No Sunroom, No Problem: How to Create a Sun Space

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During the warm summer months, most of us want to get out in the sunshine as much as possible. One of the best ways to enjoy the seemingly endless string of sunny days is relaxing on your favorite chair in the sunroom. Yet, for most homes, having a room specifically designed for soaking up sun, heating purposes or to grow plants in the proper light is a bonus, a luxury, something that could be added on to the house, but with a lofty price tag. Fortunately, if your windows face the right way, you can turn any ordinary room into a relaxing sun sanctuary. Here are a few easy do-it-yourself tips on how to create a sun space in your home.

East and West-Facing Windows
Windows facing east or west are usually the best for seeing the sun. If you prefer to enjoy your sun space in the morning, try to find a room with windows facing east. If you’ll be doing your relaxing in the afternoon, try to locate a room with windows facing west. It’s also worth noting that windows facing north are least likely to get the most sun, while windows facing south often receive a strong portion of sunlight throughout the day.

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Optimizing the Windows You Have
Once you have your orientation figured out, it’s time to start crafting your sun space. Because you won’t be adding any windows, you’ll need to optimize the windows you already have to draw in the most rays. Glass can easily be obstructed by dirt and dust, which can take a major toll on the amount of sunlight and warmth you can usher into your room, so the very first step is to thoroughly clean all your windows inside and out.

Carving Out Your Mini Room
In order to make a sun space, you’ll have to sacrifice some square footage. The best way to make your sun space feel like its own room is to create a partition between the larger room and the space near the window. This can easily be done with a freestanding bookshelf or partition. If you really want to make your room feel like a sunroom, you could decorate the walls with repurposed windows or add a vintage door as a divider.

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Filling It with Furniture
At last your room is divided and starting to feel like an entirely new space. Now it needs some furniture. In the spirit of the sunroom, adding some comfortable seating to relax and bask in the sunlight is a must. With comfortable seating, you could spend time in your sun space doing a variety of activities. Add a small table and a couple chairs to create a sunny café-style lounge, and don’t forget to add some plants and flowers to soak up all the super bright, nutritious sunlight funneling through your clean, clear window panes.

Whether you’re looking for some new furniture to create your partition, in need of some cleaning supplies to scrub your windows or anxious to add some colorful plants to your home, LTD Commodities is the place for you. Check out our selection of gardening essentials, cleaning accessories and outdoor summer furniture.

Spring Sprouts: 5 Vegetables You Can Regrow in Your Garden

When you see a crokus popping up from the soil every few steps, you know spring has arrived! At The Lakeside Collection, those little flowers put us in the mood for planting — but not just the pretty stuff. This year we’re putting the idea of upcycling into our gardens. That means we’re re-growing a few plants that are already full grown. To give you an idea of what we mean, here are 5 vegetables you can regrow in your garden.

Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes Potatoes are a staple in just about any culture. It’s a hardy vegetable that is eaten year-round, so you’ll be doing your meals and your wallet a favor by planting a few in your garden. When you see a potato sprouting eyes, it’s ready to grow. Cut the potato up and let it dry out for a day or two (like onions) before you put it in the ground. Holes should be about 6” deep and the pieces of potatoes should be planted with the eyes (sprouts) facing up. They love lots of sun and require a good amount of water to produce healthy spuds.

Basil Right now is the perfect time to start basil cuttings indoors to transplant in your garden. When you have your package of basil, make sure there are leaf nodes (they look like branches will sprout from them). With kitchen shears, cut just below the node and remove any leaves from the bottom two inches. Stick this in a clear glass of water and put it in a sunny window. Make sure to change the water every other day and it should be ready to plant in soil in about four weeks.

GarlicGarlic You need it for everything! In your salads, pizza, pasta, sauce — just about every type of culinary challenge requires garlic. Planting a clove or two is a sensible and money-saving project. Garlic can be planted in the fall or spring, but if you’re planting in the spring, put it in the ground as soon as the soil is warm and soft enough to be worked. They’re easy to plant — one clove produces a bulb and they should be planted about 2” down with plenty of organic matter mixed in with the soil. The only thing you need to be really careful of is drainage — too much water will cause rot.

