Putting together a put together room

Putting together a room that looks well put together, takes time and skill. Anyone can go to Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen and buy coordinating furniture for a room. The difference between a professionally designed room and designing a room with one of these retailers is the attention to detail.

As Interior Designers, I am always looking at the whole picture, the final product is always on my mind. I tell my clients all the time not to obsess about each item, this happens most often with paint colors. My clients see the paint go up and judge the room, without thinking about the other elements that make up the design of their space. The color may seem too saturated or too soft to them, but once they see it with the flooring, window treatments, furniture, pillows and accessories they get it!

Here is a living room we designed, I used this to show you some of what goes into designing a beautiful room.

Photographer: Liz Donnelly.



We used grass-cloth wallpaper to create a focal wall, and painted the rest of the room a lovely cool grey-blue.


I think this bar turned out so well, I love the lights and mirror.

Aren’t the lights fabulous they are from a French vendor.

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The wall color is Benjamin Moore Seersucker Suit. I adore this color!


Plants always add a sculptural and natural touch to any room. Plants from Skillins in Falmouth, ME.

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Decorative pillows and a cozy throw invite you to stay in a space. The wonderful crane pillows are from Nicola’s Home, Yarmouth, ME.

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Art is crucial to good design and is often overlooked when budgeting for a space. Who wouldn’t want this peaceful and massive watercolor by Robin Hill his work is available through studioepartners.com.

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Comfortable and casual seating was a must for this home. The top chair is a warn in leather swivel by the Kellogg Collection in Washington, D.C.

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The chairs below are Lee and I am so fond of them they make it into a lot of my homes! I go to Simply Home in Falmouth for my Lee.

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Large coffee tables are so much more useful than small ones.

I like to have a table that you can fit books and other items on and still have room to eat a meal. This one is made by Fourhands, In Austin, Texas.




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In addition to recessed or overhead lights you need lamps for task lighting and ambiance. You don’t need to spend a lot on lamps (but you can!), these are from Home Goods and Birchlane.

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Rugs can either serve as an important feature or they can blend into the background, like this one. This rug is from the Kellogg Collection Washington, D.C.


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We used a Belgium linen sofa and I just love the way it looks. We had this sofa custom made. If you need one…I will make you one!

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I like to complete my designs with a bit of whimsy. In this room, the antique doll house does the trick. I set this dollhouse on an old farmhouse dining table. It gives your eye a place to rest when taking in the details of the room. It is also a nice place to stack books or grow plants.

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So I hope you see that it is important to collect a room from different places and eras. Be creative look in your attic and pull together your room detail by detail!

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My favorite looks for the home in 2015

My favorite looks and ideas for 2015. Which one of these ideas can you incorporate into your home this year?

1. Art Wall-A grouping of art or photos.

photo by Liz Donnelly paintings by Rhonda Pearle http://www.bridgegalleryportland.com


2. White Kitchens: I love white it looks so clean and fresh. www.pinterest.com


3. Open Shelves…for people that keep them tidy…not for messy folks. http://www.capecodcollegiate.tumblr.com


5. Rooms with a cool vibe, I like the table as the centerpiece of the kitchen rather than an island. http://www.cultivate.com


6. Black windows…especially in old houses and loft spaces. http://www.capecodcollegiate.tumblr.com


7. Orchids, indoor plant groupings, greenhouses etc I love indoor plants especially in the winter when I am trapped inside. photo by Liz Donnelly

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8.  Interesting paint or wallpaper in an unexpected place like the laundry room or a closet.

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9. Subway tile is still in. This bathroom is great with the window in the shower. http://www.agatheredhome.com

Great window for a small space. www.gatheredhouse.com

10. Great trim and interesting doors and windows and beams are very popular. I am so glad this is a trend, as it makes my job so much more interesting. Photo Liz Donnelly

An after shot of the hallway.




11. Lastly great fabrics and fun upholstered pieces are my fabulous. Chair: Home Remedies Portland, ME : Photo Liz Donnelly


I am so excited about the projects that I am working on this year! I am living a dream, designing two homes from soup to nuts.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my post! Let me know what you are planning for your home this year. I would love to hear from you.



















