{room inspiration: vintage wallpaper}

wallpaper, house beautiful. . . a complete and longstanding love-affair with floral wallpaper, especially hand-painted or vintage {or both}, and the more elaborate, the better -- and so, was absolutely filled with delight upon discovering this bedroom {thanks, felicity!} in a tiny {tiny} apartment in the east village, with walls enveloped in an incredibly stunning hand-painted 18th-century wallpaper . . .

{an excerpt:}

I want to know more about that wallpaper. It gives the room an ancient, exalted feeling.
It's 18th-century Chinese. I stumbled across it at an auction, this pile of dilapidated pieces that nobody else wanted. I had to have it. I found three large scenes, placed them around the room, and pieced in the gaps and torn bits. The idea was to create a jewel-box effect in the bedroom, with pattern to distract your senses from the tight quarters. I papered the wall in the spirit of a collage, trying to make the most of a beautiful old thing. . .

-- designer david kaihoi, house beautiful


{p.s.} the little trundle bed cleverly tucks away in the morning

{also lovely:} hand-painted wall murals

{images: photography by ngoc minh ngo for a small one-bedroom apartment made big by barbara king for house beautiful}

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Blogger tash said...

Oh my goodness.... Are you kidding me? I can't take it! From the divine wallpaper to the hideaway trundle! I'll be dreaming sweetly tonight!

xo tash


July 28, 2010  
Blogger this free bird said...

The word wallpaper used to conjure up such wicked images in my mind: mostly of my poor mom trying to peel it off the walls. oy

But in the past few years I have seen some remarkable wallpapers that have begun to change my mind. This one here is antiqued and beautiful.


July 28, 2010  
Blogger Lillian Chang said...

That wallpaper is incredible!! I've never seen anything quite like it - it has such an old-world feel!! Love it! :)

July 28, 2010  
Blogger stylebyrachael said...

I love wallpaper. I love it in other people's home so I don't have to deal with the before or after part of it :)

July 28, 2010  
Blogger mkendall said...

oh wow. That wallpaper is fantastic! I love the color and all of the detail in it. amazing.

July 28, 2010  
Blogger hi-d said...

That wallpaper is simply gorgeous!

July 28, 2010  
Anonymous Michaela @ The Gardener's Eden said...

Delightfully Asian-inspired flora and fauna. The dusty, weathered rose hues are enchanting...

July 28, 2010  
Anonymous Brasspaperclip said...

OMG! SO gorgeous!! I want that for my bedroom. xoxo Cindi

July 28, 2010  
Blogger Priscila Peters said...

Very interesting work. There's nothing like it. That wall paper is an art!

July 28, 2010  
Anonymous FXOX said...

Hey beautiful, it's lovely - and you really didn't have to mention me:-).

I now have been surfing the web for Chinese wallpaper!! Tho' where Id actually put it is another matter:-) hugs & love to you and yours


July 28, 2010  
Blogger knitlit kate said...

forget the wallpaper (gorgeous as it is)...my dog wants to know where he can get one of those trundle beds! (that would be for ME to sleep on, natch.)

July 28, 2010  
Blogger Abs said...

The beautiful rose, birds, and gardeny bliss--this makes me want to cry a little.

July 28, 2010  
Blogger Sarah Klassen said...

Absolutely stunning! This wallpaper is what dreams are made of... absolutely enchanting. I love the rich feel of lines of it, and the worn character. What a lovely feature,


July 28, 2010  
Blogger Marcus Design said...

I LOVED this article in the current House Beautiful, I find myself going back to it all the time. Can you believe how gorgeous it is in such a small space?! This worn vintage paper is amazing.

July 28, 2010  
Blogger beauty comma said...

i love this. it doesn't matter that the wallpaper is torn - it actually makes it look even more poetic. it's like you can see the love with which the wallpaper has been meticulously pieced together...

July 29, 2010  
Blogger Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

That is one gorgeous room!

July 29, 2010  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

felicity – hello lovely! and of course had to mention you – thanks again for always sending along the best things – have been on the wallpaper search as well and if only could stumble on something as magnificent as this! xoxo

knitlit kate – too funny!

abs – it’s true – very nearly had the same affect on me :)

beauty comma – so beautifully put!


July 29, 2010  
Blogger November Grey said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!



August 01, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These photographs are taken by me, and I would appreciate it very much if you could credit me. Thanks.

Ngoc Minh Ngo

August 22, 2010  
Anonymous hautetherapy.com said...

Genius! Sounds like it was tedious work, but wow, what great results!


February 03, 2011  

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