Archive for May, 2012

Why I Love New England and Color Scheme Inspirations

Last night, the skies were cloudless and the moon was spectacular in the night sky. A neighbor hard his telescope out and was star gazing. I awoke to dense, drippy, soupy fog. It was perfect for my early morning walk…

I see color schemes built around what I see in this picture. So very restful…


Or the blooms on this tree. I think it is called tobacco leaf tree…


How about a scheme built around the colors of this tulip tree flower?


Have a great week!



A Tuscan Style Villa on the water in Gloucester…

Sally and I have spent the bulk of the weekend catching up around the house and getting our side porch ready for the summer season, which involves putting up the screens and pulling the summer furniture off the lift in the garage. In the midst of it all, I’ve gotten myself up and out of bed at o’dark thirty in the morning hitting the local beaches and river mouths in search of early season stripers – and have been rewarded  for my efforts. Yesterday I was up in Gloucester fishing the mouth of the Annisquam River and a house on the other side of the river caught my eye. It took me a few moments to place where I’d seen it recently.

It was a house I’d seen on John and Cindy Farrell’s website recently – Quattro Venti, a Tuscan Style Villa built in 1914. When I got back from fishing, I looked it up. Spectacular!!! As with the house they represent just a mile or so further up the shoreline, this house could easily fit in overlooking the shores of Lake Como to maybe the Italian Riviera.

Here’s closer look at it…


Looking across the water toward Ipswich Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Life couldn’t get much better than this…

The Foyer…. Awesome doors!!! (Wish I had bigger pictures..)


Formal Dining Room – Wonderfully open and airy!!!

Great Room/Living Room – Love the stone floor and fireplace!

From reading the listing information, it sounds like much of the original detail is intact – a designer’s dream. I’d love to have a closer look at the house and to be able to take close up pictures of light fixtures, woodwork, fireplaces, and details – wouldn’t you?



Last Thursday’s Home Styling Seminar

My apologies for not getting this post up sooner. Things have been a little hectic around here with work and getting out several proposals for new work…

Last Thursday’s Home Styling Seminar at the Museum was a huge success, with 70 people in attendance as Jerry Arcari and I took the first vignette apart and set up the second one, while Sally narrated. We had hoped to be able to take a of video the “performance”, but we had to settle for pictures. Lots of fun. (…and Work!) I’d do it again in a heartbeat…

Here I am “making faces” at someone as I talk about what we are about to do….


Sally’s little helpers beginning to tear down the vignette…


Jerry Arcari talking about the Aubusson rug as we remove it form the vignette.


Here we are “delivering “the new rug. Sally is delighted…


New rug in place ready to re-style. Doesn’t the space look empty?


Hanging the new artwork. Note the brown pillows in the chairs on the left.


Installing lamp shades. The humorous egg silver box and pillows are in place.


The re-styled vignette…


The happy presentors and Museum Director, Lindsay Dielh.


Michael Lee’s photo, taken the next morning…

So many people helped us with the effort. We simply could not have done this without their help. Sally and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

All the staff of Landry & Arcari

Jerry Mansfield of Muralo Paint and Home Decor Group of Peabody

Hammersmith Studios, who made the coffee table and two floor lamps

Jacqui Becker, Jacqueline Becker Fine Arts, for all the artwork

Joanne Mills, Miles River Sewing, for the slip cover and pillows

Charles Spada Antiques, accessories

Jia Moderne, accessories

The Martin Group, wing chairs and accessories

M-Geough, seating

FDO Group, accessories

Brookline  Village Antiques, accessories

Blanche Field and Lucia Lighting, lamp shades

Osborne & Little, Kravet, Old World Weavers, fabrics

Michael Lee, professional photography


Soooo, how’d we do???


To see our previous vignette, see here.

To visit our website, see here.

To contact us, see here.

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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