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Pool Hopping: Take a Deep Dive into This Season’s Hottest Outdoor Decor

We take a deep dive into some cool water and share the season’s hottest outdoor decor.

Brian Lilley

A soaring cantilevered rain curtain is the jewel in this outdoor environment made for entertaining. “Day or night, this element is the focal point of the yard,” says Tew. For homeowners who spend only part of the year in Arizona, low maintenance was a top priority, while still retaining the “wow” factor they were looking for when hosting guests. “This was a challenging but wickedly fun design to see come to life,” Tew says. “We were fortunate to have clients that really let us loose on the design and trusted our ability to deliver.”

Landscape Designer: Haley Tew, Lavender Landscapes

The curvaceous Ellissi outdoor rug by Paola Lenti is created using rope cords sewn together by hand. A celebration of shades of green, this bright accent brings a smile to any indoor or outdoor space. 138″L by 71″W. Price upon request (

Chris Loomis

“You have to design the landscape environment as a whole, and the pool is just a piece of that overall composition,” says Bianchi. “Foreground, middle ground and background have to work together in harmony.”

This project created a couple of challenges: a tall back wall and neighboring houses on either side. “To address both, I created rusted steel panels, folded to convey three-
dimensional depth, and used this theme throughout the yard to create a rhythmic and visually graphic background statement, instilling a sense of place,” Bianchi says. At night, the panels are further enhanced with lighting. The water features—three streams that emerge from between the panels arching into the pool—are invisible when not in use. 

Landscape designer: Kirk Bianchi, Bianchi Design

Take a dip into the whimsical world of Jonathan Adler. Generously sized 100% cotton beach towels have a printed velour face and a solid color terry reverse. 70″L by 40″W. $98 each (

Created by South African designer Ross Cassidy in honed white travertine with stainless steel accents, Somerset Oil Lamps have a cotton wick for use with paraffin lamp oil or vegetable-based oils. Small: 7″H by 3″ in diameter; large: 9″H by 8″ in diameter. $100-$399 (

The Exoskeleton collection by acclaimed furniture designer James De Wulf combines concrete technology with noncorrosive metals, drawing inspiration from the intricate growth patterns in the natural world. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, the Branches Side Table measures 22″H by 17″ in diameter. Price upon request (

Textural rope detailing and sustainably harvested premium solid teak give the Lindon Lounge Chair a rustic, earthy aesthetic. Available in natural or aged teak (shown) with your choice of 58 fabrics (cushions sold separately). 32″H by 33.25″W by 33.5″D. Starting at $1,995 (

Jesse Fitton

At the heart of a larger outdoor oasis, this pool and spa were positioned to capitalize on Arizona’s spectacular sunsets. “This pool-scape is unique in the way that the layering of features with different heights and materials provides depth, texture and visual stimulation, while at the same time drawing your attention to the beautiful views,” says Pine. “The pool also marries the different zones of the landscape, tying in the different spaces and features into one central location.  

Landscape designer: Steve Pine, On Site Landscape

Werner Segarra

This home’s modernist desert architecture utilizes large overhangs and deep-set windows to create a house that naturally protects itself from the harshness of the environment. The raised peninsula pool, which seemingly levitates above the ground floor plane, becomes a centerpiece for the outdoor living environment and the connection point between lower-level entertainment spaces and upper outdoor spaces. “Detached from the house and connected by a bridging walkway, this pool affords a three-sided negative edge, integrated spa and a fire pit lounging area,” says Drewett. “This is a destination pool at its finest.”

Architect:  C. P. Drewett, Drewett Works

A sleek fusion of black powder-coated aluminum and sanded teak, the Bar Isle serves up double duty as a minibar or side table. Must-have features include a sliding top; storage for glasses; snacks, bottles and utensils; and a double-walled, insulated storage area to keep beverages frosty. 29.13″H by 39.37″L by 18.11″W. $3,750 (

The Stretch Daybed incorporates two widths of elastomeric strap material handwoven together for an elevated take on classic outdoor lounging. 27.72″H by 57″D by 92″W. From $8,222 (

Douglas Friedman

A private hot tub situated off of the owner’s suite and adjacent to a naturally occurring rock outcropping is a perfect example of the big impact of smaller water spaces. “Its location on the northwest corner of the property enables city lights and southwest desert views simultaneously,” says Salcito. 

Builder: Anthony Salcito, Salcito Custom Homes Ltd.

The Monterey Cocktail Table has a handwoven, weather-resistant high-density polyethylene cord and powder-coated aluminum frame with an ultra-compact outdoor porcelain top. 15.25″H by 63″W by 33.5″D. To the trade (

Tyler Dunn

The geometrics of this pool and spa were a unique solution to the challenges of the strong triangular angles of house design and lot placement combined with a small backyard,” says landscape designer Jake Plocher. A triangular pool hugging the property line of this golf course-adjacent lot started the canvas, while layers of details filled out the rest of the backyard landscape art. “By installing a zero-edge spa, reflections of the mature golf-course trees emanate throughout the backyard with still and reflective beauty when the sheers are turned off,” Plocher continues. “The glass mosaic tile was selected to create a stunning underwater shimmer, while not distracting from the peaceful reflections.”

Landscape designer: Jake Plocher, Desert Foothills Landscape


Landscape architect: Haley Tew, Lavender Landscape Design Co., Tempe,

Landscape designer: Kirk Bianchi, Bianchi Design, Scottsdale, Lighting designer: Janet Lenox Moyer, FIALD, AOLP COLD, Jan and Brooke, Luminae LLC, Rio Verde, Pool installation: Dane Palmero, Overflow Pool Constriction & Repair, Phoenix,

Architect: Cory Wiebers, CW Architecture, Scottsdale, Brad Leavitt, AFT Construction, Scottsdale, Landscape architect: David Creech, CF Design, Scottsdale, Pool construction and softscape installation: OnSite Landscape, Scottsdale,

Architecture: Drewett Works, Scottsdale, Developer/builder: Bedbrock Developers, Paradise Valley, Interior design: Est Est, Scottsdale,

Builder: Salcito Custom Homes, Ltd., Scottsdale, Landscape design: Berghoff Design Group, Phoenix,

Landscape and pool architect: Michael Buffington, Desert Foothills Landscape, Cave Creek, Landscape and pool designer: Jake Plocher,


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