Archive for July, 2012

Back from Canada…

First, a little business… While I was away, about 7 of your comments ended up in my spam folder. All have been approved and posted – and hopefully that little problem has been rectified… Now on to my trip!

Let me just say, I’d go back tomorrow… After driving for two days, including one ferry ride across the only fiord in North America where I saw a Beluga Whale (It happened so fast I didn’t have a chance to take a picture.) we arrived at our cabins overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the small village of Baie Trinite.


Each morning, we were greeted with glorious sunrises, except for the two mornings I got up at  “o’dark thirty” in the morning to drive north to fish the Penecote and the Aux Rouchers Rivers. (The sacrifices we make in the name of fun…)


On the other days, after a hearty breakfast we’d pile on our cars and drive to the the entry gate to the river where we met our guides for the day and head off to our respective pools for the day.


I missed a nice salmon in this pool.

Salmon pool on the Trinite River


I hooked and lost a salmon in this pool on the Penecote River. I was so surprised and excited, I just stood there thinking, “OMG!!! There’s a salmon on the other end of the line!!!” and never set the hook… It was a very short encounter…


The Aux Rouchers River. The only access to this river was via canoe and we had to get up at 2:30 in the morning to meet our guides, get on the river in order to the “good spots” by 5 AM.


Loading the canoe at 5 AM…


Bob, a local fisherman, fighting a salmon.


Here I am fishing :-)


At the end of each day, we sat on the cabin porch and enjoyed the view. It was a visual feast taking in the many moods of the river and sky.





By now, you’re probably wondering where the pictures of fish are… I caught 2 sea run brook trout on the morning of the first day.They were the only fish the entire group caught the entire week!!! I was so excited, I forgot to take pictures and then rationalized by thinking, “Not a problem, I’ll catch more.” HA!!!! Our guides, organized by Jocelin Le Blanc owner of Landmark Fly shop in Port Cartier, were superb, putting us over fish each day. We simply couldn’t tease the fish kin to biting. When they did, none of us were quick enough to set the hook… In spite of that, I would go back tomorrow, we had such a good experience.

Now it’s back to reality… And helping put the final details on our son’s wedding in early August. Life is good!


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It’s sleepy time….

You all known how it is getting ready to go away for a week or so. Everyone wants you to get their work done for them before you go – in addition to finding, organizing and setting out all that you plan to take on  your trip. Topping it all off, we endured a 6 day heat wave, with temps in the high 90’s and Memphis style humidity… Each night I have turned in exhausted. At some point this week I found myself sitting at my desk staring wistfully at pictures of beautiful beds and headboards, thinking wouldn’t it be wonderful to fall asleep here!!!





I framed the set of images with my two favorites. Interestingly, they are both contemporary… The first, in style, materials, etc… The last, continues my fascination with old as new – new and old. But I suspect it was really the hammock in the foreground…

Tomorrow I am off to Canada to fly fish for Atlantic Salmon and Sea Run Brook Trout  for a week- a long time dream. I plan to bring home a camera memory card full of pictures. I’ve tied well over 100 flies for the trip in all sorts of shapes, colors, sizes and materials – some whose names are as colorful as the fly – Lanctot, Whale River Rat, Black Dose, Monru Killer, Piccasse, Sunray Dancer, Trinity Shadow, Ratoureuse, Same Thing Murray…

Catch you all on the flip side!


Inspiring Wall/Door Alternatives…

We’re working with a client who owns a lovely but tiny (three rooms on the ground floor) 1780’s antique colonial cottage in Marblehead. She loves French Country Style, Belgian Style and Eclectic Style. The cottage is perfectly suited to these styles. The kitchen/dining area is one large space. She has asked us to recommend ways of creating a more formal dining area, while not shutting off or separating it from the kitchen or ruining the glorious light that fills the room today. (There’s a header going across the room which may become quite useful…)

Free standing screens might work. Too tippy??? Love the mirror and detailing… Perfect for adding that touch of formality…


Stacking louvered doors might be a possibilty… Less formal – more country… This room is soooo friendly!

A combination of the two perhaps? The lack of balance might add to the Wobbly/Wonky our client likes…

Or go soft, more feminine and textural, by creating a curtain-like divider – maybe a combination of sheer and opaque, depending on formality and lighting needs using Saladino’s ideas as a spring point.

It’s an interesting challenge. What might you do?

Have a wonderful Day!


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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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