Summer by the lake

Those fortunate enough to live lakeside or to have a cottage retreat revel in the season’s splendor. Cast off your monotones, your muted greens and flat taupes. Dive with abandon into color and see how that one change enlivens this season’s memories for years to come.

Those fortunate enough to live lakeside or to have a cottage retreat revel in the season’s splendor. Cast off your monotones, your muted greens and flat taupes. Dive with abandon into color and see how that one change enlivens this season’s memories for years to come.

TAKING FLIGHT

A shiny metal butterfly, second cousin once removed from a monarch, boasts a wingspread of 2 feet and promises to enliven any privacy fence or lanai wall. Afternoon sun reflects its rich paint colors at their zenith. $19.99,Tuesday Morning, 4413 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 649-9610. www.tuesdaymorning.com

PLACE TO RELAX

A fabric sling suspended between two points, a hammock is the very definition of summer relaxation. Try out this rainbow-striped cotton, polyester and rayon version known as “Hammock in a Bag.” It will snuggle two if your combined weight is less
than 265 pounds. $29.99,Target, 5584 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-2153. www.target.com

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DON’T EAT THE SHELLS

This seaside ceramic platter looks as good on its metal stand as it does at the center of a barbecue feast.

Pale ocean blue is the bubbly backdrop to a charming collection of starfish and shells in offwhite.

$46, Kohl’s, 5478 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-5200. www.kohls.com

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DON’T FORGET TO WIPE YOUR FEET

Let guests know you know “green” by placing a festive butterfly-dotted coir welcome mat at the front door. Coir is a byproduct of coconut husks and is a whiz at brushing dirt from summer sandals. $14.95, Pier 1 Imports, 4643 Everhard Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 966-1255. www.pier1.com

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WHEN PIGS FLY

Here’s pink proof that pigs do fly but readily will agree to come down to earth to double as watering cans for the capricious gardener.

$29.95, Pier 1 Imports, 4643 Everhard Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 966-1255. www.pier1.com

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STEPPIN’ UP

Plain rubber flip-flops are oh, so passe.

Cutting-edge junior fashionistas will prefer the stylings of this hot-pink terry pair festooned with the happy face of an impossibly green frog.

$12, Kohl’s, 5478 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. www.kohls.com

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Candles enhance outdoor ambience, but any wind puff on the patio leaves guests in the dark. Add charm and ensured light for the night by placing a pillar candle in this 24-inch-tall, lime-green metal lantern. Glass windows block breezes. $30, Pier 1 Imports, 4643 Everhard Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 966- 1255. www.pier1.com

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PARTY AT THE BEACH

Why make a quiet entrance when you can waltz in with party-ready monkeys and frogs on your all-cotton beach towels? $19.98 each, Kohl’s, 5478 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-5200. www.kohls.com

CALMING SOUNDS

Those blessed with perfect pitch need not cover their ears when gentle breezes tickle these wind chimes. A handtuned, celestial trill is as pleasing as a songbird’s morning greeting. $49.99, Tuesday Morning, 4413 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 649-9610. www.tuesdaymorning.com

SPLISH, SPLASH

Artisans at Smith & Hawken designed a colorful ceramic mini birdbath for the enjoyment of birds and bird-watchers alike. $24.99, Target, 5584 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-2153. www.target.com

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OPEN SESAME

Break out a chilled bottle of pinot grigio and let the Pro Waring cordless wine opener do the work.

Keep it handy on the tiki bar, for it can pull up to 80 natural or synthetic corks on one full charge.

$39.99,Target, 5584 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-2153. www.target.com

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REST FOR A WHILE

Outdoor pillows brighten settees and lounges with giant sunflower and daisy graphics and coordinated, gregarious stripes.

$19.99 each, Kohl’s, 5478 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-5200. www.kohls.com

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HE WON’T PEEK

Perched pertly on a ball of lily pads, this textured ceramic frog promises to keep all your garden secrets.

$19.95, Pier 1 Imports, 4643 Everhard Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 966-1255. www.pier1.com

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ART DECO ORANGE

Grandma’s iced tea always tasted better when she poured it from her old Fiesta Dinnerware pitcher. Traditions need not die.

Start fresh with this contemporary orange model patterned after the Art Deco designs of the 1930s.

$49.99 Kohl’s, 5478 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-5200. www.kohls.com

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RIBBET!

Poured from a laughter-provoking, bug-eyed frog pitcher, lemonade gets elevated status on the picnic table.

$19.95, Pier 1 Imports, 4643 Everhard Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 966-1255. www.pier1.com