Bring your table outside! It's prime time for entertaining, and we have the resources and ideas you'll need to make your pool area a haven all summer long.
Choose an outdoor umbrella with a UV-protected canopy (this one filters 98 percent of the sun's harmful rays) and durable
teak and marine-quality steel construction and you'll be made in the shade.
Buy it: Teak Octagonal Umbrella, from $895, and Santa Monica Chaise, from $980, and Cushion, from $285; restorationhardware.com. Bath Sheet in Tangerine Damask, $50; garnethill.com.
Save yourself the trouble (and back pain) of lugging boxes of pool toys and towels outdoors with a basket-framed (and -topped)
wagon you can grab by the handle and roll around—just like the old Radio Flyer you had as a kid!
Buy it: Garden Wagon, price available upon request; janusetcie.com for retailers
Listen to your favorite jams with in-ground camouflage landscape speakers that hold up to both rain and saltwater spray—and
blend in a whole lot better than bulky sound equipment.
Buy it: Free Space 51 Environmental Speakers, $450; bose.com
When the clear blue pool beckons, give in! A floating lounger is the perfect way to enjoy the water without pruney fingers.
This one boasts an extra-large back rest, pillow, and built-in drink and MP3 holders.
Buy it: Luxury Lounge in Lemon, $55; nationaldiscountpoolsupplies.com
Make plopping down on a poolside lounger even more fun by dressing it with fashion-forward all-weather pillows. We love the
idea of mixing different sizes and patterns, but maintaining a uniform color scheme to tie it all together. And if you tend
to hang by the pool past sunset, keep a cozy outdoor-friendly throw nearby. This plush checkered version is crafted in rain-resistant
acrylic, but mimics the textures of chenille and bouclé.
Buy it: 20" × 20" Outdoor Monogram Yellow Pillow, $212, and 24" × 24" Outdoor Band Yellow Pillow, $250; squarefeathers.com. Sunbrella Chenille/Bouclé Check Throw, $245; textillery.com.
A space- and wallet-friendly alternative to building a full outdoor bar, this portable serving cart can double as a stationary
drink station for parties. The retractable leaf extends to create more space for holding bottles, mixers, glasses, and garnishes,
so guests can stay well-stocked. Avoid broken-glass disasters with durable acrylic drinkware. Choose a set with a hammered
texture like this one for a look that most closely resembles high-end glassware.
Buy it: Teak Serving Cart, $1,850; gloster.com for retailers. Hammered Acrylic Glassware, $14 for a set of four; westelm.com.
Line your pool area with domed path lights that shed a soft glow on just your landscape and walkway, making it easier to find
the path without the harsh glare of too-bright outdoor lighting.
Buy it: Sebring Path Light in Brushed Stainless by Sea Gull Lighting, $80; wayfair.com.
Keep beach towels from getting wet by storing them in the frame of this woven lounge.
Buy it: See! Chaise Lounge, $3,375; janusetcie.com for retailers