Pinteresting Picks for March

Hooray for the last day of March! We’re super excited for the change of seasons, and, judging from what Pinterest shows us, our customers are excited for warm weather, too.

Here’s our list of the products most pinned for the month — our Pinteresting Picks for March.

Sidewalk-designerThis Designer kit and 50-Ct. Chalk set brings back memories of hours on the sidewalk and days inside crafting. The Magic Art™ Spiral Sidewalk Design Kit lets kids go beyond the hum-drum hopscotch to create amazing designs on the concrete on the backyard patio or in the front on the driveway.  The wheel stencils help create clever  patterns that will keep kids occupied for hours on sunny days. The Bucket of Chalk features thick bright sticks of pink, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple and white all in a plastic tub.tipsy-tower

Here’s a new twist on the vertical garden — the Tipsy Tower Plant Stand is an easy and creative way to give height to your garden using your own planters.  It works by sliding the down the bar at an angle, allowing each pot to rest slightly on the one below it, creating a fun, gravity-defying look. 4-Ft. tower can be used in 4 different configurations as the upright tower rod is actually 2 pieces. It’s designed to accommodate 4 or more pots. 2-Ft. tower can be used in 2 different configurations and is designed to accommodate 3 to 5 pots.stove-top-cover

With warm weather on the horizon, there won’t be as much use for the stove top this summer — but the space shouldn’t go to waste! This Wooden Stove Top Cover goes right over the burners giving you more surface area for working with food, cookbooks or whatever you don’t have room for on your counter tops. It’s easy to take off and put back on using the handles.Sliding-bathroom-storage

Everyone has spring cleaning on the brain and one of our more popular Pinteresting Picks helps keep the bathroom tidy. 2-shelf Sliding Bathroom Storage unit makes use of space by adding a shelf to your cabinet while also making access easy by allowing you to slide the shelves in and out as you need. It lets you add more stuff without adding to the clutter.

 

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s not quite beach weather yet, but with what Mother Nature put us through this winter, we can’t help but dream about all the outdoor activities we have planned for this summer. As we page through the Lakeside Collection catalog, here are our favorite items for the week.

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Wear this 3-Pair Barefoot Jewelry Set anywhere your bare feet go! The set features anklets with glass beads in different colors that will sparkle in the sunlight. Stretches to fit around your ankle and toe.

Solar-Animal-Repeller

Solar Animal Repeller is the humane way to stop pests from damaging your yard, garden or property. It eliminates the need for cruel traps and poisons, plus it’s easy to install. Just stake it in the ground and it charges in sunlight to activate a built-in infrared motion detector. When pests come within its 20-foot detection range, it triggers powerful, ultrasonic waves that turn animals away. It only activates when motion is detected, so it can run around the clock when charged. Stake it in your lawn, near your garbage cans or near any spot where animals cause destruction.

New-Day-Wall-Art

Renew your spirit with this inspiring wall art by Marla Rae that reminds us, Today Is a New Day! Wooden box-frame artwork has an antiqued look balanced with contemporary fonts and a variety of colors. The array of uplifting messages will leave you feeling good each time you look at it.

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Enjoy a break from your hectic life and relax in our Swinging Chair Hammock. Hang it from a tree or on a stand (not included). Made of cotton canvas, it’s held up by ropes on a wood frame. Features a foam-cushioned seat and back for extra comfort.

Garden-Angel

Show that faith is eternal with this Antiqued Metal Garden Angel. The sculpture features a weathered finish that creates a timeless look in your garden. Detailed wings and a star wand highlight the top, while the bottom has an open lattice design that lets your plants and flowers show through.

Garden Prep: What You Need to Know

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We are getting close to spring, (10 days, but who’s counting?) which means it’s time to start planning what you want to plant in your garden this year. We’ve got a few tips you need to know to make sure your garden prep goes off without a hitch.

Know Your Landscape

As you start daydreaming about warmer temperatures, green grass and blooming flowers, think about the type of garden you want. If you have an apartment in the city, you may want to try a window box on your balcony or even an indoor herb garden. If you have limited outdoor space like a patio, you can make your space green with elevated garden beds or planters. If you have a yard, well, the possibilities are endless, but having a simple garden design that outlines where you want different types of plants will take the stress out of your spring project.

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Photo credit: nmmastergardeners.org

Know What to Plant

If you’re a cook and you want to grow vegetables to add to your family meals, have an idea of the kind of vegetables you like and if now is a good time to plant them. You may have to wait until after the first frost to get your hands dirty and get to planting, or you may have to plant some of your seeds indoors while you wait for a warm up and then transfer your seedlings outside.

