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These past few years, the design term Eclectic Style has become a well worn catch all phrase describing any number of combinations of furniture, fabric and lighting, etc. in a room – most of which I struggle to understand and come to grips with. To me, an Eclectic Style project has to be as carefully and thoughtfully curated as any other style that comes to mind. I further propose selection and placement become more critical as various pieces of differing styles and periods are asked to play off each other in a room.

I’d like to share a delightful story I came across in the Jan/Feb 2105 issue of Elle Decor that meets my criteria. It is an apartment in Milan overlooking the 16th Century Chiesa di San Barnaba e Paolo. (I’d take the apartment for the view alone…)

Interior Design, J J Martin 6, Photographer, Kasia Gatkowska

Purchased by fashion writer JJ Martin and her husband, she recounts a delightful tale of the renovation of the apartment. But what first caught my eye were the pictures – a delightfully eclectic blend of furniture, lighting and accessories set against a background of wonderful colors and textures. Enjoy the tour.

Living Area: 1930’s chairs paired with 1970’s Massimo sofa. Original mantel and wood floor.

Interior Design, J JMartin 1; Photographer, Kasia Gatkowska

Dining Area: 1940’s Italian dining table, 1970’s Italian chandelier, 18th century bas relief.

Interior Design, J J Martin 1a; Photographer, Kasia Gatkowska

Sitting area: 19th century drawings and Maurizio Galimbreti photo above custom sofa.

Interior Design, J J Martin 2; Photographer, Kasia Gatkawska

Bedroom: Poliform bed, 1950’s bedside table and lamp and table lamp made from an 17th century candelabra.

Interior Design, J J Martin; 3 Photographer, Kasia Gatkowska

Desk: 1970’s walnut desk, 1940’s French chair, 1950’s sconce and 18th century antique mirror.

Interior Design, J J Martin 5, Photographer, Kasai Gatkowska

Have a great week!

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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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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The Paris Design District hosts an event called Paris Deco Off, that runs concurrently with Maison et Objet. We were a 10 minute walk to where the bulk of the particiapting show rooms and antique shops were located, near the magnificent St. Sulpice Church. A carnival atmosphere prevailed, with giant lampshades hanging high in the air above the streets. Each lampshade had the name of a participating show room.

Deco Off 2015; photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

While our main focus was visiting fabric showrooms in the neighborhood, we couldn’t resist dropping in on the tiny antique shops we would pass by.

antique shop; Wilson Kelsey Design

Deco Off antique shop; photo by Wilson  Kelsey Design

Please, someone give this terra cotta horse a home!

terra cotta horse; WIlson Kelsey Design

Once again, there was so much, I’ll share a sampling of the hi-lites. The Zuber showroom was amazing. Known primarily for their incredible wall paper and murals (declared a French National Treasure) they also make beautiful fabrics.

Zuber; WIlson Kelsey Design

I find myself fantasizing about an upholstered wall every time I look at this image.

Zuber fabric, Paris showroom; WIlson Kelsey Design

Fortuny was another stop on Sally’s agenda. Absolutely luscious! Photographs don’t do the richness and luster of the fabrics justice. But first, we had to stop to admire their showroom window. The little foxes in their kimonos were cute beyond belief!

Fortuny window; Wilson Kelsey Design

Fortuny 2015 fabrics; photo by WILson Kelsey Design

Fortuny fabrics; Wilson Kelsey Design

Then it was on to the de Gournay showroom. De Gournay’s array of wallpaper, fabrics, furniture mirrors and porcelain is breath taking. A random sampling of images…

de Gournay showroom, paris_france

de Gournay  wall paper and mirror; WIlson Kelsey Design

de Gournay porcelain; WIlson Kelsey Design

Do you think they would sell me this antique sofa? Fabulous!

De Gournay antique; Wilson Kelsey Design

At the other end of the furniture spectrum, we find Grange, with it’s updates spin on classic antique furniture pieces. LOVE!!! I can see one of these in a classic French style foyer.

Grange buffet; Wilson Kelsey Design

Grange furniture; photo  by Wilson Kelsey Design

Next post, the Paris Nobilis show room. It was the hi-lite of our Deco Off visit.

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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