Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

As the weather gracefully transforms the world to autumn, it is time to start making the indoors cozy for the coming winter. Pile your bed high with new, soft bedding, and don’t forget to decorate for Halloween and the harvest season. Add a sparkling layer to your favorite outfit for extra style. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Dress your dining room for your Halloween celebration with this spooky 5-Pc. Spiderweb Lace Table Set.

Dress your dining room for your Halloween celebration with this spooky 5-Pc. Spiderweb Lace Table Set.

Camo Fleece Sheet Sets make it a lot easier to hide in bed all day.

Camo Fleece Sheet Sets make it a lot easier to hide in bed all day.

Add a little bling to your wardrobe with a Plus-Size Sparkle Cardigan.

Add a little bling to your wardrobe with a Plus-Size Sparkle Cardigan.

You'll want to stay in bed forever, once you experience the astonishing softness of this Plush Microfleece Sheet Set!

You’ll want to stay in bed forever, once you experience the astonishing softness of this Plush Microfleece Sheet Set!

The High Back Sherpa Comfort Pillow lets you relax in softness and comfort while reading a book, watching TV and more.

The High Back Sherpa Comfort Pillow lets you relax in softness and comfort while reading a book, watching TV and more.


Ways a Tray Can Simplify Your Life

Glass-watering-stakesA tray is just a slab of wood with a couple of handles attached to it, but it has so many uses. As a tool for the kitchen or a decorative piece in the living room, a tray adds value to your home. Here are ways a tray can simplify your life in any room of the house.

In-house Green House

On their own, plants add a little life to a room, but together, you create a decorative piece to put on display with a tray. While you create a small exhibit for your plants with a tray as the canvas, it also acts as a receptacle for excess water to give you the benefit of having a plant in the house without the mess.


Winter snow or summer rain, a tray for wet boots and shoes in the entryway is a cute way to keep the outdoor elements off your floor. It’s an elegant method of corralling water, dirt and mud around entryways so outside mess doesn’t get tracked into the rest of your home. It saves time on cleaning and floors from damage.


A big party or big pans, a delicately decorated tray makes clean up a little less wet. Use a cute tray to trap water under a dish drying rack. Water pools in the tray rather than on the counter while you tidy up. Delightful designs make clean up less dreary and your counter tops dry.

Living Room

No need for a curio cabinet with a tray for display. Tucked away on a bookshelf or on display on a side table, show off objects you love to collect on a tray. Whether they’re pottery bowls, candlesticks or little jars of sea shells, trays perfectly showcase knickknacks neatly.


Reclaim your counter space and put products in their place with a tray as a vanity organizer in your  bathroom or bedroom. Whether you have countless colors of nail polish or a ton of tubes of hair gel, keep it classy by sorting them with a serving tray. A tray creates a visual flow your products can’t quite pull off on their own.

A tray is a versatile houseware; they’re not just for serving tea and cookies. For living room tablescapes or bathroom organization, wicker or leather, there are many ways to be creative with a tray.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

electric pet matIt’s time for Lakeside’s favorites, and we’re focusing on those last-chance winter items that everybody loves. Sure, things are warming up to a balmy, um, 8 degrees Fahrenheit across the Northeast, so most of us are still freezing! While you’re thinking about those ice-cold toes and noses, check out these great winter items at crazy discounts.

Electric Thermo Pet Mat

If you’re cold, your pet probably is too! Which is why we absolutely adore these heated pads for your pooch. The mat is reversible and the cover is removable and washable.  It’s basically a heated blanket for your cat or dog, and a great way to keep them warm for the remainder of the winter.


fleece sheetsFleece Sheet Sets

Have you ever slept in fleece sheets? You think it’s going to be excessively warm and maybe too static-y, but you are wrong! They’re so soft and warm and cozy that you will have no trouble falling asleep on even the chilliest of nights. You might not want to get out of bed in the morning, but that’s a separate issue. Seriously, snag some fleece sheets before winter ends and you’ll never be cold at night again!


Women’s Hooded Contrast Trim Jackets 

Warm coats are a must-have item for the winter season, but it’s pretty difficult to find a fashionable coat that’s actually warm and cozy. Then you’re layering sweaters and cardigans and scarves under your leather bomber jacket wondering how you’ll be able to move your arms for the rest of the evening. That’s why we really love these women’s hooded jackets. They’re cute and fitted, making them a great day or night coat, but they’re so warm and cozy you can even wear them lounging around the house.


footed pajamasWomen’s Licensed Footed Pants

These are just FUN. And everybody needs a little fun! When it comes to bedtime, they’re not the most practical pajama pants, because who wants to sleep in slippers, but if you’re lounging on a Sunday afternoon, there’s nothing better. They’re like footie pajamas you can wear to go get the mail and they’re amazing. Who doesn’t want a pair of pants with slippers attached? Now is the best time to investigate these slipper-sweats as retailers start swapping over to spring styles.

