Bathroom Mirror Ideas to Inspire Your Home Refresh

Updating the bathroom with exciting new features seems to be on every homeowner’s to-do list. Sometimes the projects never get completed because we want to overhaul the entire bathroom instead of making small fixes here and there. But if the overhaul just isn’t feasible or too far in the future, making little changes is one of the best ways to give your bathroom a fresh new look. Instead of taking on a complicated DIY project, get inspired by some of these bathroom mirror ideas to make a quick change and inspire your future overhaul.

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Traditional Frame
The main design elements you’ll encounter with bathroom mirrors are the shape and whether or not they’re framed. Framed designs can serve as simple accents that allow you to tie in colors and textures in your bath or bold statements that can add unique contrast and look like beautiful wall art in some luxurious art gallery.

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Clean Lines
Mirrors without frames are great if you aren’t trying to make a bold statement in your bathroom. This is great if you’re going for clean lines or a modern touch, but this doesn’t necessary mean a mirror without a frame is specific to modern or contemporary designs. Also, they really pop when contrasted with a bold paint color.

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Strong Shapes
Changing the shape of your bathroom mirror can make an immediate impact in your bathroom. Traditional square or rectangular designs have a completely different feel from a smooth, circular pattern or a strange geometric shape. Just make sure the design of your mirror doesn’t get in the way of your bathroom routine.

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Unique Accents
It’s not all about the shape, pattern or frame. There are many options for mirrors that add a unique look and feel to your bathroom with the way they are mounted or hung on the wall. They can also be easier to install compared to larger mirrors. If you have a double vanity, you could get two smaller mirrors for a stylish look.

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

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.

DIY Ideas to Make Your House Smell Like Fall

fall-leavesFall is an all-sensory season! From the colors of the leaves as they fall to the chill in the air as we approach winter, the season gets to us from all angles. Fall fragrances also permeate each day — scents we want to bring in our homes. It’s easy enough to create a warm, cinnamony scent by baking an apple pie or pumpkin muffins, but, realistically speaking, you can’t do that every day. But there are other ways you can bring the fragrances of fall inside to help you get the most out of the season. Here are 4 DIY ideas to make your home smell like fall.

pomanderPomander Pomanders are easy to make at home and don’t require a lot of materials. All you need are whole cloves and an orange. Use the cloves to puncture the skin of the orange and leave it in there like a pushpin. Cover the orange with cloves — you can create little designs if you’re crafty! The pomander’s aesthetic may not suit your style, so you may want to tuck it out of sight while it creates fall scents for weeks.

Stove-Top Potpourri Stove-top potpourri is probably the easiest way to get the fall fragrance moving in your house. All you do is toss your ingredients in a sauce pan, cover it with water and let it simmer on low. You can let it go all day if you’re able to keep an eye on it and add water as it’s needed so it doesn’t burn.

Here are a few ideas for a few autumn blends:

Orange Appeal

  • 1 orange peel
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 2 TB whole cloves
  • 1 TB nutmeg

Spiced Lemon

  • 1 lemon peel
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 1 TB nutmeg
  • 1 TB allspice

Apple Aura

  • 3 Cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 TB whole cloves
  • 1 TB nutmeg
  • 1 TB allspice

DIY-CandleDIY Candles and Tarts DIY scented candles and tarts for tart warmers are surprisingly easy to make. Basically, you get paraffin wax and wicks from a craft store and jars or old glasses of your choosing (thrift stores are good for this). Heat the wax in a double boiler, while the wax is melting, secure the wick in your jar and keep it straight by tying it to a popsicle stick or chopstick to suspend it over the jar (to keep it in place while the wax cools and hardens). When you add your scents, you’ll want to put them in by layers — put a little bit of your scented material in and then pour in a little bit of wax and repeat this until your jar is as full as you want it.