If you want a decorative garden, consider planting flowers according to when they bloom.  If you design your garden just right, you can have color from spring through fall.

Know Your Soil

Some soil may be too sandy and won’t hold enough nutrients to keep your plants thriving, other soil may contain too much clay to allow plants to take root. For the optimum soil, you may have to enrich your soil.  You can do this by adding manure, compost or potting mix to your soil.  Not only will adding organic matter to your soil supplement it with nutrients, but it will also boost its moisture and air content, making it a healthy environment for plants and flowers to thrive.

Photo Credit: westerngardeners.com

Photo Credit: westerngardeners.com

Know your garden tools

You don’t have to have a garage full of tools to create a beautiful landscape, but there are basic gadgets you should have to get your lot growing. For gardens big and small, make sure to have work gloves, a watering can, a trowel, and a hand rake. Once you get started and your ideas for your garden flourish with your flowers, you can adjust your garden tool belt as needed.

With the right ideas, right tools and right decorations, the only thing left to make a great garden is sunshine and warm temperatures. Looking on the bright side, if this spring is anywhere near as long as this winter, you’ll be enjoying your garden for many months.

Basics About Outdoor Furniture

Couple-on-patioOutdoor living spaces have become increasingly popular over the past decade. People are extending the area for relaxing and entertaining without going to the expense of building an extension on their homes. Beautiful outdoor furnishings transform decks, balconies and patios into comfortable living spaces. Knowing the basics about outdoor furniture makes it easy to choose the right pieces for your needs.

Plastic Outdoor Furniture

Going into a garden shop or furniture store can get confusing. There are endless aisles filled with outdoor furniture. Consider which type suits your budget and preferences best. Plastic furniture is popular because it is a budget-conscious choice. Plastic is lightweight and portable so it is easy to move. Usually plastic chairs can be stacked, which is a benefit if you have minimal storage space. The least expensive pieces tend to last for only a few years. Sturdy pieces are more durable and resist splitting. Plastic furniture is available in a variety of colors for all types of decorating schemes. It can be cleaned quickly with a bucket of soapy water and a brush.

Wicker Outdoor Furnishings

For centuries, people have enjoyed the rustic look of wicker outdoor furnishings. Wicker is woven tightly or loosely to create a myriad of appealing designs. Much like plastic, wicker is lightweight and easy to move. It might be made from synthetic materials as well as bamboo, rattan or cane. Most modern wicker furniture is weather-resistant. With the right care and storage, elegant wicker furniture can last for generations to come. Outdoor wicker furniture can be cleaned off with a gentle detergent and soft brush. A toothbrush can be used to clean in between the crevices. Surface dust on wicker pieces can be sucked up with a vacuum cleaner attachment.

Wood Patio Furniture

Wood patio furniture is great if you want a natural look that fits into the outdoor environment. Common types of wood furniture include redwood, teak and pine. Hardwoods such as teak and redwood can last for decades with proper care and treatment. Pine is a softer wood that is not quite as enduring as hardwoods. Wood should be treated with sealants and oils to extend its lifespan. People often choose wood because it does not hold the heat during the sultry summer months. Plastic and metal furniture can heat up quickly, especially if it is kept in direct sunlight. If wood is not sealed or painted, it can rot and splinter in a few years.

Metal Garden Furniture

Often parks and memorial gardens have wrought iron furniture because of its durability and heaviness. It can also be an attractive choice for your outdoor living space. You never have to worry about it blowing around on a windy day. The life of wrought iron furniture can be extended by painting it. Cushions make it more comfortable as wrought iron gets hot in the summer and cold on chilly days. Some people opt for wrought iron furniture because it can be kept outside all year round. Coated aluminum furniture is more lightweight and resists rusting or fading. Much like wrought iron, it tends to hold the current outdoor temperature. Cheaper aluminum furniture should be stored in the winter while heavier pieces can be left outdoors. Use soapy water and a hose to clean metal furniture.

Lightweight outdoor furniture such as wicker and plastic should be stored in a garage or shed during the colder months. Make sure furniture is clean and completely dry before covering it and storing it. Heavier pieces such as wood and metal should be covered during the coldest months. The cover should be properly fitted to the furnishings or tied down so it does not blow off. Adding luxurious outdoor furniture to your yard is the ideal way to extend your living area without moving into a bigger home.

Stacey Doyle writes about a variety of outdoor home decorating topics for Design Furnishings, one of the leading online furniture retailers in the United States. 

