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.

Pinteresting Picks For February

Spring is finally here, and home decoration is on the minds of our Pinterest followers. The Lakeside Collection is full of accents that will make your home one-of-a-kind. After you are done renovating your home, invite everyone over for some homemade treats. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for February.

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

This groovy Peace Sign Night Stand will add style to any girl's or boy's room.

This groovy Peace Sign Night Stand will add style to any girl’s or boy’s room.

Rest your flat screen TV on a wooden Ladder TV Stand with handy storage shelves above and below.

Rest your flat screen TV on a wooden Ladder TV Stand with handy storage shelves above and below.

Save time and look professional with these Stainless Steel Kitchen Gadgets.

Save time and look professional with these Stainless Steel Kitchen Gadgets.

Pinteresting Picks for November

As the holiday crush begins, the impulse to organize our homes and make extra room becomes a strong one. Our Pinterest followers have been spending a lot of time this month looking for new and decorative ways to make their spaces function better. After the organization is done, don’t forget to add some new decorative touches to renew your home before holiday guests arrive. Here are The Lakeside Collection’s Pinteresting Picks for November.

Carry just about anything in this Oversized Utility Tote!

Carry just about anything in this Oversized Utility Tote!

 

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease.

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease.

Organizing your bags in the Over-the-Door Purse Storage may help extend the life of their straps while utilizing space behind a door.

Organizing your bags in the Over-the-Door Purse Storage may help extend the life of their straps while utilizing space behind a door.

 

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

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.

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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.

Ana is a blogger who loves to travel and learn about and experience new cultures and customs. She likes to write about travel, fashion, decorating and anything that she likes of has something to say. In her spare time she likes to read and hang out with her friends and family.

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Mad Men: Interior Inspiration

mad-men-setEver since the very first episode was aired, Mad Men has inspired everything from fashion to interior design with its lavish and beautiful set design. Although set in 1960’s New York, there are plenty of ways to make those rich colors, striking patterns and teak furniture work for your own home.

Here are the key elements that are staples of the Mad Men offices and homes:

Color
While colors do become brighter in season 6 as the 1960’s draws to a close, there is a theme of rich, deep jewel tones and autumnal shades throughout all episodes of the show. Burnt orange, golden yellows and browns, maroon and purples can be seen in both the home and office, and could work wonderfully to cozy up your home for Autumn/Winter 2013.

Pattern
Great pattern reigns supreme throughout the seasons in Mad Men. The elegant zebra print walls in a sumptuous dining room where Don and Rachel Menken eat could so easily be tacky, but a small quantity of the wallpaper combined with understated ivory and chocolate browns work perfectly.

The Draper’s home is much more cutesy and traditional than the slick and stylish offices. I love the plaid pattern wallpaper of the kitchen, cheerily combined with a fresh blue-green paint. If you want to go for a 1960s look without the slick Danish style of the Sterling Cooper offices, Betty’s homely look could be just the inspiration you need.

By season 6 we see the more brash and psychedelic patterns come in, with a wall of Ted’s office papered in this fashion. This is quite a bold and over-the-top look for a modern home, but the addition of a vase, lamp shade or rug in a fun retro pattern could brighten up your home nicely.

Futuristic
Some very 1960’s, futuristic style furniture starts to creep in by season 4, most notably in the office space Roger’s young wife Jane designed for him. While this look would probably be a little laughable in a home or office today, a Saarinen-style dining table and chairs can still work and look fresh for the home. Mix it up with more eclectic and modern-day additions, such as up-cycled pieces and bright ornaments.

Clean lines
The sofa styles in the offices are similar throughout all of the seasons; boxy with clean simple and stylish lines that will still look fresh and modern in a home or office today. They are inspired mainly by Danish designers of the 1960’s, such as Jydsk Mobelvaerk.

While the Mad Men versions are covered by fabrics like boucle which are very of the time, you could take inspiration yet modernise with a sofa in a similar style in leather or simple cotton.

Emily Bradbury is writing on behalf of Antiques to Vintage, a great new concept bringing antiques dealers and buyers from all over the world together in one place.

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Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

The end of the summer is almost upon us, and most parties are already starting to move from the outdoors to the living rooms. At Lakeside, we know how important it is for you to have a great space to relax, and we help make that possible.

Sofa-Side-Table
Whether you are entertaining guests for a football game or just lounging, this sofa side table can make your downtime much more enjoyable. Place your party snacks and beverages on it for easy access during the game. Or, if you just need a place to put a laptop while doing work, this mini-table can be an absolute life saver! The beautiful contemporary design fits in perfectly with a wide range of designs and motifs. Finally, the convenient shape allows the base to slide underneath your sofa or other furniture for easy storage and cleanup.

