Villa Style

Spring is in the air, and for those of us in Boston, we have been long awaiting it! Spring always brings to mind Paris, as that is when the city is at its loveliest. As it so happens, John and I will be celebrating Paris in Spring when we host, tonight, our French Soiree, with our event partner Woodmeister Master Builders. (I know it has been a long time since you’ve heard directly from me, Sally, in these blog posts. But here I am.)

Vaux le Vicomte

Our illustrated talk with be on the classic elements of French design, and how to achieve that essence in your own home. When John and I visited Paris twice last year, we went with the intention of carefully studying all the little details of French architecture and interiors. John came away with thousands of photos that we have studied. We then formulated our theory of what makes a French interior unique.

We know we have a big turnout for tonight’s event, so many of you will be participating in finding out what those unique differences are.

Woodmeister and we have planned this event to be not only instructional, but a fun and sensory experience of French Culture. We’ve assembled a small movie, of period French songs and images of Paris and French gardens and food.


Petite Trianon; photo John Kelsey

Paris food; photo john Kelsey

The catering will be a pairing of French food, from La Voile Restaurant, and French wines from BRIX. The colors will be a celebration of the 3 colors of the French flag – blue, white, red.


à bientôt…


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 The large French Influence project Sally and I have been working on for several years is finally complete. (Mostly…Decorative light fixtures are still being ordered.) It was a project filled with highs and lows. Overall, we were pleased with the interior architecture, the details and finishes.


The homeowners moved in with their existing furniture, which presents a challenge to us as to how to photograph the space. The other day, I realized we had an opportunity to have some fun by cresting a series of fantasy inspiration boards exploring how a room might be finished. So, I sat down with Kathryn, our talented designer, and we settled on four distinctly different styles for our fantasy living room exercises. She then developed the concepts and source lists for each inspiration board.

Inspired by: Gilles & Boissier

The work of Paris based husband/wife design team, Gilles & Boissier is exemplified in their use of a simple, cool neutral palette and minimalist forms, combined with restrained but rich textural detail.



Resources, Clockwise from top:

Chandelier: Corbett Lighting

Large Prints: Mary Kelsey

Square Print: Etsy Sold

Lamp: Wayfair

Dog Sculpture: 1stDibs Sold

Sideboard: Restoration Hardware Clearance

Sconce: Artemide “Cadmo”

Drapery: Restoration Hardware

Sofa: Restoration Hardware

Pillows: 1stDibs Sold

Torso Sculpture: 1stDibs

Cocktail Table: Restoration Hardware

Drum Side Table: 1stDibs

Lamp: Wayfair

Carpet: Wayfair

Chair: Restoration Hardware

Disk Wall Art: 1stdibs

Vases: 1stDibs

Inspired by: Lefevre Interiors

The work of Belgian designer Greet Lefevre combines natural warmth and texture harmonizing with classic forms to create easy casual elegance.



Resources, Clockwise from top:

Chest of drawers: Modern Artifacts

Chandelier: Julia Boston

Fauteuils: 1stDibs

Mirror: 1stDibs

Sconces: 1stDibs

Drapery: Restoration Hardware

Bronze Sculpture: 1stDibs Sold

Fossil Sculpture: Arteriors

Wood Sculpture: Arteriors Clearance

Lamp: ATG

Wood Console: 1stDibs

Dog Sculpture: 1stDibs

Upholstered Armchair: Restoration Hardware

Cocktail Table: 1stDibs Sold

Wooden Side Chair: 1stDibs Sold

Hide Carpet: Wayfair

Deer Sculpture: Wayfair

Sofa: 1stDibs

Pillows: One Kings Lane


Inspired by: Hollywood Regency

The Hollywood Regency style originated in the golden age of Hollywood in the 1930’s. it combines classical shapes, fearless pops of color, a touch of the exotic and eh sparkle of crystal and glass. We could not find the designer of this lovely vignette.



Resources, Clockwise from top:

Mirror: Quill

Sconce: Arteriors

Chandelier: Currey & Company

Fabric: Britex

Trims: Samuel & Sons

Sofa: 1stDibs

Cocktail Table: Houzz

Cobalt Lamp: Wayfair

Console: 1stDibs

Antler Sculpture: AllModern

Lily Pad Side Tables: 1stDibs Sold

Carpet: Liora Manne

Sideboard: 1stDibs

Gold Lamp: Wayfair

Panther Sculpture: 1stDibs

Chair: Hive Modern

Pillows: Etsy Sold


Inspired by: Modern Monochromatic

Modern Monochromatic – highly abstracted from traditional French roots, this style uses crisp clean lines with a whispering nod to traditional forms. Pops of sparkle and shine keeps this look vibrant. Designer: SHH Architects, The Kensington House.Icon



Resources, Clockwise from top:

Mirror: Studio Roca

Steel Chair: Emeco

Acrylic Table: Wayfair

Bubble Chandelier: Etsy

Carpet: Modern Nature Design

Sconce: Hudson Valley Lighting

Sideboard: Worlds Away

S Chair: Luxe Modern Design

Marble Side Table: 1stDibs

Gourd Lamp: ATG

Mercury Glass Bottles: Wayfair

Sofa: A Rudin

Metal Cube End Table: Icon

Ceramic Sculpture: Living Spaces

Conical Lamp: Lamps Plus

 We enjoyed stretching our minds and creative juices by exploring styles we typically are not asked to do. Let us know what you think.


John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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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.


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.


John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

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