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays, and one of our favorite ones, Halloween, is coming up soon! Get everything you need to make your home and yard look gorgeously gruesome for Halloween today, and you’ll have plenty of time in October for planning parties, creating costumes, and adding cute or creepy finishing touches to your decor. If Halloween’s ghosts and ghouls aren’t your style, you’ll also find beautiful seasonal decorations to celebrate autumn. No matter how you decorate for October, you’ll find what you need.

Every Halloween display needs a focal point, and we love this skeleton decoration for its weird and whimsical charm. Just because he’s passed on doesn’t mean he forgot how to take life easy, so he’s found a comfortable spot to relax for a spell. This sleepy skeleton’s chest rises and falls as he snores in his hammock, perhaps resting up for a big Halloween night. His hammock is 8 feet long, so it’s a large enough piece to be the center of your yard’s display. Add a spotlight or two to show him off, and you’ll have one of the most unusual decorations on your block.Interactive-skeleton-hammock

Halloween is about more than spooky skeletons, though. With this cheerful Halloween bunting, you’ll get in the spirit of the season while still keeping your decor friendly enough for the littlest kids. Made of durable polyester fabric, the bunting is perfect for a porch rail, a deck or a fence. At almost 60 inches across, this adorable hanging makes an emphatic statement. Choose from jack-o’-lanterns in festive fall hues of orange and black with green accents or a trio of cheerful, bow-tied ghosts. If you have plenty of space to cover, choose both – they look great together or separately.

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If your kids’ trick-or-treating days are behind them, or if you prefer a more sophisticated take on Halloween, try these oddly elegant lighted Halloween urns to flank your door or adorn your porch. Welcome guests to your Halloween party in style with these black, molded plastic urns filled with bare branches and twinkling lights. Choose from traditional Halloween black with miniature orange lights or an elegantly eerie purple with blue lights. If you prefer, you can mix and match them to create a dramatic setting for your next Halloween party. Each pair of urns is over 22 inches tall, so you can also use them as a towering tabletop arrangement or near your fireplace.

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Halloween is also harvest time, which is why we’re showing off these sweet garden decorations for your yard. These painted metal pumpkins stake into the ground and give your front or back yard a festive touch that works for Halloween, Thanksgiving and beyond. Pair them with hay bales to impart a country harvest look to your yard.

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Whether your Halloween style is cute, creepy or comforting, we have your look! Get started today, and you’ll have the best-looking display in your neighborhood. We’re always getting new stock in, so check back often to see what else we have in store for the holidays.

Interesting Picks for July

As July comes to a close and we move toward back-to-school season, we thought it would be fun to look at your pins and find out what you loved most about July. If Pinterest is any indication, you spent your July relaxing outdoors, beautifying your home and indulging your senses with wonderful scents. That sounds like a terrific idea to us, so in celebration of your favorites from July, let’s take a look at the month’s most interesting picks and pins. If you’re not yet ready to let go of summer, let these picks inspire you to make August special!

 

Candle-warmerAnything that delights the senses is perfect for summertime’s laid-back feel. Settling into a hammock while drinking something frosty and enjoying the warm breezes is a great way to spend a summer weekend, and one way to bring that lazy summer afternoon feeling indoors is with fragrance. Home fragrance has become a booming business, so it’s no surprise that items such as our Candle Warmers sets are big Pinterest hits. Candle Warmers’ two-piece stoneware melters use light to heat scented wax tablets and send summer-fresh fragrances throughout your home. They’re also great for making the most of scented candles. Unlike candles, these warmers are flameless, so they work well in homes with kids or curious pets. The most popular scents for summer are ocean-fresh aromas, delectable gourmand, or citrus scents and clean linen fragrances.

 

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With the heat wave that struck the eastern seaboard in July, the usual ponds and creeks where birds stopped for a drink dried up, leaving them reliant on neighborhood bird baths for a cooling drink. You responded by pinning decorative and creative bird baths to encourage others to take care of their feathered friends. One that got a lot of notice was this  that added a decorative touch to the yard while allowing birds to seek relief from the heat. Flamingos are a classic kitsch lawn ornament, but this version is downright elegant in clear pink glass and metal accents. From hummingbird feeders filled with nectar to squirrel-proof seed feeders, bird feeding stations were popular too. Whether you like to watch native songbirds and hummingbirds from the window or on your deck or patio, supplying them with feeders and baths will encourage them to make your backyard a stopover during migrations.

