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Sally and I would like to invite you to attend our presentation on “Creating French Style in your Home” on March 22, during Boston Design Week. See the Eventbrite link HERE.

Creating French Style in your Home; Wilson Kelsey Design

We saw/absorbed/learned so much during our two recent trips to Paris, much of which confirmed our latent suspicion that French Style is, in fact, very different than English/American Style.

Perhaps if the French had won the 7 Years War (French and Indian War) I would be writing this post in French. Or more than likely an entirely different post… Yes, history has played it’s part. The upshot for me is French Style – it’s interior architecture, decor, etc. regardless of the period or station is sexier and more emotional. It expresses itself with more freedom.

We all know, admire, even love French Style’s past – Versailles, with it’s tall ceilings, ornamentation, parquet floors are benchmarks. We hold in high esteem.

Versailles; Photo by John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

Then there’s the classic simplicity found through much of Petit Trianon. Mmmm!

Petit Trinon window seat; Wilson Kelsey Design

But what’s more exciting is where French Style is today. How has it evolved and adapted and how can we bring it’s elements into our own homes today. There are so many ways that can satisfy – those with classical inclinations…

(Wilson Kelsey Design)

Dining room; Wilson Kelsey Design; Photo by Laura Moss

Or with the desire for today’s relaxed country manor…

(Natalie Haegeman Interiors)

Design by Natalie Haegeman

Or modern design blending seamlessly with 200 year old architecture…

(Gilles & Boissier)

Gilles et Boissier; photo © Sisters Agency : Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer

And those who desire that striking balance between yesterday and today.

(Lefevre Interiors)

foyer design by Lefevre Interiors

Looking forward to seeing you on March 22.

Be sure to check out Boston Design Week’s other events!

Cheers,

sally and John

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It’s funny how the stars align some times. And this was one of those times.

We’ve known for some time that our son and daughter-in-law were expecting.  What we haven’t known was when the Grandparent Genes were going to kick in. It turned out it as in Paris, walking back from dinner on our last night – dinner given to us by Drew and Lindsay as a Christmas present. As we wandered along St. Germaine back to our hotel, a tiny shop window caught our eye – Au Nain Bleu. Full of beautiful toys and stuffed animals, all clearly hand made with wonderful attention to detail, we HAD to bring back something to our grand child to be! Checking the shop hours, we determined if we arose early we could race the several blocks to the store, purchase a “treasure” and be back to our hotel before the cab arrived to take us to the airport. Which is exactly what we did, finding the cutest little floppy eared bunny you ever seen!

Au Main Bleu bunny; Wilson Kelsey Design

Au Main Bleu bunny; Wilson Kelsey Design

Actually, it was hard to choose!

au main bleu, Wilson Kelsey Design

As Sally was completing the transaction and chatting with the owner, I found myself looking at the shop’s details thinking, “Awesome!!!”  They might be useful in our presentation in French Style on March 22, during Boston Design Week. (More on the presentation another day.) Just look at the skinny concealed door with it’s hardware and the mirror to it’s left. What about the tall “column to it’s right? Delish! No?

Au Main Bleu 1; Wilson Kelsey Design

Check out the cool pull out shelves! Oh, and wouldn’t you love the rocking sheep or a couple of those gorgeous blue push cars in the upper left corner? (They were flawless BTW…)

column detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

The crown molding in the ceiling. Wonderful!!!

crown molding; Wilson Kelsey Design

Here’s to a wonderful week.

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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Several weeks ago, I stopped by the local Barnes and Noble to see what was on the magazine racks. To my delight, I found the 2015 Jan./Feb. issue of Elle Decor. I fell head over heels for every project in the magazine, yet each project told a completely different story. The common thread was how each project was such a personal expression of each home owner and family.

This particular project caught me completely by surprise. If you’re like me, in the store, first you skim the entire magazine – reading story titles and looking at the pictures to see if the mag is “worth buying”. I thought I was seeing a New England style exterior. Maybe the coast of New England, or possibly the Hamptons. The exterior photo spoke to me.

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten

Just a second! What were these interiors?

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten copy

elle decor, Jan Feb 2015; Architect, Frederik Bauer; photographer,bWickmann+Bendsten

Clean, minimal, materials beautifully and honestly expressed, classical modern furniture and lighting. This was not your typical New England style home!  Had to buy the bloody mag! Upon reading the article, the house is located on a piece of land overlooking the Strait of Oresund, a body of water separating Denmark from Sweden. Designed by Danish architect Frederick Bauer the exterior, in many ways, expresses a “New England vernacular”. The interior images, say modern Belgium and Denmark. The twist is the open plan layout is inspired by a SOHO apartment. A truly diverse melange of styles and influences beautifully executed.

Some people might question the strong juxtaposition of style and detail. As in Harry Potter’s Platform 9 ¾, this project confirms that one can seemlessly step thru the front door of a home into another world full of magic and delight. As a designer, I can appreciate the total commitment of both client and architect to the fulfillment of a vision. I LOVE it!

Personally, could I live in this house? That’s another conversation…

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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