Decorate Your Home for Halloween with These 10 Tips

Halloween-DecorationsHalloween costumes are for more than you and your kids; your home also gets a scary new look when you decorate for the holiday. This year, make Halloween extra special with these spectacularly spooky decorating tips that are ideal for impressing party guests, trick-or-treaters and anyone who visits.

1. Create a focal point for every Halloween scene

Decorating experts recommend making a favorite piece of furniture or art the focal piece for a room, and the same design concept holds true for temporary decorations at Halloween. If you have a favorite decoration or hand-created centerpiece, use it as the inspiration for the decor around it.

2. Give guests a dramatic entrance

Your front porch, door and foyer set the tone for the rest of your house’s Halloween finery, so make an impact where it counts with decorations up front.

3. Lighting sets a mood

Things that go bump in the night seem spookier in eerie, subdued lighting. At the same time, keeping lighting levels too low affects safety for trick-or-treaters and party guests, so look for ways to light it up while sticking to your Halloween theme. Lighted decorations, such as this ghostly ground-breaker, are perfect for lighting your Halloween event.

4. Make your own decorations

Nothing puts a fun new spin on Halloween decorating like coming up with your own wreaths, tabletop displays and centerpieces. Old clothes, some straw and newspapers can become your very own scarecrow. Cut your own bat shapes out of construction paper. Whatever you decide to craft, start early, so your decorations will be ready for Halloween.

5. Incorporate nature in your decorating scheme for Halloween

Naturally warty or oddly shaped pumpkins and gourds have character, especially when you group them together. Find bare branches from your backyard to serve as a spooky take on floral arrangements.

6. Add surprises throughout your home

Party-goers don’t stay in one room, so add a few Halloween touches to the kitchen, restroom, and back porch or patio. Anywhere that guests might see should get a few fearsome touches.

7. Use age-appropriate decorations

For households with small children, some Halloween decor is a little too gruesome for comfort. While the kids are little, stick to friendly ghosts and smiling jack-o’-lanterns like these cheery porch Halloween light covers.

8. Appeal to all the senses

Your decorations may offer spooky sights, but don’t forget to add an equally eerie soundtrack to your Halloween display. Halloween scents such as pumpkin and candy corn evoke memories of the holiday for guests. If you’re really ambitious, add a fog generator for atmosphere.

9. More can be better

If one pumpkin on your porch looks good, then a row of them will look great. When you multiply decorating elements, you increase their impact. Some items work best as stand-alone displays, especially if they’re large and dramatic, but for smaller items, grouping creates an interesting tableau.

10. Go with your tastes

Picking decorations that suit your style will give your Halloween decorations a unified feel. This Medusa Halloween decoration would look right at home on an elegant mantel. If you’re fond of country style, decorate with scarecrows and straw bales.

However you choose to decorate this year, shop Lakeside’s selection of Halloween goodies for your home and make it your best spooky season ever!

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Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas

Quick-LunchWhether you’re packing a meal for the kids, brown-bagging it to the office or looking for something tasty to make at home, lunch doesn’t have to be a big production to be delicious. Too often, you might skip lunch to save time or money, leaving you feeling sluggish and tired by mid-afternoon. Your body needs fuel for the latter half of the day, and a wholesome lunch is essential. With some planning, you can enjoy varied, healthful and delicious lunches that won’t take a big bite out of your budget or your busy day.

If you think of the typical brown bag lunch as a soggy sandwich and a limp salad, think again. New ideas in portability and temperature control keep foods separate until you assemble your fresh sandwich or salad at your desk. Crisp lettuce, juicy tomato slices and crunchy bacon are perfect on a couple of thick-cut slices of bread, and with the Lunch Cube, you can enjoy a fresher BLT. Each cube has a larger compartment for bread and three smaller sections for toppings and sides. Store the container in the refrigerator or in an insulated tote until it’s time for lunch; then, relish a sandwich as fresh as one you’d make at home.

