sweet bob

he was my love, my inspiration, my companion, my heart, my soul, my little engine who overcame adversity with a big smile on his little face. i’ll miss him more than words …

bob perera 12 aug 95 – 18 may13

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in honor of bob

our beloved office dog, and unofficial kpi design assistant and mascot, bob, passed away this week.  we will greatly miss his little barks, sweet smile, and gentle soul.  although we are deeply saddened by this loss of our dear friend and companion, we wanted to turn our sadness into something that could potentially help other dogs. although bob was adored and given everything that he could ever want or need, not all dogs are as lucky.

thousands of neglected, abused, and abandoned dogs can be found in los angeles (or any city) on any given day, either in the shelter system hoping for a second chance, wandering the streets trying to stay alive, or in the hands of owners who don’t love and care for their pets as they should.  the task of trying to save these dear angels falls squarely upon the shoulders of rescue organizations who try desperately to help as many of these poor souls as possible. there aren’t enough rescues to save them all, however, we do everything we can to help support them continue the wonderful work that they do on a daily basis.

from needing fosters homes, to funds for vetting, food and shelter for these dogs, they need assistance.  we urge you to take the time to visit some of our favorite animal rescue organizations websites, (or any reputable rescue organizations site),  and become familiar with their cause and mission. you can donate if you would like, or even consider opening your home to one of these pups who want nothing more than a home to call their own.

bob was such a big part of our team, he will be forever missed.

1. best friends animal society

nearly 30 years ago, when best friends helped launch and pioneer the no-kill movement, over 17 million homeless pets were dying in our nation’s shelters. today, that number is down to around 4 million unnecessary deaths annually – that is tremendous progress, but best friends is committed to reducing that number to zero. it’s a mission that we call no more homeless pets. by partnering with local governments, grassroots organizations and passionate individuals, we are making big strides toward ending the unnecessary killing of shelter pets in the united states.” (source

2. leave no paws behind

“leave no paws behind is a 501 (c) 3 non profit corporation governed by the laws of the state of california. we are an all breed rescue, specializing in seniors and pets with special needs. when possible we step up, most times in the “11th” hour when all hope is gone, to help save the lives of those that are in most danger of being left behind to die on a cold shelter floor. lnpb provides hospice care, comfort, love and a safe haven for the terminally ill and the hard core cases and we try to assure that no senior animal is left to die alone wondering” (source

3. pug nation rescue of los angeles

“PUG NATION rescue of los angeles is a non profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of abandoned, neglected, unwanted, displaced and abused pugs, giving them a second chance in a loving and caring “forever” home. we’re all volunteers who donate our time to make a difference in the pug world. It’s a constant financial struggle so your donations are most appreciated.(source)

hot off the press: los angeles times

one of our favorite projects has been highlighted in the los angeles times! we are so very grateful for the inclusion. follow the link here for more photos of the project. a big thank you to the wonderful lisa boone and la times for the fab project write-up!

photos by jean randazzo

hot off the press: style me pretty living

stylemeprettyliving x kishani pererastyle me pretty living just so happens to be one of our favorite blogs. we are honored that they featured the nursery we created for molly sims in collaboration with layla grayce. so glad to be a part! follow the link here for more photos and details!

photos by gia canali

bibliophile: tropical fishes of the east indies, theodore w. pietsch

it’s been a while since we shared a fave book with you! i recently received this book as a gift and i am so very glad i did because i truly love it! taschen’s tropical fishes of the east indies book sold me with its cover. now before you start with the whole “don’t judge a book” deal…i have to admit that i just couldn’t help it with this one! this book is filled with colorful illustrations of marine fauna found in the indian ocean near the island of ambon which were drawn by samuel fallours in the early 1700s. as with all vintage fauna and flora illustrations, i find myself moved by the beautiful depictions of wildlife drawn before our time. as a designer, i constantly find inspiration in all different mediums and this book really is no exception. i love stocking our office full of interesting and inspiring books which we reference often for various projects.  pick up a copy for yourself and prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty that is in the oceans that surround us.

fishes3 via taschen

vintage remix giveaway: the results!

the vintage remix giveaway results are in! congrats to ella, ravi, angela, dana & malia! you have each won a signed copy of vintage remix. a big thank you to all those who entered! stay tuned for future giveaways and be sure to follow us on twitter and like us on facebook for the very latest updates from us!

wanderlust: areias do seixo

we’ve always wanted to travel to portugal. so much of the country seems to intrigue us. coincidentally, we just happened to have stumbled upon another reason to book our flights to what some call the gentle land. areias do seixo is a boutique hotel made up of 14 rooms on portugal’s costa de prata. just an hour away from lisbon lies this eco-conscious hotel with an eclectic vibe all its own. we are totally into the mix of rustic and contemporary decorative accents that make up the hotel decor and we love the fact that the hotel’s designers took inspiration from morocco and india (two other countries on our must visit list) when dreaming up the hotel.

there seems to be something truly special about this place, it’s got personality but it isn’t pretentious and the fact that the vegetables and herbs served at the hotel come from the hotel’s very own organic garden definitely is an added bonus. and have you seen the hotel bathrooms? swoon-worthy to say the least! let’s just say we’re brushing up on our portuguese…

via areias do seixo