Spring is coming to Maine, I know it has arrived in much of the country…but winter hangs around here a bit longer. I am done with winter, I need to spruce up my house and prepare for my favorite season…summer.
1. Remove all wool rugs and replace with indoor/outdoor and cotton rugs. This really brightens up my home and lengthens the life of my wool rugs too.
2. Time to do some indoor planting…It is still too cold to plant outside. Here are my favorite inexpensive planters, mason jars, soil, curly willow and spring bulbs and herbs. The herbs will be moved outside in June. (photo by Liz Donnelly)
5. I love the idea of new spring and summer dishes too! I have some fish dishes that were my parents and I use them in the summer…they feel fresh and fun! These plates from Dwellings 207-781-3711 and http://www.Williams-Sonoma.com are great for any season.
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…
Traditional materials like subway tile, brass, wood, and marble.
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.
We will use wainscoting either barn-board or panels.
I have added a privacy wall to create a toilet area.
I know frameless showers are modern, but we need to use them to open the room up.
I have also added a glass half wall, between the shower and vanity, to make the space feel larger.
I will design a custom vanity, this will allow us to use every inch of space to the fullest.
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.
Finally the floors will be wide pine, we are going to match what is already in the space.
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Celia Bedilia Designs of Cumberland FSD, ME Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals
Portland, ME February 4, 2014 –Celia Bedilia Designs of Cumberland Foreside, Maine has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Budget friendly coastal design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“We use design to bring functionality, beauty and joy to each of our projects.”
“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Celia St.Onge among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Celia St.Onge, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
I was born into design; my great-grandfather was an impressionist painter, my grandfather & father were both architects and my mother herself was an interior designer. Even more, all four of my siblings are also in the art/design fields of work. We simply had no choice, designer blood runs through our veins! Prior to my interior design business, I worked in the wholesale/retail world for several years, first in sales and then in design and production. Currently, I am designing a line of cottage furniture for a wholesale company and I have my own line of custom furniture and vanities.
I truly love my work and it is important to me to take the time to work closely with my clients as we bring their visions to life. More so, it is imperative that each one of my projects reflects the clients taste and interests rather than my own. Here at Celia Bedilia, we can help you bring your ideas to actuality.
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit http://www.houzz.com
New take on an old friend, the felt deer-head…who doesn’t love this?
Dine with us in our indoor winter woods.
Birds on Branches
I want to wish Happy Holidays to the wonderful and supportive followers of my blog. Thank you all for a fantastic year! I will be back in 2014 with loads of your favorites, quick tips, mini-makeovers, and before-and-after pics.
As we enter a new year, I hope you’ll remember to be Grateful for family and friends, Thankful for a job, and Mindful of your health. Most of all, forget the slights and injustices of others– “laisse tomber”, as the French say–let bygones be bygones! And approach the new year with a fresh start.
Wishing you health and happiness in 2014!
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I am proud to say one of my kitchens was featured on Cultivate.com (Pottery Barn & Williams and Sonoma’s kitchen website). I hope you enjoy the article!
Designed By: Celia Bedilia
Photographer: Liz Donnelly
This wonderful, clean room in Maine combines the best of kitchen living, with a seamlessly integrated seating area and sun-drenched dining nook both just steps from the main cooking space.
During phase one of this two-part remodel, the homeowners added a new mudroom, prefinished white oak flooring, and removed most of the walls on the first floor. “This dining area was a part of phase one, and it is amazing,” designer Celia St. Onge says. “It added not only seating but tons of light! There used to be a covered porch in this space that kept the sun from getting in.” A half-wall of beaded board is crisp against gray-blue paint and also gives a slight nod to the home’s coastal Maine location.
“One other thing I love that we did as part of the first phase was turn the former garage entry into a large pantry (next to the refrigerator). The homeowners can walk straight in from the grocery store and put everything away at once,” she says.
Phase two focused on the kitchen redo, which included new cabinetry, countertops, and lighting. Celia pulled the color palette in from the nearby Casco Bay, which is just a quarter-mile from the home.