When making sandwiches, get creative with your fillings, spreads and breads to keep them from becoming ho-hum. Mustard and mayonnaise always work, but if you’re ready for a healthy change, try spreading your bread with hummus or Greek tzatziki. Sweet flavors go well with some sandwich fillings, too; a few slices of last night’s roast pork, for example, take on new depth with a thin layer of tangy mango chutney or cranberry relish. Pita bread, focaccia rounds or sandwich wraps also give your lunches more range without costing you extra effort.Sandwiches offer great convenience, but they aren’t the only option for lunch.

Salads are another delicious choice, and they can be as light or as hearty as you like. A fully loaded chef’s salad with eggs and sliced cold cuts is substantial; a green salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing is refreshing. Keeping ingredients separate until just before eating is key to making a great lunch salad. Pack everything the night before and store it in the tote you’ll be taking to work or school for an easy, rush-free morning. An insulated lunch totewith divided compartments is a perfect travel companion.

The best salads have a range of textures and tastes, so think about how flavors will play off one another in the finished salad. If you use a creamy dressing, choose crunchy toppings that will stand up to it. A salad with salty cheese benefits from a few sweet bites such as slivers of pear or dried berries. Did you recently enjoy a taco night? Save some of the meat for a lunch salad the next day. These tortilla bowl bakers give it an authentic touch.Great lunches start with creativity. By using what you already have in your kitchen in novel ways and storing everything properly so that it remains fresh by noon, you can be the envy of your lunchroom.

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Pinteresting Picks for August

Every month, we like to look back at what you loved best on Pinterest. It’s a great chance to spot a deal you missed, get fresh ideas for gift-giving or create a wishlist of some of your favorite things. August’s pins included tasty treats, ways to stay cool on sultry summer days and favorites for families with kids going back to school.

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If your pins were any indication, you loved getting creative in the kitchen this August. You’ve pinned cake-pop cookbooks, mixing bowls and some of our favorite baking dishes, but one that popped up again and again was this cast iron skillet cookie kit. Cast iron holds heat well, so using this cookie pan means you leave the oven on for less time – a good idea during the hottest month of summer. It’s the perfect pan for baking your own version of a chocolate chip cookie cake, chewy brownies, a sugar cookie with plenty of space for you and the kids to decorate, or any other sweet treat you might dream of baking. The kit comes with a package of mix, instructions and a ribbon on the handle, so it also makes an excellent gift.

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With so many August birthdays, it’s no wonder it was a popular pin last month.When the weather’s hot, few things feel as refreshing as an ice-cold drink. Maybe that’s why our sets of Freezer Cups were big on Pinterest. The double-walled cups are made of freezer-safe plastic and contain a non-toxic gel between the translucent layers. Store them in the freezer, and when you’re ready for a cold drink, pour it into your freezer cup; the frozen gel keeps everything cold far longer than ice inside the cup, and you won’t water down your soda or lemonade. Clear lids screw on and help prevent spills when you take your cup on the go, so they’re great for commutes to school or work. Whether you choose the clear set of four cups or the set with cool blue gel, you’re also making a green choice because these cups are reusable.

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August is also back-to-school month, so many of your pins featured student-friendly items. One that made the top of the charts with parents of schoolkids and students themselves was the Lunch Cube, a handy all-in-one kit that holds a sandwich plus three side items. The single compartment is roomy enough to hold even a loaded sandwich, and the divided compartment keeps easy-to-eat tidbits such as raisins and baby carrots separate. Pack your salad ingredients in separate compartments to keep everything fresh; then, combine them when you’re at work or school and ready to eat lunch. The cubes are large enough to hold crackers, chips, fruits and vegetables, so you can vary your menu as much as you like and transport everything in a compact, washable case. You pinned this one often, and it’s easy to see why: It’s as sleek as it is practical.

We will have another round-up at the end of September, so pin your favorites and spread the word. A great time-saver or delicious new treat is too good not to share on Pinterest!

