The Last of the Fall Arrangements

As many of you know, I love flowers, and floral arranging. These are the last of my fall arrangements, I made them for my Thanksgiving tables.

I used Orange Roses, Millet, Thistle, Coffee Berries, Feathers, Assorted Greens and other fillers. I also tucked in mini white pumpkins, kale, Bartlett pears and mini red pears into the arrangements. Can you see the pumpkin and pear nestled into the greens below?

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I purchased flowers from both Skillins (my local greenhouse), and Trader Joe’s. The cashier at TJ’s referred to my choices as Dr. Seuss flowers. I would have to disagree, but I look forward to your feedback!

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I like to add something unexpected to my arrangements, in this case feathers. These feathers came from Pottery Barn, I have been using them for years and they still look great!

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The thistle is such a pretty and subtle blue color, and although it is not a striking feature, it does add texture and color.

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I adore these urns from Park Hill, they are rustic and yet chic.

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These arrangements added a lot of drama to my thanksgiving tablescape, now I have one on a coffee table and the other on my kitchen table…it feels a little over done…I love it!

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What do you think of my arrangements? Do they belong in a Dr. Seuss book or on a coffee table book?

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Well as always thank you for stopping by! I hope you and your families are doing well.

Best,

Celia

PS: As always let me know your thoughts by commenting on or liking my post.

PPS: This what my dog Olive thinks of my flowers…

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This is just before publishing…Olive is so done with this post!

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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

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Deck the Halls…Yippee It Is That Time Again

Yippee it is time to deck the halls again! As you know if you follow this blog, I love any excuse to decorate. Christmas brings me the opportunity to decorate not only my house but my client’s homes too!

Olive Celia Bedilia VP checking out the Christmas table
Olive Celia Bedilia VP checking out the Christmas table

Roost is a wholesale company that has been around for years. My sister-in-law’s best friend Jean is a big wig at Roost and I adore their line. This is Roost’s year! I have seen their Christmas/Holiday décor in almost every store I have been in this season.

Here are some of my favorites from Home Remedies In Portland, Maine. All Christmas Decor is 20% off now…you know I love a sale!!!!

I love this felt Deer head (just got one)…I think of myself as a hunter…as I am always looking for great design at a good price! This is large about 18″ and it is really fun it will decorate my home for years to come $132

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These Polar bears are so sweet, I love the eyes they seem so real to me. Only $12 each

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Cluster 3-5 of these trees in the center of a table and you have arrangement that you can use year after year. I put these on faux snow and add mercury glass votives for sparkle! $54 for a set of 3 different sizes.  feather-trees

I have been everywhere shopping for clients this year and I thought I would share some of my favorites from around the World Wide Web.

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www.horchow.com  jcp santa

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rubys deer head 2 ETSY

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www.macy’s.com

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I like to buy one new special decoration every year. This year I splurged on the felt deer head, but I usually keep it under $10. I have been asked for ideas for long-lasting centerpieces for the holidays that are inexpensive.

1. Holiday glass balls in a bowl, any bowl works! White, glass and silver are the best options.

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Greens in a vase or bowl. You can add bits of gold, silver, red or white to match it to your linens or dishes.

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You do not have to spend a lot of money to get a big impact. Be creative, have fun, and enjoy the season!

Thank you for being so loyal! I am so lucky to have all of you as part of the Celia Bedilia world.

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Enjoy your family, friends and the season of lights.

Best, Celia

Kitchen Flooring Has Come A Long Way

Kitchen flooring..my how the options have changed. We have come such a long way in terms of the choices available to consumers.

One can find a great selection in each catagory of kitchen flooring, from wood to tile.

