Happy Veteran’s Day

Home  is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you  in.
Robert  Frost

photo: Liz Donnelly
photo: Liz Donnelly

” A good mudroom bench, is all a dog needs”   Coco

Thank you for your service veterans! I hope you enjoyed your day.

Best, Celia

Celia Bedilia CEO Coco does her part for a good cause

This Friday Coco Chanel (front center) CEO of Celia Bedilia, Olive Martini (far right) VP of Sales for Celia Bedilia and our summer intern Mazy loaned their images to raise money for the Freeport Spay and Neuter clinic. The event was held at Akari in Portland Maine.

We here at Celia Bedilia are proud of our executives for giving their valuable time to this cause.

photo by : Liz Donnelly


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Best, Celia

Dogs enjoying summer

Summer tea party
Photo: Liz Donnelly

Liz Donnelly my talented photographer, specializes in dog portraits. She is fabulous at photographing my interiors I thought I would show you some of the dog shots she has done for me.

Coco on the front steps…shall I garden?
Olive is the best of our models. She is a seasoned pro
Mazzy sitting…you do not know how hard it was to get this puppy to stay!
This is Zack, he is very funny…he looks like the fox from the original Robinhood, and is sneaky like Robinhood too.
This is a great shot of Rebel with his portrait in the backround we worked hard to get this shot.
This is a clients house and dog. Rebel is a wonderful old man, Look at this entry these door took forever to get but they are fabulous!
Mazzy helping herself to pound cake…brunch fit for the dogs!
Coco was so nervous to do this shot because my husband was in the room and she sis not want to be up on the furniture and get in trouble!
Olive is the queen of our home, she not only eats at the table but she uses a knife and fork.
Olive on the Christmas table
Coco on the built-in bench in the mudroom…we have two of these and Coco thinks of them as built-in dog beds.

I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them! Liz is so talented! Check out her site www.lizdonnellyphotography.net

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Thank you, 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?

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Thank you for reading my blog. Best, Celia

Built-ins-fill your needs and your space

This buffet was built to fill the entire wall. Photo by Liz Donnelly
We even added a sink for watering plants and making drinks! Photo Liz Donnelly

Why do a custom built-in?  

  1. You can use an entire space, use spaces wisely (under stairs, bathroom corner, living room wall etc)
  2. You can design specialized storage to display collections or hide objects you need but do not want to see.
  3. Customizing anything in your home leaves a part of you in the home…forever!
  4. Bring a new style to your home, some people want to add a modern touch to their home, but not change the entire traditional feel.
  5. Built-ins can make sense of spaces; for example built-in book shelves can make a library out of an office, or a hutch can make a den into a dining room.
  6. Color and Wallpaper can be used in/on a built-in and this can bring a splash of color or pattern to a room!
Great wallpaper makes this built in pop!
Photo Jamie Salomon

Great built in above  from http://casamacho.wordpress.com/ 

Great idea TV under the stairs! -Houzz.com
Celia Bedilia Designs built in TV is Hiden above the fireplace
Photo Jamie Salomon
Coco Loves this spot in the mudroom. There is storage in the bench!!! Photo Liz Donnelly

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Home Remedies…A Gem in Portland Maine

Home Remedies: Located at 83 West Commercial Street in Portland, Maine is a gem! Portland was in dire need of a resource such as this! Everything about this place oozes cool, it is nestled in the middle of the historic Star Match Factory building on West Commercial Street (beyond the Casco Bay Bridge if you are coming from downtown). The space is über cool (and I do not use this term lightly), it has the original wood floors, exposed brick walls, high ceilings and wonderful light!

Home Remedies has become the go to place for fabric goods; they have a wonderful in house workroom (that does some of the best upholstering in the area), they have an extensive selection of unique fabrics and they sell Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams specialize in “relaxed design”. This lines huge selection has something for everyone; from classic tufted sofas to comfortable denim slip covered chairs. You can select one of the numerous fabrics available to customize a piece or you can choose from one of the many in store items for immediate delivery (personally I love instant gratification).

Rachel Ambrose (owner), Lisa Hincher (manager), and Rosa (store dog) are very knowledgeable and possess the design savvy to help you with any of your decorating dilemmas! They have stocked a fabulous selection of hip fabrics, which is forever changing; they stay on top of trends (refreshing in this area)!

You might go into the store with the intention of talking to them about custom curtain panels and leave with a set of napkins or even a dog bowl! I love this place because there is something unexpected and unique everywhere you turn. Thank you for coming to Portland, Maine!

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Sofa Classic $2,040~

Gold sofa is a winner

Rosa resting on great chevron rug!

Rosa is crashed out

Fabrics range in price from $10-$40 a yard

The upholstering workroom is in the back of the store, it is very cool to see the process. I have had several items done and they have all been real transformations. I love to see them at work it inspires me!

Wow that takes skill

If you have resources like this in your area please let us know! We are building a list of hot home stores all over the country! Thanks for reading our blog.

