Celebrating Our 2016 Highlights!
Looking back, Wilson Kelsey Design’s 2016 highlights, first and foremost, include a year of wonderful clients, old and new, who have honored us with their trust and who have given us the freedom to create beautiful homes for them that express their lives, their memories, their stories. Thank you. You know who you are.
Today, we’d also like to take the time to celebrate and share some of the other highlights of our year with you, too, which included receiving awards, having our interior design work published, rebranding our business, re-developing our website and blog and having a number of our projects professionally photographed -both for our own online portfolio and for upcoming publication in 2017.
I now know “where the summer went”.
So, in no particular order, here are the highlights of 2016 for Sally and I.
Awards & RECOGNITION:
2016 started out with being named by Ocean Home Magazine as one of their Top 50 Interior Designers in the USA. This was a total surprise to us and a wonderful one. Thank you, Ocean Home Magazine!
We were so grateful for having received both the Editor’s Choice Award and the Reader’s Choice Award in the category: “Best Body of Work – Traditional Interiors” from the New England regional print publication: Northshore Magazine.
What an honor for Sally and I this was! Thank you, editors and readers! We appreciated this so much! #BONS2016
At this fall’s Builders and Remodeler’s Association Prism Award Ceremony, we were surprised and delighted to learn that our joint submission with our FABulous event partner Woodmeister Master Builders of our “A French Soiree” event was awarded their 2016 Prism Award for “Best Marketing Event of the Year.”
We had such a great time presenting this at Woodmeister’s gorgeous showroom and if you attended this event here in Boston, we both thank you!
Sally and I treasured the opportunity of being featured in an interview with James Swan, founder of The Million Dollar Decorating podcast. You can find out about all that makes us tick by listening, here. Thank you, James!
We were so appreciative of the opportunity to work with three different magazines on the publication of several of our projects:
First, this formerly featureless living room was transformed into an Old World European Grand Salon for our client’s 1907 Pride’s Crossing home and appeared on the cover of the national print publication, Vintage Beautiful magazine. Thank you, Vintage Beautiful! We were so honored to see this project grace your cover!
Secondly, our thanks to you, Design New England Magazine, for your feature story entitled, *Circular Sensation*, that showcased our gut renovation of this Newton, Massachusetts kitchen for a wonderful couple.
Thirdly, working with a first period antique house (1670 ) is a rare and wonderful opportunity. This project is the oldest house that Wilson Kelsey Design has worked on to date.
Old House Journal did a fabulous job revealing and illustrating the research the builder, who is a specialist in timber frame construction, conducted, and the contribution that Sally made to creating a beautiful, yet family friendly home. Read all about it here.
Our thanks to you, the editors at Old House Journal, for this wonderful article.
Re-branding and WEBSITE RE-DESIGN:
Sally and I can’t begin to express how deeply we thank, treasure and appreciate all the hard work, creative thought and energy Leslie Carothers, brand identity expert and social media wizard – founder/principal of The Kaleidoscope Partnership – and the crack team at web design firm, Lesli Ink, put into our rebranding + the copywriting and design of our new website and blog, #DesignCognoscenti, which launched in October.
We brought Leslie on in March of 2016 and, on the re-branding side, she asked the hard questions, helped take us apart and put us back together in a whole new way that fit who we are perfectly. She then did the copywriting and project management for our new website and also introduced us to Lesli Ink, whose team worked with us & with Leslie all the way through to the end.
We wish to especially thank Rebecca and Marissa at Lesli Ink, who did a brilliant job in hearing what we wanted and in then designing all of the graphics for our new logo, website and blog.
Working with the talented photographer, Michael J. Lee, we undertook two major photo shoots this year and had a third project photographed for an upcoming issue of a national shelter magazine.
The first project we shot with Michael was of a kitchen we renovated, with very low ceilings, located in Milton, one of Boston’s suburbs. This gut renovation included custom cabinets, Thermador appliances, a Perrin and Rowe faucet set and Rohl ‘s farm sink.
The crown jewel of this kitchen was the Vermont Danby honed marble countertop and backsplash you see below. The story of this kitchen remodel was featured on a wonderful post written by Carly over at the Boston Design Guide, which you can read here.
Our second project we photographed with Michael was one where Sally had the opportunity to work with a repeat client of ours in Osterville, on Cape Cod. She specified all the furniture, fabrics, drapery, rugs, artwork and accessories for this home’s interior, sunporch and two outdoor patios. The project took less than 6 months from the signing of the agreement with our client to the finished installation, a sign of their trust, considering their busy lives. Thank you!
Finally, this month, December 2016, one of our projects was photographed by a well known national magazine for their 2017 Holiday issue. We are so excited to be able to share this with you next year and a big thank you to our client for their gracious hospitality during the shoot.
VOLUNTEERISM – INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE AND ART
Sally was elected Vice President of the New York City based Institute of National Architecture and Art – New England chapter.
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy. The Institute is headquartered in New York City with regional chapters across the United States. It offers a wide array of programs that are designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical and traditional design, including classes, travel, lectures, and conferences.
Sally looks forward to contributing to the New England chapter’s growth in the New Year, and helping to advance an appreciation for the beauty of the classical tradition within the next generation of architects, interior designers and classical interior aficionados.
And that’s 2016 in a nutshell.
Once again, thank you to you, if you are a client of ours reading this, for allowing us the honor of working with you. We are deeply appreciative and hope you and your families have a wonderful New Year, full of all that brings you joy!
And to our readers & subscribers, thank you for your attention and for your time. We appreciate it so much and we wish you and your families and friends a very happy New Year!
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