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SALUT: Outdoor decor gets a Canadian twist |

SALUT: Outdoor decor gets a Canadian twist

Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations are sure to influence outdoor parties this year, from the types of food served to the style of decor. 

But while dollar-store flags and red cups may suffice for some, there are ways to incorporate Canadiana to a backyard bash or patio party that are altogether more stylish. 


“If you’re looking to style your home in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, focus on creating a heritage feel rather than purchasing novelty pieces like flags or maple leaf table cloths,” Stephen Michlits, trend and design direction lead with the Home Collection at Real Canadian Superstore, says.

“Items like plaid blankets, or landscape-inspired pillows will extend beyond your Canada Day celebrations and take your decor from season to season, even after all the festivities are done.” 



Spruce up your outdoor decor this patio season with a Canada 150 theme. Several retailers, including Real Canadian Superstore, have released collections honouring the country’s milestone in a chic and easy way. Pillows, table, outdoor rug, lanterns and plant from PC Home.

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Michlits suggests pairing less literal nods to Canadian style with other elements that will remind partygoers of the True North.

“Ground these classic Canadiana items with your existing decor, particularly wooden pieces including big cutting boards, bowls and wooden centrepieces,” he says.

And you don’t have to stick to a colour scheme of red and white, either. 

“Traditionally, red has always been a go-to for Canadians, think Muskoka chairs and plaid blankets. But we’re seeing the Canadian customer shift to teals and aquas this year,” Michlits says.

“It’s easy to keep this look fresh by blending with other white patio items including small tables, vases, or even full cabana sets.”

Looking for a way to incorporate a touch of provincial pride into your outdoor setting without showcasing a maple leaf? Consider picking up items that are a nod to local crafts and artisans over literal symbolism. 

“One of the exciting parts about Canada 150 inspired designs is that we have so many different regions and looks that can inspire our outdoor entertaining,” Michlits says.

Savvy entertainers and decorators can put out local salmon on driftwood serving platters for B.C., or Montreal smoked meat in lumberjack plaid serviette lined bowls for Quebec. Cliché? Yes, but also an unexpected way to serve up some Canadiana. 

Finish your outdoor party prep with hints of metallic for an on-trend appeal that’s sure to have people feeling the need to snap and #share. 

“As brands want to help Canadians bring indoor decor outdoors, many designers are introducing little hits of metallic, like rose gold rims, to more durable glassware that can transition with you through the seasons,” Michlits says.

Opt for gold-rimmed wine glasses or dinnerware with a sleek slice of silver for a touch of unexpected glamour.

“Along with dinnerware, metallic statement-pieces are great to dress up any table setting,” he says. 

Don’t feel the need to overwhelm your outdoor space with patriotic paraphernalia — as is the case with most decor themes, when it comes to feting Canada’s 150th, less is more, and layering is best. And don’t be afraid to incorporate a few of your favourite indoor elements into your outside space. 

“Bring the indoors outdoors by taking candles, throws and plates that you normally use during the cooler months and transitioning them to outside easily and keep the elegance of indoor dining,” Michlits says. “We want to create an outdoor ‘living room’ to give that cosy, intimate ambience with the beauty of enjoying the Canadian outdoors with family and friends.”


Cheap and chic Canadiana: 5 items to buy on a budget

You don’t have to boast a huge decorating budget in order to update your outdoor space with cool Canadiana. 

The key, is to think small, as in accent pieces. 

“Use what you have and layer in different, on-trend items for the season like coloured pillows, throws or plates and bowls,” Stephen Michlits, trend and design direction lead with the Home Collection at Real Canadian Superstore, says. 

From party plates to serving trays, there is a fun, Canada-inspired decor piece that fits even the most conservative of budgets. 

Here are a few of our wallet-friendly favourites. 

Easy accents 

All you need is a chair to throw one of these chic pillows onto and you’ve instantly given your outdoor space a quick Canada 150 update. Toss one onto your favourite Adirondack chair, or grab a full set and layer them on the chairs of your favourite outdoor dining set for a cosy and colourful assemblage. 

Real Canadian Superstore | $17-$20  

Get served

Looking for a piece that can do double duty? Consider picking up a serving tray like this red-black-and-white version that features “Canadian Icons” such as plaid, a moose and maple syrup-soaked pancakes. The design can be used to convey goodies from kitchen to table but also makes a great centrepiece for holding candles, cups, utensils and a simple floral arrangement. 

HomeSense | $19.99  

Well plated 

Make a statement this patio season with this fun set of four Lakeside appetizer plates. In addition to featuring cute sayings such as “Life is better in Canada” these accent plates are perfect for sticky fingers and slippery situations thanks to the shatterproof melamine material.

Indigo | $29.50 

Canadian cuppa 

Planning on serving a cool Canadian whiskey this summer? Why not pour it into an equally cool Canadian cup like this Brilliant Canada 150 Deluxe Whisky Glass. The classic design is sure to appeal to even the pickiest of liquor connoisseurs. 

Walmart.ca | $34.99 

Cool cover

Looking for a more subtle (and less red and white) way to honour Canada? Consider picking up an iconic Hudson’s Bay Company throw in a cool icy hue. Grey was introduced this year in honour of Canada’s big birthday, and you’ll be happy to have it draped over your favourite chair or sofa long after the summer season ends.  

Thebay.com | $170

Aharris@postmedia.com

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