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

ben moore

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.

gray chairs

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.

sea glass rug idea

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!!!!



10 Design Trends I love

I do not consider myself trendy, but I do follow design trends. I am still conservative when using them in my clients homes. I think your home should look timeless, but these trends could be used in any home!

  • 1. Dresser style vanities…it looks so clean! This one is from Restoration Hardware.


  • 2. I love the dining bench trend. I think they offer comfortable seating and they work in almost any setting. You can find these everywhere, the following are from World Market.


Dining Bench

  • 3. Painting ceilings is a fun trend in this Pinterest photo they used a dark royal blue in the coffered ceiling…very chic.


  • 4. Using every space in your home, this is an old-fashioned idea that has come back! Below is a closet in an office we used it for extra storage.


  • 5. Fun Rugs are a good way to add color or style to a room. In my home office I have a chevron stripe rug, I know this is a fading trend but I love it!
  • 6. Lighting made of found objects…this is a great trend. Both of these lights came from, the wine barrel & bottle chandelier was used in a wedding, and the mason jars in one of the kitchens we did.



  • 7. Wallpaper…you know I love wallpaper!

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  • 8. Large kitchen islands…the kitchen is the hub of our home and this trend of oversized islands is fabulous. The first one is from Better Homes and Gardens, the second one is one of our homes (photo by Liz Donnelly)
BHG great kitchen!
BHG great kitchen!
photo by Liz Donnelly
photo by Liz Donnelly
  • 9. Beautiful tiles are also big right now here are some of my favorites. I adore these Italian harlequin diamond tiles. I also love the marble basket weave in the all white bathroom. Both photos by Jamie Salomon.



  • 10. The last trend is in furniture…gone are the over stuffed large arm sofas and chairs…thank goodness! Mitchell Gold, Lee and BSC are all following this trend!

mitchell gold charlotte

Before: Beautiful but too formal

What are your favorite trends? We are getting our clients homes ready for the holidays. There is always a big push to tackle decorating dilemmas in time to host family for the holidays. We are crazy trying to tie up loose ends.

Let me know what you are working on.

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Best, Celia

Summer Home Decorating

Here are some of my favorite items for summer decorating! I do not have a summer home but I do like to make a few changes for summer in my home. I put down summer rugs, put up summer curtains, change my bedding and add a few other touches! Here are some great items you might use for your own summer home.

1. Ballard Design sisal rug…oozes summer

ballard rug sisal

2. Williams-Sonoma Home sofa…clean and fresh looking…only if you need a sofa!

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3. Cool clear trunk from Wisteria…how I adore this.


4. Great chair only $299 at Grandin Road

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5. Birch Lane has lots of fun stuff! I like these trays &  glass bottle lamp

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6. West Elm has great summer items this year too…love these throws and curtain panels.

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7. Crate & Barrel tray so cool!


8. Fun side table Home Remedies Portland, ME 207-899-0135

log table

9. Fabulous ottoman by Dash & Albert: Dwellings Falmouth, ME 207-781-3711


Are you looking for something to decorate for summer? Let me know your summer plans! I hope you are enjoying summer…I know I am. If you like this post let me know by liking it!

Best, Celia




These are a few of my favorite Master Bedrooms

I am currently working on a Master Bedroom for a client. I have been caring for a relative who was critically ill, all my clients have been wonderful and understanding. This client has been waiting for ideas for a long time!

We need…

  • New king bed
  • Paint for the walls
  • New bedding
  • Window treatments
  • Bedside tables
  • Large Rug
  • Maybe an upholstered chair if there is room
  • Lamps

Here are the bedrooms I am getting my inspiration from…

I love this room! The view is amazing, and so is the fun rug and soothing colors and textures.


I like the idea of doing a nickel-gap board (wood) focal wall behind the bed…I do not know if my clients will go for it.

slat wall bedroom

I also like this idea of using trim to create panels behind the bed.

mary cook bedroom

We could use a bold/strong wall color in the room if we used neutrals everywhere else,  like they have in this room.

