May 8, 2016
Clients looking for a redesign often start by envying their neighbor’s new kitchens and baths and then opting for a similar look in their own. In the Main Line area in Haverford, Penn., a couple living in an upscale community decided to go against the grain of the traditional designs around them.
“I was fortunate to meet clients from New York who wanted something a little bit more fun,” said designer Ani Semerjian of Devon, Penn.-based Semerjian Interiors. “I was pretty free to give them my ideas.”
Gems and Crystals
The design of the master bath began with an old favorite of Semerjian’s. The crystal light fixture – set between the vanity and the bathtub – has been used in nearly every one of the designer’s projects, including her own.
“Each of the crystals looks like a gem, as opposed to a traditional teardrop. It’s like an octagon with a mirror underneath,” she said. “It illuminates and shines with high-quality Swarovski crystals.”
In the master bathroom, a small thermal air tub completes the rest of the backdrop by the window, which is outlined with statuary honed marble tile. This tile continues along the rest of the walls but stops at the floor. This custom-made tile floor features a mosaic made of Thassos in an octagon shape with a gray center of Bardiglio Marble and an outside border lined in black marble. Keeping with the unique and glamorous palette, the cabinets are beveled mirrors.
It the formal powder room, The vanity connects with the flooring because of its black glass countertop. For a touch of the luxurious, the counter can also light up, and it has an automatic drawer.
“It ties in with the rest of the house,” said Semerjian, referring to the glass touches that continue throughout the house. “We also loved those light fixtures; they looked like cascading crystals to me.”
Keeping with the unique and glamorous palette, the cabinets are beveled mirrors with a hint of blue.
Bringing in an Edge
The butler’s pantry next to the kitchen went along the same lines as the master bath: a glam aesthetic with a lot of crystal and shine. For this space, most of the shine comes from a beveled, antique mirrored tile from Artistic Tile.
Consequently, Semerjian designed the cabinetry, installing deep chocolate cabinets along with a Sub-Zero wine fridge. The design team opted not to have upper cabinets because they wanted the light fixture and the tile to be the focal points underneath the archway.
“We figured crystal would be too much here,” said Semerjian, when choosing the light fixture. “We wanted something edgy – something made out of chains.”
Under the chain-link chandelier, marble countertops and a crystal sink complete the picture.
Tying in the Kitchen
Although the clients wanted a glamorous look, function had a higher priority than crystal in the kitchen.
“They wanted two dishwashers, a range and double oven and the fridge,” said Semerjian. “The backsplash was custom-made marble. She was very specific on sizes of marble being cut.”
Simple white cabinetry outlines the perimeter of the kitchen and contrasts the dark island in the center. The focal point – a stainless steel hood – offered them a few fun choices for color straps and accents. The end result is a sleek, industrial look with metallic gray straps.
So that the light fixtures did not outshine the hood or go overboard on the glam, the clients decided not to have crystal chandeliers but also didn’t want the traditional nickel pendants. Instead, the designer chose individual hand-blown glass cylinders.
“It was a good balance for the husband and wife,” said Semerjian. “I’d like to call it all transitional glam.”
Designer: Ani Semerjian, Semerjian Interiors
Photographer: Rebecca McAlpin
Faucet: Kohler Artifacts Collection
Fixture: Visual Comfort
Floors: Custom designed Thassos Honed Octagon with Bardiglio Polished Dot Mosaic
Perimeter and Walls: Statuary Honed 12-in. by 24-in. Tile
Tub: Hydrosystems Thermal Air Butler’s Pantry:
Light Fixture: Maxim Chantilly Chandelier
Tile: Artistic Tile, Charleston Mirror Collection
Wine Fridge: Sub-Zero
Backsplash: Custom-Made Calacutta Tile Design
Countertop: Calacutta Extra
Hood: Vent-a-Hood Custom Hood