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By Lisa Pierpont | June 28, 2016 | Home & Real Estate
A party-loving family dreamed about dressing up their pool, but what to wear?
The home was perfect! Just made for entertaining. This super-sociable family really hit the jackpot with their west-of-Boston estate, except for one problem: the pool. It was not special enough. The lady of the manor was Sinesia Karol, a high-end swimwear designer—it needed to be special. Paging Winston Flowers: Matt McKenna, please. McKenna is the creative director—and the Horatio Alger— of Winston Flowers. The 33-year-old began filling tulip orders at Winston’s Back Bay boutique while attending the Massachusetts College of Art, and rose (get it?) up the ranks to become the artistic force behind the retail and garden divisions. “I just really love flowers,” he says. When he laid eyes on said pool area, visions of mossy rock foil and rockin’ soirées swirled around his head. Like the family, McKenna thought, the area must be sophisticated, classic but modern… and fun! He filled gorgeous, dramatic Luanda and Domani pots from Belgium and Holland with white petunias and pansies. (“White always looks fabulous!”) Then he planted greenery like lush water hyssop, allysum, and English ivy, and accented the outdoor kitchen area with garden-filled containers that doubled as benches. “Every piece in the pool area was chosen to look like sculpture,” he says. “Each is artistic and handmade, but still very functional.” And all of it goes with a fabulous party—and a smashing bathing suit. 617-541-1108.
photography by rosemary fletcher