5 Entertaining Tips Everyone Should Know

Party season is right around the corner, and we have some great party tips to make your next get-together memorably festive. Whether it’s your turn to host an office party, a birthday celebration or just a good excuse to have fun with friends, these tips will provide you with what you need for success.

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Pick a Theme

Holiday parties have a built-in theme, but even if you’re hosting a mid-week gathering for no particular reason, coming up with a concept for decorations, drinks and food can help you create a festive atmosphere. Luau and tiki themes are always hits for backyard barbecues, but don’t feel constrained to popular party ideas; you can go as wild as you like with your concept. Guests will be charmed with a Mardi Gras masquerade or a retro party with dishes and drinks from vintage cookbooks.

 

 

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Cook Ahead

When you get most of the cooking done ahead of time, you give yourself more freedom to enjoy entertaining. Instead of spending your party in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on some complicated dish, plan a simple, straightforward menu of foods you know your guests will love. You and they will remember the fun more than the food, so prepare something elegant and easy. Lasagna, roasted chicken and macaroni and cheese are a few possibilities.

Cookware that looks and performs beautifully, such as this set of three handled baking dishes, lets you assemble and store entrees or side dishes the night before and pop them in the oven shortly before guests arrive. They go straight from the oven to the dinner table, saving you another step and giving you more time to spend with your guests.

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Make It Inviting with Light

What makes a chic nightclub or formal restaurant special? In many cases, it’s the lighting, not the decor, that makes the difference. Try some special effects with lighting to make your next get-together magical. Outside, try stringing colorful paper lanterns or white fairy lights above your deck or patio. Interior spaces take on a beautifully warm and welcoming glow with candles. Kids and pets don’t always get along with candles, though, so choose child-friendly alternatives such as this electric pillar candle light string for part of your table design.

 

 

Create a Play List

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Music makes a party, and you have more options than ever for music that complements your theme. Internet radio stations have hundreds of stations with dozens of exciting musical genres from which to choose. You can even find music from favorite television shows or movies to play as background music for a season finale party or Oscar night. For holiday parties, look for unique takes on classics; an album of vintage Christmas music, for example, makes your party memorable and will get people talking.

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Appeal to All the Senses

You’ve already decorated, cooked and chosen the music, but don’t forget to make an impression on your guests’ noses. Bouquets of fresh flowers, incense or candle warmers have the staying power to perfume the air for hours without coming on too strong. For a dinner party, choose scents that go well with food and won’t overpower the meal, such as vanilla or spice fragrances. A summer cocktail party might call for something exotic and tropical.

Entertaining can be as much fun for you, the host, as it is for your guests when you plan. Start thinking about creative, fun party ideas today, and you’ll be set from now until the new year!

Ideas and Inspiration: Another Lakeside Resource

Ideas-InspirationAt Lakeside, you’ll find more than just products; you’ll also discover new ways to decorate, do it yourself, and design with our Ideas and Inspiration section. Our blog is a great resource, but with Ideas and Inspiration, you get an in-depth look at a phenomenal assortment of tips and suggestions. Learn everything from how to throw the perfect party to designer decorating secrets with our collection of insightful articles.

Family Fun

For families, the Ideas and Inspiration section gives you dozens of ways to have more free time, teach kids new skills and encourage creativity with arts and crafts. Find out how to involve kids in the kitchen, choose the coolest toys and pick activities that engage every child from toddlers to tweens. Each article goes into detail and gives you inspirations to spark your own creativity. Let this selection of feature articles be your secret weapon against boredom, and be that cool mom or dad who always seems to have something fun for the neighborhood kids to do. With Ideas and Inspiration, you’ll have countless ways to get kids involved in fun projects and educational activities.

