This year my husband and I moved into our first real grown-up apartment. I had a vision (thank you, House Beautiful), but when I needed true hand-holding and an expert collaborator who could reach beyond my wildest imagination, I called on none other than my friend and interior designer extraordinaire, Kishani Perera. Known for her eclectic sense of style and ability to blend cultures & periods, Kishani travels the world in search of one-of-a-kind pieces creating timeless and comfortable homes that tell each person’s unique story. Kishani and I share a love of travel and each like to incorporate our great finds into our home design, so I asked her to break away from her busy life with Hollywood’s elite (Molly Sims, Kate Bosworth, Christine Taylor are all clients) to share a few of her favorite home décor shops around the country. This is what she said:
SIGNAL HILL, CA: Coleen and Company-With an eclectic collection of vintage and antique, mixed in with unique and interesting custom made goods, Coleen and Company has quickly become one of my fave go-tos in LA. Her tufted stone ottomans are one of my treasured finds of the year!
VENICE, CA: Obsolete– A little dark, very edgy and completely fabulous! From figurines that border on slightly creepy to industrial and vintage medical/scientific accoutrement, I love incorporating intriguing finds from this shop into my projects.
NEW YORK, NY: Brunelli Designs– Lighting is one of the most important elements in any space. It not only sets the mood, but allows you the opportunity to add character and interest through functional art. Specializing in distinctive light fixtures, this Brooklyn-based shop has an eclectic array of vintage and custom pieces.
CHICAGO, IL: Architectural Artifacts – An amazing collection of rare and uncommon finds ranging from architectural salvage, industrial, unusual case goods, religious artifacts & lighting (among other things), this unbelievable shop has pretty much everything you could ever want!
ATLANTA, GA: Pieces– A great stop if you’re looking for polished-yet-funky vintage. They combine the best that Palm Beach and Hampton’s styles have to offer!!
PHILADELPHIA,PA: Material Culture – When you have an unlimited budget, it’s easy to fill your home with coveted antiques and unique collectibles from around the world. Material Culture has narrowed the gap between the unattainable and the mass produced from everything ranging from furniture and art to carpets and ceramics. Frankly, they have exceptional taste and…gasp!…you can even afford it!