hunt & gather: arteriors la opening in west hollywood, ca

we recently had the pleasure of attending the grand opening for arteriors los angeles. this was a party we were not about to miss! on the corner of melrose avenue and huntley drive, the new los angeles showroom is truly beautiful and will undoubtedly become one of the newest jewels of the west hollywood design district! the beauty in the space just draws you in!

arteriors los angeles showroom via kishani perera blogvia arteriors

we have been specifying arteriors product for our clients for quite some time and we were delighted when we first heard arteriors would be opening up their showroom here locally.

client dining room with arteriors lighting via kishani perera inc.client master bedroom with arteriors lighting via kishani perera inc.currently, arteriors has showrooms across the country including dallas, high point, las vegas and new york. but this los angeles showroom will be different in that it is also open to the public! as their first retail store, it provides a great opportunity for us to bring clients in to personally see what we’ve been experiencing firsthand at the different home furnishings industry markets.

arteriors los angeles showroom lighting via kishani perera inc.you’ll recall from las vegas market last year and previous high point markets, we have been obsessed with quite a few pieces that have been launched from arteriors so it’s a welcome sight to see this local space where so many of our favorite resources are located.

arteriors los angeles showroom lighting via kishani perera inc.arteriors los angeles showroom lighting via kishani perera inc.we were warmly greeted upon arriving by the founder and creative director mark moussa and patty price, the executive vice president and head of marketing. having some personal time to chat with both was great since we were so impressed by what the arteriors team has accomplished in this new space. and, it is so nice to welcome them to the neighborhood!

founder and creative director mark moussa in arteriors los angeles showroom via kishani perera blogvia arteriors

arteriors has a long history of producing absolutely showstopping pieces of lighting. they are really statement pieces that make a room feel even more spectacular! 

arteriors los angeles showroom lighting via kishani perera inc.arteriors los angeles showroom lighting via kishani perera inc.

arteriors los angeles showroom lighting via kishani perera inc.

arteriors los angeles showroom via kishani perera inc.we even came across wonderful pieces we’ve used in recent projects like these two pieces that we love!

arteriors los angeles showroom lighting via kishani perera inc.arteriors los angeles showroom lighting via kishani perera inc.these are just some of the wonderful pieces of lighting, furniture and decorative accessories that are available to be experienced firsthand in the store! but, don’t take our word for it. visit arteriors los angeles so you can see for yourself! for more pictures from the arteriors los angeles opening party, visit here.

arteriors los angeles showroom decorative accessories via kishani perera inc.arteriors los angeles showroom decorative accessories via kishani perera inc.

 

 

hot off the press: hgtv magazine

we are so excited! just in time for spring, hgtv magazine shared a beautiful outdoor space designed by kp and provided a ‘get the look’ guide! this outdoor space epitomizes the timeless use of black and white with a pop of color, which also works so well with the dramatic black trim and white stucco of the home itself. the classic black and white also provides a perfect backdrop for changing out the pillows for a new season, or new trending color, for an updated look without needing to change the entire set of cushions. we are so honored that they selected this outdoor space to inspire you all for a new spring look! we love this space, and think this guide is a great and affordable way to get this look. thank you again to hgtv for sharing kp’s design!

hot off the press: roco mag

we are so honored and excited to share kp’s feature in roco mag’s issue no. 8! not only is roco a wonderful source of inspiration, but it is one of our favorite, go-to quarterly magazines. we would like to sincerely thank them for the feature, but most of all for their kind words. kp is grateful to be able to share her passion for design and all things vintage with people across the globe! her inspiration comes from anything; a colorful old schoolhouse she saw across town, to a beautiful array of flowers she saw while walking her three pugs. beauty is everywhere in everything, and her shop, rummage, is also a  perfect example of her talented eye. we again would like to thank roco mag for the feature and ability to spread inspiration globally! check out the entire feature below, and be sure to subscribe for additional inspiration!