Ladder-TV-Stand
If you are a fan of the game, you already know how important viewing angles are! Your t.v. has to be in the optimal position, especially if you have a living room full of guests. In order to cut down on the glare, our ladder tv stand makes it possible for everyone to get a spectacular view of the screen and catch every play. In addition, the gorgeous modern design has ample storage while cutting down on any unnecessary clutter. It can hold a flat screen of up to 52 inches, and accommodate 100 pounds on the main shelf. The intricate and aesthetically pleasing ladder storage units are a great new look and they are popping up in design magazines everywhere! Get your new stand today and let the compliments pour in.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the little things, as they can really make or break your home decor setup. One of the main attributes that we like promoting is the overall flow of the room. This is true from your kitchen to your living room, and everything in-between. If you use this as a guideline, you’ll find that it’s sometimes easier to start from scratch. Use the purpose of the room as your base. Fill in the blank and everything else will fall into place effortlessly. For example, “My living room is used for ______”.  Once you define it, and actually look around the room, you’ll see that you probably have a lot of extra items that don’t contribute to that overall purpose. My living room is used almost exclusively for entertaining, and relaxing. So, some of the main elements I focus on are: comfort, style, and lots of open spaces (even if that means completely rearranging the furniture that I have).

Floral-Pillows
One of my favorite details is using accent pillows to soften the look of a room. While mounds of pillows are the most appealing part of relaxing, their visual aesthetic is often overlooked. What’s my secret? Don’t overdo it. It’s only comfortable if there is still room to sit on the sofa. Try not to cover up too much of the seating area, and if possible use the corners of the couch instead of the middle. This will open up the space for a more inviting and spacious look. Also, get enough so you can match your pillows with your existing color scheme, and change them up from time to time.

Six Tips to Easier Online Shopping

Shop-OnlineOnline shopping has revolutionized the way we buy things today. You don’t have to get dressed up, brave nasty weather and drive around a parking lot for the better part of an hour to find a good spot. When you shop from your computer or smartphone, you save wear and tear on your car and your nerves. You can even wear your slippers if it makes you happy. As easy as it is to find what you want online, you can make it even easier and more secure with these six tips for a better shopping experience:

 

Shop from trusted online stores.
While the online marketplace has opened up an incredible array of stores worldwide for you to browse, not all of them offer the courteous service and customer protection of established name-brand shops. Look for companies that have handled online, catalog and mail-order sales for at least a few years; they should have a proven track record of pleasing shoppers throughout the country.

Password-protect your mobile devices if you’re shopping on the go.
While it’s convenient to store your billing and shipping information with online shops you frequently visit, using your smartphone or laptop without password protection could leave you vulnerable if you lose the device. By adding password protection to your phone or tablet, you might spend an extra few seconds typing in a password when you unlock the device, but you’ll gain peace of mind knowing your data is secure. Keeping everything together in a cell phone organizer can help you keep track of your phone too.

Read product descriptions carefully.
While online stores are happy to handle returns, it’s better if you get precisely what you expected in the first place. Note sizes, shapes and colors of everything you buy, especially if you’re buying clothing. Different manufacturers have different size charts, so unless you’re buying a scarf or wrap that fits every size, double-check the chart. Measure windows and walls before ordering items such as curtain rods, shelving units and window boxes.

Send information securely.
Secure sites’ web addresses or URLs will start with the letters “https” instead of “http” when you get to the payment information section. You might also see an icon on your browser bar that looks like a closed lock when you’re on a secure page. When you send information on a secure site, it’s encrypted, preventing hackers from getting sensitive information such as your credit card number or mailing address. For most sites, only the payment section is located on a secure site, so don’t worry if most of the site has a standard URL.

Comparison shop if you want to find great bargains.
It’s always a good idea to compare prices, but if you’re going to brick and mortar stores, you might spend more than you save. Shopping online makes comparisons easy, so take the time to check other online shops for a product you like.

Don’t forget shipping charges.
Check the costs for shipping and handling before you make a final decision on your shopping list. You may find yourself spending more than you’d intended if you reach your budget limit before calculating shipping expenses. Heavier items may have increased shipping charges too, so pay attention when ordering bulky or heavy items such as furniture or tool sets. In many cases, the bargain prices you pay online will more than offset shipping charges, but it’s still a good idea to factor shipping costs into your calculations when buying online.

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10 Ways to Reinvent Your Living Room

Living-roomYour home’s living room sets the stage for decor throughout the house. Use these easy decorator tips to transform your living room into a showpiece you’ll be proud to show to friends and family!

1. Pick colors that work together

A riot of color can work in a kitchen or bathroom, but you’ll spend a lot of time in the living room. You need harmony in your color scheme to make it work. Unless you’re getting all new furniture, choose a color from one of the items in the room and make it your central hue. Look for colors next to it on the color wheel for a quieter color scheme, or you can go bold with accents of complementary colors on the opposite end of the wheel.

