What Color Should I Paint My Home?

color-palletsChoosing a color for your home is really a personal preference, so I’m not going to tell you to paint the rooms in your home green if you hate green! However, in this article, I will talk you through how colors set the mood of a room, what colors really work well together and just generally how to choose a color that works well with what you already have.

What mood are you trying to set?
Depending on the kind of mood you are aiming for, you will have to choose the paint color accordingly.

If you want to create a fresh and relaxing mood, then choose a light color, like cream or a very light blue. Not only do these neutral colors create a relaxing mood, they also make a room look bigger. With the help of light colors and mirrors, you can make a room look more spacious.

However, if you are looking for something more vibrant and exciting, then a red or an orange would be fantastic; these colors can create a very warm feeling and are often associated with energy.

To create a romantic mood in a room, a light red or a pink are good choices. Pink and red are often associated with love and romance.

Here are some other color meanings:

Green – has connotations of nature, freshness and peace.

Blue – suggests wisdom and confidence  and often suggest seriousness and power.

Purple – often associated with royalty, so it suggests luxury and power. A light purple can be linked to romance and a darker purple is more mysterious

Yellow – usually linked to sunshine and happiness because it is quite bright. Like reds and oranges, it has a sense of energy and excitement.

What colors work well together?
There are a few ways you can find colors that  really work well together. There are four main types of color matching. Refer to the color scheme circle here to follow the types of color matching below.

Monochromatic Color – choose one color you want to use and then choose various shades of that same color. For example, if you want your room to be purple, then light and dark purple would work very well together. The same principle applies for any color you want to use.

Triadic Color – If you draw an evenly spaced triangle within the circle, then the three colors being pointed to, by the corners of the triangle, would work very well together, for example purple, green and orange would be great.

Analogous Color – You can choose three colors that are next to each other in the color scheme circle and they will look great together, for example, you could have light green, dark green and light blue or you could have a dark yellow color with a light green and a regular yellow.

Complementary Color – The colors that are directly opposite each other would go well, for example a purple and a yellow or a light green and a light purple.

How do I match colors to what I already have in my home?
Well now you know what colors match, you can know begin matching the paint to the colors already involved in a room. If you have a red sofa, then you can use a green paint for the walls. Or if you have a green sofa, then you might want to paint your walls purple. If you do not have any furniture yet, then you can think about what color you want the room to be first and then you can think about matching the furniture.

Now all you need to do is think about what color you like and then you can work out, from there, what colors will work well together. Matching colors is not as difficult as you thought it would be, is it?

About the Author: Jeff Smith loves everything DIY related and enjoys sharing the knowledge he has with others. He recommends taking a look at Smart Property Investment Magazine for more information on the best ways to renovate a home.

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Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

We made it through another week, and the weekend is in our sights. No matter what your plans are this weekend, take a few minutes and check out some of our favorite items for the week. We have a wide variety of items ranging from home storage to fun gardening items.

Printed-Floral-Quilts

Wrap yourself in the soft luxury of beautiful Printed Floral Quilts or Shams. Elegant patterns provide a warm, welcoming feeling to your room. The pieces in this collection are reversible for twice the wear and style.

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A great addition to yard or garden décor, the Tiffany-Style Solar Light also makes a distinctive centerpiece on a patio table or accent on a porch or deck railing. It boasts a beautiful hand-painted shade that looks like colorful stained glass. It resembles a lantern in miniature and has a solar panel on top that collects energy during the day.

Ladder-Shelf-Storage

Our wooden Ladder Shelf Storage suits your contemporary style. Its clean and simple lines make it ideal for display or storage. The 5-Tier Ladder Shelf has five spacious shelves for holding books, board games, DVDs and more.

Animal-Print-Storage-Units

The stylish 6-Bin Animal Print Storage Unit looks good in any room of the house. The wooden cabinet has 6 compartments that hold the bins and offer a lot of storage to keep you organized. The bins can also be taken out of the cabinet and used on their own to hold toys, books, clothing, linens and more.

