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 Etsy.com, 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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The wonderful world of wallpaper

Guest Room
Guest Room photo by Liz Donnelly


I am loving wallpaper these days. My basement was in need of a spruce up…as houseguests are coming in two short weeks. My basement has two guest rooms, a full bathroom and a huge living area (26 x14). I need to have a TV/lounge area and a workout area in this space. So I thought I would visually break up the space by adding wallpaper to the lounging area. I will post photos when the space is complete.

Wallpaper is very trendy right now and it is a fun way to add style to any space. I love it as an accent wall in a bedroom (as in the photo above), in a powder room or any room.

Here are some of my favorite wallpapers. The first one is the one I chose for the basement. The second and third were runners up! All available from  www.mainefabrics.com.




The next two looks are fresh and fun from http://www.burkedecor.com



I also love these Graham & Brown Wallpapers



My next two wallpaper projects are the mudroom and the powder room!

Mudroom ideas

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Powder room paper is purchased and ready to install, it is a silver grasscloth…very chic.

What are do you think of these wallpapers? Do you like wallpaper? Do you have any decorating plans for the fall? I would love to hear about them!

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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 www.pinterest.com


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 www.grandroad.com

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


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

fogg sconce

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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.

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Photos of my projects are done by Liz Donnelly

Our Top Vanity Designs

Hello all,

I have had a big year in design, my furniture line has really taken off. Vanities seem to be the most requested item in my line. We build each vanity to order, so we can make whatever size, color, or finish you can dream up! We make our entire line by hand in Maine.

Here are some of the many vanities styles that were purchased in 2013.






We have loads more designs but unfortunately we have not photographed all of them! That is one of my many new years resolutions, take photos!!!

Happy New Year. Thank you for stopping by. If you have a need for any furniture, check out our entire line. https://celiabedilia.com/shop-celia-bedilia-designs/

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Thanks for a great year!

Best, Celia

PHOTOS: Liz Donnelly and Jamie Salomon

Celia Bedilia Designs has a Bathroom Featured on Home Portfolio

Great news

We were featured on Home Portfolio!


I hope you enjoy this!


Laundry Room/Closet Makeover

I love the way this laundry room turned out. What do you think?
I hope you are all enjoying summer.
Best, Celia

Maine living Magazine

before laundry
Day 1:
1.Remove all the crap from shelves
2.Spackle holes (I skipped this step…I do not show the public my laundry closet & I do not mind the holes)
3.Paint walls and shelves – Ben Moore: HC 170-Stonington Gray.
4.Let dry

•Mini roller & tray
•Putty knife
•1 1/2 inch paint brush

End of Day 1

painted laundry

Day 2: Wallpapering a focal wall in laundry room/closet

shelf liner

I am wallpapering the back of my laundry closet with contact paper. It is an inexpensive way to get a fresh new look in a small space.

Here is the step by step directions for wallpapering with contact paper.


If this appeals to you check out the selection of shelving liners on Amazon link below.


I wanted a little drama and fun in my laundry area, I spend a great deal of time in this space. I love the results.

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Great Bathroom Ideas

I am inspired by these bathrooms. Each has an idea that I would recommend incorporating if you are planning a renovation.

I think this mirrored vanity could really make a small space feel bigger.


I love the floating drawers above the toilet, great extra storage.


This is a fabulous idea…using doors from a vintage or antique cabinet on a built-in unit.


This off-center vanity helps you to use a small space wisely.


I love the shower boxes in this all white shower. The glass tile is very effective.


All glass showers open up small spaces…this is a great use of a small space.


This open old-fashioned double sink is a great way to allow two to use a small area. The peg board towel rack is clever too!


Using a large print or bold colored wallpaper in a small bathroom can give it pizzazz.


I love designing bathrooms. They are so important to a home. The key to a well designed bathroom is to use every inch of your space. Measure your space and full it up with function!

Are you doing a bathroom renovation? Let me know what you are doing, send photos and ask me about your dilemmas.

Thank you for stopping by. Keep cool in this hot weather.

