As many of you know, I have added meditation to my daily routine. It has brought clarity to every aspect of my life. I am a happier and more present person. 

I realize that my new calmer personality has worked its way into my design aesthetic. Here is a vision board for a coastal dining room, it is a very peaceful space. I used to feel like my work was just about designing beautiful spaces, I now see that I have the honor of creating retreats for my clients. I can give them homes where they can entertain family, decompress from their lives and recharge their batteries.

I am so looking forward to 2019. I am wrapping up several amazing projects, starting new projects, and we will be offering classes and tours in late 2019…stay tuned!

I hope you are enjoying the start of 2019, I am off to meditate and start my day!




White is hot this summer. I love white, and it never feels crisper than in the heat of summer. It is so effective at highlighting texture, form and showcasing the colors with it.

Here are some of my favorite uses of white.

This kitchen from Dwell magazine demonstrates how the texture of the wood and wood tile, really pop when paired with white.

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House Beautiful, featured these beautiful white rooms, the bedroom is so soothing and inviting and the bath looks so clean.

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Look at how the black of doors and the green of the trees pop in this photo from Home and Design.

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In this room, also from Home & Design, white is mixed with soft blue, and chocolate brown is used to showcase the items in the builtin bookcases.

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Do you want to have this look without committing to an entire room? Try adding a collection of white in one area of your home. I love this pottery from Etsy.

Photo below by Liz Donnelly.


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Summer is too short in Maine. I always take the time to freshen, and lighten the look of my house. I want to savor every moment.

Enjoy your summer. I am doing a wedding this weekend hope to have pictures to share soon.



His, Hers, and Moms…incorporating inherited furniture into your home.

One of my favorite clients called me for a consultation. She and her husband have recently down sized to a wonderful Condo in the city. The problem was, they brought nearly everything from their larger suburban house. Some of the furniture; which I has ordered for their home, was just too big for this condo. To add to this cluttered home, they had just inherited some more beautiful but large furniture from her mother. She asked me to come and advise them on what/how to proceed.

This was an interesting process, one that I myself had been through, and in some ways still battle with. If you are like me,  you become attached to things. When my parents died, everything I had of theirs was sacred to me. I managed to fit, all of the furniture, rugs, and art from them into my home. Later, I would admit that it had become a shrine to them, and a visual reminder to me of what I had lost. It took me time but I decided to regain control of my home again, I had to reevaluate everything I had in my home. That is just what I did!

This room in my house was one of my shrines. Here I had my great grandmothers dining table, art, and knickknacks from my parents home. I thought being surrounded by these things would make me happy, after all I was rich with memories. When I reevaluated, I realized we needed to live in the room, not mourn in it. So I turned it into a living room.







The rug and the art, are all that made it into the new design. I love the room, it is lighter, more fresh and very welcoming.

Since I had to go through this process myself, I knew I could help my clients. I met with them and we developed our game plan.  I made them promise to follow through with my advice.

We started by photographing every piece of furniture and art they owned, and printing the photos. We laid all of them out on the dining room table. I had her arrange the items into three categories Must Keep, May Keep & Could Go.

Once this was done we measured all of the must keep items and started a file with these photos and measurements. The second step was to arrange to sell or donate the Could Go pile, I had not told her but, this was really a must go category :).

Before tackling the final pile we looked for design inspiration on Houzz and Pinterest. I had her pick three photos she liked for each room we were tackling. Once she had done that, we would meet again and continue.

What did these photos tell me? It told me she was looking for a clean, streamline design for her home. Everything was neutral greys, tans and whites…and yet in her must keep pile there wasn’t much that reflected these colors or styles.

One problem many of us struggle with is the fact that we have invested in our furniture, and we think we must keep it forever. Unfortunately, when you move that furniture may not be right for your new space. I told her based on her design aesthetic, it might be time to revisit the must keep pile! I reminded her, we could sell what she does not want to keep!

We are now in that process…I will keep you posted.

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Calm, Tonal, Coastal Dining Room

I was asked to put together a dream board for a monochromatic coastal dining room.

As you know gray is still trending, so that is where I started. I love these Benjamin Moore paint colors. I selected this Etsy table because it is long and narrow and great for conversation. The Restoration Hardware chairs are fantastic, they are comfortable, and they tuck into the table which is unusual. I used the painted antique barn doors to add depth to the space, and I thought this Suyra rug tied the tonal look together.

This is such a relaxing place to dine!


I really had fun with this request, if you have a room you are struggling with let me know and I will weigh in with my feedback. Let me know what you thin of this post by commenting or liking it.

Thanks for stopping by!



One Room Four Quadrants

Great rooms and open concept living is here to stay. We have evolved from compartmentalized living to multi purpose living spaces. Today we want one room to have multiple functions, just as we want our phones to do many things. We are multi tasking as a way of life, I think some of us only have virtual free time.