our week

phew! we are a little behind here, but as you can guess, it is because these past few weeks have been insane! a few of us got hit with the flu at the exact time we got hit with new projects and demanding deadlines. that is always how it happens, right? sickness hits at the most inopportune times. the good news is, we are all back to 100% and there has been nothing but positive, exciting things brewing at the kpi office! if you missed the pugs’ first official press feature, you need to check it out here! those sweeties of ours are doing great and loving their new home. while someone in the office is super excited to dog sit the cuties while kp sneaks away for a top secret trip. don’t worry, details of this will come very soon! we must admit, with all of our site visits and slab yard explorations behind us for the week, we are all guilty of fully enjoying this rain for the weekend. speaking of slab yards, we loved this article covering alternate options to granite countertops. there are so many, and a few of our favorites are limestone, soapstone, and quartzite. we have stock piled so many other great finds to share with you below! as always, be sure to follow us on twitter and instagram, and like us on facebook to keep up with us all throughout the week!

hoping you all get to stay cozy inside and enjoy the rainy weekend! -dh

kp visited gracias madre recently and loved it! their menu is comprised of local, organic, non gmo, vegan, mexican food!

talk about a yummy complete package!

 

we keep seeing these little copper mugs and picturing them in our cabinets! they’re a total steal. worth the not-so-impulse purchase?

this just gave us all a good chuckle and we all agreed on these realities!

talk about a gallery wall! we love the daring mix of vintage frames on this packed photo wall! (third photo)

just this incredibly adorable panda photo we came across on pinterest. is this real life?!

we are so anxious to see how this will all turn out! would you purchase this if it was 100% safe?

kp was featured in house beautiful’s march issue! we are so grateful to have been selected!

have you heard?! three new target collaborations are coming from top pinners: oh joy, poppytalk, and wit & delight. here is the first peek from oh joy’s collab!

we aren’t much for the quotes and saying prints, but these lighthearted and simple pieces might make us think twice. we love a little unexpected humor!

one of our favorite custom rummage chandeliers sold this week! always bittersweet, but thankfully we can always custom make a new one!

this. scarf. enough said. actually no, ‘sale’ was another essential word! someone purchased this just in time for the cold and rainy weekend!

 

our week

some weeks we feel as if the weekend will never arrive, while this week we are wondering where the time went! this week has been such a wonderful one that we cannot complain for one second. we were able to shoot two completed projects back to back days; one in the palisades and the other in los feliz. this means a trip to the flower mart downtown and a days worth of creating beautiful floral arrangements! the ladies at the kpi office love just about any creative outlet and it is a nice way to mix up the week – working with beautiful flowers and all! we were also able to spend these two full days with our favorite, incredibly talented photographer, joe schmelzer! on another exciting note, rummage is sending off two of our favorite chairs to a new owner and we will soon be seeing them in a magazine feature! we will be sharing once it comes out, of course. we are all looking forward to a weekend full of slightly cooler temps to enjoy the outdoors! kp will continue unpacking while some of us plan to visit one of the many, many museum exhibits on our list right now. be sure to follow us on facebook and twitter to keep us with us throughout the week!

does this photo even need a caption? i mean…those head tilts.

 

these guest posts by jealous curator are too funny, we love the idea!

we told you our museum visit list is getting long, our priority must sees our here, here, and here

we just cannot get enough of this song this week, love her voice and makes us giggle

if you have plenty of time for some serious wanderlust and adoration of this beautiful photography, please enjoy this post

yes, we have three pups to swoon over all week, but this little sweetheart (who has yet to grow into those paws) just melted our hearts

never crossed our minds to wonder what the interior of a bullet looks like, but these photographs are incredible

spotted this feature of one of our favorites, mister finch, in one of our favorite magazines! if you don’t know his work, you need to check him out here

speaking of art, kp discussed art and everyday life recently with artspace magazine. great tips if you’re on the hunt!

we’re obsessed with these gorgeous tiles! just installed a floor to ceiling backsplash wall of the ‘asal’ that we cannot wait to show you photographs of!

