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Inspired by Ocean Home magazine’s recent inclusion of Wilson Kelsey Design in their 2016 Top 50 Interior Designers list, we decided to enter Traditional Home magazine’s New Talent Search. Preparing the entry was much harder than I expected, particularly selecting 10 images that visually tell the story of our firm. It was much like answering the question we ask of ourselves when designing a project for our clients. “What is their story and how do we artfully tell that narrative?” Seeing pictures of a finished room or project doesn’t always relate the full story of transformation. With that in mind I assembled before/after pictures of the ten images we submitted.

Enjoy.

French Style Dining Room, After photo by Laura Moss

 Before/After French Style Dining Room ; Wilson Kelsey Design

 French Style Living Room, After photo by Laura Moss

French Style Living Room; Wilson Kelsey Design

French Style Master Bath, After photo by Laura Moss

before/after French Style Master Bath ; Wilson Kelsey Design

French Country Kitchen, After photo by Sam Gray

Before/After French Country Kitchen ; Wilson Kelsey Design

Belgian Influence Kitchen, After photo by Michael Lee

Before/After Belgian Influence Kitchen; Wilson Kelsey Design

Antique Colonial Dining Room; After photo by Michael Lee

Before/After Antique Colonial Dining  Room; Wilson Kelsey Design

Belgian Influence Living Room, After photo by Michael Lee.

Before/After Belgian Influence Living Room; Wilson Kelsey Design

Transitional Living Room, Back Bay Boston; After photo by Eric Roth

Before/After Transitional Living Room ; Wilson Kelsey Design

Casual Beach House Dining Room; After photo by Michael Lee

Before/After Beach House Dining Area; Wilson Kelsey Design

Contemporary Show House Vignette; After photo by Eric Roth

Before/After Contemporary Show House  Vignette; Wilson Kelsey Design

You can see our submission here. There is so much talent out there. We appreciate your consideration.

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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This Saturday, Sally and I were delighted to learn Ocean Home magazine had named Wilson Kelsey Design as one of it’s 2016 Top 50 Interior Designers. “The Ocean Home 50 includes high-profile designers – including Bunny Williams, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Vicente Wolf – but also an array of lesser-known yet equally masterful interior designers creating exceptional designs for coastal homes from Laguna Beach to The Hamptons,” comments Andrew Conway, Ocean Home’s editor.

 

Ocean Homes magazine 2016 Top 50 Interior Designers

It means a great deal to us that Ocean Homes would put their name behind ours.

Oceanview Sun Room; Wilson Kelsey Design; photographer Rick Mandelkorn

There are many others who deserve credit and our thanks for their commitment to excellence, quality and great design! Our clients, the architects and engineers we work with, the contractors and their subs who actually make it all happen, drapery work rooms, artists and art galleries, decorative painters, antique dealers, custom cabinetry shops. etc. We’d be just another name and face in the crowd with out you. Well done!

Cheers,

John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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Toady was a day I’d been looking forward to for some time, and I admit, with a mix of anxiety, anticipation and excitement. Back in September, a client asked if WKD could design a hidden door for them. (You can see the preliminary design proposals in a previous blog post here.) I knew I had assembled a great team to fabricate, finish and install the door, but I didn’t know how good until today. Let me introduce my guys. Rich Laperchia of Alpine Woodworks who prepared a fabulous set of shop drawings and helped me work thru a number of little niggly detail questions, Dave Taubenack of Fantastic Finishes, whose eye for color/tint/hue is beyond belief and can match any sample you give him and David West of Meadowview Construction and his team of  “the best behaved boys in construction”. Cutting to the chase, I can design something fabulous, do a terrific set of drawings and specifications to communicate my design intent. But it’s the guys who know and understand the means and methods of construction that I depend on. They’re the guys who actually make the vision real. It’s their commitment, pride of craft and attention to detail that actually creates something beautiful. These guys nailed it!

So here we are – the before.

concealed door, before; Wilson Kelsey Design

The after… See why I’m so excited???

concealed door, after; Wilson Kelsey Design

Wine cellar on the left. Bar on the right. I borrowed details from the bar and used them as the basic design vocabulary in the door.

concealed door, after; Wilson Kelsey Design

In the finish shop just after the door had come out of the spray booth – antique glaze yet to be applied.

concealed door detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

Dave and Dan fussing over all the little things.

Dave tending to details; Wilson Kelsey Design

Dan tending to details; Wilson Kelsey Design

Bookshelves.

concealed door detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

concealed door detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

I would be remise if I didn’t include Ladd Cook, the local rep for The Original Book Works, Ltd., who so patiently answered all  my questions about faux books and shepherded the book order thru production in England. The books are truly the icing on the cake and make the door.

Cheers,

John

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