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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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

House Beautiful Magazine, decades of American design trends.

I had the pleasure of being invited to a talk at the Boston Design Center this week. The speaker was Sophie Donelson, the editor of House Beautiful. Sophie was a delight, she was approachable, funny, and knowledgeable. She spoke about the history of design and the magazine’s role in American design. House Beautiful is the oldest home publication in the country, and arguably the best. It was fascinating to see how design has changed through the eye of this publication.

Here are a few of my favorite examples.

I love the softness of this February 1923 issue, “Dedicated to Builders and Lovers of House & Home.” This issue’s cover is a lovely snap shot of life in the 20’s. Sophie mentioned that at that time, the photos were all black and white, so the covers were illustrated and the logo changed with each issue. I found it fascinating to think about changing the logo to go with your cover illustration, imagine the team that came up with these covers, I think they probably worked long hours.

House Beautiful was the resource if you were doing anything to your home. See how they show their readers to mix patterns and colors.


This 1935 cover depicts the ideal home, post WWI & before WWII.

If your dream house is an apartment, they had you covered, in this article “An Apartment That Knows No Rules”


September 1940 was before the United States join WWII, but as we see from the architectural model the war is on everyone’s minds.


This ad from the issue above is classic! I think the bear rug is a must in every red room.

Modern design 1959…Frank Lloyd Wright had a great relationship with the magazine.


April 1976 show us that there was no shortage of patterns being used!


I have always loved history, interior design is such a good way to see how people lived in different time periods. In addition to detailing the history of the publication, Sophie told us what they look for in prospective projects. They want a home to have a sense of history, and they like color!

I always try to give my clients homes a collected feel, I agree with House Beautiful you need to have antique items mixed in with new. If you want your home to look like a catalog, you don’t need a designer you just need a credit card! If you do hire a designer, work with them to give you a unique home, that reflects you and your interests. Remember, DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR!

Thank you to all the brave men and women in the military and their families. HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY.

Best,

Celia

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Masterfully designing a Maine Master Bedroom

 

 

I was just in Atlanta shopping with a client for a new home she is building. We really wanted to create a relaxing escape for her.

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Here are a few of the master bedroom choices.

  • An Imagine Home Alpaca Bed…Ahh yes please
  • Beautiful Gabby Swivel in Sunbrella herringbone stripe
  • Serpentine Dresser bedside tables.

I love this bedroom! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Best,

Celia

Coastal Trends

As many of you know most of my work is on the coast of Maine. I am always looking for new ideas and trends.

Here are some of the things I am currently obsessed with.

  1. Downsview Cabinets. Are these so pretty? I love them! downsviewcabinetry.com

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2. Ironware lights. Made in France finished in the USA. Tres Chic Ironwareinternational.com

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3. X-Surfaces – fireplaces So pretty, simple yet classic. x-surface.com

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4. Sutherland Furniture – Hampton Collection. Who wouldn’t want to hang out on the patio in this wing chair? sutherlandfurniture.com

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5. Pindler Fabrics outdoor fabric line by Richard Frinier. They are so sophisticated and timeless. pindler.com

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6. Brizo plumbing fixtures. I love the twisted tub filler and the shower is so cool!!! brizo.com

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7. This swivel is functional and pretty! gabbyhome.com

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8. True-residential matte black refrigerator with copper hardware. YES PLEASE trueresidential.com 

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9. Global Views- Artistic and natural!!! globalviews.com

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10. Christopher Peacock Hardware. There is something so appealing about this hardware.  peacockhome.com

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11. New Ravenna Tile…Ahhh I adore this. newravenna.com

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12. Hotel experiences  are coming home. Pinterest is full of these simple beautiful bedrooms.

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I also find this Highland House bed to be very unique and pretty. highlandhousefurniture.com

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I love where the industry is going these days. The look is rustic sophistication…it is lovely.

Thanks for stopping by.

Best,

 

Celia

Fashion Meets Faucets

I have just returned from a four day seminar on plumbing fixtures. When I told my friends I was going to NYC to learn about plumbing, none of them seemed impressed. I was thrilled! Not only was I getting out of Maine in the winter, but I was also going to learn about the 2017  design trends.

Honestly, I had never connected the dots between fashion and plumbing fixtures. I was amazed by what I learned. Ferguson invited me to this intimate conference that Brizo hosted for us. They choose to do their education during Fashion week in New York, because they believe that home design trends closely follow fashion trends. In fact Brizo designs a line with renown fashion designer Jason Wu.

It was fascinating to learn about the Brizo design and manufacturing process. They marry cutting edge technology with high design.

Below are some of my favorite fixtures.

1. This is a fantastic faucet, I am getting one of these ASAP! I love the softened industrial look, and the technology is equally as impressive. This piece has touch technology, temperature technology,and a magnetic system to hold the hose/head to the articulating base.

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2. Jason Wu’s line is minimally chic. We went to his fashion show and after party and he was a lovely man.

His fixtures closely match his aesthetic; modern, clean and black. The single hole faucet has a very cool handle, as it turns, it goes from vertical to horizontal. It is such a smooth transition that is becomes more of an interactive sculptural, than a faucet.

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3. One of the other faucets I fell in love with is the Virage. It is the sexist tub filler on the market, which is why the Bali Ritz used it in their bathrooms.

It twists from its’ base to its’ spout. The twist adds such sophistication to any space.

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4. Lastly, Brizo has an incredible shower technology called H2Okinetic technology.

Here is how they explain it.”H2Okinetic® Technology is the study of water in motion. By controlling water’s shape, velocity and thermal dynamics, we’ve reinvented how you shower—creating a warmer, more luxurious spray that gives the feeling of a high-flow shower with a fraction of the water.” Brizo.com

They also have a state of the art temperature sensing system that monitors and adjusts the cold and hot water to manage a constant temperature.

I think this technology is life changing!

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This image shows how the water spins as it leaves the shower-head and the drops get larger as they reach the floor. I tested this out at the conference and loved it!!!

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of Brizo’s fabulous line. I really enjoyed meeting their team and learning about the process they use to make these beautiful pieces.

I wish I looked like this in the kitchen!

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Thank you for stopping by.

Best,

Celia

 

Paint Color Trends 2017

Saturated colors are back and trending in 2017.

We have been living in a neutral world for the last 8-10 years, but the tide has turned and bold colors all the rage. Although I still prefer a neutral pallet, I think this could be effective if used sparingly and with a bright white trim. I wonder if this shift reflects the design worlds reaction the 2016 election?

Here are some of my favorite bold colors.

Ralph Lauren Amalfi Blue

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Benjamin Moore-Ebony King

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Farrow and Ball-Drawing Room Blue

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Ben Moore- Charlotte Slate

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Clark and Kensington -Black Chiffon

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Lastly…

Benjamin Moore-Color of the year-Shadow

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Would you dare to use a bold color in your home? I am going to give it a try..stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by.

Best,

Celia