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.

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.

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).

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.

7 Children’s Halloween Costume Ideas

Whether your little ones are still toddlers or experienced trick-or-treaters, they love dressing up in costumes. Kids get a kick out of pretending to be someone or something else, and Halloween is the perfect season to play a fun, new role. Younger children are usually willing to go with whatever Mom or Dad chooses, but older kids like to have a say in their costume designs. Whether you and your child pick something fanciful or fearsome, here are some costume ideas to get you started.


The Classics

Vampire – Kids often gravitate to vampire costumes, but parents like them just as much because they’re easy to assemble. A black suit or dress, a cape, a set of fangs, a drawn-on widow’s peak at the forehead and a little makeup are all a child needs to transform into Count or Countess Dracula. Another advantage of a vampire costume is that it doesn’t require a mask that could obstruct a child’s vision. Make the costume special with some white or gray makeup to give your little vampire’s skin the right unhealthy glow.Skeleton – Everyone has one inside them, but skeletons always look wonderfully creepy for Halloween. For the body, a black outfit with white or glow-in-the-dark bones glued or stitched to it does the trick, but the face is a little more challenging. Don’t wait until the last day of October to practice drawing sunken eyes and hollowed cheeks; go through a trial run soon and find out the best way to paint on a skull’s wide grin.Mad Scientist – If you can find an old lab coat, you have the centerpiece for a fantastic mad scientist costume. Tease your child’s hair into a wild mane, add a pair of lab goggles and apply some biohazard labels to the candy bag, and you have everything you need for a mad doctor in the same vein as Frankenstein and Jekyll.

Cat – Transform your child’s old black leotard and tights into a kitty costume with a pair of ears mounted on a headband and a strip of fabric for the tail. Add a few whiskers and a sweet pink nose with cosmetics, and you have an easy and adorable cat costume. Some modifications to the costume can change it into another creature too. With round ears and slightly different face paint, a cat becomes a mouse. Swap round ears for floppy ones, draw on an eye-patch and turn your mouse into a puppy.

Movies and TV

The Wicked Witch – A pointy hat, green skin and striped tights create the perfect witchy look. Your child will love having her hair teased into a tangle and her face painted a fetching shade of green for the big night. If you can’t find the right striped socks that echo the ones the Wicked Witch of the East wore in “The Wizard of Oz,” try a set of striped legwarmers instead.

Disney Characters – Between them, Walt Disney and Pixar have made some of the most beloved kids’ movies of all time. If your little one dreams of being a Disney Princess or a character from “Monsters, Inc.” for Halloween, look for inspiration from officially licensed book sets that have the exact character design in them. Books are easier to use as costume references than moving images.

Superheroes – A superhero costume always looks great, but you don’t have to stick to the official roster of good guys and villains for Halloween costumes. Your child can create his or her own superhero look and back-story. Superman, Batman and Spider-Man started within their artists’ imaginations, so encourage your child to get creative with unique superhero art.


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Get Ready for Football Season!

Are you ready for Da Bears?  Okay Chicago might not be your team but here at Lakeside it is, except for those Wisconsin employees who are I hate to say it Packer fans! 

We have everything you need to enjoy football this season.  The Durable NFL Melamine Serving Bowl features your team’s logo and is generously sized for game time eating for only $7.95.  The Sets Of 4 NFL Tumblers are perfect for parties, tailgating and everyday use.  Each tumbler holds 16 oz. of your favorite beverage.  Sold as a set of 4 for 1 low price of $7.95, they’re a great value!  The NFL Comfy Throw™ is a cozy blanket with sleeves to keep you warm while allowing your hands to be free.  Wonderful gifts for NFL fans!