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.


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.


à bientôt…


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Last week, Sally and I traveled to Las Vegas, where she spoke on a panel moderated by Mark Brunetz at the International Design Guild’s annual summit. I rode along on her coat tails… (I now tell friends that I’m married to a rock star interior designer.)The conference, panel discussion and visit to the Surfaces Flooring convention, which was running concurrently with the conference, were all memorable and very worthwhile. Great contacts were made, networking was done and the very best banana cream pie in the world was consumed.

Left to right: Mark Brunetz moderator, Susan Anthony,  Sally Wilson, Emily Winters, Greg Holmes The panel addressed the design trade business and what designers are facing in today’s market.

We took a day to walk “the strip”. (Very sore feet…. I don’t recommend this without a very good pair of walking shoes or sneakers…)  The Swarovski Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan was amazing…


We had lunch at Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10 in theVenetian, concluding the meal with the very best banana cream pie in the world!

We stayed at the Mandalay Bay, where we took in the Shark Reef tank.

The tunnel through the tank was amazing!!!

On our last day, we took in the Surfaces flooring convention, where we made several very good connections and discoveries, particularly from The Natural Carpet Company.

Braided rug samples.

Out door and wet floor area rug samples using Sunbrella fabrics.

We saw many samples of blends of wool and natural fibers. Wool is definately making a comeback!

We especially loved this contemporary sample. The tip shearing used to create the field pattern is incredible!

Lots of fun, long tiring flights, new friends and good memories.

Now it’s on to Designer Show House proposals and catching up on work deadlines.




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Well, Wilson Kelsey Design represented itself very well in Boston on Saturday at the Boston International Anitquarian Book and Print Fair. Sally’s presentation on Decorating with Books and Prints was a big success, with about 50 people attending her talk. She had over 175 images which she went through in about 40 minutes. Whew!!! The show producer took a video of her talk, which we are hoping we can get a copy of. I thought it would be fun to share some of the images that drew oh’s and ah’s from the attendees.


Lovely composition by Linda Chase Associates 


Beautiful Library from LeFevre Interiors.


The audience LOVED this fire place done by LeFevre Interiors.


Fire place mantels can be such focal points, as in this beautiful example done by Providence Ltd. Design.


I overhead one couple whisper to each other, “I never would have thought of hanging something in front of my book case shelves.”  as shown by Giannetti Home.


Sometimes, it was the simplicity that impressed. Image by LeFevre Interiors.


Fantastic if you can’t sleep at night! Image source unknown.


Beautiful built ins. Sally has always wanted a step ladder for her library… Image:  “Books Make A Home” by Damian Thompson, Publisher: Tyland Peters & Small Ltd.


 After the presentation, we walked down the hall to the show where we met and made several new contacts and friends.

Sally with Maryke Muller of Frederik Muller Rare Books, Holland. Their maps were exquisite!


Sally with Mignon Smith and Robert Seymor of Colebrook Book Barn, Connecticut.


Sally in the  Boston Rare Maps booth.

We arrived back home around dinner time, tired and quite happy with how the day went.

Sally would love to be able to give the talk again. Hint, hint, hint…

Another busy week is upon us. I wonder what adventures it will bring…


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