Monday, April 2, 2012

Amazing French Country Kitchen

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I adore interior brick walls, so I was immediately smitten with this French Country Kitchen by designers, Sally Wilson and John Kelsey of Wilson Kelsey Design. These award winning designers have been creating gorgeous interiors for over 25 years. They were a perfect choice for this homeowner who longed for a large European style space that would encourage family gatherings. The kitchen was gutted and then thoughtfully redesigned by Wilson Kelsey Design providing stunning results.


The exposed brick walls are accented with aged interior shutters. If you look closely you can see two islands; one for food prep and one for gathering. To enhance the old world feel notice that the appliances are hidden away behind the beautiful custom cabinetry. On the left the cabinetry hides two Sub Zero refrigerators. I especially love the the large copper apron front sink. You can see how the sink has already taken on a wonderful patina.

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The aged finishes on the cabinetry are quite beautiful. Here is a close up. You can also see a better view of the prep island.

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No French inspired kitchen is complete with out a large stove. I love the toile inspired tile backsplash. Notice the distressing on the cabinet to the left. Wilson Kelsey Design is well known for their great attention to details!

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Adjacent to the center island is the wonderful eating area. The antique chandelier is one of two in the kitchen, you can spy the other over the sink area.

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(image by Laura Moss)

A custom built-in sofa was designed to face the new gas fireplace and to encourage lingering at the table.

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Above a closer look at the new gas fireplace which adds a wonderful ambiance and creates a very cozy eating area.

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In an effort to reduce overhead cabinetry and to increase storage a butlers pantry was added to the design. Notice the arched ceiling niche, copper sink and beautiful wall sconces. It’s all these small details that add so much to the old world feel.

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It's not a surprise that because of the thoughtful design by Wilson Kelsey, the homeowners find that they love to gather and linger in the their new space.

Special thanks to Sally Wilson and John Kelsey for sharing their wonderful work with us!

To see more of Wilson Kelsey Design click HERE

To read their wonderful blog click HERE

To see more of Photographer Sam Gray’s work click HERE

(All written content copyrighted by Willow Décor, Photos by Sam Gray and property of Wilson Kelsey; not be used with out permission)


  1. It is a beautiful kitchen, Gina. I too love the brick and hiding the appliances where possible. The fireplace in the sitting area is delightful. I had one in my NY home and, besides the ambiance, it was just what was needed to take the chill off on winter mornings -- not a need I have here in Florida. I like the mix of cabinet finishes too. It gives the room a collected look. And who doesn't love a butler's pantry? Thanks for showing this lovely kitchen to us. Have a wonderful day.

  2. The kitchen looks like it has always been here, finishes and all - in a good way. The detail on the range hood and side cabinets is impressive. Not all Designers are able to blend so many finishes together, but they do it well.

  3. I love exposed brick walls. They seem to impart a sense of history. The charcoal (or black) cabinetry is so intricately detailed. Very pretty...I'm pretty sure I could be a better cook in a kitchen like that! :-)

  4. Oh, dear. Obviously, I'm going to need "more houses." This kitchen, too, is just gorgeous!!! franki

  5. Hi there...what a beautiful post! I love all the rich colors, textures and intersting elements, such a refreshing change from the cookie cutter, white kitchens that are seen everywhere (as beautiful as they are) this was such a treat!

  6. That is just a gorgeous kitchen. WOW. Don't you love all the brick and rich color tones? xo Diana

  7. I love this post. I bricked our family room wall because I love the cozy, warm ambiance created by old looking brick. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower!

  8. Beautiful example of the warmth of french country design!

  9. beautiful.....smiles

  10. Must see the garden.

    It's my test. Is it worthy?

    House AND garden in alignment.

    Vanishing threshold.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  11. so warm and inviting. i'm your newest follower because apparently i never clicked that little button! ah! i've been popping over for a long time. it's official now.

    smiles to you.


  12. awesome house decor it shows traditional style....

  13. Brick and gray! Both will be part of my dream kitchen!

    Love to you.


    P.S Remind me to tell you about the hamster. Freaky story... Happened right after we spoke!

  14. We are in the early early days of planning another move, another home and I am gathering like crazy ( ideas for new home rooms & gardens etc) .. the brick in the kitchen and the toile tile are at the top of my list !

  15. As you said, Gina... This is an amazing French country kitchen! Love it!

    Have a wonderful day!


    Luciane at

    PS: If you a minute, please drop by to enter my Giveaway! :-)

  16. Beautiful kitchen....absolutely lovely.

  17. Classic and very cozy! Lovely post!

  18. I love every's warm, classic but a little very charming. I want it!


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