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Backyard at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple with three little girls
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Size: 1,200 square feet (111.5 square meters)
Designer: Annie O’Carroll Interior Design
Photo by Kate Russell
Though they live close to downtown Santa Fe, this family of five were fortunate to have a large enough backyard to accommodate a new pool, pool house and outdoor kitchen to serve as a sanctuary for friends and family to enjoy.
Stacked stone walls inside and outside the pool house add a mosaic of Southwest color in terra cotta and tan. Flagstone flooring used around the pool extends into the pool house to create a seamless indoor-outdoor transition.
Teak chaise lounges invite family and guests to relax and unwind next to the pool. A teak dining table and resin-based dining chairs add to the mix of materials. The wood pergola defines the kitchen and dining area in the outdoor space. The outdoor kitchen includes a Viking cooktop, dishwasher, ice maker and microwave. Stacked stone and a glass tile backsplash from Oceanside are used in the barbecue area.
A cozy sitting area around a fire pit – located between the outdoor kitchen and the hot tub – adds to the plentiful seating throughout the outdoors. The 10-foot cantilevered umbrella provides shade and can be adjusted throughout the day to follow the path of the sun.
Inside the pool house is plenty of comfortable seating to keep the family and guests out of the sun. The pillows and furniture, covered in Sunbrella upholstery, are ready for wet bathing suits. “The girls can just plop down anywhere without affecting any of the fabrics,” designer Annie O’Carroll says. “This is easy indoor-outdoor living.” Nano fold glass doors easily open and close across the front of the pool house.
A lightly stained pine was used for the pool house’s pitched, beamed ceiling, fireplace mantle and custom entertainment center. The stacked stone fireplace and walls echo the lively color palette of orange and white. “The room has a rustic feeling and is pretty indestructible,” O’Carroll says. “Everyone can just put their feet up. There’s nothing too precious here.”
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The pool house’s bathroom is simple and functional. Mosaic aqua and white tiles cover the backsplash and shower partition wall and “give it a bright, beachy look,” O’Carroll says. The space also serves as a changing area for swimmers.
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