At Home: Newlyweds’ Nob Hill penthouse reflects romance 

Romance is timeless.

Or, in the case of newlyweds Suzanne Diamond and Dimitri Haniotis, it turns back time.

The couple, who met almost a decade ago at a business meeting, revel in a seven-year relationship that began as friendship, evolved into romance, and culminated in a fairy-tale City Hall wedding on Oct. 17.

“When Suzanne was in Hawaii and I had to go to Malaysia for business, it became obvious that it was the wrong place” to be apart, Haniotis says. The two decided “it’s unbearable to separate” from each other and now reside in a glass-walled penthouse on Nob Hill, with great art, great views, and most of all, great love.

On their upper terrace, there’s an eight-foot “wedding band” ring sculpture that’s illuminated at night—“a sign of our love and commitment.”

Their home is rife with symbols of time, captured anew with the burgeoning of their romance. On an entrance wall there’s a Parisian grandfather clock. Another piece is reminiscent of the window clock at Paris’ Musee d’Orsay. There’s even a kitchen clock that runs backward, designed by Haniotis for Diamond’s birthday. The clock features an image of Suzanne as a 6-year-old girl.

The couple, both San Francisco Opera buffs, “enjoy culture,” travel, and integrate fine art purchased around the world into their residence. Both from abroad — she from Germany, he from Greece — they attend Art Basel, a worldwide art fair.

Handmade dark bronze wallpaper in the living room is meant to mirror stones.

“Most people like light walls, but then the view disappears,” Haniotis says.

“Here, the dark stone presents the view and highlights the art,” Diamond says.

The room, with strong, geometric angles and stellar 240-degree views of the City, also features pecan wood, dark molding and high ceilings. There’s an overarching modern theme, with tone-on-tone furnishings and two red couches.

“Red is significant,” Diamond says. “What’s interesting is gaining certainty about my style. Black, white and red are power colors.”

Other furnishings are rounded and soft-edged, and the overall effect is a medley of shapes and styles integrated around love. Haniotis even hand-made a “True Love” box for Diamond.

The contemporary, art-filled dining room has a special meaning for the couple. It’s here that they enjoy romantic, candlelit dinners every evening.

Of their days together, Haniotis says, “A grain of sand for each event in life seems to make no difference. Yet at the end of the day or life there’s a sandcastle of grains.”

Style keys

Favorite overall influences: European (French and Italian)
Design style: Contemporary European
Favorite shopping sites: “Suzanne does a little damage in Paris,” Haniokis says.
Favorite colors: White, black, red
Magazines: Magazine similar to Metropolitan Home in Miami
Favorite art: Kitchen clock; Mel Ramos: Coca Cola; Tom Wesslemann; Roy Lichtenstein.

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