About
Us

FOUNDED
1996, Boston, Massachusetts
PRINCIPALS
  • John Kelsey, NCIDQ, CAPS,
  • ​​​​​​​Sally Wilson, ASID, NCIDQ
CONTRIBUTORS TO
  • New England Home magazine's blog
BOARD MEMBERS
  • Institute of Classical Architecture and Art,
  • Boston chapter
PUBLISHED
40+ publications, in print and online
  • FOUNDED
    1996, Boston, Massachusetts
  • PRINCIPALS
    John Kelsey, NCIDQ, CAPS,
    ​​​​​​​Sally Wilson, ASID, NCIDQ
  • CONTRIBUTORS TO
    New England Home magazine's blog
  • BOARD MEMBERS
    Institute of Classical Architecture and Art,
    Boston chapter
  • PUBLISHED
    40+ publications, in print and online

When you walk through your home, what do you feel? Is your home beautiful, refined, comfortable, functional, calm, peaceful and orderly?
At Wilson Kelsey Design, we believe in using our combined 50+ years of experience in residential and commercial design to help you create a sense of calm and order within your home. A feeling of safety. We believe in creating thoughtful, refined moments of beauty to enrich your life, everyday.

Our portfolio reflects our expertise in the fields of antiques curation, older home renovation and historic preservation. We appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given by our current clients to work on renovating and designing their older homes to make them comfortable, functional and livable for their life today as well as the opportunities we’ve been given by our downsizing clients to help them live beautifully in a smaller, newer home.

When you walk from room to room, do you sense that your home tells your family’s story? Does your home make you feel safe and secure? Do the moments you experience, looking around your home, bring you joy and enrichment?

Let us help your home enhance your family’s quality of life, everyday.

We are fortunate to have clients that understand how our depth of experience in managing large commercial design projects (past clients include WGBH_TV, Boston, The Atlantic Monthly, Winchester Public Library, Commonwealth Mortgage Company, Simplex), helps them to save both money and time in the beautiful residential interiors we create for them today in areas like Pride’s Crossing, Manchester By The Sea, Newton, Acton, Brookline, Wellesley, Cape Cod and Lincoln.

They feel secure in knowing their investment in the finest quality residential architectural interior design work is being managed by professionals.

 

Our Mission?

To use our experience and expertise in older home renovation, restoration and architectural interior design to bring you peace of mind, so at the end of our work together, the only footprint you see and feel in your home will be yours.

We are fortunate to have clients that understand how our depth of experience in managing large commercial design projects (past clients include WGBH_TV, Boston, The Atlantic Monthly, Winchester Public Library, Commonwealth Mortgage Company, Simplex), helps them to save both money and time in the beautiful residential interiors we create for them today in areas like Pride’s Crossing, Manchester By The Sea, Newton, Acton, Brookline, Wellesley, Cape Cod and Lincoln.

We believe
in creating
thoughtful,
refined moments
of beauty to
enrich your life,
everyday.

They feel secure in knowing their investment in the finest quality residential architectural interior design work is being managed by professionals.​​​​​​​

Our Mission?

To use our experience and expertise in older home renovation, restoration and architectural interior design to bring you peace of mind, so at the end of our work together, the only footprint you see and feel in your home will be yours.

We believe
in creating
thoughtful,
refined moments
of beauty to
enrich your life,
everyday.

SKETCHES

Every design concept begins in the imagination. At WKD, we specialize in helping you visualize the details through the exquisite hand renderings of John Kelsey.

The Story Behind Our Logo

The Wilson Kelsey logo has been created to symbolize the positive synergy and collaboration between Sally and John on each and every project. Their personal handwriting has been used to create the initials “W” and the “K” within the logo. 

SALLY loves calligraphy and has taken classes in her personal time.
JOHN never passes an opportunity to pick up a pen and paper.
Sally Wilson, PRINCIPAL
ASID, NCIDQ
PRINCIPAL
Sally Wilson
ASID, NCIDQ

Sally Wilson, one of New England's most well respected and well known interior designers, is adept at working in any style, as her interior design portfolio reflects, but her work is always grounded in the fundamentals of classical design.