Turning a House into a Home

You already know that Lakeside offers you a comprehensive catalog of items for your home and garden, but with our Ideas and Inspiration articles, you’ll discover new ways to use them. Find tips and tricks for transforming rooms with throws, get the latest on decorating trends and learn delicious new kitchen skills when you browse our selection of articles. After you collect some great inspirations for redoing a bathroom or organizing your closet, you’re just a click away from finding the tools you need to make your decorating vision a reality. Whether you need the right tools for the job or want the perfect accent piece for that blank expanse of wall, you can find it at Lakeside. We help you turn any house or apartment into a warm and inviting home.

Get Great Gift Ideas

Let our Ideas and Inspiration features take the uncertainty out of choosing a gift for that special someone. It’s tough to come up with fresh ideas for birthdays, holidays and other important events, but you can discover the ideal present with a little inspiration. Pick lists of gift ideas, browse book suggestions or even craft the perfect gift with the help of our guides. You’ll find plenty of suggestions along with links that make it easy to learn more or buy all the supplies you need. Be the one who always comes up with the best presents with gift ideas from Lakeside!

Organized and Easy to Use

Our Ideas and Inspirations is a reference with a difference: We give you tips and hints you can use now and organize them in ways that make them easy to implement. Each article is divided into sections that make lists, guides and how-to articles easy to follow. When you’re repainting your bedroom or baking decorator cupcakes, you don’t have your hands free to flip through lengthy guides, so we’ve made everything available at a glance. These articles are just your jumping-off point; they’re there to spark your own creative genius and let you act on it right away, not limit you with a laundry list of steps.

Fuel your creativity with our Ideas and Inspiration section and see where it takes you today!

Five Steps to a Safer Home

safer homeYou work hard to make your house a home for you and your family, so it’s essential that you work to keep that home a safe, protected place. Here are five ways to make your home a safer place:

Protect the House
Start at the foundation with the house itself. You’ve put money into keeping it pleasant and beautiful, so keep it protected!

Homeowners insurance is absolutely worth the money you’ll spend to protect your home from fire, flood, burglary, or that random teen who somehow manages to accidentally drive through your living room. Allstate’s “Mayhem” commercials may be amusing, but they’re not making this stuff up (my own sister was that teen). That’s why they work—we’ve all heard that freak story about a friend who had some random accident that ruined their home and cost a lot of money to repair. Better save yourself the pain and plan for the weird stuff by getting insured.

You should also purchase an alarm system and security service from a reputable home security company. This will not only reduce the cost of that homeowners insurance, but protect your home from many common threats—burglary, fire, invasion, etc.—as well.

Keep It Clean
A clean yard is one sign that potential burglars will know you take pride in your home and are invested enough that you’ll take care of it; a trim yard says “it is defended” more so than a messy yard filled with weeds and scraps of old projects. Keep repairs in the garage where they belong and be sure to keep the yard looking healthy and groomed, and show mastery over the plants to convey mastery of your home security.

Beyond the message that you’ve invested in your home, a clean yard can be a safety feature. Make sure all windows and pathways are clean from plants and debris with clear lines of sight: this will make potential intruders easier to spot (aside from contributing to outdoor cleanliness and natural sunlight getting into the house).

Protect Your Things
Again, homeowners insurance will protect many of your belongings, but some premium items may need to be specially insured, such as art or other collections, guns, or other valuable things.

Of course, some things can’t be insured. For example, great-grandma Jeanette’s antique pearl necklace that went through half the speakeasies in Miami just can’t be replaced. For valuables like family heirlooms, important documents, and irreplaceable treasures, buy wall safes. Buy the highest grade of safe you can afford: the higher the grade, the greater protected your irreplaceable things are form fire damage (some are practically fireproof) or theft.

Use Your Eyes
Aside from being a nice break from working for fresh air, getting out in the middle of the day and taking a walk around to survey your house is an excellent safety procedure. Here you can check for possible repairs needed and signs of intruders, such as odd or large paint chips, mysterious footprints, or other things that are out of place (you’ll be able to see these things easier the cleaner you keep your yard).

