HOW WE LIVE HOME TOUR WITH KENZIE PERRY
When an artist invites you into their home you go because you know it will be filled with eclectic decor, a vibe like no other and amazing art of course. Visual artist, wall paper, fabric and interior designer Kenzie Perry gives us a glimpse into his Miami, FL home and it is nothing short of amazing! Let's check it out.
Tell readers a little about yourself and where you live. My name is Kenzie Leon Perry. I was born and raised in Miami, Fl where I still currently live. I was raised by a single mother who discontinued her college education to be an interior designer after I was born. As a child I saw her drawing, sewing and making all types of crafts. I inhaled her talent and I’ve been a creative artist ever since. Initially majoring in Gospel Music in college, I changed my focus to interior design. Since then, I’ve been practicing as an interior designer since 2005.
How would you describe your decor style in three words and who or what influenced that style? I would describe my decor style as masculine, vintage and curated. My decor style is inspired by my love for mid century modern furniture. I was born in 1980, so my family home was filled with furniture from the late 60’s and 70’s and there are some special pieces that still exist. While studying at the university, I was attracted to the work of Charles and Ray Eames who made historical contributions to the development of modern furniture.
Do you have keepsakes or family heirlooms incorporated into your home decor? If so, what are they and why was it important to incorporate them? When I first moved out on my own at the age of 22, I salvaged furniture and home goods from my grandparents house to set up my home. One was a polished chrome table with a white carrera marble top. Then in 2018 upon the passing of my grandfather, I inherited his vintage bar and a collection of glassware. It was important for me to keep the items because they have historical significance, the quality and aesthetic represents loved ones who are no longer with me.
Have you completed a brag worthy DIY project? If so, tell us about it. My brag worthy DIY project is the apothecary console I designed using thrifted furniture. It consists of two chests. One has drawers and the other one has doors. Each facade has nine panels. I revamped the chest by painting each panel black and installed a library card door pull on each. Then I added polish brass feet and a marble slab. It literally looks like a million bucks.
For those that are hesitant to incorporate African decor into their space or don’t know where to start, what's one piece of advice you’d give them? I would suggest they use color as their compass then incorporate African decor that is complementary to that color. African decor is available in a wide range of solid and mixed colors. If you’re looking for a more blended look, use a solid color mask or textile. For an accent of color, consider framing colorful African fabric or upholster a small stool or side chair.
At Reflektion Design our mantra is, See Yourself at Home. How does your home reflect who you are? I’ve always considered my home a sanctuary and given the circumstances of COVID, it has become more dual purpose than ever, housing my interior design studio amongst my living space. Upon visiting, one will see how I have blended my personal paintings throughout and you’ll also see the famous wall mural I painted in the living room. My mom reared me up in thrift stores and flea markets, so you’ll spot vintage pieces everywhere. I also like to blend my fashion obsession with hats and African beads throughout the space. Ultimately, every piece describes who I am because I carefully curated and purchased each piece with intention.
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