Onions Just like garlic, you can never have too many of them — and they taste so much sweeter when they’re free! They’re pretty easy to grow — when you’ve cut up an onion, save the root part that you usually toss. It should be a little bit dry (calloused) before you plant it. When it’s ready, bury it in a sunny spot in your garden under an inch or two of soil and let it sprout.

Red romaine lettuceRomaine When we eat in the summer, we eat salad — and growing the lettuce in the backyard is a great way to cut costs at the grocery store! Romaine is not only easy to re-grow, but it’s also the most nutritious. Saving your stumps is a win-win-win!  To get it going, let the stump soak in about a half-inch of water that you should change frequently (every 1 to 2 days). Put it in a sunny spot and in just a few days you’ll start seeing growth. You can keep growing it just like this, but it’s better grown in soil and you can transplant it in your garden after a week.

At The Lakeside Collection, we’re all about saving you money. From ideas for growing a great garden on a budget to brightening your home with products at discount prices, shop Lakeside for all your home improvement essentials.

7 Foods That Sound Bad but Are Good for You

Most of us struggle to eat well. It’s tough to include kale in every meal, but really we don’t have to. What’s even better news than that, is that not all food we think is bad for us is unhealthy. Here are 7 foods that sound bad but are good for you.

Rapeseed oil and flowers isolated over white.No Fear Fried Food Fried food not only tastes good, but it’s good for you, too. Sort of. It depends on what is being fried. Something like battered and fried broccoli isn’t so bad despite that it’s cloaked in fat. But foods that contain carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins like A and K need fat it helps the body absorbs the nutrients. What makes the frying bad is the type of fat. It’s better to stick to oils like canola and safflower that are made up of unsaturated fats and monounsaturated fatty acids which improve blood cholesterol levels and decrease your risk for heart disease. The bad fats like butter and shortening (trans fats) should be avoided. They increase cholesterol significantly.

Good Shape Guac The main ingredient of guacamole is avocado which is full of fat but it’s good fat that not only doesn’t contain cholesterol, but it can also help lower bad cholesterol. Avocados are also a good source of vitamin K, folic acid and vitamin E. In addition to avocados, guacamole also contains onions, jalapenos and tomatoes. Tomatoes are widely considered a super-food; they contain lycopene, vitamins A, C and E. Mix it all together and you have a cancer-fighting, heart-disease-battling dip.

Coffee cupCoffee Cure Coffee doesn’t just wake you up in the morning, it can give your brain a boost. It actually stimulates the release of dopamine and norepinephrine as well as improve your memory and cognitive function. But a cup of Joe can give your whole body a kick start as well. The long term benefits may include lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Fitness Fries Sweet potatoes are associated with carbohydrates which can scare away any dieter, but those orange tubers are packed with nutrients and they don’t contain nearly as much starch as rice or corn. Sweet potatoes are a great source of potassium, fiber and vitamin A (and Beta-carotene). Beta-carotene protects the body’s immune system and can lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. While adding fat through deep-frying isn’t ideal, in moderation the benefits outweigh the consequences. However, baked sweet potato fries are just as tasty as the fried ones.

Smoothie Strength Smoothies get a bad rap for being high-calorie sugar shakes, but if you use yogurt instead of ice cream, they won’t be so bad. They can actually be quite good for you. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants which prevents the production of cell-damaging free radicals. They’re also anti-inflammatories. Yogurt promotes intestinal health as it’s full of probiotics and the active cultures help prevent yeast infections. You can add banana for texture and potassium and orange juice as a sweetener and for some vitamin C. Just hit puree and you have a breakfast for cancer to contend with.

Cup Cake decorationPotent Peanut Butter  You got chocolate in my peanut butter! You got peanut butter in my chocolate! Together, they taste like strength. Peanut butter is a protein rich food that helps build and repair muscle. It also has cholesterol-lowering, healthy fats and it’s loaded with anti-oxidants. Wrapped in dark chocolate, this may be the perfect food. Dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure, improve your cognitive function and reduce the risk for stroke. A peanut butter cup made with the right ingredients does a body good.

