Stay in the loop on all things Jilly! Be the first to receive exclusive content, hear about upcoming collaborations, sales and much more!

Visit the shop

THE JH SHOP

Jilly’s Favorite Things

Get the Jilly Newsletter

New Post Updates

Collaborations

VIP-Exclusive Content

Meet Team Jilly

Girls just want to have fun! Meet Jillian and the girls (plus one guy and one dog)  behind the brand and get to know the team behind JillianHarris.com

Meet Jilly + The team

Shop My Latest

COLLABORATIONS

Shop Now

SEarch

Artboard 2

shop the presets

#JILLYPRESETS

And edit your photos like Jill - in just one click!

get the insta-famous

Charity

life

Shop My Instagram

About Jillian

All things LOVE, fashion, family, food, and home decor since 2009

visit the

JH SHOP

Blog Home

fashion

Home

Food

Beauty

Videos

My Editing Presets

JILLIAN HARRIS

navigate

all things LOVE, fashion, family, food, and home decor since 2009

26

Jul

2017

Jillian Harris

by

Our Pool Inspo and Progress

Good morning loves!!! Many of you have been asking about our pool and the decisions we made around it such as what our design inspo was, which companies we used, which liner we went with and so on … so, today I’m dishing ALL of the details on our POOL with you!! Let’s start by throwing it back a little bit … when we were house hunting for our “fixer upper” one of the things that attracted us to this house was the fact that it had a huge yard and a pool!! I remember when I was growing up my Auntie Patsy had a pool and I remember we had the BEST memories around that pool so my mind instantly started daydreaming about pool parties with friends and family and teaching Leo how to swim. THEN it went straight to the safety side of things … holy crap … a pool … right in our backyard … and Leo. The thought of that started to worry me like it would any parent and I immediately wanted to fill it in BUT after giving it some more thought and talking it over with Justin I knew that we could still have it, as long as we did it right by taking all of the necessary steps to ensure the pool was safe and that Leo was familiar with the water!!

Before we dig into the nitty gritty details of our pool, I wanted to share a photo of what it looked like BEFORE we refreshed it and also a few of my pool inspo pics with you … I gathered these white Pinterest cruising at all hours of the night!! LOL! Here is what the pool looked like before …

Jillian Harris Pool Inspo and Design

I mean the pool was amazing and probably had a few good years still left in it but it WAS 30 years old and it was starting to fall apart and the liner definitely needed to be replaced and with all of the construction going on around it there was no way it wasn’t going to get more destroyed in the process so I was lucky enough to be able to totally redo it and start from the ground up. I had this idea in my head of exactly what I wanted … I pictured a spa-like, relaxing, but functional space … and also a space where Leo and other kids could be safe and have FUN!! So, below are a few photos that I picked up while Pinterest cruising!!

Jillian Harris Pool Inspo and DesignJillian Harris Pool Inspo and DesignJillian Harris Pool Inspo and DesignJillian Harris Pool Inspo and DesignJillian Harris Pool Inspo and Design

I knew that summer was quickly approaching and I desperately wanted to get this damn pool refreshed and ready for those hot summer Okanagan days!! We talked to so many pool companies and then we were contacted by Latham!! They were super keen to work with us and were so knowledgeable. I voiced my concerns about the safety of the pool and they were eager to find us a cover that would put our mind to ease! We were so excited to partner with them!!

Jillian Harris Pool Inspo and DesignJillian Harris Pool Inspo and DesignJillian Harris Pool Inspo and Design

The hard part about this process was the design aspect of this space … I put so much thought and decision making into the interior of our home and this space wasn’t going to be any different. I knew this was going to be an area where we would be spending most of our time in the warmer months so I wanted it to look amazing!! This meant that I had to choose on which liner and pool cover would look the best with not only our home BUT with the surrounding decor outside.

For the actual bones of the pool, we ended up decreasing the hopper, which is the deep end of the pool and lengthened the shallow end, mostly for the benefit of the kids! We also created this custom designed step with an extended second step and it’s a perfect height for Leo when he is in his wading floatie and it’ll also be great for when he can walk, it’s the perfect depth for him to learn how to swim! Latham can seriously design anything you can imagine!!

