2020 Kitchen & Bath Design Contest: Liz Williams Interiors
Liz Williams, Liz Williams Interiors
1) What is your official title and do you have any special design qualifications? Owner/Interior Designer at Liz Williams Interiors, Inc.; BFA Interior Design
2) How long have you been designing kitchens and baths? 22 years
3) What was the most challenging part of this design? The challenge was coming up with something different. We love grey and white marble bathrooms, but this client wanted to do something different than what seems to be the trend and keep it timeless as well.
4) What were the client’s needs for this bath and in the end their favorite feature(s) of this design? The client had a flood and had to redo this bathroom. It was in need of an update. The accent tile is a favorite feature. We started with the chair rail tile, which led us to the floor tile and the fun circle mosaic. They wanted a lot of storage and we broke up the white cabinetry with wire on the tower door.
5) What is your general design philosophy when it comes to kitchens/bathrooms? I try to listen to the clients’ needs and ideas, and then come up with a plan incorporating those. I also try to present options they may not have thought about previously
6) Did you have a special look, feeling, or feature in mind when crafting this space or what was your inspiration? The clients wanted a peaceful room with clean lines, but also something unique. The circle mosaic on the back splash wall, shower floor and ceiling adds a whimsical touch.
7) Please list four manufacturers of pieces in your design (lighting, cabinets, tile, vanity, etc). Walker Zanger, Circa Lighting, PDI, Hartman and Forbes, Gregg Irby FIne Art, Webb- Marstellar, Azra Rugs
8) What is the square footage of this design (it doesn’t have to be exact you can estimate)?
9) Can you give homeowner’s three tips to help create a similar design? 1.Start with the basics in neutrals or subtle color and add more interest and texture with art, accessories, window treatment and rugs. 2. If you love a tile, like the circle mosaic, why not use it for the whole wall and not just a low splash? 3. Add paneling/trim detail to break up sheetrock walls and help with wet areas.
10) What is a common mistake homeowners make when redesigning their kitchen/bath? Don’t piecemeal your project. Have an overall plan to adhere to so that everything will be cohesive when the project is complete. Preferably work with a qualified contractor and designer.