Cable Knit Slippers

And these are for the men and women who can’t get behind the awesome footed pants. You want to wear slippers with your jeans, and we get that. We haven’t left you in the lurch though. These cable knit slippers are super cozy and they’ve got rubber soles, meaning you can actually wear them to the grocery store or that morning yoga class. It’s okay, we won’t judge!


How to Create the Ultimate Kids Bedroom

Designing a perfect room for your child can seem like a bit for a challenge, especially in the present times when children tend to have a mind of their own and know exactly what they want. However, children are fickle-minded, what they absolutely adore today may not be enough to hold their attention for a few seconds some days later.

Besides, their needs and requirements constantly change as they grow up. What’s suitable for a toddler may not hold good for a 7-year-old. As a parent, you’d know better than to get swayed by and give into all your child’s demands. But then you cannot overlook the fact that the room is meant for your child, and so they must find it attractive. The key to designing the ultimate kids’ bedroom lies in striking the right balance between creativity and functionality. Here are a few tips that will simplify the task:

Choosing the Right Color PaletteChildren-room-design
A lot of parents go about painting the world pink or blue from the moment they find out about whether the new member of the family is a girl or a boy. While blue/pink walls may be okay for a nursery, these are definitely not very appealing color choices once the kid begins to grow. Think out of the box, and come up with a color scheme that will stay consistent while your child’s grows up, unless you can afford a revamp every two years. Sophisticated color choices such as mild grey, mauves, sunset orange or pistachio green can give the room a bright and appealing look without making it appear too ‘baby’.

You should take into consideration the element of natural light while making a color choice. For instance, bright orange can be too harsh on the eyes in a room that gets abundant natural light; similarly, a light grey can make a room with limited natural light look dull.

Kiddie Accessories over Kiddie Furniture
Strike a balance while picking furniture and blending it in with your child’s favorite toys, games or related accessories. The reason is simple – furniture is a long-term investment; while your child may love a couch in the shape of their favorite cartoon character today, they’ll surely get over it soon enough and you’ll have a redundant piece you wouldn’t know what to do with. So it is best to keep it simple in terms of furniture, and jazz up the appeal by adding upholstery, linens, cushion covers, and rugs with your child’s favorite theme – be it cartoons, fairies, animals or superheroes.

childrens-bedroom-design-ideasHave shelves full of toys, figures, games and other accessories that match your child’s personality and will keep him hooked. When it comes to accessorizing your kid’s bedroom, you have no reason for restraints. Just keep in mind what your child truly loves, and go overboard in putting it all together.

Be Creative
The ultimate aim is to set up a room that your child will love; this will require you to think like your five-year-old and then use your imagination to create a fantastical ambiance. You can make a little hanging garden using cutouts from your child’s favorite bedtime story book or comic series, or splash some colorful collages by juxtaposing your child’s picture with those of his favorite cartoon characters or toy figures.

Play Around with Lights
Another area where you have a lot of scope to experiment and get creative is lighting. There is a wide variety of choices available in the market today. Instead of installing plain lights and lamps, you can explore the option of lights carved out in innovative shapes and designs, specifically for children. Install a rabbit night light or lamp shades with animal or cartoon prints to add an additional element that captivates your child’s imagination.

Create Different Zones
A child is most likely to play, sleep and study in their room; it is, therefore, important to have different zones dedicated for each activity clearly. You could try using different themes to separate one area from another without having to set up any tangible boundaries. The themes should be in sync with each other, but at the same time related to the activity a particular space is designated to. Having contrasting themes can create an element of clutter instead of lending a coherent appeal to the room.

With a little imagination and the right techniques, you can whip up a fantasy world in your kid’s bedroom. It takes some smart planning to create that appealing ambiance without having to foot a huge bill. This is essential because you’d be required to make changes in the kid’s room décor according to their age group.

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Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Summer is a colorful season. From rainbows appearing after mid-afternoon showers to gardens in bloom, we’ve been noticing summer’s true colors, and they’ve inspired us to collect a bouquet of bright ideas for adding more color to your everyday life. Make your kitchen cheerier and your bedroom cozier with a touch of color, or get creative with the hues you wear. All of our items this week feature bright, cheerful tones in surprising places. We think they’ll brighten your day as much as they have ours!
Stainless steel bowls are wonderfully practical for the kitchen, but they don’t usually contribute much in the way of color. This colorful stainless steel bowl set brings fresh color into your kitchen with five handy sizes. Each bowl has its own color, but we love them all, from the robin’s-egg blue on the smallest bowl to the vibrant cherry red on the largest in the set. The soft satin-finish plastic exteriors are dishwasher-safe and provide extra grip when mixing by hand, making these bowls practical and pretty. We love the avocado-green bowl for salads and the big one for popcorn on movie night.

