Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Summer days feel wonderfully endless, and we’ve been inspired to find new ways to spend those long, lazy afternoons. Why not relax outside and enjoy the extra hours of daylight? A few creature comforts and some entertaining essentials can turn a weekend afternoon into an impromptu party. Here’s what we love this week.

Nothing’s more relaxing than a hammock, and this fun hammock chair lets you have one all to yourself. If you’re lucky enough to have a spreading tree in your yard, turn it into a favorite summer hang-out with a few hammock chairs. The chair also works with hammock stands or doubles as a porch swing. Great for a solitary retreat or as extra seating for get-togethers, swing chairs fit any outdoor living style. Cushioned canvas seats keeps these chairs as comfortable as they are cool.

Make more room around your deck with outdoor patio furniture sets that keep your favorite drink or snack within easy reach. Because they attach securely to a railing on your deck or porch, these tables won’t tip and spill your morning coffee or afternoon iced tea. When they aren’t in use, fold them up and out of your way. Each table holds up to 50 pounds, so go ahead and use them to serve meals or hold heavy bottles.

Beat summer sun with fun style when you add a few charmingly retro tiki umbrellas to your deck. The umbrellas look like natural thatch, but the synthetic straw is weather-resistant and hides a durable polyester fabric umbrella that provides as much shade as a traditional beach umbrella. If you’re planning a pool party, make it a luau when you decorate with tiki style. We love this look with tiki torches and plenty of colorful outdoor dining accessories that fit the Polynesian theme.

Speaking of color, you can get more of it into your outdoor decor with outdoor furniture covers in mouth-watering, summery hues such as watermelon and kiwi. These stretchy terry slipcovers give last year’s poolside furniture an instant update. They aren’t just another pretty detail, either; with pockets for your sunscreen, shades and a good summer read, these covers are practical too. When it’s time to head to the beach for the weekend, whisk the cover off your chaise at home and fold it into a convenient tote that’s perfect for the shore.

One of the best ways to stay cool in the summer is to keep all the things that heat your home outside, and that includes cooking. Grilling foods also gives them amazing flavor, especially when you have the equipment to make the most of your propane or charcoal grill. Grilling essentials turn out flawless fire-roasted peppers, grilled fish, kabobs, and more. Serve your delicious food on outdoor dinnerware sets and let your meals take on the rich flavors of the grill while keeping food where you want it. Move beyond burgers this summer and become a true grill master!

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