Learn how a simple color palette can create a sophisticated decor.
SANDY KELLY IS ALL ABOUT UNITY IN DESIGN and her home is a study in that endeavor. Furnishings, elements and paint colors all work within a limited realm that helps create a soothing country abode. An ironstone slop pot is upstyled into a generous vase of flowers. A stately pine dresser has a more subdued presence in a flat, rustic finish. Delicate alabaster lamps thread throughout the home showing off shapely bases over colorful scene stealers. A pine bed has all the ornamentation of a fancy headboard but works in unison with a trunk and bureau of the same shade.
TURN A PAIR OF TWIN BEDS INTO A KING BY UNIFYING INTO ONE PIECE WITH BOLTS AND SCREWS.
PAINT IS QUICK AND TRANSFORMATIVE. PAINT PIECES IN ALL ONE SHADE AND DISTRESS TO BRING MOLDING DETAILS TO THE FOREFRONT.
Sandy’s search for furnishings takes her to all kinds of sales venues. As an antiques dealer, she often displays at shows such as the famous Brimfield flea market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Shapes and furniture details reign supreme in her quest. A single paint color can reinvent the darkest pieces of wood furniture. Visit Sandy’s booth at Brimfield during the May show. Her business is called Flax in Bloom and she displays at New England Motel. A plaque from the facade (right) details the history of this early American house.
A collage of Sandy’s style shows a penchant for detailed subtleties. A comfy club chair is layered with pillows of upcycled grain sacks in shades of gray. Ironstone cups in multiple shades create an interesting collection. Alabaster birdbaths make an instant centerpiece on the dining table. A lamp base made of an architectural finial is a flea-market find reborn. Sandy’s Yorkshire terrier Ned is caramel colored like the floors throughout the home. A mini statuary featured within the desk niche is a prized piece. Kitchen counters in black granite show off Sandy’s ironstone collection. A table detail comes to the forefront contrasted by a dark wax finish.
Tables, cupboards, bureaus and chairs all get coordinating shades of gray to create a home of upstyled country.
A grand secretary desk is simple and unimposing in a shade of gray that almost matches the wall color. Sandy’s silver collection adds a bit of sparkle and shine.
Peek through a doorway into the living room and experience symmetry in design. The room is pleasant and sophisticated yet casual and welcoming.
The vintage pine floors in the bedroom bring the furnishings together in a single color thread. Handpainted canvases on the wall by artist Jennifer Lanne are done in coordinating shades of gray to meld easily into the interior.
Beige, white, black and gray are the shades of paint that thread through the entire home. “In a world of disorder, my home is an oasis, a getaway, a place of calm,” says homeowner and antiques dealer Sandy Kelly.
A corner of Sandy’s bedroom is a study in her style. A pine table provides a foundation for alabaster, ironstone and a vintage mirror in a whitewashed shade of gray— simple and serene.