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I am going to preface this post by first saying a huge THANK YOU to David Webster and his “gang” at Webster & Co. for making this all possible!  Sally and I can only begin to imagine the time and energy it took…  Sally is going to co-write this piece with me, so you will also hear her voice.

We’ve saved the best for last, not counting the restaurants, food and wine, which would involve several more posts… (We’re happy to oblige.)  We were so impressed with the Nobilis Paris showroom layout and fabrics, we visited it twice. First, to simply take in the lovely new fabric lines. Second to meet with Eric Valero, their Creative Director, where we had an opportunity to discuss their new lines in more detail.

Eric Valero, Nobilis Creative Director and Sally Wilson; photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Sally particularly liked the great discussion she had with Eric, which ranged from why Nobilis uses particular mills for particular products, to the availability of yards and threads throughout the recent economic recession.

While we were chatting with Eric, the President of Nobilis, Denis Halard, dropped by to say “Hello.” We played dress up with their new fabric offerings…

John Kelsey; Eric Valero, Nobilis Creative Director; Denis Halard, Nobilis President; photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Their vignettes presented the fabrics beautifully! Sally notes the deep richness of color they are showing. Very saturated.

Nobilis vignette, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Paired below is a soft color, of a rich cut velvet, but with that saturated hue in the toss pillow.

Nobilis vignette, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Can’t you just picture yourself here? Here we are in the upstairs Nobilis lounge. A riot of color, but so sophisticated and assured. No color fear here.

Nobilis vignette, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Rich, deep colors. tones and textures…  Love that pop of yellow in the cording!

Nobilis vignette, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Other color ways of the fabric shown in the above toss pillow.

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

An example of their gauffrage velvet, which gives an upscale look to absolutely Anything!

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

I love their new look to their scenes. This is a printed pattern, and look how detailed it is, and how rich the colors are. You almost want to pluck a leaf from that tree, it is so real. There is a freshness to the scenes – nothing directly out of the China of the past, and yet the scenes are of past Chinese life. You have to see it and feel it to realize the difference.

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Here I am admiring, and feeling, one of my favorites: a large geometric. This is so classic, you can never get tired of it, and yet it is fresh and new, with its bold scale, and its subtle color variations.

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

A fabric type that Nobilis does so well – the textured stripe. A velvet stripe coexists with a soft tone on tone texture, and then that stripe of cut fibers creating an almost fringe! Fantastico! Formidable!

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

We were also invited to an intimate wine tasting in an apartment around the corner from the showroom, which gave John an opportunity to view the interior architecture of a smaller scale Paris residence.

Lovely…

Nobilis wine tasting, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

The apartment door was very narrow. John was very excited to see the very same trim profiles we had seen in Versailles and the Louvre.

Nobilis wine tasting, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Sally was ready to move in…  (Why not?)

Sally Wilson at Nobilis Wine Tasting, photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Hope you enjoyed our show room tour!

Cheers,

sally and John

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Our French Villa style project continues to make slow steady progress. The marble floor in the foyer is installed and protected. Crown molding from White River is up and looks terrific and we’re waiting for the painters to complete painting. Then the stair’s hand rail and balusters will be installed.

For a previous progress post see here.

french villa style foyer stair, Wilson Kelsey Design

In the midst if it all we are selecting the decorative lighting for the home. From the onset of the project, Sally and I have both been in agreement that the ceiling fixture in the foyer needs to be a lantern as can be seen in the doodle on the left.

foyer crown options, Sketch by John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

Each time we have brought up the subject we have gotten push back from our client, who wants to see a large crystal chandelier in the foyer. It’s a case of simple, clean and elegant vs. large and dramatic. We see the room as an expression of the spirit of late 17th early 18th century French villas and chateaus, in which the ceiling fixture plays a supporting role. Besides, when you have a stair that will be a piece of sculpture, who needs more?

While Sally and I were in Paris this fall, one of our objectives was to study/photograph foyers of the classic chateaux to see if there was a patten that we could use to convince our client. There was and it confirmed our position – lantern!

A stair hall in the Carnavalet Museum.

Carnavalet chandelier, Photo by John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

At Fontainbleau.

Fontainbleau foyer, photo by John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

Petit Trianon at Versailles.

Petiti Trianon foyer, photo by John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

Petit Trianon foyer, photo by John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

All of which has led us to propose this Dennis and Leen Versaille lantern.

Dennis & Leen Versaille lantern

We hope she “bites”…

(It’s beginning to feel more and more like a chic Paris apartment!)

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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We’re sooo excited! Our 1670 antique colonial featured in Design New England is finally on the news stands and available digitally! A special thanks to Loren Savini of Design New England for her wonderfully written story and Michael J Lee for his beautiful photographs!

Have a wonderful week!

 

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