I stand with Italy

I love Italy, and my heart is breaking for my home away from home! Stay healthy, enjoy your family, stay home!

We can all do our part to keep this from spreading by staying home. I am virtually traveling by watching travel shows, reading blogs and books!

Please stay safe & healthy.

Xo, Celia

Thank you for the Liebster Award nomination


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Power of Flower Blog, www.powerofflowerblog.wordpress.com

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!http://powerofflowersblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/frankincense-makes-perfect-sense/

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, https://celiabedilia.com/2014/09/21/my-favorite-new-wedding-trend-floral-table-runners/

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.  http://rantingchef.com/

2.Leanne Cole Photography: What an eye this gal has. http://leannecolephotography.com/

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 http://simplystated.realsimple.com/

5. Design Therapy: www.designtherapy.com

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!).

Happy Spring

Photos:Liz Donnelly
Photos:Liz Donnelly

Hello Celia Bedilia Family,

I want to wish you all a very happy Passover, Easter & Spring. I am so thankful to have you all following my blog, and supporting my business. I have been in a blog-class this month and lots of changes are in the works for the Celia Bedilia. Wow, it is a lot of work to keep up with the ways of the web! I look forward to your feedback.

As always if you are not a follower please sign up to follow our blog, by clicking the follow button. If you like this or any post let us know by liking it, and let me know your thoughts by commenting!

I hope you all are enjoying SPRING.





Blogs I Love and Why…

Celia Bedilia’s list of blogs I love and why!

During the month of March, I am taking an online class on blogging from Decor8 called Blogging Your Way (BYW). I did not know much about the e-course before signing up for it. I have really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to take their blog to the next level. It is chalk full of very helpful content.

This week we were asked to make a list of 10 blogs we love, and explain why we loved them.

I thought I would share my list with you!

1.Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time



I like this blog because it is full of inventive & obtainable ideas. They are blogging about real people and affordable solutions. They really involve the reader in their blog, and as a reader this makes you feel like you are a part of something. I love their mission statement and have included it below.

MISSION: Helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.

2. Real Simple- Life Made Easier  http://simplystated.realsimple.com

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Life Made Easier- (great motto)

I love this blog!  It is informative, easy to follow and not fussy. I find the categories interesting too (see below).

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3. The Good Old Dayzwww.thegoodolddayz.wordpress.com


This is a French blog, I love the photos and the vintage vibe. I think the entire site is very well put together from the logo to the fonts, it all reads as vintage, and that is their message!

4. North Leads to Home http://northleadstohome.com/  (BYW)


I think Kiki (the blogger behind NLTH) brings a youthful exuberance to her blog. I have been in the design field in one facet or another for 20+ years, and I love her fresh take on design. I think her entire blog is set-up to show her personal style with the polka dots background to her photo (above).

5. The London Flower Lover  http://thelondonflowerlover.wordpress.com/


The team at The London Flower Lover blog has a pasion for flowers. They have lovely pictures which they have added their email address to.  After this weeks class, I have learned to put my website on my photos. They also use video and flash on their site without making if feel too professional…it still has a real feel to it.

6. Chronicle Books Blog http://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog


They have tons of categories so there is something for everyone. It is a very clean and simple site, I think that is important when you are selling goods. I like the fact that they have chronicle books employees write posts about their jobs (My sister is Design Director and  wrote the post below). I been reading this blog for a long time and I am amazed at the quality of books they publish.


7. Making it Lovely  http://makingitlovely.com/


  • Nicole Balch the voice behind Making it Lovely is so hip and in-tuned to design.
  • She has a marvelous and casual tone throughout her blog.
  • The set-up of the blog brings you in and makes you want to read more, I even like the advertisers.

8. The Lettered Cottage http://theletteredcottage.net/


  • They have a great feature called “Pick My Presto” where people send in their design dilemmas and then Kevin & Layla (the brains behind the blog) virtually redesigns the rooms for them. Very clever (see an example above)
  • They also have a feature “Guest My Nest” where they travel and redesign cottages. It is very sweet and fun to read.
  • If you like shabby chic-cottage style you will like this blog.

9. Heather B Design http://www.heatherbdesign.com/blog/ (BYW)

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  • FABULOUS BLOG, fellow Mainer, Heather Boissonneau is a very talented blogger.
  • I love the crisp feel to the blog, it is very visually pleasing. I am sure that people pin her posts all the time!
  • I think her content is interesting as well as very well displayed.
  • It is very clear to the reader who she is, and what she brings to the blogosphere.

10. Lolalina: http://www.lolalina.com/ (BYW)

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  • Laure Gaskill is the genius behind this blog.
  • I love the way she has a lot going on and yet the site does not seem busy.Maybe this is because the linen background is very soothing.
  • I enjoy her writing style you feel like you know her after reading her posts.
  • I want to read more…isn’t that enough?

Although I thought I was done with homework (forever) I have found the assignments in the BYW e-course from Decor8 to be a very important component of the class.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Let us know by liking it!

What blogs do you love? What makes them appealing to you? Share them with me and my readers  and feel free to tell me about your blog and why you love writing it!

Thank you as always for supporting Celia Bedilia. If you are not a part of the Celia Bedilia Family…add your email address to our FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL box and join the family.

Best, Celia

It Has Been a Doggone Good Year

One of the things I like best about my job is getting to know the dogs that I am designing for.

My photographer Liz Donnelly is amazing at capturing these adorable family members.

All of us at Celia Bedilia wish you a wonderful 2013.

Here are some of our favorite photos of 2012.

