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

STAY AT HOME: CREATE, COOK, PLAY

This Spring, you may not be entertaining family for Passover or Easter, but you can do this project. Although we are sheltering in place, it does not mean we are not celebrating. Bring life into your home with this centerpiece. I am going to my local nursery (Skillins.com); they are doing curbside pick-ups now. So I will be getting the supplies I need to create some urns for my front door and a centerpiece for my kitchen island. As always, my puppy Georgia is my shadow, cleaning, planting, planning for the upcoming wedding season.

Thank you all for stopping by. I hope you are well. Please send me photos of your creations. Let me know if you like the post by commenting or liking it!

Stay healthy, safe, creative and most importantly stay home!

Celia

Finding Joy In Everyday Tasks

I have been on a personal journey over the last year and a half. My goal was to remove negativity to make space for more joy and gratitude. I started with a meditation class; meditation did not come naturally to me. I grew up in a loving but traditional family. Meditation and self-reflection were too new-age for my parents. So I need help with this concept. I took a class that opened me up to the beautiful world of inner peace. The practice of meditation has helped me change the way I react to external stresses. I am now taking the next step and trying to find joy in everyday tasks. I have committed to spending time outside in nature; to be honest, some of this is due to my new puppy Georgia, but I am enjoying being outside even in the pouring rain or freezing temperatures! I am also trying to learn from Marie Kondo and her method of decluttering. I realize that there is a connection between a cluttered home/workspace and a cluttered mind. I love Jay Shetty’s podcasts, and if you have not heard of him, I recommend looking up his videos on youtube. He suggests we create more positive experiences in our lives, and for me, that starts at home. I want to not only create a beautiful clutter-free lifestyle for myself but also my clients. I want everyone to benefit from the power of an uplifting environment.

Today I am going to tackle the category (as Marie Kondo suggests, choose a category not a room) of clothing. I was going to start with paper to clean up my office, but, Konmari method teaches that you need to learn the techniques slowly. Clothes are easier to organize and I am looking for immediate gratification!

I will find joy in today by spending time in nature, meditating, working (I love my job), and cleaning my closets.

What will bring you joy today? Let me know by commenting or like my post. Thank you for stopping by. Wish me luck!

Best, Celia

This is the place that sparks the most joy in my life! I love Rome!

Spring…not so fast…Snowing today in Maine

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It is snowing in Maine today, so my spring flowers are all inside. I love playing with bulbs. They are so forgiving, I can split them up, use any container, and they are happy. That is the beauty of having a bulb as your base I guess.

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I put these together with mason jars, moss, bulbs and dirt. Fun activity for a snowy day.

Hope you are all doing well.

Best,

Celia

 

Time to spruce up, from the outside in!

Spring is finally here, although we had a mild winter it was still long! Today it is beautiful, and I am beginning to focus on the exterior of my home.

We are having our home painted this spring, the power washing has been done! My house looks very dilapidated at the moment. The peeling paint look,  has been replaced with the exposed wood look. I love distressed and rustic design, but not on the exterior of my home. I hope that my painter will start with the priming soon!

Here is my mudroom entrance, you can not see the peeling in this picture, but you can see the current colors (barn red, tan and black). I am so ready for a change.

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The new house colors are going to be…

Benjamin Moore-Revere Pewter for the body of the house (see below)

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Benjamin Moore – Dove White for the trim and windows.

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Benjamin Moore- In The Garden for the garage doors and mudroom door, The front door is wood and will be stained.

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The lighting is from Restoration Hardware-they have a new great deal,  if you get their credit card (for $100 a year), you get 25% off every purchase.

This style is for the Garage & Mudroom

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These will flank the front door.

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Once the house is finished,  I can concentrate on my garden! I hope to make make it shine this year!

I love these gardens they are my inspiration! I might have to go hunting for some architectural pieces to add interest to my garden. Both of these images were found on http://www.thegardenglove.com.

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What are plans for spring? I hope you are doing wonderful things that include getting time outside!

Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you soon.

