Chic Modern Dorm Room Design

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We are in the midst of dorm room design season. It has been a long time since I lived in a dorm, but I am sending my son off to college next week. I wish I could go back to college!

I was asked to put together a dorm room dream board by Modani ( it was such fun! As you know I am currently in love with wallpaper, so in addition to the items I picked out on Modani, I would do an accent wall with temporary wallpaper.

I like fun graphics like this one I found on Etsy. (Livettes shop on Etsy.)


Maybe if I had a chic dorm room, I would have done better in school?

Here is my dream board, all items can be found at , or one of there modern furniture store locations.

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1. All dorm rooms need a cozy rug, this grey shag rug is fabulous!

2. I love fun patterns and twin extra long bedding is not very exciting so I have added these fun pillows!

3. Meditation a must for any room, but especially for students.

4.  I love this fun storage cabinet! The color is fantastic!!

5. I wish I had a coat rack in my dorm room, bulky coats do not fit in those mini closets.

6. NYC art…I love this because you see something new every time you look at it.

7. A filing cabinet to keep you organized.

8. I love this floor lamp because the height is adjustable.

9, Finally, I love these tufted cubes I would get two for the foot of the bed. They can be used as additional seating or to hold piles of stuff!

What is your dorm room must have? Do you like bright colors or do you like an all white room?

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Best, Celia

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Maine Style Graduation

Hello All:

My son Jack graduated from High School this week (thank God), and better yet…he is off to college next year! He asked for a lobster bake…he is a Maine boy after all.

I wanted it to be an elegant but casual event. I bought bandanas for the napkins, ‘How to Eat a Lobster’ plates,  14″ wide Burlap ribbon, shells and sea glass to decorate with. We set up rental tables with white linens, and white folding chairs in the backyard. My nephews hung white paper lanterns from the trees.

The Menu: Maine lobsters, grilled vegetable kebobs, salad and best of all my sister-in-law Tina, made one of her famous cakes!

Edith, my very clever sister, made name cards with “I know Jack is in the room when…” on the top, and each guest filed in something below. They were all very funny and it was a great ice-breaker for the cocktail hour!

My wonderful brother Andrew, from California made a video with clips from all of my siblings, nieces and nephews congratulating Jack and telling stories about him. My brother is an incredible web designer, the video was professional and was the hit of the party.

One of my clients loaned me a professional/industrial lobster cooker…Thank you Becky!

We feel so lucky that our family flew and drove to Maine from NYC, Florida, Virginia and Washington DC to celebrate with us.

Here are some of the photos from our “Lobsta Bake”

The Bar: very important on a hot day!


We hung 30 lanterns in the backyard and it was magical. At about 2:00 am, (when I was up, thinking about the mess downstairs) I looked outside and my yard was glowing. It was so lovely!


We had 40 guests…only 15 of which were not family.


Here is a close up of the graduate’s table. He had such a wonderful time at his party, he thanked me several times…this as we all know is rare for an 18-year-old boy.


I hope you enjoyed seeing our party. I am so exhausted, but it is worth it. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like this post let me know by liking or commenting.

Best, Celia

Next Post: will be back to interior design!



Mason Jars are Hip

Mason Jars are hip these days. They make wonderful vases, lights, votives, storage containers and, of course jars for canning. Here are a few of the things I have done with mason jars. All photos by Liz Donnelly.

I hope this inspires you to use mason jars! Thank you for stopping by to see me. If you like this post let me know by commenting or liking it.

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Best, Celia

Magical Barn Wedding

DSC_0036This weekend I had the pleasure of putting together a wedding at The Barn at Flanagan Farm ( ), in Buxton Maine. It was magical! We really played up the rustic farm theme. I always love my job, but I love it more when my clients are as delightful and thoughtful as this family.

This is the barn.

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Snell Family Farm ( ) sold us these buckets of fresh flowers,  we arranged them in mason jars.


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The colors of the wedding were coral and navy; they were so crisp and clean-looking!

Here are the table arrangements that I made on site with the farm fresh flowers. We had long tables that seated 16-22 people, with 16 arrangements on each table. Each Mason jar was finished with wide navy ribbon. The flowers were fresh and beautiful just like the bride!

