rummage: 4th of july sale!

don’t miss out on our 4th of july sale of outdoor furniture and accessories!

4th of july 1.1940s french outdoor recliner  2.vintage yellow side chairs  3. majolica turquoise planter  4. new gambibgo pot basket  5. vintage les lunettes sunglasses  6. vintage world’s fair parasol  7. castoria vintage glass bottle  8. medium vintage seaglass bottle

 

hot off the press: elle decor

have you picked up your june issue of elle decor yet? our very own kishani was featured in the always informative ‘truth in decorating’ series this month! we finally get to reveal the details of her super secret trip to new york and share the full feature. we have been so excited about this for months and are so honored that they called on kishani to share her design knowledge alongside richard keith langham. we should also note that we love the new layout and approach they took this month. it makes us feel a part of the designers’ conversation, and gave us such a quick style lesson on each piece. we wish we could say kishani picked a favorite bench, but really, each bench fits a different need for a different client. thank you again to elle decor for letting kishani share her design advice with all of you! we couldn’t be more excited!

our week

happy first week of 2014 to everyone! we are so excited for this new year and to have survived our first full week back in the office. we spread out, literally, all across the country to spend time with our wonderful families, and we hope you were all able to indulge in some r & r as well. this was the first christmas with the whole perera pug bunch and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. some of us met future in-laws while others received news of becoming an aunt, round two! overall, our holidays were beyond our highest expectations this year. it has been a busy week of catching up and taking on new projects, but exciting nonetheless. in our not-so-busy moments this week we found so many beautiful things to share with you. we hope that you enjoy! be sure to subscribe to the blog and follow us on facebook and twitter to keep up with us all week.

birdie and gus are growing, and getting cuter by the day! they love to run errands and wear their new harnesses!

(petey gets to ride shotgun and enjoy some solo moments)

 

most of us kpi ladies hopped on long flights to visit family for the holidays, but we weren’t lucky enough to catch anything like this

somebody in the office spent their holiday break divulging in even more blogs than usual and discovered this lovely scandinavian blog

whew, this newborn deer is beautiful, adorable, breathtaking, and any other sweet adjective you can think of

we love this photographer’s reminder that there is more than meets the eye in this project titled ‘what i be’

on the blog this week we shared our serious love for hands and how we incorporate them into our designs

these handmade animals just make us smile, we foresee using them in a client’s nursery someday!

we can’t help ourselves, we love to design nurseries! these wall hanging inspirations are a perfect detail, especially living in a quake threatened state!

this nordic company has us swooning, not only over their products but their beautiful catalog in general!

just into the shop is this gorgeous chaise, and these photos just don’t do the lush velvet upholstery justice. come by rummage and see it before it is gone!

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.

aesthetically speaking: thanksgiving tablescape

when creating beautiful tablescapes for the holidays, i love adding elements of color, whimsy and personal details to liven up a traditionally formal setting. no one feels comfortable in a stuffy environment. have fun mixing elements that create conversations between guests. much like my design philosophy, I believe that layering various textures, colors, patterns and off beat details creates not only a unique and interesting setting, but it also creates a celebratory atmosphere for your guests to enjoy. don’t be afraid to think outside the box and break the rules a bit. work with volume, finishes and height to give your tablescape a lift with lots of beautiful dimension. this keeps the eye dancing across the table.

this year we wanted to ensure that we stayed focused on food, laughter, and budget! a unique and beautiful table can certainly be set on a budget without appearing so in the least. first of all, your table should represent your own style while fitting the holiday theme, so you probably already have pieces in your home that can be used. think vases, boxes, trays, and candles that you have in various areas. we highly suggest gathering all possible accessories in your home before purchasing anything. second, decide on a color scheme appropriate for the holiday, or your own personal spin on a holiday color scheme. this year we are really loving the metallic pops and decided on an organic and neutral palette including amber, gold, orange, green, and purple. the easiest way to add color to your table when trying to keep within budget is beautiful flowers, fruits, vegetables, or gourds. we loved the addition of petite pears and artichokes to simple flower arrangements. also remember, you don’t want to block the view across the table with an oversize floral arrangement, and with small children it can be easy to do! so keep your floral arrangements simple, but with the right pop of color. see below for photos and more information about our thanksgiving tablescape, including links to purchase every piece!

as we said before, pick a color scheme that fits the holiday as well as your own sense of style. we personally love amber and gold so it fits perfectly into our thanksgiving color scheme! plus, have you ever realized how much warmth it really brings to the table? it is so important to create a table that feels warm, comfortable, and inviting. that was very important to us with this set up; to be very well thought out, but still casual and cozy. i mean, we are all about to eat too much so we should be comfortable, right? one way we like to achieve this atmosphere is by mixing vintage pieces and new pieces together. vintage pieces always add in unique character, and if you are hosting new guests they are great conversation pieces!

