The Early Bird Gets The Worm: 5 Ideas for Decorating this Spring

springIt might seem like a far off event now, but spring will be here before you know it! We survived the holidays and can now bring our focus back to our home. The Lakeside Collection understands how busy you can get, so we have searched the Internet to find you the latest home decor trends for spring 2013.

Don’t be afraid of color
Pops of color like emerald green, tangerine and blue are a must this spring season. Remember to use these as accent colors—you don’t want an entire room tangerine from top to bottom. Try our Crystal Beaded Light-Up Branches paired with a great vase  in any of this season’s must have colors mentioned above.

Bold and geometric patterns
Whether it is a rug, throw pillow or piece of art, bold and geometric patterns will turn any room into a chic place to rest. If you are a fan of this trend, make sure you balance these items with a neutral piece. If you choose a great geometric rug, pair it with our Litchfield Cutwork Curtains to level out the bold print in the rug.

Botanicals aren’t just for the garden
Most of us see mostly grey during the winter months, so this spring make sure you get it back with some great botanical prints. There are some great examples of this trend on the Mike and Honey Home blog. Even out the botanicals with a great side table like our Slate-Trimmed Sofa Side Table.

Warm up the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s where we cook our meals, hang out during a get together and in general is used every day. Instead of having a cold, bare looking kitchen it’s time to warm it up this spring. Peter Dunham tells MSN Living, “We’re moving toward a more organic modernism with warm, modern materials that look vintage: slate, irregular floors, weathered concrete, natural crackle-glazed tiles that look handmade.” We think our Berber Corner Runner is a great start to this look.

Do what makes you happy
At the end of the day it’s your home. You can always go against the latest trend and do what makes you happy. You want to walk in your home after a long day and feel relaxed. We are a fan of our Home Wall Appliques this spring. What better way to show the philosophy you live your life by than to put them on your wall?

Are you excited to redecorate this spring? What trends are you going to embrace? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Dan Whipps Photography 

3 Ways To Streamline Online Shopping

online-shopping-tipsThe 2012 Holiday season will go down in the history books for online retailers. Not only did Black Friday show unexpected growth for e-tailers, who traditionally see growth on Cyber Monday, but comScore reports that total online sales for Black Friday 2012 reached $1.042 billon. A first for online spending. With more and more of us clicking for the perfect gift, how can you make sure your online shopping process is even easier?

Search Outside of the Google Box
Google is a great tool for many things. You can ask them anything and Google provides you with more than enough information. When you aren’t sure exactly what you want to buy—Google is there to help. However, if you know you are looking for a certain item such as a camera, sites like decide.com are a viable option.

The great thing about Decide is how they leverage, “data and technology to help shoppers.” They do this by searching, “billions of price points across millions of products, blog posts, and articles on the web to enable shoppers to make the best buying decision possible.”

Another great website to help streamline your shopping experience is Shopilly. Here you can follow your favorite brands and get an alert when they release a new product. As they say on their website, “think of Shopilly as your personal start page for shopping.”

Get Social
You don’t need the help of websites for the brands you already love. Following a brand’s Facebook page (you can find The Lakeside Collection page here) allows you to stay up-to-date on any sales, promotions and new products being introduced. Here at Lakeside, we like to think of our Facebook page as a community where our customers can connect and find great items at the same time.

Utilize the Shopping Cart
Putting something in a virtual shopping cart doesn’t mean you have to buy it. If you see a product you might want (like this one), add it to your cart. Once you have looked over everything on a site, review your cart and see if you truly want all the items. It’s easier to decide on the 10 items in your cart than the thousands of items that are on the site. You can always put back an item if you change your mind.

Bonus Tip: Be Safe
Just like shopping offline, make sure you are buying from a reputable retailer. The site should use a secure connection. You can check this by looking at their web address. Make sure it says “https” at the beginning of their web address once you start the checkout process. The “s” stands for secure. Also, look for retailers that let you create accounts. This can help streamline your order and make your shopping experience more secure.

Are you an avid online shopper? What are your favorite shopping tips? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Gemesis

Pinteresting Picks for the New Year

It’s officially 2013 and we couldn’t be more excited here at Lakeside. Our Spring 2013 catalog is now available online and should be hitting your doorstep as early as Monday. One of our New Year’s resolutions is to take our pinning to the next level on Pinterest, and we hope you join us!

If you don’t follow our boards on Pinterest, why not start now? We already have some featured products from our new catalog, as well as ideas to help keep you organized all year long. One of our favorite new boards is called “New Year, New You” and features some cute apparel items you must have for 2013—just take a look at some of the items below.

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Whether you want a new top, a perfect cover up for the beach or REALLY need a new purse, we have got you covered. For a full list of apparel and beauty items in our new catalog click here. So kick back and relax this weekend—you’ve earned it. The holidays are a busy time for us all, and we can now focus on getting back to basics. Plus, who doesn’t like a fun Pinterest session? We know we do.

Do you already follow us on Pinterest? What’s your favorite board? Let us know in the comments below.

Planning the Perfect New Year’s Eve Party

ImageYou survived your Aunt Susie’s infamous fruit cake and you got that “perfect” sweater for the cold winter ahead. Now, you just have to plan an amazing party to mark the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. So what can you do with little to no time? Check out our tips below to create a wonderful end to the year.

