Stay-At-Home Spa

Using a serene color palette of white and gray accented with brushed brass finishes, a St. Louis designer creates a dreamy master bathroom oasis.

By Jeanne Delathouder

Photography by Anne Matheis


    A new take on an old classic, this extraordinary bathroom remodel became a bolder version of its original traditional design. The homeowners, who have lived in their transitional-style dwelling in Chesterfield for many years, always envisioned having a beautiful master bathroom, which is why they called on St. Louis designer Andrea Liston-Jones of Liston Design Build to make their dream a reality.

    “The transitional design of this bathroom is a modern mix of classic and more contemporary finishes,” says Andrea. “This serene space was designed to be a peaceful place for my clients to begin their days and unwind in the evening. The mix of traditional and more modern finishes like the gray and white with brushed brass fixtures combine masculine and feminine elements that spoke directly to the homeowners,” she adds.

    Staying true to her clients’ transitional aesthetic, Andrea created a neutral palette of whites and grays with soft pops of color. She used this muted color scheme to enhance the tranquil nature of the space. The soft gray cabinetry paired with white quartz countertops adds an organic feel, and the curvature of a freestanding soaking tub brings fluidity into this bathroom flooded with natural light from two large picture windows. To emphasize the focal-point tub, the Liston team added bright white wainscoting to encapsulate it and guide your eye into the space. The combination of the light gray heated tile floor with the soft white shower tile enhances the relaxing atmosphere. To further personalize the space for her clients, Andrea added a herringbone accent tile in the shower, brushed brass fixtures along with matching cabinet hardware and showstopping light fixtures that enliven the room with subtle pops of color and an element of glam.

    “This bathroom is as much a spa-like retreat as it is a classic design that will stand the test of time,” says the designer. “We wanted this space to be both beautiful and functional, so we focused not only on creating a space that truly felt luxurious, but also had plenty of storage to hide clutter,” she notes.

    To achieve this, the team removed the old shower unit and tub, and reworked the vanity space to include a tower that houses electrical outlets and hides toothbrushes, razors and the usual bathroom clutter. A new zero-entry shower features a showerhead paired with a handheld that can reach a quartz bench for future needs as the clients age in place. A quartz soap and shampoo ledge mirroring the lustrous bench was installed on the back wall of the shower. The ledge hides behind a half wall, which keeps the typical mess of bottles out of the sightlines when you walk into the space. For additional storage, a custom niche on the backside of the shower bench holds towels and soaps that are easily within reach when using the tub.

    “Throughout this remodel, I loved working with my clients from start to finish,” says Andrea. “From the beginning, these clients shared plenty of inspiration pictures and were vocal about their wants and needs, which always leads to great results. One of my favorite signature design tips is to always think about what you are going to want in the future,” she adds. “In a transitional home, it is important to choose materials that are not only beautiful right now, but also will be beautiful for many years to come.”   



Contractor: Liston Design Build 

Tile Supplier/Installer: St. Charles Decorating 

Granite: Stone Trends 

Plumbing: Wholesale Plumbing 

Decorative Fixtures: Beck Allen Cabinetry 

Lighting: Metro Lighting 

Painter: B&C Painting 

Glass/Mirror: H & H Glass 

Woodworking/Cabinetry: Beck Allen Cabinetry 

Flooring: St. Charles Decorating