Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Things We Love

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Things We Love

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May kicks off fun-in-the-sun season here on the First Coast. As you plan pool parties, beach bashes and backyard barbecues, keep these accoutrements in mind. Even if you're not planning a fete, a portable icemaker or a so-kitschy-it's-cute lamp will make hanging out on the patio that much more pleasant. Don't forget the mosquito repellent.


These mod, molded fiberglass Pinwheel chairs add eye-popping color

to any area outdoors -- or inside. The child-size chair has a flat bottom, but the one for adults rocks and swivels. ($199 to $299 from Studio 99. Call (708) 478-5929 to find a retailer.)


With Australian quartet Jet paving the way, jangly pop-rock with an edge is new again. Rooney's self-titled debut album is perfect for pool-side lounging. It's not a predictable selection (Jimmy Buffett, Beach Boys), but it's sunny enough for outdoors. The album works as background music -- not because of lack of substance, but because it's smooth. ($9.90 from Geffen Records.)


Beat the heat with this Summerville misting fan that runs on two AA

batteries. Take it for a spin while you catch some rays or when you take a break from that beach volleyball tournament. ($4.99 from Target.)


This portable icemaker requires no plumbing. Plug it in, add water and it makes 12 cubes -- in your choice of three sizes -- within eight minutes. The insulated compartment stores up to 2 1/2 pounds of ice, just the right amount for a refreshing round of lemonade or cocktails. ($399 from

Frontgate. 1-800-626-6488 or


A funky, functional sidetable keeps sunscreen, magazines, snacks, straw hats, shades and other outdoor essentials within easy reach. Lift the top to get to the machine-washable canvas storage pouch. It folds for easy storage, and the other fabric available for the pouch is a turquoise, navy and mint green batik floral pattern. ($49 from Pottery Barn Teen. 1-866-472-8336 or pbteen. …

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