This fall, Wayne interior designer Ani Semerjian makes her HGTV debut on the new Showhouse Showdown. And while Semerjian showcased her talents in a Bucks County home for the episode, a majority of her jobs are on the Main Line. No matter where she’s working, the same design philosophies apply. “Good taste is enhancing what you have to make it look better, not changing it,” she says.
Personal decorating style: Transitional. I never do one particular style—it’s too one-dimensional. I appreciate a tasteful and balanced mix of modern and traditional fused together with rustic elements.
Favorite room in her house: My kitchen. I love to cook, and our island is a central gathering point.
Most prized possessions: The twin Kerman rugs inherited from my grandparents from Iran. They exude a strong sense of pride and culture, along with many wonderful memories and events that have taken place on them.
Designer who inspires her: Kelly Hoppen. She has a strong trademark style, and her work is always balanced, clean and elegant.
Design element she likes to bring to a space: Ceiling beams. I love adding a ceiling element to a space to force your eyes to move around the room. Beams are dramatic, add warmth and unite your floors to your ceiling.
Favorite design trend of the moment: Rustic, unfinished furniture made from reclaimed woods.
Favorite rooms to design: A formal powder room. It’s often overlooked and underappreciated. It’s the one place guests can close the door and examine the quality of your design work. It must have that “wow” factor.