Photos by Eliesa Johnson
2014 ASID MN Showcase Home Basement Bathroom
In the home’s lower level, which steps out onto the pool deck, designer John Lassila was charged with creating a “family complex” that could accommodate pool party changing, movie and game nights, art projects, and laundry, without feeling like a basement. To maximize function, Lassila added a pocket door to a storage area adjacent to the bath in order to create a separate changing room. The changing room also opens into the laundry room, which returns to the family room, allowing a circular flow of traffic throughout the lower level.
Classic blue and white paints and patterns adorn the bath, changing, and laundry rooms, from goldfish artwork in the changing area, to Madeira Chain and Sun Garden wallcoverings by Thibaut throughout. Elements like the laundry room’s vintage faux bamboo chandelier, the bathroom’s carved wood sconces, and woven seagrass accents add a touch of glamour and continuity to other nature-inspired details in the adjoining family room.
Lassila considers décor throughout the lower level a mélange of “old Palm Beach, Hollywood Regency, and a bit of midcentury weekend house,” creating a fun, sophisticated aesthetic that reflects the homeowners’ style. “The space is all about visual layers of information and visual relationships,” Lassila says.