After some back and forth I ended up going with the Ultraseam Liner in the reef pattern … and trust me, this was a TOUGH decision because they have so many options of colours and patterns … my eyes were going cross eyed by the time I made up my mind! LOL! We worked really closely with the Latham team on the design of our liner, they custom designed it to fit our steps and our toddler ledge for Leo! I recommend all of you guys to get help from the pool service rancho santa fe if you happen to be having struggles with yours.

And then for the cover, we went with the Autocover in charcoal. We decided on the Autocover as it’s so insanely sturdy, our whole family can actually walk ON TOP of the cover and it holds strong!! More importantly, it’s reassuring knowing that both Leo AND Nacho are safe outside when the cover is on. When it was first installed I started thinking that maybe it was too dark but now that it’s been in for a while, I’ve had a chance to soak it all in (see what I did there?! LOL!) and now I think we nailed the choice! Thank you SO MUCH to CoverStar Canada for installing this for us!!!

Jillian Harris Pool Inspo

After the liner and the cover were picked out we got to get REALLY creative with the jets and lights thanks to the team at Hayward!! We have these fun Deck Jets on both sides of the pool that shoot into the water and are perfect for those hot days when you’re laying on a floatie and need a little “cool down” lol … just float on under one of those bad boys and you’ll be cool in no time!

Jillian Harris Pool Inspo and Design Jillian Harris Pool Inspo and Design Jillian Harris Pool Inspo and Design

While the pool is sooo close to being complete it is still a work in progress right now as we still have to finish the landscaping and concrete around it but it’s certainly coming together!! Once everything is complete we will be sharing some more photos with you but that won’t be for a little while yet … consider this a sneak peek for now!! LOL! Oh, and make sure to check out Latham’s recent blog post for more details on our pool! You can find it here!

Do you have a pool at home?? How did you find the design process?? Do you have any pool safety advice for me?

Ps. You can’t have a pool without some ridiculously cute floaties … we’re all stocked up on the ones below, are faves are the big beach ball and of course the massive swan and flamingo!!

xo

Jilly

Add Comment

25

show / 

 hide comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Tanis

    July 26th, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Awwww, Leo is too cute. My Auntie Patsy has a pool, too! Like you mentioned, lots of great memories, and I’m sure Leo will thank you for it later!

  2. Sarah

    July 26th, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Is Nacho ever allowed in the pool?

  3. Jillian Harris

    July 27th, 2017 at 7:49 am

    We will see … lol!!

  4. Cora

    July 27th, 2017 at 11:20 am

    No Boxers can’t swim.

  5. Jillian

    July 27th, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Nacho can!!!

  6. Vanessa

    July 26th, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    We just put a pool in in June. Still have to landscape, including the concrete (so expensive) but we are loving the pool!! My four kiddos have been in it every single day, even when it’s rainy and cold!

    One thing we did for safety was instal a chime on our back door. They know the rules are that they can’t go out in the backyard unless we are with them, but we added the chime for our peace of mind!!

    Enjoy every second! It’ll only get better as he grows up xo

  7. Jillian Harris

    July 27th, 2017 at 7:48 am

    This is another really great idea!! Thanks for sharing Vanessa!! XOXO

  8. Amanda

    July 26th, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Your pool is gorgeous! My parents had a pool in Vernon and we used the Turtle Saftey watch For our kids.
    It’s a watch that you put on your child (it securely locks on using a key) and if the watch gets wet an alarm goes off. Pool accidents can happen so quickly so it was so nice to have that alarm as a back up!
    Ps- unrelated to this post but Renee photographed our wedding and I was so excited to see her do your Christmas photo shoot with Leo on your show!

  9. Jillian Harris

    July 27th, 2017 at 7:47 am

    OMG that sounds like such a great idea!! LOVE THAT!

  10. Jordon

    July 27th, 2017 at 5:39 am

    My parents just put their pool in this summer. My son is 5 and my daughter is 8 months and they both love it. My son is turning into a fish. Lol. It’s such a great piece to have in the backyard and I’m enjoying my mat leave by the pool this summer! It has a 3 foot shallow end and then goes to about 8.5 ft at the deep end. There is a beautiful wrought iron gate surrounding the pool and it’s all landscaped. Keeps the kids out when we aren’t around.

  11. Emily

    July 27th, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I know this is a personal question, but what was the total cost as of now? I think the extra wide step is an amazing idea for young kids.

  12. Amanda

    July 27th, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Hey Jillian!!

