Home Inspiration: Poolside
If there is anything we are good at here in the Valley of the Sun, it is poolside living. In fact, each summer I think I can't hone my talents enough in this area, and yet each year, I get better at it. No shoes, no make up & post pool hair become the norm, and relaxed living is the goal. While the majority of people are still up to their eyeballs in snow, here in the Valley, we've already got summer on the brain. Not that we love the blistering heat in July, August & September, because we'll all tell you we hate it buuuuuut, we've also learned that it isn't too shabby to spend our worst-weather months poolside with friends & family. Ask us to go the to store at 3 pm though? Not a chance.
Whether you're comtemplating putting in a pool for this summer (now is the time to get going!) or already have one, here's some ideas up your poolside living this year. And before you go scrolling through this list of incredible outside spaces, take a deep breath & remember. Remember these 'spaces' are just spaces. My pool is amazing, but I can tell you it doesn't look like any of these. Does it have some components? Yes, but there is no butler bringing me a Diet Coke on cue. When you look at these pictures, I want you to imagine yourself in them with those you love. How would you use & function in them. Then go and look at your space...you'll quickly realize they probably don't look the same BUT they can probably function somewhat the same. Focus on that; the living aspect, not the stuff aspect. Because it is never about the stuff, it's about the living.
Then, bring some of those functional elements into your space. Last year, I added chairs I really love & a small table between them. This weekend I added more potted flowers to my space. It's a little thing, but as we add little by little in time our space will come to reflect us & our own way of living. Remind yourself one more time, it's not about the stuff, its about the living. Okay...click read more, now.
You'll notice a few trends for me: clean lines, simple water features, designated entertaining areas & lush landscaping are all key. What are your poolside keys?
If you're looking to build in time for this summer, shoot me an email & I'll put you in contact with my all-time favorite pool builder. He's incredible & I have yet to hear of a bad experience with him. He'll do the simple, or the major, bury-your-old-pool-dig-another sort of thing. For reals, he had a client do that & it turned out amazing.
All images via Houzz.com -- a favorite place for major home inspo!
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.