Make a Splash: July Roundup + Music Playlist

We’re right in the middle of summer, which means pool parties, beach days, and backyard BBQs enjoyed with our favorite people. After being holed up all winter and for much of the past two years, escaping outside feels like a dream and we are soaking up every second of it. Whether you’re a toe dipper or a deep diver, make a splash and create some sun-soaked memories with the people you love! As we say goodbye to July, kick back, hit play on our Soundtrack of Summer Spotify playlist, and check out all of our splash-worthy content this month.

exterior view of courtyard of modern beige home with glass fronted pool

Landing in Po Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand, FLAT12x completed the TT Residence for a family who leaned towards classical architecture due to its oversized scale and proportion. The architects, then, introduced modern design to realize all of the design goals everyone desired. The result is an open and airy tropical oasis with a glass-fronted swimming pool visible from all rooms.

Outdoor shot of cropped person holding light blue tote bag in front of pool

Lots can go awry on a beach or pool trip without the proper preparation – snacks getting soggy, drinks boiling in the heat, sun burns, you get the idea. But don’t overthink your packing list or else your relaxing day at the pool will be anything but. Keep things simple. Bring a tote, towel, cooler, and a few small necessities, and you can’t lose. To help, we rounded up 10 modern finds you’ll need for a perfect day at the beach or pool.

interior view from modern living room looking through windows into a swimming pool where people are swimming

It’s summertime and with rising temps the only relief seems to be finding a body of water and submerging ourselves until we cool down. Not all of use are lucky enough to have a pool in our backyard but we can dream, can’t we? To keep our dreams alive, we shared 10 incredible pools that would have us moving in if at all possible.

side exterior view of modern beach house on sloped property with pool

Block722 designed Villa Apollon as a modern holiday home on the southern edge of Lefkada, a Greek Island overlooking the Ionian Sea. Located on a cliffside surrounded by local, green vegetation and ocean views, the house features a swimming pool just steps down from the living room.

outside view of woman on white float in a swimming pool

To help turn your backyard into your own personal beach club, we’ve handpicked the best in poolside furniture, decor, and modern accessories that’ll turn basic backyard hangs into a resort-level vacation. From pool floats to cool chairs, an ice bucket speaker to an ombre beach towel, we have you covered!
modern restaurant interior in bright blue and peach color scheme

Clap Studio designed a restaurant in Valencia, Spain that represents the restaurant partners that have traveled throughout Asia, America, and Africa and dreamed of creating an artisanal bao company. Baovan features a colorful, light-hearted design that references the partners’ love of surfing and exploration.

exterior side view of modern glass house with long pool positioned beside it

Located in Venice Beach, California, the Oxford Triangle residence was designed by architect Matthew Royce, of M Royce Architecture, for himself. Taking inspiration from trips to Iran and London, the unique beach house has added space between the public sidewalk and the actual structure to make sure there’s privacy. An elongated infinity pool runs alongside the house making the most of the narrow, triangular lot.

Did you miss any of our monthly mood posts? Check them all out here and stay tuned for when we reveal what we have in store for August’s design mood…

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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