Photo Gallery: Summer Finds For $60 Or Less
Brighten up your decor.
Too colour-shy to buy magenta patio furniture or turquoise wall paint? Try these accessories instead. Anthropologie’s vibrant dishtowel showcases a pretty palette of artist-rendered flowers that is sure to make your kitchen blossom. And for a pop of colour that lends itself to any room, try wildly printed pillows like these from Crate & Barrel’s Marimekko collection.
Painted Ranunculus dishtowel. 28″ l. x 21″ w. $18. At Anthropologie. Alfresco Marimekko Spinning, Meridian Marimekko Madison indoor-outdoor pillow. 20″ w. x 13″D. Marimekko Kurpitsa pillow. 24″w. x 12″ d. $60. At Crate & Barrel.
No need to sacrifice good taste when buying durable outdoor accessories with this summer’s bright finds. Outfit your back deck with multiple colourful tray tables from President’s Choice; they offer guests a place to rest their drinks and fold up neatly when the party is over. Serving food? HomeSense’s practical melamine trays and dishes are easy to care for — and much nicer than disposable dinnerware. If you’re a party hopper, Reisenthel’s baroque-print bottlebag is sturdy enough to carry up to nine bottles without cramping your style.
With lacy perforated surfaces, Ikea’s table lamp and Shiraleah’s votive hurricane pendant cast a spectacular glow. Perfect for indoors and out, Ikea’s delicately detailed plant pot might outshine the flora you place in it. Don’t have a green thumb? Try using it to corral utensils in the kitchen.
Following this year’s trend for retro-chic decor, many retailers are offering sparkling golden and amber accessories for the home. Go for Ikea’s glass-base table lamp in a rich brown shade, or Anthropologie’s amber knobs to add an authentic vintage-glam look to a dresser. Don’t forget to bring those warm accents outdoors with Crate & Barrel’s delicate, Dhalia-inspired woven vinyl placemat, too.
Add an authentic handwoven art piece for your home with HomeSense’s collection of artisan-made accessories. We love this striking red basket from Bolgatanga, Ghana, which is made of tensile Savannah straws and grass. Glass accessories add the right amount of sparkle to mantles and side tables, and these recycled glass vases from Shiraleah have a unique, organic quality to them that mimics a hand-blown look.
Bolga basket. $30. At HomeSense. Morph vase in chocolate. 13-20″ h. x 8-13″ dia. $24-$29. At retailers across Canada.
President’s Choice took the work out of decorating your patio table with this matching set of dining accessories. The durable melamine dishes and reusable cutlery are fantastic summer finds, and the graphic pillow and chevron tray will make a statement year-round in your living room or den. Deep blue has been a top trend colour this year and works almost like a neutral; pair it with any vibrant colour for a fresh burst of colour.
Everyday Essentials cutlery 12pc, $2. Summer beverage napkins, $3. Summer dinner napkins, $4. Melamine plate, $4. Melamine side plate, $3. Melamine small bowl, $3. Melamine large bowl, $7. Melamine platter, $7. Pillow, $7. everydayliving by President’s Choice.
A rope-framed mirror made of natural jute — such as this beauty from L.L. Bean — makes a lovely nautical statement. A trio of raffia-detailed decanters from HomeSense is sure to dazzle at your next patio party, too. This rough-hewn bird bath from Crate & Barrel is a also great find; the handmade terra cotta basin works outdoors (perched atop a plant stand), but we like it best indoors as an oversized bowl.
Forget about that clunky flashlight — keep your cottage looking stylish with President’s Choice’s camp lantern. Hang it from your backyard trellis for a cabin-chic glow or display a grouping of them on your tabletop as quirky centerpiece. For indoors, Ikea offers modern, solar-powered pendants. Just place the solar cell panel near a well-lit window to enjoy up to four hours of hydro-free light.