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LA Times - 8.6.16

Before and After: From Nondescript to Storybook Charm


When designer and house hunter Kishani Perera spied a rather charmless 1923 Mid-City home, she knew her first step: Set the home free of its jail bars and frame the entryway with stately columns.

“I could tell it had good bones, just a good feeling to it,” said Perera, who bought the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $640,000 in 2013. She’s now selling it for $1.1 million.

After nearly three years of work, the home now sports true cottage charm — and that includes the converted garage, tricked out with four skylights, new windows and a front arbor.

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

Perera replaced the home’s exterior paint (previously an all-business gray) with Benjamin Moore’s deeper Quarry Rock gray that harbors undertones of blue and green.

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

Finished with new, white-trimmed Marvin windows, the revived home now snaps against its steep slope of synthetic turf — expertly matched to neighbors’ lawns by Calabasas-based New View Landscape.


Photo credit: Sean Garrison / Shooting LA