15 beautiful swimming pools we'd love to take a dip in
In a Southampton house, designers Kim Coleman and Michele Green added blue cushions on the Janus et Cie poolside furniture to match the clear blue sky.
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Brick courtyards are a French Quarter classic — walled gardens lush with the jungle spirit of the tropics. In a 1820s New Orleans cottage decorated by Susan Noble Jones, owners Ann and Charles Leggett often have parties in theirs or poolside drinks in the lounge chairs. All the furniture is by Brown Jordan.
A concrete channel connects a spa and swimming pool that echo the roofline of furniture designer John Houshmand's house in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
All natural swimming pool
Floral designer Wendy Goidell wanted a natural swimming pool for her solar geothermal house in Wassaic, New York. Chris Rawlings of Water House carved it out of a craggy mountain ledge and worked with Goidell and landscape designer Anna Hadjuk to surround it with native plants.
Pool in the woods
Like the prow of a ship, the pool and Jacuzzi project right out to the edge of the woods at this Hamptons beach house decorated by Kristin Hein and Philip Cozzi.
Designer Stephen Shubel hung striped outdoor curtains across a California cottage's back porch and the front of the poolhouse to unify the buildings, control the light, and evoke the south of France.
In a Vero Beach, Florida house decorated by Thomas Hamel, the living room opens to the pool. Coral stepping stones at one end let you walk on water.
Designer Ruthie Sommers's house was once part of a large Los Angeles estate. The chauffeur's quarters was on the second floor, accessed by the exterior staircase. Against the white stucco, tall Italian cypresses soar like sculpture.
To give the pool terrace of an English-style house in Houston, Texas, a serene, orderly feel, designer Ginger Barber used clean-lined Janus et Cie furniture.
Designer Jay Griffith's signature landscaping style—indigenous plants, few flowers, and sculptural planting design—is in full effect in the backyard of a Pacific Palisades, California. The one-acre property has only nine kinds of plants. Vintage patio furniture by Walter Lamb keeps company with a custom sofa where Griffith takes naps: "I like being horizontal. I'm also a big reader, and I do that lying down, too." He reads "a lot of sci-fi" and loves what he calls "the sci-fi effect" of the stainless-steel gazing globes in the pool. They're from terradisiac.com.