Beginnings

A new dream home is both elegant and casual // Photography by Jeff Garland
Welcome home Joanne and Vince Crispignani built this new home two years ago in Bloomfield Hills. “They wanted a more casual elegance,” interior designer Staci Meyers says.

Joanne and Vince Crispignani loved the home they’d lived in for many years, but decided it was time for a change. Joanne asked her designer, Staci A. Meyers, for “something light and bright, clean and airy.” Two years ago, that’s just what the couple received upon the completion of their more-than-6,000-square-foot new-build home behind the Hunt Club Estates in Bloomfield Hills.

Joanne says she and her husband, a land developer, cherished their previous home’s oak paneling and its “old English library,” but were ready for something new. “We always liked the Hunt Club area, and were happy to find a lot that was more than one acre.” Joanne discovered Meyers through the home’s architect, Dominick Tringali, who recommended her as an excellent interior designer.

It wasn’t long before Meyers, the builder (Moceri Custom Homes), Tringali, and the homeowners came up with a perfect design that would accommodate visits from the Crispignanis’ growing family (two children who are married and five grandkids) and their love of entertaining, not to mention a desire for lots of light. “I’d say, ‘This is my thought for this room or that room,’ and Staci took the ball; she got it right away,” Joanne recalls. “She was so efficient and so creative.”

Petite Jewel
In the powder room, pretty sconces and an old chest made into a vanity create enchanting beauty.

Meyers, who owns S|A|M Interiors of Bloomfield Hills, returns the compliment: “The homeowners were very sure of what they liked or didn’t like, which makes the process easy. They trusted me, and the overall feel reflects Joanne’s elegance and my ability to take their vision and make it a reality.”

The Crispignanis kept very little — basically their art, piano, dining room table and chairs, and a rug — from their former house. As for the rest, it was time to lighten up. “I’d say 90 percent of the house has new furnishings, and we also reframed artwork so it was less ornate,” Meyers explains.

“Their previous home featured rich jewel tones with heavy, dark tapestries and drapery, and dark stained woods with dark granite,” Meyers says. “They wanted a more casual elegance for their family to enjoy, hence the white-painted cabinets, white trim, and details that give it a richness that’s much more family-friendly.”

It’s In the Details The foyer features magnificent millwork. When light shines through the diamond-paned windows, it gives off a special glow.

“The kitchen is my favorite room,” says Joanne, who describes her husband and herself as “foodies.” “It’s definitely a dream kitchen, because it’s bright — and I love the white cabinetry,” she says. “The quartz countertops are indestructable, and I have plenty of room to bake and cook. When we have gatherings, there’s room for everyone to help.”

Indeed, notes Meyers, “this is an entertainer’s home.” As for kitchen lighting, Meyers explains there are different layers of lighting. “The ceilings are super high and we didn’t want overly fussy, so we chose simple wrought iron, farmhouse-detailed chandeliers. They’re clean and crisp. Again, we were after elegant, but casual and simple, too.”

Come On Over
The dining room, hearth room, and kitchen are open and airy — perfect gathering spots for when the couple’s expanding family visits.

Joanne also wanted a big dining room; in fact, she measured her coveted dining room table and says she told Tringali she needed “a room that can accommodate the table, which I’ve had forever.

“I love having everyone at one table, especially during the holidays,” she adds. “Kids love dining with adults, and they learn things like how to put the napkin on your lap. Using the formal dining room makes things more special. We celebrate the holidays as they should be celebrated.” Meyers says the silver pendant lighting in this room “adds sparkle.”

The cozy hearth room with its comfortable furnishings, located off the dining area and kitchen, leads to a covered terrace. Thanks to its inviting blues and intimate seating arrangement, it’s the space the couple says they use the most. A palette of blues, whites, and creams flows from room to room. “Each room has a connection to the next space you walk into,” says Meyers, who loves blue and says a lot of her clients seem to gravitate toward the color, as well.

Hickory flooring runs throughout the home. “We didn’t go with the typical dark espresso that’s so popular,” Meyers says. “We like the natural tones and colors that come out of the hickory.”

One of Meyers’ favorite career powder-room projects is the Crispignanis’ little beauty. The winner of a Detroit Home Design Award a few years ago, the space features a chest that was repurposed into a vanity. “I just love the Visual Comfort sconces and how the faucet matches the detail in the wallpaper,” Meyers says.

Extensive, detailed rail-style wood paneling adds layers in the foyer and dining room, and contributes  to the home’s standout appeal — as do the ceiling details in the dining room. “There are two layers of drywall placed to create a plaster look, with a crown. It creates detail without being too heavy or fussy,” Meyers says. The foyer also has custom-detailed crown molding. “All the paneling was designed to accommodate the sconces,” Meyers explains.

Privacy, Please
The master bath includes his-and-her vanities, an inviting tub, and a shower that has two entrances.