 Perfect Theme
When creating any party, a theme is a great way to go. A theme sets the tone of the party, lets guests know what to wear, and makes your life easier when planning the décor. Since we all can celebrate the Mayans being wrong, why not throw a party to celebrate? If you want something a little more elegant, try a 20’s theme.

Finger Food
You don’t have to cook a 7-course meal for your guests. Most of us had enough food the past month. Instead, have some fun finger food instead. Real Simple suggests mini salami puff sandwiches. Deserts are always a hit, so why not use our Cup Pie Baking Set to create single-serving size pies for your guests?

Drinks
It’s not New Years without some fun drinks. For those who don’t drink, cranberry juice with sparkling water in a fun glass is a good option. Check out TasteofHome for more alcohol-free drink options. For a spin on the traditional glass of Champaign, try adding a splash of mandarin liqueur and a citrus peel. If your party is kid friendly, a classic Shirley Temple never fails.

Games
Trivia games and poker are always a good option, but don’t forget you can always get creative. You can Google famous quotes for 2012, and write them on note cards. Then, have your guests guess who said them. Another option is to have your guests write down predictions for 2013. This can become a fun tradition–you can read all of your predictions next New Years.

Friends and Family
The must have “item” for any successful party are your friends and family. You don’t need fancy food, kitchenware, or a DJ to impress your true friends. They will be there no matter what—and have a blast. As Marlene Dietrich said, “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”

What are your favorite ideas for planning a New Year’s Eve party? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Penn Foster

Lakeside Spirit of Savings Winners!

Check out our most recent winners!

Don’t forget to enter everyday for a chance to win! Also be sure to refer a friend to double your chances!

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What would you do with $100 – Food Edition

This week is all about the gift of food!

See all the delicious gifts you can give with the $100 prize!

Assorted Gourment Pretzel Tub – $11.95

Flavors included are Chocolate Candies, Fudge, White Chocolate and Cocoa Crazy.

Homemade Giftable Treat Mixes – $6.95 each

Available in Banana Bread, Apple Bread, and Carrot Cake.

Cupcake Baking Gift Sets – $7.95 each

Available in Red Velvet, Pumpkin, and Spiced cupcake flavors.

Vino-Licious Party in a Pitcher – $9.95 each

Available in Margarita, Wine Ice, Lemonchillo, and Peach Bellini.

2-Pk. Gourmet Apples in Gift Box – $24.95 each

Available in Candy, Triple Fudge, and White Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar.

Holiday Snack Mix Tins – $8.95 each

Available in Banana Split, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, and Sweet Temptations.

Holiday Cocoas, Coffees or Teas – $9.95 per set

Available in Cocoa, Coffee or Tea.

Pasta Jar Gift Set – $11.95

Set includes: Glass jar, Cheese Grater, 16 oz bag Fettucine Pasta, and Pasta serving measurer

All this for $92.60!

What would you do with $100? – Teen Girl Edition

What would you do with $100?

In honor of our October Sweepstakes we thought we would help you out with some spending ideas. What can you do with $100 at Lakeside!? This week it’s all about girls! Let’s see what we can get.

Salon Express™ Nail Art Stamping Kit- $7.95

A great way to stay on top of the nail art trend! These patterns roll on easily for a fun look that you can change up every week!

Headband and Bracelet Sets- $8.95

Stylish pieces to dress up any outfit.

Over-the-Door Jewelry Valet- $14.95

Keep those new accessories organized with style. Make your jewelry an art piece in you room.

6-Pair Super Soft Slipper Socks- $8.95

Stay warm and cozy all season long!

Interchangeable Peace Sign Watch Set- $12.95

Bright color and peace signs.

Printed Rainbow Plush Bed Pillows- $10.95

Cozy and fun prints, perfect for weekend movie watching.

Friends 4 Ever™ Bracelet Kit- $15.95

Great tons of bracelets for you and your friends!

Polka Dot Sport Totes- $7.95

Great for school or to and from practice.

Sets of 2 Feather Hair Extensions- $5.95

Simply clip in for a fun new look!

All this for a grand total of………..

$94.55!

So much you can do with $100!

Best of luck to everyone entering the sweepstakes! Be sure to enter every day and refer a friend to double your chances to win.

What would you do with $100?

What would you do with $100? – Kitchen Improvements

If I won the $100 I would focus on home improvements and start with the one area that is always the busiest, the kitchen.  Some of the items that I would look into are:

  • Set of 8 NFL Pub Glasses – During football season nothing shows your team spirit more.  I want to be able to cheer on my favorite team and entertain at the same time.  I can never have enough glassware and I do love anything that supports my team!
  • 41 Cupcake Dessert Stand – This stand will turn your delicious treats into a beautiful centerpiece and show all your hard work off.  I would love to put this in my kitchen to hold muffins or cupcakes, and the stand can be easily moved to any table, when you decide to share.  What better way to show off all the treats you will be making this holiday.
  • Magnetic Countdown Calendar – With the holiday season approach, this calendar is a must. It is the perfect kitchen accessory and what a fun way to countdown to the holidays!
  • Set of 3 Handled Bakers - To go along with my theme of preparing for the Holidays and having people over, you can never have enough cookware!  These stylish bakers can go right from the oven to the table.  The handles will make it easier moving dishes to different tables at Thanksgiving or bringing it to a family member’s house.

Enter now for you chance to win $100 (http://sweeps.lakeside.com/) and share your story of what you would do if you won $100!  Remeber to refer a friend to double your chances of winning!

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