Whether you’re outside or surveying the neighborhood from your windows (and we all do it), keep a vigilant eye for persons who don’t belong in the neighborhood. This could be anyone from vagrants on foot to anyone who is in a car waiting and seems to not feel right or wait for too long. If you do see someone suspicious lurking on your street, call your local police department (not 911, use the precinct phone number and keep it with the other emergency numbers) and let them know. It’s their job to keep an eye out, even if they do no more than send a plainclothesman or two to check it out, because it’s better to be safe than sorry in a situation like that.

If the suspicious person seems to be hanging out close to one of your neighbors’ homes, call and ask them about it. Use the phrase “car I didn’t recognize” to avoid calling their relative or friend creepy-looking. Your neighbors will appreciate that you’re looking out for you and return the favor.

Be Good Neighbors
It’s good for neighbors to keep an eye out of each other. Cultivate such relationships of trust with your neighbors. It’ll do more than just make the barbeques more enjoyable; you’ll make each other’s lives and homes safer.

Beyond just noticing and reporting suspicious people lurking around the street, make a mutually beneficial to watch the house and gather mail and papers when you each go on vacation, giving each other that much more peace of mind and security.

Nina Hiatt currently lives with her husband, Bill, and she enjoys blogging about her many interests, which include gardening, ice hockey, and baking.

7 Things You Need to Do Before a DIY Project

To-Do-ListTackling projects yourself pays big dividends. You save money, learn something new and gain a sense of accomplishment. Your new bookshelf or birdbath is almost a bonus. Unless you’re an avid do-it-yourself-er, though, you’re probably going to have that moment of alarm when you wonder if you’ve taken on too much. There’s no such thing as guaranteed perfection with improvement projects, but with planning, you’ll maximize your chances of success.

1. Get Everything Together

Chefs use a term for collecting ingredients before they start cooking: mise en place. The French phrase describes putting everything within easy reach, and it prevents the chef from ruining a delicate dish through inattention. Your latest painting project may not be as time-sensitive as the perfect pancake, but it’s still helpful to gather everything you need before you start. Making a checklist will keep you on track.

2. Get Organized

Having everything in one place is a great start, but organizing it improves your efficiency. Tool kits or household organizers that hold everything you need for your latest do-it-yourself job make staying organized throughout the project a snap.

3. Study Your Subject

You probably already know something about your project before you start it, but unless you’re already an expert, getting a refresher course from books or online sources can make the difference between a serviceable item and one that’s spectacular.

4. Try a Kit

Whether it was riding a bike or baking a cake, your first attempt at doing it yourself probably needed a little input from an expert. If you don’t have a master crafter handy when you start your project, work from a kit. Many artists got their start with paint-by-number sets, and even the best cooks still use recipes sometimes. Kits make things accessible for beginners. After putting together your first fairy garden, you’ll undoubtedly have tons of inspiration for your own version.

5. Find a Good Work Space

When you have enough room to spread out and see what you’re doing, your DIY efforts pay off with better results. If the weather’s pleasant, work outside or in your garage with the door open. When you’re inside, like to work at night or must work on your project in confined quarters, use ample lighting to avoid eye strain.

6. Stay Clean

You’ll have plenty of use for cleaning supplies after you’re finished, but your project will also benefit from using them before and during the job. Cooking in a spotless kitchen or working in a well-organized garage is always inspiring, so clean before you build or craft.

7. Use the Right Tools

Many of us have used a shoe heel as a makeshift hammer, but when it’s time to do a project right, having the proper tools can spell success. With a ball-joint vise, for example, you gain an extra set of hands and can work on the whole project at once.

Whether you’re building a dollhouse or your own home, every great do-it-yourself project starts with preparation!

Image Credit: Iris Classon

Top Tips to Consider Before Tackling Home Improvement

Home improvement has experienced a huge boom in recent years, which is in no small part down to the recession that hit the globe in 2008. Rather than face the hassle of house hunting, more people are choosing to revamp than relocate.

