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Home Finds: Summer Calling – Jun/Jul2016

Home Finds: Summer Calling - Jun/Jul2016

The early days of summer are like the long-awaited arrival of a cherished friend who is in town for only a few short months. Inevitably, this means we pack in as much summertime fun as possible outdoors with bountiful nature as our glorious backdrop. Here are R&D’s summer-enhancing picks that will dress up your outdoor space and improve upon an already treasured time of year.

“We’re really excited about sleek, contemporary outdoor furniture and accessories. Whether you live in the city or not, an urban approach with elements of modern design feels fresh this summer.”

Tamara Robbins Griffith, HomeSense Design Expert

Industrial String Lights, from $19.99;
Outdoor LED Marquee Sign, $29.99;
3-Piece Acapulco Chat Set, $249.99;
Faux Grass in Ceramic Pot, $16.99;
set of 6 Coasters, $12.99.

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

Charles Bowden, American Writer


When the merrymaking moves from your backyard to a tailgate party, you need a portable grill with supreme cooking capacity to fire up almost anywhere. Its small and compact design is ideal for travel and its 258-square inches of cooking area is perfect for family-size meal prepping.

BBQTek Portable Grill, $198


From antipasti to dessert, roll out the outdoor dishware for your favourite summer spreads

1. Melamine Plate, $4.99;
2. Debbie Travis Patterned Dinner Plates, $5.99;
3. Canvas Tuscany Plate (white), $4.99;
4. GlucksteinHome Striped Hammered Irregular Salad Plate, $4.99;


small $3, large $6


This sturdy, informal dinnerware set fools the eye with the appearance of handpainted glazed ceramic. Subtly ribbed, as if formed on the potter’s wheel and rimmed in the natural colour of clay, the plates have faux-glazed interiors and colourful floral medallions that look as if they were painted on by an artist. Ideal for outdoor entertaining but elegant enough for indoor use. If you’re invited, they are packaged with a raffia bow for easy gifting for the host.

Caprice Melamine Plates, $10.95 – $29.95


Refined old-world shapes shine in two-toned glassware designed by Aaron Probyn. Each handcrafted glass is blown in Mexico of recycled glass imported from France, glass renowned for its clarity, and lack of the green tint typically seen in recycled glass. Blue-tinted glass forms the bowl to which a clear stem is attached. Once cooled, glass is given a subtle, lustre finish.

Del Mar Margarita Glass, $15.95


For the ultimate in store-andserve convenience, this generous bowl with a snap-on lid keeps food chilled and appetizing for picnics or a day trip to the beach. The unique design features a freezer disc that, when frozen for 24 hours in advance, keeps food cold for hours. Custom-fitted servers snap into perfect nesting spots on the lid so they’re there when you need them, eliminating the need for extra utensils.

Chill Blue Bowl with Servers, $24.95

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”

L.M. Montgomery, Canadian Author


Easy and affordable hammock chairs and loungers are portable so you can go from the backyard to the beach in style.

Palm Leaf Hammock Chair,
(available in Palm, Black or Blue Cabana Stripe), $46

Yellow Leaf Hammock, $369


Have some fun with your deck or backyard setting by adding a touch of tiki and tropical-inspired decor to your summer entertaining.

Hula Beach Umbrella (six-feet), $30


Reminiscent of chairs I have seen in outdoor cafés in Europe, this hand-woven, all-weather wicker lounge chair is as pretty as it is comfortable. Perfect for sipping pinot and enjoying gelato, albeit under the Toronto sun.

Colorblock Woven Lounge Chair, $559


Quaint and tasteful, cobistyle carves a stylish nook in her favourite classic
summer hues of blue and white and warm touches of gold.

Admiral Pillow, cotton/ polyester and featherfilled. 16″x26″, $80; larger size, 22”x 22”, $90

Glass Hurricane with brass base 6.75″x12.75″, $120; 8″x15″, $170

Square White Tray with glass and white-lacquer finish, $130

Blue-and-white Porcelain Plate. 4 assorted patterns. 5″ diameter, $4 each

Gold-finished Stainless Steel Spreader/Fork/Spoon. Set of 3. Gift boxed. $25

Blue-and-white Porcelain Platter, $40

Denim Polyester Pillow. Feather filled. 22″x22″, $85

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”
Wallace Stevens, American Poet

A simple wall sconce or small pendant can be a simple way to make a backyard or porch feel warm and inviting. By placing accent lights at upward or downward angles and using wall-wash lighting, you can silhouette trees and direct shadows. Choose post-mounted lanterns near driveways and wall-mounted lanterns next to doors for ease of access and to welcome guests. For deck stairs or terraced paths, add step lights to aid in navigation. Contact Royal Lighting for pricing and more information on outdoor lighting systems.


Made of an iron, glass and plastic construction with a stylish matte finish, this eye-catching outdoor light fixture provides up to 137 lumens of light and runs up to 1,000 hours.

Oslo Chandelier, $89.99


Decorative rattan design pendant lights up a gazebo or umbrella. Energy-efficient, white LEDs are a sustainable lighting solution. Runs up to eight hours when charged.

Fusion Solar Rattan Umbrella Light, $119


These café-style lamps will give your outdoor space that vintage vibe and that je ne sais quoi French flair.

CANVAS Marais Outdoor String Lights, $54.99



Newport-I Set of 3 Nesting End Tables, $399.99

Rocha Outdoor Side Table, $299


Both cushions are inspired by art, this whimsical floral pattern was translated from an original watercolour painting into a modern, silk pillow cover. Roar + Rabbit Outdoor Flower Blossom Cushion, $69;

The bright turquoise cushion was inspired by an original painting; it is an all-weather, pre-filled cushion with this gorgeous print on both front and back. Roar + Rabbit Thistle Silhouette Capri Cushion, $59;

Flatweave Spartina Outdoor Rug, 5″x8″ $89.99. 8″x10″, $139.99