Best, C

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Decorating with White is Always Safe & Chic

I am drawn to white. It is so crisp and clean…and it will never go out of style. Best of all white looks great with everything you pair it with.

To me, bright white trim highlights any wall color, white bedding can dress any bed, and white linen curtains frame any view.

White allows your pops of color to pop! Benjamin Moore has over 200 shades of white. Surely you can find one that fits your needs!

www.architectureartdesigns.com  said: “White is known as the color of purity and natural beauty. Using white when designing or decorating you can combine it with almost any other color.”

Here are some of my favorite white kitchens from House Beautiful, BHG, and Houzz.

White bathrooms are always inviting, Celia Bedilia (I love this kids bathroom), Houzz bathroom (adore the window), and finally another bathroom with a Celia Bedilia vanity.

Bedrooms dressed in white look so crisp and clean. I love this Coastal Living bunk room, and these two Coastal Celia Bedilia bedrooms are among my favorites of all time.

Living made easy in white! Love thses three living rooms:House Beautiful, Celia Bedilia & Coastal Living.


Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic tell Country Living: “WHITE IS EASY TO CARE FOR. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone go with an all-white room, then fear it. Let the white be lived in! I’ve raised two children in my homes, so all of my Shabby Chic slip covers are preshrunk and machine washable. Of course, it helps to like the crumpled, imperfect look. I don’t iron. If you’re a human being and have a life, that gets old very quickly.”

“With white, everything stays simplistic and strong.” says designer Suzanne Kasler.

FreshHome.com states: “White is the most commonly used color in interior design, especially in areas where bathing, cleaning and food preparation are prevalent. This is due to the fact that you can see anything that appears on white and wipe it up, keeping the surfaces clean and germ free. White combines well with black to form a stunning high contrast look. With the popularity of minimalist homes, decorating is lending towards using neutrals again. Keeping the interiors crisp white and clean, with often the use of subtle textures in kitchen bench tops, carpet or timber floors.”

Celia Bedilia says “White is both versatile and timeless”.

I am going to paint my office white; I will photograph it and await your feedback!

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Best, Celia

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!

www.celiabedilia.com 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

Making the Most of Small Bathroom Spaces

My tips for making the most of a small bathroom space.

  • Claim as much space as possible. I took half of a linen closet from my hall to make more space in my kid’s bathroom.
  • You can also add recessed storage or tall cabinets to make a space feel bigger.
Recessed storage is a must for small spaces.www.lowes.com
Recessed storage is a must for small spaces.
This Old House shows how to make the most of a small bathroom with tall storage cabinets.
This Old House shows how to make the most of a small bathroom with tall storage cabinets.
  • Use a monochromatic theme. I like using neutrals, this does not have to be boring. Sea-glass colors are in style and very neutral, but not boring.
  • I love these Evit bubble glass tiles. They could be used as the back of recessed boxes in the shower; it just requires a little tile so you can use expensive tiles!
White bathrooms are clean and fresh. This one is from Fresh Home.
White bathrooms are clean and fresh. This one is from Fresh Home.
  • Keep it simple. In small spaces you need to keep your design simple.
  • I have lots of clients who have been planning a bath renovation for years. Once they show me  their dream wish list…I take those ideas and come up with a cohesive look. I usually simplify too.
This bathroom creatively uses an old cabinet and bright tile, but the fixtures are all white!. Great design from Fresh Home!!!
This bathroom creatively uses an old cabinet as the vanity and bright tile, but the fixtures are all white!. Great design from Fresh Home!!!
Small bath with bold wall color...note everything else is white.
Small bath with bold wall color…note everything else is white.
  • Take out hinged doors and replace them with pocket or barn doors. This will open up any space.
Barn doors are great on bathrooms. www.contentinacottage.blogspot.com
Barn doors are great for bathrooms.
  • Proper lighting will make your space feel bright and bigger.
Amazing Dogwood Sconce $1,600
Amazing Dogwood Sconce $1,600
This would be cool in a powder room. Fioella Wall Sconce
This would be cool in a powder room.
Fioella Wall Sconce
  • Use one large mirror rather than two smaller ones over a double vanity.
  • Consider mirror on the entire wall vanity wall.
One Mirror...two sinks.www.housebeautiful.com
One Mirror…two sinks.
One mirror makes this space look huge! www.houzz.com
One mirror makes this space look huge!
  • Wall mounting major fixtures also adds visual space.
  • In Asia where space is a hot commodity, they hang the toilets and sinks. (It does not have to look institutional; if you use modern fixtures it will look great.)
  • You might also consider installing wall faucets rather than having them take space on the vanity.
I love this Bathroom designed by Mary Lou Kalmus
I love this Bathroom designed
by Mary Lou Kalmus
  • Natural light is also important to small spaces.
  • Leave existing windows, or change the size but keep the light.
  • Use Mirrors to reflect the natural light.
  • If you can add skylights, do it!
Great window for a small space.www.gatheredhouse.com
Great window for a small space.
Natural Light is the best kind. www.pinterest.com
Natural Light is the best kind.
House Beautiful...mirrored vanities chic and reflective.
House Beautiful…mirrored vanities chic and reflective.

