I truly believe travel allows us a unique opportunity to reconnect with ourselves. I love Italy, as you know, but even a day trip will do the trick! This morning I am going to Boothbay, ME about an hour from home. Wayne Dyer said, “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” I agree. My father always used to say, perspective is everything. So on this cold Maine winter day, I am going to change the way I look at things and discover the beauty within my state. Travel even a short trip can help you rediscover yourself!

Sometimes I need to use visualization to travel. I can not be in Europe all the time, so I meditate and take myself to my favorite destinations. I love courtyards and fountains they are often part of my visualization!

I am however planning my retreats to Europe! Come discover Europe with me! We will learn about culture through food, art, architecture, and people.

How do you feel about travel? I surround myself with fellow travelers, but I understand some people do not like to travel at all! Are you a lover of travel? Let me know how you feel by commenting on this post!

Have a lovely day! Remember perspective is everything.

XOXO Celia

The streets of Lisbon are full of art!

Every where I look I see art in Lisbon! I love it!

Hope you enjoy it too!



The wonderful world of wallcoverings

As a designer, the first thing I used to do to freshen an interior was to strip the wallpaper, but wallpaper has become hip. Over the last few years, we have seen wallpaper trending, mostly due to the reintroduction of grasscloths.

Fortunately, wallpaper companies have spread their wings and gotten much more creative. One of my favorite wallcovering companies is Phillip Jeffries. They have elevated wallcoverings to the level of an art.

This reminds me of a stormy day.

Here are a few of my favorite wallcoverings from Phillip Jefferies. When these are used in space, it sets the tone for the design, and they pair so well with the wide plank flooring that is currently being so widely used.

This is art!
I love this it is actually wood. So chic.

I also love Mineheart wallcoverings; they are more mural than wallpaper. Wallcoverings are not only for walls but also can be strikingly beautiful on the ceiling.

I love angels this wallpaper makes me happy.
This paneled wall-covering would be so pretty on a ceiling.

I have just started ordering from Wallquest Wallpapers; they have some lovely options. I think map murals can be compelling in a powder room or even a pantry…small spaces where you are looking for an exciting twist to your design.

Gay Paris in a mudroom…why not?

I think wallpaper is terrific when used in small quantities, and I believe that quality is essential. Please use quality over quantity when considering your walls. Entry halls, mudrooms, and powder rooms are fantastic places to use wallpaper.

My advice make a statement in a small space with fabulous quality paper!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post, and I look forward to reading your comments. If you have topic ideas for my blog, please let m know.

Special thanks to Phillip Jeffries, Wallquest, and Mineheart for their incredible wallcoverings.


This is not your parents house…design your home for you and your lifestyle

Hello readers, friends, and family,

I have been thinking about what is similar in each of my projects. I am interested in how non designers home evolve.

My home is a work in progress, I love it…but it can always be improved upon. Design is my passion, and I am always looking for creative ideas for my clients and myself.

One thing we see all the time is clients who feel like they are not actual grown-up unless their home resembles their parent’s homes.

I spend a great deal of time educating my clients about how their home needs to fit their lifestyle. You do not need a formal dining room if you only entertain once a year, you might need a family room or an office, both of which would be used by your family every day. You do not need to have a formal living room without a TV; let’s face it we love our TVs! You need to design your home to work for your daily lifestyle and fill it with things you love!

Here are five things I think are unique for a home.

  1. Spicher & Company Vinyl Floor Cloths
  2. Couture Deco’s:  life-size Trompe l’oeil entriesauthentic-parisian-door-trompe-l-oeil

3. Sydney Harbour’s:  Liquid Copper paint


4. The iconic Eames chair

5. Art is a must! This is by Andrew Faulkner

What do you need to make your house a home? Let me know your thoughts by commenting on or liking my post!

Thank you for stopping by.


My favorite looks for the home in 2015

My favorite looks and ideas for 2015. Which one of these ideas can you incorporate into your home this year?