2. Don’t be afraid to go bright

While you want a color scheme that works well together, you don’t have to stick to neutrals. Decorators love to use a pop of bright color as an accent, and so should you. Combine subdued neutrals with throw pillows in bright primary colors or add wall art that commands attention with brilliant color.

3. Unify your furniture

Living rooms sometimes inherit furniture and decorative elements from previous design schemes and leave you wondering how to combine a dark plaid sofa with pale floral chairs. Slipcovers are one solution that can completely change the look of your living room.

4. Add texture

A room in neutral colors needs something to create contrast, and texture is the answer. If you have plenty of sleek wooden furniture, pair them with fabrics that have a rich texture. Also, add depth to smooth leather or vinyl with these faux fur throws.

5. Keep furniture in scale

That oversized sofa may be wonderfully comfortable, but does it leave room for a matching ottoman and bulky side tables if you have a small living room? Try switching furniture around to give large pieces center stage and put smaller items around it as supporting players.

6. Move away from walls

When all the furniture in a room is pushed against the walls, it makes the room feel hollow and empty. Instead, group sofas and chairs into pairs and trios. Think of them as guests at a party and let them mingle instead of being wallflowers.

7. Add a touch of luxury

Your living room should feel like a place you want to live, so make it cozy with soft textures. Start from the ground up with a themed rug collection that ties the room together while encouraging barefoot walks on soft nylon instead of a cold floor.

8. Create collections

When you group similar items together, they have a greater decorative impact than an item by itself. For example, this collage frame turns individual pictures into a stunning statement.

9. Use storage wisely

No room feels restful when you’re surrounded with clutter, so find ways to store everything from kids’ toys to DVDs for a more pulled-together living room.

10. Take it to the next level

When everything in the room is at one height, the overall effect is dull even if individual pieces are beautiful. Look for ways to vary heights and create contrast. Putting a towering floor lamp near a low divan adds visual interest. This decorative cabinets illustrates how a little variety adds interest.Give your living room the attention it deserves with a quick makeover. You’ll be amazed at how little effort it takes to reinvent your living room!

 

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5 Storage Ideas You Didn’t Think About

storage-ideasWhether you have a compact apartment or a sprawling house with a spacious yard, you probably still wish you had more room for easily accessible storage. Almost everyone has that one junk drawer or packed closet that defies your organization attempts, but you can tame the clutter when you get creative with other places that haven’t yet been filled. You might have more room than you think when you make the most of these overlooked storage spaces.

1. Keep Looking Up – Most storage solutions have their feet firmly planted on your floor. Bookcases, bureaus and chests are always a valid option for carving out more storage, but going vertical opens a whole new dimension for attractive storage. Shelves can line walls almost to the ceiling. Put items you rarely use such as your Thanksgiving turkey platter on display on upper shelves and save lower ones for items you use daily. Another possibility: tall, narrow storage cabinets that make the most of a room’s upper reaches. By removing or reducing the footprint with vertical storage, you gain more floor space.

2. Open Doors to New Storage Space – Kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms are notorious for not having enough room, but they all have at least a door or two on which to hang storage equipment. A spice rack inside a cabinet door lets you keep favorite flavors within easy reach while making room on shelves. Because the rack won’t let smaller bottles hide behind larger ones, your herbs and spices also stay organized. The same principle also works in bathroom and bedroom closets with over-the-door systems such as the Closet Mates Connectable Storage center. Keep jewelry, shoes, handbags and other accessories visible so you’ll wear them more often by storing items in mesh or clear plastic.

3. Go Diagonal – How do you fit a 20-inch utensil into a drawer that’s only 12 inches deep and 10 inches wide? If you remember your geometry classes, the answer will come easily to you. By dividing the drawer diagonally, you create a storage solution that’s as elegant as it practical. Instead of keeping small and large items in a tangle in your kitchen drawers, arrange diagonal dividers and use the smaller compartments for items that otherwise get lost in the shuffle. Never dig through a pile of wooden spoons and tongs to get to your measuring spoons again!

4. Use Wall Space – If you’re willing to tackle a minor construction project, you may be able to find space for irregularly shaped or small items between the studs in your walls. Unless your home has thick walls or an unusual layout, you won’t have room for deep bookshelves, but you can probably fit a medicine cabinet, built-in spice rack or wine storage in a wall. Removing plaster board, installing shelving and framing the new custom storage area isn’t a job for novice do-it-yourselfers, but with the proper home improvement tools, it’s a one-afternoon job.

5. Take It With You – Sometimes, you have plenty of space, but it isn’t convenient to use. A multi-purpose room should have options beyond over-stuffed cabinets and closets. With rolling storage systems, you can put spaces to different uses. Store your sewing equipment in a rolling cabinet and bring it out only when you’re working. Keep a computer or television on the cart for easy removal when it’s time for the kids to do their homework.

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