Paradise on a river in Maine

We have a new project that is located in Edgecomb, Maine on the Damariscotta River. The Damariscotta is a 19.0-mile-long tidal river, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. This river known for its Oyster beds, Mussel Farming, clamming, fishing,  and in recent years it has become a huge tourist destination.

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.


DSC_0132All 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.

Farrow&Ball: Barrowed Light
Farrow & Ball: Borrowed Light


skylight paint f&b
Farrow & Ball Skylight

We are painting the back of the bookcases, Farrow & Ball Parma Gray-which is far darker than it appears below.

Farrow & Ball – Parma Gray

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?

sectional 3

alex sectional

lee sectional

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.

square ottoman

overstock ottoman


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

chair 1st choice for keith

#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.

bedroom chair

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.

edgecomb 2

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.

Best, Celia

A well designed room comes from layering; colors, textures and patterns

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How to Update a Classic Coastal Cottage (from functional to fabulous)

Steps to changing this living room from functional to fabulous

  1. Rip up the wall to wall carpet and re-finish or repaint the floors (we know there is wood under this carpet)
  2. Paint the ceiling, beams, trim, fireplace and window bench-Ben Moore- Decorators White (great bright white)
  3. Paint the walls one of the colors below…this is where I need your input please vote for your favorite color
#1 Ben Moore: Woodlawn Blue
#2 Seren & Lily: Gull
#3 Farrow&Ball: Barrowed Light

4. Add a new area rug to ground the seating area, I like Dash & Albert rugs for durability, colors and patterns.

Option 1: Indoor/Outdoor wide blue stripe
Option #2 Navy striped indoor/outdoor rug
Option #3 Khaki mixed stripe (indoor/outdoor)

5. Replace the window bench cushions

6. Replace the loveseat with 2 chairs on casters for mobility, this way they can be moved over to the window bench are or stay in front of the fireplace.

This is my choice for the chair on casters

7. Replace the sofa with a new sofa with clean lines that is strong enough to hold up to both children and renters

Something like this option from West Elm in a textured fabric

8. New coffee table with a better scale for the furniture and the room, I like this one below because it looks like driftwood.

9. Replace the existing chair and ottoman with a comfortable slip-covered version.

Cottage style slip-covered chair and ottoman

10. Finally you need to fill that walls with art and perhaps a mirror over the fireplace?

I am so excited to get going on this project! It is a wonderful beach front cottage, it looks like the house that is in the movie “Moonrise Kingdom“, but our vision is to make it into the house from “As Good As It Gets“. I hope to get started this fall and finish it in the late spring. It is such a beautiful spot, I even enjoy the hour drive.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Please follow my blog if you do not already do so. We love to hear from you so keep those comments and questions coming…do not forget to vote for you choices of rug and wall color!

Best, Celia