hot off the press: home accents today

we are so excited that home accents today selected rummage for their retail profile feature today! in the interview, kishani shares details on her eclectic style of interior design and what inspired her to open up her own vintage store!

you can also view the full article here

hot off the press: style me pretty

at the beginning of the month, one of our favorite blogs, style me pretty living, featured an entire day of design tips from kishani! she covered bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and living rooms! today we are sharing a bit of these interviews in case you missed it! don’t forget to head on over to style me pretty to read the full features including kishani’s top five tips for each room!

don’t miss kishani’s top five tips for decorating a bathroom!

don’t miss kishani’s top five tips for decorating a bedroom!

don’t miss kishani’s top five tips for decorating a dining room!

don’t miss kishani’s top five tips for decorating a kitchen!

don’t miss kishani’s top five tips for decorating a living room!

 

hot off the press: 1st dibs

1st dibs asked several designers to share their ‘required reading: end of summer beach reads‘  with their audience, and included kishani!  inspired by a recent trip to st. barts, kishani shared her pick for a day of lounging at the sea!

follow the link here for the full story!

bibliophile: seas without a shore

we are always on the lookout for a great new book, whether it be the latest fictional series or a great coffee table book. who doesn’t enjoy the escape? so when our good friend emily deschanel tweeted about this dark and mysterious photography based book, we just had to pass on the find! seas without a shore is by swedish photographer chris anthony and features writings of edgar allan poe. with 150 year old lenses or a collodion wet plate technique, masks, costumes, and sculptures, anthony pulls us head first into his dark, and quite creepy, imagination. his placement of the eccentric beings in everyday settings forces your mind to wander deep into his bizarre world, contemplating the reality of such existence. ‘expiscorari’ in particular gives you the feeling of these beings spontaneously emerging from the ocean on a cold, stormy day. and while still in the same dark and moody tone, he mixes in simple photographs of sea horse skeletons which are beautiful in their delicate and detailed appearance. we agree with the huffington post when they referred to this book as ‘a sepia-tinged trip through a vintage science lab’ and we think all of you need to take this journey! we will definitely have this book on our coffee table for our guests to wander into.

expiscorari

aegyptius americanum v

wings #1

hippocampus #2

hippocampus #8

lady bird

october rust

self #2

trade secrets: recipe to eclectic

many of my clients come to me because they love the way i layer items and the eclectic touches i create with just the right mix of furniture and accessories. the truth is, there is a science to the eclectic madness, and there is a very fine line between eclectic and chaotic. but do not fear, i am here to make that line just a bit clearer!

my store, rummage, is an excellent example of this eclectic philosophy. at first glance, the way the rummage store is laid out, you would think that all the items were placed haphazardly and it just works somehow. wrong. there is a methodical system to the way items are laid out in the store and this system is no different in my client’s homes.

here are a couple tips to help you recreate eclectic style in your home without going overboard:

  • quality – invest in some interesting and unique statement pieces. i love pieces with history that tell a story and spark curiosity. the quality statement piece may be a pit pricey but it can make a world of a different in your space.
  • common thread- make sure that the pieces you place near each other have a common thread, for example if you place a wood dresser in a room  the item near it should have a bit of wood detail, or somehow reference the color or finish of the wood.
  • color coded- I’m not big on “color schemes” but I am aware of the color palette I am creating in a room at all times. each element that is added to a room is an opportunity to create an additional layer. don’t introduce a color or texture that has nothing to do with your existing pieces, stick with a unique color that compliments the environment you are creating.
  • pop of color- the basic principles of color theory are a useful guide. want a bold, off color for pop? pick the complimentary color (or opposite on the color wheel) of the color you’re working with.  have a blue sofa in need of a little whimsy? throw an orange pillow on it for a little contrast, it will create immediate balance and fun!
  • make a statement- i love adding a few unexpected elements into a room. consider a trip to your local flea market to score some unique and one-of-a-kind elements to add color and interest. your guests will never guess how you got your hands on that vintage 1920’s circus mirror and i will never tell!
  • the perfect mix: mix different styles and eras in restraint. this is where it gets tricky. i love mixing things up, but I wouldn’t suggest having every piece in a room from a different era or style. there needs to be a cohesive element to the décor that allows for a more complete and unified space. so instead try to add 1 or 2 unexpected elements. the look still reads eclectic but you avoid that chaotic mix which creates confusion and feels cluttered.

for some more great examples of successful mixed style environments check out my book Vintage Remix!