a great examples of mixing vintage pieces with new pieces is our vintage gold greek key tumblers paired with these new amber glasses. we love this antique persian inlaid box for the incredible details and the fact that it ties in our color scheme perfectly, decorative boxes are great for purely aesthetic purposes, or even for after dinner mints, matches, stirrers, or toothpicks even. we aimed to keep our tablescape at a generally low height with the exception of a pair of brass candle sticks and our brightest pop of color, our orange roses!

we’ve always had a love for gold flatware, so we were very excited to see that west elm was carrying modern, gold flatware this year! not to mention the coordinating chargers and napkin rings, that tied our gold detailed napkins in perfectly! we layered these gold pieces on a woven placemat, with a cocoa dinner plate, and these gorgeous scavo salad plates for neutral elements and casual textures.

always be sure to mix in organic and living elements to your tablescape. and instead of the typical centerpiece, we opted for a looser interpretation of one, by gathering several elements in a beautiful grouping.  we love this traditional pumpkin from pottery barn, and gourd from crate and barrel, as elements to be kept for years to come! the artichokes and succulents were sourced from a local market and add the gorgeous deep purple that compliments our warmer tones so well. we also used a vintage drip glaze bud vase that was similar in color and scale to the pumpkin and gourd for texture variation, and of course a place to hold our buds! the mercury votives were found at pottery barn and add that pop of metallic and amber we love! and we just cannot leave out our vintage brass peacock who adds so much character to our table.

my last minute tip? have champagne or wine already poured in glasses just before guests are ready to be seated at your holiday table. it adds an extra sparkle and elegance to welcome them as they sit down for a night of toasting and giving thanks.

hunt & gather: no-carve pumpkins

we are pretty big fans of fall here at kpi! mostly because that means we have three holidays to use as perfect excuses for redecorating! there is just something about the colors of fall that inspire that homey, cozy feeling! we love the beautiful reds and oranges, that go so well with our favorite shades of black and brown! so when halloween comes around, we are ready to get going with our pumpkin decorating! although we will admit, we aren’t much for the mess of carving these days! we prefer glam pumpkins that we can keep a little longer than a hollowed out jack-o-lantern. so this past week we spent a little too much time researching our next pumpkin project, and just had to share with you our favorite finds! this is the edited list! thanks to pinterest and all of the amazing bloggers out there, we could keep this list going for days!

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aesthetically speaking: copper accents

it has been the year of brass it seems, and we have loved every minute of it! but just as the seasons are changing, so are the trends! we are seeing more and more copper accents and are excited about this subtle, but interesting change. while brass lends its compliments to jewel tones and black, copper seems to fit better with lighter neutrals and white. it has a softness to it, while still being a wonderful bold and shiny accent! from pendants, to vases, you can even find a copper chair if you’re feeling brave enough! we are welcoming this trend with open arms and are excited to share with you some of the inspiring images we are seeing everywhere! plus we’re sharing some of our favorite copper finds to help you incorporate this trend into your own home!

copper farmhouse sink at heath ceramics in san francisco

tom dixon copper pendants via la dolce vita blog

copper backsplash by artistic tile

copper chairs in a dining room via house to home

1.)  copper backsplash tile

2.)  wicker and copper kettle

3.)  copper real good chair

4.)  copper artichoke lamp

5.)  vintage copper ice bucket

6.)  cast mini jack

7.)  stanley copper pendant

8.)  ginger and jagger side tables

9.)  hammered copper farmhouse sink

10.) tealight holders 1, 2, 3

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

hunt & gather: fall throw trend

for better or for worse, 2012 was the year of the chevron stripe. we had chevron headboards, chevron coffee mugs, and an excessive amount of chevron stripe throws. while looking for an updated throw for this fall, we saw the classic herringbone, and the traditional ultra soft throw with fringe, but we are prepping for fall with moroccan inspired textiles! the typical kilim textile is based on a specific type of weaving, and can be very intricate and full of color. today we are opting for a more modern kilim style print, merging eastern technique and western simplicity. whether you are looking for eco-friendly, inexpensive, or simply luxurious, you’ll find your match with one of our picks for the season.

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1.)  uppercase knit throw

2.)  dolce moroccan throw

3.)  eco moroccan throw

4.)  all modern throw

5.)  moroccan tile throws

6.)  diamond cashmere throw

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!