 

Crayola-Garden-Grow-KitAnything related to gardening was another huge draw on Pinterest. The finest restaurants put a premium on freshness, and so do home cooks today. Cans and boxes are fine for quick meals, but few things satisfy the way a fresh garden-to-table salad will. For veteran gardeners, trellises, watering systems and gardening tools were popular pins, but novice gardeners also got into the spirit by pinning  garden grow kits and container gardens. With a kit, gardening is easy enough for children to help. There’s no better way to persuade a child to eat his or her vegetables than to have them help grow them. Kits aren’t just for kids, though; they also give new gardeners a head start on their first gardens.

 

 

We look forward to seeing what you’re going to pin for August!

Choosing and Organizing a Garden Shed

Level-rulerSometimes the garage just isn’t a good fit for your gardening tools and supplies—whether it’s possible to organize them in the space or they just don’t fit with all your other stuff. However, the simple act of choosing and putting together a garden shed can solve this problem and make the upkeep of your home much easier.

That is, of course, if you do it right. Follow these guidelines, and setting up a system that makes your life less cluttered inside and outside the garden shed can be easier than maintaining an office plant.

Choosing the Shed
Before you choose a shed, catalog your essential gardening supplies so you’ll have an accurate picture of what all the shed needs to hold. Remember, the shed is there to make your gardening tools more accessible for everyday gardening and make your job easier in the process.

How many large pieces of equipment do you have? Your mower (riding or pushed) should be stored in the garage rather than the shed, along with chainsaws, string trimmers, and other gardening tools that have a measurable horsepower.

This is an excellent time to go through your garden tools and throw out any broken, rusting, or otherwise irreparable tools, including cracking shovels, the gardening gloves with a hole in one finger, etc. When that’s taken care of, take stock of what you have so you know what you’ll need to store.

The other major two considerations to take when looking at garden shed plans are how much space you have in your yard for such a structure and what will go with your house. There are different plans and color schemes for your available space and the exterior color of your home.

Organizing the Shed
Once your shed is set up where you want it, it’s time to organize your tools inside. You may need to add some shelving and pegs, but the easy access you’ll have to your garden tools will make the effort worth it.

For larger tools, such as shovels, spades, or rakes, mount larger, sturdier pegs close together near the top of the wall; this will hold these items in place and off the floor for easy access and storage before and after yard work.

Use pegboard and pegs or hooks to hang smaller garden tools that you want kept out in the shed for quick access, like your hand trowel, hand rake, garden shears, bypass loppers, pruning saws, small sprayers, garden gloves, etc. The pegboard should hold the smaller tools you use the most often and don’t wish to spend time digging or searching for on a shelf; a pegboard keeps these items in easy sight and reach.

Not that you should exclude shelving from your shed organization plans entirely. Box shelving is an excellent form of shelving for organizing garden materials like stakes, chicken wire, and extra pots. You can try to find one that fits you shed or make a custom unit out of old plywood or two-by-fours. This is also an excellent way to store pebbles, wood chips, or other mulching materials, even fertilizers—simply place them in labeled bins on the shelves!

When storing extra seeds, make sure the interior of the shed won’t get too hot or cold during the year to make that the place to store seeds: at your desk or in your kitchen may be a better place. However, if you are lucky enough to live in a stable climate year-round where it won’t be too hot or cold for your seeds in your shed, then by all means keep them out there. One of the best ways to organize seeds in the packet is with an ordinary index card file. Simply divide seeds according to what type of plant they are (perennial, vegetable, etc.) and label each seed packet with basic information about the plant the seeds are meant to produce.

And voilà! You have an organized garden shed that is ready to serve you as you make that garden grow!

Leslie Mason is a homemaker and gardening expert. She loves writing, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, and fixing up her house.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Our favorite items for this week involve a Garden theme.  Our Garden selection includes bulbs, seeds and growing kits for that garden you’ve always wanted to start. We have a wide variety of outdoor decor and outdoor furniture to entertain your guests for cookouts and parties.  Your outdoor decor will take a dramatic new turn with the items listed below.  Enjoy your weekend and the outdoors! 

