Archive for October, 2011

Fabulous Finds – October

Well, I’m back, after a long absence, according to John. I’d like to share with you some of my favorite visual, product finds in the last month.

It is wonderful when our designer showrooms change their displays.  I was doing a tour of the Boston Design Center when my attention was arrested by the following objects:

Wall sconces

Petal Wall Sconce

This wonderful wall sconce is made of white porcelain petals, by Art & Style, from France. Available from Charles Spada Antiques, Boston. I Love its fresh approach. You will never see yourself repeated in other people’s homes with this jewel.

Also at Charles Spada, I spied this hollowed-out tree trunk. I remember seeing similar at the New York Fair. This is truly wonderful for a casual room. I don’t care what you do with it – it is fabulous standing on its own in a corner. Also a foyer! Umbrella stand, anyone?

wooden tree trunk

Wooden Tree Trunk

I love this white bubble glass lamp. Great shape. Classic, but modern, and the glass quality is outstanding. Available from Blanche Field, my favorite custom lampshade company!

Modern Lamps

Bubble Glass White Lamp

In the fabric and upholstery division, I give my award to this rustic, charming chair with fun fabric and thoughtful, lighthearted trim. Look at the detail they put into this chair! Notice the fabric “button” made of various layers of fabric. Love it. Available from Webster & Company, one of my favorite showrooms.

casual chair

Rustic Chair Perfect for Dining

Look at this detail ! Like a flower!

custom upholstery buttons

A button unlike others!

You have to give it to Webster & Company. Fabulous job!

Just when you’re NOT looking for it, the perfect accessory shows up! I love this metal, 3 dimensional fish. We’re showing it to clients for that perfect over the mantel piece item. After all, we live on the seashore! Found at the Kravet Showroom and FDO.

Golden Fish

Metal Fish Sculpture

And last, but definitely not least, I was stopped in my tracks and had to take a photo of these pillows. I love combinations of bright color, thoughtfully used, and here it is. In the Duralee showcase, look at this pillow, with different flange colors, and each side of each flange is a contrasting, coordinating color. Now THAT’S my style. Go Go Go !

Colorful Flange Detail on Pillows

 See you next time, on Fabulous Finds.

Sally Wilson, ASID

Ellis Boston Antiques Show: Part 2

This post wraps up our visit to the Show. New friends were made and new resources found. I suspect one or two road trips will be happening before the snow flies.

One of our new finds was Ed Weissman Antiquarian of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He specializes in 18th/19th Century Amerixan and European Furniture and Decorative Arts.

This beautiful Sheraton drop leaf table would look fantastic in an old Federal home on Chestnut street here in Salem.


 Isn’t the detailing exquisite?


This tray was my Show Favorite.


We made another friend in Sally Kaltman, owner of Sallea Antiques, New Canaan, Connecticut. She brought a magnificent collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century boxes of all types, shapes and materials as well as silver and Oriental poreclains.

Accessories Sally wants to show to current and past clients.


I couldn’t resist this porcelain plate and small silver table services.


We had a delightful chat with Robert Lloyd. He is one of the America’s leading sources of  17th and 18th Century American, English, Scottish and Irish silver. What caught my eye, was something else…

These antique prints of grape clusters.


And these lobster prints. Their detail is remarkable!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the two part tour of the Show.

Fusco and Four’s next venture is the Boston International Fine Arts Show, Nov. 17 – 20.

See you there!


Friday Afternoon at the Ellis Boston Antiques Show: Part 1

Boston has been without a premiere antiques show for several years. After spending Friday afternoon at the show, I am delighted to report that the problem has been solved with the re-introduction of the Ellis Boston Antiques Show at the Cyclorama! The breadth and depth of exhibitors was fantastic – ranging from 17th/18th Century American and English antiques, to eclectic Mid-Century Modern, to 18th/19th Swedish antiques. It was the perfect way to wind down a busy week. Here’s a representative sample of Sally’s and my favorites.

 A leather chest from Alcocer Anituarios, with shops in Madrid and Boston, with original key and lock.


Andrew Spindler of Andrew Spindler Antiques (Essex, MA) has an eye for the beautiful and unusual.

 I am usually not a fan of strong patterns on the floor, but I loved the rug he used to anchor his display.


 This Deco Period Dutch chair was unbelievably comfortable. (It felt like it was made of spring steel.)


 At the other end of the spectrum was this set of 8 Oriental dining chairs. (Definitely need a glass top dining table!)


 How about this wrought iron “demilune” table and mirror above, or the mid 60’s stacking bureaus?


The other display I could not tear myself away from was Dawn Hill Antiques from New Preston, Ct., a shop specializing in 18th/19th Century Swedish antiques.

Sally and I loved this pair of bergeres and small plant stand.


Everything in her display was exquisite, right down to the accessories.


Check out the detail on the Gustavian dining chairs. (Set of 10)


I loved the bureau!


But the horse was my favorite!


At Fiske and Freeman’s booth (Ipswich, MA) I was once again reminded how art and beauty was incorporated into every day objects of this county’s early settlers.

Circa 1780 English or American Brass and Iron Laddle


Circa 1825 English Fish Strainer


Part 2 – Tomorrow…

Stay tuned…






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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