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Stocking Up For Summer

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Just as your house needs certain essentials to keep it running smoothly... a tool box, light bulbs, batteries, etc...a summer house or vacation rental home should have certain essentials for the season.

In anticipation of summer's first long weekend, here are some of the things I will have on hand for fun and leisurely summer days and nights away.

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These fish soaps on a rope are just right for that outdoor shower that gets so much use. (chanceco.com)

1 These fish soaps on a rope are just right for that outdoor shower that gets so much use. (chanceco.com)

Acrylic pitchers are perfect for a home with a pool -- this one can be monogrammed. (themonogramexpress.com)

2 Acrylic pitchers are perfect for a home with a pool -- this one can be monogrammed. (themonogramexpress.com)

This chalkboard set is ideal for any bustling summer house. You can use it to make out farmers' market lists or write messages to guests. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

3 This chalkboard set is ideal for any bustling summer house. You can use it to make out farmers' market lists or write messages to guests. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

A case of wine is a must-have for summer dinners. It's the perfect time of year for rose. (Pasanellaandson.com)

4 A case of wine is a must-have for summer dinners. It's the perfect time of year for rose. (Pasanellaandson.com)

Coasters with a nautical theme are a way to add some chic color to a beach rental. (lekkerhome.com)

5 Coasters with a nautical theme are a way to add some chic color to a beach rental. (lekkerhome.com)

Pack your own luxurious and crisp sheets and you will sleep even better on weekends. Martha Stewart Collection for Macys. (macys.com)

6 Pack your own luxurious and crisp sheets and you will sleep even better on weekends. Martha Stewart Collection for Macys. (macys.com)

Why not learn a little something as you stroll through those country meadows. (chanceco.com)

7 Why not learn a little something as you stroll through those country meadows. (chanceco.com)

Crisp, graphic napkins upgrade the usual paper fare at a summer cottage. (robertarollerrabbit.com)

8 Crisp, graphic napkins upgrade the usual paper fare at a summer cottage. (robertarollerrabbit.com)

Beach towels are a must -- especially when they are this pretty. (frescotowels.com)

9 Beach towels are a must -- especially when they are this pretty. (frescotowels.com)

This is a great design too! (frescotowels.com)

10 This is a great design too! (frescotowels.com)

This adorable twig marshmallow roaster will get lots of use all summer long. (shopterrain.com)

11 This adorable twig marshmallow roaster will get lots of use all summer long. (shopterrain.com)

Stainless steel straws are fun addition to drinks at cocktail hour. (amazon.com)

12 Stainless steel straws are fun addition to drinks at cocktail hour. (amazon.com)

This pot is ideal for steaming lobsters. Martha Stewart Collection for Macys. (macys.com)

13 This pot is ideal for steaming lobsters. Martha Stewart Collection for Macys. (macys.com)

Weekend houses tend to be short on serveware. This oblong stoneware dish can be used for everything from bagels to fresh grilled vegetables. (shopterrain.com)

14 Weekend houses tend to be short on serveware. This oblong stoneware dish can be used for everything from bagels to fresh grilled vegetables. (shopterrain.com)

Why not make breakfast an event? This pretty milk carton made of porcelain is decorated with Delft Blue flowers. (lekkerhome.com)

15 Why not make breakfast an event? This pretty milk carton made of porcelain is decorated with Delft Blue flowers. (lekkerhome.com)

This beach towel is a playful wink at an important summer rule,

16 This beach towel is a playful wink at an important summer rule, "never forget the sunscreen." (chanceco.com)

Every house needs a solid flashlight should a summer storm put out the power. This Jonas Damon torch is a chic must-have. (upriverhome.com)

17 Every house needs a solid flashlight should a summer storm put out the power. This Jonas Damon torch is a chic must-have. (upriverhome.com)

This drink dispenser is so smart for long al fresco meals. Martha Stewart Collection for Macys. (macys.com)

18 This drink dispenser is so smart for long al fresco meals. Martha Stewart Collection for Macys. (macys.com)

What are you stocking for summer weeeknds?

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Comments (1)

  • Wow summer is so close your post looks so fresh. I am sure your summer will be exciting and adventurous. Going to Lebanon mid June can't wait to spend time in our house in the mountains and spend some time in Beirut to finish the new apartment, and later on to Europe, busy summer.
    Best of luck.

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