Ah, we remember the days when a melancholy poetry undergrad would pull an innocent lass into his room, plug in his string of patio lights and consider it an ambience of luv. Whether you're looking to doll up your deck or patio for the rest of the warm weather or just dying for a piece of haute kitsch to string across your living room, these are some of the sauciest lights in town.
Because you are oh so Canadian, bring a proud piece of your heritage home with moose lights. If you can do a moose call, they'll be your special friends (1, Flatiron's, 51 Front East, 416-365-1506, $21.99).
Ladybugs are about the only kind of -- eeew! -- insects we like here; you can have these ultimate girly pests in multicoloured glory (2, Haven, 498 Queen West, 416-504-1251, $19.99).
Inspire the CanCon rock star within with these musical notes (3, Retropolis, 101 Yorkville, unit 12B, 416-975-8885, $22.99), all the while musing, "Can rock stars actually read notes?"
Go more trad with simple blue balls -- no, that's not what we meant (4, Artzy Phartzy, 418 Queen West, 416-504-0475, $24.99/two sets for $34.99) -- or the classic chili pepper look (5, Artzy Phartzy, $24.99).
If you want to ride the trailer-trash chic wave, make the vibe complete with these trailer/truck combo lights (6, Flatiron's, $21.99).
We know ever since you developed a crush on R2 that you've wanted a robot of your own. Now you can have 12 feet of them hanging over your head (7, Retropolis, $22.99). And if you're one of those esteemed many who really wish aliens would actually come and take over the Earth, get the next best thing with a string of Mars Attacks spaceships and Martians (8, Retropolis, $22.99).
With files from Joy KittredgeString up some sparks with these patio pleasers