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The Corner Planter Fences prevent foot traffic through a flower bed or mark the borders of your property in a decorative way. It holds up to three 4″ dia. potted plants

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Solar-powered post cap light brings the exquisite look of stained glass to your home’s exterior. A solar panel soaks up the sun’s rays to activate the light in darkness. It’s designed to fit standard 4″ or 3-1/2″ wood or vinyl posts on outdoor decks, porches, patios and fences. The light begins to glow automatically at dusk.

set-3-harmony-bells

Set of 3 Harmony Bells gives your home’s exterior an ambiance of natural appeal. Hang them separately or together as a set to enjoy the gentle sound created by wooden clappers in the iron bells. The rustic brass finish shimmers like burnished gold in the sun.

whimsical-boot-planter

Whimsical Boot Planter looks just like a pair of children’s rain boots. This amusing planter is a charming way to add a plant to your patio or foyer. Put in some ivy or flowers and put it on display. Glazed cold cast ceramic

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Amazing Grace Wind Chime will add a calming touch to your outdoor space. Two of the chimes feature words from the hymn and the others are accented with different crosses. Together, they make peaceful sounds in the slightest breeze.

Our Most Popular Kids Pins on Pinterest

If you haven’t jumped on the Pinterest craze, the time is now. Pinterest is a wealth of ideas, tips and everything in between. We are on Pinterest  go check it out—you’ll be glad you did. One of our most popular boards is our Kids! board. We’ve compiled our top five pins for you to check out below.

Sidewalk-Chalk-Pinterest

Kids can have fun chalking where they do their walking with a Sidewalk Designer kit and 50-Ct. Chalk set. From the backyard patio to the sidewalk and driveway out front, these tools will bring out their creative side. The Magic Art™ Spiral Sidewalk Design Kit allows a child to design giant sidewalk creations.

Tub-Time-Pinterest

Kids won’t be dreading bath time when they know they get to play with this Tub Time Water Park Playset. They won’t ever get bored with all the options included. The 3-pc. waterway features a swing, a water wheel, a water scoop, a floating penguin, a floating hippo and 3 barricades to change water flow.

Make-Manners-Book-Set-Pinterest

Engaging stories share lifelong lessons for young readers in this Make Manners Fun 8-Book Set. Each features cute animal characters to draw kids into the instructive tales.

Plush-Turtle-Ball-Pit-Pinterest

Plush Turtle Ball Pit is a soft pal and a play place for babies and toddlers. The cozy and friendly Turtle Activity Bag and the Set of 25 Play Balls combine to entertain babies all afternoon. Sit them inside the pit, or zip the turtle up to discover other activities on the outside of its shell.

Crayola-My-First-Garden-Pinterest

Kids can have fun chalking where they do their walking with a Sidewalk Designer kit and 50-Ct. Chalk set. From the backyard patio to the sidewalk and driveway out front, these tools will bring out their creative side. The Magic Art™ Spiral Sidewalk Design Kit allows a child to design giant sidewalk creations.

It’s Official–One More Month Until Spring Begins. Are You Ready?

spring-blossomsIt might not seem like it now, but spring is just around the corner. Soon we will be replacing our snow boots for stylish sandals. From spring cleaning to planning your perfect garden, springtime is a fun and exciting time for us all. Are you ready for the weather to break? Make sure you have the following tasks on your springtime to-do list this year.

Donate  Used Clothes
When transitioning from your winter to spring wardrobe take a closer look at the items you actually wore this winter. Did you really wear that sweater? How about that scarf—how often did you really use it? Taking a critical eye to the items you hardly wore is a great way to get rid of clothes you just don’t need. Instead of them taking up space in your closet, donate them to your local Goodwill or other local charity.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Do you have a green thumb? Planning for your garden now can save time and allow you to find the perfect garden accessories come spring. Whether it is a new fountain, or a cute birdbath, garden accessories can add some personality to those beautiful flowers you plant.

Organize, Organize, Organize
Nothing can add stress to your busy schedule like coming home to a disheveled mess. Some days that is just unavoidable. However, organizing can help in the long run. Our fun animal print storage units add character to a room while achieving your organizational goals. Running out of space in your kid’s room? Utilize the walls. Shelves are a great way to organize and can save on your square footage.

Pamper Yourself
We’ve survived all that old man winter has thrown at us this year, and can now focus on the warmer weather waiting for us. We all could use a little pampering every now and then, so why not focus an hour or more on you this spring? You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a spa day, when you could have our spa tub mat. Sometimes a nice relaxing bath can do wonders.

It’s Tool Time!
Anyone else remember the TV show Home Improvement? Well, hopefully you have better DIY skills than Tim Taylor. but whatever your skill set, home improvement projects are a great idea for spring. The weather is finally warming up so you don’t have to battle the cold while starting your new project. If you are the do-it-yourselfer check out our peel and press Berber carpet tiles. They are great for basements and playrooms.

As we count down the final 30 days of winter, let’s all try and focus on the great weather and activities that lie ahead. Do you have some great spring plans? Let us know how you are getting ready for spring in the comments below.

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