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After enjoying some of the world's most exclusive spas, the owner of this house was inspired to create a luxurious retreat of her own.

Valerie Foster Hoffman of Pasadena, CA had the ideal spot for a spa – a neglected area between her bedroom and an outdoor pool. The space had been taken up by an office that was no longer used, and a pool pavilion changing room.

Elina Katsioula-Beall of DeWitt Designer Kitchens was subsequently commissioned to design a light and airy spa bathroom with classical Greek and Roman influences.

"I wanted something quite elegant and feminine, with a lot of statuary and mirrors," says Hoffman. "It needed to look like a fabulous spa retreat you might visit on vacation."

Katsioula-Beall was also asked to maximize a leafy view of a private garden, which is dedicated to the concept of spirituality, with a variety of settings paying homage to different religions.


"The existing space was very dark, so we opened up a window to the west, which has a view through to a Buddha fountain," the designer says. "We also introduced a large skylight, with fully directional lights within the shaft. And we moved a door to incorporate the stairs to the pool area inside the bathroom. The room is now more spacious and there is a better flow through to the pool.

"To enhance the sense of a traditional Roman bath and courtyard, we chose a simple palette of soft white and gray, with sparkling blue mosaic tile accents. The floors and lower part of the walls are lined with Carrara marble tiles, which are acid washed and won't show wet footprints. The steam shower features Carrara petit-brick tiles with a trim in the classic Greek key pattern. The blue mosaic tile accents appear within wall niches and as a rug pattern on the floor."

Mirrored panels on doors effectively double the apparent size of the room and reflect the light and leafy views. Mirrors on all the flat panels within the vanity, makeup and storage cabinets feature gold veining, which gives them an antique Venetian look that complements the marble and vintage statuary.

The spa analogy extends to the functionality – the bathroom has a high-performance steam shower with a variety of showerheads.

First published date: 06 October 2013

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Bathroom designer Elina Katsioula-Beall, DeWitt Designer Kitchens (Pasadena, CA)
Builder AMS Construction
Vanity tops, wall and floor tiles Carrara marble from Empire Marble & Granite; Walker Zanger Tribeca Classic White tiles in steam shower
Cabinets Maple, lined with Polar White by Columbia Cabinets
Basin Kohler Thoreau
Taps, shower fittings and toilet Kohler
Wallcoverings Grass wallpaper from Candice Olson Fine Wallpapers
Lighting Liton; Lamps Plus
Cabinetry hardware Iridescent Diamond Knob from Cal Crystal
Towel warmer Myson
Cabinetry mirrors Venetian Gold Vein from Antique Mirror Glass Company
Skylights Velux America Inc