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I love the trim in this room but, it was the rug that I thought might appeal to my clients!

arch bedroom

This room is very appealing to me. The floral screens, the oversized bedside tables, and the crisp window treatments, work together to form a beautiful and restful space.

screens in bedroom

This is just a classic straight forward clean bedroom design!

jglassandassociates bedroom

I think the black accents are interesting in this space, they really pop.

linda burkhardt bedroom

What does your dream bedroom look like? I love a spa-like feel, a place where I can get away from it all. My bedroom is my go to place to relax.

I hope you like these bedrooms, let me know your thoughts by commenting and liking the post. If you are not following my blog…please do so by clicking the follow button.

Thank you for stopping by,

Best, Celia

Farmhouse Bathroom Musts

Farmhouse  Bathroom Renovation


This bathroom is the master bath in a wonderful antique farmhouse, our goal is to  update the systems without removing the charm. We are combining the current master bath with the master closet to make one larger space. We will be covering up the existing doors and replacing them with one centered pocket door. This will give us the best use of the space.

Our plan includes…

  1. Traditional materials like subway tile, brass, wood, and marble.
  2. Re-using anything we can. I will use both of the existing doors. One will become a pocket door (our new entrance) and one will become the new closet door.
  3. We will use wainscoting either barn-board or panels.
  4. I have added a privacy wall to create a toilet area.
  5. I know frameless showers are modern, but we need to use them to open the room up.
  6. I have also added a glass half wall, between the shower and vanity, to make the space feel larger.
  7. I will design a custom vanity, this will allow us to use every inch of space to the fullest.
  8. I want to add an antique piece of furniture (perhaps a dresser) to the room, This will add history and storage to this new space.

Here are some visuals to help you get the feel for the new space.

1. I love these beveled subway tiles below


2. Marble is so beautiful and this house is the perfect place for it! I might suggest something that has tan in it…what do you think?

Carrera Marble
Carrera Marble

3. I would like to use a frameless glass shower (like this on I did for another client) with a half wall that ends on the vanity top.


4. This Celia Bedilia vanity has the right feel for the space but we might need to add drawers to the vanity for this project.


5. I would love to see a mirror like this one from

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or this simple one from


6. Lighting will come from my favorite people at

fogg sconce

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7. This is the kind of antique dresser I would like to use.

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Finally the floors will be wide pine, we are going to match what is already in the space.

Thank you for stopping by. Are you planning a bathroom renovation? If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. Also, if you are not following Celia Bedilia please click the follow button and never miss a post!



Photos of my projects are done by Liz Donnelly

Need inspiration for a kitchen renovation? Look at these before and after photos!

Are you considering renovating your kitchen? Here are some of our favorite before and after kitchen renovations.

Before highlights

  • Cool Disco Lighting
  • Grungy natural wood trim
  • Red laminate counter
  • Black backsplash
  • Red fan hood
  • Oak cabinets
  • Mishmash of appliance styles and colors
  • 1980’s vintage chairs and ottomans

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After Highlights Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • Light bright cabinets
  • Antique pendant lighting (over the island)
  • African mahogany island top
  • Carrera marble countertop
  • Great tufted leather swivel chair
  • New stainless appliances
  • New prefinished hardwood flooring
Kitchen from TV area
Kitchen from TV area


TV area
TV area

Wow, what a difference new cabinets and flooring make!

Notable items in the before shots…

  • Green laminate cabinets
  • Rough wood wrapped peninsula
  • Groovy lighting
  • Out of date…not vintage flooring
  • Laminate counters…to go with the cabinets!
  • Black appliances to go with…?



Ah…the after what a difference. Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • I love these mushroom color cabinets
  • The wood ceiling looks so much better when it is surrounded by painted cabinets
  • New stainless appliances perk up the space!
  • The quartz counters are fantastic too!
  • It is so bright and light now

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I love this kitchen transformation, it does not look like the same home…


  • Too much oak
  • Wall to wall cabinets excessive open storage…looks messy and busy
  • Dated lighting, easy thing to change
  • Hanging pots and pans bring the ceiling height down

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AFTER… OMG RIGHT? Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • We removed the French doors, and replaced two doors with one wide opening
  • Notice there are no upper cabinets…light and bright
  • We added a bank of windows and brought the outside in
  • New light painted cabinets are Candlelight Cabinetry
  • The green granite is fantastic. The homeowner had to make this last-minute swap when the slabs we ordered came in damaged! I love the result.
  • The new pendants are Hubbardton Forge Lighting
  • We had Paul G White order and installed the tile backsplash


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One of my favorite before and after projects

  • Dark cherry cabinets with brass hardware…1980’s special
  • Boring brick fireplace
  • White track lighting…dreary
  • Black appliances…depressing

Black and Brown kitchen

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After…WOW Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • New chic lighting
  • Wonderful white Candlelight cabinets
  • Bright wall color
  • Amazing granite
  • Wood breakfast bar
  • View now the star!!