Solar-Color-Changing-Jars

Place the Solar Color-Changing Jar on a patio table, or hang it on a tree or front porch. The LED light inside makes the detailed decorative design glow. It adds a miniature scene to your favorite outdoor area.

What’s your favorite Lakeside item? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Ways You Didn’t Think of To Use a Curtain

wildflower-curtainOver the years, many of us have accumulated a lot of stuff. Whether that be clothes, sheets, curtains or all of the above there are plenty of unused items lying around the house. Instead of throwing them away or having them take up precious space, why not use them in a different way? Below are five ways you can use your unused curtains.

Pillows
Decorative pillows can range from affordable like our 2-Pc. Embroidered Pillow Sets to downright expensive. If you are on a tight budget this spring and can’t afford to purchase new pillows, you’re in luck. Use an old curtain to make a throw pillow yourself. With a few stitches and some stuffing you can have a great pillow for little to no-cost.

Shower Curtain
You might search and search and never find the exact shower curtain you want. A quick designer tip is to use an old curtain. Hang the curtain higher than a normal shower curtain, make sure you have a liner and voila! A new shower curtain that looks luxurious for a fraction of the cost.

Bed skirt
Updating your bed skirt can change the look and feel of your entire bedroom. Instead of purchasing a new bed skirt, see if you can use your old curtains. With the right color or design you will be surprised of the outcome.

Napkins
Cloth napkins are another one of those great to have, but don’t really want to buy items. Unless you are entertaining on a monthly basis most of us don’t have cloth napkins lying around. By cutting up your old curtains you can get some really great looking napkins that are unique to your house.

Hang higher
Sometimes you don’t even need to do anything to the curtain to transform the look. If you don’t have a vaulted ceiling but love the look, you can trick your guests into thinking you do. Instead of hanging your curtains directly above a window hang them a few feet above the window. If your curtains are long enough you will create an elongated look and make the entire room look bigger.

Have you recycled your old curtains? Tell us about your DIY project in the comments below.

Shopping on a Budget: 5 Ways to Save Money Now

saving-moneySaving money is something we all strive to do better. Whether it is buying groceries,  extracurricular activities for our children or just the occasional special dinner our money seems to go out faster than it comes in. According to the Statistic Brain, the average American family savings account balance is $3,800 and 25 percent of American families do not have saving at all. No matter what the status of your savings are, saving money can be possible. Check out some of our tips to help get you on the right track.

Track all your Finances
Before you can find areas you can save, you need to know where your money is going.  Mint.com is a great site that tracks your expenses for you—for free.  It doesn’t get much better than that! If you have Excel on your home computer, that is another cost effective way to track your spending. Other sites like Intuit have more robust tracking features, but you do have to pay for those.

It may seem like a lot of work, but after 30 days of tracking all your expenses you will be amazed at where your money is going

Set a Budget
Once you know how much you are spending, it’s time to set a budget. Can you really spend only $200 a month on your grocery bill? This blog post outlines how this mother  of three cut her grocery budget to $250 for her family of five. When budgeting, make sure to plan for fun as well—going to the movies or out to dinner is something you can do. Just make sure you budget it accordingly.

Become a Crazy Coupon Lady
Who says coupons are only for the crazy ladies? Saving money is saving money. Sites like couponmom.com and coupons.com are great places to start. These types of sites usually are a great resource for not only coupons, but great money saving tips. A win, win! So grab your favorite coupon organizer, and hit the pavement ready to save.

Become the Family Planner
We have all heard making a grocery list helps save money, but how many of us actually put pen to paper every week? , make it a family activity to plan the following week’s meals. Not only will you have a better idea of what needs to be purchased, you get much needed family time as well. You can even make a game out of it. Who can plan the best meal for the week–nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.  Don’t have time to plan every week? TheKichn recommends creating a default grocery list for those weeks you just can’t round everyone up.