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Details make an event so we tied fresh herbs to each napkin with thin coral ribbon.


We used two widths of grosgrain ribbon on simple glass votives to add a touch of color.


We subtlety repeated the colors in several ways throughout the event spaces. Look how cute the boutonnieres are…I love Straw flowers.

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We used shepherds hooks to line the walkways and ceremony aisle. I added Ribbon tassels to them that moved with the breeze…it was so pretty. We hung candles and flowers from these shepherds hooks. Here I am making the hanging arrangements for the aisle.


We like to decorate every space even the back stairs!


Below are the wedding bouquet being made (on site) by Carol Hiltebeitel ( She is amazing. She also does fantastic planters.

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I am so lucky to have such a great team! I could not have done this wedding without the help of the family and my assistant Lindsey Sowles and Carol. I will be showing the step by step directions for putting together a wedding in coming posts!
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Best, Celia

Photos Anne Sowles

How the World Wide Web can help you with your next design project.

The internet is such a wonderful tool if you are contemplating a new home improvement project. Naturally your first stop could be

If you are designing new kitchen, check out it is Pottery Barn’s design site.

If you are just poking around and want to look at a lot of before and after shots, I like .

A site you may not know about but I love this is a great resource.

Of course is the go to design website. I use it daily!

Are you pinning? Well you should be! One of the most inspiring sites is… .

There are also DIY sites like , and these sites offer step by step how to directions.

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It is so exciting to have all these design ideas at your finger tips! Get started and let me know what your next project is going to be!

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Best, Celia

Blogs I Love and Why…

Celia Bedilia’s list of blogs I love and why!

During the month of March, I am taking an online class on blogging from Decor8 called Blogging Your Way (BYW). I did not know much about the e-course before signing up for it. I have really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to take their blog to the next level. It is chalk full of very helpful content.

This week we were asked to make a list of 10 blogs we love, and explain why we loved them.

I thought I would share my list with you!

1.Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time


I like this blog because it is full of inventive & obtainable ideas. They are blogging about real people and affordable solutions. They really involve the reader in their blog, and as a reader this makes you feel like you are a part of something. I love their mission statement and have included it below.

MISSION: Helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.

2. Real Simple- Life Made Easier

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Life Made Easier- (great motto)

I love this blog!  It is informative, easy to follow and not fussy. I find the categories interesting too (see below).

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3. The Good Old


This is a French blog, I love the photos and the vintage vibe. I think the entire site is very well put together from the logo to the fonts, it all reads as vintage, and that is their message!

4. North Leads to Home  (BYW)


I think Kiki (the blogger behind NLTH) brings a youthful exuberance to her blog. I have been in the design field in one facet or another for 20+ years, and I love her fresh take on design. I think her entire blog is set-up to show her personal style with the polka dots background to her photo (above).

5. The London Flower Lover


The team at The London Flower Lover blog has a pasion for flowers. They have lovely pictures which they have added their email address to.  After this weeks class, I have learned to put my website on my photos. They also use video and flash on their site without making if feel too professional…it still has a real feel to it.

6. Chronicle Books Blog


They have tons of categories so there is something for everyone. It is a very clean and simple site, I think that is important when you are selling goods. I like the fact that they have chronicle books employees write posts about their jobs (My sister is Design Director and  wrote the post below). I been reading this blog for a long time and I am amazed at the quality of books they publish.

7. Making it Lovely


  • Nicole Balch the voice behind Making it Lovely is so hip and in-tuned to design.
  • She has a marvelous and casual tone throughout her blog.
  • The set-up of the blog brings you in and makes you want to read more, I even like the advertisers.

8. The Lettered Cottage


  • They have a great feature called “Pick My Presto” where people send in their design dilemmas and then Kevin & Layla (the brains behind the blog) virtually redesigns the rooms for them. Very clever (see an example above)
  • They also have a feature “Guest My Nest” where they travel and redesign cottages. It is very sweet and fun to read.
  • If you like shabby chic-cottage style you will like this blog.