 

our week

this week has been seriously exciting and stressful at the kpi office! we had multiple deadlines, completed two projects in los feliz, and kp’s very own home is finally move-in ready! the pups have continued to help us pack all week, and stayed safe in the old house while we continuously clean and check their new yard for leftover screws, bolts, or anything else they might find to chew on. (because they will find it!) we are so excitied for our three pugs to have such a large backyard to play in! don’t worry, their will be photos coming up for our los feliz project so soon and once kp is settled in, we’ll do the big before and after reveal! we cannot wait to share with you. even in the most hectic of times, we still stumble across little laughs that we pass around the office. along with the beautiful objects we find to keep us inspired, and hoping to someday add to our own homes! we love to share these finds with you every week and hope that you enjoy them too! be sure to follow us on twitter and add us on facebook for sneak peeks throughout the week!

our handsome petey pie catching some rays during this winter heat wave!

 

we all love getting to know ourselves a little better, so this vocab test was a must take

looking for the perfect, modern brass sconces for your home? we happen to have a knack for designing unique fixtures that are sure to be envied

somebody stumbled on these modern and adorable dollhouses and we were all brought back to our childhood

speaking of childhood, we would love to view these colossal animal balloon sculptures in person. so much fun.

we obviously 100% agree with this buzzfeed list about pugs and yes, we keep up with buzzfeed for the adorable animal photos

what do we love more than wallpaper? a great round up of wallpapers, and this is our favorite one in a very long time

we think a great new year’s resolution is to help out (adopt) a pug in need. it is a win win situation, they’re safe and you have a new best friend!

we love this throwback thursday of a beautiful room divider designed by eugene masselink

kp was featured in artspace magazine and discussed creating a balanced home for art and everyday life

this week saw the installation of these sconces in one of our los feliz projects and they are just gorgeous

hot off the press: popsugar home

we were finally able to share one of our favorite bathroom renovations we recently completed and are so excited that popsugar home made the debut for us! we got to share some of our top bathroom remodel tips with all of you, while sharing one of our favorite bathroom flooring installations this year! we cannot wait to share more with you soon. you can also see the article in full here.

 

 

 

our week

even while the kpi ladies are spread out across the country for the holidays, we haven’t stopped sharing all of our usual finds for the week! with a little extra spare time to search for after christmas deals and cute holiday animal photos, we’ve got some links worth sharing with you for the week! please forgive us for our quiet time as we have been busy soaking up time with family! we have loved sharing 2013 with you all, and hope to share even more with you in 2014! be sure to follow us on twitter and facebook for sneak peeks of our projects, and check back to the blog for our completed projects coming up so soon!

first christmas with all of the perera pups! we couldn’t ask for more happiness!

 

with fast approaching holiday travel, we couldn’t make it to the la renegade craft fair, but we are scouring the local vendor list!

since we can’t travel as much as we would like, we’re wanderlusting away with this list of 23 world travel instagrams

still going on, our rummage end of the year sale! snag up those long lusted-after vintage pieces for a steal!

we love this list of random act of kindness, especially as a little (belated) holiday gift to a stranger

chocolate tubes of syrup ‘oil paints’ would be a fun, and potentially messy, activity for all ages. we’re thinking wine and chocolate on a new level.

we agree, we’d like to open this book and watch the reaction of strangers on an elevator, or a child at bedtime

intricately cut newspaper pages transform into lace-like art with the combination of an xacto blade and serious patience!

this book has one hundred years worth of exclusive stories and photographs from the beverly hills hotel and surrounding city

we’re sharing one of our favorite bathroom remodel projects along with some great tips for taking on your own bathroom renovation on pop sugar home!

have you seen the adorable holiday outfits that our friend tuna sported this year?

trade secrets: kitchen renovations part three – cabinetry and hardware

here we meet again for part three of our kitchen renovation series! if you are just tuning in, be sure to check out our part one and part two. today we are going to talk all about cabinetry and hardware!

cabinetry style is another area that will depend greatly on the style of your home. first, know the style of your home – traditional, modern, contemporary, rustic, craftsman, tudor, modern industrial, etc. then decide the style of cabinetry that works best. most traditional cabinets have raised panels with multiple levels of molding, and possibly an arched detail. while contemporary cabinets tend to be simpler, usually with a flat panel and single level of molding, also called ‘shaker’ or ‘mission style’. more modern homes can get away with shaker style cabinets or even completely flat and solid cabinet fronts. for craftsman style kitchens, of course shaker/mission style is appropriate, but we love a good beadboard detail or glass uppers with a craftsman style pane design. there are endless options for cabinetry styles, but below are some of our favorites.

