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Red Cross Designer Showhouse 2013

This Florida showhouse flaunts bold color and fabulous design

Written by Clara Haneberg
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    While envisioning your tropical dream house—we all do this, right?—nubby linens, sheer cottons, grass cloth, sisal, wicker, and driftwood undoubtedly come to mind. Add some bright color, geometric patterns, comfortable seating, and underwater accents, and you have the makings of a home worthy of Florida’s beautiful beaches.

    All this and more was on display during the 2013 American Red Cross Designers’ Showhouse in West Palm Beach, Florida. Now in its 38th year—the 2014 edition is open February 20 through March 22—the design event continues to kick-start our calendar year as the first showhouse stop. Join us as we whisk you away to a Key West-style retreat on a tour of last year’s sea-inspired spaces. 

    Exterior Entrance

    Elegant but easygoing is the first impression of the showhouse exterior.

    Photography: Robert Brantley

    Design: Keith Williams, Nievera Williams Design Inc., 223 Sunset Ave, Suite 150, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/659-2820,

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    Foyer by Stephen Mooney

    The foyer isn’t just this home’s entry, it also acts as an art gallery and an alternative dining area. “It’s truly the spine of the first floor,” says Stephen Mooney. Serving as the design’s jumping-off point is the drapery fabric with aqua and silver undertones. The wall-to-wall sea-grass rug concealing polished marble floors instantly warms the room. A round antique rosewood table plays host to chilled champagne and decadent desserts. Overhead, a bell-jar lantern makes a clear statement.

    Design: Stephen Mooney, Stephen Mooney Interiors, 6 Via Parigi, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/659-1862,

    Pedestal table: Stephen Mooney Interiors,
    Hanging light (“Glass Bell Jar Lantern” #F-LN16): Formations,
    Chair to right of window: Lars Bolander,
    Chair-seat fabric (“Diamonds”/Blue Grass #3288/08); wallcovering (“New Khmer”/Oyster #W01004/02); drapery (Menam”/Light Grey #1058/02): Jim Thompson Fabrics,
    Ceiling and trim paint (“White Dove” #OC-17): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Drapery hardware: Gonsman Custom Draperies,
    Sisal rug: Carpet Source Inc., 954/925-1303.
    Art over chair (Paivi in Profile, by Paula Rubino): Mary Woerner Fine Arts,
    Dinnerwarecake plate (“Scalamandré Toile Tale”): Lenox,
    Bowl holding orchidschampagne bucket: designer’s collection.
    Stemware: William Yeoward Crystal,
    Flatware: Christofle,
    Napkins: Pioneer Linens,

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    Study by Lisa Erdmann & Eden Tepper

    “It honors the striking style for which Palm Beach is known,” says Lisa Erdmann of this chic space. Grass-cloth wallcovering injects a pop of pattern, as does the sofa’s subtle trellis-print upholstery and the colorful dragon print on the draperies. Neutral linen and nailhead trim enhance the study’s low ceiling, while a coffee table  with a faux-snakeskin top anchors the sitting area.The tropical look of wood-and-cane chairs suits the room perfectly, and a herringbone-patterned sisal rug incorporates stylish texture underfoot.

    Design: Lisa E. Erdmann and Eden C. Tepper, Lisa Erdmann & Assoc., P.O. Box 3126, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/833-9009,

    Wall grass cloth (“Feather Bloom”/Emerald & Ore #5006072); ceiling grass cloth (“Onna Sisal”/Ivory #5002197); ceiling tape (“Whitfield Braid”/Oyster #63161): Schumacher,
    Trim paint (“Cotton Balls” #OC-122): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Sisal rug (“Arrowhead”/Natural & Green #15): Patterson, Flynn & Martin,
    Sofatable between lounge chairs: designer’s collection. Lounge chairs (“Windsor Chair”): Marshall Edward Designs,
    Pair of wood chairs (“Lawson Chair”): Redford House, redford​
    Drapery and pillow fabric (“Chiang Mai Dragon”/Alabaster #173273); sofa fabric (“Imperial Trellis II”/Sand & Ivory #174412); blue/green pillows (“Betwixt”/Peacock & Seaglass #62613); fabric on lounge chairs and seat cushions on wood chairs (“Beckton Weave”/Greige #64640); border on lounge chairs (“Aimee Linen Lipcord”/Blanc #65430): Schumacher,
    Pembroke table left of sofa (antique American, c. 1850); table lampsround table right of sofa (antique English, c. 1780); scales on table between lounge chairs: The Elephant’s Foot, 561/832-0170.
    Coffee table (custom, “Edgartown Cocktail Table” with lizard top): Oomph,
    Green end table (“Windsor Table”): Forssberg, Mary Mahoney Palm Beach,
    Art behind lounge chairs (Space Fruit Series, 1979, by Andy Warhol): Adelaide Fine Art,

