Archive for July, 2010

Frank Shirley Architects

We recently met with the extremely talented architectural firm Frank Shirley Architects in Cambridge, MA. We love their work so we were thrilled when we came across this article on ShelterPop.  Isn’t this garage transformation amazing? It really makes the most of an existing structure.

Garage conversions can add square feet — and style — to your home.

Have you ever seen a house where the attached garage was turned into a family room or extra bedroom that basically still looked like a garage with drywall? Converting a garage into livable space is quite a feat, but to do it in a tasteful way so it looks like it was always there is even more of a challenge.

But Frank Shirley of Frank Shirley Architects did exactly that. In 2009, he and a team converted a two-car attached garage on a lovely ocean-side home in Massachusetts into a beautiful family room.

The cozy 84-year-old home overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, but like many older homes, it lacked the space needed for today’s lifestyle. The homeowners turned to Frank to help them solve their space dilemma.

Click here to read the entire article.


A Colonial Home’s Before and After

Everyone loves a good “before and after” story.  This kitchen and den designed for a client in a 1780s colonial is one of our favorites. The homeowner’s goal was to create greater circulation and flow throughout the first floor. They also wanted to create a space that had flair and beautiful architectural details.

The result is a home that  is true to the colonial heritage of the house but feels light, fresh and airy. Although the kitchen has every modern convenience it still fits in with the antique style of the home. The cohesive color palette pulls it all together.


Fireplace - Before


Fireplace - After


Kitchen - Before


Kitchen - After


Kitchen - After


Sitting Area - After

An Exterior Makeover

Although Sally and I mostly design  interiors, we typically take into consideration the land around the home in which we are working. We strongly believe in establishing continuity between the look and feel of the exterior of a home, the landscape and what we design within the home. These are some conceptual sketches I did recently for a house located in the western suburbs of Boston. The idea was to create a European country estate feel by altering the details on the exterior of the house.





John Kelsey and Sally Wilson

Wilson Kelsey Design is an award-winning luxury architectural interior design firm serving discerning clients in Greater Boston and beyond.

With over 50 years’ combined experience, husband-and-wife team John Kelsey and Sally Wilson expertly manage the details while collaborating with you on every aspect of your design project, to create a beautiful home that reflects who you are and how you live. Our warm and approachable sensibility makes the design process an enjoyable and memorable experience, from initial design discussions through project completion.

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