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once you have decided on the proper style of cabinet, we suggest that you consider the finish. we are loving a great high-gloss, bold paint color for kitchen cabinets, and this is something a buyer can always easily change should you chose to sell your home in the future. don’t be afraid to stray from the expected stained wood or white painted cabinets, but definitely try out some paint samples before committing! the beauty of boldly painted cabinets is that you can keep the hard surfaces, like the counter and backsplash, simpler with neutrals. this allows you the versatility to change it up yourself in the future with a fresh coat of paint, but as mentioned before, is a safer bet for resale considerations. see some of our favorite examples of this below!

private residence kitchen design by kishani perera inc.

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not sure if you will tire of the color you choose for your kitchen cabinetry? we understand, vibrant green cabinets are a big commitment! don’t be afraid to paint different areas of cabinetry different colors. we are loving darker lower cabinetry with white uppers, a contrasting painted island, glass uppers with a painted interior, or even a slightly different style of cabinetry in different areas of a large kitchen, as seen below!

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you don’t even have to use paint at all to mix it up! instead of wood, consider using metal cabinets, either stainless, brass or zinc, to create a unique look in your kitchen. additionally, there are unusual stain options available such as a cerused finish which really brings out the grain of the wood, or various colored tints. white washed cabinets are beautiful in the correct setting, and we are really loving a grey stain in the kitchen these days. or go vintage, and bring in reclaimed wood for cabinet facing for a warm space! see below for examples of these designs.

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we also love straying away from traditional matching upper and lower cabinetry by using different styles for each. if you need the storage of uppers, consider using glass front cabinets for an interesting contrast. if you are particularly neat and don’t need quite as much storage, you should consider open shelving in place of uppers. consider wood, metal, or even brass shelves for a great pop. or simply go without any upper storage and let your backsplash do all the work! you can also get more creative with your cabinet door fronts and add in beautiful, yet simple details as shown below.

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wood shelves in place of upper cabinetry via

industrial brass shelves in place of upper cabinetry via

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custom cabinet detail by brad caplow via kishani perera inc

and we just can’t talk cabinetry without sharing this kitchen design we swoon over regularly. if you have the fitting style of home and budget, we urge you to seek options truly outside of the box. the result can be a beautifully unique kitchen!

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last, but certainly not least, is hardware. hardware is the easiest update for any kitchen. there are endless options, from your basic polished chrome knobs and pulls, to the quirkiest of bronze animal heads! don’t be afraid to be bold. we tend to enjoy vintage hardware in new kitchens, as well as large and out of scale pieces that add a bit of drama and quirkiness. also you can mix it up with knobs on cabinets lets say, and do handles on the cabinet doors. also take placement into consideration. there’s the traditional placement, top corners of the lower cabinets, lower corners of the uppers, but here again, you can add some interest by going against the grain. we love doing center pulls, either on the doors themselves, rather than the frame, which we also like, or doing extremely large knobs in centers of the doors. keep in mind the finish of your cabinet hardware doesn’t have to match the finish of your sink faucet or even your interior door knobs, but all of the kitchen cabinetry knobs and all pulls need to be the same finish throughout the kitchen. see below (and above) for various installations of hardware that are great examples of placement and styles.

private residence kitchen design by kishani perera inc.

identical pull on drawers and cabinets via

vintage hardware in private residence by kishani perera inc.

after you have an idea of the style of hardware you like, consider hinges as well. all photos above have concealed hinges, but you certainly don’t have to hide them! we are loving exposed and offset hinges that match the style of your hardware. it is great in any style of kitchen and just adds a little more character that we personally can’t resist right now. our absolute favorite is the icebox latches and hinges shown below. while a more subtle detail of the traditional brass hinges add just the right pop to the cabinetry.

exposed, offset ice box latches and hinges via

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brass hardware and exposed hinges via

be sure to subscribe to our blog to follow our complete kitchen renovation series! and please feel free to leave any questions in the comments below! we know we can’t cover every detail, and we love to hear from you!

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