1. Art Wall-A grouping of art or photos.

photo by Liz Donnelly paintings by Rhonda Pearle


2. White Kitchens: I love white it looks so clean and fresh.


3. Open Shelves…for people that keep them tidy…not for messy folks.


5. Rooms with a cool vibe, I like the table as the centerpiece of the kitchen rather than an island.


6. Black windows…especially in old houses and loft spaces.


7. Orchids, indoor plant groupings, greenhouses etc I love indoor plants especially in the winter when I am trapped inside. photo by Liz Donnelly

tablescape idea

ORCHID tablescape

8.  Interesting paint or wallpaper in an unexpected place like the laundry room or a closet.

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9. Subway tile is still in. This bathroom is great with the window in the shower.

Great window for a small space.

10. Great trim and interesting doors and windows and beams are very popular. I am so glad this is a trend, as it makes my job so much more interesting. Photo Liz Donnelly

An after shot of the hallway.


11. Lastly great fabrics and fun upholstered pieces are my fabulous. Chair: Home Remedies Portland, ME : Photo Liz Donnelly


I am so excited about the projects that I am working on this year! I am living a dream, designing two homes from soup to nuts.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my post! Let me know what you are planning for your home this year. I would love to hear from you.



















Thank you for the Liebster Award nomination


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Power of Flower Blog,

Check out this blog if you have not already done so. I really enjoyed this holiday post, who doesn’t need firmer skin? I had not idea Frankincense had those powers!

As part of this nomination I need to answer A. 11 questions, B. Make 11 new questions, and C. Tell you 11 facts random facts about myself. So 11 seems to be Liebster’s number. D. Nominate 5 blogs for the award.

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A. Questions for the Nominees:

1. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I love design, and I love sharing my ideas with the blogging community.

2. What do you find to be the most difficult part of blogging? I think finding the time to do frequent post difficult.

3. What is your favorite part of the holiday season? DECORATING naturally!

4. What is your least favorite part of the holiday season? Cleaning and putting away all the decorations.

5. What is the best blog post you have written? I like the posts about weddings like this one,

6. What is your favorite holiday movie or special? I like the original “Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

7. What is the last song you listened to? Christmas Must Be Tonight-by The Band (SEE BELOW)

8. What is the last book you read? Katherine Graham’s Biography (long but very good)

11. What is the last place you traveled to? Berkeley, CA

B. 11 New Questions

1. What is the first thing you are going to do in the New Year?

2. Where and with whom are you spending the holidays?

3. What is the best purchase you made this year?

4. What was the last kind act you did?

5. How did you start blogging and why?

6. Who is your blog audience?

7. What do you hope to accomplish in 2015, and how will you do it?

8. Do you like staying home or going out to dinner more?

9. How does your work or blog help your reader?

10. Where do you want to travel to next year?

11. How much time do you spend online a day?

C. 11 Random facts about me

1. I love dogs

2. I cook every meal from scratch with healthy whole ingredients

3. I workout but  in 2015 I need to do it more often

4. I adore my family

5. I do not have time to keep up with Facebook, I like face to face conversations

6. I love my work

7. I enjoy meeting and getting to know people through design, clients, finish carpenters, contractors, plumbers you name it!

8. I like change and to be busy

9. Sleeping is one of my favorite activities

10. If I am unhappy you will know it

11. I cannot spell

D. Blogs I nominate and why

1. Ranting of an Amateur Chef: I love this guy he is very down to earth and fun to follow.

2.Leanne Cole Photography: What an eye this gal has.

3. The London Flower Lover: I have been a fan of this blog for a long time I just love it!

4. The Real Simple Blog

5. Design Therapy:

I would like to see the answers from my nominees!!!!!


‘Liebster Award’ rules for the Next Guy/Gal:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 –11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

Chic Modern Dorm Room Design

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We are in the midst of dorm room design season. It has been a long time since I lived in a dorm, but I am sending my son off to college next week. I wish I could go back to college!

I was asked to put together a dorm room dream board by Modani ( it was such fun! As you know I am currently in love with wallpaper, so in addition to the items I picked out on Modani, I would do an accent wall with temporary wallpaper.

I like fun graphics like this one I found on Etsy. (Livettes shop on Etsy.)


Maybe if I had a chic dorm room, I would have done better in school?