DIY
Labor costs add up—no matter the product. If a business has to pay someone, you are seeing that in the price of the product/service. Instead of paying for name brand cleaning supplies, opt for the off-brand or better yet make it yourself. You can be surprised what you can do with some vinegar and baking soda.

Have you found some great money saving tips for your family? Share them in the comments below.

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Cheap Family Entertainment with Cheap Sports Tickets

sport-ticketsIt’s a lazy Saturday afternoon and you’re wondering what you can do to entertain your family and all of a sudden you get an idea: if I could find cheap NBA tickets, I’d definitely take my family to the game! Then, you remember how expensive tickets are at the team’s box office. You also remember the frustration of ticket “convenience” fees that add excessive costs to the already inflated ticket price. After reading this article, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to save tons of money on great local entertainment for your family!

Use Discounted Ticketing Sites
There seems to be a daily deals site for everything and now, there’s even one for sports tickets! For consumers looking to save money on tickets, this kind of site should be their first stop when searching for tickets. Crowd Seats, the first daily deals site for sports tickets, allows sports fans to get great seats for great games without paying ridiculous ticket prices. Each week, they offer different games with big discounts – a great way to save money on your favorite team. There are even more ways to save money too!

Forget About Fees – They’re NOT Convenient
No one likes paying fees – especially on sports tickets. If you look hard enough, you can find trustworthy sites that don’t charge an arm and a leg in extra fees. Did you know ticket fees can add 30% or more on top of the ticket price?! That’s just simply unfair to sports fans who want to be able to afford tickets. Again, there are some sites that charge fees and some that don’t. Ticketmaster charges 20-30% in fees, at least. StubHub charges excessive fees as well.

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Monday is the Best Day to Buy
Just like airline tickets, you can save money if you buy tickets on a specific day. We’ve found that buying tickets on Monday is the best way to get the best price. It seems like prices fluctuate and are lowest on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Free Parking is Possible
Parking at stadiums can cost $25 or even more! If you have a large SUV or truck, you can pay as much as $50 to park – that’s not fair. An insider tip is to do a Google search for free parking around Stadium Name. Perhaps there is public parking or cheaper lots within walking distance that can help you save money!

Wrapping Things Up…
If you’re a sports fan, you should be feeling pretty confident now that you can find the best places to get a good sports ticket deal. Don’t pay box office prices and definitely don’t buy from sites that charge you fees. You’re the customer, you should be treated well! You’re now ready to find cheap NBA tickets!

This is a guest post by Crowd Seats, the first flash deals site designed exclusively for sports fans. They offer exclusive, time-sensitive deals to your favorite sports games and events at discounts of up to 90% off with no added fees.

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Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

The weekend can’t come soon enough, and here at The Lakeside Collection we want to share with you our favorite items for the week. No  matter if you are gearing up for a family vacation this spring, wondering when you can plant some beautiful flowers or just need a fresh new look in your bedroom we are here to help. We understand that the best things in life don’t have to cost a fortune, so check out some of our new arrivals that we just love below.

2-pc-kids-luggage-sets

Let your kids carry their own clothes in this 2-Pc. Kids’ Luggage Set. This versatile set can be used for a family vacation or weekend getaway.

spring-garden-seed-rolls

Fill your garden with hundreds of lovely flowers with these easy-to-use Spring Garden Seed Rolls. A truly stunning array of flowers will emerge from each roll you use. No green thumb required!

bamboo-bedding

Refresh your room with our upscale, tri-color bedding and curtain sets. The pretty pattern of bamboo leaves makes it easy to match your linens and décor.

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Women’s Set of 3 Cinch Leg Bike Shorts make it comfortable and easy to ride. Set includes 3 pairs of shorts in neutral colors of black, gray and navy.

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The Owl Bath Collection features a flock of bright owls that is ready to bring color to your home. The green Soap/Lotion Pump can hold your favorite liquid soap or moisturizer. Dozens of owls roost on the vinyl Shower Curtain.

