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Osterville pool house makes a splash

Making a Splash, Summer 2017 Cape Cod HOME |

A crushed glass fire pit provides a perfect poolside gathering spot. Photo by Richard Hilgendorff

Collins gushes when she talks about the various Nautique custom pieces—and when they arrived in the space. “John, who runs Nautique’s work room, is the best!” she says. “When I answer the door and he is there I just get so excited; he is so professional and so sweet, I just love that man.”

Outside, the family takes advantage of all the comfortable elements found in the well-appointed backyard. A beautiful in-ground gunite pool, installed by Viola Associates of Hyannis, reflects the aqua tones found in the design elements both inside and out. Collins furnished the pool deck and a multitude of seating areas with furniture by Kloster and purchased at Cape Leisure, now located in Mashpee Commons. Malone recently recovered all of the cushions in a crisp seafoam Sunbrella fabric, extending the entire design aesthetic from the guest house, to the backyard entertaining areas, and into the main house as well.

Malone explains, “The color of the pool really inspired the whole plan. Amy likes the design themes to continue through. So this way, we bring the outside in, but more to the point, we blur the lines between inside enjoyment and entertaining with outside family and fun. The whole thing feels connected.”

A crushed glass fire pit provides the perfect gathering spot for the family to share ghost stories, jokes or shared memories on warm summer nights as the breeze moves through the boughs of the towering pines that flank the property.

After all of the coordination, countless design decisions, and numerous trips back and forth from Florida during the off-season to accomplish this aquamarine gemstone of a guest house, Collins can only laugh when recalling a line from her husband. “He said, ‘I don’t care what you do, but after this investment, you can’t call it a pool house; it is now a guest house.’”

Malone says she enjoys working with Collins because she has such a simple vision, but by no means does that mean boring. “Amy is very elegant and enjoys beautiful things, so it is exciting to find those special touches that showcase her exquisite taste and sense of fun.”

Clearly, the relationship between these two women and their extended families and organizations is a special one that has deepened over the years. Malone talks about the process of getting to know, listen to and understand her clients. “They become more than clients, more than a business relationship, but that is how you know it is working—for both of you—when you achieve that easy, comfortable, trusted friendship.”

Humphrey Bogart couldn’t have said it better.

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