Monday, August 4, 2014

Design Idea: An old garage transformed into a relaxing and beautiful pool house.

Los Angeles designer Isabelle Dahlin renovated and furnished her client's garage by transforming it into a beautiful and relaxing pool house.  She added windows, French doors, and furnishings sourced mainly from her own Los Angeles store: DeKor LA, creating a more usable space for a growing family.  Dahlin established a retreat-like feel, with a beautiful landscaped backyard perfect for entertaining, including a vine-covered pergola and an outdoor fireplace within steps of the pool.

Domaine Home

 Dahlin's eclectic mix includes a capiz shell pendant and kilim pouf.  The colors are soothing and pretty.  Introducing a leather chair, and rough hewn table, alongside of a Dutch industrial console keeps it from being too girly.  When I first saw Dahlin's garage renovation, I fell in love with the signature details: the gorgeous vintage rug, the distressed bright blue rolling cart with vintage french wire basket, and the aged child's rocker next to an inviting linen, pale lavender, couch. Yum.

 Large windows and a set of French doors flood the room in beautiful light and cool evening breezes. Perfect for a lazy Saturday.

French doors lead to a stone garden path, past a charming mix of flowers and a vintage garden bench, an inviting place to catch up on a good book.

Twilight hosting is at its best under a vine-covered pergola, lit by candle light and the luxurious outdoor fireplace.  Just add food and friends and you have the perfect recipe for a wonderful evening!


  1. From a parking space for a car to a chic retreat, what a transformation!

    1. Yes, and all I can think about is how do I get an old garage to transform it!

  2. It is so difficult to capture a way of living into a photograph, yet every one of these photos does just that. Well done!


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