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Northshore Home Fall 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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85 Wilson, ASID, saw the new shingle-style home, she knew the best way to approach the project—a complete interior design—was as an artist. Not as a painter feverishly work- ing in oils, but as a designer with a honed artistic vision and a longtime devotion to classic New England architecture. The owners of the house, Claire and Mark McCarthy, wanted a traditional, somewhat neutral interior, but also a space that was highly functional, family-friendly, and—naturally—very beautiful. Wilson loved the spirit of the house, designed by archi- tect Juan Darius of Nash Development Corp. But one chal- lenge of the project lingered. "The question was," Wilson says, "how do you design an 8,000-square-foot house in neutrals and have it not look boring?" Thousands of deci- sions later, the home today is a jewel: a dreamscape of soft, luscious hues and classic lines, with nontraditional jots of vivid color, the culmination of almost four years of work by Wilson and her husband and partner, John Kel- sey. As principals of Wilson Kelsey Design in Salem, the couple has a combined 50-plus years of experience and an abiding love of fine art between them. With four children from five to 14 years old, and frequent visits from Mark's three older children, the McCarthys needed a place with plenty of bedrooms and baths; open, useable common spaces, including a pool; and a large space for parties (especially their holiday party, which easily draws more than 100 guests). Wilson, who headed the project, approached the challenge of a neutral palette, as she says, "with a lot of nuance." Diving deeply into color wheels and samples yielded a warm, understated array of tones: honey, terra cotta, and a plethora of beige shades. "I remember WHE N IN T E RIO R D E SIGN E R SAL LY

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