detailed and the work is not hard–its basically installing the rolling casters with a few nuts and bolts.  The structure is easy to unfold by pulling out either the A or B knob, allowing the supporting bars underneath to release.

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I was worried about being able to get a fitted sheet around the mattress cushions because of the vecro straps that get in the way between the cushion and the frame, but enveloping the whole piece as a unit (mattress and frame), a sheet goes over just fine.  Because this is somewhat narrow (though extra-wide beds are also available at Brylane Home!), regular twin size sheets are a little roomy on the sides, but its not a big deal.

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I am surprised and pleased with the size of this bed.  I don’t mind at all that it is close to the ground.  It only makes it better for children to sleep on.  So is it comfortable?  Sure!  I spent a nap on it to test it out, and fell right to sleep.  It might be my sleep-deprived-mommy perma-status that put my right to sleep, but I do think that this mattress is fairly comfortable.  It would also be very easy to add another topper to this and add a little more cush.

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Guest-ready?  I feel SO much more confident and capable now that our guest room is put together!  The nifty little safe-saver is sold at Brylane Home for $199.00 and available in a brown or cream slipcover, with addition color options.  Their water repellant slipcovers are only $16.99.  Check out Brylane Home’s other housewares!

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Their extensive array of bath, kitchen, and home appliances really makes this a great place to shop for anything your home needs.

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Stay tuned for another upcoming giveaway from Brylane Home!  I’ll give you a hint: the giveaway item will be something that multiple people commented as something they would love from our last giveaway!

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

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