The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

The crisp days of October are meant for bundling up for long walks and preparing for the winter ahead. The Lakeside Collection has what you need to look wonderful, stay warm, and get your home ready for guests. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

 

6-Pair Kids’ Glove Set lets them choose the pair they want to wear.

6-Pair Kids’ Glove Set lets them choose the pair they want to wear.

 

Add this Beaded Scarf Necklace to your closet for a fashion-forward accessory that looks great paired with any outfit.

Add this Beaded Scarf Necklace to your closet for a fashion-forward accessory that looks great paired with any outfit.

Seasonal Angel Figurine graces your decor with a lovely look for any time of year.

Seasonal Angel Figurine graces your decor with a lovely look for any time of year.

 

Decorative Lighted Snowman Shovel is a whimsical addition to your holiday setting.

Decorative Lighted Snowman Shovel is a whimsical addition to your holiday setting.

5 Tips to Decorate Your Kitchen for Any Holiday

Decorating a kitchen for the holidays is a constant struggle between practicality and festivity. You want to add fun touches, but you also need to keep the space usable and clutter-free. Here are tips for holiday decorating that will help you spread the cheer while still spreading that mayo on sandwiches for school lunches. Try these 5 decorating tips that can be translated to any holiday décor, from the Fourth of July to New Year’s Day.

Go Above the Cabinets
Don’t waste that valuable space above your cabinets! This is a prime area for some festive fun that is out of the way of the kitchen’s day to day hubbub. If you are not already using the space for storage (which is completely understandable), start using it for decorations.

Here are some items you could add for various holidays:Holiday-kitchen
• Garlands
• Small collectibles
• Framed artwork
• Pottery
• Figurines
• Baskets

Think how cute a collection of nutcrackers would look. Or, imagine Easter baskets with eggs and a watchful Easter bunny. Just don’t fill the space too much, or else it will cluttered and tacky. Choose items wisely, and space them out across the cabinets for the best effect.

Dish It Up
Dishes aren’t just for eating off of—they are the perfect tools to spread holiday cheer. Try hanging a collection on a wall, and then switch some out for different season. Display beautiful pieces on open shelving or in glass-front cabinets. Or here’s a novel idea—actually use holiday dishes to eat. Any meal (even leftovers) becomes more exciting with fun dishes. Check out craft or department stores to buy them, or make your own with easy transfers or vinyl images.

A Little Linen Love
What kitchen isn’t laden with dish towels, tea towels, napkins, and tablecloths? The idea for this tip is to transform things you already need and use in your kitchen into festive additions. You already use towels in your kitchen, so why not make them a decoration, too? Spread out a tablecloth on your table or counter top. Hang some towels on your oven handle or a hook. You can add a lot of color with only little space, while adding high utility. You can even make your own holiday linens with some flour sack towels and simple embroidery (plus a few details like buttons or fabric scraps).

The Central Affair
Add an easy centerpiece to your dining or kitchen table. The best centerpiece is one that is easy to change between seasons and holidays. Have a few foundation pieces, like a tray, a monogram letter, and a few large apothecary jars. A tray is a good way to contain the space, and it’s easy to remove the centerpiece for meals. To change the scene for different times of year, fill the jars with different items. For Easter, fill the jars with plastic eggs and pastel candy. During Halloween, drape with spider webs and flying bats. At Christmas time, add ornaments or candy canes.

Don’t Forget the Food
Remember what the kitchen is about? Oh yeah, food! Use the function of the kitchen to inspire its décor. Food is a perfect reflection of seasonal changes. Strawberries call up thoughts of sunshine and summertime, apples remind us of autumn and new school years, and pomegranates and oranges bring Christmas and winter cheer. Simply display fresh fruit in a bowl on the counter. You can also add more holiday-inspired items like frosted sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day, dried corn and gourds for Thanksgiving, and gingerbread for Christmas.

Your kitchen doesn’t have to give up its functionality for festivity! Use these tips to decorate for any holiday in a few easy steps. You’ll wow your friends with your constantly changing (but super easy) décor throughout the year.

Melanie Hargrave is a wife and homemaker whose pride and joy is her family. In addition to spending time with her husband and daughters, she loves being outdoors, playing sports, and sharing her experiences with others. Melanie loves decorating her home (especially for the holidays) and renovating, and enjoys working with Always Plumbing & Heating to make sure her home is in tip-top shape.

