Crossville is the tile supplier and sponsor of this year’s Flower Magazine Showhouse located near Birmingham, Alabama.

With a special connection to Flower’s editor in chief, Margot Shaw, this year’s showhouse is her personal home built on property that has been in her husband’s family for generations. Located about an hour south of Birmingham in Bibb County, Shaw assembled the team of architect Pete Pritchard, interior designer Mary Evelyn McKee, and landscape architect Ben Page and requested a simple, elegant fieldstone farmhouse.

The residence is designed as a retreat tucked in the woods with an incredible front porch, extensive backyard terrace and firepit. One of Shaw’s most favorite design aspects centers around the color palette of the interior that blends and reflects the natural peacefulness of the home’s exterior surroundings.

Crossville collections were specified for the home’s two bathrooms.

In the master bathroom, McKee chose Crossville’s Altered State in Steel Gaze for the main floor and White Hot for the shower walls. This tile is crafted to artfully mimic the look of oxidized steel, a style that blends beautifully with the other natural tones in the space. Complementing the aesthetic of the tile on the shower walls, McKee selected one of Crossville’s natural stone collections, Yin + Yang in Lotus Blossom, for the shower bench and shower floor. The mesh-mounted mosaics offer simple installation and slip resistance while bringing beautiful variation in color, movement, and texture.

For the guest bathroom, McKee again chose Crossville’s Altered State in Steel Gaze for the floor and Yin + Yang in Lotus Blossom for the shower floor. In a surprising twist, McKee added a bold yet beautiful element to the small space with Crossville’s Handwritten collection with its nuanced look of handmade, artisanal tile. Working closely with the tile installer, she and the team created a custom pattern of 3” x 6” gothic picket and leaf mosaic tiles in the stunning Inkwell hue. This pattern and the dark blue color adds a touch of drama amidst the earthy neutrals that define the space.

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