Refreshing Your Home For Spring

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.

Before: (photo by Liz Donnelly)

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After…this cotton Dash & Albert rug ( Home Remedies http://www.mainefabrics.com)  brings color into the room…I love it!

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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)

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3. New pillows…I rotate my pillows for the season. Here are some of my favorites options for spring. From http://www.jcp.com, http://www.williams-sonoma.com and http://www.westelm.com

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4. OK this is strange but I love this Jonathan Adler Coffee maker and it brings new life to the kitchen. http://www.jcp.com, I also adore these drink jars, and linen napkins from http://www.shopterrain.com

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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.

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6. Spring Summer Bedding…a must! http://www.pineconehill.com, http://www.bunnywilliams,com, http://www.PotteryBarn.com.

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7. If you need outdoor seating…these benches from http://www.grandinroad.com, are fabulous and they come in tons of fun colors.

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8. Lastly, do you need outdoor planters? check out http://www.shopterrain.com and http://www.restorationhardware.com

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I am getting so excited for summer! I have a child graduating from high school this June, so I need to spruce up both the inside and outside of my home for his party.

I have to paint my deck…I attempted this last year, and did not complete it…this year is a must.

What are you doing to get ready for summer?

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Best, Celia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmhouse Bathroom Musts

Farmhouse  Bathroom Renovation

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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 www.pinterest.com

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

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or this simple one from http://www.potterybarn.com

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6. Lighting will come from my favorite people at www.fogglighting.com

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

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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!

Best,

Celia

Photos of my projects are done by Liz Donnelly

Best of Houzz 2014 Award

photo: Liz Donnelly
photo: Liz Donnelly

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.

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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.

About Houzz
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

Your entry is your home’s first impression

Your entry is your home’s first impression. As you know, you only have one chance to make a first impression.

Designing an Entry/Foyer (or in Maine the mudroom)

  • Great walls are a must… use a wonderful wallpaper, a saturated paint color or consider a decorative paint finish.
  • Your entry floor can be a place to have fun too. If you have hardwood you can add a border, or you can splurge on a spectacular rug, or tile the space with specialty tile.
  • Every entry needs seating of some type, a bench, a chair or a Settee.
  • You must have a mirror in this space as well! Your guests and family alike will appreciate this touch.
  • Storage of some sort will help you use your space to its fullest.
  • Your entry needs to be well-lit, either lamps, overhead lighting or sconces.
  • Your foyer is also a great place to display art or a collection.

Here is my mood board for a  chic city condo foyer.

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Your mudroom, entry hall or foyer sets the mood and style for your home…do not forget to make it fabulous!

What is your next project? Are you dreaming of a new bedroom or bathroom?

My next post will be the idea board for a Master bathroom in a wonderful old Maine home.

Thank you for stopping by.

Best, Celia

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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
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Kitchen from TV area

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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…?

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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…

Before…

  • 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

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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!
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After shot of the kitchen

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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

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Photos below: Liz Donnelly

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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

Wow Christmas is coming…here is a peek at my house!

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Vintage homes and figures

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My Aunt Celia’s Dollhouse…dressed for the season.

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My homemade snow globe.

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New take on an old friend, the felt deer-head…who doesn’t love this?

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Dine with us in our indoor winter woods.

BIRDS

Birds on Branches

HOLIDAY DECOR

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!

Celia

PS: If you like this post, let me know by “liking” it or commenting.  If you’re not yet a follower…you can easily sign up now by clicking the follow button.  But above all, enjoy life and good design!

My favorite holiday ideas

I hope you enjoy my favorite holiday decor ideas for 2013!

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Thank you for stopping by!

Best, Celia

My Paint Pallette for Fall 2013

Celia Bedilia Designs 

Paint Picks for Fall 2013

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These are the colors I am drawn to this fall! Hope you like them.

What are your favorite colors this fall? Do you have any rooms to paint?

Let me know your thoughts on this post, by liking it, or commenting. Also as always, if you have not already signed up to follow this blog, please do so by clicking the follow button.

Thank you for stopping by~

Best, Celia

 

Culitvate.com featured A Celia Bedilia Kitchen

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!

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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.”

SOURCES

  • 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
  • Range: Thermador
  • Refrigerator: Amana
  • Dishwasher: Kitchenaid
  • Backsplash: Steve Youmans of Mark Dorsey Construction 207-865-3333

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Mason Jars are Hip

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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Thank you!
Best, Celia

Kitchen Renovation

Hello Everyone,

Here are the photos of my newly renovated kitchen. My photographer Liz Donnelly, did a fabulous job capturing this space. We love our homes open floor plan.

To remind you…here are the before pictures.

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In the photo below you see our leather swivels chairs these are great because they allow you to watch TV or towards the kitchen.

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I used black as an accent to break up the monochromatic color scheme.

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One of my favorite features is the nickel gap board backsplash.

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When we renovated we added a bar sink, I love having two sinks.

 

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The dining area seems to fit better with the new kitchen.

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Below you can see the entire space, when we renovated, we removed all the walls and replaced them with columns. We love this space.

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What do you think? I am very happy with the results. Have you done a renovation lately? What did you do? What would you have done differently?

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for stopping by. If you like this post let me know by commenting or liking it! If you are not following my blog please add your email to our list.

Best, Celia

 

Paradise on a river in Maine

We have a new project that is located in Edgecomb, Maine on the Damariscotta River. The Damariscotta is a 19.0-mile-long tidal river, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. This river known for its Oyster beds, Mussel Farming, clamming, fishing,  and in recent years it has become a huge tourist destination.

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.

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DSC_0132All 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.

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We are painting the back of the bookcases, Farrow & Ball Parma Gray-which is far darker than it appears below.

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Farrow & Ball – Parma Gray

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?

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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.

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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

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#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.

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#3 I love this, but I think is too sweet for the space.

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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.

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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.

Thank you for stopping by! I would love to hear from you. If you like this post let me know by commenting or liking the post. If you are not part of the Celia Bedilia Club please click the follow button!

I look forward to checking in with you next week…I am talking kitchens, and the dos and don’ts of kitchen design.

Best, Celia