Here is my dream board, all items can be found at , or one of there modern furniture store locations.

College Dorm Room

1. All dorm rooms need a cozy rug, this grey shag rug is fabulous!

2. I love fun patterns and twin extra long bedding is not very exciting so I have added these fun pillows!

3. Meditation a must for any room, but especially for students.

4.  I love this fun storage cabinet! The color is fantastic!!

5. I wish I had a coat rack in my dorm room, bulky coats do not fit in those mini closets.

6. NYC art…I love this because you see something new every time you look at it.

7. A filing cabinet to keep you organized.

8. I love this floor lamp because the height is adjustable.

9, Finally, I love these tufted cubes I would get two for the foot of the bed. They can be used as additional seating or to hold piles of stuff!

What is your dorm room must have? Do you like bright colors or do you like an all white room?

Thank you for stopping by. If you like this post let me know by liking it, if you have something to add to this topic please comment! I hope you are all doing well this fall.

Best, Celia

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Phoebe Porteous, Amazing Maine Artist

If you follow my blog, you know that I think art is a must in every home! Art finishes a room, acts as the focal point, or even sets the entire palette for a space. Maine artist Phoebe Porteous’s art is just the right addition to any home.

I have been captivated by the work of  Phoebe Porteous for several years. Her work has been come very popular, and as a result her original painting are not inexpensive. The Elizabeth Moss Gallery who represents Porteous, has found a way to make her work more affordable. They are offering prints of her work, this will allow me to use her work in many more of the homes I design.


Look at her site to see if there is a print you love.


To learn more about Phoebe read her biography below:

Phoebe Porteous has spent her life exploring the landscape – the lakes, mountains, and coastline ­– of Maine. In the eight years since she began painting, she has turned those explorations into vivid and colorful paintings that portray the essence of the state. Her work looks at the relationships between colors in nature as well as the changing quality of light.

Artist’s Statement

In my paintings I try to capture the sense of timelessness in Maine, to capture what I love about Maine and what I loved about my childhood. Many of the places I choose to paint are places I have visited throughout my life, and I try to distill the essence of what I have always found there.

I often begin paintings on site and then move into my studio. It is there that I look for the rhythm in the painting and pay attention to the texture of the paint. This is the time when I edit details, shift a building, move a tree, and simplify the scene. When enough layers of color have been laid on to satisfy me, there is a glimpse of the moment that captured my interest initially.

I need the feeling that I know a place before I can put it on canvas. Maine is in my genes, in my bones, and in my senses. I paint when and where I can, always looking for that scene or that light that catches you up and holds you and makes you almost cry for its simplicity, purity, color, and clarity.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you will not only look at her work on but you will add one of her prints or paintings  to your art collection!

I love this one it is so beautiful!


Enjoy the last official weekend of summer.

Best, Celia


How can a designer not be inspired by the beauty of Italy

I have just spent 8 days being inspired by the beauty of Italy! It is such a wonderful and colorful country.

The Amazing Vatican

St. Peters Basilica


The pinecone came from ancient Rome, and was moved to the Vatican to decorate this courtyard…how amazing is this sculpture?


St. Peter’s Square was truly awe inspiring.



A young Mary holding Jesus after he was crucified.


This is the bathtub of one of the emperors



Rome Inspiration

View from one of the hills of Rome…we went to a few…maybe Aventine?


Our neighborhood fruit and vegetable stand!


The Pantheon…look at the light…there is no electricity in this building


My favorite building in Rome, Vittorio Emanuele II monument.


The sculptures in Rome are incredible!


A Basilica, one of many we saw and loved…I adore the molding, and the color in the paintings.


The stories are told in stone in Rome,  this is the Arch of Constantine.


Look at the layers of decorative work, my poor carpenters will be complaining about my molding specifications from now on!


A wonderful street in our neighborhood


Our terrace…lovely and peaceful.


I love the details…look beautiful hardware to hold shutters open.


Capri: Colors and Texture




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If you want to be inspired by design, art, sculpture or history, Italy, specifically Rome is the place to go. I hope you will go if you have not been…it is worth the trip!

Thank you for stopping by if you like this post please let me know by commenting. I hope you are all enjoying your summer.