Ideas for autumn blends:

Vanilla Latte

  • Whole Coffee Beans
  • Chopped Vanilla Beans

Vanilla Spice

  • Chopped Vanilla Beans
  • Gnd Cinnamon
  • Gnd Cloves

Autumn Spice

  • Gnd Ginger
  • Gnd Cinnamon
  • Gnd Cloves

Pumpkin Spice

  • Gnd cinnamon
  • Gnd ginger
  • Gnd nutmeg
  • Gnd cloves
  • Gnd allspice

DIY Dried Potpourri DIY dried potpourri is pretty easy to put together. Take all the items that make fall smell so good, and toss them together to leave in little bowls throughout your house to keep it smelling delightful throughout the holidays. You can mix and match a few dried elements and add a few drops of essential oils like cedarwood and pine to  give it a long-lasting fall fragrance:Pot-pourri

  • Dried Orange slices
  • Dried Apple slices
  • Pine cones
  • Dried Juniper berries
  • Whole cloves
  • Dried Rose hips
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Cinnamon sticks

Making your home comfortable and welcoming is our top priority at The Lakeside Collection. Whether you’re expecting holiday guests and need a few new sets of linens or you need entertaining inspiration, look to Lakeside for great products and awesome ideas.

Monkey Bread Recipe for Mother’s Day Brunch

Monkey-breadWe are busy putting together the plan for Mother’s Day brunch and we want to show mom just how special she is by making it memorable. We have a few things on the list that we have to have — eggs, fruit and mimosas — but we wanted to do something special for our sweet treat. One of our favorites is monkey bread: little bites of dough wrapped in cinnamon and sugar. These little nuggets are hard to resist — unless she doesn’t have a sweet tooth, your mom’s going to love them! Here’s our monkey bread recipe for Mother’s Day brunch.

This version uses an enriched yeast dough (brioche) with a caramel sauce to make it sweet enough for dessert but not so sweet that it can’t be served for breakfast.  If you’ve never made brioche, this is an excellent introduction to it as it doesn’t have to be perfect to get it right. This is a very forgiving recipe.

For the Dough: For the sugar coating: For the sauce:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 TB active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the bowl
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
  • ¾  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TB cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter

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Dough: Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over low heat until it reaches about 100℉. Remove from the heat. Place it in a mixing bowl fitted to a stand mixer with a dough hook. Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar (don’t stir). Set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Whisk together the flour, salt and cardamom. Add to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed until everything is combined. Add the butter, egg and vanilla. Mix until thick and slightly sticky. Knead on medium speed until the dough gathers around the hook, 6 minutes. If it’s too sticky, you can add up to two more tablespoons of flour.

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Remove the dough and shape into a ball. Put the remaining tablespoon of melted butter in a large bowl followed by the ball of dough. Turn the dough in the butter a few times to coat the dough. It should be shiny from the butter.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

 In a medium bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar. When the dough is ready, pull off small pieces of dough (1”) and roll them into small balls. Toss them with the cinnamon and sugar to coat them and place them in a cake pan prepared with cooking spray. You can bake them in a tube pan to remain loyal to tradition, but I divided them up into three ramekins for individual servings. Set aside while you make the sauce.

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Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until smooth. Pour over dough. Cover in plastic and refrigerate for an hour or overnight if you’re making it in advance (It also freezes well unbaked if you want to save some to bake at a later date).

Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until the top is browned. Let cool and serve. If you want all of the reward without the work, you can also use crescent roll dough (the kind that come in the cans) from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. No one will know the difference.


Let The Lakeside Collection help you plan your Mother’s Day celebration! We have ideas and products to make your mom’s big day unforgettable.

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National Stress Awareness Day: 4 Ways Gardening Relieves Stress

GardeningApril 16 is National Stress Awareness Day — we’re all victims of stress and there are many ways to manage but, since we’re in the middle of spring, we’re looking toward the garden for stress relief. Here are 4 ways gardening relieves stress.

Exercise Gardening isn’t quite like running a marathon, but it’s an activity that gets you moving. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise reduces tension, stabilizes mood, reduces fatigue, as well as improves alertness and concentration. Pruning and weeding makes your garden look nice, but the up and down motions and repetitive actions require your muscles to have a range of movement that gets your blood pumping through your body and brain. If you look at gardening as something you get to do rather than something you have to do, you’ll be on your way to a stress-free summer.

Garden-ScooterQuiet When we think of gardens we think of a quiet place where nature rules. Leaving behind your smartphone to tend to your plants and flowers gives your brain space and peace. It makes sense, but researchers in The Netherlands have facts to back up the claim. They found that spending just 30 minutes a day in the garden doing chores actually reduces the amount of stress hormones your body creates. If you’re feeling stressed, maybe it’s time to take a break from daily stimulus and get in the garden for a few hours a week to relax.

