Home & Design | A Splash of Glamour – Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Exactly 384 pieces of crystal make up the chandelier that hangs at the center of this new poolside cabana in Edina. “It’s sort of unexpected for outdoor lighting,” interior designer Ammar Steven Alshash says of the statement piece, an indoor fixture that just happens to be UL-approved for wet conditions. But it works swimmingly for the cabana, which was inspired by the main home just a few steps away, as well as by the homeowners’ love of two iconic Southern California hotels, the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Parker Palm Springs. “The home itself has a pretty cool Hollywood Regency glamour design mixed with modern and contemporary elements,” says Alshash, who did those interiors five years ago. “And we wanted to bring that look over here.”

But the connection between the two goes beyond interior design. The main home—with its Mediterranean-style exterior of white stucco, black columns and trim, and black glazed-tile roof—influenced the cabana’s architecture, as well. “It made perfect sense not to compete with the house but to work within the architectural boundaries of what was already established,” says Charlie Simmons, who designed the cabana’s architecture. 

Working with builder John Kraemer, Simmons carried the black-and-white palette of materials to the cabana’s structure, right down to smooth white stucco and dramatic black columns. Some architectural elements, such as the windows, however, take on a distinctive style not seen in the home. “Those windows are actually recessed into the wall, so that required us to