Contemporary Architecture

2014 was a very good year. This was the year Sally and I had been hoping for since the bottom fell out in 2008. Yes, it’s been 6 long years. Sometimes we’re amazed we survived, since 2004 is our residential practices birth year. Projects covered the entire spectrum, from a postage stamp sized contemporary bathroom to finishing large project that Sally began working on 2 years ago – house, pool house and all the out door furniture around the pool. If variety is the spice of life, 2014 served us a spicy helping, as we worked on Contemporary, French, New England traditional/transitional, Arts and Crafts, Continental/Belgian influence projects, to name a few.

Let’s start with a glimpse at several of the projects we worked on this year. Here’s Sally’s large Acton project, taking over two years to complete. The home owners took the long view, making decision slowly and deliberately, even though it meant moving in to the house and living with temporary furnishings, etc for an extended period of time. The results have been worth the wait! The architect was Juan Darias, now with JW Construction. Juan did a terrific job coordinating this large complex project. (I apologize in advance for Sally’s and my photographs.)

Acton shingle style project, interiors by Wilson Kelsey Design,; Photo by John Kelsey

The pool house and pool furniture.

Acton shingle style pool house,; Interior Design by Wilson Kelsey Design; photo by Sally Wilson

View of the family room from the kitchen area – designed for the relaxed lifestyle of a family with 4 children.

Acton shingle style home, family room from kitchen; Wilson Kelsey Design; photo by John Kelsey

Wish I could show more, but I can’t at the moment…

Now let’s let the pendulum swing 180 degrees to look at a tiny contemporary bath Sally designed for a client in Brookline, replete with a custom vanity in hi-gloss paint, Porcelanosa sink and a Hansgrohe Axor Collection faucet. What you don’t see is the totally cool halogen Tech lighting.

Contemporary full bath, designer, Sally Wilson; Photo by Sally Wilson

Brookline bath; Wilson Kelsey Design, photo by Sally Wilson

Then there was the project with our most favorite client of the year! It was a partial renovation in Newton – including their kitchen, family room, creating a walk in pantry, home office and mudroom. Stylish, almost modern in feel – balancing traditional and modern materials and details. We turned to our Belgian interior design style for inspiration and spun it to fit our clients American lifestyle. Check out the bleached/painted floor. Both photographs are scouting shots taken by Michael Lee.

Belgian style influence contemporary-traditional kitchen, Wilson Kelsey Design; Photographer Michael Lee

Lounge area adjacent to the kitchen. Francois & Co. mantel. Town & Country gas fireplace.

kitchen lounge, Wilson Kelsey Design; Photographer, Michael Lee

A glimpse at a walk out basement in a home at the Ipswich Country Club, which we helped the homeowner convert into a bar/entertainment area. Detail of the bar. (Apologies for the photographs…)

Bar detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

Note the painted floor.

Entertainment area, Wilson Kelsey Design

How can I forget our large French Villa Style under construction in Newton? (See previous post here.)

The Foyer.

french villa style foyer stair, Wilson Kelsey Design copy

View toward the living room from the foyer.

Foyer toward living room; Wilson Kelsey Design

Living room toward the foyer.

Frenck style paneling, Wilson Kelsey Design 2

Paneling detail…

paneling detail; WIlson Kelsey Design

Kitchen detail…

kitchen detail; WIlson Kelsey Design

Master bath in progress, sans crown molding, antique mirrors, columns at arch and Sherle Wagner sinks/faucet sets…

master bath progress; Wilson Kelsey Design

In closing, a few design sketches from several current projects.

A contemporary media wall with Arts and Crafts influence cabinetry.

arts and crafts tv wall; Wilson Kelsey Design

French Villa Style powder room.

French villa style powder room; WiLson Kelsey Design

Belgian Style Master Bath

master bath design study

Belgian Style Pantry

pantry elevations - Version 2

Finally – Several fabric/color palettes… (Sally has an amazing color engine!)

fabric pallete, WIlson Kelsey Design

fabric palette, Wilson Kelsey Design

fabric palette; Wilson Kelsey Design

Wilson Kelsey Design girls bedroom fabrics

All in all, a very good year and we’re looking forward to an exciting 2015!

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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Good Morning All!

Sally and I are delighted to be featured in the Summer Issue of Boston Common magazine. (Find us on page 103.) We were asked by it’s editor to review and comment on  a property that is currently for sale at One Charles Street South, in the Back Bay of Boston. They are the only two side by side penthouse units on the market in Boston today. Of course they offer spectacular views of the city, particularly from their private decks and patios.

Sally and I explored the notion of combining the units. Our design concept was to create a grand centrally located foyer/gallery with private family spaces to it’s left and public/gathering/entertainment spaces to it’s right. Each would have it’s own terrace/patio space.

Included in the story was a sketch I did, showing a fanciful notion of how the public space might appear – that being quite modern and open, with one space flowing into the next, with areas defined by ceiling treatments and light fixtures.

We imagined the foyer, the entire penthouse for that matter, in two very distinctly different styles. The first being quote modern, in the manner of Richard Hallberg.

 

The other, quite surprisingly, more traditional with today’s flair, as in the work of John Saladino.

In either case, the overall space lends itself to a series to wonderfully created enfilades, as in the old classic French style.

The listing is being handled by William Montero, of Warren Residential Group, 617, 312-7232.

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Munich Inspirations

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I’d love to tell you about this apartment John and I are working on in Munich, Germany! It is overlooking the city’s fabulous big park, the Englischer Garten with lots of trees outside their windows. I recently pulled together a story board for all their rooms. Just look at these materials for their living room!

Inspiration Board for Munich Apartment

Today, let’s start by talking just about their living room. We’ve decided to put in a vent free fireplace to add a cozy feeling. There’s room for a chaise style long sofa and two lounge chairs. The building has wonderful floor to ceiling windows that open almost like french doors. We selected a dark brown walnut stain for the oak floors, that run throughout the apartment. It provides a great backdrop to this compact space with its treetop views.

Here’s John’s sketch of what the living/dining room can look like. He’s such a good sketch artist! Love it!

Munich Apt. sketch by John Kelsey

The materials selected for the living room:   Living room fabrics

 

So what will pull it together and give us a jumping off place? A fabulous contemporary area rug, in wool and silk. Based upon nature, this one is called “Marbleous” and thus imitates the veining in slabs of marble. Luscious, I think, in a soft beige with gold and copper colors in the veins.

The sofa will be in a fabulous texture that brings beige and gold together.

Beige and gold fabric for sofas

Carefree toss pillows in chartreuse green will enliven the space.

Chartreuse velvet fabric for toss pillows

 

The lounge chairs are in a soft chenille with a soft brown background and beige  dots. Feels great against the skin!

beige chenille fabric

To soften the space and frame the magnificent views, we selected simple pleated drapery panels on small iron rods. The fabric is a soft white with a large repeating tree design woven in. It will be elegant without drawing too much attention to itself.

drapery fabric with nature theme

Paint colors selected for this space are by Benjamin Moore, and are “Royal Flax” on 3 walls, with the one wall behind the sofa accented with “Quietude”, a darker brown.

Paint colors Benjamin Moore Sally Wilson, ASID

We envision this space filled with stimulating conversation at times, along with quiet reflective reading of books as snow falls softly outside on their terrace. Next week I’ll tell you about the intriguing study/home office! Until then ….

Sally Wilson, ASID award winning designer and writer