One of the things I like best about my job is getting to know the dogs that I am designing for.
My photographer Liz Donnelly is amazing at capturing these adorable family members.
All of us at Celia Bedilia wish you a wonderful 2013.
Here are some of our favorite photos of 2012.
I want to thank Liz for all her great work for me this year. If anyone needs a fantastic photographer please consider Liz Donnelly www.lizdonnellyphotography.net
Thank you for a great year. I am so thankful for all of you Celia Bedilia followers.
I wish you a very happy and healthy new year!
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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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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.
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
- 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!)
WE TEST ALL FURNITURE IN OUR HOUSE!!!
PET TESTED MOTHER APPROVED. (Dog Photos by Liz Donnelly)
Photo: Liz Donnelly
As a mother, I can tell you there is nothing better than a well designed mudroom. There are a few elements I feel are important when designing your mudroom space.
Light is one of the most important things in a good mudroom design. You need ample natural light as well as overhead and task lighting. We added interest to this mudroom by making a lantern into a hanging light, we also have a ceiling mount and closet lights. This mudroom is very bright & cheerful. Which is important in Maine!
We think organized storage is the key to getting the mudroom of your dreams!
- Here we have two closets with shelving and rods, 2 benches, hooks, storage bins (for dog toys)
- Dog bed to store dogs on
- Large hooks we use for dog leashes
Flooring that can hold up to sand, dirt, snow, water and mud is a must!This is a recycled tight weave flooring that takes dirt off everything including dog paws.
Do not forget to choose a style for your space in this case we wanted a beadboard coastal theme. We played it up with 5″ high beadboard walls, this great wooden fish, and tin mirrors.
You could add a family message board, chalk board, personal device charging station, and file holder for important mail or bills!
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
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
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