    We have a pool too! (at my mom’s house) It was put in around 2000 and we do have young kids over from time to time, so to help with keeping them safe, we have a door to the backyard that is always locked, that way if young kids are over, they can’t just walk into the backyard :). It’s an older bungalow, so the only access to the backyard is through that locked side door :). We also have a hot tub! Maybe you and Justin can get one of those put in eventually; you know how fun those are ;).

    Hope this helps!

    Amanda Panda

  13. Kayleigh

    July 30th, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Jillian, I LOVE Leo’s black and white ball cap, where is it from???

  14. Jillian Harris

    August 29th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    It’s from George Hats!! https://george-hats.com/

  15. Meghan Schenck

    August 20th, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Jillian, I love the look of your pool and it is now one of my inspiration pools. We are in the process of putting in a pool and I really wish I had thought to elongate the middle stair like you did. That was very smart. I also love the way your liner looks in the pictures. We were initially thinking of the black granite, but I keep coming back to your photos of the reef liner. Did you ever consider the black? Can you tell me how you were able to make this decision?

  16. Meg

    September 14th, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Hi there, I was wondering what colour drain cover you used with your pool liner? Thank you

  17. Ruby

    September 18th, 2017 at 6:18 am

    What size is your pool?

  18. Vanessa Sorgard

    September 18th, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I hope this isn’t asking too much but I was wondering if you has some images of your pool deck from up above and/or up close that you could share? I remember seeing it quickly on one of your insta stories and I LOVED it and it’s exactly what I had in mind for our pool surround. Im having trouble articulating to our concrete guy exactly what I want!! He is thinking patter, I am thinking NOT! I was large, staggered rectangles in a light acid wash!

  19. Ally

    September 27th, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Loving your pool renovation and your inspiration photos. We are currently undergoing a full renovation of an old vinyl pool also. I can’t seem to find the ‘Reef’ style liner you used… Does it go by another name? Would you mind sharing a close up photo of the liner? It’s hard to tell from the photo but you did no border at the top, right? Lastly, do you have a close up photo of your decking / concrete? Thank you!!

  20. Angela

    June 5th, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    HI Jillian,

    All of your photos are great and I have also saved many of the same pins from Pinterest that you have!!

    We are in the midst of picking our liner (so stressful!!) but one of my top picks is Reef by Latham. I was wondering if you by chance have any other photos that I could see (without the swan) to see how the water colour is.

    Do you find the water a light teal or light blue? I have been also looking at some of the light grey liners.

    Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks.
    Angela

  21. Jillian Harris

    June 20th, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    To me it looks light teal for sure!!! I ALMOST wish I would have went with a lighter liner but I do still love this one!!! GOOD LUCK!!

  22. Patrick

    June 14th, 2018 at 6:40 am

    For homeowners working with a general contractor, they can simplify the process by helping you matching designs with the layout of your property and your home. Most importantly, they’ll help you find a custom deck system that will increase the value of your home – something that’s hard to do when you build a custom pool deck on your own.

  23. Sam

    June 21st, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    What size is your pool?

  24. Cindy Frietas

    August 1st, 2018 at 4:59 am

    When will you have finished pictures of the pool and landscaping available?

  25. Jillian Harris

    August 1st, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I’m planning on sharing that info in the next couple of weeks!! XO

binge ALL the latest JH posts

Dogs for Dads!

Revealed: What Was Inside the VIP Swag Bags

Behind the Scenes: Our Intimate Lunch in Support of Mamas for Mamas

The Bachelorette Recap: The Drama Continues!

Jillian Harris x Melanie Auld: Fine & Demi-Fine Have Launched!

THE JH SHOP

Jilly's Favourite Things

see more in the shop

Artboard 2

Sort by:

life

Food

Fashion

HOME

Travel

Beauty

All

All-Time Favourites

Baby

View the post

Hi!!! First of all,  I want to send my LOVE and thanks for all the amazing messages regarding our new little addition!  I’ve finally gotten around to writing Annie’s birth story as I’ve been “trying” to give myself enough downtime as possible (but you know me, I don’t “rest” much! LOL). Mackenzie just finished our […]

