This Family Home Is Swimming in Style

Along with a new outdoor entertaining space and pool, one family also got a cabana-like bathroom remodel.

Often, one home-renovation project leads to another, and when a Scarsdale family was adding an outdoor entertaining space and pool, they realized that the bathroom closest to their backyard needed an update, too. “A pool is something that the family had wanted for a long time, a place to convene and enjoy their summers,” says designer Lisa Tessler of Link Interiors, who was tasked with updating several rooms in the house. “The pool was the driving force to remodel and brighten up the bathroom. The idea was to make it feel like a cabana and bring the outside in.” 

To create a casual, summery vibe, Tessler chose a palette of blues and serene surfaces to modernize the bathroom, as well as the hallway and mudroom of the home. The bathroom overlooks the pool area and a top-down, bottom-up shade in a wave-like pattern picks up on that watery motif, offering privacy while still letting in natural light and emphasizing the view of the yard and its new pergola, lounge area, bar, dining space, and pool. For wall art, Tessler selected a fun piece that’s personal to the family: a Slim Aarons photograph of The Hotel du Cap in the South of France, one of the couple’s favorite destinations. The new glassed-in shower can accommodate friends or family who want to rinse off after spending time in the pool, and the custom vanity is stocked with cool John Robshaw towels in keeping with the theme. A playful finishing touch: the cobalt blue light fixture from Barn Light Electric, which blends an industrial feeling with a vibrant hue. 

“We wanted to make it modern, approachable, and bright but not too serious or formal,” explains Tessler. It’s ideal for the family’s kids, a 12-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl, and their friends, as well as adult guests.

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Of course, it didn’t make sense to finish this pool-house–style bath without addressing the hallway that connects it to the outdoors and the nearby mudroom, so the family enlisted Tessler to redesign those areas, too. She opted to dress up the hallway, replacing standard recessed lighting with three milky glass Artemide fixtures (“They wash the ceiling with a beautiful glow”) and abstract art in keeping with the color scheme. In the mudroom, which is the main artery of the home for this busy family, traditional beadboard was replaced with a cool Romo wallpaper in a durable, wipeable vinyl. This graphic wall is the backdrop for a custom bench with smart details such as a drawer above each cubby for stashing small items such as hats or sunglasses and recessed drawer pulls, so hardware doesn’t bump your legs when you sit down. With its mix of practical touches and polished style, this refreshed space brings a great new flow to the house, from the indoors, outside to the pool and back in again.   

Get the Look 

Shop this list to get a similar look in your own bathroom. 

Light Fixture

The Sputnik 4-Light Chandelier in Royal Blue, $550

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Roman Shades in Bathroom

Netscape in Lagoon by Jeffrey Alan Marks for The Shade Store, Price Varies

Wall Paint

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

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143 N Main St, Port Chester

Mudroom Wallpaper

Arnaud Wallcovering in Ink, Price Available Upon Request

979 3rd Ave, Ste 1703, New York

Hallway Light Fixtures

Logico Single Ceiling Light by Artemide, $250


JR by John Robshaw Fergana Beach Towel in Peacock Blue, $50


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