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Fab summer finds under $30

Fab summer finds under $30 Author: Style At Home

DIY Projects

Fab summer finds under $30



Summertime, and the living is easy . . . especially when it's easy on your budget. We've pulled together a bouquet of great summer products, all available across Canada and in some cases online, to help make the season's long, lazy days even more fabulous.

1 Softer looking than traditional black wrought iron garden accessories and sturdier than plastic, the Rusty Wire Collection adds a touch of Victorian charm and grace to your backyard. The collection includes a pretty wall planter large enough to hold a row of potted impatiens or ivy, standing garden hook for a hanging basket, trellis, topiary stake, obelisk, and a dome wall hanging to place on a fence -- or even indoors. $9.99 - $21.99,
GET IT: Home Hardware, homehardware.ca for stores.
2 Pretty enough to use indoors or out, Noma's Lexington Collection solar-powered table lamp, available at Canadian Tire ($24.99), lets the power of the sun light your patio table even after dark. The handsome, Mission-inspired lamp features three white LED lights, on-off switch, durable black resin body and white frosted lampshade, and is designed to co-ordinate with the Lexington patio set or light up your life on its own.
GET IT: Canadian Tire, canadiantire.com for stores.
3 The SOMMAR backrest allows you to bring your own seating to the beach or the backyard, at a relaxing price of $19.99 apiece. Measuring 52 cm by 170 cm, the backrest provides roomy support, and is made of light blue, green, or light orange cotton canvas.
GET IT: IKEA, ikea.ca for stores.
4 The Home Collection of outdoor games from President's Choice provides hours of fun on the lawn or at the cottage, and they're easy to pack and put away later. The Bocce ball set ($19.94) features metal bocce balls, a canvas travel pouch, and instructions for this classic European game; Classic Ring Toss ($9.94) is easy even for young kids and includes soft nylon rope rings and hardwood posts. Also available: classic croquet and badminton sets ($29.99).
GET IT: President's Choice, presidentschoice.ca for stores.
5 Home Hardware's Pop-up Sun Shelter ($29.99) is light enough to carry along with you, and provides instant, portable shelter from rain or sun. The shelter is made from washable, aluminized coated denier polyester fabric, with an SPF factor of 50, enough for a full 8 hours of protection from UVA and UVB rays. It also features two pockets for storing what-have you, and even a couple of windows for enjoying the view.
GET IT: Home Hardware, homehardware.ca for stores.
6 Canadian Tire's melamine Hibiscus dinnerware and co-ordinating Celadon beverage and serving ware, set a backyard table that's elegant and fresh as a cool breeze. The Hibiscus line includes dinner plate ($3.49), side plate ($2.99), bowl ($2.99) and tray ($12.99); the Celadon line features a pitcher ($12.99), martini shaker ($4.99), serving bowl ($12.99) and four sizes of glasses ($2.99-$3.49). Natural bamboo placemats ($3.49 each) and "Temptation" style silverware (20 piece rack, $24.99) add a gracious finishing touch.
GET IT: Canadian Tire, canadiantire.com for stores.
7 SOMMAR fly swatters are a time-honoured solution to an old summer problem, but with a pretty new twist. Made of polypropylene in a range of summery colours, the swatters feature a bug motif (guaranteed to strike terror into any entomological miscreant), and a handy rolled handle with a hole in the end for hanging up when not in use. At $1.49 for a set of two, bugs won't dare to enter your kitchen again.
GET IT:IKEA, ikea.ca for stores.
8 This wrought-iron look umbrella candleholder from Canadian Tire ($19.99) is a chic way to light an outdoor supper on the patio. Designed to clamp onto the pole of almost any patio umbrella, it holds 6 tea lights securely, safely, and attractively, and co-ordinates with many styles of outdoor furniture. Use citronella tea lights, and it'll keep the bugs away as well.
GET IT: Canadian Tire, canadiantire.com for stores.
9 The Joe Fresh Style straw summer hat (President's Choice, $9) features a wide floppy brim and full crown in a decidedly classic, Audrey Hepburn style, for gardening, beachcombing, or lounging by the pool movie-star style. Available in black, natural or cream.
GET IT: President's Choice, presidentschoice.ca for stores.
10 While away a hot summer afternoon in a hammock strung between a couple of trees-Huck Finn never had it this good. The Dyning hammock, new from Ikea ($29.00) comes in a range of garden-friendly colours and features a tubular powder-coated metal frame for strength and shape, and durable, washable nylon fabric. It's generously sized at 110 cm by 225, so you can even fit in a couple of kids-if you really want to.
GET IT:IKEA, ikea.ca for stores.

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Fab summer finds under $30