In a 2011 survey conducted by Wickes, 66% of people said that they gave their home a facelift in the past year, and only 9% of these were doing so to sell their property.

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However, the eagerness to improve doesn’t always match our abilities, as 26% of people admit to being unhappy with their level of DIY prowess. Therefore to avoid a kitchen catastrophe or botched bathroom, make sure that you’re clued up the top tips that any do-it-yourselfer needs to know.

Take care with your materials
If you buy cheap materials, you can expect cheap results. Substandard or budget materials are fine for a quick fix, but don’t use them thinking that they will last the long haul, as it’s likely that you’ll end up having to re-do the job again a few months down the line, therefore costing you twice. Ensuring that you have the right tools to hand is also essential – a spirit level could prevent you from endless incorrect screw holes in the wall!

There is also an age-old mantra to apply when deciding how much you need of what; measure twice, cut once. You can’t usually make something longer once you’ve cut it too short, so make sure that you’ve got the measurements exact so you don’t waste materials, time or money.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Hiring a professional to help with a house upgrade can have the same stigma attached as asking for directions; some people don’t want to lose pride by admitting that they can’t quite manage by themselves. However this could have disastrous results if you’re blindly fumbling your way through a relatively major renovation – 1 in 5 people admitted during the Wickes survey to experiencing a DIY disaster.

If in doubt, you can always…

Call in the professionals
Unless you possesses an electrical training course certificate, a carpentry qualification or can plumb to a professional standard, it may be worth hiring help, especially when the project could potentially affect the value of your home.

Almost half of people asked say that a kitchen is a key deciding factor when buying a house, but only 22% of people would hire a trades-person when re-doing their kitchen. Neglecting professional help now could mean an emergency call later on to right your wrongs – 34% of people interviewed by Wickes admitted having to enlist expert help to correct their bungled attempts. This could therefore end up costing double your budget if the job needs to be done twice, so swallowing your pride and picking up the phone to the professionals may be the best route for big projects.

Watch out for your fingers!
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reported that 200,000 accidents are caused each year by DIY around the home. These faux-pas range from 23,500 accidents arising from the more suspected sources such as scalpels and screwdrivers, but even to 1,500 incidents caused just by hanging wallpaper.

Therefore if you are choosing to forgo professional help, watch out for your fingers to avoid becoming another addition to the home improvement induced injury statistics.

Amy Fry writes for a variety of topics and industries such as health, business and education. However Amy specialises in lifestyle topics ranging from self-improvement and further learning in areas such as electrical training courses to interior design.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Independence Day might be over, but we love the fresh, summery look of red, white and blue so much that we’re making it our focus for the week. Bold reds, crisp whites and tranquil blues enliven every room of your home. Take a look at some of our favorites, and give your kitchen, bath or backyard a patriotic makeover this week!

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The hues of Old Glory are a natural fit for classic American design elements. We love the country charm of the Americana quilt collection. In shades of denim blue, bright red and cream accented with mellow antiqued gold, the set features everything from the summer-weight quilt to matching shams and star-shaped throw pillows. The quilt set is designed to let you mix and match elements with linens you already own, so it’s as versatile as it is beautiful.

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Speaking of denim, nothing’s more American than blue jeans. In the summer heat, they aren’t always your most comfortable choice, but with these cotton knit jeans, you get the look of classic denim in a cool, breathable fabric. Spandex gives these jean-style pants a little stretch for comfort and a smooth, flattering fit. We love these coupled with a red T-shirt or a simple, white button-down blouse, but they go with anything.

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You’ll see stars in red, white and blue with this wall art collection of three distressed metal stars. The metal stars have a weathered finish that gives them an antique look. Group them together to create a focal point in a single room, or break up the set and hang each star in its own special place. Each star is almost a foot across, so they make an eye-catching statement no matter how you display them.

