Tour an Elegant Poolside Garden

A contemporary art lover and interior designer's Atlanta backyard bursts with style and spaces to entertain.

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Photo By: Photo by Angela West

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Photo By: Photo by Angela West

Photo By: Photo by Angela West

Photo By: Photo by Angela West

Photo By: Photo by Angela West

Photo By: Photo by Angela West

Photo By: Photo by Angela West

Photo By: Photo by Angela West

Photo By: Photo by Angela West

Take a Dip

The pool and cabana at Nancy Hooff's Atlanta home were added in 2008, more than a decade after the landscape plan was created for her Atlanta yard. "From the beginning, she knew she wanted a swimming pool," says Deanna Pope Ozio of Pope-Ozio & Associates, based in Decatur, Georgia. "We graded out the site and made a platform that’s the current level of the pool terrace. That area for several years was the lawn."

Striking Sunroom

Atlanta architect Bill Litchfield designed the sunroom, which was among the renovations to the 1930s Tudor-style home. The homeowners can open up the iron and glass doors onto the stone patio with stunning containers when entertaining. The Hooff's dog Melvin seems to like it.

Entertaining Area

Boxwoods and multi-trunk 'Natchez' crepe myrtle surround the dining terrace behind the Tudor-style home. Accent plants include Pyracantha trained to center wall. Previously, the area was a herb garden with bamboo encroaching from further in the yard.

Relaxation Space

The cabana curtains can be closed to create an intimate space, especially when enjoying the warmth of the fireplace. The vaulted cabana is decorated with contemporary furniture from Sutherland and colorful ceramic art by Atlanta artist Mario Petrirena.

Wooded Escape

Years in the making, this Atlanta garden boasts crowd-pleasing areas including a dining terrace and pool with a cabana. Hand-thrown pots on the tables are planted with various sedums. Reeve’s spirea, which is not in bloom, is on both sides of the steps.

Aged Entryway

Interior designer Nancy Hooff says the detailed carving of grapevines above the door brought tears to her eyes and sold her on her Atlanta home. Other original details include the bell and the lantern arm (the lantern is from Atlanta's Interiors Market). The boxwoods are in Italian terra-cotta pots.

Water Feature

A pool—the homeowner's longtime desire—was added after using the yard for years as a play area for her sons, complete with a basketball goal. The walls and cutouts, surrounded by dwarf mondo grass, are made of gray crab orchard stone. 'Natchez' crepe myrtles are beyond, and a hedge to left is 'Wintergreen' boxwood. Ferns, hydrangeas, maples and cherry laurel also are around the pool.

Walk This Way

Fatsia japonicum flanks gray crab orchard stone steps leading to a small pond and arbor on one side of the garden. Angel vine flows over the containers, and the gargoyles were found by the homeowner at the Southeastern Flower Show years ago.

Pretty Pond

A pond and stork fountain—added in 1997—are a spot for reflection in the Atlanta garden. The area is bordered by boxwood hedges with a Mahonia bealei accent plant in the corner.

Front Exterior

The Tudor-style house dates to the 1930s, and is landscaped with boxwoods, mondo grass, ferns and a yew tree that was already in place when homeowner Nancy Hooff bought the home. Gray crab orchard stone begins at the front exterior and continues to be used in the backyard.

Cozy Cabana

Atlanta architect William Litchfield designed the pool cabana, which has low-slung furniture by Sutherland, a fireplace and ceramic artwork by Cuban artist Mario Petrirena. Pollen, also based in Atlanta, freshens up the containers periodically, using fatsia, begonia Dragon Wing, crotons and variegated wandering Jew recently planted in the resin pots.

Deliberate Design

A cutout pattern lends a contemporary aesthetic to the space between the pool and dining terrace. Gray crab orchard stone is surrounded by dwarf mondo grass.