Archive for July, 2011

Color and Fashion Inspirations

I have always seen the correlation between fashion, interior design and beauty in general. I’ll let you in on the little secret that I have been a hat aficionada since my teens. When I was a little girl, I used to have to wear hats to church. (I remember that sometimes they fit my head, and sometime they didn’t – yielding personal familiarity with the “hat pin”. {which I do NOT recommend!)


Eric Javits hat with custom ribbon

One of my custom ribbon additions

By the time I was in my teens I didn’t need to wear a hat anymore, but I was sometimes drawn to them. I loved their color, their shape, their ability to define the face. I have several people who remember me in my teens, in a particular white hat with a striking daisy as part of the overall scheme. (Say no more.)

In the years since, I’ve had several skin cancers. Then I REALLY began to collect hats. I needed a good excuse anyway. This way, I could tell my dermatologist that “No, I didn’t wear sun screen at every moment of my life, but I had these really broad brim hats that protected my face!”  Thus I was able to get by with a small rebuke, instead of a very big one!

Now I have so many summer hats to protect my skin from the sun that it is a lot of trouble to store them. I thought I would share with you today some of my summer favorites, and what I love about them. It is their color and design!

Most of my hats since the skin cancers have been really broad brimmed, for more sun protection. Occasionally I am drawn to a small “boater”  just because it is so cute I can’t resist it. Here I am in my favorite boater. I LOVE the black and white concentric circles. I just could not resist this hat, even though it has very little sun protection. If I want to, I can lower the brim, so no one can see me, and I can’t see anything either, but the sun protection factor is higher!

Black and white summer hat

My favorite black and white "Boater"

I think I will have to show you just SOME of my hats today, and more Next Week! Stay tuned. I have 13-14 summer hats, but I’ll highlight just some of them. Anyone can find a plain Jane straw hat, but I love these. They are special.

This is my very favorite Helen Kaminski hat. I have a H.K. winter hat, too. I’ll show you that next fall. You can tell by the fine weave of this straw that it is not a plain Jane.

Helen Kaminski hat

My favorite summer Helen Kaminski hat

Notice how it lies low over my brow. (!)

I became a fan of Eric Javitts, and I have several. You can pack them in your suitcase and shake them out. I’ve added silk ribbons to make them special. Heiman Hindler, in NYC, is my favorite spot for fantastic, unusual ribbons. I think I’ve paid more per yard per ribbon there than you can imagine.

 I have a totally black Eric Javits here:

Eric Javits pack and roll hat

My best huge brimmed Javits hat with my own ribbon

And I have a totally white Eric Javits here:

Eric Javits white pack and roll hat

My favorite Huge white summer hat with my own ribbon

The ribbons are removable, so sometimes I wear them just plain. They are so broad brimmed that you can barely see my face.

I think I’ll save a few of my best ones for next week. Stay tuned for more of my hat comments! Happy sun-filled summer with hat happiness.

Sally Wilson, ASID

We’re in New England Finery

Sally and I are thrilled to be featured in the summer issue of New England Finery published by Yvonne Blacker.

New England Finery Summer 2011 cover


I’m amazed that while maintaining her design business she finds/makes time to produce such a delightful digital magazine. Yvonne asked us to talk about the design challenges we faced as we created our vignette for the Wenham Museum’s Spring Design Show and how we integrate antiques into the homes we design. The story is on page 22.

Yvonne's story


Here’s a shot of Yvonne’s vignette. Micheal Lee took this gorgeous photograph.

Have a great day!

Color Inspirations – Flowers

Continuing my thoughts about colors, I was looking outside our porch today where John and I created a July garden of waving fronds of ferns and carefully selected hybrid yellow daylilies. This was to contrast with our June garden of pink peonies and purple iris. What struck me this morning was that our future daughter-in-law had recently told me she plans to have her colors for the wedding in yellow and green. There were those colors right before my eyes!


Yellow and Green Harmoniously Together

Our son’s wedding will be next August, so I was thinking about which flowers would be the best yellow and green combination at that time of year. Feel free to send me suggestions.

Daylilies yellow

Our favorite spider petal daylily

This happy fern came from our place in the Adirondack Mountains, and is now about 4 feet tall! It is amazing!

Shade Fern

Our Happy Fern Giant

John and I spent years creating a perennial garden, and now we have to tweak it as shade has moved in. Do you like to garden? I think about the many similarities between garden beauty and interior design beauty. Take a look outside and see what color combinations arrest your eyes.

Sally Wilson, ASID

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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