Ideas for Outdoor Living

Design your dream patio or porch, check out your favorite pools, or steal an idea for dress up your outdoor space.

8 Cool Pools

Oceanside pools aren’t just for posh resorts. Find a style you’d love coming home to―whether it’s a luxurious infinity version or a petite lap pool that opens right up to your family room―and take the plunge.

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A pink stucco poolhouse with pale blue shutters offers an island feel to this pool retreate on the island of Mustique.
Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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Why We Love It: This small pool on the island of Mustique in the Grenadines gives renters a quiet spot to catch some rays, with the bonus of shade under the sturdy pergola. Dense tropical landscaping surrounds the retreat and offers a steady supply of oranges and figs.

Before You Dive In: Remember that lush landscaping may mean time spent scooping leaves out of your pool. Carefully consider where you site your plantings.

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