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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

You don’t have to be a wizard to appreciate the charm of owls, and this week, we’re paying homage to our feathered friends. The big-eyed birds have long been considered symbols of wisdom, and the Greek goddess Athena had one as her companion. To many Native American tribes, they symbolized the spirit and represented protection. In the 1970s, owls were a hugely popular design motif; their earthy tones, mystical connotations and striking eyes made them irresistible to artists. Today, the resurgence of retro style and the phenomenal sales of the Harry Potter books have made owls a new style staple.

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If you love all things owl-related as much as we do, you’ll find a tremendous selection at Lakeside. From jewelry to coffee cups, owls adorn everything, but we decided to focus on home design because we think you’ll want to surround yourself with these adorable owls every day.One of our favorites, this colorful licensed Milo owl throw adds eclectic style to any room in your house. In shades of turquoise, mint green, cream, brown and brick, it goes with practically any decor. Vintage hues and modern softness make it the perfect fusion of style and substance. Made in North Carolina, the cotton and poly throw will keep you warm for many falls and winters to come. If you’ve already fallen in love with the throw, get the matching poly-filled pillow and add a touch of whimsy to your den or bedroom. Curl up under this warm throw and settle your head on the pillow at the end of a long day. You’ll see why we love these owls so much.

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You’ll find more owl art for the bath with this owl friend bath ensemble that features feathered friends on every album from the shower curtain to the toothbrush holder. Rich, warm browns, sunny yellows and turquoise tones dominate, but you’ll also find accents in green, orange, pink and white to go with everything. We’re especially taken with the ceramic owl-eyed shower hooks that have tiny red jewel-like accents, but every piece of the set looks great together or separately. Give your bathroom an instant makeover with the complete set, or pick just a few accents to freshen a guest or master bath. These owls also make sensational housewarming or hostess gifts, so consider picking up extra items for the holiday season.

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Colorful and cuddly, these Owl rugs and pillows are an adorable accent in a child’s room or a whimsical addition to your own bedroom. Choose from earthy browns and tans, bright blues and purples, or cheerful yellows and aqua. Each pillow comes with a zip-out liner form under the soft, plush cotton pile pillow cover. The rugs can also go in the wash and come out as bright and soft as new, making this set ideal for nurseries. Choose matching sets or mix and match them to create a personalized look.Whimsical, wild and wise, owls make adorable accents in your home, and you’ll find a fantastic selection of them here at Lakeside!

Incorporating Emerald into Your Fall Décor

Emerald-green-decorAs we wrote earlier this year, emerald is Pantone’s color for 2013. Autumn is the perfect season to celebrate this richer, more intense green hue. All shades of green impart a tranquil atmosphere, but emerald’s rich depth also gives it elegance. As a beautiful counterpoint to fall’s brilliant palette or as a stand-alone color, emerald adds sparkle to your decor. Give your home some gorgeous fall finery when you follow these suggestions for infusing your home with emerald’s serene beauty.

Combine emerald green with natural motifs. Green’s soothing nature becomes even more relaxing when mixed with natural textures and patterns. Fabrics printed or embroidered with ivy leaves are a beautiful way to bring green into a room. Wooden furniture with a natural grain looks especially lovely with emerald accents. Bundles of dried grasses in a vivid green vase are a stunning change from fresh floral arrangements and will last all season.

Emerald is a gem as well as a color, and jewel-like glass accents lend themselves wonderfully well to the regal hue. Deep green glass vases bring the color of the year into your home stylishly. Combining cool green glass with light makes it even more dramatic, so make room for accents such as this glass pendant light and illuminate an area. Flameless LED lights and artfully sculpted metal add visual interest, but the real focus here is color. One lamp makes a quietly elegant statement, but a grouping of them can become a focal point for the whole room.

Shades of green combine a cool color and a warm one, so they’re naturally versatile. Surrounded by warm tones, they act as a calm counterpoint; with cooler blues and purples, emerald greens glow with warmth. That flexibility means you can add emerald accents to any room in your home. Darker green hues make pastels feel more grounded, especially when you use the color in rugs and floor runners. Throws and pillows in muted emerald tones play well with neutrals in living rooms and dens. Choose fabrics that feel as luxurious as the rich color looks for seasonal style.

For a major commitment to emerald green, try painting your walls with it. It’s a potent color, but blonde wood or crisp white trim keeps it from overwhelming a space. In a small room, try painting a single wall in emerald and the others in lighter shades of green to create an instant focal point. With rich, vibrant colors, precision in painting is a must; any stray drops or minor mistakes will be instantly noticeable. One way to get a perfect paint job is with the Shur-Line pump and paint system . You won’t need tape when you have the right equipment to paint up to edges and corners flawlessly.

Green can work in any room. In a den or living room, deep greens feel cozy and welcoming; in a bedroom, they become serene. Even a bath gets a lift from emerald accents, so try swapping your usual accessories for green glass or ceramic. As fall becomes winter, green looks just as fashionable throughout your home, especially when paired with red for seasonal cheer.

Versatile and inviting, emerald green is Pantone’s color of the year for good reason. With a few decorator touches, you can also make it your best color for fall.

Image Credit: Ponderosahomes.com

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!

Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

This week many parts of the country experienced April showers—let’s just hope we get May flowers! While you are getting ready for spring, check out our favorite items of the week. From pet favorites to outdoor fun, we have a well-rounded selection.

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Treat your pet to the cushioned comfort and support of memory foam in this orthopedic pet bed. It offers a soft, soothing spot for a pet to rest its weary bones. It also retains body heat, providing cozy warmth for your dog or cat as he or she naps or relaxes.

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This handpainted bottle lantern is solar-powered so you can display it in any sunny spot in your yard. Its color-changing feature continuously cycles from red to green to blue.

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Provide your family with comfortable shade from the hot sun and protection from harmful UV rays with this 10-Ft. Shade Sail. The heavy-duty, weather-resistant fabric, in a unique triangular shape, blocks out 90% of the sun’s light. Great for conversation spots, swimming pools or kids’ play areas!

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Coordinated sheets and pillowcases come at a can’t-miss price in this 6-Pc. Bonus Pack Sheet Set. The set features bold stripes and soft, wrinkle-resistant construction.

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Sanibel Quilt or Sham will make your bedroom feel like a relaxing beach house. It features images of seashells, starfish and seaweed on a rich blue background.

 

 

 

 

Lakeside Collection Sweepstakes!

 

Christmas will come early this year for 30 lucky Lakeside Collection fans. The Lakeside Collection is giving away a $1,000 American Express gift card to one lucky winner every day for 30 days in a row!  Starting today, visit our Facebook page and enter to win. Return and enter again tomorrow and each day through November 15th.  30 people will win, why not you?