The Bathrooms in This Greenville Home Are Sleek & Stylish

Photos by Rebecca McAlpin

For a Greenville home, Liza Nicole Interiors created bathrooms awash in sleek style, without sacrificing character.

For a two bathroom-project in Greenville, Liza Nicole, principal of Liza Nicole Interiors, had to contend with a main bathroom in ill-repair and cloying design. By the time she was finished, the bathroom had morphed into a water sanctuary with flooring and shower walls clad in Arabescato Carrara honed marble.
For a two bathroom-project in Greenville, Liza Nicole, principal of Liza Nicole Interiors, had to contend with a main bathroom in ill-repair and cloying design. By the time she was finished, the bathroom had morphed into a water sanctuary with flooring and shower walls clad in Arabescato Carrara honed marble.

When Liza Nicole, principal of Liza Nicole Interiors, thinks back on the bathroom redesigns she recently completed for clients in Greenville, she says the originals were “not horrible” in comparison to a lot of bathrooms that are due for a rehab. Still, when the North Wilmington–based designer redid two bathrooms in the clients’ home, it was clear that a lot of work would be required: The main bathroom, for example, had “peachy terra cotta floor tile, a vanity with kind of creamy pink undertones and a very intricate, overdone mirror with a very swirly frame around the mirror.” The lighting, she recalls, “was not modern.” And the ceiling was “falling apart.”

Nicole’s clients own a vacation home in Antigua, so they wanted their bathroom vanity to reflect that island’s British colonialism
Nicole’s clients own a vacation home in Antigua, so they wanted their bathroom vanity to reflect that island’s British colonialism

In addition, Nicole had to redo the plumbing and remove an “old-school” bidet. In came a high-tech Toto bidet and a steam shower that was important to the husband. “Before, [the bathroom] didn’t really reflect their personalities,” the designer recalls, “so I was trying to get in touch with who they are. They have a beautiful space that backs up to a lot of open land.” Nicole felt she could imbue this tranquil space with everything her clients loved when they vacationed “in their happy place”—their Caribbean property in Antigua.

The primary bath is anchored by a Maidstone deep soaking tub.
The primary bath is anchored by a Maidstone deep soaking tub.
The shower floor of the guest bath features penny round light gray mix gloss porcelain mosaic tile from Tile Lux.
The shower floor of the guest bath features penny round light gray mix gloss porcelain mosaic tile from Tile Lux.

The main bathroom is now vast and luxurious, a serene space that nevertheless engages the senses as the eye moves from the craftsmanship of the vanity to the bright steam shower finished in Arabescato marble and outfitted in Jaclo fixtures and the Maidstone soaking tub, which is bathed in natural light from the windows above. All the bathroom’s nonnatural lighting came from Visual Comfort.

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“I thought, let me bring in a little of the British colonial vibe—old world yet modern…[and] warm it up with that vanity that we had custom-made with black walnut, and keep everything light and bright—everything they spoke to me about when they returned from their trips to Antigua,” Nicole explains. “That was really inspiration for this bathroom.” (The walnut vanity is topped with white quartz.)

The guest bathroom’s sage-hued midcentury-styled vanity adds a wash of subtle color. The couple’s son, who often visits, weighed in on the design of this bathroom.
The guest bathroom’s sage-hued midcentury-styled vanity adds a wash of subtle color. The couple’s son, who often visits, weighed in on the design of this bathroom.
The water closet boasts bold décor, with dark-toned wallpaper that depicts the type of hummingbirds that often fly into the homeowners’ yard.
The water closet boasts bold décor, with dark-toned wallpaper that depicts the type of hummingbirds that often fly into the homeowners’ yard.

Another inspiration was hummingbirds—which the clients love and attract with backyard bird feeders. The water closet features wallpaper covered with the type of birds that flock to their yard.

The floor is covered with the same marble, with its rich gradations in color, as the steam shower: “That’s the beauty of Arabescato marble—I was able to identify which lots had that best variance in tone, because that’s what makes the marble really pretty.”

In the guest bathroom, Nicole had to work her magic on a space exemplified by a huge vanity with only one sink, “so it wasn’t very functional—and a teeny shower.” The couple’s son, a college student who often comes home for visits, had some input on the redesign. What resulted was a sage-colored vanity on the modern end of transitional and a more youthful variation of the main bathroom’s shower—this one clad in small vertical tiles on the walls, offset by multicolored, porcelain penny tiles on the floor.

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