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    Living Room by Jennifer Garrigues & Diana El-Daher

    All-white walls and a coordinating sofa achieve a light and airy look in this room ideal for socializing. Natural fabrics and materials—note the linen pillows, sisal area rug, and reclaimed-wood coffee and console tables—support the “island living” theme. The large silver globe lantern is the designers’ favorite. “When lit, it projects just the right amount of inviting light,” says Jennifer Garrigues. Faux-animal prints on the ottoman and rug contribute to the exotic aura. 

    Design: Jennifer Garrigues and Diana El-Daher, Jennifer Garrigues Inc., 308 Peruvian Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/659-7085,

    Furnishingsaccessories: Jennifer Garrigues Inc,
    Art over cabinet: Ancient World by Dora Frost.
    Paint (“Cloud White” #967): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Rug (“Field Straw”/Natural with tan cotton binding): Stark,
    Table lamps (“Villamare” #6862); pendant light (“Sahara Pendant” #9105): Currey & Co.,
    Animal-print pillow (“Zanzibar”): Martyn Lawrence Bullard,
    Trees: Plant Masters Interiorscapes,  

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    Living Room Detail

    In keeping with the natural theme, large, white coral anchors one end of the console table from Asian Accents. 

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    Powder Room by Frank Maguire

    The powder room walls were fauxed in attetion-getting yellow. The natural motif is reflected in the twig mirror and vintage sconce. 

    Design: Frank Maguire, Quigley Maguire Collections, 301 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach, FL 33444; 561/450-7471,

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    Kitchen by Noe & Melissa Z. Guerra

    NXG Studio’s Melissa and Noe Guerra set out to design a gourmet kitchen with high function and minimal clutter. Echoing the home’s arched doorways is the hood area over the stove. “We wanted to frame the cooking space as its own special place,” Melissa Guerra explains. The room’s gray-beige cabinetry is accented with glass mosaic tile backsplashes by Crossville. Up close, the concrete countertops reveal grains of sand—a nod to the beautiful beaches nearby. A succulent centerpiece brings texture to the table surrounded by white-painted chairs with polka-dot upholstery from CR Laine. Stainless-steel appliances are by Electrolux. 

    Design: Noe and Melissa Z. Guerra, NXG Studio, 725 N. Hwy. A1A, Suite E207, Jupiter, FL 33477; 561/337-8786,  

    Cabinetry and table: Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry,
    Cabinetry finish: custom.
    Cabinetry hardware: ProSource of Palm Beach, 561/848-2221.
    Raffia wall covering on ceiling (“Heavy Madagascar”): by Chelsea Lane & Co, installed by Wallpaper by Wendy,
    Flooringrecessed lighting: existing.
    Countertops (sanded concrete): Miano Design Co.,
    Rangeswarming drawerrefrigeratorwine cooler: Electrolux,
    Pot-filler faucet (“Modern Pot Filler” #S665CSL): Moen,
    Sink in island (“Allia” #6307); faucet in island: Rohl,
    Hanging light over island: discontinued.
    Bowl on islandbowl on table: Jack Fhillips Design,
    Chairs (“Betty Side Chair” #9156); chair-seat fabric (“Matrix Wheat”): CR Laine,
    Chair finish (“Decorators White”): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Dinnerware: discontinued.
    Placemats and napkins: Pioneer Linens,

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    Kitchen by Noe & Melissa Z. Guerra

    Clearly designated with a "DRINK" sign from NXG Studio and complete with an Electrolux wine cooler, the bar area is ready to entertain a crowd.

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    Dining Room by Mimi Masri

    Designer Mimi Masri transformed the dining area into a stylish underwater sanctuary. The light-to-dark treatment of the walls delivers a sense of direction and depth, while whimsical hand-painted jellyfish and overhead LED lighting bring the sea scene to life. Mirrors embellish the ceiling’s timbered grid, which looks as if it’s floating on the water’s surface.