The master bath in the first-floor master suite, just past the living room, features a his-and-hers vanity, closet, and toilet, “and each has his or her own entry to the shower,” Meyers says. Of note in the shower is a herringboned tile pattern on the back wall and on the floor. The bedroom is awash in calm blues and creams, and has simple or no window treatments. A must-have here was a large walk-in closet, Joanne says.

Inspired by frequent travels to Italy, and with a keen appreciation of unique art and design, the couple requested that special details be incorporated throughout their new home. One of those details is the double diamond-paned windows above the front entryway, which happens to be one of Meyers’ favorite elements. “When the sunlight comes through it’s just gorgeous,” she says.

All is Calm
The master bedroom is awash in calm blues and creams, and features simple window treatments.

The home also features a poolhouse, a basement with a bar/entertaining area, and a workout room.

Reviewing the results, Meyers sums up the project in one sentence: “It’s like they flipped the switch to bright.”

Adds Joanne: “This home makes you feel good when you get up in the morning.”

Walk Right In
The lady of the house was set on having a large walk-in closet. Note the custom cabinetry and pretty lighting.

BUYER’S GUIDE

INTERIOR DESIGNER
Staci A. Meyers, S|A|M Interiors, Bloomfield Hills, s-a-m-interiors.com

BATHROOM, MASTER
Bathtub – BainUltra, Wittock Kitchen & Bath, Birmingham
Cabinetry – Custom, Hollywood Cabinets, Shelby Township
Chandelier – Visual Comfort, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Flooring – Sublime Natural, Shelby Design Center, Shelby Township
Mirror (over bathtub) – Pottery Barn
Sconces – Visual Comfort, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Comfort Gray

BATHROOM, POWDER ROOM
Faucet – Watermark Designs, Wittock Kitchen & Bath, Birmingham
Sconces – Visual Comfort, Pinetree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Wallpaper – Thibaut, Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy

BEDROOM, MASTER
Armchair – CR Laine Furniture, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Bedframe – Vanguard, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Bedside Chests – Century Furniture, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Bench, Upholstered – Sam Moore, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Dresser – Schnadig, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Flooring – Hickory Hardwood, Coffee
Ottoman – CR Laine Furniture, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Comfort Gray
Window Shades – Hunter Douglas, Paolina’s Custom Draperies, Sterling Heights

DINING AREA/BREAKFAST ROOM
Chairs – Saloom Furniture
Chandeliers – Hudson Valley Lighting, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Dishware and Napkins – Pottery Barn
Flooring – Hickory Hardwood, Coffee
Rug – Hagopian
Table – Zimmerman
Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Upward

Making a Splash
An outdoor living area is just the ticket for the homeowners’ children and grandchildren.

DINING ROOM
Chandeliers – Hudson Valley Lighting, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Dishware and Napkins – Pottery Barn
Flooring – Hickory Hardwood, Coffee
Rug – Hagopian
Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Whirlpool

FOYER
Chandelier – Kalco Lighting, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Door – Hardwood Door and Bevel, Auburn Hills
Flooring – Hickory Hardwood, Coffee
Rug – Hagopian
Sconces – Visual Comfort, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Wall Treatment – Custom Wood Paneling, designed by S|A|M Interiors, Bloomfield Hills

HEARTH ROOM
Armchairs – CR Laine Furniture, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Chandelier – Capitol Lighting, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Flooring – Hickory Hardwood, Coffee
Ottoman, Navy – CR Laine Furniture, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Sofa – CR Laine Furniture, Gardella Furniture, Detroit
Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Upward

KITCHEN
Backsplash – Jeffrey Court, Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply, Farmington Hills
Bar Stools – Hooker Furniture
Cabinetry – Custom, Hollywood Cabinets, Shelby Township
Centerpiece (bar) – Pottery Barn
Chandelier –Capitol Lighting, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Countertop – Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply, Farmington Hills
Sink – Kohler, Wittock Kitchen & Bath, Birmingham
Vases – Pottery Barn

PATIO
Chairs – Suzanne Kasler Directoire
Chairs, Dining – Susan Kasler Directoire
Fan – Hunter Fan
Rug – Restoration Hardware
Sofa – Suzanne Kasler Directoire
Table, Coffee – Suzanne Kasler Directoire
Table, Dining – Suzanne Kasler Directoire

POOLHOUSE
Chairs – Suzanne Kasler Directoire
Table – Suzanne Kasler Directoire
Umbrellas – Suzanne Kasler Directoire

WALK-IN CLOSET
Cabinetry – Custom, Hollywood Cabinets, Shelby Township
Chandelier – Kalco Lighting, Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Lake Orion
Flooring – Hickory Hardwood, Coffee
Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Pure White

EXTERIOR
Landscaping – Exterior Concepts Inc., Shelby Township
Pool – Anderson Custom Pools, Rochester
Windows – Andersen Windows & Doors

ADDITIONAL PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS
Architect/Exterior Selections – Dominick Tringali Architects Inc., Bloomfield Township
Builder, Exterior/Framing of Home – Moceri Custom Homes, Oakland Charter Township

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