Formed in 1985, Wellesley Design Consultants, Inc. is handling interior design for Waterstone at Wellesley. WDC is highly experienced with interior design services for adult living. In fact, WDC has a special area of focus and expertise with senior living, ranging from communities designed for active adults to those that include health care services. WDC has handled large-scale local, state and national projects. Anne Webb-Johnson is design principal, president, and founding principal of WDC. Before moving to the Boston area in 1973, she worked in firms in the Bahamas and England. Anne discusses Waterstone at Wellesley below.
Where is your team drawing inspiration for the general atmosphere of the community?
We are drawing inspiration from the exciting building that the architects have created and the trees and river that are a part of this site. The interiors will feature natural wood and stone in a style that is a 21st century interpretation of Arts and Crafts. The many fireplaces will feature handmade-glazed tiles in rich colors to complement the textures around them.
Tell us more about the community features, and are there elements that relate to the Wellesley community and surrounding area?
The Waterstone community will feature a number of dining venues from an elegant dining room to an informal café. There will be a swimming pool with adjoining outdoor space on the riverside, and it will be adjacent to a well-equipped exercise facility. There is an emphasis on activity and involvement both within the building and with the larger community. For quieter moments, there is a large library with computer access and separate reading nooks. As a former Wellesley resident, I feel a strong attachment to the town. Wellesley has some great academic institutions and active, well-educated residents who are involved in the town. It also has easy access to all that Boston has to offer and we are looking to provide a building that will allow these interests to continue throughout the residents’ lives.
How will the community feel and the design flow from the apartments to common areas?
Waterstone will feel warm, spacious, comfortable and vibrant. We are looking to create an interior that is neither overwhelming nor stark but rather is welcoming as is one’s home or a favorite club. The color schemes in the common areas will flow into the residential corridors to give the building a unified design.
In terms of interior design, what will be unique about Waterstone at Wellesley?
We incorporated many solutions to the interior environment that make life easier as we grow older, but these will be done in such a way to create an interior that is both timeless and current. The community will feel very much a part of the outside world and its proximity to the shops and restaurants on Washington Street will reinforce this.