A bachelor’s lower-level powder room exudes rustic appeal // Photography by Jeff Garland

When interior designer Denise Seifferlein, owner of Clarkston-based d’avignon interiors, started work three years ago on Mark Dunn’s lower-level powder room, her goal was to ensure that the space flowed with the entire basement area.

“It was to be a masculine entertainment space, and it helped that there were high ceilings so nothing looked short or basement-like,” Seifferlein says of the room, located in a Rochester Hills condominium. “We started with just a blank, open space,” she recalls.

“We used snakeskin-inspired patterned wallpaper (by Thibaut) with a bronze color, and then a black marble herringbone-patterned flooring (from Virginia Tile) to keep that same vibe,” she explains. A granite vanity top with black and bronze veining, and Hudson Valley sconces, complete the look. Because she went with a lot of Ralph Lauren fabrics in the rest of the home, she injected that feel in the bathroom, too. “I used several Ralph Lauren fabrics in this lower-level project, including a wool men’s pinstripe (black and ivory, on chairs), a red/gray/black wool plaid (on an ottoman), and an Indian blanket wool (red/gray/black) on the interior of two black leather chairs.”

DIVINE DETAILS Above: Masculine appointments echo those in the rest of the home. Below: The rustic barn-style door offers raw, natural beauty.

Hence the choice to use the herringbone black marble for the bathroom floor and the snakeskin wallpaper.

Unique wall art showcases an airplane motor, while the space’s fixtures are in pewter with an antique finish. “Then we decided to do a barn-style door, just because,” the designer says. “The sliding door is practical, and it’s like artwork for the hallway. It’s more interesting than a conventional door and addresses the blank-wall dilemma,” she explains.

“Mark likes a traditional look, but we gave it some cleaner edges,” Seifferlein notes. With rustic-chic touches, the space is a winner. “It’s sophisticated, warm, and earthy,” she says.

Adds Dunn: “I think the lower level aesthetic, and the bathroom especially, is a fusion of the home’s traditional elements with the more raw, natural beauty found in northern Michigan. The space uniquely aligns the classic, masculine décor with the comfort and ease of a vacation cottage.”

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