20 Over-The-Top Pools That Will Make You Long For Summer

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Pool Designs - Pool Design Ideas
William Abranowicz

The only thing better than a pool on a hot summer day is a pool with extraordinary design. Check out these 20 pools from the ELLE DECOR archives that will quench your thirst for chic design. From rooftop dip pools to pristine backyard lap pools, the inspiration is endless.

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Joshua McHugh
A Cozy Connecticut Home

This classic Connecticut home is influenced by the transatlantic life of Philip Gorrivan, who pays tribute to both New York and London in his family house. Vintage Richard Schultz furniture lines the pool area.

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Juan Phillips
Stylish Renovated Farmhouse

This poolhouse in the Belgian countryside is a former barn, and features steel frames and original beams; the pool is sheathed in glass mosaic tiles, the surround is Belgian bluestone.

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Jean-Francois Jaussaud
Moorish-Inspired Mountain Abode

French interior designer Frédéric Méchiche added Moorish-inspired touches to his 18th-century villa in the mountains of southeastern France. Arched doorways and windows face the pool, which has an emerald-colored lining.

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Mikkel Vang
Decorative And Functional

This LA home uses its multiple pools for both decoration and enjoyment. Plantings by the pool include olive trees and a hedge of boxwood balls.

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Richard Powers
A 1970's Gems

Brazilian architect Marcos Acayaba designed this forward-thinking house in 1975. The roof, pool, and stairs are all made of concrete, and the surrounding gardens were designed by Marlene Acayaba.

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William Abranowicz
A Grassy Hamptons Hangout

In the Hamptons, designer brought an elemental barn to a new level of sophistication. The pool area features chaise longues by Richard Schultz for Knoll and umbrellas by Tuuci, and the landscaping includes little bluestem grasses and a copper bench.

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William Abranowicz
Panoramic Views

Atop a glass tower in Beirut, crafted a triplex for his family. The deck and pool overlook Beirut and the Chouf mountains.

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Max Zambelli
Remote Rooftop Dip Pool

An 18th-century palazzo in a remote town in Southern Italy is the perfect setting for a home full of standout design. A custom-made daybed and lamps by Flos sit beside the rooftop dipping pool.

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Christian Schaulin
Serene Outdoor Space

Designer built a house for his family in Cologne, Germany. The pool is lined with Italian tiles, the bench and decking are made of black-stained teak, and the tree was imported from Japan.

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Gaelle Le Boulicaut
Chic Seating

At this 19th-century villa in Capri, the pool area's chaise longues and table are by Gervasoni.

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Simon Upton
Private Island Living

At Jill and David Gilmour’s house on a private island in Fiji, built with architect Tony Chi, the infinity-edge lap pool is tiled with mosaics by Bisazza. The chaise longues are by Dedon, and the carved-marble garden stools are antique.

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Tim Street-Porter
European Refinement

For Ellen Pompeo’s 1920s Spanish-style home in the Hollywood Hills, Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed a sofa for lounging by the pool, which is screened by cypress trees.

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Max Zambelli
No-Frills Lap Pool

Groves of olive trees and wildflowers serve as a backdrop for a minimalist lap pool at a farm complex restored by architect Patrizia Sbalchiero in the Sicilian town of Chiaramonte Gulfi, known for its production of olive oil and wine.

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Ricardo Labougle
A Rustic Farmhouse

For an international couple and their young family, Milan-based designer Eric Egan turned a 17th-century farmhouse on the border of Italy’s Tuscany and Umbria regions into a sprawling vacation home. A loggia frames one end of the pool, which offers views of the neighboring countryside.

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James Merrell
Lush Surroundings

Beside the pool of this Bridgehampton home, the awning is made of salvaged corrugated-and-wired glass, and the custom outdoor furniture is topped with cushions covered in a Perennials fabric. The pool surround and patio are of Kota stone, and the topiaries are boxwood; the garden design is by Marders.

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Trevor Tondro
Quintessential California

The garden of a Rancho Mirage, California, retreat designed by , with the San Jacinto Mountains in the distance; the chaise lounges are by Paul Ferrante, and the exterior is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Simply White.

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Simon Upton
Grassy Hideaway

At a Hamptons weekend home that Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts designed for a young family, tall grasses surround a lap pool with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Teak ottomans by Sutherland are outfitted with cushions in a Perennials fabric; the cement table is by CB2.

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Jean-Francois Jaussad
A Summer Villa

Umbrella pines, cypress and lime trees surround the swimming pool on the grounds of Villa Tavernaccia, Carlo Pallavicino’s family estate in Tuscany, which was decorated by his sister Ilaria Miani and landscaped by . The pool is framed in local pietra serena stone, and the outdoor seating is by Unopiù.

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Douglas Friedman
Multi-Tiered And Modern

For the Beverly Hills home of entertainment executives Adam Sanderson and Rich Ross, designer and architect created a pool pavilion shaded by a semicircular canopy that echoes the roofline of the main house. The custom-made sectional sofa is upholstered in a Perennials fabric, and the concrete side tables are by Ernsdorf Design.

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Andre Baranowski
Accented In Limestone

In crafting a South Florida garden, designer Jorge Sánchez used Indiana limestone for the paths around the swimming pool. A copper-domed pavilion is used for arts and crafts.

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