Photo courtesy of Kai
If you have a pool in your backyard, you know several certainties: The enjoyment of swimming outweighs the headaches of maintenance; the feature is the perfect addition to a backyard BBQ; and the water is the perfect way to cool off in Jersey’s sweltering summer heat. And then there’s the fun you can have accessorizing the pool and its surrounding patio area. That’s where we come in!
Sure, you may not need all the pool items the NJ HOME editors have curated below, but trust us when we tell you they’ll certainly elevate your summer swimming situation. A few of our picks:
You’ll wonder how you ever lived without the BOTE Inflatable Hangout Bar, a rounded floating device that has four attachments which prevent drinks from toppling over. It even has room for a cooler in the middle to keep the beverages cold while you’re in the water.
*Available at REI, multiple locations, $349
No pool boy? No problem. Keep your towels close at hand with the Avalon Outdoor Wicker Towel Valet by Sparrow & Wren. It has two separate compartments: An upper one for clean, folded towels, and a handy hamper on the bottom in which to throw the used wet ones.
*Available at Bloomingdale’s, Short Hills and Paramus, $497
Give your patio a futuristic vibe with the Orbital Lounger by Vivere. It fully reclines, because we all know that poolside naps are the best naps.
*Available at Lowe’s, multiple locations, $159.97
What’s better than lounging next to the pool? Lounging in it, which is made possible with these Pool Shelf Loungers by Kai. This set will complement any contemporary décor you have in your outdoor space. Bonus is there’s a cup holder in each one, so you truly have no excuse to get up.
*Available at Fortunoff, Paramus, $1,399.95 for a set of two
Escape from it all—or at least make it feel like you’re somewhere else—with the Thermowood Mini-Cube Sauna. Inspired by the Scandinavian spa experience, this compact, intimate sauna for two hits 195 °F in less than an hour.
*Available at redwoodoutdoors.com, $4,999
Another perfect pool companion is the Oasis Outdoor Pool Shower, which only requires a hose hook-up to operate. The shower is made of brass, stainless steel and chrome, so it’s stylish, but also functional, preventing those chlorine messes from traipsing into your home.
*Available at Pottery Barn, multiple locations, $599
Super sweaty BBQs are not fun, so you’ll want an umbrella that’ll provide shade while you’re eating before or after a dip in the pool. The Auto Tilt Umbrella from Ballard Designs allows you to tilt the stand depending on where the sun is coming from. Also, it’s made of UV-blocking Sunbrella fabric so you’re protected from the elements in more ways than one.
*Available at Ballard Designs, King of Prussia, PA, 484.801.5830, $499 or $599 depending on fabrics
Napping, reading, scrolling Instagram—all of that and more is possible on the Frontgate Nadette Daybed. The wicker bottom withstands the elements, while the retractable canopy is made in Sunbrella fabric, which means it blocks 98 percent of UV rays.
*Available at frontgate.com, $4,679 to $7,118 depending on fabrics
Keep your drink, book, sunglasses or any other poolside necessities close by with the Anthropologie Striped Ceramic Side Table, whose Island-inspired pattern and rattan handles scream summertime. It can also double as a stool when you’re short on seating.
*Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations, $198