Making a Backyard Splash

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Designed by K. Renee Home, this Urbandale pool oasis offers the ultimate in staycation appeal. With several zones for relaxing, the outdoor area is as inviting and comfortable as any interior space, says Julie Ross with K. Renee.

“Outdoor spaces with uncomfortable furniture just don’t get used all that much, so our clients opted for a sophisticated outdoor sectional and coordinating swivel chairs,” says the designer.

Innovations in outdoor fabrics mean accessories such as pillows and rugs as well as furniture—even with white upholstery—can withstand the elements.

For a pop of color, matching planters spill with bright annuals, while tropical cannas contribute height.

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