aesthetically speaking: new wave british decor

there are some styles that are so classic and cool, they never go out of fashion, and for me, british inspired design is one of those things!

british living room blog

when you imagine the traditional english home a few things come to mind; beautiful case goods in rich stains with a bit of patina, a great paisley or floral printed sofa, well worn leather sofa (or faux!) and of course stripes. however, the modern british movement is taking these tried and true elements and reinterpreting them into contemporary scenes. taking the familiar, adding a twist of whimsy with light, airy elements to keep the traditional alive, while bringing in a young, fresh feel. we’ve taken the liberty to pull together a room fit for princess kate herself, with nods to the time-honored, with some quirky touches.

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hand print, ship painting, photograph, art work, abstract painting, dog portrait, antique books, bookcase, globe, velvet sofa, pillow, throw, coffee table, rug, leather sofa, striped pillow, british flag pillow, brass coffee table, wing chair, stripe pouf

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tell us what are your favorite design that will never go out of trend in the comments.



aesthetically speaking: whimsical decor

we love when rooms have elements of whimsy! it can be one thing or a group of items that can make a room standout in a special way, many times with wit and other times just over the top fascination! that’s the beauty of whimsical decor! we especially love vintage and newer pieces that don’t take design rules seriously! decorating should be fun, and you should fill your home with things that you love! so, let your personality shine through in 2016 by decorating with whimsy! it will make your rooms more warm and inviting! take a look at some whimsical inspiration below to get you thinking out of the box for the upcoming new year and let us know your favorites in the comments section!

fish light sculpture via kishani perera blog

fish sculpture over dining table via mydomaine

vintage ceramic double elephant lamp via rummage

vintage ceramic double elephant lamp via rummage

female and male illustrations via kishani perera blog

female and male illustrations via domino

surete du quebec police shooting target via rummage

surete du quebec police shooting target via rummage

 whimsical hands via kishani perera inc

vignette of whimsical hands via kishani perera inc.

ceramic rubber glove via rummage

ceramic rubber glove mold via rummage

sara gilbane interiors via kishani perera blog

whimsical end table in living room by sara gilbane interiors via savvy home

vintage style crate wood side table via rummage

vintage style crate wood side table via rummage

 parisian perch figurines via kishani perera blog

parisian perch figurines via vogue

vintage brass pagoda statues via rummage

vintage brass pagoda statues via rummage

serax cactus vase via kishani perera blog

serax cactus vase via zilverblauw

fabric palm tree via rummage

fabric palm tree via rummage

tony duquette splashing water chandelier via kishani perera blog

tony duquette splashing water chandelier via remains lighting

aesthetically speaking: home sweet zoo

if you have ever been inside rummage, you might think you’ve stepped into a zoo with the amount of animal decor that is found throughout the shop. from very small to larger than life vintage pieces, animal decor happens to be one our favorite decorating tips to give a room lots of personality and whimsy! currently, we’re having a holiday sale at the shop and many of these treasured vintage finds have been reduced to celebrate the season! many would make a great gift for someone special on your holiday shopping list who loves animals! but, don’t forget yourself, there are plenty of wonderful antique pieces to make your home more inviting and a sanctuary for all wildlife! what’s your favorite animal decor featured here? let us know in the comments!

koi fish brass sconces via rummage

koi fish brass sconces

tiger masks via rummage

paper mache tiger maskdecorative tiger mask

brass peacock via rummage

brass peacock

saint bernard portrait via rummage

saint bernard dog portrait

brass grasshopper via rummage

brass grasshopper

chalkware white dog via rummage

chalkware white dog

iron horse head via rummage

iron horse head

brass serpentine tray via rummage

brass serpentine tray

framed bird prints via rummage

framed bird prints





aesthetically speaking: the photography of erik madigan heck

we have been fascinated with the vibrant photography of erik madigan heck ever since we stumbled upon the first photo below in harper’s bazaar that reminded us of frida kahlo! ever since then we have been following his work on instagram, which we highly recommend you give it a follow for inspiring images from his portfolio. below is a retrospective of some our favorite fashion photography that he has done in just the past year alone! we absolutely love the way he captures the blurring of lines between fashion and art through photography!

erik madigan heck 1 via kishani perera blog


erik madigan heck 2 via kishani perera blog


erik madigan heck 3 via kishani perera blog


 erik madigan heck 4 via kishani perera blog


erik madigan heck 5 via kishani perera blog


erik madigan heck 6 via kishani perera blog


erik madigan heck 7 via kishani perera blog


erik madigan heck 8 via kishani perera blog


art house: jeffrey gibson

we stumbled upon artist jeffrey gibson by chance and we’re so glad we stayed and continued looking into his work. while his geometric abstract paintings are quite beautiful and have been a part of his newer work, we were more drawn to his adorned punching bags. visually, you can see how he draws inspiration from his native american roots, especially traditional pow-wow dance regalia as seen by the bead work, sequins, tin shingles, color, etc.. but, there is also a very modern touch and other inspirations at work here which make it very fascinating!

