Before & After: Poolhouse Makes a Splash

published Aug 2, 2015
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(Image credit: Kevin O’Gara)

If my freshman year dorm is any indication, at 18, I probably would’ve decorated this poolhouse in Beatles posters. But Kevin, an Atlanta student, went for a more sophisticated look.

(Image credit: Kevin O’Gara)

From Kevin:

I had the pleasure of re-imagining the living space in this pool house, a long room that includes a kitchenette. As you can see in the before picture, the floor is terracotta tile (it was built in the 80s), walls are an off-white, and there’s lots of wood trim. But the great thing about the room is the light – it has a dutch gable roof (glass on either end) and lots of windows! I wanted to brighten the space’s color palette and create a comfortable multipurpose room that accommodated both sitting and dining. I incorporated a mix of elements that added a little bit of the unexpected (like pairing West Elm chairs with a Ballard Designs banquette), while keeping it casual and wet-swimsuit-friendly. With a mix of blues and pops of orange, the end result balanced the warm terracotta tiles while bringing in even more color. It was so exciting to see the space come alive with the mix of furniture and decor, and the finished space feels like a casual summer retreat with a dash of Palm Beach chic!

For more about this project, check out Thou Swell.

Thank you Kevin!