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For summer, we adore sheer curtains in pristine white. White is the ultimate summer neutral; it works in any room and instantly freshens your decor. We love these by themselves for their ease and elegance, but the sheer panels can also be part of a more formal window treatment when paired with heavier curtains or a decorative valance.

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Who says your kitchen has to look boring? Grab a set of these red and white speckled bowls for your next batch of pancakes or potato salad. Red is an appetizing color because it reminds us of some of our favorite foods. Think of vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, luscious strawberries and juicy watermelon, and you’ll see what we mean. Ideal for mixing everything from brownies to biscuits, the bowls are equally at home as serving containers. The speckled texture is as traditionally American as the apple pie you’ll, no doubt, feel inspired to bake when you own these pretty and practical bowls.While you’re in the kitchen, why not add another pop of cheerful red with our adorably kitschy ladybug kitchen decor collection? In glossy red enamel trimmed with inky black dots and cream accents, the set includes serving bowls, drawer pulls and utensil holders in a ladybug motif. These are the only bugs we’d ever allow in our kitchen, but we’re happy to make an exception for these cheery pieces.

Get the Look: This Fall’s Latest Trends that Don’t Cost a Fortune

This fall and winter, designers have overwhelmingly opted for gorgeously wearable styles instead of avant-garde looks that only a model can manage. That’s the good news; the bad news is that designer fashions can still cost as much as a respectable down payment on a new car. Get the look for less by paying attention to the common themes and trends across collections and translating those elements of style to your own wardrobe. Here are a few of the things we loved for this fall.

Colorful Cardigans

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It may not be sweater weather at the moment, but designers’ fall and winter collections put the focus on cardigans in contrasting tones for men and women. While the demure sweater set is a timeless classic, a fresher way to enjoy sweater dressing is with mixing and matching. If you invest in cashmere or angora from a designer name, you could spend extravagantly, but this is a great look to get for less. Our women’s cardigans feel cozy and look stylish over a simple T-shirt in a contrasting hue.

Scarves with Everything

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It started as a hipster style statement, but bright scarves for women have gone mainstream and are one of fall’s hottest accessories. What makes the style new for this year is its ease. These scarves aren’t carefully pinned and tucked but are casually looped around your neck. This trend is as practical as it is pretty; when the weather turns blustery, your scarf can keep your hair sleek. Designers are showing squares of colorful fabric with triple-digit price tags, but we don’t see any reason to pay more than a few dollars for one of the season’s most fun styles.

Colors as Neutrals

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Rich maroon, goldenrod yellow and pale ice blue may sound far from neutral, but designers sent them down runways in place of staid beiges and conservative browns this season. What makes brighter tones work as neutrals is pairing them with lighter, more vibrant accents. An oxblood coat becomes a potent color statement when combined with a traditional neutral such as ivory or black, but wear it with a flash of vivid poppy orange, and it plays a supporting role beautifully. Wear this major style with a minor impact on your budget by picking a coat or dress you already have in a rich tone and finding a bright new accent color to go with it. Wearing multiple colors calls for subdued makeup, so borrow a style tip from the runway and go with nude hues on your face.

Green for Fall

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Speaking of color, one standout hue for the fall was green. Blue-tinged teal, fresh chartreuse and rich emerald hues all had their proponents, but designers seemed to prize a mossy loden green above all. The shade was a big hit in the late 1960s too, so combining it with retro accessories is fun; we like it with our patchwork shoulder bag. A runway-ready green leather duster could put a dent in your budget, but the same stylish hue in a more affordable material can be yours for well under $100. Green is nature’s favorite color, so it’s no wonder that it goes so well with any neutral. Combine it with crisp white for early fall, then transition to darker charcoal grays, blacks and browns as the season progresses.

Fashion is what designers do for a living, but style is something you create on your own. Don’t be timid about setting trends. Start with these fall basics and add a touch of your unique style to them for a look that’s priceless.