July Recap + Music Playlist

We’re in the middle of summer, which means pool parties, days at the beach, and backyard barbecues with our favorite people. After being cooped up all winter and for most of the past two years, escaping outside feels like a dream and we are enjoying every second of it. Whether you are a toe diver or a deep diver, Make a splash and create sunny memories with the people you love! As we say goodbye to July, relax, press play on our Summer Spotify Playlist Soundtrackand check out all of our splash-worthy content this month.

Landing in Po Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand, FLAT12x completed the TT Residence for a family that leaned towards classical architecture due to its oversized scale and proportions. The architects then introduced the modern design to achieve all the design goals that everyone wanted. The result is an open and airy tropical oasis with a glazed pool visible from all rooms.

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

A lot can go wrong on a trip to the beach or the pool without proper preparation – snacks get soggy, drinks boil in the heat, sunburn, you get the idea. But don’t overthink your packing list, or your relaxing day at the pool will be anything but. Keep it simple. Bring a tote, a towel, a cooler, and a few small necessities, and you can’t lose. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 modern finds you’ll need for the 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 summer and with the temperatures rising the only relief seems to be finding a body of water and immersing ourselves until we cool down. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a swimming pool in their backyard, but you can dream, can’t you? To keep our dreams alive, we shared 10 amazing pools that would make us move in if possible.

side exterior view of modern beach house on sloping property with swimming pool

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

outdoor view of a woman on a white float in a swimming pool

To help you turn your backyard into your very own personal beach club, we’ve selected the best modern poolside furniture, decor and accessories that will turn basic garden hangings into resort-level vacations. From pool floats to cool chairs, an ice bucket speaker to a shaded beach towel, we’ve got you covered!
modern restaurant interior in bright blue and peach colors

Clap Studio has designed a restaurant in Valencia, Spain that represents restaurant partners who have traveled through Asia, America and Africa and dreamed of starting an artisan bao business. Baovan features a colorful and lightweight design that references the partners love for surfing and exploring.

exterior side view of a modern glass house with a long swimming pool placed next to it

Located in Venice Beach, California, the Oxford Triangle Residence was designed by architect Matthew Royce, of M Royce Architecture, for himself. Drawing inspiration from trips to Iran and London, the unique beach house added space between the public sidewalk and the current structure to ensure privacy. An elongated infinity pool runs along the house, making the most of the narrow, triangular lot.

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