9. Heather B Design (BYW)

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  • FABULOUS BLOG, fellow Mainer, Heather Boissonneau is a very talented blogger.
  • I love the crisp feel to the blog, it is very visually pleasing. I am sure that people pin her posts all the time!
  • I think her content is interesting as well as very well displayed.
  • It is very clear to the reader who she is, and what she brings to the blogosphere.

10. Lolalina: (BYW)

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  • Laure Gaskill is the genius behind this blog.
  • I love the way she has a lot going on and yet the site does not seem busy.Maybe this is because the linen background is very soothing.
  • I enjoy her writing style you feel like you know her after reading her posts.
  • I want to read more…isn’t that enough?

Although I thought I was done with homework (forever) I have found the assignments in the BYW e-course from Decor8 to be a very important component of the class.

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What blogs do you love? What makes them appealing to you? Share them with me and my readers  and feel free to tell me about your blog and why you love writing it!

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Best, Celia

Autumnal Plantings…everything seems to fall into place!

I hired Carol Hiltebeitel of Coco Design Company  to replant my deck planters. The woman is a miracle worker! She has a wonderful approach to design whether it is a pot or a large planter.

I wanted my planter to be chockfull of plants, maintenance free, and anchored by evergreens and perennials. Carol delivered! Liz Donnelly photo documented the entire process.

I hope you enjoy it!

Carol knows plants, flowers and design…boy am I lucky!
Carol searches for the best plants to add color, texture, height and drama to the planters.
Step 1: Buy plants from a garden center. I went to Skillins in Falmouth, ME
Step 2:Carol removes plants from the pots.
Step 3: Carol loosens the root ball to prepare it for planting.
Step 4: Carol gets her hands dirty…getting the plants into the earth.
Tools of the trade, spade, clippers, good soil and shovel
Step 5: Trim the plants
Step 7: Fluff the plants
Step 8: ADMIRE…Wowie this looks fantastic
I am so pleased…Carol you are amazing!


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Pinterest Inspires Creative & Unique Wedding

This weekend I did the flowers and decor for my friend and photographer Liz Donnelly.

We had no budget…and by that I do not mean a unlimitted budget, I mean we needed to keep all decor to a few hundred dollars. So we turned to Pinterest for ideas! The wedding was held at the largest log cabin in the world ( it was a bit run down too) and because the structure is all wood and old we could have not open flames…no flames at all in fact. So we had to use all battery candles.

My dearest friend (and coworker) Anne Sowles helped me pull this off! She also took the photos. I hope you like our inspiration and our results!

The first thing guests saw was the gift table…we used lite branches (bought on sale), pinecones and moss (collected), mason jars with candles and ribbon $13/ for 10. and fresh-cut Hydrangeas (donated by Tracy of friend of the brides)

Our Inspiration for Hanging lights….

Our budget friendly version of the ideas above! We used white Burlap (very inexpensive $1.89 a yard) and hung it from the ceiling and then strung white lights (make sure the cords are white so they bo not show) inside of it! Thank you Jeff, Lisa and Jess Skillins (  you all helped us so much! We then hung tons of white paper lanterns in all different shapes and sizes to add interest and demension to the room.

Centerpieces without too much expense…but lots of time!

Pinterest Inspiration:

Our version: branches (free) ,dried Hydrangeas (free), birch bark (free), Vase $2.99, 6 hanging votive holders $12

Total $15

Our Pinterest inspiration…

Our Version…boy this takes a long time to do but it was very effective and only cost about $7 an arrangement. for this project you need a vase, branches, moss, tissue paper, and floral wire…and time!

We were inspired by Pinterest for the hanging marshmallows too but I could not find the photo.

Unfortunately our pictures not do this justice. We took 2 huge branches (5-6 feet) and added strings or marshmallows at different heights, the results were very cool almost like snow!

This photo also high lights our “date in lights” project. For this we used white foam-core board and white lights we used a drill to make the holes and the stuck the lights into the holes…it was that easy!



We hope you enjoyed this post…stay tuned for the professional photographs as the include all of the fresh flowers and the bridemaids bouquets!

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Best, Celia