Every bedroom needs a touch of color, and this irresistibly soft lighted pillow gives you all the color you could want at once! Cool LED lighting inside the pillow’s soft, white acrylic filling create a light show of pastel hues that look like tie-dyed fabric but change constantly. It’s like a kaleidoscope you can squeeze! The pillow makes a beautiful and unusual accent and also acts as a nightlight for kids who find soft lighting reassuring as they drift to sleep. You can also get the matching throw to turn on the colorful charm in any room of your home. It’s just the thing for snuggling up with a good book on a rainy day.

Who says you have to stick to a single hair color? The makers of these colorful Hair Chox temporary hair color sticks certainly don’t think you have to stick with the color that nature gave you. With bright red, purple, pink, blue and green, you can add streaks of color to any shade and wash it out when you want a change. Dampen the chalk-like sticks with water, rub them on a strand of hair, and enjoy the head-turning colors you wear. Unlike permanent dyes, these tones cover the surface of the hair instead of penetrating, so they wash away cleanly. Add color in streaks, frost the tips of your current style or frame your face with a few hits of pink or purple. The easy-to-hold handles make painting on color easy. Even Dame Helen Mirren thinks pink hair is hot, and she’s a style icon; don’t be afraid to go bold.

This week, celebrate color with us with these bright ideas or with some of your own. Maybe it’s time to plant a garden, repaint a room or hang a few colorful paintings on your walls. Scientists say color even affects moods, so chase the blues with some pink, purple or red and embrace some new hues today!

What’s Hot and What’s Not in Bedroom Design

bedroom-designA sleeping haven. A comfortable refuge. This is how we usually describe our bedroom. That is why it is important to keep it looking pleasant and welcoming.

Are you planning to make a big difference in your bedroom interior design? If you have the budget, you can always seek the service of professional interior designer. Otherwise, you can just do it on your own. The latter is more practical and gives you the freedom to express yourself. However, doing your own bedroom design does not mean you can just put in anything you want. Of course, there are limitations to consider to make your bedroom friendly and comfortable.

What’s Hot

Wallpaper – Coating the wall of your bedroom with your favorite color is a common scenario. Sure it creates a good outcome; but, it’s quite ordinary and nothing unique about it. Why not try wallpapers? For such a long time, wallpapers are used to cover and embellish walls. Wallpapers never run out of style. In fact, wallpaper can bring in a dramatic appeal inside your bedroom. There are so many designs you can choose from. Opt for the one that suits your taste.

Mix and Match – Be bold. Don’t be afraid to express yourself. Experiment with color combination. One color should dominant while the others are accents. Use at least two to three colors. Play with colors but do not overdo. For instance, you can have green curtains and bedding sets while adding pink flowers in a vase atop the bedside table. As much as possible, avoid using two strong colors together. They are likely to product dim atmosphere. White is a calming color which you can accent with just any other tone.

Customized Headboard – Create a statement for your bed with a personalized headboard. Customized design means it reflects your taste and preference. Decide what style and type of headboard you want for your bed. There are different designs you can pick from. Headboard comes in a variety of materials, such as wood, fabric, iron, cushion and leather. Just pick which one fits your style. Surely, you will be able to sleep soundly with the headboard of your choice.

What’s Not Hot

Too Many Electronics – Okay, so it’s a common thing to have television inside the room. It’s understandable since most of us want to watch our favorite show while laying in bed. Sometimes, we want to have a DVD player in addition to the TV – still understandable. But if you want to add a stereo system, loudspeakers and other electronic devices, you’ll turn your bedroom into an entertainment room. Transfer your standalone pc if you have a laptop. Limit your electronics to the most essential ones. It is not pleasant to look at a bedroom with so many cables scattered like snakes on the floor.

Overflowing FurnitureStorage space is important in a bedroom to house your essentials and clothes. Before you stuck your room with any kind of furniture, ask yourself – “do you need it there?”. Too many furniture can make your bedroom smaller and crowded. Furniture occupies space, thus minimizing the area. To refrain from overcrowding your room, add only a few pieces of furniture including a table, cabinet and dresser. If your room is bigger, you may add more but not too many.

Inappropriate Bed Size – Comfort is often the main concern when buying a bed. However, you should never neglect the size of your room. If your room has limited space, opt for medium to small-sized bed. A big bed in a small area can make your bedroom feel congested. Meanwhile, a small bed will look dwarf in a huge room. Pick the right size of bed. Remember the bed should be the focal point inside the room.

Whether you live in one of those apartments in Dallas or big houses in California, you can make your room a relaxing and comfy sanctuary if you know what’s hot and what’s not in designing. Have fun decorating your room!

Ashley O’connor writes blogs related to home improvement. She strongly believes that whether you live in one of those big houses or medium-sized apartments , making your home comfortable and more livable does not require you to spend a fortune. Follow her on Twitter at @AshleyOconnor and Google+.