Vintage Swimming Pools...Ahhhhh!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I absolutely love vintage swimming pools...when I see one or think of one I am immediately transported to a magical place of backyard tiki huts, mermaid ceramic tiles, and puffer fish light fixtures.  

While growing up here in So Cal I have had the priviledge of swimming in some amazing vintage aquatic wonderlands over the years. 
I would like to share some images with you now...let yourself be transported to another place and time where there still are  neighborhood swim parties and backyard BBQ's and no worries in the world...

Who can remember, while on vacation swimming in some of these awesome hotel pools until your parents called you in when it got dark?

I don't ever remember the pretty ladies this close to the water...they might have gotten their hair wet...Heaven Forbid!

I especially remember pools that were structurally surrounded like this one. I can still remember the sound that our loud kid voices made as we played and the noise bounced off the water onto the walls.

Ohhh, the high dive! 
There was many a time I dared myself to climb that ladder...walk out to the end of the board...peer over into the deep... then chicken out and hurry back down to the ground to cheer on the next brave soul!

Excuse me, does anyone know where I can get this vintage table and metal umbrella shade? 
Oh, and also the darling red swimsuit too.

This pool is dreamy and I would travel a great distance just to swim in it.  I love the blue coping here and the eerie shadowy feel of the futuristic architecture.

Have any of you had the opportunity to swim in an indoor screened room pool like this? 
It's the best of all worlds here and these kids don't know how lucky they have it.

HoJo anyone? 
Orange and Turquoise/ favorite color combo.
They always had the best outdoor areas for kids...check out the kiddie pool near the swingset. 

This one is my all time fav!  I love this house and this pool and I would host parties here every weekend if I owned it. 
It's located in the hills above LA and has been featured in several of my favorite movies.

This is my pool, we tried to re-create a retro feel and worked closely with our pool contractor to achieve a period look. 
We have named this area of our property
Tiki Lagoon
and in the weeks ahead I will do a post of our step-back-in-time Polynesian Wonderland for all to see.
How many times as a kid did you dream of yourself in a scene like this?  
That's all for now but, this beauty bids you an underwater goodbye from a magical place that has been in several of my own childhood dreams...until next time.

4 of you say...:

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

I remember swimming in pools like these. =)

And the mermaid on the Submarine ride at Disneyland Anaheim. =D

Anonymous said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH take me away swimming pool! To this day, (call me weird) but I would rather swim in a pool than at a beach, pond, swimming hole, etc... Something about the blueness of the pools draw me in. And, being a Cancer sign, a summer baby, well, naturally, I am a water girl!

Hugs and love from Chicago, Frankie's Woman!

Zootsuitmama said...

Lovin it. I do soooo remember these. Your pool is awesome. Can't wait for pix. Zootsuitmama

elisa said...

I have a vintage pool and we don't even know where to start! How did you do the cement area around the pool? I love the easy gray and how it is in sections . . . any tips you could provide me would be awesome! We have the structure, now I just need to doll it up! Thanks!