    Design: Mimi Masri, MM Designs, LLC, P.O. Box 3167, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/671-1958,  

    Walls (faux finished): Tropical Tortuga,
    Wallpaper panels (“Jellyfish on Paper” #SRC1006): Robinson Finishes,
    Trim paint: custom. LED lighting: Boat Light Store,
    Table (“Hexagonal Dining Table in Black Bamboo” #BA-17); chairs (a McGuire “classic” design, now retired): McGuire,
    Chair-seat fabric (“Symbol”/Ivory #202); welt (“Boaz”/Eggshell #0014): Norbar Fabrics,
    Chandelier components (by Patrick Jouin): Y Lighting,
    Chandelier construction: MM Designs, LLC,
    Drapery (“Bonbori”/Cornflower #V3043/04, by VillaNova): Romo,
    Drapery trim (“Tao”/Midnight): Steven Harsey Textiles,
    Window shades (“Yangton Heather” #1370) Solar Shading Systems,
    Window-shade trim (3-inch tassel in Indigo, #78067H-193, Saratoga Trimmings Collection): Highland Court by Duralee,
    Area rug (seagrass with cotton binding): Crystal Tree Carpets & Flooring,
    Blue crystal stemware (“Celeste”): William Yeoward Crystal,
    White china (“Aegean”): L’Objet,
    Blue-and-white salad plates (“Cristobal Marine”): Raynaud,
    Stainless steel flatware (“Capri”): Ricci Argentieri, ricciargent​
    Crystalchina and flatware: all available from Mary Mahoney Palm Beach,
    Placematsnapkins (custom, “Shells”): Kassatly’s Palm Beach, 561/655-5655.   

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    Dining Room Detail

    Masri redesigned the hand-blown bubble chandelier to hang just above the dining table. “It resembles true bubbles that would escape from a diver’s regulator,” she says. 

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    Hallway by Allison Paladino

    Allison Paladino decided to treat the narrow upstairs hall as the home’s secondary foyer. “I like taking nondescript spaces and transforming them with glamorous, jewel-like treatments,” she explains. The pale blue wall paint from Benjamin Moore reminded her of the Palm Beach water on a clear day. Flanking the console table are mahogany screens with cream relief panels, all from Palladino’s collection for E.J. Victor. Four framed prints crown a demilune bench against the end wall. 

    Design: Allison Paladino, Allison Paladino Interior Design, 6671 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 50-435, Jupiter, FL 33458; 561/741-0165,  

    Console (“Sooz Console” #5000-44-523); mirror (“Billy Mirror” #5003-04); screens (“Billy Screen,” with ribbon stripe mahogany solids and cream relief panels #5003-80): Allison Paladino Collection, EJ Victor,
    Bench (“Boreal Bench”): Ironies,
    Bench fabric (“Oceana Aqua” #J590F-02, by Jane Churchill): Cowtan & Tout,
    Sconces (“Pendolino Wall Sconce”): Porta Romana,
    Bowl on console (“China Bowl” #PH029, by Thomas Pheasant): Baker, bakerfurniture.com
    Orchids: Extra Touch Flowers,
    Demilune bench (custom): Dicembrino Upholstery Inc., dicembrinoup​
    Bench fabric: Cowtan & Tout,
    Artwork (Karma, by Allison Paladino, Footprints From Around the Globe Collection): Rosenbaum Fine Art,
    Wall paint (“Buxton Blue” #HC-149); ceiling and trim paint (“Sugar Cookie” #OC-93): Benjamin Moore &Co.,

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    Writer's Studio by Joseph Pubillones

    “It shows the sophisticated side of coastal living,” says Joseph Pubillones of the studio he designed. Despite its small (12x15 feet) proportions, the room offers plenty of seating without feeling stuffy. Polka-dot fabric panels instantly soften the wooden blinds on the windows. Patterns play a big role, appearing on the pillows, zebra-print chairs, paneled chests, and area rug. An antique loveseat and cozy club chairs form a sitting area around the two-tiered coffee table. Ceramic turtle shells enhance the tropical atmosphere.

    Design: Joseph Pubillones, Joseph Pubillones Interiors Inc., 44 Cocoanut Row, Suite T-14, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/655-1717,

