By: Wendy Bowman
Top LA designer Kishani Perera has spent years meticulously revamping each room of this two-bedroom, two-bath home built in 1923. Situated at 1451 S. Spaulding Avenue, in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Picfair Village (on Pico between Fairfax and La Brea), the result is a refined yet homey vintage property with standout features too numerous to count. Among them: a hallway bathroom with flooring by Cement Tile Shop and a modern, oversized Hydro Systems Lacey tub with period-style plumbing by Horus and Waterworks; vintage lighting from Perera’s Beverly Boulevard Rummage Shop; and a found dresser that Perera converted into a vanity, complete with Macauba marble. A contemporary and romantic kitchen also sports an Electrolux dishwasher and refrigerator, Bertazzoni stove and oven, Perrin and Rowe faucet, Cedar & Moss lighting, and custom black cabinetry with Calacatta marble countertops.
Much attention also was spent on the grounds, which showcase drought-tolerant and water-wise landscaping, and a large backyard garden area perfect for al fresco dining. “If I had to pinpoint what makes this home so special, I’d say the obvious: It was designed by one of America’s top celebrity designers. That, in and of itself, is huge,” says listing agent Jacqueline Gunn of Westside Estate Agency. “Kishani’s got this whimsical, vintage vibe that young Hollywood loves. She’s designed homes for Harry Styles, Molly Sims, Rachel Bilson, Michael C. Hall and many others. When her projects come to market, they’re sold at the highest cost per square foot. She’s literally helping Realtors break records in neighborhoods.
“She’s so smart about her work,” Gunn adds. “All of her choices are super curated and edited. Everything flows logically and every space is built out, so it’s 100 percent functional and yet beautiful at the same time.”
Photos courtesy of Shooting LA’s Sean Garrison