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10 Tips to make your Furniture and Home More Festive this Christmas

christmas-home-decorationChristmas is such an important time of year and getting your home ready for family and friends can make the whole festive season all the more enjoyable. So, here are ten tips to decorate and arrange furniture for Christmas.

1. Outside and the Entrance
Creating that Christmas feel can start at the front door. From lights and Christmas ornament to a more demure Christmas wreath, the season of good will can start right outside the door.

So many of us have a far higher number of visitors at Christmas than we do at other times of the year and so making your entrance more functional and clutter free can have its benefits. Remove extra furniture clutter to give your front hall or entrance area a more welcoming and pleasant feel. It also reduces the chances of someone getting injured.

2. Light
Due to the time of year light tends to lack during the winter. Placing a mirror or piece of furniture with reflective properties in the front hall or entrance area can significantly brighten things up during the winter time. They also allow guests to preen themselves when they arrive in from the elements.

3. Outerwear
People visiting your home will also most likely wear coats when visiting. Having a coat hanger if there are no closets beside your entrance can greatly benefit here. A coat tree or umbrella holder can be great additions. If you wish for people to take off wet or muddy boots, then a chair is also a good idea too.

4. Flow
The holidays are about relaxing and so you should arrange your furniture to help facilitate this. Moving your furniture around and placing it in a way that lets people relax, move around and socialize is important at any time of the year, but most especially at Christmas.

Creating the right sort of flow or pathway can really help visitors and guests move around from one space to the next. This creates a more welcoming and outgoing atmosphere and helps sets that festive feel.

5. Visual Flow
A lot of people like to create a visual flow when decorating for Christmas. This involves using set themes and colors to unify different areas of the home at Christmas.

6. Decorations
While the practical concerns are very important, Christmas decorations also are a great addition. Decking furniture with tinsel, holly, Christmas stockings and other similar items can really add that holiday feel to the house’s entrance.

7. Focal Point
Of course, it’s not just the entrance that needs some Christmas décor. Having a focal point in the main room you are entertaining people in also helps. Whether it’s a Christmas tree, a fireplace or a mantelpiece – go all out and make the room a little spectacular for Christmas. Only have one focal point per room to avoid overcrowding.

8. Furniture
At Furniture UK we would suggest that if the room will get quite busy and you’re expecting a lot of guests then it can often be a good idea to move larger items out of the way. Moving furniture such as the sofa to another room provides space for standing, while moving a sofa from another room into the entertaining area provides more seating. Dining chairs and ottomans are also other great options for extra seats and they can be arranged to create flexible areas for conversation and can be moved around easily.

9. Food
Using the dining room table as a place for a buffet allows you to move the chairs elsewhere, allowing people a seat to sit down. If you have nesting tables, these can be ideally placed next to seated areas as a place to put down food and bowls. It helps to anticipate where people will be sitting to place these effectively.

10. Lighting
Finally, lighting is one of the most important parts of creating that effective festive feel. Layered lighting creates a cozier feel and you should certainly consider using dimmed options rather than full lighting as it helps your decoration lighting stand out. Candles, fireplaces and fairy lights all work well and can really create that holiday ambiance.

Obviously, for safety purposes ensure there is enough lighting around passages, stairs and to bathroom areas.

Following these tips will help you ensure you are making the most of your furniture for the festive season.

Cormac Reynolds has written about furniture and design for a number of years. He loves a range of styles and also enjoys hill walking.

Image Credit: homestyletips.com

4th of July Patriotic Decorations

The ultimate patriotic decoration!

Show your pride this 4th of July with this fabric banner- 30′ x 3′ of red, white and blue fun!   Hang it on a fence, porch or on your house!  You’ll have the most charming decorative accent in your neighborhood.  It also makes a great gift for any proud American!  The 30-Ft. Flag Banner is only $11.95!

You can also show your patriotism with the American Flag Throw that looks like the American flag for only $5.95.  The soft fleece will keep you warm and cozy.  The dark, vivid colors of the flag appear on both sides of the throw for twice the wear.  Measuring 49″ x 60″, it’s big enough for snuggling.

Here at Lakeside we would like to wish you all a wonderful and safe 4th of July this year!