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Pooling Pleasures 

Accessories to make your pool area a paradise

Floating retreat -- Refresh yourself in more ways than one with a Newport Elite Lounge with hour glass-shaped plastic frame and a sling-style fabric lounge bed for comfort. There's also a padded pillow attached at the top to support the neck and head, a backrest that can be placed upright or reclined, a framed footrest for leg support, a coated aluminum frame that resists corrosion and two built-in cup holders, $69.99, from Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies (4640 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 456-9905;

A full plate -- You can dine poolside elegantly without sacrificing your good china with colorful plastic tableware in the colors of summer: a brightly striped dinner plate, $2.99, looks great under a floral salad plate, $1.99. The place setting is completed with flatware with striped plastic handles, $9.99 for four three-piece place settings, and a lime tumbler, $1.99; all from Target (1731 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 227-2014; 4500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-2184; 61121 Airport Road, Slidell, 985-649-6903;

Dining out -- Enjoy the al fresco lifestyle with this "Crossweave" patio set, which is sturdy, comfortable and comes in a variety of colors and finishes by Three Coins, $2,299 for a 32-inch round table and four chairs, from Fischer Gambino (637 Royal St., 524-9067; 602 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-7757;

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