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Before and After Kitchen & Bathroom

This project was interesting because the home owners had wonderful furnishings, they just needed help getting the most from this wonderful post and beam home.

The kitchen had great bones, we changed the layout by moving some walls and adding others. The biggest improvements were painting the cabinets and adding a center island.

The island base was actually an antique cabinet, that had been customized to house a TV.  I saw its potential, I love adding a vintage touch to a new space. The antique store was willing to negotiate, as tv cabinets are somewhat obsolete. The homeowner got a soap stone counter top at the local remanent yard and we added wooden bracket to brace the over hang. I love the result!

We enlisted the help of Fogg Lighting in Portland, ME to come up with a comprehensive lighting plan. Lighting is very important and is insufficient in many homes. Many people update their kitchens, with new appliances, cabinets and countertops but forget to come up with a lighting plan for the space.

Before Pictures of Kitchen

After Photos: taken by Liz Donnelly

Before of Master Bathroom:

After Shots: Taken by Liz Donnelly

I love the  sophisticated sconces, the classic marble counter top and new steam shower.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and after of this home. The home owners are wonderful and I have really enjoyed getting to know them.

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Budget Bathroom..Yes, it is Possible

How do you keep a bathroom remodel on budget?

  • Make good decisions and stick with them!
  • When you make a choice that fits with-in your budget, move on to the next item. (I have found the best choices are usually your first choices.)
  • What is your budget? This is your first step, do not get a contractor and then go with their budget, bring them your budget!
  • What is the style or look you are trying to achieve? Transitional, traditional…modern.
  • Have you done your research? Do you know what you need, and what these items cost?
  • Do you have a good contractor? Ask to see jobs they have done, if you have not worked with them.
  • Where are you shopping for items? Have you looked into discount options?

I have an $8k budget for a transitional style kids bathroom I am working on. I need two vanities, a sundry dresser, two medicine cabinets, two faucets, a whirlpool tub and shower/tub faucet.

This Celia Bedilia vanity is $600 with top and sink about $1000 (x 2)  www.celiabedilia.com

These Medicine cabinets are great 18×18 $50 (x2) www.overstock.com

This Kohler whirlpool tub is from Home Depot $980 www.homedepot.com

Sundry Dresser $399 www.potterybarn.com

Faucet $98 (x2) www.faucetdirect.com

Kohler $280

Toilet $280 www.faucetdirect.com

Fantastic Tile 10×48 gray tiles $650 for 64 square feet www.tilesdirect.net

Delta BT14496

Delta Faucet $116.00 www.faucetsdirect.com

This is adds up to roughly $4,800 so that leaves $3,200 for installation. I think it is possible, but now I need to get my subs in to give me their quotes.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any design dilemmas, I can help! Write me with your questions and design issues, attach photos too! I will form a post around your question.

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Thank you for your support.

Best, Celia