I want to thank Liz for all her great work for me this year. If anyone needs a fantastic photographer please consider Liz Donnelly www.lizdonnellyphotography.net








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Thank you for a great year. I am so thankful for all of you Celia Bedilia followers.

I wish you a very happy and healthy new year!

Best, Celia

P.S. If you like this post let us know, LIKE the post, If you want to tell me something comment and most importantly if you do not follow our blog…please start by adding your email to our follow box.



Pinterest Inspires Creative & Unique Wedding

This weekend I did the flowers and decor for my friend and photographer Liz Donnelly.

We had no budget…and by that I do not mean a unlimitted budget, I mean we needed to keep all decor to a few hundred dollars. So we turned to Pinterest for ideas! The wedding was held at the largest log cabin in the world ( it was a bit run down too) and because the structure is all wood and old we could have not open flames…no flames at all in fact. So we had to use all battery candles.

My dearest friend (and coworker) Anne Sowles helped me pull this off! She also took the photos. I hope you like our inspiration and our results!

The first thing guests saw was the gift table…we used lite branches (bought on sale), pinecones and moss (collected), mason jars with candles and ribbon $13/ for 10. and fresh-cut Hydrangeas (donated by Tracy of friend of the brides)

Our Inspiration for Hanging lights….

Our budget friendly version of the ideas above! We used white Burlap (very inexpensive $1.89 a yard) and hung it from the ceiling and then strung white lights (make sure the cords are white so they bo not show) inside of it! Thank you Jeff, Lisa and Jess Skillins (www.skillins.com)  you all helped us so much! We then hung tons of white paper lanterns in all different shapes and sizes to add interest and demension to the room.

Centerpieces without too much expense…but lots of time!

Pinterest Inspiration:

Our version: branches (free) ,dried Hydrangeas (free), birch bark (free), Vase $2.99, 6 hanging votive holders $12

Total $15

Our Pinterest inspiration…

Our Version…boy this takes a long time to do but it was very effective and only cost about $7 an arrangement. for this project you need a vase, branches, moss, tissue paper, and floral wire…and time!

We were inspired by Pinterest for the hanging marshmallows too but I could not find the photo.

Unfortunately our pictures not do this justice. We took 2 huge branches (5-6 feet) and added strings or marshmallows at different heights, the results were very cool almost like snow!

This photo also high lights our “date in lights” project. For this we used white foam-core board and white lights we used a drill to make the holes and the stuck the lights into the holes…it was that easy!



We hope you enjoyed this post…stay tuned for the professional photographs as the include all of the fresh flowers and the bridemaids bouquets!

Please follow our blog…by clicking the follow button.

Thank you for reading and let me know your thoughts.

Best, Celia


What is happening today in design!

What is happening today in design!.

I have to say this is really is a wonderful product! I wish I had brought some on vacation with me. I am now in Florida celebrating my mother-in-laws 80th birthday. I have painted their condo interior, cooked and shopped! I feel lucky to have them. I have no parents of my own and they are very special…family means more as you age!

Best to you all and thank you for reading my blog.

I will have new fresh presses upon my arrival home.


Thank you for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award~


Coco CEO of Celia Bedilia


I am so thrilled to have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. I really enjoy blogging and truly appreciate the nomination from http://thewrightsstuff.wordpress.com. I am always interested in the threads that connect us all to each other. I love this blog both for its beautiful imagery and for the wonderful writing!


So this is what I need to do for the award nomination!

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  1. Post the blog award image on your page.

  1. Tell 7 facts about yourself.
  1. 1.      I was born and grew up in Washington DC. This is very unusual as most people who say they live in Washington actually live in Virginia and Maryland.
  2. 2.      I love dogs, sometime more than humans. In fact Coco my black lab is the CEO of my company.
  3. 3.      I cook almost every night, and use only whole and natural ingredients. No preservatives for me!
  4. 4.      I have two children and a wonderful husband.
  5. 5.      I own my own business (Celia Bedilia) and try to work with other small and local business.
  6. 6.      I am always busy, I get up and go full speed until after dinner and then I crash…hard.
  7. 7.      I love Travel and spend a lot of time in South East Asia.
  8. 8.      I am giving you and extra fact…I think humor is the key to happiness!


  1. Nominate 15 other blogs and let the nominees know they been chosen,
  1. 1.  http://cookingwithdrew.com/ (beautiful cooking blog)
  2. 2.       http://www.laylagrayce.com/blog/ (design with style)
  3. 3.       http://lizdonnellyphotography.wordpress.com/ (great photos)
  4. 4.      http://thewrightsstuff.wordpress.com (well written and visually lovely)
  5. 5.       http://thelondonflowerlover.wordpress.com/ (gorgeous)
  6. 6.       http://stasiaalexa.wordpress.com/ (travel)
  7. 7.       http://alotonyourplate.wordpress.com/ (great foodie blog)
  8. 8.       http://sadieanddasie.wordpress.com/ (dog loving…like me)
  9. 9.       http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ (LOVE)
  10. 10.   http://maggiesonebuttkitchen.wordpress.com/ (YUM)
  11. 11.   http://simplystated.realsimple.com (great go to blog by Real Simple)
  12. 12.   http://vintagelivingmagazine.wordpress.com/ (vintage COOL)
  13. 13.   http://www.designshuffle.com/blog/ (Interesting)
  14. 14.   http://kerryquade.com/ (amazing)
  15. 15.   http://www.jonathanadler.com/blog/ (Who doesn’t love Jonathan?)

Ok well that is that! Thank you for this honor! I am thrilled to be thought of as ONE LOVELY BLOG!

Stay tuned for summer salads…my next post!