This home shows us exactly how one space can serve many needs, as the living, dining, kitchen and TV area share one space, but they feel separate.

Quadrant 1:The Kitchen, which utilizes two walls of this shared space, the Island helps to define this area.
Photo: Liz Donnelly

Quadrant 2: The TV area, This space is directly in front of the kitchen and shares the cabinet wall with the kitchen. The TV wall, (not shown) is in line with the living room wall. This area also has the access to the deck and backyard.
Photo: Liz Donnelly

Quadrant 3: This is the living room area, it shares a common wall with the dining room space. The front staircase and front door are located in this “formal” section.
Photo: Liz Donnelly

Living section looking towards the dining room.
Photo: Liz Donnelly

Quadrant 4: Dining, the dining area is just off the kitchen and the living space. This is great entertaining space, the island serves as the buffet.
Photo: Liz Donnelly
Photo: Liz Donnelly

What do you think about open concept living? Do you like the idea of everything happening in one space? Do you function better when everything & EVERYONE is close together, or do you prefer closed spaces to get away?

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you  reading my blog! Let me know if you have any questions or comments. If you like this post please let me know by liking it or commenting.



Fifty Shades of Grey…My Top Ten Favorites

Here are my top ten favorite shades of grey!

1. Silver- lights.

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2. Paints…Benjamin Moore has wonderful greys. This is from

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3. Love these floors.


4. These grey kitchen cabinets are a fabulous. (photo Liz Donnelly)

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5. Wonderful wing chairs in a soft grey.

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6. Stainless steel tiles are a lovely.


7. Weathered grey and smoke glass add gray to this space.


8. These charcoal windows are striking.


9. These urns are a lovely shade of grey. (photo Liz Donnelly)


10. This rug is a very soft grey.

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Although I think there are well over fifty shades of beautiful greys, the ones above are some of my favorites.

Do you have any favorites? One of my best friends hates grey, and can’t wait for it to stop being trendy…I think she will be waiting a long time!

Hope you are well. We have a ton of snow here in Maine…winter is very grey here! Hope you like this post let me know by liking or commenting. Stay warm!!!!



Holiday Decorating for Clients

I love this season, I get to check in with my old clients and decorate the houses I have designed with/for them. We have some wonderful projects that we are breaking ground on in January so we are enjoying this peace!

Here are some of the decorations we have done for clients this year. All the photos below were taken by my right & sometimes left hand gal Anne Sowles.

Dining tables

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Buffets & Sideboards

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I hope you are all enjoying this festive season. I am so looking forward to celebrating this year with my family. Two of my siblings and their families are coming to Maine from California! I cannot wait to see them.

Happy Christmas and Best to you and your family in 2015.



Home Goods

Pottery Barn








Dining Room Holiday Decor

PHOTOS: Liz Donnelly

My dining room is our formal entertaining space. The rest of our house is open concept but the dining room is closed off by French doors. It allows me to have my own decorating playroom. I have my great grandparents dining table that seats 12, in its heyday it sat 16 (but people were smaller then). I have a fireplace that was faux painted to look like wood inlay, and lots of sideboards to fill with decorations.

This year my dining room theme is silver and white. I want to use as much of my silver as possible.

For my mantel I have used silver glitter lit branches*, mini candle chandeliers*, white bottle brush trees with silver balls*, silver trees*, silver birch vases*, vintage style silver decorations*, little birds*, and silver NOEL* stocking hangers.




On the buffet I added greens*, silver ornaments*, crackers* and polished up the silver for a simple yet pretty look.


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The  dining table is my favorite. In my vintage looking cages* I have faux flicker candles* and greens, I love the snow flakes* I have hanging in the windows and between the cages, I have 3 simple silver hurricanes*, 4 mini rose arrangements, silver votives*, and my collection of mini silver boxes and figures.

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I love Christmas decorating today I am off to a clients house to do her table and kitchen. I will have more photos coming!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know your thoughts by commenting or liking the post.

Best, Celia


1. Lit Branches-Home Goods, Mini Chandeliers-Simply Home Falmouth, ME, Bottle Brush Trees-Skillins Falmouth, ME, Silver Trees-Nest Brunswick, ME, Vintage Silver decorations-Dwellings Falmouth, ME, Birds-Home Remedies Portland, ME, NOEL-Pottery Barn

2. Greens-Skillins Falmouth, ME, Silver Ornaments & Crackers-Home Goods

3. Cages-Zentiques, Flicker Candles-Pottery Barn, Snow Flakes-Cultural Intrigue, Hurricanes-Simply Home Falmouth, ME, Votives Pottery Barn