Did you purchase something from us recently? Tell us your favorite item below.

It’s Official–One More Month Until Spring Begins. Are You Ready?

spring-blossomsIt might not seem like it now, but spring is just around the corner. Soon we will be replacing our snow boots for stylish sandals. From spring cleaning to planning your perfect garden, springtime is a fun and exciting time for us all. Are you ready for the weather to break? Make sure you have the following tasks on your springtime to-do list this year.

Donate  Used Clothes
When transitioning from your winter to spring wardrobe take a closer look at the items you actually wore this winter. Did you really wear that sweater? How about that scarf—how often did you really use it? Taking a critical eye to the items you hardly wore is a great way to get rid of clothes you just don’t need. Instead of them taking up space in your closet, donate them to your local Goodwill or other local charity.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Do you have a green thumb? Planning for your garden now can save time and allow you to find the perfect garden accessories come spring. Whether it is a new fountain, or a cute birdbath, garden accessories can add some personality to those beautiful flowers you plant.

Organize, Organize, Organize
Nothing can add stress to your busy schedule like coming home to a disheveled mess. Some days that is just unavoidable. However, organizing can help in the long run. Our fun animal print storage units add character to a room while achieving your organizational goals. Running out of space in your kid’s room? Utilize the walls. Shelves are a great way to organize and can save on your square footage.

Pamper Yourself
We’ve survived all that old man winter has thrown at us this year, and can now focus on the warmer weather waiting for us. We all could use a little pampering every now and then, so why not focus an hour or more on you this spring? You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a spa day, when you could have our spa tub mat. Sometimes a nice relaxing bath can do wonders.

It’s Tool Time!
Anyone else remember the TV show Home Improvement? Well, hopefully you have better DIY skills than Tim Taylor. but whatever your skill set, home improvement projects are a great idea for spring. The weather is finally warming up so you don’t have to battle the cold while starting your new project. If you are the do-it-yourselfer check out our peel and press Berber carpet tiles. They are great for basements and playrooms.

As we count down the final 30 days of winter, let’s all try and focus on the great weather and activities that lie ahead. Do you have some great spring plans? Let us know how you are getting ready for spring in the comments below.

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Sizzling Hot Jewelry Trends for Summer 2013

As far as the world’s most prestigious designers are concerned, jewelry trends in 2013 are all about having fun. Many of the trends are versatile; some elements can be subtle and work-appropriate, while other elements can be bold enough for night life. The biggest trends come from nature, 2013 blockbusters and distant places and cultures. This summer, there truly is something for everyone and every outfit!

Art Deco/ Vintage

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2013 marks the release of Baz Lurhmann’s movie remake of “The Great Gatsby,” so vintage and art deco pieces will definitely be hot this summer. With those influences in mind, statement pieces with intricate geometric shapes are in. It will be a lot easier to find contrasting white and black jewelry – another 2013 jewelry trend – in vintage and art deco styles. Vintage aficionados can also look for pearls and subtle drop earrings for chic pieces with a vintage flair; both pearls and subtle drop earrings will be à la mode in summer 2013. Lace, another 2013 fashion trend, screams old glamour without being overpowering. The most important thing to remember is that vintage accessories and vintage clothing do not work together. Mixing modern clothing with vintage jewelry accessories is the easiest way to avoid looking like you are wearing a costume.

Emerald
PANTONE named emerald as their color of the year. If you feel like you need some emerald inspiration, then the 2013 release of “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and Emerald City might help. This versatile color goes well with every skin tone, and it also emits an extremely classic and sophisticated vibe that can dress up just about any outfit. Smaller pieces of emerald jewelry might be more daytime appropriate, as emerald can sometimes be so casual that it can be worn with jeans and a tee shirt. Larger pieces can be reserved for classier evening events.

