Continental Style

I’m just beginning work with Sally on a project in Wellesley – a beautiful four square home whose interior trim and millwork are in need  of a serious update. Late this afternoon, using Winterthur’s Marlboro Room as inspiration, I quickly sketched a “cartoon” of the mantel and built-in cabinetry in the den.

Marlboro Room Winterthur

Simple profiles and rearranged proportions to fit the room to create two possibilities. On the left, the upper cabinet could be done with either solid raised door panels or with glass and mullions.

Federal Period mantel and built bookcase idea cartoon sketch, Wilson Kelsey Design

And as I am writing this, I see a second mantel idea. Pushes it toward a more Continental look. Hmmmm….

Have great week!

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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Had one of those feel good moments the other day.

Early in the day, I drove by one of our job sites to check on the progress of the painting and snapped this picture of a column capital and ceiling trim.

column detail, WIlson Kelsey Design

That evening, in my “spare time”, I was sorting pictures Sally and I had taken during our trips to Paris and came across this shot of columns I took at Vaux le Vicomte. At the time, the reason I took the shot was the angle and the story it tells about decorative molding and trim. As I looked at the picture, I found myself thinking, “Wait a minute!”

Vaux le Vicomte, photo by Wilson  Kelsey Design

Then I put the two pictures side by side and it was AH HA! Yes!!! Each was telling a similar story about scale, composition and balance. Happy Dance!!!

This brings up an interesting point…. Many years ago, my first Mentor sat me down and we  had a long conversation about the fact that we are always practicing design. It took me a long, long time to understand what he was talking about. This was one of those moments where our talk came flooding back in my memory – seeing those two pictures side by side. We are always working to master our craft. We do it with each and every client we have and I am quietly grateful for the trust they place in me as I practice my craft, working to improve my “game”.

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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I fell in love with this image the moment I saw it. It’s intimacy. The sweep of the floating stair. How the bureau is tucked in under the stair. The gold framed sunburst mirrors and table lamp on the bureau scare the shadows away. The rose quartz beckons to me, while grandfather presides over the proceedings. The zebra stripe adds a touch of the exotic.

foyer accessories; source unknown

Mmmmm! Delish!

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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