I love this season, I get to check in with my old clients and decorate the houses I have designed with/for them. We have some wonderful projects that we are breaking ground on in January so we are enjoying this peace!
Here are some of the decorations we have done for clients this year. All the photos below were taken by my right & sometimes left hand gal Anne Sowles.
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I hope you are all enjoying this festive season. I am so looking forward to celebrating this year with my family. Two of my siblings and their families are coming to Maine from California! I cannot wait to see them.
Happy Christmas and Best to you and your family in 2015.
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
2. These for wine bars
3. (5) Wine Barrels that will be surrounded by stools and serve as our cocktail tables.
4. This is the soft seating for the lounge areas
5. Dining Chairs
6. We will be mixing in round tables with white linens and burlap overlays.
Here is the lighting for the wedding.
1.The wine bottle light will go over the main bar. This is from Etsy.
2. These will go over the dance floor with the metal ones wrapped in lights.
3. We have two lounge areas flanking the dance floor. I will hang these lanterns over the coffee tables in the lounge area.
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!
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.
3. I will also be using these items to decorate for the wedding. Earthy elements work well with the industrial chic look!
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!
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.
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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.
I am working on a living room in Boothbay, Maine. I want the room to be stylish, and family friendly. I am a firm believer that living rooms are to live in, not look at, even if this means adding a TV to the room.
Our plan for the room is simple…
Paint the walls a soft gray-blue.
Wallpaper the TV area…to distract from what I imagine will be a massive TV.
Purchase two new coordinating (indoor/outdoor) rugs for the room, I do not think they need to match but they could.
Utilize the home owners two new neutral sofas and club chair.
Buy two swivel chairs, these chairs will divide the space and will turn to face both the TV area and the fireplace (see rough plan above)
I will be adding a large square coffee table and an oversized ottoman.
Linen curtain panels will add texture, and interest to the widows and French doors in the room, they will also help keep the room cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
I have designed a long low built-in to house toys, books and DVD player etc. for the wall.
1. Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog (kitchen opens into the living room):
1. Palladium Blue
2. Farrow & Ball Skylight…this one is the one!
1. Thibaut Downing Gate-Navy
2. I love this one from Swagpaper
The focal wall would look something like this.
Swivel chairs I love…all from Lee Industries
The home owners have tWo couches but if they did not have them I would suggest one of the following options:
1. Mitchell Gold Charlotte Sofa
2. Pottery Barn – Carlisle Sofa
Indoor/Outdoor Rugs Ideas:
1. Ballard Designs
2. & 3. Dash & Albert (New Bunny Williams Rugs) I love these!
Coffee Table Options
1. Celia Bedilia Design – Coastal Coffee Table it is 48×48 and has tons of storage
2. Bernhardt – This is one of the best coffee tables around…it is a classic and goes with so many different furniture styles.
Linen Curtain Panels:
You cannot go wrong with these wonderful white linen curtains.
1. Pottery Barn
2. Restoration Hardware
I hope this post gives you some ideas if you are planning your own living room. If you like this post let me know, if you have any questions or comments please write to me or comment.
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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.
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.”
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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Data shows that homes that are staged sell much faster than un-staged homes. Professional stagers and designers know how to arrange your rooms to highlight the assets of your home, and camouflage the flaws.
Here is a home we just staged for clients of ours.
To stage this room we…
Painted the room (Farrow & Ball: Borrowed Light)
We removed most of the furniture
We replaced the coffee table with a larger table that grounds the space
We re-hung all the art to the right height and coordinated the subject matter (all art about the coast of Maine)
We added coastal touches as the home is a block from the water and people want to buy the coastal feel! The Barn Pottery pillows add a lot to the space without a spending a lot!
We had a great time doing this project. We are working on the home owners new house and it is going to be spectacular!
Stay tuned for more before and after projects.
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Coastal/Cottage living will never go out of style. The feeling of casual and colorful living is always appealing to those of us that love the coast.
Photos: Liz Donnelly
Our furniture line works in Hilton Head as well as it does on Nantucket. We can color match any Benjamin Moore color so you can go bright if you are looking for a Caribbean feel or neutral to fit in with any decor! White is always a great choice, about 80% of our orders are for white furniture.
Celia Bedilia’s pick for coastal living!
1. Bead-board bedside table with bun feet…love the look of this it is clean and functional. $400. Available in any color.
2. Desk & filing cabinet, if you must work at your cottage…look good doing it. Desk $550, Filing Cabinet $450 (available with bun feet), Swivel Desk Chair (based on a 1920’s desk chair) $400 available in any color or stain
3. Dresser large enough for a summer’s worth of clothes (57″ x 38″ x 20″), and available in any Benjamin Moore color. $880.00
4. Cannon Ball bed is a cottage classic. This can be made with bun feet, barn or bead-board and in whatever color you like. Queen $1,200 King $1,500
5. Tall bookcase $650 available in tons of colors.
6. Cottage’s must have mirrors too, this one is 36″x24″ $280.
7. I adore this media cabinet it is so simple and pretty. It measures 65″ x 22″ x 20″ and can be customized to fit your needs $880.
I hope you all enjoy coastal style as much as I do!
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