We moved into our present home a little over a year ago. We made the beautiful outdoor areas a priority because we love to entertain outdoors. We have added a few things and still need some final touches, but I thought you would enjoy seeing the progress a year makes in our swimming pool area. Let’s talk about seven tips for creating a charming backyard pool oasis for a resort like feel year round.
Here is the real estate photo before we purchased the home. We did not need to come up with any specific pool landscaping ideas. The property is surrounded by hedges and greenery created by the mature trees that the former owners brought in. The former owners used all the right materials for the hardscaping in my opinion. It is comprised of stone and stained concrete to compliment the house. Walkways around the house are decomposed granite a favorite of Steve’s. They used a mixture of native plants, shrubs, and fencing that surround the back of the property. To the left of the pool is a rose garden, flower beds and raised vegetable beds. I have made some changes to that area which I will cover in an upcoming post.
My concept board which you can see in this post, How to Achieve a Collected Look on your Patio, and How to Select a Harmonius Color Palette on your Patio. You can see that the pool and pool tile have dictated the color scheme for our patio areaWe wanted to create individual outdoor rooms for a spa like mood.
Don’t be afraid to mix the high and the low, the old and new to create a backyard oasis that is welcoming and all your own.
7 TIPS FOR CREATING A CHARMING BACKYARD POOL OASIS
CREATE COMFORTABLE SEATING AREAS
The main seating area located in front of the great room is from Suzanne Kasler for Ballard Design. This area provides ultimate relaxation when we have a group over or if the two of us are just enjoying a glass of wine.
You can see in my post: How to Make the Most of Your Patio Space, that we added large pots and filled them with lantana and polka roses. The pool deck is a combination of concrete and stone that matches the walls. I think this area will be much more pleasing once the roses have sauntered up and over the beams.
ADD POTS WITH PLANTS AND FLOWERS
This home came with wonderful landscaping. We have added little a water feature off in the distance, and these large pots from the Pot Stop in Moss Landing.
The polka roses barely grew last year but are now almost to the top of the posts, Steve is going to add wire across the beams so they can begin growing across the headers. What a difference a year makes.
The mature trees provide privacy
ADD PRETTY PILLOWS
I loved the pillows we purchased from Pottery Barn last year but they literally faded in a few weeks. I replaced them this year with new ones from PB on sale. I also sprayed them with Scotchguard even though they are indoor outdoor. FYI all outdoor fabrics are not created equal. If they will be in direct sun be sure to check how many hours of sunlight they can stand. Our son is pretty intense here. The sofas and lounge chairs are from Ballard Designs Suzanne Kasler Collection. We had them at our fixer upper as well. They are comfy on sale and well worth the money.
If you look off into the distance, you can spot our fountain that we enjoyed at our fixer upper. You can read about that in my post Before and After Backyard Transformation. I always love a water feature.
MIX THE HIGH AND LOW
Another change we made were removing the boob light fans. I am not a fan (no pun intended) of fans with lights. These fans are inexpensive from Home Depot. We have used these fans in all of our homes and we have yet to have one quit working. The seating in the foreground and around the table are from Home Depot last year. They are no longer available there but I found them on Ebay.
The chairs in this seating area and around the table are from Home Depot. The coffee table/ottoman is from World Market. Don’t be afraid to mix the high and low for a more collected look.
I would still like to add one large pendant or two medium wicker pendants above the outdoor dining area (baby steps). The table was made by our friend Jim before he passed away. The chairs are inexpensive from Home Depot and have held up beautifully.
MIX THE OLD AND NEW
If you have been reading this blog long you know I am a fan of blending the old and new for a more “collected look”. This outdoor console from Pottery Barn is some sort of faux wood. I added plants and vintage pieces to tone down the “brand spankin new” look.
We use this table for serving when we have company. We just remove the decor and it becomes a great buffet.
CREATE MULTIPLE DINING SPACES
This outdoor table built by our wonderful friend Jim (who passed a few years ago) has been at our lake house, our fixer upper (you can read about that here, Before and After Backyard Transformation). We purchased the chairs from Home Depot (very inexpensively). They are no longer available at Home Depot but I have linked them at the bottom of the post on eBay. They come two chairs plus a side table.
We brought this table and chairs from our Chualar house. You might enjoy my post Outdoor Rooms the Pool Area here. We also used it in our front courtyard of the fixer upper. The new owners wanted all of the other furniture. I like the fact that it doesn’t match the other furniture but blends nicely, and it is a fond remembrance of the past.
DIFFERENT SOURCES OF LIGHTING
I would like to add some more lighting above the large dining table, but with the pool lighting, string lights and the wall lights there is plenty of lighting. It is more of an aesthetic thing. The high ceilings are calling out for something to anchor the space.
SHOP THE POST
There you have my 7 Tips for Creating a Charming Backyard Pool Oasis. It is always evolving. I would love to have some Midtown Umbrellas around the pool and above the iron table and chairs, and perhaps an outdoor kitchen down the road.