Robust Rinds Deep fried pig skin. Sounds heart-stopping- deadly, doesn’t it? Well, unlike their potato counterparts, pork rinds contain no carbohydrates. The other good news: the bad fat in the skin is rendered off in the cooking process leaving behind almost pure protein.

Benefits of Adult Coloring Books

coloring bookIf you’ve spent much time on the internet in the last year or two, you’ve probably heard about how awesome adult coloring books are. If you’re not convinced filling in intricately drawn bubbles with pinks, blues and yellows, perhaps what you can gain from it can persuade you. Here are 4 benefits of adult coloring books.

Break Time We all need to give our, minds, bodies and souls a break. Working coloring into our schedule gives us that rest that we might not otherwise take if we just say we’re going to take a break. It’s a time that you can sit down and not have to think beyond “should this paisley be green or purple?” But because it’s all laid out for you and gives you focus, it takes pressure off the part of your brain that generates a fear response making you feel generally more relaxed.

coloring-bookEasy Challenge Unlike other crafts and creative activities, you don’t have to be an expert to make your coloring book look awesome. If you’ve ever been envious of your creative friends who know how to put together the perfectly crafted Easter centerpiece, you don’t have to be left out of the creative circle with a coloring book.

Chillax You can build social activities around coloring — rather than hosting a book club or a knitting group, host a coloring party in which everyone brings snacks and wine and you can chat and catch up over coloring. It’s a way of being more purposeful with your time with friends than going out and having dinner and drinks every few weeks.coloring-bookFountain of Youth Creative activities help keep your brain young. As we get older, our brains to work as well as they did when we were young, but, like exercise, it works your muscles to keep them strong. In fact, engaging in creative activities like coloring slows down mild cognitive impairment. Not only does coloring keep your brain young, it also stimulates your brain while encouraging its communication with other parts of your body.

The Lakeside Collection has coloring books and crafts to keep you creatively challenged no matter what level of crafter you are. From colored pencils to scrapbooking accessories, shop Lakeside for all your creative needs.coloring-book

St. Patrick’s Day: Crafts to Get Your Green On

Winter is on its way out (we hope) and that means that St. Patrick’s Day is just a few weeks away! While it’s too early yet for corned beef and cabbage, it’s not too soon to start fun crafts to celebrate the Irish holiday. Here are few St. Patrick’s Day crafts to get your green on.

pot-o-gold-hatLeprechaun Loot This is probably the most fun craft-turned-party-favor you’ll find for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a leprechaun hat that doubles as a pot of gold! A few plastic food containers, paint, construction paper, and a bag of chocolate gold coins will make you look like a crafting hero and entertainer extraordinaire. For a tutorial, check out Paper Plate and Plane’s blog.

felt-shamrockElegantly Green For easy pinch-protection, a felt shamrock is the go-to embellishment for any outfit! This is another craft that will make use of your heart-making skills. Splendid Amy guides you through a few snips, a couple of stitches and the tiniest bit of hot glue to make the sweetest shamrock to put on a hat, a headband or to wear as a pin! This craft will have you counting down the days to March 17!

3-d-shamrockHoly Trinity If you got a lot of practice cutting out hearts for Valentine’s Day, you’re primed for a fun and easy shamrock craft! Crafty Morning came up with a simple way for children to craft paper into a piece of 3-D art! All you need are green construction paper, glue, scissors and a paper mount for your masterpiece.

shamrock-menShowy Shamrocks If the idea of spring has you feeling a little whimsical, help your little ones change toilet paper rolls into little shamrock men! This will keep their hands and brains concentrated on carving shamrocks out of green construction paper to dress up the cardboard tubes for playful decor on St. Patrick’s day. Follow Sweet and Lovely Crafts detailed instructions for a craft-filled afternoon.shamrock-votive

 

St. Patrick”s Day Glow Extra jars or upcycled glass candle holders can be the object of a delightful St. Patrick’s Day craft! With craft glue and green tissue paper, your shamrocks will give your St. Patrick’s Day decor a warm glow! Mess for Less takes you through each step to make these simple yet classy crafts that children will love to make.

