Room of the Day

Happy winter solstice! Today’s “room of the day” is a long time favorite and for good reason. It’s all about living large in Manhattan and designer David Kaihoi hits all the right notes in this chic and uber functional bedroom he shares with his wife and their young daughter. At only 64-square-feet, this space is high on style and every inch maximizes function.


“In David Kaihoi’s 64-square-foot bedroom in Manhattan, he covered the walls in an eye-catching, hand-painted 18th-century Chinese wallpaper found at auction. “The idea was to create a jewel-box effect in the bedroom, with pattern to distract your senses from the tight quarters,” he says. “I papered the wall in the spirit of a collage trying to make the most of a beautiful old thing. Call it a new take on a traditional application.” “ (House Beautiful)


Clearly, that antique chinoiserie wallpaper is everything! It sets the tone for the entire room. Rather than overwhelming such a small space, it adds the perfect amount of drama. Kaihoi chose a sand linen upholstered headboard that ties in nicely with the built-in storage. Designed using salvaged antique doors, it is a clever way to hide all the clutter without compromising good looks.

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I had some fun recreating the look with some down to earth finds and here’s what I came up with on a whim.


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Happy Thursday!



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  1. Mary
    December 22, 2017 / 3:45 am

    That red Pendleton blanket kills me every time. I love it, it’s so unexpected. The link to the pink lampshade isn’t working for me. Can I ask where you found it?

    • Eva Contreras
      December 22, 2017 / 11:53 am

      Hi Mary, you’re right…fixed it!

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