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
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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Follow the Light
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.
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Take a Break
Keep beach towels from getting wet by storing them in the frame of this woven lounge.