Mother Nature has turned up the heat in the midwest and with the long holiday weekend and the beginnings of those muggy midwest summer days, once again my mind has drifted toward thoughts of water. The Memorial Day weekend usually marks the openings of many a pool both public and private.  If you’re one of those who are lucky enough to have your own backyard pool, this blog is for you! Why not bliss out and rejuvenate poolside this summer in style and comfort?

Whether you look at unique and extra special lighting, adding dreamy wisps of outdoor drapery to give your space a tropical island feel or incorporating colorful accents and accessories, there is an abundance of options available now that are not only weather resistant but look absolutely smashing! I found some great ideas to help you accomplish exactly that, so get those flip flops out, throw on a swimsuit, grab a towel and let’s head outdoors for some fun in the sun!

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Floating pool light by Moonlight

By The Light… Of The Silvery Moon
I am simply captivated by moonlights.  They are so unusual I featured them in my blog on outdoor spaces. Now you can have floating moonlights to lend a surreal and serene glow to your pool in the evening. Sooo pretty!

Modern Outdoor Talt Lounge
Talt fixed chaise lounge by Modern Outdoor

Kick Back and Relax
Love the clean lines and the combination of wood and metal in these gorgeous chaise lounges from Modern Outdoor. Simply beautiful.

LED Beverage Tub by Frontgate Design Connection Inc Kansas City Interior Design Blog
LED Beverage Tub by Frontgate

Be the Light of the Party!
Don’t forget to dress the tabletop! Who wouldn’t look forward to having a drink when it’s chilled in ice that is catching the nuances of colored lights?

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Brown & Jordan Kensington Collection

Create an Intimate Setting
It’s amazing what a little color, outdoor drapery and timeless wicker outdoor furniture can do to create a space that is cozy and beckons you to spend time outdoors.

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Outback Chair Co. Urban Balance Wave Wicker Hammock via

An Extraordinary Hammock
Forget the old rope hammock and opt for a stylish, comfortable and contemporary alternative from Outback Chair company. You can choose different patterns and colors for the pillows and chances are you’ll want to wile everyday away gently swaying in one of these under bright and sunny skies.

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Talavera Melamine Salad Plates by Pottery Barn

Dish it out!
When you are hanging out by the pool it only makes sense to have pool friendly melamine dinnerware that is festive and eye catching. Just another way to make your time outdoors extra special with these festive plates, simply top with your favorite food and oooooh life is good!

Havana Outdoor Terra Floor Lamp from yLighting Design Connection Inc Kansas City Interior Design Blog
Havana Outdoor Terra Floor Lamp from yLighting

I Love Lamp.
Who says you can’t put a floor lamp outdoors? If it’s good enough for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, then surely your backyard could benefit from having these phenomenal lamps providing a bit of art and illumination!

There are so many great ideas for personalizing and making your outdoor pool area warm and inviting enough for you to consider it your own personal tropical retreat! Plus when you take the time to make it a place you truly enjoy spending time at you’ll find yourself relaxing in your outdoor space more than ever. Do you have anything special you incorporated into your pool area to make it uniquely yours? I hope you’ll tell me by visiting with me on Facebook, Twitter or commenting here on the Design Connection Blog! Wishing you many sunshine filled days and warm summer nights to laze by the pool.