For the AJC
Pools, lakefront locations and other water features help summer vacations start at home. If water is a focal point around your home, here are some must-have items for pools and sundecks.
Lounge around the pool with this marine-inspired recliner from Summer Classics, an Alabama-based company. Its Dolphin Collection also features chairs, an ottoman and tables. The pieces are made of aluminum with teak accents and with sustainable Sunbrella fabric. $1,279-$1,553 (depending on fabric choice). Available at Summer Classics Home-Atlanta in Roswell.
Adirondack chairs, such as these by Barlow Tyrie, a British company that manufactures outdoor teak furniture with traditional and contemporary designs, add a seashore feel, even if you’re miles away. The cushions can be covered in Sunbrella fabric, too. $949, www.teak.com, www.sunbrella.com. AuthenTEAK in West Midtown is a Barlow Tyrie retailer.
The IntelliBrite LED color-changing landscape light by Pentair can be synchronized with pool and spa lighting, or set a different hue for the outdoors. The LED lights use 92 percent less energy than others, such as 12-volt systems, according to the company. It is part of Pentair’s Eco Select brand. Multiple local retailers; for one near you, visit www.pentairpartners.com/dealerlocator/dealerlocatorlist.aspx.
Illuminate walkways around pools and water features with the Hampton Bay Outdoor Rustic Iron Path Light, a circular light with a traditional feel. The crackle glass gives the wavy effect of a waterfall and it uses a 10-watt halogen blub. $27.49 each at The Home Depot.
Lemon, blueberry and guava are the refreshing colors for Poolmaster’s new inflatable pool lounger. The Luxury Lounge has a built-in MP3 player holder and beverage holder, and an extra large backrest and pillow. Prices range from $59-$80. Available online at retailers such as amazon.com, nationaldiscountpoolsupplies.com, swimoutlet.com. Local Poolmaster retailers include AquaRama Pools Spas in Marietta and Brown’s Pools and Spas, with multiple area locations (see poolmaster.com/retailers for other stores).
Shield yourself and guests from the sun’s rays with this 9-foot umbrella from Galtech. It’s made with Sunbrella or Suncrylic fabrics in a variety of colors, from red crimson to buttercup to forest green to more neutral heather beige. It can reach heights of 96 to 103 inches and it has enough shade to cover a 42- to 54-inch table. $299. Available at Casual Image in Marietta, casualimage.com.
Summer Classics’ tilt umbrella comes in 9-foot ($414-$704) and 11-foot ($516-$852) versions, with cast wicker, granite, cast iron and stained concrete bases. Available at Summer Classics Home-Atlanta in Roswell; summerclassics.com.
If you don’t have space for an outdoor kitchen or bar, wheel out this teak serving cart for pool time refreshments. The cart, by Gloster, has a retractable leaf to create additional serving space, which is a plus when entertaining. $1,850. It’s 35 1/2 inches wide, 24 1/2 inches deep and 29 inches high. Available at gloster.com; local Gloster retailers include AuthenTEAK in West Midtown.