    Wallcovering (grass cloth): Phillip Jeffries,
    Ceiling and trim paint (“Pure White” #SW 7005): Sherwin-Williams,
    Drapery (“Stella Bead”/Ivory); loveseat fabric (“Hampton Stripe”/Natural); lumbar pillow on loveseat (“Maroc Anchor”/Natural); fabric on lounge chairs by sofa (“Madison Solid”/Tusk); pillows on lounge chairs by sofa (“Sedona Ikat”/Java); chaise fabric (“Crosby”/Ivory); fabric on lounge chairs flanking desk (“Abstract Zebra”/Java): Beacon Hill,
    Blinds (“Lindmon Venetian”): Ikea,
    Flooring: Travertine.
    Area rug (vintage Morrocan): Madeline Weinrib, madeline​
    Loveseat (antique, camelback): Hillcrest Collections, 561/833-1980.
    Brown pillow on loveseat (custom cowhide); coffee tablechests flanking loveseat (custom patchwork chests); ceramic lamp on chest (vintage); chaise (vintage Paco Rabanne chaise); lamp on desk (vintage Fornasetti lamp); lounge chairs flanking desk (vintage Jay Spectre Steamer Chairs); desk chair (1950s Italian solid brass chair in the style of Chiavari): Joseph Pubillones Interiors, josephpubil​
    Sculpture on chest (by Armando Martinez); sculpture on deskletter “H” behind desk (vintage Hermès sign): designer’s collection.
    Turtle shell art behind loveseat: Nate Berkus for Target,
    Lounge chairs by sofa (by John Fowler): vintage.
    Table beside lounge chair (“Perspex Tray Top Table”); desk (Art Deco): Decorations of Palm Beach,

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    Guest Suite by Joseph Cortes & Kevin Marnell 

    Aiming to create a calm retreat encouraging rest and relaxation, Joseph Cortes and Kevin Marnell of HomeLife Interiors used pops of terra-cotta on the bed linens and patterned wallpaper rimming the ceiling to energize the otherwise neutral room. “The border lent a feminine feel but didn’t make men squirm,” says Joseph Cortes. A sculptural lounge chair and an antique bench with curved legs sit poised and pretty atop the tribal area rug and sisal carpet.

    Design: Joseph Cortes and Kevin Marnell, HomeLife Interiors, 3506 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, FL 33405; 561/659-2404,

    Wall paint (“Bennington Gray” #HC-82); ceiling paint (“Lancaster Whitewash” #HC-174); trim paint (“Milkyway” #OC-110): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Wallcovering (“Fiorentina”/Terracotta on White #2490W-07, by China Seas): Quadrille,
    Bed (“Dimension Woven Bed”); bedside tables (“McCall End Table”/Embossed Croc Leather #L20063-ET): Drexel Heritage,
    Bed linensherringbone bed cover (by Frette): Pioneer Linens,
    Bolster pillow (#73025-231 in Apricot): Suburban Home from Duralee,
    Lamp on bedside tables (vintage shagreen); boxes in bedside tableupholstered bench at end of bed (antique): Jack Fhillips Design,
    Paintings behind bedtrio of paintings on wall: Chisholm Art Studio/Gallery, 561/267-7720. Lounge chair (“Roger Chair”): Thayer Coggin,
    Chair fabric (“Waterside”/Nutmeg #25830.616): Kravet, Magazine rack; tray on bed: HomeLife Interiors,
    Area rug (by Tamarian); sisal carpet: Jack Walsh Carpets & Rugs, 561/659-4846.  

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    Guest Bedroom Detail

    The brass-finished bed with woven leather straps and crocodile bedside tables are by Drexel Heritage. 

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    Powder Room by Stefani de Laville

    Stefani de Laville brought the tropics inside with the second floor bathroom. Applied bamboo molding runs along the perimeter and appropriately titled "Bamboo Grove" wallpaper adorns the walls. Faux grass surprises underfoot.

    Design: Stefani de Laville, Coco House & Co., 4225 County Road, Gulf Stream, FL 33483; 561/305-3157,

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    Master Bedroom by Gary McBournie

    Vintage Palm Beach during the 1950s and ’60s inspired Gary McBournie’s vibrant master bedroom. “This conjured up visions of white furniture, simple yet sophisticated graphic prints, and carpet woven from natural island fibers,” he says. Choosing an orange-and-green fabric from his own collection for the chairs, bench, and window treatment, the designer paper-backed the material for use on the walls. Squares of grass-mat carpet were sewn together to custom-fit the room.

