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Neoclassical Symmetry  

A pool bordered by allées of olive trees leads the gaze to a Neoclassical pool house in Atherton, California. Architect Eric J. Smith worked with landscape architect Peter Cummin on the formal grounds. The pool house serves as the property's focal point from the rear of the main house, mirroring the symmetry of the home's Georgian facade. In Flower magazine's book review of Renewing Tradition: The Architecture of Eric J. Smith, we show you the view looking from the other direction. Photo by Peter Margonelli
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A blue pool leads to a covered brick patio of the pool house, which features wood columns across the front and an aged metal roof and brick chimney

Converted Barn

“It’s like Southern style meets Hamptons style,” says designer James Farmer. When the Martin family renovated their historic home in Oak Bowery, Alabama, an old barn on the property found a new life as a backyard pool house. A long porch across the front offers a shady respite just steps from the curved edge of the pool's entrance, where a wide platform invites wading. Photo by Emily Followill
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Pool with a View

Expansive views of rolling hills and lemon groves await those lucky enough to be invited for a swim at designer Jennifer Amodei's pool. Nestled in a small town in Southern California, the 30-acre property features two acres of formal gardens, as well as a pair of charming stone buildings near the pool that serve as changing cabanas. Photo by Todd Tyler
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Unexpected Bonus "Room"

Trey and Jenny Laird assumed that a small cornfield at the end of their Hamptons property was communal. Upon discovering it was theirs, they suddenly had room for a pool and pavilion. “We created an outdoor living room where we spend most of our summer days,” says Jenny. Photo by Tria Giovan from Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons by Jennifer Ash Rudick
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Steve Martino, desert gardens

Pop of Color  

A smooth, coral-colored wall, complete with a built-in fireplace and lighting, provides a backdrop for the seating area in a poolside garden designed by Steve Martino. Low planters flank the seating area, while another planter, built around two existing palm trees, projects into the pool. Photo by Steve Gunther
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Photo of a courtyard pool. The trellis that garden designer Fernando Wong attached to the surrounding walls features a grid of squares crisscrossed by diagonal bars.

Geometrically Defined

Internationally renowned garden and landscape designer Fernando Wong used a geometric design of confederate jasmine to define the pool area of a Palm Beach home. Photo by Carmel Brantley
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Fit for an Heiress

When Flower magazine highlighted Hamptons florist Michael Grim in 2013, we got an exclusive peek into the Wainscott backyard of one of his clients—none other than Aerin Lauder, style and image director for the Estée Lauder Companies and founder of the luxury lifestyle brand AERIN. Grim decorated white picnic tables with blue and white hydrangeas for a pool party.
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Steve Martino, desert gardens

Arizona Oasis

In this Steve Martino-designed garden, the pool reflects Blue Palo Verde trees, the state tree of Arizona. They bloom every spring when desert plants come alive with brilliant colors. Photo by Steve Gunther
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charlotte moss garden

Iconic Style  

Are you surprised this perfectly styled East Hamptons pool belongs to the inimitable Charlotte Moss? Here, she sits poolside with Daisy, one of her Cavalier King Charles spaniels. The McKinnon and Harris sofa is a favorite spot to relax. Photo by Michael Mundy from the book Living Floral by Margot Shaw, Flower magazine's founder and editor-in-chief
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Two cats beside the Driscolls' backyard pool

Right-Sized for a Garden 

Rebuilding an early 20th-century home in Birmingham, Alabama, after a fire meant major construction. Homeowners Patty B. and Dave Driscoll took the opportunity to cut the pool in half, filling it in so they would have more space to garden and entertain. Photo by Laurey W. Glenn
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richard keith langham, pool house

Florida in the Hamptons

Richard Keith Langham often serves predinner drinks in the tented pavilion by the pool at his South Hampton, New York summer home. The plastic pink flamingos keep things playful and fun. Photo by Michael Mundy
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Hundred-year-old olive trees create a shady canopy, while the pool evokes what Scott Shrader calls “old school glamour.”

Timeless Elegance

Hundred-year-old olive trees create a shady canopy by a pool, evoking a scene that Scott Shrader describes as "old-school glamour" in his book The Art of Outdoor Living (Rizzoli New York, 2019).
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The courtyard pool abuts the living room and kitchen in the open-air home

Resort-Style Living

Australian artist Marcella Kaspar and her husband, designer Mark Cooper, built their open-air home based on the premise of five-star resort living. “We love the concept of the indoor and outdoor areas merging, so the house was oriented around a central courtyard with a pool,” says Kaspar. “This means the house is always cool in summer, and we enjoy the wonderful play of light as reflections from the water move through the interior spaces.” Photo by Simon Kenny/Living Inside
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Woodlands Greek Temple

Designer Bunny Williams’ pool house on her 12-acre Connecticut estate is a rustic ode to a classic Greek temple. Found fallen white oak trees became rusticated versions of Greek columns. For a clever finishing touch, Williams used pinecones to fill in the pediment. The result has become an architectural landmark as well as an oft used space to entertain casually in the summer. Photo by Mick Hales
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Big Easy Escape

The pool at this New Orleans home is nothing short of an oasis, where Queen Palms tower overhead, poolside planters double as fountains, and mosaic containers brim with flowers and greenery. Photo by Eugenia Uhl


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