Sunshine Plants need sunshine to survive and working outdoors alongside your precious plants exposes you to the same sunny goodness. While we know that sunshine gives us vitamin D to help strengthen our bones, it also boosts serotonin — the neurotransmitter that helps us feel good. We need bright light that we get from summer sunshine (brighter than anything we can get indoors) to get adequate amounts of vitamin D to improve serotonin levels (which is why we see so many cases of seasonal affective disorder during dark winter months). Working in the garden to spruce it up for as little as ten minutes a day can give you a good amount of sunshine to help with your vitamin D and serotonin production to make you feel relaxed.

gardeningThe Right Plants While some budding shrubs and flowering plants are easy on the eye, some are also easy on the brain. Plants like lavender are known to relieve stress through their scents. Lavender can relieve stress just by being next to it and inhaling its fragrance, but lavender, along with other herbs like chamomile and lemon balm can be used as tea to relieve stress. Whether you’re pruning your lavender or harvesting chamomile for tea, your garden can have the calming effect your brain and body craves.


Daily stress can get in the way of good moods, so if you’re playing with the idea of starting a garden, let stress relief tip the scale in favor of getting it growing! The Lakeside Collection can help you get started — we have ideas and products for a lush garden this spring that will thrive all summer long.

How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

hard-boiled-eggEaster is on Sunday — it’s only Wednesday, so you still have a little time to get all of your Easter decor out, dinner planned and, of course, dye your eggs. But, before you dye your eggs, you have to boil them. It sounds easy enough, but how you boil your eggs will determine what happens to the edible parts. They never have to be perfect, but it helps when you’re peeling them for the whites to separate neatly from the shell and, if you’re planning to make fun things like deviled eggs for your Easter dinner, it’s best if your yolks aren’t green. Here’s a fool-proof formula to make perfect hard boiled eggs.

 

1. Place your eggs in a sauce pan. Fill it with water until the eggs are just covered.hard-boiled-egg

2. Over high heat, bring the water to rolling boil.

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3. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let it sit for 9 minutes.

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4. Remove the eggs from the pan using a slotted spoon.

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5. Immediately place them in ice water and let them sit until they’ve cooled completely — about 15 minutes.

 

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Quick tip: Fill a bowl of water and stick it in the freezer for an hour to make ice water.

The result is an easy-to-peel egg with sunny, yellow yolks. The outside of the whites will be smooth and crater-free.

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Now that you know how to boil perfect eggs for Easter, you can let the kids dye them, and you can set to work on planning the Easter egg hunt, putting together baskets and making a fabulous Easter dinner.

Happy Easter!

Easter Recipe: Hot Cross Buns

Hot-cross-bunsWe’re close to the end of Lent with Good Friday and Easter just ahead of us. With the spring holidays, traditions abound and they come in all forms — our favorite form is food! Easter is loaded with fun food traditions, but Good Friday holds one of the more interesting one: hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns are more common in the United Kingdom, but there are a few Americans who carry out the ritual of making the buns and hanging one in the kitchen for a year for good luck or sharing one with a friend to protect the friendship. Though they’re made for the symbolism, they also make a pretty tasty treat. However, there are many more versions of the recipe than there are superstitions. Here’s our hot cross buns recipe.

Hot Cross Buns

  • ¾ cups milk, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (but not hot)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (about half of a packet)
  • 2 TB light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tsp  baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 egg (if you want extra moist hot cross buns, use two yolks in place of the one egg)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (traditionally, currants are used, but cranberries are tastier)

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In a bowl fitted to a stand mixer, add butter, sugar, milk and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let stand for five minutes so the yeast gets foamy. Whisk together the remaining dry ingredients and add it all to the yeast mixture. Using the hook attachment, mix on medium-low speed for five minutes.

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Add the egg yolk and continue mixing until it’s all well-combined to make a sticky dough. Add the cranberries and mix until they’re distributed evenly in the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic and set aside for one hour. Divide the dough into six balls and place in a prepared pan. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for one hour.

