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Sweltering temperatures in New York over the last couple days have made me dream up a myriad of ways to cool down. I can’t say that any of them look as refreshing as this, however:

outdoor shower elle decor

Photo:Tim Street-Porter

Elle Decor is showcasing a weekend retreat that is, “Redefining Contemporary Country Chic.” Boy, is it ever. With natural elements like the cedar shower wall and the stone flooring, the country house is embracing its surroundings in a very grown up way. I have to say, if my outdoor shower looked this beautiful, I might never shower indoors again.

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14 Responses

  1. Terri says:

    I love outdoor showers! I remember as a teenager showering outside with a sprinkler as a makeshift shower head…lol But she make my dad add somewhat of a screen. Pretty neat! I think my mother must have been the first one to have come up with those things…lol The things she came up woth thanks to those hot summer day & nights. Oh, and I didn't live out in the country either. But then again people weren't as bad as they are now. Yeah, I'm talking about those peeping-toms

  2. witteney says:

    Or if you lived in an exclusive, private, woodsy enclave!

  3. Dan says:

    I have one very much like that at my mountain cabin. It overlooks the valley 1800 feet below. No neighbors within sight. It is incredibly refreshing to take a shower with a slight breeze blowing.

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