    Design: Gary McBournie, Gary McBournie Inc., 71 Newbury St., Suite 300, Boston, MA 02116; 617/542-5700,

    Fabric on walls, bench, and drapery (“Banana Bird”/Sunset Orange #BNB-03); striped pillow on bed (“Tangy Stripe” #TGY-01): Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs, Through Dering Hall,
    Paper backing for wall fabric (by Schneider-Banks Inc.): SBI Fine Fabric Finishing,
    Trim paint (“Super White”); ceiling paint (“White”): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Area rug (woven grass matting): Bamboo & Rattan, vintagebam​
    Bed (“C. Bell Palm Bed”): C. Bell Furnishing Inc.,
    Bed drapery (“Marsden”/White, Laundered): Norbar Fabrics,
    Bed linens with blue trim (“Lowell”/Aquamarine): Matouk,
    Bedside tables: Gary McBournie Home,
    Lamps on bedside tables (vintage): Mecox Gardens West Palm Beach,  561/805-8611.
    Bench at end of bed (“Hocker Cross” #0200900042): Flamant, Copper Strawberry,
    Ottoman by doors: custom.
    Ottoman fabric (custom, with “Tangy Stripe” #TGY-01 and “Solid Strié”/Green #SST-03): Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs, Through Dering Hall,

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    Master Bedroom by Gary McBournie

    The custom lounge chair from Connors Ltd. is the perfect place to kick your feet up; cheerful color abounds on the striped ottoman.  

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    Master Bathroom by Gary McBournie

    The bath boasts custom aquamarine walls with a Venetian-plaster finish. An orange wire chair with a Caribbean-toile cushion brings a bit of whimsy.

    Wall finish (custom Venetian plaster): Gedas Paskauskas Studios Inc.,
    Trim paint (“Super White); ceiling paint (“White”): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Bathtub (“Vintage” freestanding bath): Kohler,
    Bath fixtures: existing.
    Coral pieces flanking window: Mecox Gardens West Palm Beach, 561/805-8611.
    Plantation shutter: Accent Shutter, accentshut​
    Photographs behind tub (Deloris Del Rio and Deloris Del Rio II, by Slim Aarons): Jacki Mallick Designs,
    Red wire chair (vintage): C. Bell Furnishing Inc.,
    Chair-seat fabric  (“Townhouse”/Orange on White #TOH-07): Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs, Through Dering Hall,
    Towels (Guest Towel Collection): Matouk,

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    Loft by Melody Smith

    Designer Melody Smith created an ideal guest space in the loft. Yellow sofas convert into twin beds to accomodate overflow, and a round ottoman acts as a table. The beautiful floor-length shell mirror is from Curey & Co. 

    Design: Melody Smith, Melody Smith Interiors; 561/309-5440,

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    West Terrace by Karen Kirk and Karen Brams

    The influence of the blue ocean and the green grass is evident in Karen Kirk and Karen Bram's color choices for the West Terrace. Shaded under a big umbrella, synthetic wicker seating provides a great conversation area.

    Design: Karen Kirk and Karen Brams, Island Living & Patio, 1700 Upland Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33409; 561/683-7373,


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    West Terrace by Karen Kirk and Karen Brams

    Reclining teak lounge chairs with aqua cushions cozy up to the firepit. 

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    East Terrace by Craig and Virginie Garcia and Andres Paradelo 

    Oversized red planters reference the red sofas and pillow cushions on the East Terrace. A raised stone garden provides visual interest. 

    Design: Craig and Virginie Garcia, CV Design Inc., 17477 75th Place North, Loxahatchee, FL 33470; 561/793-9431, Andres Paradelo, Andres Paradelo Design,


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    Crow's Nest by Craig and Virginie Garcia and Andres Paradelo 

    Intracoastal water views are available from the Crow's Nest. Rattan furniture from Gloster and chic striped upholstery provide seating. Travertine marble, Mexican pebbles and simulated coral pavers decorate the ground.

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    Pool Area by Daryl McCann for Gregory Lombardi Design 

    A living wall of flowering perennials is the brilliant backdrop for the pool area Shaped by Daryl McCann on behalf of Gregory Lombardi Design, the dynamic outdoor space features lush greenery and prime pool views. Rattan sofas and side tables from Gloster, plush pillows, and blossoming orchids complete the cozy conversation spot.

    Design:  Daryl McCann for Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design Inc., 44 Cocoanut Row, Suite T-6, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/228-1467,

    Sofas (“Eclipse Relaxer” #356J); tables (“Eclipse Side Table” #358J); white sofa cushions (“Canvas”); blue sofa pillows (“Aqua Rural”); green sofa pillows (“Macaw”); striped sofa pillows (“Capri Pinstripe”): Gloster,
    Living wall: Gregory Lombardi Design, lombardi​
    Landscape installation: Parterre Garden Services,
    Pavers: Artistic Paver Mfg.,

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    Pool by Daryl McCann for Gregory Lombardi Design 

    Sitting poolside and looking ever-so-chic is a bench from Gloster.

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