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Marvin Featured in L.A. Times

Kishani Perera, designer and house hunter noticed a slightly unappealing 1923 Mid-City home; That’s when she realized her first step was to border the entryway with columns.

Kishani Perera had originally bought the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $640,000 in 2013 and currently selling it for $1.1 million. “I could tell it had good bones, just a good feeling to it,” said Perera

With almost three years of work, the home now has charisma including the transformed garage, with four skylights, and new windows.

Perera has styled homes for Harry Styles, Molly Sims, Rachel Bilson and Michael C. Hall, “This has been my passion project,” said Perera,

Perera has renovated the home’s exterior paint that was previously a gray with a Benjamin Moore’s deeper Quarry Rock gray that has smooth touches of blue and green.

The new color felt original to the house, kind of a vintage vibe to it,” added Perera.

The new and improved home now sports white-trimmed Marvin windows well matched to neighbors’ lawns by Calabasas-based New View Landscape.

A spray of fragrance flowers and olive bushes surround the home’s front entranceway alluring a calm look.

Perera connected the tight kitchen, dining and laundry areas, opening them to the living room to enlarge the 1,038-square-foot interior. Throughout the home Original American oak flooring is used.

The kitchen’s new shiny black cabinetry is topped with white Calcutta marble all paired with appliances: an Electrolux dishwasher, refrigerator, and Bertazzoni range and oven; With a faucet by Perrin and Rowe.

Much of the lighting is vintage located from Perera’s Rummage boutique on Beverly Boulevard. The new fixtures are by Cedar & Moss.

The dining room has an elegant Maria Theresa chandelier coated a chic gray and an art deco fixture it’s a German tower design that drapes in the master bath.

Krishani’s curiosity in vintage was started during family visits to Sri Lanka when she was a young teenager.

Shops there had these most amazing pieces from the 18th and 19th century,” she said. “I love the history and story behind vintage pieces; I can feel real soul in them.

The master bath’s black harsh accents is of a newly vintage design, and the hall bathroom has a striking 1950s cabinet with both having Cement Tile floors.

Other features the house includes: new electrical and plumbing systems, a new slim line HVAC and a Nest thermostat. The house also features alarm, camera and Sonos sound systems.

The backyard is now lined with bay leaf borders that adorn an inviting St. Augustine lawn. A lower patio with pea gravel borders the house.

The most practical backyard feature is the calming hammock looped between lemon and grapefruit trees.

Source: LA Times