Swimming Pool Ceramics: Unique Underwater Worlds from Craig Bragdy Design

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Wouldn’t you love to take a plunge in one of the fabulous “worlds” shown here that can be created around, and inside, a pool — via mosaic work by true pool artisans? These are just some of the fanciful “underwater worlds” that Craig Bragdy Design offers its clients. Look at how some of these pool edges seem to be “shorelines” even indoors: graceful swirls of “sand” cover the steps, giving you the feel of walking into your very own corner of the ocean. See the graceful shells underfoot? Don’t worry — they’re not sharp at all; they just look great. Nothing’s dangerous here: one client even had a remarkable rendition of a Great White done after literally coming eye-to-eye with one in real life!

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And that school of fish? Once you get in the water and start swimming, they can appear to “swim” right along with you. You can have your pool include exotic “plants” that seem to sway in the waves you make, or invite some harmless but beautiful jellyfish into your watery haven. Make your pool look deeper with gradations of blue tiles that darken toward the center, for a “bottom” that goes on forever. Shimmering dark blues make any white you have at poolside — including an ordinary white stone deck — absolutely stunning. And that’s just talking about their appearance in daylight; add some well-placed lights and you can create a one-of-a-kind ambience that turns your pool into a private jungle lagoon. Pretty much anything’s possible in the hands of skilled mosaic artists; they can take your pool places it’s never been before.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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