 

shamrock-cardShamrock Salutations For faraway Irish friends, send some shamrock salutations with homemade cards! A heart rubber stamp, glue, glitter, and paint turns a simple piece of paper into a St. Patrick’s Day keepsake for loved ones you want to reach out to on March 17. Child Made Tutorials lays out all of the instructions on how to make a heart into shamrock as well as shows you the sparkling finished product.

shamrock-braceletPlayful Pipe Cleaners When life hands you green pipe cleaners, make shamrocks! Lacy from Catholic Icing twists and shapes pipe cleaners to make adorable favors to hand out on St. Patrick’s Day. To take it a step further, turn the shamrocks into something wearable! Beinglds.blogspot.com has a sweet step-by-step on how to make shamrock bracelets with those pipe cleaners. With these awesome accessories, no one will get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day.

At the Lakeside Collection, we love a good party! Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or the 4th of July, we have ideas and products to help you celebrate every holiday!

Spring Cleaning: 6 Ways for Upcycling Sweaters

It’s just about time to put the winter sweaters away and start spring cleaning — but if you want an easy and fun way to combine the two chores, we have one idea in mind: upcycling! There are a few ways to transform your old sweaters into useful items around the house and in your closet — most of them are easy, so we picked a few of our favorites. Here are 6 ideas for upcycling sweaters.make-it-love-it

Shoulder Bag You probably haven’t started your Christmas shopping list yet, but with this idea, you can give your list a jump start! Ashley at Make It, Love It, cut, pinned and stitched together this sweater to make it a shoulder bag! The instructions show you how to cut up your sweater and even add a colorful lining to make it extra dazzling. If you want to try to make it super-sturdy with a little more texture, you can felt it, you just have to make sure the sweater you’re using is 100% wool.

infinity-scarfInfinity Scarf Sweaters are great for keeping you warm in the winter, but when they’re too worn to keep you warm, shrink them into scarves to get a little more mileage out of them! Becky from Crafting a Green World did just that with her sweater! It’s about as simple of a project you can do to upcycle a sweater — the hardest part is sewing on the buttons.legwarmers

Leg Warmers If you’re looking for a way to dress up your bulky winter boots, DIY leg warmers gives them a splash of color for those gray winter months. Craft in Hands put together this super-simple, super-cute pattern that involves cutting, gluing and sewing that sweater you can’t wear anymore but don’t want to throw away! Just following the simple instructions for this simple, stylish accessory.

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Slippers Here’s another idea to get started on for next winter: slipper boots! Jen at Drawings Under the Table  transformed sweater sleeves into these comfy, cozy slippers for those cold winter nights. To make this easy pattern even easier, she included detailed step-by-step instructions with photos to help you out.

sweater-mittensMittens If you live in a cold weather climate, you know how much you need mittens and how easy they are to lose! Without spending much (or any) money, you can make a few pairs out of your old sweaters. Creme de la Craft came up with these stitch-by-stitch instructions to keep you crafting, warm and stocked with mittens!

sweater-blanketBlanket If you have a lot of sweaters to upcycle, think about making a blanket out of them (you can never have too many blankets!). Basically, We Craft Daily cut her sweaters into a bunch of small squares and sewed them all together. The result was a perfect addition to winter movie nights to keep you toasty while you munch on popcorn in front of the TV.

The Lakeside Collection has dozens of products and ideas to make the most of every season. Whether you’re looking for crafting and DIY ideas or you just want to give your home seasonal flair, look to Lakeside for great ideas and fantastic products.

National Cookie Day: Unique Cookie Recipes to Wow Your Holiday Guests

December 4 is National Cookie Day. Since we’re knee-deep in holiday celebrations, we thought we’d celebrate National Cookie Day with holiday flair. We scoured the internet for the most outrageous holiday cookie recipes we won’t mind trying. Here are 5 unique cookie recipes to wow your holiday guests.-cookie-turtle-thumbprint

Out of the Shell Chocolate, caramel and nuts — those are the things that make up a turtle chocolate cluster, but Tastes Better from Scratch took turtles a step further and transformed them into a cookie! It’s full of all the richest ingredients that we both love and hate about the holidays! The recipe is not too complicated, but there are enough steps that you might want to enlist little helpers to get the job done.-cookies-christmas-swirl

