Into the Ultimate Guest House
The pool house: seemingly every pool owner’s bane. It starts out as a simple home improvement project. You don’t have to have it, but you don’t want your kids or your guests schlepping through the house in wet bathing suits to use the bathroom. You had plumbing installed. You had the floor retiled. You may have even built the structure from the ground up.
And when you’re finished – you wonder if it was worth it.
That first summer, it seems to be a Hail Mary for your in-home hardwood floors. But the fact remains that this expensive, time-consuming venture will ultimately go unused for two-thirds of the year. When the next summer rolls around again, you find yourself dealing with spiders, musty smells and the occasional wasps’ nest.
No more. It’s time for you to give your pool house a transformation. Instead of leaving this asset untapped in the backyard to deteriorate, why not decorate to create the ultimate private experience for your guests? Even if space is limited, there are creative ways to cozy the place up.
Dreaming of a comfortable roost, the ELYSIAN team has found the best home decor items to help transform your pool house into a beautiful guest house, giving you and your family a taste of summer even in the dead of winter.
The guest experience begins and ends with the bed. We like this Redford Cane Queen Bed from Neiman Marcus.
If your pool house is only one room, you can use this handy Heritage Home Farmhouse Room Divider to grant extra privacy for guests who need to change or use the facilities.
Your pool house should be stocked full of beach towels (check out these colorful Tolomeo Beach Towels from Italian fashion house Missoni). This Karis Hardwood Wine Cabinet from Neiman Marcus doubles as a stylish wine rack and a place to store your linens.
Depending on whether you plan to share your home and kitchen with your guests, or you’re planning to rent your pool house as an independent Airbnb, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll be impressed by a mini kitchen, complete with fridge, vegetable crisper and ceramic cooking surface.
And finally, the surroundings need to remind your guests that they are in the lap of luxury. For a splash of color, try one of Bloomingdale’s exclusive Artisan Collection pieces. A Lime Basil and Mandarin scent diffuser from Harvey Nichols gives a subtle hint of the Caribbean islands. And finally, have your guests relax in style with luxurious Turkish cotton Langdon Embroidered Bathrobes from Ralph Lauren. E