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This before and after did not take much but the impact was huge!

  • Replace appliances
  • Paint cabinets
  • New track-lighting
  • Add the island


I love these after shots! Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • I love the paint on the cabinets, makes the room so bright and light
  • The new island was a great find, an antique English pine cabinet, made into a kitchen island.
  • New range and fan finish the update look!
After shot of the kitchen
After shot of the kitchen



We also have kitchens that we did in homes that we built from the ground up, No before photos just after!

Photos: Jamie Salomon

I love the lights in this kitchen-photo Jamie Solomon


Photos below: Liz Donnelly

photo:Liz Donnelly


photo:Liz Donnelly
photo:Liz Donnelly

I love looking back at before pictures, I appreciate the renovation results so much more when I see where we have come from!

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Happy January…we are bitter cold in Maine, I hope you are all staying warm!

Best, Celia

Budget Friendly Teen Room Design

Designing for teen girls is so much fun! As you can see purple was our color of choice. I used black, white and grey as the accent colors to tone down the purple. The room is made up of the following items.

  1. The white bed, dresser and bedside table are all from Ikea
  2. The fun hanging lights are also from Ikea
  3. Desk chair covered in an UGG rug
  4. Desk is from Staples
  5. I love this black decal Dali Decal
  6. Silk pillows Fur pillow
  7. Groovy velvet chair

tween room

Teen rooms do not have to be boring or expensive, have fun designing your teens room!

Let me know your ideas for teen design by commenting on this post, or liking it!

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Happy Summer.

Best, Celia

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

Modern Home

This project was such a pleasure to work on. I adore these clients, I know, I always love my clients, but this time it was different. I just feel so lucky to know them, and I have learned so much working with them!

photo:Liz Donnelly
photo:Liz Donnelly

This hallway’s dark floor and gray walls make it so chic! The Hubbardton Forge light was made in a custom length to fit the space and it adds another artistic layer to the room.

photo:Liz Donnelly
photo:Liz Donnelly

The light pours into this home! We wanted to keep a bright and airy feeling in this open concept home, so we used one large Mitchell Gold sectional rather than two smaller sofas. The result is a very appealing space. I love the big print fabric we choose for the drapes they add such drama to the space, without distracting from the home owners incredible collection of Maine art.

photo: Liz Donnelly
photo: Liz Donnelly

Originally, we planned on making this room the dining room, but as construction neared the end, the home owners realized they did not need a formal dining room. The room is now one of my favorites, it is a den/office.

photo:Liz Donnelly
photo:Liz Donnelly

One of the most fun parts of this project was the kitchen. I grew up in a modern home and I love modern design, but most of my work is transitional or coastal. I loved tapping into the modern side of design for a change! We used Brookhaven Frameless cabinetry, they are really slick!

photo:Liz Donnelly
photo:Liz Donnelly

River White Granite counters add movement to the room but do not take away from the overall feeling of calm in the kitchen.

photo:Liz Donnelly
photo:Liz Donnelly

The Master bath is a masterpiece! I love the bleached plank wood-look floors. The Breccia Paradiso marble is amazing, and it looks wonderful on these dark wood Brookhaven cabinets.

photo: Liz Donnelly
photo: Liz Donnelly

I feel so fortunate to have worked with such a great team on this project.

Special thanks to Eliot Hull & Rich Gallo at Paul.G.White in Portland, Maine for their fantastic cabinets, counters and tiling.

Special, Special thank you to Rachel Ambrose and Lisa Hincher from Home Remedies in Portland, Maine for their help with furniture, fabric and upholstering!

I hope you all enjoyed seeing this project,

Best, Celia

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Budgeting for a small bathroom

Over spending is easy, even in small spaces. In this kids bathroom, we had a budget of $8k. We did not go to fancy tile stores, or buy pricey plumbing fixtures, and we still went way over budget.