The Making of a Dining Room

Form, function and comfort? Yes! The design world has now realized that function must come before form. We are designing homes for the whole family, children, parents and now even pets.  Tufted furniture is great for families; these pieces are usually very well made. In order to tuft a product it needs to be reinforced so that the buttons do not pop off!

When you are designing a room, keep who will be using the space. If your cat always curls up on a chair in your dining room now, chances are good that they will still do this when you replace those chairs with new ones! Do not make unrealistic choices for your home. If you love white and want an all white dining room but you have 5 young children…maybe you should wait and use this look when you retire! Or slipcover your chairs and be prepared to wash them…often. I love white and I tell my friend Anne all the time that this is a look I would love to have, I know that this look may never work for me. I have 2 dogs and 2 teenagers…and I do not want to be following them around with a dust buster.

Let's partyTufting is inLove this pattern

What you do want in a good dining room is…

  • Comfortable chairs
  • A table that is large enough for place settings, a center piece and some serving dishes
  • A buffet or sideboard (if there is room)
  • Good lighting
  • Art
  • Keep pets and kids in mind when you design
  • Window treatments (this is a good place to have fun with pattern or even use white!)

YumYes I am on the table


PET TESTED MOTHER APPROVED. (Dog Photos by Liz Donnelly)

Spring Inspiration from Fleur de Lis

This week I had the opportunity to take a road trip to Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I was meeting a friend for lunch and I wanted to bring her flowers. I stopped at Fleur de Lis www.flowersinmaine.com , what a treat! I have included 2 photos from their store. I found flowers, a beautiful blue throw and inspiration! When I got home I put together this little spring planter. I used a 3” pot, a container of daffodils, potting soil and pussy willow. You can see the how to photos below. I set 3 of these little daffodil pots on a tray filled with moss and added a couple of nests and some quail eggs to finish the spring look! Coco my CFO was overseeing this process from her perch in the mudroom.

While The Humans Are Away The Dogs Will Play!


Over the holidays, while our backs were turned Coco and Olive invited a friend over. She loved the pound cake and so do Coco and Oli. We thought we should share the recipe from the Joy of Baking. Photo by: Liz Donnelly

Pound Cake Recipe:

3 large eggs, room temperature

3 tablespoons milk, room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups (150 grams) sifted cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar

13 tablespoons (1/2 cup + 1/3 cup) (185 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

Pound Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and butter or spray the paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), place the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar) and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds or until blended. Add the butter and half of the egg mixture. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about one minute to aerate and develop the cake’s structure. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Gradually add the remaining egg mixture, in 2 additions, beating about 30 seconds after each addition to incorporate the egg and strengthen the cake’s structure. 

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for about 55 to 65 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you find the cake browning too much as it bakes, cover with a piece of lightly buttered aluminum foil after about 30 minutes.

Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a lightly buttered wire rack.

The Pound Cake can be covered and stored for several days at room temperature, for one week when refrigerated, or it can be frozen for two months.

Makes one 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf.

Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/PoundCake.html#ixzz1p7aKFuY4

A Lab With A Love Of Roasted Vegetables

I eat with knife and fork

Labs love to eat! Coco is no exception. She is just sitting down to brunch in this shot!

Roasted Vegetables by Coco

·         2 cups trimmed mini yellow squash

·         2 cups trimmed mini zucchini

·         1 package Pearl onions (peeled)

·         1 package grape tomatoes

·         1/8 cup fine olive oil

·         Salt and pepper to taste

Toss in a bowl, put on a sheet pan and bake at 375* for 25-30 minutes. Remove any dog hair and serve!

Photo By: Liz Donnelly

Designer Homes for Designer Dogs…Like My Shih Tzu

Dog party

Being a dog in a designer’s home is harder than you might think. I have to follow the sun as it moves from one side of the kitchen to the other. In addition to regularly moving, I also need to turn 2-3 times and scratch and dig the perfect spot on the window bench, rug or reluctantly a dog bed. I have, even had to scratch precious leather chairs in the hopes of creating my perfect nest; leather is not as comfortable to me as silk or even velvet. I believe my designer did not think through her fabric choices very well, she has too many durable fabrics…to me this translate into years of uncomfortable lounging.

Humans are often too practical in their home purchases for example, sisal rugs? Yuck! What are they good for? Peeing on them is about all I can think of, they smell like nature and this is where I believe they belong…outside.

 I digress I wanted to tell you why it is hard to be a designers dog.  Most designers like their homes to remain clean (even of dog hair) and orderly too. Often Coco (our Lab) and I have just taken every toy out of our bin and deposited them around the house when she comes home and puts everything away! The worst part of our job is to look and act perfect when clients come to tour our home; some of these people treat us like animals!

So next time you are flipping through the pages of House Beautiful remember that dog sleeping in the living room shot…went through a lot to get there!

Photo by: Liz Donnelly