PRIVET HEDGE
Besides a quartet of cozy loungers, clipped boxwood and a tall privet hedge dress up Gregory Shano’s pool.

STEPPING STONES
In a Vero Beach, Florida house decorated by Thomas Hamel, the living room opens to the pool. Coral stepping stones at one end let you walk on water.

SCULPTURAL CYPRESS
Designer Ruthie Sommers’s house was once part of a large Los Angeles estate. The chauffeur’s quarters was on the second floor, accessed by the exterior staircase.