The New Gold Standard Bath

Lisa Flake delivered when enlisted to design a fresh bath with a pleasing blend of tradition, contemporary, and a little bit of glamour.

Neutral bathroom with bold tile work.

Stay focused. Lisa chose acrylic accent furnishings to keep the attention on the dynamic tile floor and standout fixtures. Photography by Jean Allsopp. Builder: Slate Barganier Building

The opportunity to build a brand new house offers endless possibilities. Wish lists are made, and the drawing board is the imagination’s playground. When Candi and Lloyd Peeples enlisted decorator Lisa Flake and architect Carey Hollingsworth to design their new Liberty Park home, they requested a pleasing blend of tradition and contemporary appointments with a little bit of glamour thrown in. Nowhere is this more evident than in the tile choices throughout the house, especially in the main bedroom and powder bath. “The metallics definitely take the baths to a different level,” says Lisa. “Candi and I both love a little glam. We knew we wanted some modern, shiny touches.”

Lisa designed the sink in the powder room. Working with Triton Stone Group and fabricator Epic Stone, she chose a White Thassos countertop and had it mitered to create the effect of a single, thick slab. A very slight slope in the stone leads to the slit of a drain.

On wall and floor tile, the patterns and contrasting mix of materials include metals and glass which beautifully highlight the stately, natural stones. To complement the dazzling selections in the main bath, Lisa brought in a drum- shaped, contemporary, mixed-metal chandelier from Hiltz-Lauber. A pair of gild-finished Hampton wall sconces by Aerin accentuate the bling in the powder room. Here, the well-dressed look is completed with a mirror trimmed in gold, along with the intricate barrel-key design on the faucet handles.

Heated floors, a heated towel rack in the shower, Smart mirrors, and a Smart toilet (Fixtures & Finishes) top off wish-list items for the ultimate in style and sophistication.

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EXPERT Insights from Kitchen Wise

TOSS IT: Bath cabinets tend to become a graveyard for half-used beauty and hygiene products. Prioritize using up whatever products you have already opened before buying more. Get rid of any products that have been left open for a long time or that have expired.

SMART STORAGE: Keep beauty products such as cotton swabs and bath salts in clear jars or containers. Eliminate mismatched bottles or plastic bags that take up space.

EXPERT Insights from Triton Stone Group

MAKING A COMEBACK: Color—especially in warmer tones. Softer finishes such as antiqued, tumbled, and honed tile, as well
as floral patterns, are making an entrance. Slab shower walls and full-height splashes are creating big statements. Vintage marbles in rose, green, and purple jewel tones are very current, along with bold veining patterns. And keep an eye out for square tiles.

Lisa’s Picks

Lisa Flake

SPLURGE: Tile always makes a statement! In the main bath, we splurged on the floors (Mosaique Surface Dominion Ludlow Blue from Triton Stone). In the powder room, the tile covers every wall (Terra Bella Arrows in Calacatta Gold, also from Triton Stone).

DESIGN LOVE: Upholstery that is not only functional but also visually stimulating.


CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH: White paint. The main bath is Vanilla Milkshake by Benjamin Moore.

FAVORITE BATH PRODUCTS: I never tire of Issy Miyake parfums. In the 90s, I adored a scent called Rain. I have tried to find it or something similar for 20 years now. If anyone knows where I can get it, please contact me!

See more of Lisa’s work here.


Lisa Flake Caldwell Flake Interiors: 205.222.9139 –

Kitchen Wise: 205.961.4509 –

Triton Stone Group: 205.592.0202 –

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