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Best, Celia

 

 

Spring is coming and that means bulbs

If you follow my blog you know how much I love flowers, and that I also have a great affection for mason jars. Spring allows me to marry these two wonderful elements together! This is something I have shared with you before, but I never get tired of this look. The bulbs are so sculptural and fresh in the mason jars. Sometimes I line the jars with moss but most of the time I like to see the dirt…there is something nice about dirt.

In the photos below you can see that I used curly willow to support the mini daffodils. If you want to take the spring theme up a notch you could use pussy willow. I also tucked some birch bark in-between the jars, and mini birds into some of the jars to add another element to my table.

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I am so excited that spring is coming! We are looking forward to getting outside again. I see lots of projects in my future.

Happy Spring I hope you are all well.

Best,

Celia

Thank you for the Liebster Award nomination

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I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Power of Flower Blog, www.powerofflowerblog.wordpress.com

Check out this blog if you have not already done so. I really enjoyed this holiday post, who doesn’t need firmer skin? I had not idea Frankincense had those powers!http://powerofflowersblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/frankincense-makes-perfect-sense/

As part of this nomination I need to answer A. 11 questions, B. Make 11 new questions, and C. Tell you 11 facts random facts about myself. So 11 seems to be Liebster’s number. D. Nominate 5 blogs for the award.

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A. Questions for the Nominees:

1. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I love design, and I love sharing my ideas with the blogging community.

2. What do you find to be the most difficult part of blogging? I think finding the time to do frequent post difficult.

3. What is your favorite part of the holiday season? DECORATING naturally!

4. What is your least favorite part of the holiday season? Cleaning and putting away all the decorations.

5. What is the best blog post you have written? I like the posts about weddings like this one, https://celiabedilia.com/2014/09/21/my-favorite-new-wedding-trend-floral-table-runners/

6. What is your favorite holiday movie or special? I like the original “Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

7. What is the last song you listened to? Christmas Must Be Tonight-by The Band (SEE BELOW)

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8. What is the last book you read? Katherine Graham’s Biography (long but very good)

11. What is the last place you traveled to? Berkeley, CA

B. 11 New Questions

1. What is the first thing you are going to do in the New Year?

2. Where and with whom are you spending the holidays?

3. What is the best purchase you made this year?

4. What was the last kind act you did?

5. How did you start blogging and why?

6. Who is your blog audience?

7. What do you hope to accomplish in 2015, and how will you do it?

8. Do you like staying home or going out to dinner more?

9. How does your work or blog help your reader?

10. Where do you want to travel to next year?

11. How much time do you spend online a day?

C. 11 Random facts about me

1. I love dogs

2. I cook every meal from scratch with healthy whole ingredients

3. I workout but  in 2015 I need to do it more often

4. I adore my family

5. I do not have time to keep up with Facebook, I like face to face conversations

6. I love my work

7. I enjoy meeting and getting to know people through design, clients, finish carpenters, contractors, plumbers you name it!

8. I like change and to be busy

9. Sleeping is one of my favorite activities

10. If I am unhappy you will know it

11. I cannot spell

D. Blogs I nominate and why

1. Ranting of an Amateur Chef: I love this guy he is very down to earth and fun to follow.  http://rantingchef.com/

2.Leanne Cole Photography: What an eye this gal has. http://leannecolephotography.com/

3. The London Flower Lover: I have been a fan of this blog for a long time I just love it!

http://thelondonflowerlover.wordpress.com/

4. The Real Simple Blog http://simplystated.realsimple.com/

5. Design Therapy: www.designtherapy.com

I would like to see the answers from my nominees!!!!!

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‘Liebster Award’ rules for the Next Guy/Gal:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 –11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

Hunting for treasure

Hunting for treasure…Interior Designer style. Casual-Vintage-Chic is my favorite style at the moment. The quickest way to add character to a home, is to add some instant history, consider old beams as part of your ceiling design, or reclaimed flooring, or even old trim.

On Monday, I went to one of my favorite spots. Maine has lots of these places if you are in Portland, ME check out Architectural Salvage. I am working on an exciting new project, in which we are adding interest to a new addition with old doors and windows.

Here are some of my treasures.

