Boston's South End meets designer/architect Michael Hanna

This project is special. Why? Well, in the sense that the original space defined a poor existing floor plan. However, the owners of this South End “tiny” apartment entrusted designer Michael Hanna to open things up. Light and bright, Divine Design got to work.

The Kitchen

The challenge most commonly found in any city’s en-mass of condos tends to find grounds in space. Similarly, as pictured, this couple’s charming new home, also lent itself to space-al handicaps. Thus, Michael proposed a more open floor plan, with gleaming accents throughout. this elevated the pre-existing space’s feeling of size and general ambiance.

In lieu of this, Michael and his clients opted for Leicht cabinetry when re-designing this tiny kitchen. the refrigerator and its surrounding built ins + the overhead cabinets are part of Leicht’s Luna program. The “Frosty White” color is done in a high-gloss lacquer. The subsequent cabinets below the counter tops are a contrast to the “high violet” effect from its white counterpart. In the interest of adding warmth and “hominess” to the kitchen, Michael offered peat oak cabinet fronts. From house to home, a la mode.

Furthermore,  From dated linoleum floors, to medium hardwood, the space looks instantly and finally refreshed. The hardwood floors in the kitchen are oak. The stain was custom, and finished precisely to match the hardwood floors that were already existing in the living + dining room.

Finally, appliances and accessories were chosen. The under-mounted sink alludes to industrial kitchen inquiries via Frigidaire’s line of basins. Its fauceted counterpart is a minimalistic number from Grohe.

Michael and his clients opted for Thermador in the gas range, dishwasher, fridge and hood categories. And, finally, a 24″ combo steam oven from Miele wrapped up the appliance sheet.

And, in one last nod to modern design, Michael designed custom paneling for the fronts of the fridge and dishwasher to de-clutter the kitchen. Thus furthering the clean, open space desired in this tiny, city dwelling.

The Master + Powder Baths

The master and powder baths were similarly directed in a light, clean direction. The bathrooms, however, maintain more transitional elements with accessories from Kohler and Grohe. The bath vanities’ countertops are Caesarstone – an engineered, ultra-durable material. While the subway tiling on the shower walls is part of the Matrix collection from tile manufacturers Transceramica. At last, the main tiles in the master bath are from Dal-Tile and are a soft addition featured in the manufacturer’s Kimono Silk collection.


A Final Rendering

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"Mariette, our kitchen is beautiful, and those who have seen it just love the space, the feel and the use of color. From the beginning, it was a collaborative effort and Mariette was straightforward, honest and through the whole process, kept her work. She was also able to offer us a great product and excellent workmanship. We would highly recommend Divine and Mariette Barsoum to anyone."

- A.D. Wellesley, MA