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Monday was the first official day of spring and stores across Canada have been preparing for the new season with plenty of colourful products. It's easy to add a touch of spring cheer if you have an unlimited budget, but for the rest of us, here are a few products from big-box stores that are sure to please your wallet.

Good ol' Ikea never disappoints! These seasonally-hued planters are perfect for indoors, too. Use a tray for a pretty display on your table or console, and the plant pots for holding utensils or office supplies. Socker planting tray $7; Socker plant pot, $3, Ikea.

I love the fabrics at Ikea, too. These contemporary floral prints are good for any crafty project you have in mind: drapes, pillows, aprons, lampshade DIYs, reupholstery, you name it. Cecilia fabric (pink and orange print), $3/metre; Grönska Blom fabric (blue print), $4/metre, Ikea.

Home Outfitters has plenty of affordable spring items: candy-coloured plastic accessories for your patio, Moroccan-inspired pieces for your living room or bedroom, and even a teeny-tiny apple-green barbecue! Clockwise: pink plastic Adirondack chair, $20; Bodum Fyrkat portable charcoal grill, $60; Living Colours serving tray, $20; GlucksteinHome lantern, $30; GlucksteinHome 6-piece tealight set, $50, Home Outfitters.


I love this bushel basket (on sale!) from Pottery Barn. It's big and rustic and would look great indoors as towel or magazine storage. Try it outdoors filled with a potted plant or branches. The faux coral is also lovely. Let it stand on its own on a bookcase or place it under a nice glass cloche. Wire bushel basket, $23-$40; faux red coral branch, $12-$24, Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn is having some great sales on pretty floral bath towels, as well. Mum garden bath towels, $7-$20; Provence organic bath towels, $7, Pottery Barn.

Spring is in the air at Crate & Barrel with lovely items like this glass bell jar and these vintage-style milk bottles. Use either (or both!) to display colourful seasonal flowers. Bell jar and saucer, $10-$20; milk bottles, $7-$13, Crate & Barrel.

Here are some contemporary bath towels from Crate & Barrel, available in blue, green and purple. If you like these, you can also get the matching shower curtain and bed linens! They are all on sale too, so move fast. Marimekko Samovaari surf bath towels, $4-$30, Crate & Barrel.

For a quick spring update, just change up your throw pillows. These colourful cushions are from Structube, and at $19 each, they're as affordable as HomeSense. Cushion 8-381 (green) $19; Cushion C-2564-C (pink), $19, Structube.

For more decorating finds, see Kathryn Bala's blog post on Crate & Barrel's sister store, CB2.

Photo credits:
1-2. Ikea
3. Home Outfitters
4-5. Pottery Barn
6-7. Crate & Barrel
8. Structube

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