Willy Wonka Would Be Proud Check out these gems from I Love My Disorganized Life — they look like they came straight from the candy shop only with a little butter and flour mixed in! As beautiful as these Christmas swirl sugar cookies are, they’re not that hard to make. With a rolling pin and some wax paper, you can make these pinwheels, too!  cookies-holly-ginger

Holly Go Gingerly Though we always have gingerbread cookies around the holidays, they’re not the most festive-looking cookies — but Cooking Classy worked her magic to give them that holiday flair to go with the holiday flavor! These cookies are so cute, you can’t not make them for your holiday shindig.

cookies-meringue-treesOh, Christmas Tree! How is this for cute? Tiny trees you can eat! These are meringues This Silly Girl’s Life shaped into Christmas trees. Though they’re not your traditional cookie, they might be a bit easier on the waste line without all the butter and flour – it’s all just egg whites and sugar and a few other ingredients to make it pretty.

holly-cheesecakeMerry Cheesecake Who needs a whole cheesecake when you can shrink one down to a tiny, bite-sized cookie? It takes all of the mess out of slicing and serving one of our favorite treats! With a mini muffin pan and patience, La Receta de la Felicidad made little pie crust cups to hold the cheesecake for simple serving. To make it festive, she painted tiny holly on the tops of the tiny cakes.

gift-appThe Lakeside Collection has a variety of kitchen gadgets to help you make your holiday cookies memorable this year! From baking sheets to spatulas, we have you covered for all your baking ideas this season. But don’t stop at our baking supplies! Check out our Perfect Present gift app to help you select gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Holiday Hustle: Black Friday Shopping Tips

lak-black-fridayAs we’re picking out our recipes for our Thanksgiving Day meals and and dreaming about stuffing our faces, we’re also thinking about how to stuff our shopping carts with Black Friday deals. It’s always part of the Thanksgiving weekend activities, but Black Friday has become a force of its own — what person doesn’t want to take advantage of a good deal? Of course we want you to get the best deals, so we came up with a list to give you a competitive edge. Here are 5 Black Friday shopping tips.

Shift Away from Friday While some people are excited to get up at 3am to get a good deal on a cute dress or toys to wrap to stuff a few stockings, not everyone has that kind of drive. For those who don’t plan to bust down any doors, you too can get a few deals — and you don’t have to wait until Friday. A lot of retailers have early bird deals you can take advantage of long before the turkey hits the table. Start looking for promotions the Monday before Thanksgiving — they may not say “Black Friday,” but a deal by any other name would smell as sweet. And what’s sweeter than sleeping in on Black Friday knowing you already have your shopping done?

lak-black-fridayTweet! Pin! Post! Stay connected to social media! Retailers post deals and sales constantly all Thanksgiving weekend. One tweet could lead you to a gift you didn’t know you needed at the price you didn’t think could go so low. Whether it’s on your phone, tablet or desktop, keep a lookout for the right deal for you from the Monday before Thanksgiving all the way through Cyber Monday.

Focus If you haven’t already put together your holiday shopping list, now’s the time to do it. Have it handy so you know what you’re looking for when you’re being showered with deals. There are so many items coming at you at once, but you can only buy so much — a list helps you stay on the straight and narrow path to a happy holiday.

The Aftermath Get familiar with return policies! If you impulsively buy something just because it’s a good deal, it doesn’t mean you need it or have a use for it, and you may not be able to return it. If you know what you’re getting into, you’re reducing the risk of getting stuck with a pile of products you don’t want.

Don’t Stop Believing Even if you think you’ve gotten everything you wanted from your Black Friday experience, there may be more deals ahead. Just because you didn’t get to the store or click on the right product fast enough doesn’t mean you’ve lost out. Keep checking back for new deals being rolled out later in the day or week.gift-app

The Lakeside Collection has deals every day of the year and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no exception! Check thousands of products for your holiday shopping and beyond. If you’re gift shopping, be sure to look into our Perfect Present Gift App to find the right gift for everyone on your list.

