Wilson Kelsey Design Wins Two Silver Prism Awards
Wilson Kelsey Design, specializing in interior design and renovation of private residences, won two Silver Awards at the prestigious Prism Awards event held at the Boston Copley Plaza Hotel. The awards were for Best Kitchen Remodel over $150,000, and Best Interior Design of a Living Area. Presented by the Builders Association of Greater Boston, the Prism Awards celebrate the best projects in building, design and marketing throughout the Boston area and beyond.
Presented by the Builders Association of Greater Boston, the Prism Awards celebrate the best projects in building, design and marketing throughout the Boston area and beyond. Held every two years, the Prism Awards are judged by a national panel of architects, builders, and sales and marketing professionals. Award winning projects are selected based on a high caliber of creativity, imagination, and excellence in residential design and construction.
Wilson Kelsey Design was recognized for their renovation of a carriage house, originally built as a stable in 1907. The carriage house underwent conversion into condominiums in the 1980's and was left devoid of any architectural details. Wilson Kelsey Design - whose strengths lie in their ability to design both the hard, interior architectural details and initiate comprehensive interior design and decorating solutions - created a magnificent, elegant home with a significantly European panache.
The authentically styled French Country kitchen features exposed brick walls accented with villa style shutters, and custom cabinetry and millwork throughout reminiscent of antique furnishings and cupboards. A significant directive from the client in creating the French Country style kitchen was to hide all evidence of technology. Refrigerators, dishwashers and the warming drawer are faced with wood panels, fabricated to match the adjacent millwork. Amenities include two copper farmhouse style sinks, two dishwashers, Viking Range, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, warming drawer, two microwaves, a TV hidden inside cabinets, and a built-in sofa and new gas fireplace in the eating area. Functionally, the kitchen is divided into two areas, an efficient working kitchen and a family dining area. An island with seating separates these areas, providing space to work as well as to sit and converse. This new kitchen has greatly improved the family’s quality of life. Now the homeowners find that they love to gather there, love to cook again, and linger at the dining alcove enjoying a fire in the wintertime.
The living area features a stunning French-style salon furnished with a collection of new upholstery and antiques, which add warmth and character. The cast stone fireplace, although it looks as though it has been there for centuries is actually new construction, as is all of the architectural detail and millwork throughout the room. Wilson Kelsey Design added French style paneling, intricate plaster crown moldings and ceiling ornamentation to augment the new, but old world style, chandeliers. They also provided all the furniture, fabrics, window treatments and accessories for this finely appointed room, resulting in their recognition for Best Interior Design. Adjacent to the salon is a similarly elaborate dining area.
Wilson Kelsey Design is a residential interior design firm based in Salem, Massachusetts. This husband and wife team of John Kelsey and Sally Wilson are unique in that they bridge the gap between architect and decorator. They share a strong technical background, including the ability to read and prepare architectural drawings. The former producer of This Old House referred to their work as “heavy-duty interior design.” In organizing their firm, they have divided the labor between them into the “hard” and the “soft”. John designs and details the hard – interior architectural detailing, cabinet design, lighting, interior construction drawings, construction field supervision, and consultant coordination. Sally initiates and implements project concepts inclusive of interior design, furniture, decorative lighting, antiques, fabrics, and color and finish selections. The homes they design are elegant and sophisticated but always with a sense of comfort and livability.
Wilson Kelsey Design
32 Church Street, Suite 203
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
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