Living Room Design

One of my favorite images that didn’t make the cut in our Creating French Style presentation was this Steven Harris Architects designed living room. There are so many modern/contemporary architectural details that caught my eye that made me think of stylized elements of French Style.

steven  harris architects; photographer unknown

Let’s start with the proportion of the room and it’s tall ceilings. Throw in big windows – lots of light. How the crown molding sweeps down off the ceiling to meet the wall. The crown even has little details at it’s terminus helping it’s shape and definition – so very French. And of course, we have the ubiquitous mantel and mirror anchoring the room. Yes, mirror. The painting is a brilliant reflection of the greenery seen thru the windows on the left. Simple, clean, in total harmony. Feels like a modern day Petit Trianon.

Have a great week!

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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Sally’s and my presentation on “Creating French Style in your Home” on Sunday at the French Cultural Center was a HUGE success! We came away feeling there is still a place for elegant, classy and sophisticated traditional interiors in the world. During the post presentation social, while champagne and madeleines were being served by the staff from the fabulous Newbury Street French restaurant La Voile, a lady approached Sally and told her, “I’ve been waiting 20 years for someone to do a presentation like this!” Another came up to me and said, “Now I understand why and how the parts and pieces fit together!” Happy Dance!!! It made us feel like our hard work had paid off!

During the presentation, these slides in particular created quite a discussion. I was going thru my Mirrors and Mantels section of the presentation (We had 10 topics/touch points.), explaining and illustrating how and why mirrors were placed and used in 18th century French homes to reflect light and/or to visually expand a room. Using this picture I took of a room in the Musee Carnavalet, I asked whether we were seeing into another room or were we looking into a mirror?

carnavalet, photo  by John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

The answer is we are looking into a mirror. But you need to look twice to notice the picture hanging in front of the mirror. with the window and lantern appearing as they do, it is easy to think you are looking into another room with a window beyond. I asked the attendees to remember this picture.

A short time later I showed this picture of a Parisian apartment done by French designers Champeau and Wilde.

Champeau & Wilde

Then this one and posed the same question. Are we looking into a second room or are we looking at a mirror?

Champeau & Wilde

This is a tough one, no? Most thought we were looking into a mirror. But we are not. We’re looking thru a large hole in the wall between the two pair of doors into the room beyond! Fabulous! Look carefully at the crown molding. The closer room is simple with ornamentation in the corners only. The far room has brackets running the length of the molding. Look at the picture some more and you begin to pick up other details and clues. What else do you see?

Cheers and have a great week!

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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Sally and I are pleased to be able to sure the digital link to Northshore magazine’s article about the beach cottage we designed for a Salem couple.

Beach Cottage; WIlson Kelsey Design

Done on a tight budget, the solution was all about the sue of color. Sally helped the homeowner update the kitchen (See kitchen update video here.), and created 4 activity zones in the great room adjacent to the kitchen.

Dining Area

Dining Area; Wilson Kelsey Design

Games Area

Game Area; Wilson Kelsey Design

Living Room Area

Living Room; Wilson Kelsey Design

Informal Sitting Area

Sitting Area; Wilson Kelsey Design

Furnishings were a combination of recycled family items such as the dining table, Crate and Barrel and Restoration Hardware.

Wishing everyone a sunny, beachy weekend…

sally and John

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