French Country Design

Spring is in the air, and for those of us in Boston, we have been long awaiting it! Spring always brings to mind Paris, as that is when the city is at its loveliest. As it so happens, John and I will be celebrating Paris in Spring when we host, tonight, our French Soiree, with our event partner Woodmeister Master Builders. (I know it has been a long time since you’ve heard directly from me, Sally, in these blog posts. But here I am.)

Vaux le Vicomte

Our illustrated talk with be on the classic elements of French design, and how to achieve that essence in your own home. When John and I visited Paris twice last year, we went with the intention of carefully studying all the little details of French architecture and interiors. John came away with thousands of photos that we have studied. We then formulated our theory of what makes a French interior unique.

We know we have a big turnout for tonight’s event, so many of you will be participating in finding out what those unique differences are.

Woodmeister and we have planned this event to be not only instructional, but a fun and sensory experience of French Culture. We’ve assembled a small movie, of period French songs and images of Paris and French gardens and food.

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Petite Trianon; photo John Kelsey

Paris food; photo john Kelsey

The catering will be a pairing of French food, from La Voile Restaurant, and French wines from BRIX. The colors will be a celebration of the 3 colors of the French flag – blue, white, red.

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à bientôt…

Sally

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Inspired by Ocean Home magazine’s recent inclusion of Wilson Kelsey Design in their 2016 Top 50 Interior Designers list, we decided to enter Traditional Home magazine’s New Talent Search. Preparing the entry was much harder than I expected, particularly selecting 10 images that visually tell the story of our firm. It was much like answering the question we ask of ourselves when designing a project for our clients. “What is their story and how do we artfully tell that narrative?” Seeing pictures of a finished room or project doesn’t always relate the full story of transformation. With that in mind I assembled before/after pictures of the ten images we submitted.

Enjoy.

French Style Dining Room, After photo by Laura Moss

 Before/After French Style Dining Room ; Wilson Kelsey Design

 French Style Living Room, After photo by Laura Moss

French Style Living Room; Wilson Kelsey Design

French Style Master Bath, After photo by Laura Moss

before/after French Style Master Bath ; Wilson Kelsey Design

French Country Kitchen, After photo by Sam Gray

Before/After French Country Kitchen ; Wilson Kelsey Design

Belgian Influence Kitchen, After photo by Michael Lee

Before/After Belgian Influence Kitchen; Wilson Kelsey Design

Antique Colonial Dining Room; After photo by Michael Lee

Before/After Antique Colonial Dining  Room; Wilson Kelsey Design

Belgian Influence Living Room, After photo by Michael Lee.

Before/After Belgian Influence Living Room; Wilson Kelsey Design

Transitional Living Room, Back Bay Boston; After photo by Eric Roth

Before/After Transitional Living Room ; Wilson Kelsey Design

Casual Beach House Dining Room; After photo by Michael Lee

Before/After Beach House Dining Area; Wilson Kelsey Design

Contemporary Show House Vignette; After photo by Eric Roth

Before/After Contemporary Show House  Vignette; Wilson Kelsey Design

You can see our submission here. There is so much talent out there. We appreciate your consideration.

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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Last spring, Sally and I prepared and video taped a 90 minute presentation about French Style based on our trips to Paris that we presented as part of Boston Design Week. The premise was to share our knowledge and what we have learned about how to create French Style in Your Home. The presentation was broken down into 4 parts.

1. Differentiating French from English Influence

2. Architectural Elements of French Style.

3. Decorative French Style: Room by Room

4. Modern Examples of French Style

In Differentiating French from English Influence, Sally and I illustrate how different stylistically the United States was from the French during the late 18th/early 19th centuries due to our English influence and heritage.

First, the French are sexy.

Sexy French Style

While we’re reserved, stoic. (Especially we New Englanders.)

English stoic

French food has been turned into a high art form.

French food

While our Colonial/Puritan heritage tells us food is fuel.

Colonial food

French interiors are dramatic.

french interior; photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Compared to our Colonial Period interiors.

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Clearly, our English heritage sent us down a different fork in the road. This will become more evident in this video and those that follow.

Who knows what would have happened if the outcome of the French and Indian War had been different? We might be speaking French!

Enjoy…

 

 Part 2 explores the architectural building blocks of creating French Style in your home.

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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