Elle Fanning's pool is a magical garden getaway in her backyard, experts explain how to recreate the look

The actress's pool is the perfect garden escape

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A pool doesn't need to be a purely functional aspect of your landscaping. It can be an artful and stylish way to integrate a water element into your design. Elle Fanning's landscaper clearly knew this when putting together her outdoor space. The actress's pool provides a sweet woodland oasis to her California home. Experts say the magical effect of Elle's pool idea comes down to two things: the white flowers planted behind the pool, and the natural stone slate edging.

'The white roses in Elle Fanning's pool area give it that cottagecore, woodland feeling,' says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens. 'The contrast of the white roses against the green foliage provides dimension to the space. White flowers are a classic, meaning that as styles change, this garden will look as timeless as ever,' she continues. 'Furthermore, the coordination of the white roses with Elle's white umbrella and pool furniture creates a cohesive, intentionally designed look,' says Jen.

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

The natural slate stones are also a huge aspect of what makes Elle Fanning's pool so beautiful. Nari Amarsanaa, landscaping and stone expert at Parsiena Design states on Elle's pool landscaping: 'Natural stone pools undeniably have an aesthetic appeal, blending seamlessly with nature and offering a rustic charm. They are usually good for pool installation settings where the area is already suited to blend in with the slate rocks.' She adds: 'Natural stone pools resonate with those who appreciate organic and earthy aesthetics. The material is durable, resistant to UV rays, and offers slip resistance, ensuring safety.' 

She continues, 'A natural stone edge pool can elevate the aesthetics of a yard, creating a harmonious blend with the environment. It offers a tactile experience, with the texture and temperature of natural stone providing a unique touch underfoot. The stone's natural inherent properties can also help regulate pool temperature, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Moreover, the organic patterns and variations in stone can introduce a dynamic visual element, making each pool distinct. When done right, it will look well-suited to its environment and will exude that earthy charm.'


Elle Fanning uses elegant and innovative design to turn her backyard into a woodland oasis. With a little forward planning and gardening expertise, you can do the same.

Sophie Edwards
News Writer

I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.