Chinoiserie

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Chinoiserie, or jewelry with a distinctly Asian style, is definitely trendy for summer 2013. You can expect to see Asian-inspired pieces that use motifs from nature that are commonly associated with various parts of Asia, including bamboo leaves and trees and cherry blossoms. The jade stone is also a common element in Chinoiserie jewelry. Another hallmark of Chinoiserie jewelry is the use of tassels. While snake jewelry is not exclusive to Chinoiserie jewelry, there will be many more such pieces out this year, as according to the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake. With snake collections becoming so popular, e.g. Bulgari’s Serpentini collection, snake-inspired jewelry will be nothing but hot in summer 2013!

Ethnic and Tribal
Ethnic and tribal jewelry are definitely back again in 2013. African-inspired jewelry will definitely be trendy throughout the year, as will Caribbean-influenced pieces. It seems that ethnic jewelry has gone more glam in 2013; you’ll see a lot of pieces with crystals and studs. Just remember, however, that the jewelry should always accent the outfit. Pairing ethnic and tribal jewelry pieces with solid colors, e.g. black and white, creates an effortlessly chic look.

Southwest
Southwest jewelry will be scorching hot in summer 2013. If you thought that silver wasn’t a good summer color, then think again. Chunky silver jewelry with American Indian motifs is totally in this year, as are turquoise stones and feathers. Do not be afraid to go bold with your Southwest jewelry, e.g. Dannijo’s large chokers and breastplate necklaces. Fortunately, Southwest jewelry looks stunning next to popular summer colors, e.g. corals, oranges, yellows and reds. You can’t go wrong pairing Southwest jewelry with a flowy white tee shirt and denim.

Animal Prints and Patterns

The catwalk this summer season literally looks like it was made for cheetahs, zebras and giraffes. Most of the hot designers love incorporating animal prints and patterns in their collections. It can feel intimidating to walk out with an animal print as your focal garment, so you can pull inspiration by incorporating the same animal prints and patterns into your jewelry. An easier and more wearable alternative is to accent your outfit with these same patterns and prints. Jewelry with animal prints and patterns can easily dress up or dress down an outfit, and generally work best with solids. Black and white will be hot 2013 summer trends. Bolder looks can pair the patterns with one of the highlighter colors that will be in vogue in 2013, e.g. neon yellow and fuchsia. Animal prints can also give softer and more romantic looks with pastels – another 2013 fashion summer trend – a dash of the wild side.

Maggie is a professional writer and blogger from Philadelphia. She has blogged for several prominent fashion and jewelry blogs, including Luxury Bazaar and Lakeside View.

Fashion on a Budget This New Year

Fashion-on-a-budgetLooking good doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and that’s truer than ever over the coming year. In 2013 we’re going to see more and more ways to dress fashionably in designer duds without having to spend an entire paycheck on a single dress. In order to look great  while sticking to your budget you’ll just need to shop in the right places, sniff out the right deals, and stay in touch those low-cost accessories and items that will be trending in 2013.

One of the easiest ways to stay fashionable on the cheap over the coming year is to shop at department stores and other big-box shops. While these sorts of stores aren’t always thought of as the most fashion-forward places in the world, an increasing number of department stores are enlisting top designers to lend their name and their designing skills to create ultra-low cost clothing lines available everywhere, to everyone.

This movement was spearheaded by Target, who began partnering with top-name designers years ago, and Target continues to lead the charge on this front. In 2013 expect Target to launch plenty of new designer lines while other department stores, like JC Penney, begin to adopt this strategy with greater enthusiasm.

Low-cost, trendy clothing stores will continue to do well in the coming year and will offer one of the best options available to purchase an up-to-date wardrobe without spending too much money. The flagship for this sort of low-cost, trendy clothing store is H&M, and industry experts expect H&M will continue to be one of the best places to shop in 2013, especially if you’re on a budget. H&M isn’t the only low-cost clothing store to stock its shelves with trendy looks, and other stores like Zara, Urban Outfitters and Uniqlo will continue to offer great opportunities for the budget-minded clothing shopper.

