Tropical Pool House Retreat
With sherbert-colored hues and feminine flourishes, this pool house in Lexington, Kentucky, doubles as a design studio, over-flowing with creative inspiration.
Splash on the Color
Sweeping horse pastures may surround Angela Beck's Kentucky home, but you'll find only tropical vibes inside her Palm Beach, Florida-inspired pool house. Angela, founder of the tabletop and resort-wear line Pomegranate, Inc., travels the world creating block print textiles with a Southern spin. Now, thanks to designer Celerie Kemble, she can find inspiration in her own backyard.
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Rug: Paraiba in River by Merida Meridian, available through DCOTA; 954/921-7575. Sofa fabric: Somerset Glazed Linen in Salmon by Rogers & Goffigon; 203/532-8068. Throw pillow fabric: Bamboo & Birds; bobcollinsandsons.com for retailers. Side tables: Caned Nest of Tables; bieleckybrothers.com. Table lamps: Tulip Tree Lamp; straydogdesigns.com.
A Creative Retreat
The retreat may be her family's favorite summertime hangout, but Angela admits she prefers to design new Pomegranate collections here with her team. "This is where my mind gets to wander," she says.
Set the Mood with Color
Choose hues that are pretty and personal. The pool house's melon, lemon, and aqua scheme reminds both Celerie and Angela of their childhoods days in Palm Beach. Amplifying the rooms' rosy outlook are coppery accents ("less sterile than stainless and not as formal as brass," Celerie explains), which cleverly temper the pastel shades seen throughout the space.
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Decorative copper screen panels add visual interest and hide what's inside the cabinets.
Make It Splash-Proof
Because Angela's five children—and their friends—hang out here, the high-traffic room needed to be as durable as it is good-looking. For pool house upholstery, Celerie suggests picking outdoor fabrics. Inviting armchairs covered in aqua fabric (Sail Cloth in Beach Glass; perennialsfabrics.com) stand up to damp swimpsuits. Tough sisal carpeting with a diamond motif adds durability underfoot.
"Furniture, outdoor especially, can be very set oriented," says Celerie, who recommends breaking up the look with small side tables that can sub for stools, extra seats, or (when bunched together) a coffee table. Her sentiments also extend to fabrics. "People forget to choose two or three accent colors, often going with just all-white or beige. But that's a big mistake," Celerie says. "Try something as simple as contrast welting, like we did on the pair of armchairs to bring together mint and white.
Add Some Panache
The most traditional of rooms can get a boost from offbeat accents. In this sophisticated refuge, Celerie fused high with low, formal with funky, for a fetching combo. Quirky cobalt table lamps from Stray Dog Designs and an eccentric teak table serve as foils for the sofa's old-fashioned fringe. In the center of the room, Celerie placed a rattan console table that appears to be skirted—a playful take on the room's proper yet casual vibe.
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Coffee table: Spanish Travertine-Top Coffee Table, $1,199; wisteria.com.
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