jeffrey gibson showroom via kishani perera blog

via new york times

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

via marc straus gallery

jeffrey gibson adorned punching bag at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

via marc straus gallery

in the december 2013 issue of artnews magazine, gibson explains his artistic choices: “the adornment references subcultural fashion, not just native american but also punk and queer – alternatives to mainstream that signal defiance and rejection of hetero-normative culture.” curator marshall n. price of the national academy museum describes gibson’s work as a “mash-up” or “remix”. some of the adorned punching bags are even wrapped in pieces of re-purposed paintings. how cool is that! sure, there is a decorative and beautiful element to this collection of work from gibson, but if you stop there you have missed the whole trajectory he has attempted to take you on. gibson further explains this best himself in this video. (mind you, there are probably quite a few kpi clients that we think would love one of his pieces in their homes!)

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

all images in this section via marc straus gallery

this summer, the southwest is in for a treat! in addition to being the subject of an exhibition at the denver art museum, gibson will begin a residency in the native arts artist-in-residence program. we’d love to be a fly on the wall for that class! some of gibson’s most recent exhibitions were at volta, national academy museum, institute of contemporary art in boston and marc straus gallery in new york city, where he is represented. we can’t wait to see what gibson does next! and, it seems we don’t have to wait too long. he recently collaborated with a peace treaty on a line of jewelry and scarves that are based on selected works of his. we are more than just a little obsessed now! how about you?

jeffrey gibson jewelry at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson scarves at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson jewelry at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

all images in this section via a peace treaty

art house: bernhard handick

german photographer and founder of shoutout magazinebernhard handick, uses any kind of technique to produce new works. from painting to photography, analogue to digital, pixelation to overlaying; the manner in which handick approaches his mixed media art is certainly destructive. having been published at vogue italiaglamcultjuxtapozwe are selecters, and washington post, handick creates collections of striking imagery which seem to fuse pieces together that, although contemporary in their foundations, carry a rather haunting undertone. of his artwork, handick says, “my understanding of myself as an artist is not that I produce artwork which is completed after my process of creation. rather, the spectator is the one who finishes the work in the particular way in which he interprets it – in this sense, he is the one to add the final brushstroke.” well said! if you enjoy bernhard’s classically deconstructed works, check out his website.


hot off the press: artspace magazine

this past week kp was interviewed by artspace magazine to discuss art and everyday life! if you feel you don’t know how to buy art, or are unsure on exactly how to display your art, this article is for you! also note that art doesn’t have to be expensive, we have found plenty of great pieces that we love at flea markets for an affordable price. see the full interview below for some great advice and be sure to visit artspace for online art shopping!

art house: elisa strozyk

being a huge fan of fibers design and innovative wood work, we were in awe when we spotted the experimental work of elisa strozyk. born in berlin, strozyk received her master’s degree in future textile design from londons central saint martins college in 2009. although she is a young artist, her work is redefining the way we use and relate to everyday materials. wooden textiles, her most indepth series of work, challenges us to break through the self-imposed limitations we currently have on decor accents. wooden textiles was created for an entirely new tactile experience, and to literally reconnect us with an extremely familiar material in a way we have never known. beyond reconnecting us, it is reminding us to use natural materials that grow abundantly, over man made products that create much more waste and may harm the environment. her incredible half wood, half textile creations are something we have surely never seen before! to see more of her work visit her website.

all images via elisa strozyk

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.

via cococozy

via cococozy

via miss buttercup

1.)  uppercase knit throw

2.)  dolce moroccan throw

3.)  eco moroccan throw

4.)  all modern throw

5.)  moroccan tile throws

6.)  diamond cashmere throw

art house: daleast

while we wouldn’t consider all spray paint on buildings to be street art, we are fans of real street art, which can be seen everywhere in la! from shepard fairey, kenny scharf, and retna on the west hollywood library, to hidden gems courtesy of banksy spread throughout the city. a man who has recently appeared in la is the secretive chinese artist, daleast, and we are fans! journeying over from capetown, africa in 2012 to make his rounds across the us, daleast is gaining popularity with his incredible new style of street art. his intricacy and attention to detail is jaw dropping, and the meaning he finds in these pieces is even more intriguing. take the time to read his interview with arrested motion, you will not regret it! and check out some of his beautiful work below! his appearance in la is actually outside of los angeles, on the newhall paint store in newhall (a new hub of santa clarita)  if you happen to be in the area!

wall mural in miami, florida

wall mural in santa clarita, california

wall mural in melun, in the south-eastern suburbs of paris

wall mural in honolulu, hawaii

wall mural in rochester, new york

wall mural in vienna, austria

all images via daily mail