WHITE HOT SUMMER

White is hot this summer. I love white, and it never feels crisper than in the heat of summer. It is so effective at highlighting texture, form and showcasing the colors with it.

Here are some of my favorite uses of white.

This kitchen from Dwell magazine demonstrates how the texture of the wood and wood tile, really pop when paired with white.

dwell white kitchen

House Beautiful, featured these beautiful white rooms, the bedroom is so soothing and inviting and the bath looks so clean.

house beautiful white

house beautiful bath white

Look at how the black of doors and the green of the trees pop in this photo from Home and Design.

home and design white dining

In this room, also from Home & Design, white is mixed with soft blue, and chocolate brown is used to showcase the items in the builtin bookcases.

home and design tv room

Do you want to have this look without committing to an entire room? Try adding a collection of white in one area of your home. I love this pottery from Etsy.

Photo below by Liz Donnelly.

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etsy white dishes

Summer is too short in Maine. I always take the time to freshen, and lighten the look of my house. I want to savor every moment.

Enjoy your summer. I am doing a wedding this weekend hope to have pictures to share soon.

Best,

Celia

What is happening today in design!

What is happening today in design!.

I have to say this is really is a wonderful product! I wish I had brought some on vacation with me. I am now in Florida celebrating my mother-in-laws 80th birthday. I have painted their condo interior, cooked and shopped! I feel lucky to have them. I have no parents of my own and they are very special…family means more as you age!

Best to you all and thank you for reading my blog.

I will have new fresh presses upon my arrival home.

Celia

Summer means rustic, casual & cottage style to me

Although I like a lot of different styles I think I might call my own style transitional-eclectic. I appreciate good design, but in summer I am drawn to casual, rustic and cottage objects. I was asked to help design the 2012 furniture line for Maine Woodworks a cottage style furniture company, Made in Maine! I also did the photo styling for the shoot, I am very proud of the results. Liz Donnelly is the talent behind the photos.

I chose a neutral palette for this year’s line here are a few of the colors that are shown in the photos below: Benjamin Moore- Skipping Stones (CSP 155), Plaster of Paris (CSP 185), and Birds Egg (2051-60-fabulous blue). These are just the new neutrals Maine Woodworks is offering but you can get any color you want! Tangerine is the new hot color, maybe you want to spruce up your office with a tangerine file cabinet? Be creative…and go for colors that inspire you.

Maine Style hits the office
Bring Maine cottage style to your office

Why does your office need to be dark to be professional? Why not pick colors inspire you? What colors make you feel calm? How can you incorporate your favorite colors into your workspace?

Bookcase from heaven
Love this distressed cottage style bookcase
Love the arch
Perhaps you need storage for a narrow wall? Look at this wonderful bookcase!
Love this shot
This is a diverse piece it can go anywhere it can be a media cabinet, in a bedroom as storage in a living room as shown!
Ahhh Summer
This bed painted in MWW Ocean Blue is a soothing color, perfect for summer or any time of year.
Great Bedroom
Wonderful Double Dresser
Bring on summer
This living room is re-made for summer,with a summer rug and slipcover for the sofa, the cottage coffee table and side tables work anytime of year!

I really am pleased with the way this office furniture looks and it is available now at a retailer near you. If you cannot find a retailer in your area let me know, and I will help.

Creative WorkSystems (Parent Company of Maine Woodworks) is a nonprofit organization staffed by talented and devoted individuals, Susan Percy, Executive Director, Janet Dutson, Marketing, Communications & Development Director, and Dave Gallati, of Maine Woodworks are just a few I have the pleasure to know.

Susan is an amazing person, she is so intelligent, caring and devoted, I feel so lucky to have her in my life. Janet makes a tri-athlete look lazy, her professionalism and dedication is unmatched and I am so pleased to be working with her. Dave is my go to man, he hates to see me coming with all my new ideas, but he makes them come to fruition and should be proud of his fine work! I am impressed at how all of these individuals wear so many hats and juggle so many projects while putting the needs of people with disabilities first!

If you would like to help this fantastic organization http://www.creativeworksystems.com/donate/  your money will go directly towards the people who need it most. Thank you!

Happy Memorial Day, thank you to all those who have given their lives and careers to preserve our freedom!

Celia

Put Your Feet Up…Poufs & Ottomans are Trending

Poufs and ottomans are trending in a big way! This is a trend I wholeheartedly embrace. Who doesn’t want to put their feet up? But, ottomans, cubes, and poufs are not just for resting your tired feet; they serve as extra seating too. They are small-scale and can be stashed under consoles,dining tables and coffee tables. These are wonderful in small spaces. Here are some great options! These range in price from $199-$599.

Sources: www.2modern.com , www.potterybarn.com, www.cb2.com , www.etsy.com , www.crateandbarrel.com , www.dwr.com