Pinteresting Picks for January

Connecting with friends on The Lakeside Collection’s Pinterest boards was a real hoot in January! Trendy owls got a lot of attention, whether they were on cozy throws and pillows or fun and functional hobby organizers. Some of our followers already are looking forward to creating whimsical miniature gardens or adding colorful decorations to their yards. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for January.

Add a fanciful touch to your living room or bedroom with this licensed Milo Owl Throw or Pillow.

Add a fanciful touch to your living room or bedroom with this licensed Milo Owl Throw or Pillow.

Clean up the clutter in your crafting space and help your creativity flow with these handy Owl Print Craft Organizers.

Clean up the clutter in your crafting space and help your creativity flow with these handy Owl Print Craft Organizers.

Set of 2 Solar-Lighted Balloon Stakes helps you decorate your garden with whimsical delight!

Set of 2 Solar-Lighted Balloon Stakes helps you decorate your garden with whimsical delight!

Each Fairy or Gnome Garden Kit gives you the miniature accessories you need to create your own magical spot.

Each Fairy or Gnome Garden Kit gives you the miniature accessories you need to create your own magical spot.

Pinteresting Picks for December

Winter’s frosty days make it tempting to relax indoors with comfort food and a good book. Our Lakeside Pinterest followers were looking to get cozy this month, with reading accessories and books to inspire some creativity. When you must leave the house, take some of your homemade slow-cooker favorites to any gathering, and don’t forget to bundle up with one of Lakeside’s versatile accessories. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.

You'll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

You’ll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

 

LEGO® Play Book from DK shares building tips and tricks, while it introduces you to new worlds.

LEGO® Play Book from DK shares building tips and tricks, while it introduces you to new worlds.

A Slow Cooker Carrier is the easy way to take your food contribution to a family gathering, neighborhood potluck or other social event.

A Slow Cooker Carrier is the easy way to take your food contribution to a family gathering, neighborhood potluck or other social event.

 

Reversible Hooded Scarf is a 2-in-1 accessory that keeps you toasty.

Reversible Hooded Scarf is a 2-in-1 accessory that keeps you toasty.

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.

Pinteresting Picks for October

Fall is in full swing, and it is time to get your home ready for the wave of visitors that is on the way. Our Pinterest followers have home decor on their minds, and fresh, unique pieces are getting a lot of attention. The Lakeside Collection has something to add personality to any space from the laundry to the dining room. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for October.

Bring the colors of fall into your kitchen with these Harvest Owl Tabletop Sets.

Bring the colors of fall into your kitchen with these Harvest Owl Tabletop Sets.

Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holder looks distinctive empty or when filled with tokens from your favorite wines.

Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holder looks distinctive empty or when filled with tokens from your favorite wines.

 

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

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

Mount this Set of 2 Solar Fence Lights anywhere to accent garden features high and low.

Mount this Set of 2 Solar Fence Lights anywhere to accent garden features high and low.

 

Pinteresting Picks for August

Summer has come to an end, and it is time get our homes ready for relaxing indoors. The thoughts of our followers on Pinterest definitely turned inward, with a lot of attention paid to making homes more convenient and comfortable as the weather cools. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for August.

Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station keeps your phone protected and off the floor. Designed for versatility, it has 3 standard outlets, so you can keep other appliances plugged in along with your charger, or charge up to 3 additional devices at once.

Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station keeps your phone protected and off the floor. Designed for versatility, it has 3 standard outlets, so you can keep other appliances plugged in along with your charger, or charge up to 3 additional devices at once.

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease. It holds up to 36 shot glasses for all to see.

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease. It holds up to 36 shot glasses for all to see.

Trade your real candles for this Set of 6 LED Candles for the safety of your children or pets.

Trade your real candles for this Set of 6 LED Candles for the safety of your children or pets.

The Wine Bottle Glass is perfect for the wine lover. It hold a full-sized 750ml bottle.

The Wine Bottle Glass is perfect for the wine lover. It hold a full-sized 750ml bottle.

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.

 

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

When it is time to get organized, it is easy to feel intimidated. Not only does the thought of sorting through your rooms seem overwhelming, so does the potential cost of the project. Try some smaller, less expensive changes to make your home run better and give you more time to enjoy a pitcher of lemonade or iced tea. Get started with the Lakeside Selection: our choice of favorite items for the week.

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Keep things tidy with a Set of 2 Silicone Counter Gap Covers.

trash-ease-13-gallon-bag-holder

Trash-Ease 13-Gallon Bag Holder is a simple way to clean up at campsites, picnics and at home.

 

oversized-laundry-totes

This huge bag lets you tote multiple loads at once. The Oversized Laundry Tote features a trendy print on a very large and spacious bag.

Brick-or-siding-clips

Fast and affordable, Brick and Siding Clips help you decorate without causing damage to your home.

Shatter-resistant-pitcher

Your family will love to help themselves to a refreshing beverage with the ergonomic Shatter-Resistant Pitcher.

 

Order in the House: 5 Smart Storage Solutions

You can keep your house in order if you reduce the clutter and organize everything. There are special strategies you can implement if you have a small room or a home, so that you can make the most of every inch of the storage space that you have. Such organization doesn’t cost much. Apart from this, you can also consider renting a storage unit to take some of the clutter out of your house.

 

1. Smart Kitchen Solutions

Create open shelving for your kitchen. This can be divided both vertically and horizontally and is very practical. You can also divide the space between the kitchen and the dining area with free standing shelves, which can hold cookware, cups, plates, etc. Also, pullout units can offer great storage options without occupying valuable space.

