Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a blouse from Ann Taylor, skirt from Anthropologie, and shoes from Coach.
Happy Friday!! Third weekend of June 2018— slow it down please!!! I used to get a pit in my stomach on the Fourth of July because Christmas was coming. I know that sounds silly.... but to me that is when summer is halfway over and the fall is around the corner. I installed houses for Christmas from 1990 to 2016. Even though it made me happy to bring so much joy to my clients.... the wear and tear on my aging body really took its toll. I found a replacement and took her on all of my jobs in 2016 to show her how I installed everything and where it was stored in the houses. Last year was the first time since I was 22 that I was not crazy busy with Christmas the weekend of Thanksgiving. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself!!! With all that said...I don’t have to get the pit in my stomach any longer in the summer. This weekend will be a bit crazy because my Harrison is moving into an apartment. Typical of being “Kay organized” I have everything orchestrated for the move. It will not be my own creation since he has a roommate... but it will have my stamp on it. New mattress , new sheets( I made sure they were above 400 thread count. The sinker knows the difference!!!) Part one of the move happened yesterday when we cleaned out my H&E storage unit. It was so crazy in my office that poor Lacie Rue found solace on the pink sofa in the back and got out of everyone’s way! I will report on Monday how it all went!
The article I am featuring today comes from Elle Decor. It is on the newly acquired apartment of David Kaihoi— who the magazine describes as “having the hand of a craftsman, the eye of an artist, and the soul of a decorator. How he transformed this apartment that had been inhabited by a squatter (and called a dump) into this work of art is amazing. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!!!!
One of the best uses of a small space is a sectional because it can tuck up against the wall and provide so much seating. This sectional is vintage and is topped with pillows from Clarence House and his own fabric for Schumacker. The painting is one of his own. What a talented man!
This entrance is AMAZING!!!!!! The tumbling-block wallpaper was designed, hand-painted, and installed by Kaihoi . Wow oh wow!!!! He stenciled the floors to match. Talk about an impact when you enter— I sure no one ever forgets it. A true work of art.
The gorgeous stenciled floors carry into the living and dining areas. I absolutely LOVE that he combined the gorgeous and traditional mahogany cabinet acquired at Christie’s with the lacquered table and modern chairs. The three chairs come from Ikea and are upholstered in his fabric for Schumacher called Tutsi Velvet. The orange child’s chair is by Stokke.
This tiny master bedroom has a lot of punch in a small space! I love the drama of the canopy bed taken all the way to the ceiling . The abundance of linen trimmed with the Greek key Samuel & Sons trim is luscious. The leopard Stark carpet makes the space feel and look so special. The coverlet is made from a Miles red fabric for Schumacker. The Schumacker fabrics in this apartment really shine!
The artwork in the master was done by Kaihoi. Love the use of the odd, skinny , high-back chair used for a bedside table. The wall are covered in a Schumacker grass cloth.
Kaihoi‘ s sculptures are displayed on top of the elegant Louis XVI mahogany cabinet.
What a precious and functional child’s room . The daybed is custom and is upholstered in antique quilts. How cool is that!! The little child’s chair is painted in Fine Paints of Europe’s Van Gogh Yellow. So darling. The walls and draperies are a Rogers and Goffigon linen silk. Not your usual fabric for a children’s room... but how elegant and quiet it is. It allows the fun art to shine.
The handmade celadon vase is by Andrew Featherstone. Filled simply with the blue Pom Pom-like dandelions it makes such a statement.
This sculpture over the Empire chest was inspired by Picasso’s Guernica. The pink bird sculpture was done by Mirabelle. Like father like daughter in the artistic department!!!!
The artwork over the bed includes a painting and a yellow collage by Kaihoi, a portrait of his daughter Mirabelle done by Anna Youngers, and a watercolor duckling done by Mirabelle. The apple did not fall far from the tree........
How darling that the children’s closet is painted this happy blue on the interior. The little bench in front is covered in his fabric from Schumacker .
For dinner last night we had baked chicken from Tom Thumb and grilled zucchini. Easy & delicious!