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Inax Tile mosaics take center stage behind a custom vanity.


A strategically placed skylight illuminates the soaking tub.

Calm Refuge

Design Cadence transforms a bland bath into a spa-like retreat

While revamping a Capitol Hill row house, Marta Pilla of Design Cadence was tasked with updating the dark, cramped primary bath. “The clients sought more space and a soothing feel,” she recounts. “A soaking tub was a must; ensuring storage for necessities was also important.”

The renovation borrowed from a hall bathroom to enlarge the adjacent primary bath, where a skylight installed above the tub is lined with LEDs. Pilla’s plan created a wet zone encompassing both the Signature Hardware soaking tub and a shower, with the vanity tucked into a nearby niche. 

Clean lines and textural surfaces convey a warm-modern sensibility. Quarter-sawn oak clads a vertical storage cabinet as well as the floating custom vanity, topped with white Caesarstone. Stone-look porcelain tile covers the floor and shower area—a foil to the room’s showstopper: eye-catching Inax Tile mosaics that dress up the tub and vanity walls in glazed, watery hues.

Renovation Architecture: Page Southerland Page. Interior Design: Marta Pilla, principal, Design Cadence. Renovation Contractor: New Era Builders.  Photography: David Betts.

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