Summer Home Decorating

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

ballard rug sisal

2. Williams-Sonoma Home sofa…clean and fresh looking…only if you need a sofa!

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3. Cool clear trunk from Wisteria…how I adore this.


4. Great chair only $299 at Grandin Road

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5. Birch Lane has lots of fun stuff! I like these trays &  glass bottle lamp

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6. West Elm has great summer items this year too…love these throws and curtain panels.

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7. Crate & Barrel tray so cool!


8. Fun side table Home Remedies Portland, ME 207-899-0135

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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!

Best, Celia




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)

Living Room
Living Room

After…this cotton Dash & Albert rug ( Home Remedies  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)


3. New pillows…I rotate my pillows for the season. Here are some of my favorites options for spring. From, and

jonathon adler

west elm pillow william sonoma

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

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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 are great for any season.

fish plates


william sonoma plate

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

pinecone hill quilts

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pottery barn bedding

7. If you need outdoor seating…these benches from, are fabulous and they come in tons of fun colors.

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8. Lastly, do you need outdoor planters? check out and



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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






 featured A Celia Bedilia Kitchen

I am proud to say one of my kitchens was featured on (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
  • Sinks: Just Sinks
  • Faucets: American Standard
  • Range: Thermador
  • Refrigerator: Amana
  • Dishwasher: Kitchenaid
  • Backsplash: Steve Youmans of Mark Dorsey Construction 207-865-3333

brushed stainless steel | carrara marble | Carrara marble | Island Style | Shrock Cabinets | Shrock Cabinets | Thermadore range | $20,000 – $50,000 | Transitional

The Making of a Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Musts

Photos: Liz Donnelly


  • Soft seating: I think every bedroom needs a comfortable place to sit. As you can see black lab Coco Chanel likes the chair and ottoman in this bedroom.
  • A fantastic bed frame and mattress, mattresses last 25 years so buy a good one.
  • Desk: I  like having a desk in the bedroom, here we have a small writing desk that we painted glossy white. Above the desk we have a book shelf made of books, a vision board, and some photos.
  • TV: yes I know we are supposed to keep them out of the bedroom but, let’s be honest it is nice to relax in bed and watch TV.
  • Fireplace: a fireplace is not a must but it is nice to have, especially during Maine winters.
  • Art: please do not forget to dress your walls. You do not have to spend a lot of money. Go to art shows or galleries and start collecting.
  • Windows-you do not need big heavy drapes, these linen curtain panels are inexpensive but effective.
  • Paint is very important to a well designed bedroom. I like soothing colors in a bedroom, this does not mean pastels they can be saturated colors but they need to make you feel calm.
  • I also like to have fresh flowers in a bedroom, in fact I might need to go to the florist today!
  • Bedside tables-bedside tables with storage for books, and all the other stuff you want close by but do not want to see.

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Where we shopped for these items…

  1. Bed
  2. Chair and ottoman
  3. Desk
  4. Linen Desk Chair{keyword}&adtype=pla
  5. Book shelf made of books
  6. Art
  7. Paint: Benjamin Moore – Quiet Moments
  8. Curtain Panels
  9. Quilt-Home Remedies –
  10. Decorative Glass Jars-Dwellings, Falmouth, ME  207-781-3711
  11. Bedside tables

Well, I hope you liked seeing what went into this master bedroom. If you are considering a master makeover feel free to ask me questions!

Let me know what you think, I love your comments and likes. Thank you for stopping by, if you are not already following my blog please click the follow button and sign up.

Enjoy Fall…winter is coming.

Best, Celia

Maine Home and Design


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! 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

Finishing touches make the room

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
In this kitchen ceramic Pineapples and pastel dishes style the space.
Liz Donnelly photo
In this new coastal home we used the home owners old book collection to add history to a bedroom. Photo: Liz Donnelly
In this Maine lake house we spelled out the word camp…because that is what the homeowners call their house. Liz Donnelly photographer
We also added little plants in mason jars and old pots to add to the “campy” feel.
Liz Donnelly photographer
Plants, books and bottles make this bookcase more interesting and appealing.
Liz Donnelly: photographer
In this home we kept the touches simple, books, flowers and antique ginger jars.
Photo: Jamie Salomon
This eclectic room needed very little but we used a family clock on the side table, flowers and coffee table books. Photo: Jamie Salomon

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!!!!!

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Thank you for reading my blog. Best, 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  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!


Memorial Day:Planting Containers, Lanterns & BBQ’s

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!

Wonderful Colorful Container from Better Homes and Gardens

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.
Mossy goodness
Mossy Mason Jar Lights

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.
Hang from the trees

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
  • Other ingredients
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • Put all ingredients in a large zip lock 6-8 hours before grilling
  • Grill on med-high for 4-6mins per side



Coastal Kitchen…before and after

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!

Black and Brown kitchen

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.

Bright Kitchen

The difference is in the details! These lights rock, and the homeowner found them…on sale…online!

Cool Lights

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?

Ocean makes the room

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!!!!

Comfortable spot!Photos by the talented Liz Donnelly


Thank you for reading! I am really lucky to have you loyal followers.

Keep the questions coming.


Art Makes a Room Complete

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.

Art in the eye of the beholder

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

.my brothers art!

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


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.comRhoda Pearle painting

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.


A great place to start your journey is  

You will feel so good buying art from these artists.

French Country Look Still Trending

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.

Great StyleGroovy Items


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!Closet for those with high styleFrench Country LightDesign very cool


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!


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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.


Happy Trending & Thank you for reading, Celia