Room Envy: Jimmy Stanton turned this garage into a modern-rustic pool house

Stanton took a design cue from the white facade of his circa-1851 estate in Madison
Room envy

Photograph by Emily Followill

“All one color is my signature look,” says interior designer Jimmy Stanton, owner of Stanton Home Furnishings on the Westside and in Virginia-Highland. Taking a cue from the white facade of his circa-1851 estate in Madison, Georgia, Stanton extended the color scheme (or lack thereof) to his remodeled garage turned pool house, which sports a modern-rustic vibe.

Paint it white
To achieve a uniform finish, Stanton’s painter used a paint sprayer to brighten up the existing wood walls with Benjamin Moore’s “Simply White.”

Easy access
Open shelves hold drinkware, and the fridge is stocked with beverages for sipping poolside. “Having everything out in the open is great for entertaining,” says Stanton.

Old is new
Remember white refrigerators? Stanton salvaged this one from a kitchen renovation of the main house, then surrounded it with Ikea cabinetry to create a seamless look in the white-­paneled room.

Keeping it real
The Madison historic board had to approve the renovation. Stanton was able to add French doors but had to install faux garage doors in the front to keep the facade the same.

Gather round
Swivel chairs in weather-resistant fabric allow visitors to relax even in wet bathing suits. “Those chairs are bestsellers,” says Stanton. A round coffee table (the top is made of reclaimed tire tread) completes the circular arrangement.

Pro tip
Durable poured-concrete floors can provide texture that’s as interesting as that of stone. Stanton commissioned these to include a saw-cut grid pattern, which was etched into wet concrete before the surface was coated with three layers of sealer

This article originally appeared in our April 2016 issue.