Continental Style

Sally and I would like to invite you to attend our presentation on “Creating French Style in your Home” on March 22, during Boston Design Week. See the Eventbrite link HERE.

Creating French Style in your Home; Wilson Kelsey Design

We saw/absorbed/learned so much during our two recent trips to Paris, much of which confirmed our latent suspicion that French Style is, in fact, very different than English/American Style.

Perhaps if the French had won the 7 Years War (French and Indian War) I would be writing this post in French. Or more than likely an entirely different post… Yes, history has played it’s part. The upshot for me is French Style – it’s interior architecture, decor, etc. regardless of the period or station is sexier and more emotional. It expresses itself with more freedom.

We all know, admire, even love French Style’s past – Versailles, with it’s tall ceilings, ornamentation, parquet floors are benchmarks. We hold in high esteem.

Versailles; Photo by John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

Then there’s the classic simplicity found through much of Petit Trianon. Mmmm!

Petit Trinon window seat; Wilson Kelsey Design

But what’s more exciting is where French Style is today. How has it evolved and adapted and how can we bring it’s elements into our own homes today. There are so many ways that can satisfy – those with classical inclinations…

(Wilson Kelsey Design)

Dining room; Wilson Kelsey Design; Photo by Laura Moss

Or with the desire for today’s relaxed country manor…

(Natalie Haegeman Interiors)

Design by Natalie Haegeman

Or modern design blending seamlessly with 200 year old architecture…

(Gilles & Boissier)

Gilles et Boissier; photo © Sisters Agency : Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer

And those who desire that striking balance between yesterday and today.

(Lefevre Interiors)

foyer design by Lefevre Interiors

Looking forward to seeing you on March 22.

Be sure to check out Boston Design Week’s other events!

Cheers,

sally and John

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It’s funny how the stars align some times. And this was one of those times.

We’ve known for some time that our son and daughter-in-law were expecting.  What we haven’t known was when the Grandparent Genes were going to kick in. It turned out it as in Paris, walking back from dinner on our last night – dinner given to us by Drew and Lindsay as a Christmas present. As we wandered along St. Germaine back to our hotel, a tiny shop window caught our eye – Au Nain Bleu. Full of beautiful toys and stuffed animals, all clearly hand made with wonderful attention to detail, we HAD to bring back something to our grand child to be! Checking the shop hours, we determined if we arose early we could race the several blocks to the store, purchase a “treasure” and be back to our hotel before the cab arrived to take us to the airport. Which is exactly what we did, finding the cutest little floppy eared bunny you ever seen!

Au Main Bleu bunny; Wilson Kelsey Design

Au Main Bleu bunny; Wilson Kelsey Design

Actually, it was hard to choose!

au main bleu, Wilson Kelsey Design

As Sally was completing the transaction and chatting with the owner, I found myself looking at the shop’s details thinking, “Awesome!!!”  They might be useful in our presentation in French Style on March 22, during Boston Design Week. (More on the presentation another day.) Just look at the skinny concealed door with it’s hardware and the mirror to it’s left. What about the tall “column to it’s right? Delish! No?

Au Main Bleu 1; Wilson Kelsey Design

Check out the cool pull out shelves! Oh, and wouldn’t you love the rocking sheep or a couple of those gorgeous blue push cars in the upper left corner? (They were flawless BTW…)

column detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

The crown molding in the ceiling. Wonderful!!!

crown molding; Wilson Kelsey Design

Here’s to a wonderful week.

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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The Paris Design District hosts an event called Paris Deco Off, that runs concurrently with Maison et Objet. We were a 10 minute walk to where the bulk of the particiapting show rooms and antique shops were located, near the magnificent St. Sulpice Church. A carnival atmosphere prevailed, with giant lampshades hanging high in the air above the streets. Each lampshade had the name of a participating show room.

Deco Off 2015; photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

While our main focus was visiting fabric showrooms in the neighborhood, we couldn’t resist dropping in on the tiny antique shops we would pass by.

antique shop; Wilson Kelsey Design

Deco Off antique shop; photo by Wilson  Kelsey Design

Please, someone give this terra cotta horse a home!

terra cotta horse; WIlson Kelsey Design

Once again, there was so much, I’ll share a sampling of the hi-lites. The Zuber showroom was amazing. Known primarily for their incredible wall paper and murals (declared a French National Treasure) they also make beautiful fabrics.

Zuber; WIlson Kelsey Design

I find myself fantasizing about an upholstered wall every time I look at this image.

Zuber fabric, Paris showroom; WIlson Kelsey Design

Fortuny was another stop on Sally’s agenda. Absolutely luscious! Photographs don’t do the richness and luster of the fabrics justice. But first, we had to stop to admire their showroom window. The little foxes in their kimonos were cute beyond belief!

Fortuny window; Wilson Kelsey Design

Fortuny 2015 fabrics; photo by WILson Kelsey Design

Fortuny fabrics; Wilson Kelsey Design

Then it was on to the de Gournay showroom. De Gournay’s array of wallpaper, fabrics, furniture mirrors and porcelain is breath taking. A random sampling of images…

de Gournay showroom, paris_france

de Gournay  wall paper and mirror; WIlson Kelsey Design

de Gournay porcelain; WIlson Kelsey Design

Do you think they would sell me this antique sofa? Fabulous!

De Gournay antique; Wilson Kelsey Design

At the other end of the furniture spectrum, we find Grange, with it’s updates spin on classic antique furniture pieces. LOVE!!! I can see one of these in a classic French style foyer.

Grange buffet; Wilson Kelsey Design

Grange furniture; photo  by Wilson Kelsey Design

Next post, the Paris Nobilis show room. It was the hi-lite of our Deco Off visit.

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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