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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68 FALL 2015 why kitchens have evolved to be so very beautiful over the last 20 years." Wilson's finished product in Ipswich is no exception. It's a pleasing, open room in which an interesting mix of time-honored and modern creates a sleek space with a traditional backbone—a perfect outcome for the "really vivacious woman" Wilson was working with. "She was fun and had a sense of adventure," says Wil- son, who counted getting to know her client as one of the most positive aspects of the project. She found it a delight to "see a beautiful space evolve that was functional and fit the client so well." CREATIVE TENSION Wilson's innovative eye for design also helped determine the unusual shape of the counter, which swoops outward at its end to provide a rounded in-kitchen eating area. The seating here—"tweed, tactile, fashion-y, more con- temporary"—provides a modern twist. So do the white pendant lights over the counter and the white-on-white clear glass backsplash behind the sink, which Wilson describes as a "nontraditional linear look." Wilson could see her client was the type who might be happy with the creative tension of mixing styles and approaches. The glass backsplash provided a counterpoint to another backsplash, behind the bar near the dining area, which now features a seascape mural by Lena Fransioli of Zoë Design. Wilson recommended a traditional look for the floor, so the open-plan main level was entirely redone with wide- plank wood flooring. "I just absorb a sense of my client's personality and a sense of what is intuitive," she explains. "You can pro- pose more modern touches, and if they grasp onto it and say, 'Yes!,' then you know you were intuiting correctly." A BEAUTIFUL SPACE EVOLVED Wilson feels it's fitting to bring fresh ideas and unusual accents into a kitchen. As she sees it, "A kitchen is the high-tech center of the house. You want everything to be very efficient, but you want it to be beautiful as well, and tactile, and where you feel like hanging out. That's Wilson Kelsey Design, 37 Dearborn St., Salem, 978-741-4234, A breakfast nook- turned-lounge and a marble-top eating area with tweed seating are contemporary features that add "creative tension." See page 176 for resources kitchens

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