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The In Box by Susan Martin: Creature comforts

Water creatures are waiting for an invitation to come to your home this season. There is no telling where they will show up next. You’ll find them on textiles and tabletop accessories as well as on decorative items for inside and out.

While they fit in naturally at a beach house, some will look equally at home by the pool, on the patio or in a sunroom.

So go ahead. Dive in.

Superstars: Pier 1 describes its starfish wall collage as “part vintage chic, part seaside charm.” It’s cast iron with an antiqued painted finish. Regularly priced $69.95 at, where you can check local store availability.

Wave hello: Embroidered octopus outdoor pillow in Maui blue is UV-treated. It measures 17 inches square and is regularly priced $35 at Pier 1,

Treat yourself: Get ready for summer entertaining with a seahorse snack bowl from Pottery Barn. It’s priced $18.50 at, where you can check out other seahorse-themed items.

Mix it up: Melamine salad plates are from the Playa Sea Life collection at Pottery Barn. A mixed set of four is regularly priced $32.50 at

Dry off: Kids’ graphic velour beach towel comes in several prints, including Watercolor Dolphin. Priced $26 at