Gas lanterns on a double porch add a Bahamian vibe to a pool. Now we're dreaming of the Caribbean.
Wall Lantern, $191, wayfair.com
You don't need a lot of landscaping to make your pool look impressive. A few Italian cypresses can transform a plain pool area into a relaxing retreat.
Artificial Cypress Tress, $372, amazon.com
Barn doors open onto the patio from the pool house in the rustic pool of our farmhouse dreams. Now if only we actually owned a farmhouse.
Wood Chaise Lounge, $90, wayfair.com
Match your guesthouse to your pool. It adds a pop of color to your yard, and the pastels feel totally tranquil.
This beach house has a serious wow factor — the living room opens to the pool. If that isn't enough, coral stepping stones at one end let you literally walk on water.
This ranch house has an underwater bench that runs the length of the 45-foot pool. It's ideal for dogs to get in and out, or for people to lounge.
Clipped boxwood and a tall privet hedge dress up a pool. If you're extra fancy, add a pool house.
We may not be able to have an infinity-edge pool overlooking the ocean, but we can probably handle recreating this living wall. Added perk: It's the perfect photo backdrop for summer parties.
If you have a lot of foliage or tree cover in your backyard, build your pool and hot tub around it to create some natural shade. It looks way more chic than a bunch of umbrellsa. Just saying.
Add boxwood parterres and you'll feel like you're living in a palace. Versailles's got nothing on your backyard.
The easy way to update your pool? Upholstery. Yellow cushions make a pool feel even more summery, and you can swap them out for darker colors in the fall/winter.
A vacation is as close as your backyard. Gauzy curtains give the pool area a breezy, tropical feel.
If your pool area is next to your garage or anything else unsightly, construct an elevated deck. Looking at cars while you swim isn't exactly the definition of relaxing.
No matter where you live, make your yard feel like paradise with an alley of palm trees. Coconut cocktails on repeat.
If you buy one thing for your pool, make it comfy lounge chairs. Now all you need is a fruity cocktail in your hand and you're good to go.
To create easy water access without having to walk on the grass, add mosaic tiles. They're function, and look totally impressive.
Take your pool Tuscan with orange umbrellas and cypress trees. And then go pour yourself a glass of red wine.