Here are some of my favorite items for summer decorating! I do not have a summer home but I do like to make a few changes for summer in my home. I put down summer rugs, put up summer curtains, change my bedding and add a few other touches! Here are some great items you might use for your own summer home.
1. Ballard Design sisal rug…oozes summer
2. Williams-Sonoma Home sofa…clean and fresh looking…only if you need a sofa!
3. Cool clear trunk from Wisteria…how I adore this.
4. Great chair only $299 at Grandin Road
5. Birch Lane has lots of fun stuff! I like these trays & glass bottle lamp
6. West Elm has great summer items this year too…love these throws and curtain panels.
7. Crate & Barrel tray so cool!
8. Fun side table Home Remedies Portland, ME 207-899-0135
9. Fabulous ottoman by Dash & Albert: Dwellings Falmouth, ME 207-781-3711
Are you looking for something to decorate for summer? Let me know your summer plans! I hope you are enjoying summer…I know I am. If you like this post let me know by liking it!
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 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
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!
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.
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!
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Enjoy your weekend, I am off to Washington, DC to see two new projects…you will hear about them soon!
As a designer, I cannot stress enough, that little touches finish a space. Without the pieces of your personality, a home looks unwelcoming and unfinished. Here are a few spaces I designed, look at how we add the books, vases, clocks, pictures, statues etc. We want to bring our clients interests, personal history and even quirks into their space.
I feel homes should reflect the home owners not their designers!
Tip: Vintage items add instant history to a space
This indoor herb garden adds the finishing touch to this room. Photo: Liz Donnelly
I hope you will let me know what you do to finish your space. What personal touches do you feel are important in making you house a home?
I really do love answering your questions please keep your comments and questions coming!!!!!
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.
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?
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!
Hello loyal Celia Bedilia fans…Happy Memorial Day weekend. I am such a fan of summer and I cannot wait to get started enjoying this wonderful season. So this weekend I am planning to fill the pots and planters on my deck and front patio add lighting to my backyard and maybe host a BBQ!
Container Planting Tips
Fill 1st ¼ of your Containers with Better Than Rocks, this is a mesh product
Be creative when choosing planters this is a great place to reuse/repurpose items, Wheel Barrows are great for vegetable gardens and you can move it to follow the sun! Choose different size pots and 1 color or mix and match.
Choose the right potting soil for what you are planting
Start with your favorite plant as the center of your planter, add filler around it. I like potato vine, and herbs as my filler.
Make a color plan before you go shopping; take the color of your house into account. For example I have a red house, purple, white and yellow look great against red.
I use different height plants as well, I like to have some height to each pot, I think just having pansies in a pot looks dinky!
Fertilize your containers!
Have fun with it your pots, if you have young kids get them to help…they love to get dirty.
Mason Jar Lights and Lanterns
Collect assorted sizes of Mason jars, add a 2” pillar candle, moss (wet it first) and then use twine on the lip to complete the look! These look great on outdoor tables because they are rustic and natural looking.
For the hanging Mason Jars (use large jars) you will need wire, I make the U shaped hanger first with four 14” lengths of wire create loops at the bottom and then twist the 4 wires into one, then side wire through the loops and around the lip of the jar I go around the lip 4 times and then cut the wire and twist it onto one of the loops of the U. Add a small pillar candle and a touch of water. Hang from branches in the trees or from shepherds’ hooks! They are really cool.
Easy BBQ Menu
Baby Grilled Potatoes
Toss mini potatoes with oil and salt and pepper grill over medium heat for 30-35mins.
Yum Mum Salad
1 bag Boston lettuce
1 bag baby spinach
10 strawberries sliced length wise
¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
3 Tbsp goat, feta or blue cheese
3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, 5 Tbsp Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp OJ, Pinch of Salt, Sugar, and Pepper, ¼ Tsp Mustard-mix in small bowl- toss with other ingredients just before serving.
Lemon Grass Flank Steak
1/3 cup Peanut or Canola Oil
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Ginger, minced
3 Tbsp Fish Sauce
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 pounds flank steak
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
Put all ingredients in a large zip lock 6-8 hours before grilling
This project on the coast of Maine was so much fun! The homeowners became good friends through the construction process. We started with a subpar colonial and finished a superb coastal retreat. One of the most interesting parts of this project was the fact that these homeowners wanted to be involved in all of the stages of the project, in fact they did the trim and the fireplace!
This is one of the before pictures of the kitchen. The kitchen was cherry and had black appliances, many home owners would be happy with the before, but thankfully these home owners knew that the house needed to be lightened up. We not only took out the kitchen but we removed walls and set the beams up into the ceiling, the effect was amazing!
Look at this light and airy after shot of the kitchen! The appliances are all stainless steel, the cabinets are off white and the counters are so unusual, gray and gorgeous.
The difference is in the details! These lights rock, and the homeowner found them…on sale…online!
Did I tell you the view is fabulous? You can see the ocean from the stove, sink and fridge who wouldn’t want to cook here?
Here is the before shot of the eat-in area of the kitchen. Look at the fireplace…you won’t recognize it.
In the next after shot below you see how we continued the light feeling removing the bookcases, and refinishing the fireplace…the homeowner did it himself!!!!
Photos by the talented Liz Donnelly
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Art is very important in good design. You can show your style and taste through the art you choose. Art can be an investment or can just be a painting, drawing or sculpture you connect with. Trust your gut and you will build an art collection that reflects you and your family. Art is interesting because it tells a story that each person interprets in their own way.
I am high-lighting three very unique and talented artists; they all price their work very reasonably…start your own collection and let me know how it is coming.
This first photo is of a dressing room with a collection of small scale art and jewelry. Here we hung art in a gallery style.
I love this painting by Andrew Faulkner from a Marin Magazine contest. This pleasing scene could work in any home. Check out other works by Andrew www.afstudio.com/painting
Deb Hides did this mural of chickadees. I love seeing art directly on walls it can be a very clever way to dress a space. In this case up at tree level! To see more work by Deb Hides go to her blog www.debhides.tumblr.com
This last piece is from a very talented Maine artist Rhonda Pearle she owns Bridge Gallery in Portland, Maine other works by her and her husband Gary can be seen at www.bridgegalleryportland.com
I know how intimidating art purchases can be, but get to know artists that you like by going to art shows or even through images online you will feel good buying from someone you connect with.
The High Point Show has confirmed that the distressed French country look is still a strong home trend this season. Here are some of the best options from Blue Ocean Traders, Four Hands, and Zentique.
The first three photos are from Four Hands they have been ahead of home trends for over 15 years! I love Four Hands.
The next three photos are from Zentique; this company is the go to place for the French country look. They understand good design, and have reproduced many French designs adapting them for today’s life style. I love these cabinets, they are simply beautiful. The French candle cage is just lovey too!
The last three photos are from Blue Ocean Traders; this is a very reasonably priced company with a good sense of design. They combine one of kind antique pieces with good reproductions. I especially love the Antique side car…great art piece for the right home!
If you are following home trends but do not want something that will go out of style, this may be the trend for you. These are timeless pieces that could work for traditional and transitional homes. This look also works in coastal homes as the wood has a bleached or drift wood look.