Hot-cross-bunsEgg Wash

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 TB milk

Preheat oven to 375℉. Whisk together the milk and egg white. Brush egg wash on each ball of dough. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops of the buns are golden brown. Let cool for about ten minutes.

Hot-cross-bunsIcing:

  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • Pinch salt

Mix together all the ingredients. It will be a thick paste. Place in a sealable plastic bag. Pipe icing onto each bun in a cross. This recipe makes six muffin-sized buns, but it can easily be doubled or tripled for a big breakfast to celebrate the end of Lent.

Hot-cross-bunsThe Lakeside Collection has dozens of products and ideas to make every holiday fun, tasty and memorable. Whether you need cookware to put together a spectacular holiday meal or you’re looking for delicate decor for the big day, shop The Lakeside Collection for great products at discount prices.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Garden Items

Spring has sprung! We’re celebrating the first day of spring by planning our gardens and we are looking for fun ideas to make our outdoor space lively. We came up with a few things we want to put in our own gardens and thing we think you’d like, too. Here’s this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Garden Items.

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Put a smile on the faces of passersby with a Solar Gnome Tree House in your yard. This whimsical garden accent features windows that light up using the power of the sun.

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Hummingbird Feeders will encourage these delightful birds to hang around so you can enjoy watching and listening to them. Completely functional and decidedly decorative, these feeders come ready for use–just fill them with sugar water and hang. Put them near a window or porch to attract hummingbirds for an up close and personal look!

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Dress up your deck or add color to your front porch or balcony with this Coco-Lined Rail Mount Planter. The metal hanger slips right over the railing and adjusts by hand without tools to fit rail widths up to 2-1/4″. Won’t blow away or fall off!

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Add colorful decor to your landscape with a Set of 4 Beaded Garden Bells. The dainty bells provide a touch of melodious embellishment to your shrubbery. Each piece features bronze toned bells and colored beads and tassels.

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Enhance your meals using fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables you’ve grown yourself with this Cook’s Vertical Garden. You can add zest to pasta, make homemade salsa or eat fresh strawberries right from the vine.

5 Garden DIY Walkway Ideas

garden-walkWith spring nearing, we’re looking for all sorts of ways to make our gardens unique. We have ideas of what we want to plant, now we’re moving on to how to showcase our vegetables and flowers. A DIY garden walkway is one way we can make our garden one-of-a-kind. Here are 5 garden DIY walkway ideas we’ve come across we think you might like.

Pallet Path Wooden pallets can be upcycled into many useful items around the house. In the garden, a dismantled pallet gives you the slabs to lay down for a flat and sturdy path. You don’t have to be a master woodworker, but you should know how to use a saw at the very least. The wood can be cut so it’s all a uniform length or you can get creative and stagger planks at different lengths to give it a unique style.

wood-slice-walkWood Walk Laying down little slices of wood can turn an unused bit of land into an adorable path. Celebration Generation takes you through each step of the process — clearing out the space, lining it properly and then placing each of the slices of wood along the path. It actually looks nice as a regular dirt path, but the wood makes it look classy.

wine-bottle-garden-edgingWine Bottle Way Upcycling wine bottles to make a path is one of the more popular ways to add character to your garden. VertAustin does a quick tutorial on using wine bottles as garden edging, but the idea could easily be expanded to line a garden path. If you’re good at cutting glass, the bottoms of wine bottles can also be transformed into tiles to smoothe out a dirt path.

Pop Bottle Cap Passage A more labor-intensive way to give your garden walkway character is to apply bottle caps (plastic or metal work) to the tiling idea. It would take quite a while to collect them and lay them all out, but if bottle caps are something you happen to set aside for no good reason, this may be a way to put them to good use.

stepping-stoneUncommon Concrete DIY stepping stones are surprisingly easy to make. You can use just about anything as a mold for your ready-to-mix concrete. A cake pan, pizza box, shoe box — you can make it any shape you want and you can make it as fancy as you want, too! Break old dishes to make a mosaic or use glass craft beads to add color and character. The hardest part about making the stones yourself is waiting for the concrete to dry.

However you decide to build your garden, The Lakeside Collection has more products and ideas to make your garden just right. From garden stakes to bird feeders, we have what you need to make your garden brighter.