Holiday Hustle: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her

It’s that time of year when shopping is more than just a pastime! If you haven’t gotten your holiday shopping list together for the women in your life, we have a few ideas to get you started and inspired. Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her.lak-fleece-text-gloves

Pretty & Practical Fleece Text Gloves with Zippered Pockets keeps you connected while keeping your hands warm. Thumb and index finger are touchscreen compatible. Zippered pocket on each glove gives you a secure place to store your items. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes; one size fits most. Polyester. Imported.

lak-inspirational-braceletsCharming & Inspirational Slip on this Set of 3 Inspirational Crystal Stretch Bracelets with any outfit to carry a positive message anywhere. Stack them for a fashionable mixed metal look, or wear them individually. The bronzetone, goldtone and silvertone bracelets slip on and off with ease. They’re engraved with uplifting messages and accented with crystals. 2-1/2″ dia., each.

lak-pioneer-womanSweet & Joyful Join Ree Drummond as she whips up some old and new holiday favorites. The Pioneer Woman Year of Holidays Cookbook includes 140 recipes for every holiday, from decadent Dessert Shots on New Year’s Eve to a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day. Includes recipes for meals and gifts and step-by-step photos. 10-1/4″ x 8-1/4″. Hardcover, 387 pages.

lak-rhinestone-scarfChic & Snug The Rhinestone Embellished Monogram Scarf adds elegant flair to your attire. The stylish scarf features your monogram in sparkling white crystals. Playful 3″ tassels hang from either end. Made with soft viscose, it’s the perfect way to add your own touch to any outfit. 27-1/2″W x 69″L, not including the tassels. Imported.lak-suede-slippers

Cozy & Cute Women’s Genuine Suede Moccasins will protect your feet from the cold. Get these cozy slippers at our incredible low price! Comfortable slippers are crafted with genuine suede uppers and warm acrylic fleece linings that look and feel like plush sheepskin. A bow near the toe adds feminine detail. Durable rubber soles make them suitable for wear both indoors and out. Imported.

gift-appFor the other people on your holiday list, make sure to check out our Perfect Present Gift App to select the right gift with just a few clicks!

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner

mini-loaf-pansThe countdown to Thanksgiving isn’t quite as dramatic as the countdown to Christmas, but the holiday requires quite a bit of preparation. If you’re hosting this year, now is the time to start planning! A lot of tools go into making the meal perfect and we want you to be prepared so we came up with a list of items we think can help you with that. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Make It Personal Whip up some smaller portions of baked goods for yourself or to share as gifts with this Set of 3 Mini Loaf Pans. These affordable, pastel colored dishes feature an inspirational phrase on the side. Make a variety of small-portioned treats for holidays, birthdays or office parties. They can also be used as serving dishes. 6-1/8″W x 3-1/8″D x 2-1/4″H (14 oz.), each. Stoneware. Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.pumpkin-side-dishes

Make It Cute Fill your dining room with the color of this decorative and functional Set of 4 Pumpkin Side Dishes. Great for individual servings of stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and more, these pumpkin-shaped dishes also have decorative handled lids. Leave more room on your plate when you add these adorable dishes to your table ensemble. 5″ x 4-1/2″ dia., each. Dolomite.buffet-caddy

Make It Simple Buffet Caddy keeps all your serveware in one compact space. The top section arranges your flatware in 4 circular baskets, the center section accommodates napkins and the bottom section keeps dinner plates within reach. Metal frame has a scrolled design and durable balled feet to keep the caddy in place on any surface. 18-1/8″ x 12-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.quilted-casserole-carrier

Make It Warm Carry your dish to the next potluck or family get-together in the stylish and convenient Quilted Casserole Carrier. It’s insulated and lined with foil to keep your food warm while on the way to its destination. The carrier has two inner flaps with a fabric-magic closure to secure the dish inside. Two wood handles make it easy to tote. 14-3/4″W x 10-1/2″D x 5-1/2″H. Polyester and foam. Imported.harvest-leaves

Make It Fall Add seasonal flair to your nightly dinners with the Harvest Leaves Table Decor. Each features colorful accents in shades of orange, red and green. The Set of 4 Tapestry Placemats (19″W x 13″L, each) and Table Runner (13″W x 72″L) feature a tree design. Organize your cutlery with the 4-Pc. Utensil Holder Set (approx. 3-7/8″W x 5″L, each). Polyester. Placemats and runner, cotton and polyester. Imported.