Best, Celia

Your entry is your home’s first impression

Your entry is your home’s first impression. As you know, you only have one chance to make a first impression.

Designing an Entry/Foyer (or in Maine the mudroom)

  • Great walls are a must… use a wonderful wallpaper, a saturated paint color or consider a decorative paint finish.
  • Your entry floor can be a place to have fun too. If you have hardwood you can add a border, or you can splurge on a spectacular rug, or tile the space with specialty tile.
  • Every entry needs seating of some type, a bench, a chair or a Settee.
  • You must have a mirror in this space as well! Your guests and family alike will appreciate this touch.
  • Storage of some sort will help you use your space to its fullest.
  • Your entry needs to be well-lit, either lamps, overhead lighting or sconces.
  • Your foyer is also a great place to display art or a collection.

Here is my mood board for a  chic city condo foyer.

Your mudroom, entry hall or foyer sets the mood and style for your home…do not forget to make it fabulous!

What is your next project? Are you dreaming of a new bedroom or bathroom?

My next post will be the idea board for a Master bathroom in a wonderful old Maine home.

Thank you for stopping by.

Best, Celia


Are You Hosting Thanksgiving? Deck Your Halls For Fall.

I love everything about Thanksgiving, the colors of fall, the crisp air, and the smells of Thanksgiving dinner cooking.

Are you hosting this year? Perhaps some of these ideas will help you decorate for the holiday.

(Dining Room photo: Liz Donnelly)

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cool serving thanksgiving


linen napkins

wine glasses


  1. $40 SPOON SIGN
  2. $90 WREATH
  3. $35 Pillow
  6. Gourd luminaries $69-$119||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-
  7. Velvet pumpkins locally at Dwellings – call for colors & sizes 207-781-3711
  8. Wood serving pieces $200
  9. Great white Vietri dishes available  in the Portland area at Home Remedies and Dwellings
  10. Linen napkins $79 for 16 napkins
  11. Wine glasses (set of 6)  $51||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

I hope you enjoyed seeing these ideas. I love those velvet pumpkins! I just bought them for a client, and maybe I will get them for myself next year.

Enjoy fall!~

Best, Celia

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The Making of a Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Musts

Photos: Liz Donnelly


  • Soft seating: I think every bedroom needs a comfortable place to sit. As you can see black lab Coco Chanel likes the chair and ottoman in this bedroom.
  • A fantastic bed frame and mattress, mattresses last 25 years so buy a good one.
  • Desk: I  like having a desk in the bedroom, here we have a small writing desk that we painted glossy white. Above the desk we have a book shelf made of books, a vision board, and some photos.
  • TV: yes I know we are supposed to keep them out of the bedroom but, let’s be honest it is nice to relax in bed and watch TV.
  • Fireplace: a fireplace is not a must but it is nice to have, especially during Maine winters.
  • Art: please do not forget to dress your walls. You do not have to spend a lot of money. Go to art shows or galleries and start collecting.
  • Windows-you do not need big heavy drapes, these linen curtain panels are inexpensive but effective.
  • Paint is very important to a well designed bedroom. I like soothing colors in a bedroom, this does not mean pastels they can be saturated colors but they need to make you feel calm.
  • I also like to have fresh flowers in a bedroom, in fact I might need to go to the florist today!
  • Bedside tables-bedside tables with storage for books, and all the other stuff you want close by but do not want to see.

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Where we shopped for these items…

  1. Bed
  2. Chair and ottoman
  3. Desk
  4. Linen Desk Chair{keyword}&adtype=pla
  5. Book shelf made of books
  6. Art
  7. Paint: Benjamin Moore – Quiet Moments
  8. Curtain Panels
  9. Quilt-Home Remedies –
  10. Decorative Glass Jars-Dwellings, Falmouth, ME  207-781-3711
  11. Bedside tables

Well, I hope you liked seeing what went into this master bedroom. If you are considering a master makeover feel free to ask me questions!

Let me know what you think, I love your comments and likes. Thank you for stopping by, if you are not already following my blog please click the follow button and sign up.

Enjoy Fall…winter is coming.

Best, Celia