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8 of New Orleans' best pools 

Northshore villa

Susan and Pierre Villere's Mandeville home and pool are inspired by places thousands of miles apart — France and the Amanyara Villas resort of the Turks & Caicos islands. Yet house and pool, which were five years in the making, are so seamlessly blended into one elegant design that friends and family refer to the property as Villa Villere. To achieve the design, the Villeres worked with six professionals: architect Michael Bell, architect/interior designer John Chrestia, interior designer Denise Pierce, Daly-Sublette Landscape Architects, contractor Jonathan Walther of Premier Custom Homes and Earl Hardouin of Paradise Pools.

  "They all understood what we were trying to accomplish," Susan says. The result is a cascading negative edge pool raised to the terrace's level and visible from the home's foyer. On one end are classic, manicured views of the house and cabana; on the other, views of the woods. The pool features a built-in spa, wading area, complete automation (controllable from an iPhone), a cocktail ledge, multicolored LED lighting and a self-cleaning water jet system.

Infinity and beyond

A trip to a Cabo San Lucas resort was the starting point for Kami and Jon Celino's pool in English Turn. "We saw an infinity pool on the trip and fell madly in love with it," Kami says. "We knew we wanted one."

  The Celinos designed the 4.5-foot-deep lounge pool, built by Pleasure Pools. Like the Celinos' home, the pool combines the serenity of a spa with cutting-edge technology. It features simple, rectilinear lines, a symmetrical arrangement of two smaller pools — one a hot tub, the other a children's pool with a bubble jet-LED lighting, water spouts and remote control automation. Light, naturally textured travertine paves the porch overlooking the pool and all the decking. Palm trees and lawn lend a tropical feel reminiscent of a vacation getaway.

Infinity and beyond

A trip to a Cabo San Lucas resort was the starting point for Kami and Jon Celino's pool in English Turn. "We saw an infinity pool on the trip and fell madly in love with it," Kami says. "We knew we wanted one."

  The Celinos designed the 4.5-foot-deep lounge pool, built by Pleasure Pools. Like the Celinos' home, the pool combines the serenity of a spa with cutting-edge technology. It features simple, rectilinear lines, a symmetrical arrangement of two smaller pools — one a hot tub, the other a children's pool with a bubble jet-LED lighting, water spouts and remote control automation. Light, naturally textured travertine paves the porch overlooking the pool and all the decking. Palm trees and lawn lend a tropical feel reminiscent of a vacation getaway.

Real simple

When Jackie and Frank Smart purchased their Country Club Gardens home and embarked on a full renovation, the backyard consisted of a hardscaped patio with a waterfall and koi pond.

   "It was beautiful but it wasn't practical for us," Jackie says. The Smarts wanted a pool where their family could spend time together. They also wanted shade, privacy and green space — all in a relatively small area.  

   Working with Reed Richardson of Gulf South Pools and landscape architects Alvarez + Basik Design Group, the Smarts transformed the yard to include an L-shaped saltwater pool on one side and a lawn on the other. The pool, which features a heat pump that can warm or cool the water, is surrounded by peacock pavers. In response to Jackie's request for a scented New Orleans garden, Alvarez + Basik included gardenias, wild roses and magnolias in the simple design. Kim Alvarez and Jackie were on the same page when it came to shading the porch with an airy, sail-like awning that moves with the wind.

  "I pulled a picture of what I call a cloth pergola from a magazine and Kim pulled the same picture and sent it to me," Jackie says.

1960s redux

The highlight of Ellen and Cooper Manning's pool is the diving board. Like the pool, it dates from the 1960s. When the Mannings renovated their Uptown home a year and a half ago, they resurfaced and remodeled the pool, but the diving board, which has brought countless hours of fun to their three children and friends, remained. Working with Reed Richardson of Gulf South Pools, they squared off one end of the pool and added a ledge that functions as a place to sit and a way to step into the pool. They also enlarged the decking and paved it with flagstone. A large rectangular lawn echoes the pool's clean lines and another smaller lawn (designed by Michael Carbine) serves as an entrance to the rear yard while accenting the pool with hues of green. Mark Case of Landmark Showcase works with Ellen to keep the landscaping seasonal and full of color.

