What makes a great pool? Size? Shape? Amenities? Location? Landscape? Color? Each of us responds to different elements of a design and what I categorize as awesome may leave another cold. To some, a giant slide, diving board, and a built in bar would make the pool of their dreams. To others, a swimming hole set in a natural landscape would fulfill their dream pool design. An infinity pool with an ocean view beyond is hard not to impress but one doesn’t need to be super wealthy to create a beautiful pool.
While a fabulous location will make any pool look better, a simple pool in an ordinary backyard can be made to look like a million bucks worthy of a place in a coffee table book on pools. The secret? Landscaping. Whether it includes specimen plants, impressive trees, colorful flowers, or a lush lawn of green grass, the landscape surrounding a pool is integral to creating an attractive design.
Pool season is, once again, upon us. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and with it comes the opening of pools and thoughts of long, lazy days spent in the sun and water. Looking at pools and the creative designs that are featured in the pages of design magazines and on the boards of Pinterest, is one of my nothing-else-to-do pastimes. And so, in honor of the holiday, I am sharing a few of my favorites.
Ok, so I included my pool (above). My husband and I designed it nearly twenty years ago and it is still one of my favorites. When you are in the pool and look up at the gardens, it is peaceful and tranquil (and smells good, too!).
Happy Memorial Day!