 

 

 

 

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2. Making Use of Every Inch

If the bathroom is really small, you can consider vertical storage with plenty of handy hooks and storage boxes that are wall mounted. When shopping for accessories, buy versatile pieces, such as a sink that comes with a soap dish, tray and a towel hanger, so that it reduces the clutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Spruce up your Living Room

If you need to store a lot of things, you can invest in a multi-functional storage unit in which you can store bedding, china ware and even books. Buy something in a light color and a streamlined style. You can also buy a sofa sleeper bed with storage underneath. If you have unused space, such as space under the stairs, it can become a very good home media center with all your media gadgets. If the living room, dining area and the play area are common, you can have a streamlined storage wall in which you can hide all the clutter.

 

 

 

 

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4. Exploring the Bedroom Space

Don’t overlook the space under the bed. Instead of just stuffing it with clutter, you can use cardboard boxes and store things away neatly. You could also invest in pullout drawers for the bed and a vacuum shrink bag that can make bedding shrink into a fraction of the usual size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Reduce Clutter in Hallway

You need space for shoes and coats in your hallway but all the clutter of the house usually ends up here. You can use the wall space to hang up an organizer into which you can put in some of the bits and pieces. If you have a spare corner, you can install a storage cabinet. You could also use a rack with pegs on which you can hang bags, shoes and many other items.

 

 

You may follow the aforementioned tips to turn your clutter into a display of loveliness.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s time for the weekly round up of Lakeside’s favorite picks. This week we’re sharing a random assortment of items we love. From bathroom accessories to novelty NFL gear, we’re covering all our bases this Friday. Take a look!

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Foam Bath Rug Sets

We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s a bit of a new trend hitting bathroom floors, and we’re all about it. Bath rugs are a must-have item, but so many styles and materials just trap dirt and moisture, causing yet another breeding ground for bacteria. Join the trends and swap out those fuzzy bathroom rugs for these soft and plush foam bath rug sets. You will never look back.

Odor-Absorbing Sniffer

This Odor-Absorbing Sniffer is an adorable way to put an end to foul smells around your house. From backpacks and gym bags to laundry rooms and pet mistakes, these cute stuffed puppies are filled with the odor-absorbing mineral Zeolite. It works much like your typical deodorizing box of baking soda, absorbing odors and reducing bacteria without any chemicals. But, these “sniffers” come in three adorable puppy breeds – German Shepherd, Beagle, and Lab.

Women’s NFL Fan Headbands 

To celebrate the end of the playoffs and the countdown to the big game, we had to include a little NFL gear, right? We really like these cute women’s NFL headbands. They’re fashionable enough to wear to your game day party, but comfortable enough to wear while running errands and cleaning the house. It’s made from football jersey material, so it’s comfortable and breathable. Anything that keeps your hair out of your face is a great addition to you wardrobe, so find your favorite team’s design today.

Cushioned Folding Pet Bed 

What list would be complete without homage to our furry friends? This cozy pet bed is perfect for small-to-medium dogs, and fits snuggly on your living room furniture, keeping pet odors, dirt, and hair off your upholstery, but still letting your pooch enjoy quality time with his human friends. It’s also an amazing travel bed for your pup to enjoy, whether sleeping over at Grandma’s, or taking a car ride up to Yosemite. And, since it’s made from camping chair material, and designed like a butterfly chair, this is an excellent pet bed for camping.

5 Things to Think About Before Building Your Dream Home

Dream-HomeAfter watching endless episodes of Property Brothers, you finally have the time, money and patience to build your dream home. Building a new home can feel very daunting and now that it’s come to it, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed about where to even begin. Here’s a few simple tips to help you get the ball rolling and to help you make sure you don’t make any costly mistakes during the construction process.

Plan your budget
First things first, plan your budget. Really think about how much you want to spend and how much your dream home is realistically going to cost you. It’s no good getting half way through the project and realizing that you are all out of money. This will make your building process so much longer and you will have to scrimp on save on other aspects of the house that you didn’t want to.

It’s likely that you will need a construction loan and a mortgage, so be organised and find out what size loan you qualify for. Once you know how much money you have to spend and the approximate costs of everything, it will help you to modify the building plans accordingly to meet your budget.

Find the right location
Location is probably the most important aspect to get right. Before you can start building, you need to know exactly what you are building on as the landscape can make a big difference to your building plans. For example, if you want to build your home on a hill, there are going to be a completely different set of requirements as well as more building challenges in comparison to flat land. Alternatively, if you chose to build in a woodland area, it will make a significant difference on windows and lighting within your home. So consider absolutely everything before you settle on your chosen location.

Getting the right architect
Architect designed homes are well worth the expense, but before you choose your architect, get inspired and have a clear vision as to how you really want your dream home to look. Once you are clear on exactly what it is you want, share your ideas with the architect and discuss various ways of how you turn your dream into a reality.

It is important to thoroughly research a number of firms or free-lance architects to make sure you find the best designer for your dream home. Quality services should be provided by the architect that you choose. There are many quality architects throughout the UK, including Paul Robinson Partnership a group of architects in Norfolk who recently sponsored an EDP Business award.

Get construction insurance
Before starting the building process, it is vital to get construction insurance. There are three different types of insurance that are needed to build. The first is ‘course of construction’ insurance which is an all risk policy that includes fire, extended coverage, builders risk, replacement cost and vandalism. The second is ‘General liability’ insurance which can be provided by either you or your builder. The third type of insurance is called ‘Workman’s compensation’ which is only necessary if your builder has any employees.

Be organised
You’ve dreamt about building your own home for as long as you can remember, and you’ve got hundreds of scrap pieces of paper with your inspirational and innovative ideas on. Collect all of your ideas together, and get a study note book, where you can keep all of your sketches, notes and photos in one place until your home is completely finished. Keeping it all together, will avoid you losing any ideas and will allow you to track back to any previous thoughts you’ve had that might work better for your home.

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