Take a step inside garden lifestyle mecca Indoors & Out and your senses are hit by all things outdoors - the fresh smell of growing plants, the hum of burbling fountains, the sparkle of twinkling patio lanterns and the soft textures of comfy-cushioned patio chairs. Opened in 1995 by award-winning gardener Jacob Verkade and retail maven Mrs. Chitiz (better known as Mrs. C ) - who retired two years ago - the store has been growing strong ever since. With exclusive-to-the store brands, a diehard following of decorators and designers, fully accessorized indoor and outdoor rooms sets, plus Verkade's expert advice, Indoors & Out is a must-visit if you're planning any outdoor living this season.
Verkade's Picks : Canadian-made recycled plastic Muskoka chair, $300 with end table and footstool, $120 each; solar outdoor brushed stainless steel LED uplights, in assorted styles, $36 and up; 15-foot over-the-umbrella mosquito netting, $420; battery-operated LED string lights, $19 per package.
Look for : Made-to-measure outdoor cushions, Gardener's line of skin care products, Canadian-made Rockwood teak furniture, and raffia-print tikki sunshades from Italy.
Hours : Monday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.