In this airy pool house, awash in soothing tones, designer Gretchen Edwards created a space that“s not only beautiful, but also one that can withstand the challenges of indoor/outdoor living.
The palest of blues combines with neutral hues in this pool house, adding to the relaxing atmosphere created by Gretchen Edwards and Mary Allison Buzzell. Adding to the sense of calm is the symmetry of the room, exemplified by this pair of chairs in front of the limestone fireplace. “This was one of my most rewarding projects,” says Edwards. “The client was so open-minded and [the pool house] had wonderful bones thanks to Yong Pak.”
Even in this diminutive structure there was enough space to carve out a small kitchen, adding a level of convenience for entertaining“and cleanup afterward.
Onyx-lined walls in the bathroom are instantly eye-catching, with minimal fixtures that don“t interrupt the effect in the least.
The easy transition between pool and pool house can be credited, in large part, to common elements, such as limestone surfaces and quiet neutral hues used both indoors and out.
With furnishings limited to a select few“like this pair of settees“the loggia is just as understatedly elegant as the landscape architecture, compliments of Richard Anderson.
At one end of the pool, an outdoor dining area is set under an arbor that can be made private by pulling the curtains around its perimeter. Once enclosed, it becomes an outdoor room in the truest sense of the word, with the stars above creating a stunning view during candlelight dinners.
The architectural design of this newly constructed pool house is, to many, instantly recognizable as classic Yong Pak. And it was Pak himself who recommended Gretchen Edwards to do the interiors.
While many pool houses reflect the style of the primary residence, this one is a complete departure, Edwards explains. It’s a peaceful and serene retreat, a getaway from everyday life. What’s more, noting that her clients often travel to spas all over the world, the designer decided to create a spa-like setting for them in their own backyard, complete with a sauna and steam shower.
Working with Mary Allison Buzzell, Edwards created an interior that’s just as understated as it is sophisticated, with textures taking on a prominent role. “We worked with different washes and finishes to get just the right feeling,” she says, “from the pecky cypress beams on the ceiling to the limestone floor.” Likewise, a pair of wicker chairs, a bronze-framed sofa, a Regency mirror, even towering stone pedestals figure into the textural mix.
At the same time, the luxurious look belies the durability of the space. Every fabric, for instance—from the upholstery and pillows to the floor-length curtains—is of the indoor/outdoor variety, so nothing can be harmed by the inevitable wet bathing suit.
Who says you can’t have it all?