Northshore Home

Fall 2015

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

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66 FALL 2015 T AKING OVER AN INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT WHEN the renovation has already begun presents a unique set of challenges. Sally Wilson, ASID, of Wilson Kelsey Design in Salem, discovered that a mid- stream start on a kitchen renovation project required an accelerated process of getting to know her new client. "They needed decisions that very week," says Wil- son of the team working on a project in progress in an Ipswich Country Club home. Jump-starting her participa- tion in transforming the 3,600-square-foot two-bedroom duplex started with an intensive series of conversations and questions to get a sense of the client's likes, dislikes, heritage, situation, and vision for the home. A CERTAIN MODERNITY The homeowner was a woman who lives largely alone— children out of the house, a husband who works abroad for long stretches, parents passed away—but loves to relax with friends and entertain. She had recently inherited some antiques that she wanted to incorporate into the interior design, but Wilson sensed that she would be open to more contemporary influences as well. "She's a stylish, fashionable woman," says Wilson. "There is a certain modernity to her." Wilson sees it as her job to help clients push their limits by presenting possibilities that people might not even know they want. She proposed bringing some modern accents, fixtures, and furnishings into the kitchen to complement the traditional cabinets that had already been designed by Anita Colby of The Cabinetworks. She also suggested turning the breakfast nook into a "cocktail lounge" where the woman's friends could relax and chat while she cooked dinner. "She said, 'Yes, exactly! I want a cocktail lounge!'" Wilson remembers. "I try to translate my clients' own innate sense of style, to draw that out of them. I'm trained in looking at things in new ways, and that's some of the value I bring to the project." This new way of seeing the old breakfast nook resulted in a relaxed seating area adjacent to the kitchen with low couches in black, silver, and orange below tall windows. The kitchen is an eclectic blend of modern and traditional elements. kitchens

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