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Perfect to a "T"

The simple mandate for this Old Metairie yard was a lap pool where the homeowner could swim for exercise. But the overall home renovation, which included a cabana, outdoor kitchen and basketball court (by Schneider Construction & Restoration) as well as the pool, took the concept to a new level. Earl Hardouin of Paradise Pools and Spas and architect Jen Inman designed the T-shaped pool. The lap portion measures 61.5 feet. There is a cold dip area (kept at a lower temperature) for cooling off after workouts. The shorter center stem includes the steps and a hot tub. Other amenities include high-efficiency LED lights that can change colors, spouts that arc over the pool and a pergola over one end. The floor of the pool is covered with black tile, a striking contrast to the house's light tones and flagstone decking.

Carrollton lush

Joe and Stephanie Bruno's sleek L-shaped pool is many things in one: lap pool, hot tub, wading pool, fountain and refreshing view. The Brunos added the pool in 1993 after renovating their 19th-century Gothic Revival house in the Carrollton area.

   Landscape architect Rene Fransen designed it to be the focal point of the landscaping and of the downstairs addition, which has French doors overlooking the yard. Fransen replaced untamed clusters of bamboo with a lush New Orleans-style garden and married the design of the pool with the house by incorporating a brick wall with plaster quatrefoils that mimic the house's decorative woodwork. Each diamond-shaped plaster medallion is a fountain.

  Other features include a cocktail ledge, hot tub and a Gothic iron trellis that holds an Enrique Alferez sculpture. Flagstone decking surrounds the pool and a portion of the decking delineates a separate area for four chaise longues.

Modern drama

Jennifer and Kenny Rabalais' Metairie Club Gardens home and pool were both built in the early 1960s. When the Rabalais purchased the property and renovated it, their designs remained true to the home's modernist architecture and retained the pool's placement in the center of the U-shaped residence.

  "All three sides of the house look over the pool; you almost feel like you're outside," Kenny says. Working with Paradise Pools, the couple replumbed the pool and resurfaced its white plaster with a medium gray color. They also cleaned and regrouted the original flagstone decking. In keeping with the design of the house, they added a sleek triple-section fountain and a simple white wall lined with Sylvester palms (see cover). Blue LED lights add drama to the pool and fountain at night.

   "We wanted it clean and monochromatic," Kenny says of the pool and copper-roofed cabana areas, which guests often liken to a Miami hotel. The Rabalais, who own The Plant Gallery, designed the landscaping, which, in addition to the tropical palms, includes topiaries and boxwoods.

Garden paradise

The stately architecture of Cherie and Jonathan Thompson's 19th-century Garden District home and its formal New Orleans garden designed by Rene Fransen provided inspiration for the elegant pool, which was built by contractor Reed Richardson of Gulf South Pools.

  "We wanted the focus to be the lushness, the color, the flowers and the fragrances and the pool to complement the landscape," Cherie says.

  Shaped boxwoods, gardenias, hydrangea, hibiscus, potted orange trees, Japanese blueberry trees and several sculptures by artist William Binnings surround the pool. Cascading plumbago softens its angles. A custom bowl fountain is centered along the side with the raised flowerbed. An antique fountain the Thompsons purchased and restored is visible through the side gate. A cocktail ledge spans the length of the pool, which is plastered with a deep charcoal to give the water a cobalt color. Fountains add to the ambience when the couple entertains.

  "It's so versatile," Cherie says. "And yet it doesn't take up the whole garden."

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Garden paradise

The stately architecture of Cherie and Jonathan Thompson's 19th-century Garden District home and its formal New Orleans garden designed by Rene Fransen provided inspiration for the elegant pool, which was built by contractor Reed Richardson of Gulf South Pools.

  "We wanted the focus to be the lushness, the color, the flowers and the fragrances and the pool to complement the landscape," Cherie says.

  Shaped boxwoods, gardenias, hydrangea, hibiscus, potted orange trees, Japanese blueberry trees and several sculptures by artist William Binnings surround the pool. Cascading plumbago softens its angles. A custom bowl fountain is centered along the side with the raised flowerbed. An antique fountain the Thompsons purchased and restored is visible through the side gate. A cocktail ledge spans the length of the pool, which is plastered with a deep charcoal to give the water a cobalt color. Fountains add to the ambience when the couple entertains.

  "It's so versatile," Cherie says. "And yet it doesn't take up the whole garden."

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