French Country Style

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!


John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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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.


John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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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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