Pool with Mosaic Wall and FountainContemporary Pool, Dallas
A simple, yet striking fountain was created by building a mosaic wall with a single, large sheet-flow scupper. The simple design and clean lines of this slightly raised pool with limestone coping, sundeck and mosaic fountain and steps create a serene environment that is evocative of a high-end resort.
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Thread ConsiderationsThe type of thread used for stitching is one of the not-so-obvious considerations. The type depends on the usage.Outdoor use. Sunbrella recommends using a high-UVR (UV-rated) thread that will not fade or degrade in the sun. However, Shearer says, most home sewing machines can’t accommodate the size of a UV thread spool. If you’re using regular thread on a home sewing machine, then use a polyester, not cotton, thread and make sure all of your seams are on the inside versus top-stitched to avoid direct exposure, which will extend the life of the thread.Indoor use. Ruddick suggests a nylon thread. Nylon should not be used outdoors. Also, if you intend to bleach your piece, be aware that the thread may not be bleachable like the fabric.
Chemicals are an obvious source of trouble if pets drink from pools and spas, but there are other dangers as well. Even if pets can swim, they can still drown in pools and spas if they can’t get out. Long, low steps may help, but your best approach is to keep pets away from the water, either with covers or fencing or by keeping them inside unless accompanied.
BlueAlthough it's calming and peaceful, blue was once considered an unattainable garden color since it's rarely found in nature (consider the pursuit of the rare blue Himalayan poppy or the rose industry’s obsession with breeding a blue hybrid tea).The compelling presence of blue can appear in your garden with help from a can of periwinkle paint, a turquoise-tile pool or aqua cushions. Blue cools us down. If you don’t have a swimming pool to bring the serene presence of blue into the landscape, paint the inside of a birdbath, display a grouping of glazed blue pottery, or lay a path with blue tiles.