Photo by Liz Donnelly
  • Wood is hot at the moment. We have wonderful options in pre-finished wood flooring today, and they withstand heavy traffic and water. They also help blend into the rest of your home if you have hardwood flooring elsewhere. Above is a kitchen we did on the coast of Maine.
Long and large Limestone tiles laid in a brick pattern…I love this look. It is such a clean and chic option www.houzz.com
  • Stone offers great durability and is an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas. Ceramic tile is equally strong and offers numerous colors and textures.
  • I  love the new options in terms of tile size and shape. The largest tile size used to be 12×12, now you can get 24×24, 12×24 and even 9×6 harlequin diamonds.
  • We also have the option when it comes to installation, now we lay tiles in numerous patterns.
  • I love the natural look of limestone in kitchens, but it must be sealed twice a year because it is porous.
Cement tiles, offer a matte or honed finish and wonderful patterns
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I love the pattern these tiles were laid in. It is a wonderful way to weave the colors of the natural stone together. www.pinterest.com
  • Cork is also a fabulous option; it is a very versatile material and comes in a number of colors and patterns. It is also water-resistant and reduces impact noise. It also warms up the spaces it is used in.
Cork in a herringbone pattern…wonderful! http://www.houzz.com
Cork tiles come in fabulous options
  • Vinyl Flooring is very resilient and is the best option if you are looking for a budget friendly option.
These 18×18 Chilewich Plynyl tiles are so cool, it makes me want to use them somewhere.

You do not have to make kitchen flooring boring, it is one of the major components in the design of the space. It is worth spending  the money to do it right the first time.

I have worked with many home owners who tell me that they have re-done their kitchen floors but were never happy with them because they settled for the least expensive option.

My advice is…

  • If you do wood flooring use pre-finished, it is amazing! I have two active dogs and two sloppy kids and this is the only flooring that can withstand our punishment.
  • Wait and do your flooring when you can afford to do it the right way!
  • Think outside the box…vinyl flooring can be cool and hip…look for woven finishes.
  • Talk to your tile store about interesting patterns and ways to lay the tile you are interested in.
  • Consider a border laid around the room of tiles in a contrasting color or lay the center tiles on the diagonal and set the border tiles in the standard manner.
  • rectangular tiles can be set in a brick, herringbone, basket weave and stacked pattern…be creative!
  • Use the internet to research flooring before you go shopping, a little knowledge goes a long way! www.houzz.com and www.pinterest.com are great resources.

If you have any questions, comments feel free to ask me! I love your questions. Also if you do not already follow our blog please sign up! It is easy put your email in the follow box!

Best, Celia

Celia Bedilia CEO Coco does her part for a good cause

This Friday Coco Chanel (front center) CEO of Celia Bedilia, Olive Martini (far right) VP of Sales for Celia Bedilia and our summer intern Mazy loaned their images to raise money for the Freeport Spay and Neuter clinic. The event was held at Akari in Portland Maine.

We here at Celia Bedilia are proud of our executives for giving their valuable time to this cause.

photo by : Liz Donnelly

 

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Best, Celia

Dogs enjoying summer

Summer tea party
Photo: Liz Donnelly

Liz Donnelly my talented photographer, specializes in dog portraits. She is fabulous at photographing my interiors I thought I would show you some of the dog shots she has done for me.

Coco on the front steps…shall I garden?
Olive is the best of our models. She is a seasoned pro
Mazzy sitting…you do not know how hard it was to get this puppy to stay!
This is Zack, he is very funny…he looks like the fox from the original Robinhood, and is sneaky like Robinhood too.
This is a great shot of Rebel with his portrait in the backround we worked hard to get this shot.
This is a clients house and dog. Rebel is a wonderful old man, Look at this entry these door took forever to get but they are fabulous!
Mazzy helping herself to pound cake…brunch fit for the dogs!
Coco was so nervous to do this shot because my husband was in the room and she sis not want to be up on the furniture and get in trouble!
Olive is the queen of our home, she not only eats at the table but she uses a knife and fork.
Olive on the Christmas table
Coco on the built-in bench in the mudroom…we have two of these and Coco thinks of them as built-in dog beds.

I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them! Liz is so talented! Check out her site www.lizdonnellyphotography.net

Please let us know what you think of our blog! We love you guys!

Thank you, Celia