Events & Happenings

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.


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.


John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

Every home has a story to tell. We’d love to help you tell yours. Please contact us here.

To visit our website, click here.

To follow us on Facebook, click here.

To follow us on Pinterest, click here.

We’re making good progress on our Celebrity Series of Boston piano. As I mentioned in our last  post, we needed to rethink portions of our design. Late last week, we met with Lena and Doug of Zoe Design and finalized the runner that will cover the main body of the piano.

At the bottom right of the above photo, you can see the the various test strips Doug prepared for us to evaluate and the combination we finally selected just in front of the chair.

Here’s a detail shot… Look very closely at the bottom right corner of the larger “feather” sample where we did a test of the clad lacquer finish coat. It really pops and brightens things up!

Over the weekend, Dave of Fantastic Finishes (978-578-4160) very carefully partially dismantled the piano. After masking off the piano’s inner workings, he primed and painted. The masked areas are where the runner will go (less the keyboard, etc.).

Some of the bits and pieces primed to receive the paper runner.

Tomorrow, Doug will being applying the paper. Can’t wait to see it!!! Then the final step will be several clear coats of lacquer to make it all Pop!!!

While Sally was at the Design Center last week, she dropped in on the Studio to see how the other pianos were coming along. Everyone was having fun painting/creating their pianos and great progress was being made!

The excitement and energy is building! We’re so looking forward to seeing all the finished pianos in one room early next week, before they are disbursed throughout the city!

Next post will be on my friends from Woodmeister Master Builders’ making and contributing 45 piano benches to the cause! BRAVO and THANK YOU!!!

Have a wonderful week!

To visit our website, click here.

To follow us on Facebook, click here.

To follow us on Pinterest, click here.

If you would like our assistance on your design project, contact us here.



Sally and I, along with our design partners, are busy pulling together a design scheme for a piano that will be featured in an exciting event associated with Celebrity Series of Boston this Fall. It is called “Play Me, I’m Yours”, The Street Pianos Boston Festival. 75 pianos decorated, painted, etc. by local Boston artist will be sprinkled about the city in public places inviting people to play them between September 27 and October 14. Ours will be in the galleria of 10 St. James Ave., where Landry & Arcari is located. We’re hard at work finalizing our design and finishing the piano with our artists from Zoe Design and Fantastic Finishes, 978- 578-4160.

We first saw our piano a few weeks ago in Boston. A beautiful satin black Yamaha upright. (Almost like Sally’s first piano.) Formerly a practice piano at a local music school, she is quietly hoping to be adopted by a loving family.


We’ve heard rumors that this piano is to be auctioned off at the Celebrity Series Opening Gala on October 5th. (Trying to confirm…) What’s that – 4 weeks away? (At the time…) Piece of cake! We had a glimmer of a concept… Sally and I knew we wanted to treat the piano as a form, expressing its inherent shape and quality. The more we talked, the more we honed in on a “stair runner” concept that would flow over the entire piano like water – and we liked the idea of animal prints.


We began sketching and talking with our team… Maybe a little zebra/tiger stripe? Not quite the right scale… Not classy enough…


So – how about a littel chinoiserie? Love it, but far to complex to do in the amount of time we have. This would take months to do by hand. Save the idea for another day…

We began to realize that given the time constraints, we were going to have to be clever with how we created and did the piano. Fortunately, Zoe Design has been putting many of their hand painted mural patterns into their computer creating custom wall paper. Perfect!!! Create a pattern and repeat – viola!!!!

Below is the preliminary idea we settled on – using feathers! (Zoe Design’s custom wallpaper is worthy of it’s own blog post…)


While this was going on the piano had been delivered to Fantastic Finishes. We met there in the evening last week to finalize where all the finishes/patterns would stop and start.

OMG! It’s real!!!


Figuring out the pattern repeat…


…and realizing, “What??? We need to tweak the design further??? It’s not quite right yet??? YIKES!!!”


Sally tickled the ivories to help calm frayed nerves…

And so we retired, agreeing to meet at Zoe Design’s studio to refine and finalize the design. Stay tuned to see what we created!



To visit our website, click here.

To follow us on Facebook, click here.

To follow us on Pinterest, click here.

If you would like our assistance on your design project, contact us here.