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Studio Update: Spring 2014

Designing Pools & Paradise

It’s that time of the year again, that elusive sun has finally begun to poke through leaden skies and the mercury is rising.  Flora and fauna are blossoming forth and at last, the garden becomes the focal of family life again.  Whilst the UK could never be described as reliable in terms of al fresco living,  it is official this year;  spring 2014 is the warmest on record and we are promised summer days filled with warming sun rays and days of mellow fruitfulness.  With this in mind, Janine Stone embraces all that is summer and shares some thoughts on creating high drama in the garden and investing in the perfect pool to maximise the enjoyment factor this summer.

Janine comments:

“We are currently refurbishing a distinctive Arts & Crafts home in the Weald of Kent, the heart of England’s garden county where we have enlarged and reconfigured a 1930’s swimming pool which will be lined with Westmorland green slate to soften the overall impact of the pool against its garden setting.  It will be a fabulous reassertion of the property’s origins when the country house weekend was at its zenith”.  In addition we shall be creating a summer house in the traditional style of a classic English cricket pavilion.  This re-imagining of a garden building will serve elegant summer soirees, pool parties with pizzazz and lend a certain style to the sporting gatherings from tennis to croquet.  However, if the British weather prevails, there is always the handsome verandah to afford shelter from those passing showers…”