She is a long time board member of the New England chapter of the New York City based Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and has studied historic preservation at the Masters level at the Preservation Institute: Nantucket as well as studied the decorative arts at the prestigious Winterthur Museum in Delaware. She holds a Bachelor of Interior Design degree, with high honors, from the University of Florida.

Over the past 30 years, as co-owner and principal of Wilson Kelsey Design, she has also become widely renowned throughout New England for her expertise in working with families who buy older homes, often with historic architectural details they would like preserved or matched, which need to be updated and made comfortable and livable for the demands of today's modern lifestyle.

Sally is also an expert in the curation of antiques, and her firm's clientele includes many couples and families who have inherited antiques, who are either downsizing or rightsizing, and need assistance in determining what to keep and what to put up for auction, sale or consignment.

John Kelsey, PRINCIPAL
NCIDQ, CAPS
PRINCIPAL
John Kelsey
NCIDQ, CAPS

John Kelsey is renowned throughout New England for his extensive commercial and residential design and construction project management skills in his work as an architectural interior designer.

Although not formally trained as an architect, John's superior spatial visualization and planning skills, combined with his artistic hand rendering skills have led to a deep appreciation - among WKD's clients and the Boston area architects with whom WKD collaborates - for his expertise in these areas.

Because older homes often have underlying construction issues that need to be addressed first, John's budgeting, scheduling, construction contracts and documentation, project management, sub-contractor negotiating and problem solving expertise are all extremely important to many of WKD's clients. They appreciate and value the peace of mind John's experience affords them.

For his work on historic homes, John received the first preservation award given by Historic Salem for work outside of Salem's Historic District and his interiors work has been featured in many prestigious publications. He is also a frequent contributor to New England Home magazine's blog on topics relating to interiors, architectural detailing and older home renovation.

We love to listen to our clients' travel stories, and then help them incorporate their stories into their home, visually, in ​​​​​​​a thoughtful way that brings them lasting happiness.

WHERE DO YOU DERIVE YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATION?
S
J

My inspiration comes from the interplay of line, form, rhythm, symmetry and proportion found in the classical architecture of Europe. During our travels overseas, my husband John and I have taken thousands of photos. We use our memories of all the places we've visited to inform the interior design work we do for our clients, who often are fellow travellers. We love to listen to our clients' travel stories, and then help them incorporate their stories into their home, visually, in a thoughtful way that brings them lasting happiness.

My design work for our clients is inspired by the places we've travelled, where nuanced memories and their associated emotions evoke visual imagery in me. I use these memories to create ideas for our clients they never dreamed they wanted, but when completed, enhance the quality of their lives, everyday.

WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?
S
J

I love to spend time with our son and grandson, to garden!, to read, to travel, to volunteer and I also love to play classical piano.I have a penchant for Chopin and my husband and I host *Steinway Soirees* at our home for our friends and neighbors. We're very involved in the music community in Boston and love to work with clients who share our appreciation for the harmony and beauty inherent within classical music.

Like Sally, I enjoy spending time with our son and grandson, and gardening. With classical music or opera playing in the background, I can immerse myself for hours in tying intricate flies for my fly fishing expeditions on the Battenkill and other New England rivers.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE FOR NEW DESIGNERS?
S
J

Study the elements of classical design thoroughly so you know the rules...and then, when you break them, you will know how to break them in a way that creates lasting beauty and harmony, instead of simply reflecting a passing trend.

Learn to draw well. Grow to understand the feedback the pencil is giving you as you draw a line on a piece of paper. The line is everything. It will help you develop a feel for space, shape, form, proportion, architectural detail and, most importantly, the relationship of one thing to another and the unoccupied space between. Your mind will learn to think and visualize volumetrically in a way impossible to do through computer aided design. With practice and experience, your design work will come to read as poetry...the poetry inherent in the understanding of how to use positive and negative space to create homes that will resonate at the deepest emotional levels for your clients.

Take a look at our work