Honorable Mention: Nautical-Inspired Pool House

Shiplap walls and a white-and-blue color palette combine to create a nautical-inspired pool house. To further the look, designer Laura Martin Bovard layered the room with vintage swimsuits, octopus accents and durable seating. 

Photo By: Kerri Hamilton

Photo By: Kerri Hamilton

Photo By: Kerri Hamilton

Photo By: Kerri Hamilton

Photo By: Kerri Hamilton

Photo By: Kerri Hamilton

Photo By: Kerri Hamilton

Metal Chandelier and Steampunk Floor Lamp Help to Light Living Room While Maintaining Design Integrity

To light the interior of the space, designers added a Gregorios Pineo chandelier and a Jamie Young steampunk floor lamp to help maintain the industrial, modern look the homeowners wished to achieve while helping to light the space.

Modern Living Room Incorporates the Outdoors in Its Design

The modern living room of this guest house is reminiscent of a beach locale, with its relaxed furnishings, rugged tables and natural fiber rugs. To incorporate the modern, industrial design of the space, metal light fixtures were added to maintain the integrity of the design while helping to light the room. A sliding barn door cleverly conceals the entertainment center when it's not in use, and a Nano door opens poolside to open onto the patio where polished concrete floors continue out into the pool area help to make the seamless transition from indoor to outdoor.

Sliding Barn Door Hides Entertainment Center in Modern Pool House

The emphasis of this design is on the access to the pool, so designers installed a sliding barn door created from Oregon reclaimed lumber to hide the entertainment center when it is not in use. The wood and metal of this apparatus complement the industrial style the family desired.

Sturdy Furniture and Fabrics Are Durable for a Lived-In Home

The guest house on this property is meant to be durable. The furnishings are relaxed-slip-covers on the sofas, rugged tables tables, natural fiber area rugs-perfect for a house meant to be lived in.

Textured Tile and Open Shelving in Pool House Galley Kitchen

The pool house kitchen often serves as a wet bar and food prep station for the family's pool parties, so the small galley kitchen has been decked out in Ann Sacks tile and custom shelves. The tile backsplash gives the room a textured feel, while the open shelving helps keep the modern look of the space.

Polished Concrete Floors Connect Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

The homeowners' goal for this space was to make the transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces seamless, so polished concrete flooring is carried from the interior of the pool house out onto the pool deck where a cozy sitting area is flanked by a concrete fireplace that allows for relaxation long after dark.

View of Guest House From Lounge Area

From the chaise lounge area, guests can take in the gorgeous view across the pool to the quaint guest house on the grounds.

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