Jennifer Berry watches the sunset from a lifeguard chair at a beach on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, January 7, 2014. Credit: Reuters We can't all make it to the beach this year.
Credit: Reuters

 

We’d all love an ocean-front pad. Not quite in this summer’s budget? These nautical accents add a little seaside sensibility.

 

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Because your grill skills deserve more than paper plates: this cookout-friendly melamine collection is the freshest of catches.
$21 each, www.onekingslane.com

 

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Coyuchi’s appliquéd pillow is made with organic linen and complete with coconut shell buttons.
$92, www.coyuchi.com

 

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This so-fresh, so-clean sea salt soap is way nicer than the bars you’ve swiped from swanky resorts.
$6, www.westelm.com

 

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Perfect for knick-knacks or a selection of your cuter books, this sea-worthy set of shelves floats our boat.
$105 (set of 2), www.wayfair.com

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Come bearing dips: C Wonder’s coolest-blue serving tray features four removable inserts, each featuring a sea creature illustration.
$58, www.cwonder.com

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As if we needed another reason to cuddle up on the couch: Lacoste Home’s preppy throws are the perfect patriotic wink to July 4th.
$130 each, www.lacoste.com

Vacation home sales on the rise
Looks like quite a few of you owe us a beach party invitation. According to a survey from the National Association of Realtors, vacation home sales in the U.S. rose 29.7 percent last year to an estimated 717,000 properties, up from 553,000 in 2012. These sales accounted for 13 percent of all transactions last year.

By the numbers:

$8M
There are 8 million vacation homes in the U.S., according to the survey.

$85,600
The median household income of a vacation home buyer