Lowe's isn't the only retailer who's expanding (see post below). IKEA Canada just announced plans for new stores in Winnipeg and Ottawa, cities which clearly need some help with their style. (JUST KIDDING - if the rest of the country can keep bashing Toronto, can't we Torontonians take a few good-natured pokes? After all, what other fun do we have in a city that's paralyzed when 10 centimetres of snow falls? ) and will be rebuilding showrooms in Etobicoke, Edmonton and Boucherville, Quebec.Speaking of IKEA, I just got a disc with pics of some of their new summer offerings Love the lounge-styled modular seating series ARHOLMA, which reminds me of the far more expensive - and totally fabulous - outdoor furniture from DEDON If you want to know why DEDON stuff is so expensive - or if you are just fascinated by how beautiful things are made - watch the DEDON TV on the site. But back to IKEA, which is more in my price range. Also love the ÄPPLARÖ outdoor furniture line (see pic above), which has larger pieces for backyard patio and smaller, condo-friendly pieces. Everything is made from durable Acacia wood, which has lovely honey tones that would look just perfect in my back yard!