Bathroom Trends

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!


John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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Sally and I are designing a project in Wellesley managed and built by Landmark Services, who are terrific by the way. The project involves the renovation of the kitchen, powder room and mud room ares on the first floor, the family bath and master bath on the second floor and creating a home office over the garage. We’re in the thick of design development right now, with final decisions being made on all materials, finishes, plumbing fixtures, kitchen appliances, etc. I spoke briefly about the kitchen in this post.

The Master Bath is progressing nicely and I thought I’d share a sketch of the vanity. It’s an “L” shape, with full height storage on the left – both open shelves and closed storage. Once again, the cabinets are flush inset, similar to the kitchen. Note the stone base – still thinking that thru…

We’re looking at various Jerusalem Gold Limestone options for the floor, shower, wainscot and decorative tile. (This is the third master bath using this material in less than a year. Is this a trend?)


My vote is for the tile in image #2, with it’s variation in visual texture and tonality. I love what you could do for a backsplash in the kitchen with the tile in image #3 – a little rough and relaxed, while exuding loads of charm and sophistication.

It will be interesting to see where we all end up!


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It’s been very busy at the WKD Ranch of late, which has kept me from blogging regularly. In the midst of it all, I want to share two pieces of good news. (There’s more, but you will have to wait…)

One of our kitchens is to be featured on this year’s Wenham Museum Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour. Located in a home overlooking the Ipswich Country Club golf course, the kitchen was designed for a very stylish female executive. Part of a larger interior deign project for the owner, Sally was asked for assistance in reviewing and refining the proposed kitchen design; including layout and assisting the owner in selecting and specifying finishes, back splash and counter top materials, and furnishings. The result is a smart, fresh and modern take on a traditional open plan kitchen/dining area. The country club home overlooks lush green fairways, in Ipswich, MA. Interestingly, this client hired Sally not only for her design expertise, but she is a Professional member in ASID!

I love how the galley kitchen sits between the eating area at one end of the house and a small cocktail lounge Sally designed at the other – allowing daylight to continually flood the space. Check out the fabulous mural painted by Lena Fransioli of Zoe Design.


Several weeks ago, the powder room that is immediately adjacent to the kitchen was featured in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. So, if you come on the tour, you will be able to see this embossed alligator leather powder room in person!

See the Boston Globe story here.

See examples of other kitchens we have designed here.

Hope to see you this Saturday!



John Kelsey, WIlson Kelsey Design

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