Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

Sometimes, the sun and heat of summer becomes a little too much. As the temperature soars, we often relax inside in order to enjoy modern conveniences like ice makers and air conditioning. Prepare to chill out in your home with the Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week.

Reduce energy costs while adding the luxurious look of suede to your favorite room with a Set of 2 Insulated Sueded Curtains.

Reduce energy costs while adding the luxurious look of suede to your favorite room with a Set of 2 Insulated Sueded Curtains.

Add a 52" Bright Body Pillow to your space for a pop of color and amazing comfort.

Add a 52″ Bright Body Pillow to your space for a pop of color and amazing comfort.

Wrap-Around Microfiber Bedskirt is easy to put on and take off without having to lift the mattress.

Wrap-Around Microfiber Bedskirt is easy to put on and take off without having to lift the mattress.

Rocking Chair Cushion Set is a cozy touch for your favorite seat.

Rocking Chair Cushion Set is a cozy touch for your favorite seat.

Laundry Room Wall Hanging is a novel way to give that room some character.

Laundry Room Wall Hanging is a novel way to give that room some character.

 

5 Ways to Set up a Study Space for Your Child

Orgainzed-File-KitsTeaching children good study habits when they’re young will keep them in good stead throughout their academic careers. Studying regularly, doing homework at the same time each day and learning how to focus on reading assignments are vital skills for students of any age. To make the most of study times, create a space for your child’s school books, computer and other essentials. Having a quiet place where your child can study without distractions paves the way for better grades today and greater opportunities tomorrow. With these tips, you’ll give your child a good start on a promising academic career.

1. Find a quiet place. Some children learn best in almost total silence; others prefer ambient music or sounds drifting in from an open window as they work. However, no one can concentrate in a noisy, chaotic environment. A bedroom is often a good place for a study area. Some kids find it difficult to focus in a room they associate with sleep, though, so consider setting aside part of your living room or even the play room as a study area.

2. Work with your child’s preferences. While a standard desk and chair can work, some children learn best when they get comfortable with their books. A day bed and a laptop might work better for your child than the conventional desk, and that’s fine. If reading while lounging encourages a child to devour assigned chapters, then be flexible about the study space and outfit it with cozy furniture. To make a less traditional study area still feel distinct from the rest of the room, use decor to mark it as its own space. A wall calendar, bookshelves, and space for a laptop or tablet computer help create the feeling that this is a space for work, not play.

3. Keep it organized. You know how difficult it is to focus when you’re surrounded by clutter, and your child probably feels the same way. A neat study space is free of distractions that could otherwise derail a study session. For children who are easily sidetracked, an organized study area is a must. Older kids can keep their own desks neat, but help younger kids by giving them organizers that remind them where items are kept. Color-coded stickers on shelves or labels on drawers let kids remember at a glance where paper and pencils go. This rolling cart has translucent storage bins that allow kids to see the contents and choose where items belong.

4. Be careful about digital distractions. Computers are incredibly valuable tools for students, but they’re also an open window to a million distractions from homework. Parental lockout features can help kids stay on track and off their Facebook pages when it’s time to do homework. Another solution: Give kids a timer and allow them a few minutes of play for achieving their study goals. When kids know they can check their email or chat with friends in half an hour, it becomes less tempting to become distracted now.

5. Provide ample lighting. Task lighting helps avoid eye-strain and allows studying children to stay focused longer. Ideally, natural light keeps the work area bright. Indirect sunlight works best to avoid glare; if necessary, use curtains to filter light that is too bright. If natural lighting isn’t available, a desk lamp should be slightly lower than eye level and cast a spotlight directly on the page or keyboard.

Give your child’s study habits room to grow with a designated study space and watch the positive effect it can have on grades.

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.