In addition to shopping at traditional clothing stores you’ll be able to solve a lot of money, without sacrificing your look, by shopping online in the coming year. More and more clothing stores and department stores are bulking up their online offerings, using their websites to sell clothing lines far more expansive and inclusive than you would ever find in a single store, especially if you’re located outside of a major metropolitan area. Shopping online also lets you take advantage of special sales, unique online-only items, and extensive digital “clearance racks.”

Shopping online for clothes is always a good option to look good for less but it works best when you’re shopping for brands that you are already familiar with and you already wear. Why’s that? Because you will already know what size you wear in their clothes, saving you the potential hassle of having to send back items to replace them with larger or smaller alternatives. While online clothes stores universally offer the ability to ship back ill-fitting items and replace them with more appropriate cuts, overall it’s better to not have to deal with this annoyance in the first place.

Finally, if you really want to save money over the coming year while still looking great you’ll take advantage of the increasing number of deal and coupon oriented services out there. Websites like Haulerdeals.com and discount services like Gilt make it easy to buy deeply discounted hot fashions the same way services like Groupon or Living Social send you discounts on popular restaurants and local activities. Another service that’s a whole lot like Groupon but oriented towards the fashionable set is Lifebooker, which focuses on everything from spa days to specialty hair treatments- all sold for much less than you’d expect.

Overall 2013 will be a great year for remaining fashionable while sticking to your budget… as long as you know where to shop to find the best deals.

Peter Smith is a top class fashion designer who keeps giving his creative thoughts to the fashion world. He also writes articles on latest fashion trends as he wrote on bodycon dresses by bebe which is in trend now days. 

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Buying Vintage Dresses Online – Tips for Success

So you just spent hours searching for vintage clothing stores, sifting through Twitter, comparing prices and have managed to get your heart set on one particular beauty. Press the button right? This is what thousands of online buyers do every day and unfortunately much to their disappointment; get a disappointing product in the mail.

Vintage clothing shouldn’t be purchased with the same mindset you would use for everyday clothes. It’s vintage, it’s awesome, but it also old, it comes from a time when shapes were different and materials were often untreated.

We aren’t trying to spread doom and gloom, but simply say that more attention needs to be paid to the smaller details. This blog post aims to give you some tips and hints which will hopefully help you find that perfect vintage dress.

Vintage Inspired Vs. Vintage

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Unfortunately for a large number of true vintage enthusiasts, there has been an increase in the number of ‘vintage inspired’ pieces seen over the last few years. This has resulted in a lot of confused and ultimately disappointed online shoppers. Vintage inspired essentially means; 21st century remake of 20th century clothes. In no way are we suggesting ‘vintage inspired’ to be a bad option; only that it can lead to confusion. The golden rule is – read the full item description before making your vintage purchase.

Double check return policy

Most online retailers will have a clear returns policy. It is vital to find and read this prior to purchasing your vintage items as there are so many potential stumbling blocks.

Find out the condition

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Vintage clothes have obviously been on the shelf or rack for a while and most of them will also have been worn at some point in time. This means that you need to pay additional attention to the condition of your chosen item, less you may end up disappointed. It is highly unlikely that any vintage item will ever be ‘perfect’, the key is to understand exactly what condition your piece is. Most good vintage shops will have created a rating system to grade their stock. Make sure you pay attention to it and if there isn’t one; contact the shop directly to find out.

Check the size, then check it again

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Women of yesteryear did not have the same average sizes as women of today. Which when translated to clothing, means that the average cuts for vintage items are often very different to what you would find on today’s high street. This means you need to look at the measurements carefully and have a good understanding of your shape. Most good vintage clothing stores will list a whole load of measurements for each item, make sure you pay attention.

This article was brought to you by Mela Mela Vintage, who sell a huge range of vintage clothing online. Mela Mela has a comprehensive selection of vintage clothes including vintage 1960 dresses & skirts.