Rollins prefers turf around her pool because of the softness it creates. "I tend not to look at it as fake grass" says Rollins of the artificial turf she says is more economical in the long run. Rollins has three dogs and purchased a special variety of turf that works well with pets.
Brown wood and woven furnishings create a homey area for friends to gather in this open-air pool house. The structure's open yet sheltered design makes it the perfect spot for a garden party. Fretwork on a series of "windows" and a clean-lined rug bring contemporary touches to the space.
A covered patio allows the homeowners to enjoy this Texas backyard year-round. Fun colors are used throughout the backyard as accents, like the blue hue of these pillows that soften up a brick ledge extending from the outdoor fireplace. The sheltered seating area continues the home's modern, yet approachable design style.
Don't be afraid of mixing plaids, checks and prints. Just keep your selections in the same color family to keep the look cohesive. An eclectic mix of patterns creates a casual and homey feel that most guests will appreciate. Tip: Tea towels are excellent to use for oversized napkins and can be found in a variety of prints and patterns.