CREATING SPACE FOR YOURSELF

I believe that it is more important than ever to create a beautiful space for yourself. We all need a place to get away from everything, and the space to reconnect with ourselves.

All this time at home has given me time to look at my house and ask myself if it is working for me? My kids and husband are all home now. My home is now a gym, workspace, movie theater, school, library, restaurant, and more! I had to go outside to find my own space. I have been working on my backyard, changing it from my dog’s area to my garden retreat. In October I added a pergola, in April and May I began the process of adding several garden beds, including a shade garden, raised vegetable beds, and three flower beds.

How are you making space for yourself? Let me know by commenting or liking the post.

Best,

Celia

5 Inexpensive Ideas to Refresh Your Home & Life

I do not think I am alone when I say we all need a little refresh right now. I am low on event and floral design projects due to COVID-19, which means money is not flowing in, and I am home all the time. I have spent most of my time off in the garden. I have created five new gardens beds in my backyard. I used all seeds and split plants from my front yard and transplanted then to the back. My husband is a banker and loves that I have become thrifty…I will not tell him it is temporary. Today I am focusing on my interior for the first time in months. I needed a little refresh, and I thought I would share my inexpensive ideas. I hope you enjoy them!

Flowers always make my home look clean and cared for. I will go out to the garden after I clean my house and bring in some flowers!

Fresh paint is an incredible way to bring new life to your space. It will cost you $40+ a gallon, but it gives you a big bang for your buck!

I love container gardening; you can do this anywhere if you have a window you can have a garden. I love getting my hands dirty and watching seeds, seedlings, or plants thrive. You can spend just a few dollars to get huge rewards.

Flea Markets are great places to go right now, grab your mask and hand sanitizer, and get out hunting for that statement piece you have been longing to find.

This suggestion is my husband’s favorite because it costs nothing. Rearrange your rooms, try something new, bring a piece of furniture from one space into another. I am moving a chair from my guestroom down to my family room, and moving a sofa from one area to another…moving things motivates me to clean and declutter, and it refreshes the space.

Which of these ideas inspires you to create beauty? What could you do to refresh your home?

I would love to hear from you, please let me know by commenting or liking my post.

Thank you for stopping by as always I appreciate you visiting my site!

Best,

Celia

Designing a Beautiful Life

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I feel so lucky to have a wonderful career. My job is all about enjoying the beauty that surrounds us or creating beautiful spaces or events for my clients.

When we are free to travel again I look forward to bringing my clients to Europe. Travel opens your mind, lifts your spirits, and feeds your soul.

Photo: Italy fall 2019 tour
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Most of my weddings have been postponed or canceled altogether for 2020, but I am still dreaming about bouquets and tablescapes.

One of CB Design weddings in 2018
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We will move our classes online so we can still learn and love flowers, gardening & interior ideas.

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Anything is possible when you believe in yourself and you enjoy your work.

I am using this downtime to take classes, watch YouTube videos on gardening, and read as many articles, books, and blogs about design as I can.

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I know some of you are taking Master Classes, learning languages, gardening, cooking, binge-watching Netflix, and working out.

How are you using your quarantine time???

Let me know by commenting or liking my post!

Thank you for stopping by and please stay safe and healthy!

Xo 😘 Celia

Looking at tile with fresh eyes

Look at something, someone or a situation in your life from another angle. Perspective is everything! By distancing yourself and looking at things with fresh eyes, you will see things differently. Photographers are masters of perspective.

When I am working, I am looking at design from my client’s point of view. I want to be mindful that my ideas reflect them and not me.

Today I have been looking at tiles; there are a lot of different choices, and I am drawn to many of them. If I am not careful to always keep my concept and client’s in mind, I might influence the outcome with personal preferences.

The tiles I looked at today are the new hot trend…Zellige.

This tile is not new; it was widely used before Subway tile!

This is what I learned authentic Zellige is Moroccan; no two tiles are the same, imperfection is expected, and the finish and color vary a lot.

I think it is beautiful, and one of my clients is interested in using it. I just wanted to get educated, so I took the day to study it.

If you are interested in learning more about Zellige, this article is excellent!!

https://www.remodelista.com/posts/moroccan-zellige-terracotta-tiles-pros-cons/

Hope you learned something new today!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like this post please let me know by liking or commenting!

Best,

Celia

Kitchen design that brings nature inside

I love these windows that open your kitchen up to nature.

These new window designs are so smart! They allow you to cook and enjoy your outdoor space at the same time.

Hope you are having a good summer.

Best,

Celia

Good design is all about the details!

I love this wonderful city it is so full of design details!

Do not forget your door hardware when planning your home design.

Xo

Happy Father’s Day to all

XO,

Celia

This project makes me smile, it is a dental office.

Falmouth Dental Arts have moved into a new space and I am helping them with their design. We want to have a coastal, relaxed, professional vibe without being too coastal. So we are using greys, whites, soft blues and charcoal, and lots of textures. We are mixing textured wallpaper, woods, concrete, velvet, wool and glass.

We are putting together a plan to transform the new space into a hip office. I have to say I love the employees of this office, they are fantastic. The Dentists Brian and Adonis are so approachable, I can only imagine how amazing they are at their jobs.

Although we had a bit of a rough start having to move into the space before it had been renovated, things are really coming together now! We have painted, wallpapered, added tile and shiplap to the fireplace, and much more!

Here are some of the products & furnishings we have selected.

Wallquest grasscloth in grey has been installed and looks great!
I adore this rug it is perfect, it is interesting, durable, and beautiful.
These Four Hands Chairs are so hip and cool, the perfect vibe for these doctors.
Side tables that will stay in place are very important in commercial spaces, these cement tables will be great.
Natural elements, like this wood coffee table, add depth to the design.
Magazine racks that double as side tables, yes please.
This is the Celia Sofa, my design for Pasha Home Furnishings.
We are making one in a light blue-grey in this project.

All right that is your sneak peek when the project is done I will photograph it and show you the end results.

Thank you for stopping by, if you like this post please let me know by liking it or commenting. Have a wonderful day!

Best, Celia

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.


Best,
Celia

Tropical Design Ideas

I am currently working on a project in Florida. It is such fun to take a break from coastal Maine style and dive into tropical design.

Here are some of the things I am using in this project.

  1. Sofas I love them!

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7. Paper wall art…cool right

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8. Bleached wood upholstered guest bed

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9. Fun coffee table for the kitchen soft seating area

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12. Wallpaper for the foyer ceiling I love this look so much!

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I love the vibe of this place. It is going to be a very elegantly casual. The home owners like quality and style, but they want their guests and family to feel at home.

I cant wait to see everything come together!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you like my selections.

Best,

Celia

Refined rustic master bedroom

Refined rustic, is the newest off shoot of the rustic design movement. Here is the concept, use rustic elements, like wood, metal and linen in transitional design.

I am working on a master bedroom for clients, the husband loves rustic and the wife does not. As any designer will tell you, this is common place, designers have to blend styles on a daily basis. Below, you can see the boards I have put together for a master bedroom with a refined rustic-coastal vibe.

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Most of these furniture pieces can be mixed and matched differently. I like my clients to pick out items that really speak to them, so the first set of boards help me hone in on their style.

What do you like and dislike about these options? Are you a fan of the current rustic design craze? Or are you ready to see something new?

Thank you for stopping by, please let me know your thoughts!

Happy Birthday America!

Best,

Celia

WHITE HOT SUMMER

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.

Best,

Celia