“Fog is common place in this area and the tones in the kitchen are all found in fog, gray, greige and tans. I wanted the room to feel crisp and cool but also welcoming,” she says.
To combat the light, earthy tones, Celia installed a small open cabinetry unit between the two windows, which she painted black. “This shelf is one of the items from my coastal furniture line. I design and build it in Maine, and it is manufactured by special needs adults. I am so proud of what they have built!” Celia says.
All white pieces displayed neatly inside highlight the dark color of the cabinet. Black window casings and black tile around the vent hood add a similarly bold pop. “I wanted the overall feel of the kitchen to be calm, but it would have felt bland if I had not picked a strong contrast color,” says Celia. “Nothing could do the job like black!” Behind the black and white range also lies Celia’s favorite element in the entire kitchen: “I love that nickel gap board backsplash,” she says.
Across from the windows sits a rich, wood-topped island. At the end, narrow shelves supply a convenient spot to store cookbooks at the ready. Three upholstered barstools are elegant, and their black legs tie in with the other dark elements along the window wall. Matching tufted linen chairs in the adjacent dining nook tie together the two spaces.
Rounding out the room is symmetrical storage space. “I like simple design, so one thing we did in this kitchen was to use banks of drawers and full height drawers, but no combinations. I love the result, it is so clean and every bit of space is used,” notes Celia.
Perhaps the biggest sign of success in this living-dining-cooking triage is the fact that it gets used daily. “This family loves to entertain, and they spend lots of time at home,” Celia continues. “The wife is a professionally trained chef—she uses everything in this kitchen.”
Cabinets: Schrock, Brookshire door style in Dover Gray:by Dennis Tefft (207)-729-9924
Counters: Carrera Marble : Eliot Hull @ Paul G. White (207)
Lights: French reproduction from celiabedilia.com
Sinks: Just Sinks
Faucets: American Standard
Backsplash: Steve Youmans of Mark Dorsey Construction 207-865-3333
Mason Jars are hip these days. They make wonderful vases, lights, votives, storage containers and, of course jars for canning. Here are a few of the things I have done with mason jars. All photos by Liz Donnelly.
I hope this inspires you to use mason jars! Thank you for stopping by to see me. If you like this post let me know by commenting or liking it.
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This is the first job I have had in this area, and it is truly amazing. Our client’s home is situated in the most picturesque spot on the banks of the river. It is such a lovely place to work. I also really like the home owners which is an added bonus!
Although the house is very nice, it needs some updating. The home is new to my client so she wants to put her stamp on it. We are painting almost the entire interior of the house. In addition to paint, we are rearranging furniture, purchasing some new furniture and hanging art.
The photos below are of first room we are tackling. It needs new paint, a sectional sofa, coffee table style ottoman, and maybe a new chair and ottoman. We are keeping the game table and chairs. They have a lovely rug in the space so we do not need to purchase one.
All of the trim will all be painted in Benjamin Moore Decorators White, and the walls will be a version of one of the colors below.
We are painting the back of the bookcases, Farrow & Ball Parma Gray-which is far darker than it appears below.
We are then looking into sectional for the space. These are three of the options I am pricing out. I like the top and bottom choice. Which one do you like?
Rather than a coffee table, I would like to use a large square ottoman. I am drawn to the base of the bottom option, but I am not sure if it would be comfortable to put your feet up on.
Lastly, I propose moving the blue leather chair and ottoman (in photo above) to the family room and replacing it with one of these.
#1 This one has good lines, and is very comfortable
#2 This is a swivel and which would work well in this space, because you could turn toward the sectional or to the AMAZING view.
#3 I love this, but I think is too sweet for the space.
So this is my first draft idea board for the room.
The fabrics and leg finishes will be different, but, this is just a mood board.
What do you think? Do you like the direction this room is going in? The view is the star in this house so I do not want to do anything to fussy, formal or trendy.
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I look forward to checking in with you next week…I am talking kitchens, and the dos and don’ts of kitchen design.