hunt & gather: holiday gift guide for kids

one of our favorite holiday gift guides to put together every year is the one for kids, they are so much fun to shop for! we love finding ideas that help spark their imagination, sense of wonder, creativity and awakens the magic they feel during this joyous season. i hope you’ll agree that these ideas for kids are what make the holidays so much fun to celebrate with little ones around.

holiday gift guide for kids via kishani perera blog

  1. maileg rolling scooter & sidecar set via barneys new york
  2. petit pehr felted wool mobile via smitten for the wee generation
  3. babylit book set via juniper books
  4. viddy pinhole camera kit via the pop-up pinhole co.
  5. hector serrano’s finger puppets via a+r
  6. toothbrush buddies via uncommon goods
  7. a teepe to call your own via land of nod
  8. woven play star feather headband via lost & found

 

bibliophile: rock the shack

“the expanding small house movement serves as a direct reaction against the excessive consumption and superfluousness of the past- a cultural striptease that becomes more enticing the more it takes off.”

the quote above really struck a chord with us while reading the awe inspiring book we discovered over the holidays, rock the shack: the architecture of cabins, cocoons, and hideouts. although we love luxury, this book has us thinking about going off the grid! if you’re in need of amazing getaway inspiration look no further, rock the shack has 240 pages of dwellings that connect people back with nature, from intricately detailed cabins to sparse tree houses. we chose a couple of our favorite hideouts below, including hut on sleds by crosson clarke carnachan architects, polyhedron habitable by manuel villa architects, and villa asserbo by eentileen with facit homes. every project in the book is unique and intriguing, while promoting the idea of sustainable living.

 

 

aesthetically speaking: new year’s eve tablescape

we love to ring in the new year surrounded by our favorite people, enjoying good food, a little bubbly and a lot of laughs! as we have mentioned in our thanksgiving tablescape post we especially love a good time on a budget.

if you’ve already hosted a holiday party this year, the first budget friendly tip is to re-use certain elements from a previous tablescape. we sure did here. next, we suggest gathering items from around your home that can be used such as beautiful boxes, trays, vases, candles, glassware, dishes, and of course, your serving and eating utensils. we always love to mix vintage pieces into our table set-ups for unique conversation starters, so be sure to really think outside the box when gathering items from around your home!

we always love gold, but it is especially appropriate for a new year’s eve celebration! this year we wanted to show you how to work gold into two different table set-ups. the first has a more traditional color palette that you come to expect with the holiday, while the second is more of a moody color palette that we personally loved when it all finally came together. it really stood out. whichever you prefer, we’ll be sharing our sources for both below!

the traditional palette

 

for our more traditional color palette above, we kept it mostly in a monochromatic white and gold theme with a few other accent colors to celebrate the upcoming year! we started our table with a silver and gold ikat runner to tie in our favorite gold flatware with our wine and champagne glasses. (similar found here and here)

we love to layer our tables. for new year’s eve, we layered our drinking glasses and added in our favorite cordial glasses. the bright, clean pop of white is carried through from our runner to our metallic rimmed plates, which have an organic shape that really keeps that casual, but chic vibe flowing. we added a fun pattern with the salad plates. placing a candle on top of each place setting gives it a personal touch that your guests can take home with them, so be sure they are scented! it will be a daily reminder for days to come of the wonderful memories made this night.

once we found these festive napkin rings, we thought we could easily repeat our thanksgiving mini lattice napkins once more for new year’s eve and no one would notice!

our centerpiece was a mixture of our favorite vintage pieces — front and center was our vintage copper champagne bucket, which could not be more appropriate for a celebration! we brought the eye back down thanks to a hexagon inlaid box, our antique salt & pepper shakers and individual buds in vintage spice jars. we love the warm glow of a candle in our centerpiece. finally, we accented our table with small splashes of red by using apples and tiny bud flowers to bring a small pop of color to the event!

the moody palette

while we love a clean and bright tablescape, we really love a dark and moody tablescape! the combination of matte black and pops of gold are really speaking to us this year, and we couldn’t wait to use some our favorite pieces for a new year’s party. i mean, how unexpected, yet beautiful, are these matte black plates and soup bowls? they work perfectly with our vintage smoked drinking glasses on the side. we used the same gold flatware that we can’t get enough of this year, and added in pattern by using black and gold greek key chargers. (you could also use this gold charger) we loved the brightness and pattern the global print napkins brought to the table, and how they pulled in our mid-century serving tray in the center of the table.

 

for our centerpiece here we were so excited to add a bit of whimsy to our moody setting, so, we used dried globe thistle in purple for a subtle pop of color to draw your eye to our vintage display dome. here, we really wanted to keep it playful and interesting, so we sat our favorite owl statue atop vintage books and put him front and center.

our animal theme continued to our vintage phoenix coffee set, to keep the caffeine flowing, and our guests up past midnight! we’ve also stashed away some sweeteners of choice in our vintage oval black and brass box for those guest who like it very sweet. remember, the center of your table can display both aesthetic and useful pieces. don’t be afraid to use vintage boxes to stash toothpicks or mints! guests will eye those beautiful boxes all night, and be even more excited they weren’t there just to envy!

new year’s eve is above all a time to celebrate, so we love to pour glasses of champagne or sparkling cider before guests sit down. this adds that bit of sparkle and elegance that welcomes them to sit down and enjoy themselves!

from all of us here at kpi, we want to wish you and yours a very happy new year’s celebration.

bibliophile: menagerie

in the words of walt whitman, “i think i could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, i stand and look at them long and long.” this poignant quote opens sharon montrose’s most recent book, menagerie. melding her passion for photography with her love of animals, award winning artist, and friend,  sharon montrose’s definitive photographic style has made her one of the most sought-after commercial photographers specializing in animals for over a decade. here at kp we love to shop her amazing online store, the animal print shop. prints from the animal print shop, specifically her series’ babies and little darlings can be seen adorning some of the most perfect nurseries and children’s bedrooms. being long time friends, we love seeing sharon’s new work, and even have a little top secret project we are currently working on together! stay tuned for more animal prints and of course darling nurseries.

via the animal print shop

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

art house: candida höfner

the summer issue of soho’s house magazine featured the incredible german photographer, candida höfer. her technical approach to photographing public space produces silently powerful and awe inspiring images. the mere thought of an empty library or theater is a bit eerie, while also very exciting and intriguing. her photographs provoke the exact feelings you would experience if you walked into said empty public space. the straight on angles are so structured and clean that you are able to absorb every bit of the space. you are able to appreciate the backdrop, the deep history in the magnificent architecture surrounding this seemingly endless array of books, holding even more history. every layer is exposed in all its beauty for you to admire at your own pace, without worry of the space being interrupted. the empty theater photographs give the average person a real glimpse from the stage, imagining all of those seats filled, everyone under one roof, again surrounded with so much history and making their own history. she has even photographed the louvre museum in paris void of visitors. while, even if you never had the opportunity to make it to the louvre, you are able to feel the grandeur of not only the eminent art that is present, but the details of the building itself. you may catch yourself saying aloud ‘wow’ as if you just walked through the front doors.

trinity college library in dublin via web odysseum

chateau de versailles III via artcat

teatro alla scala milaon via johnen galerie

masonic temple in philadelphia IV via museo magazine

musee du louvre paris VII via museo magazine

musee du louvre paris IX via museo magazine

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!