1. A wonderful mantel that we are going to restore. It is hard to see in the photo but it has a serpentine/wave in it and it is just lovely!

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2. This fabulous pair of exterior doors, perhaps from a town house? Will be the new master bedroom doors, they will be incredible when they have been restored. We are going to add a mail slot back to the door!

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3. These columns are perhaps our best find. We are using them in both the kitchen island and a built-in bookcase. They are just stunning.

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4. Lastly we got this cabinet that we are going to build into the kitchen for storage. Note: The molding with the eye is not ours….it does not go with my vision.

We start this project in January, so we needed these items to be added to the plan for the builder. Wait until you see the finished product these treasures will shine!

Hope you like this post. Let me know what you think by commenting or liking it!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

Best, Celia

 

Dining Room Holiday Decor

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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.

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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

Resources:

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

My favorite new wedding trend…floral table runners.

I did the flowers and décor for a wonderful wedding last weekend. My favorite floral arrangements were the floral table runners. I had such a good time making these and the flowers from Snell Family Farm, were AMAZING!

I thought I would share the step by step directions for how to make these beautiful arrangements. All the photos were taken my amazing friend Anne Sowles, who with my other friend Deb Hides made this wedding possible!

Step 1: Start with beautiful flowers. Here are the flower buckets filling my garage.

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Step 2: Sort your flowers and strip them of their thorns and leaves.

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Step 3: Cut floral foam to fit your trays. The soak your foam in lukewarm water. These trays were 12″ x 20″ x 1″.

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Step 4: Cover the foam with moss, make sure you wet the moss and pull it apart so you can stick flowers through it with ease.

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Step 5: Add your greens, I like greens that spill over the sides. This is seeded Eucalyptus.

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Step 6: The fun part…add your flowers!

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Here is the final product! It was really pretty!

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In addition to these table runners I had some tables with groupings of floating candles and some soft seating with small arrangements. I love the mix of long tables and soft seating around the dance floor.

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This wedding was so much fun, but I have to say I am looking forward to fall and getting back into interior design.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know by commenting or liking it! if you are not already following my blog, please click the follow button.

Best, Celia

Two of my ideas were featured on Houzz!

Ideas for an Industrial-Chic Wedding

I am doing a wedding in late July. I have been trying to pin-point the theme and I have come up with relaxed industrial-chic!

We are using a lot of architectural salvage. I went to the large antique fair in Brimfield, MA with my friend Robyn last week. I found some wonderful pieces, including two chunky columns (that will serve as altar pieces), two fantastic antique urns, and four industrial coffee tables.

We are renting the following items

1. Harvest tables

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2. These for wine bars

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3. (5) Wine Barrels that will be surrounded by stools and serve as our cocktail tables.

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4. This is the soft seating for the lounge areas

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5. Dining Chairs

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6. We will be mixing in round tables with white linens and burlap overlays.

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Here is the lighting for the wedding.

1.The wine bottle light will go over the main bar. This is from Etsy.

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2. These will go over the dance floor with the metal ones wrapped in lights.

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3. We have two lounge areas flanking the dance floor. I will hang these lanterns over the coffee tables in the lounge area.

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General Décor

1. These wonderful vases will line the walkway into the ceremony, the urns will be used at the entrance to the ceremony area. I love these…I want some of them for myself!

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2. The ceremony will have a structure like this over the bride and groom. I just love this look…so cool. I will have glass globes with succulents and flowers hanging from the structure.

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3. I will also be using these items to decorate for the wedding. Earthy elements work well with the industrial chic look!

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4. We are going to use brightly colored farm fresh flowers. Our colors are purple, yellow, red and white. I am going to use a lot of herbs and greens too! They will really pop against the washed out look of the industrial pieces.

I love these bright bouquets from Pinterest. I will also use succulents like these also from Pinterest. The curly willow in the bottom arrangement is fabulous!

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So these are some of my ideas for the wedding. Do you have any ideas that you think would make this wedding complete? I am always open to suggestions.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post let me know by commenting or liking it!

I hope you are all happy and healthy!

Best, Celia