October 3, 2022

Appearances can be deceiving. This certainly holds true for a new house built along a tree-shaded street in Holladay. Set on a narrow lot behind a curved gravel drive, the classically styled structure would leave few suspecting it is not a separate residence. “The owners wanted a charming pool house on the property beside their family home, so we decided to make it look like a separate house rather than part of an estate,” says interior designer Jason Wilde, who created exactly that for his long-term clients. 

Photos by Lindsay Salazar

The main gathering space, hallway and window-sided exercise room form the L-shaped pool house. A large pergola extends from the exercise-room wing, shading a posh outdoor living area overlooking the pool. Smaller dining and conversation areas sit on the patio immediately outside the interior’s gathering room. Interior Design by Jason Wilde. Homebuilder is Lance Howell, Principal of The Biltmore Company.
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 A front door opens into a hallway leading to the pool and patios. Multiple hooks offer spots to hang towels and swimsuits. Beadboard provides a durable, scuff-friendly wall surface. A lantern ceiling light and fern-patterned wallpaper nod to the owners’ love of gardening and classic style. 
The pool house interior was geared for year-round use, says Wilde, who designed it to feel as finely detailed and comfortable as the owners’ main home but more casual and carefree. Outdoor fabrics, limestone floors, beadboard-clad walls and stained cabinetry deliver durability and easy care to the décor. Paired ottomans serve as storage-rich coffee tables and a custom sofa opens into a bed, accommodating overnight guests.

Approachable and neighborhood-friendly, the understated, single-story house features a welcoming scale and classic detailing. Cedar shingles, stone chimneys and horizontal siding team with a handsomely paneled, sheltered porch framed by symmetrically paired lanterns and potted boxwoods. “At first glance, it resembles a modest 1930s Cape Cod cottage,” says Wilde, who worked with architectural designer Hyrum Bates and builder Lance Howell, Principal of The Biltmore Co. The only clue that it is indeed a pool house is the front door’s aqua hue, hinting at the sparkling water around which the L-shaped home was built. 

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Wilde replicated an English estate’s fireplace in the pool house and devised trim detail to frame a wall-mounted TV. 
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Inside the broad opening to the pool and patios, a chair covered in a Perennials performance fabric rests in front of draperies tailored from Lee Jofa’s Seacliff Mist. 

Offering a welcoming first impression, the front door opens directly into the light-filled, main living and gathering space. A separate side door leads into a richly decorated hallway providing direct access to the pool and patios, as well as changing rooms, full bathroom and broadly windowed exercise room. Hallway doors offer entry to the spacious living area when desired. 

Wilde conjured a fresh, timeless style for the poolside retreat. “I wanted it to feel a little barn, a little Cape Cod, a little Hamptons,” he explains. To that end, beadboard and finely crafted beams adorn the cathedral ceiling soaring high above the interior’s gathering area. Wilde painted the ceiling’s beadboard a warm gray hue, providing a shadowy backdrop that accentuates the artistry of hand-chiseled, white-painted beams and the delicate form of an ethereal chandelier. The designer clad the walls below with wider planked beadboard “to make it feel like the outside is coming in.” The limestone floors that flow inside and out add to the harmonizing effect.

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The dining table serves small get-togethers but can also expand with leaves to seat larger parties of 12. 

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