Sweet Annie: Our Birth Story

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

A Comprehensive List of My Favourite Baby Items

13 Things You Might Not Know About This Canadian Girl!

03

5 Things Justin and I Love About Each Other That Might Surprise You

04

10 Things I’m Afraid to Tell You

05

View the post

We ALL know that the way to ANYONE’S heart is through their stomach! Below I’m sharing SEVEN delicious recipes that you can whip up in no time to spoil YOUR loved ones this Valentine’s Day! There is a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone below, for those who have a sweet tooth … for the carb lovers […]

7 Recipes to Spoil Your Loved Ones this Valentine’s Day

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

Gingerbread Granola with Maple Spiced Almond Milk

Savoury Veggie Muffins

03

Butternut Squash Sage Lasagne Roll-Ups

04

Savoury “Sausage” Hand Pies

05

View the post

I’m sure most of you know by now that Summer is one of my favourite seasons! Not only because of the beautiful weather we get here in the Okanagan (and delicious summer cocktails 😉) but because I get to live in a bathing suit and hang out at the pool with the kiddos! If you […]

Must-Have Summer Swimsuits

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

3 Easy Ways to Rock Overalls this Summer

Quick & Easy Summer Outfits

03

5 Tips To Wear Bell Bottoms Like a Pro

04

3 Spring Dresses You Need in Your Closet

05

View the post

I’m so excited to announce that my brand new diffuser collaboration with Saje Wellness has officially LAUNCHED and is available for purchase (while quantities last)!! When I was designing this diffuser I knew I wanted to create something that looked like a piece of art as well as something that could fit into any decor, […]

The Jillian Harris x Saje Wellness Diffuser Collaboration is Here!

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

Jillian Harris x Saje Wellness: Diffuser Collaboration is Launching Soon

Cinco De Mayo: Festive Pom Pom Garland

03

Cinco De Mayo DIY: Watermelon Piñata

04

Love It Or List It Vancouver: Becca & Cory

05

View the post

Aloha!!! Whenever I travel, I tend to get a ton of questions coming in on my social platforms so I thought I would round up a few questions that were most frequently asked and answer them here! PLUS, I took so many videos while we were in Hawaii that I also decided to share a vlog […]

12 Frequently Asked Questions about My Hawaiian Vacation

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

My 8 Best Travelling Tips

Team Jilly Takes on Dallas!

03

10 Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

04

5 Tips for Selecting Your Perfect One-Piece Swimsuit

05

View the post

Many of you have been asking about Annie’s sleep schedule lately so I thought I would take some time to share this with you today! To say the least, we are completely BLOWN AWAY by Annie’s sleep routine! This little girl is a ROCKSTAR when it comes to her sleep and we think this is […]

Annie’s Daily Routine & Sleep Schedule

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

Home Tour Series: Annie’s Dreamy Nursery

8 Tips for Pumping & Storing Breast Milk While Travelling

03

JH x Smash + Tess Collection is Now Here!

04

A Complete List of Our Favourite Baby Names

05

View the post

I’m one of those people who, for the LONGEST time, didn’t really care about going to more natural products for my body, because, well … I’m kind of reckless like that! LOL! C’mon, I was one of those girls who used to drink a 2 litre of wildberry cooler when I was 19!!! LOL!! However, it […]

I Finally Made the Switch to Natural Deodorant: Here’s What I Learned!

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

My Every Day Cruelty-Free Makeup Tutorial

Eyebrow Microblading: To Do or Not to Do?

03

DIY: My Everyday Invigorating Body Scrub

04

Rose Honey Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

05

View the post

WELCOME, everyone! First off, I’m so glad you’re here and I can’t wait for you to take a cruise around my new website! The girls and I started discussing a brand new website about 2 years ago now! Over those two years, we’ve sent countless emails back and forth, had multiple phone calls and discussions. We […]

The New Look of Jillian Harris Revealed!

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

Little Leaders Series: Mason Vanderploeg

5 Tips to Staying Stress Free

03

Little Leader’s Series: Olivia Matheson

04

Little Leader Series: Clemence Currie

05

GET THE
JILLY NEWSLETTER

Stay in the loop on all things Jilly! Be the first to receive exclusive content, hear about upcoming collaborations, sales and much more!

New Post Updates

Collaborations

VIP-Exclusive Content

Annie’s Birth Story

FEatured videos

The Latest JH Videos

Cruelty-Free Makeup Tutorial

Browse all JH VIDEOS

Watch:

My Best Travel Tips

Watch:

Annie's Sip & See

Watch:

powered by chloédigital