We purchased our tile, tub, sinks and faucets from Lowes. We used Celia Bedilia vanities and terrazzo vanity tops. We thought we were doing a great job sticking to our budget $4,775.95, for all those items. But then came the labor, and all other building materials…before long we were over budget! photo: Liz Donnelly
photo: Liz Donnelly

The details that make this bathroom crisp and clean, but did not blow the budget: Bead-board, sea-glass tile shower-box inserts, glass subway tile trim, wood plank floor tile, and all the white accents.

Photo: Liz Donnelly

I have done many bathrooms, but I still amazed at the cost of doing a renovation. I have included the actual numbers for this bathroom below.

I hope that this will help those of you who are contemplating renovations, understand where your money will go!

Budget $8k – Actual Cost $13,065.95

  • Labor (tile, framing, demo etc.) $2,800.00
  • Plumbing (whirlpool tub, 2 vanities, toilet) $1,300.00
  • Electric  (rewire switches, new sconces and whirlpool tub) $900.00
  • Painting – (bead-board, trim, doors and walls)  $1,730.00
  • Sheet Rocking $360.00
  • Building supplies (doors, dura-rock, etc)  $1,200.00
  • Countertop Fabrication $500.00
  • Tile (floor –wood look tile, subway tile, and glass tile)$1,000.00
  • Whirlpool tub & Drain   $870.95
  • (2) Sinks $65       $130.00
  • Faucets (2 vanities, and shower-tub)      $375.00
  • Toilet     $200.00
  • (2) Vanities $600/each   $1,200.00
  • (2) Terrazzo Counters $250/each $ 500.00

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Are you planning any renovations? Let’s us help you!

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Enjoy your weekend, I am off to Washington, DC to see two new projects…you will hear about them soon!

Best, Celia

Light up Your Home and Life

Good lighting, lights up not only your home but your life. In the Northeast we rely on lighting to get us through the winter!


Sanford Fogg, CLC was my source for this post.

Sanford & Debbie Fogg are the owners of Fogg Lighting located at 281 Marginal Way in Portland, Maine. You can find a lot of product on their website and are welcome to call the showroom 207-797-7568 with any questions.

Fogg lighting is a great resource for me, they will come to job sites and consult on lighting plans, recommend lighting options and guide you to the best options for your specific needs. They are knowledgeable about the current trends in lighting and how best to implement these trends into existing spaces. Sanford told me that Crystal is popular at their store. I have always been very happy with the service and products that I have purchased from Fogg Lighting. I am even using them for projects out of state…They will be providing the lights for a new project I am starting In Washington, D.C.!

According to Sanford, the top four things to keep in mind when planning lighting for a room are:

  1. What visual activities are going to happen in the room, reading, cooking, entertaining, sleeping, grooming, etc.
  2. How to enhance the room decor.
  3. How the lighting will affect the mood and atmosphere of the room.
  4. How to create a safe and secure environment in the room.

Sanford says the most common mistakes people make in lighting include, but are not limited to:

  1. Not providing enough light to do tasks, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.Improperly locating recessed lights.
  2. Allowing a third-party to dictate lighting needs.
  3. Having unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved with a limited lighting budget.
  4. Waiting until the house is built before deciding on a lighting plan.

I asked Sanford what the most popular lighting companies were. He gave me the following list!


  • Visual Comfort
  • Hubbardton Forge
  • Hudson Valley
  • Currey and Co.

Down South

  • Fine Arts Lamps

Out West

  • Hammerton

Some of my favorite lights that I have purchased from  are:

lights GC

These silver pendants are amazing! I adore them and so does the home owner.

Great lighting at

Sconces do not have to be boring, these are fantastic.

Goldberg front hall

We used this in a two-floor entry it looks like a piece of sculpture.


This is a unique exterior light; do not keep up with the Jones…one up them!


This pendant is trendy but classic…love it!


 Bell Jars are very big in New England, they never go out of style.

There are so many wonderful options for lighting your home. Lighting is something that you do not replace once you have installed it. Make smart choices, take your time and seek the advice of a professional. I like, but if you want a local option ask your contractor for suggestions.

I also like these sites

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Are there any light companies you like that we should know about? If you have a lighting dilemma write to me and I will help!

Best, Celia