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Get the Look of Luxemborg

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The Luxembourg Gardens in the heart of Paris have a long history: Created by French royalty in the 17th century they're now an integral part of the modern Parisian's lifestyle. The expansive public park is punctuated by the historic Luxembourg palace but the chic metal furniture provided for lounging and people watching is decidedly modern.

 

Made in France, the Luxembourg collection by Fermob was inspired by the chairs originally commissioned for the park in 1923. In a bevy of bright colors, these aluminum outdoor pieces are an easy way to bring French sophistication to your outdoor. Click to see the full collection.

 

 

4115 LUXEMBOURG BENCH 43 inch angle a-2179-1

Fermob Luxembourg Bench in Turquoise, $685.00

 

Inspiration: Pools

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The most refreshing thing imaginable during the heat of summer is a dip in a cool pool.

The pool becomes a mecca during the summer, a sort of outdoor living room for those that have one. The color and reflective quality of pools is so inspiring to me.

While the pool is the centerpiece of an outside space, its presence also can foster unique landscaping and fabulous outdoor seating areas.  The varying ways people decorate and create their outdoor pool space is as seemingly endless as many a summer day. These ideas can be adopted by you whether you are (or aren't) lucky enough to have your own watery oasis.

I recently came across two beautiful photography books that celebrate the pool, Poolside with Slim Aarons (Abrams)and Pools by Kelly Klein (Knopf).

I hope you enjoy this brief dip in the pool...

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I love the idea of decorating the pool with floating petals. Lo Concha Beach Club, Acapulco, Mexico, 1968. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

1 I love the idea of decorating the pool with floating petals. Lo Concha Beach Club, Acapulco, Mexico, 1968. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

Summer isn't complete without a cookout by the pool. Garland of Garland Steel Company manning the grill at his pool party, Phoenix, Arizona, 1961. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

2 Summer isn't complete without a cookout by the pool. Garland of Garland Steel Company manning the grill at his pool party, Phoenix, Arizona, 1961. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

The tile here is so incredible and over the top -- much like the home itself. San Simeon, California. Richard Barnes, 1988. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

3 The tile here is so incredible and over the top -- much like the home itself. San Simeon, California. Richard Barnes, 1988. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

What I wouldn't give to have been guest at this pool party. Sebastiano Bergese's party, Marbella, Spain, 1967. (Poolside with Slim Aarons, Abrams)

4 What I wouldn't give to have been guest at this pool party. Sebastiano Bergese's party, Marbella, Spain, 1967. (Poolside with Slim Aarons, Abrams)

This pool seems to be a natural extension of the gorgeous vista. Napa Valley, California. Michael Moran, 1990. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

5 This pool seems to be a natural extension of the gorgeous vista. Napa Valley, California. Michael Moran, 1990. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

What a gorgeous crystal-clear pool. Budapest, Hungary. Christopher James, 1983. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

6 What a gorgeous crystal-clear pool. Budapest, Hungary. Christopher James, 1983. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

Even presidents take the time to lounge poolside. Cap d'Antibes, France. Villa of Anre Dubonnet, with Elise Hunt, Florette, Jean de Limur, John F. Kennedy, Eugene Thaw. Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1953. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

7 Even presidents take the time to lounge poolside. Cap d'Antibes, France. Villa of Anre Dubonnet, with Elise Hunt, Florette, Jean de Limur, John F. Kennedy, Eugene Thaw. Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1953. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

The parallel quality of these two images is striking. It's very interesting to see that first interaction babies have with water. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

8 The parallel quality of these two images is striking. It's very interesting to see that first interaction babies have with water. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

Pools come in all sorts of clever shapes, but this is the most whimsical I've ever seen. Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami, Florida, 1955. (Poolside with Slim Aarons, Abrams)

9 Pools come in all sorts of clever shapes, but this is the most whimsical I've ever seen. Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami, Florida, 1955. (Poolside with Slim Aarons, Abrams)

Who wouldn't like to have a view of Paris from their pool? Paris, France. Peter Aaron, 1991. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

10 Who wouldn't like to have a view of Paris from their pool? Paris, France. Peter Aaron, 1991. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

A barge pool for those who grow tired of the lake. Villa d'Este hotel, Lake Como, Italy, 1983. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

11 A barge pool for those who grow tired of the lake. Villa d'Este hotel, Lake Como, Italy, 1983. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

A nap seems to go hand-in-hand with a pool day. Plantation Cocoyer, Cocoyer Beach, Haiti, 1982. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

12 A nap seems to go hand-in-hand with a pool day. Plantation Cocoyer, Cocoyer Beach, Haiti, 1982. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

The bold paint, tile, and pool water, create what is often mistaken for a painting. Monterrey, Mexico. Mardo de Valdivia, 1985. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

13 The bold paint, tile, and pool water, create what is often mistaken for a painting. Monterrey, Mexico. Mardo de Valdivia, 1985. (Pools, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli)

Who says that sunglasses are the ultimate pool accessory? Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, Greece, 1961. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

14 Who says that sunglasses are the ultimate pool accessory? Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, Greece, 1961. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

One of the pool's alluring quality is the ability to make you feel weightless. Dolores del Rio, Acapulco, Mexico, 1952. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

15 One of the pool's alluring quality is the ability to make you feel weightless. Dolores del Rio, Acapulco, Mexico, 1952. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

The contrast between the dark woods and bright blue pool makes this photograph mesmerizing. Christian de Guigne at his home in Pebble Beach, California, 1976. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

16 The contrast between the dark woods and bright blue pool makes this photograph mesmerizing. Christian de Guigne at his home in Pebble Beach, California, 1976. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

Poolside bars are such a luxury. Villa Vera Racquet Club, Acapulco, Mexico, 1968. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

17 Poolside bars are such a luxury. Villa Vera Racquet Club, Acapulco, Mexico, 1968. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

A natural swimming pool created by damming up an ocean cove, Costa Brava, Spain, circa 1975. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

18 A natural swimming pool created by damming up an ocean cove, Costa Brava, Spain, circa 1975. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

A dip in the pool at Christmas warrants a spectacular tree and floating ornaments. Rita Aarons (Slim's wife) in Hollywood, California, at Christmastime, 1954. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)

19 A dip in the pool at Christmas warrants a spectacular tree and floating ornaments. Rita Aarons (Slim's wife) in Hollywood, California, at Christmastime, 1954. (Poolside With Slim Aarons, Abrams)