Looking Ahead to 2017
Happy New Year to each of you! Looking ahead to 2017, we are excited and thankful to have new design projects in house, from both repeat clients and new clients, while at the same time starting the year doing a bit of traveling so we can bring you, #DesignCognoscenti readers, inspiring, fresh new ideas for your own kitchens, baths and homes.
And, before we start with what’s in store for 2017, we wanted to share our Manchester-By-The-Sea project again, shown above – for any of you that are new to our work and our blog – as it is the title of a popular movie that Sally and I hope to see soon!
LOOKING AHEAD: #BLOGTOURKBIS and #KBIS2017
To recap a bit, I (John) was honored to be invited to be a part of Veronika Miller ‘s ( the CEO of Modenus ) #BlogTourKBIS to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual tradeshow in Orlando, ( #KBIS2017) starting next week, January 9th.
This influencer marketing event, produced by Veronika’s company, is an exciting one, sponsored by some of the top brands in the industry, including Thermador, a vendor Sally and I have specified quite a bit in our kitchen design work.
( For those interested, I wrote a more in-depth post about what #BlogTourKBIS is, here. )
Our recent Milton kitchen design project featured a suite of Thermador’s appliances, as shown below.
Sally will be with me, and while I am on #BlogTourKBIS, she will be researching new vendors and also attending the International Builder’s Show, ( #IBSOrlando ), being held concurrently, since a large part of what we do for our Boston area clients, in both our kitchen design work and our historical preservation work, involves gut remodels + architectural renovation and construction.
In addition to Thermador, (which celebrated its 100th year in business in 2016), other #BlogTourKBIS sponsors are the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show ( #KBIS ), Wilsonart, Mohawk, Lixil Water Technology and its associated brands: American Standard, DXV, & Grohe, and also Metrie, (which celebrated its 90th year in business in 2016 – see #Metrie90) and Wellborn Cabinetry. For an in-depth post about our sponsors, click this.
While there, we will also both be very focused on researching & learning about the latest smart home appliances and smart home innovations, and how we can incorporate them into your homes and kitchens in the years ahead to save you money, add convenience, and give you more connectivity with your families and friends.
You will be able to join us virtually via this blog ( please follow our blog’s tag, #Design Cognoscenti ) and also by liking and following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter & on the tag of #designhounds. See http://designhounds.com/wilsonkelseydesign.
As mentioned above, we are currently working on several new projects, too.
One we are very excited about is the design of a dramatic powder room for a client in a grand old estate on Boston’s North Shore. Our client has asked us for a design that respectfully reinterprets the home’s original details in a dramatic new way.
Our client frequently travels to Paris on business, so we are considering bold, high contrast paint schemes inspired by our own visits to French chateaus.
The artwork of 19th century artist, Hingham, Massachusetts born Walter Gay, who moved to Paris and bought Chateau Breau in 1907 with his wife, Matilda Travers and restored it, has also inspired us. When he died in 1937, his obituary in the New York Times called him “the dean of American artists living in Paris” and later mounted a memorial exhibition of his work.
In February, we are looking forward to seeing our Prides Crossing project (the kitchen of which is shown below) featured in Ocean Home magazine. Originally the carriage house of one of Manchester-by-the Sea’s grand coastal estates, we discussed the 150 year history of Boston’s Gold Coast with the magazine’s editor and we hope you will enjoy reading about it when the story is in print.
In early March, we will be in Los Angeles attending the Design Bloggers Conference to learn and bring back great ideas on how to improve our blog and share our knowledge with you via our social media channels.
We will make time to have a glass of wine with our Boston friend, Adam Japko, the owner of Esteem Media and the organizer/producer of the #DBC2017 conference and we will also reconnect with dear Institute of Classical Architecture and Arts friends, tour several historic homes and visit several factories of the vendors we frequently specify in our work.
At the end of this year, we will have a home we designed in 2016, featured in a well known national interior design magazine and we are very excited to share that with you! We would like to extend our appreciation to our clients who allowed us into their home – in December during the middle of their family’s holiday season – for this photo shoot.
Design, design, design, cooking, gardening, volunteering, classical piano concerts and ICAA duties for Sally, fly tie-ing, fly-fishing, drawing and photography for me & lots of weekend time with our grandson, Max!
I tied these fly pins over the holiday season, meant to be worn, and am looking forward to bringing a few of them with me to the upcoming Kitchen and Bath Industry show.
For both Sally and me, the poetry of the line through air – inherent in one of my hobbies, fly-fishing – is our muse. Are you a fly fishing aficionado, too?
I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
*The Arrow and The Song*
We look forward to seeing you soon, friends, and to making new ones, and thank you, most of all, to those of you who are our clients, who allow us to breathe new life into your homes, so the song of your lives can be heard by all who enter.
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