Mary Vail, MBA Publicist


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The Al Fresco Life: Pools, Spas, Bars & Kitchens

The Al Fresco Life:  Pools, Spas,  Bars & Kitchens 
Design and lifestyle book,  provide readers with tips to create inviting outdoors spaces around one’s home, resulting in the perpetual “home-cation” destination.

Pool builder Joe Vassallo, CBP and photographer Mary Vail, OSG both of Las Vegas collaborated on the hardbound, coffee table edition. The publication is now available from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., and at major book stores with proceeds from the sale of the book benefiting Clark County School District Title-1 homeless education programs.

The duo introduces numerous new design concepts for pool builders, designers and homeowners to ponder when considering exterior areas. One will learn about AquaTekture, Comfort-scapes, and special treatments such as a Pixy Pool, Infinity edge, Wet-Flame, or a Liquid-window. 

“Whether one is starting from scratch, investing in a renovation or simply looking to spruce up an existing space, The Al Fresco Life is an excellent resource of inspiration,” states Vassallo, president of Paragon Pools in Las Vegas.

The book showcases pool and spa projects across the Las Vegas valley exclusively from the Paragon Pools portfolio and captures designs of varying tastes and lifestyles.  The Al Fresco Life is divided into informative chapters with culinary and beverages contributions from Austrian born, Restaurateur  Certified Master Chef Gustav Mauler of Spiedini Ristorante and Mixologist Shawn Barker of Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – MGM.  

“The economy may force many to forgo their leisure travel,” remarks Vail. “However, people still desire and need time away to rejuvenate their spirits and enhance their mental and physical well-being. Homeowners can recreate that retreat experience in their own backyards in the form of a “home-cation” any day of the week.” 

Publication WINS 2 Davey Awards for Copy-writing and Photography!

The Al Fresco Life: Pools, Spas, Bars & Kitchens    Available at

ISBN:978-0-7643-3188-6    Price: $39.99 Format: 8.5” x 11" • 144 pages • 340 color photos • hardcover
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