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!



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)

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After…this cotton Dash & Albert rug ( Home Remedies http://www.mainefabrics.com)  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 http://www.jcp.com, http://www.williams-sonoma.com and http://www.westelm.com

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

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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 http://www.Williams-Sonoma.com are great for any season.

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

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7. If you need outdoor seating…these benches from http://www.grandinroad.com, are fabulous and they come in tons of fun colors.

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8. Lastly, do you need outdoor planters? check out http://www.shopterrain.com and http://www.restorationhardware.com



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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










Best of Houzz 2014 Award

photo: Liz Donnelly
photo: Liz Donnelly

Celia Bedilia Designs of Cumberland FSD, ME
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

Portland, ME February 4, 2014 –Celia Bedilia Designs of Cumberland Foreside, Maine has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Budget friendly coastal design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We use design to bring functionality, beauty and joy to each of our projects.”

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Celia St.Onge among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Celia St.Onge, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Follow Celia Bedilia on Houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/celiabedilia/celia-bedilia

I was born into design; my great-grandfather was an impressionist painter, my grandfather & father were both architects and my mother herself was an interior designer. Even more, all four of my siblings are also in the art/design fields of work. We simply had no choice, designer blood runs through our veins! Prior to my interior design business, I worked in the wholesale/retail world for several years, first in sales and then in design and production. Currently, I am designing a line of cottage furniture for a wholesale company and I have my own line of custom furniture and vanities.
I truly love my work and it is important to me to take the time to work closely with my clients as we bring their visions to life. More so, it is imperative that each one of my projects reflects the clients taste and interests rather than my own. Here at Celia Bedilia, we can help you bring your ideas to actuality.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit http://www.houzz.com

My favorite holiday ideas

I hope you enjoy my favorite holiday decor ideas for 2013!

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Best, Celia

Farmers’ Market Bouquet

I just had to share these beautiful flowers from the farmers’ market. I am so happy it is summer. I love fresh vegetables and flowers, and I am taking full advantage.

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I hope you are all enjoying summer too!

Best, Celia

Winter Outside Bringing You Down? Indoor Spring Container Gardens Can Change That!


Step One: Choose your container, below are three of my favorites. Mason Jars, Glass Vase, Clay Pot, and Wood vessels.


Step Two: Add Potting Soil


Step Three: Split flowering bulbs and cat grass to fit the containers

Step Four: Fill in soil

Step Five: Brace/stake with curly willow

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Step Six: Top with moss (sheet, Spanish or reindeer), Water and Enjoy

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Step Seven: Add birch bark, mini birds, nests and or mini eggs


When I do this project, I go to Skillins Greenhouse (my local greenhouse) www.skillins.com and buy bulbs that are in bloom. If you are a true gardener you might want to plant and force your own bulbs.

Below I have the Step by Step directions from Better Homes & Gardens if you want to give it a try.

1. Plan ahead. In autumn, purchase bulbs from a garden center, nursery, or mail-order source. Plant bulbs of your choice in any type of pot with a drainage hole. Choose a pot that’s at least twice as deep as the bulbs to allow for proper root growth. Fill the pot half full of soilless potting mix.

Most bulbs will do well if grown in potting mix. Always start with clean pots and fresh mix.

2. Place as many bulbs as possible in the pot, without letting them touch. A 6-inch-wide pot holds up to six tulips, three narcissus (daffodils), or 15 minor bulbs, such as crocuses or grape hyacinths.

For a thick show, layer more than one kind of bulb in the same pot; place larger bulbs on the bottom and they’ll grow around the smaller ones. If the two bulbs you want to combine have different chilling and blooming schedules, plant them first in small plastic containers and combine them once they’re in bloom.

3. Cover the bulbs with potting mix, leaving their tips showing. Water the bulbs thoroughly. Label with name and date; loosely cover pot with a paper bag. Place in cool (35 to 45 degrees F), dark storage for chilling. See our bulb-forcing timetable for chilling time.

An unheated attic, basement, or attached garage makes a good chilling area, but monitor the temperature if the weather turns extremely cold. Another option is to set the pots outside in a 12-inch-deep trench, lined with pebbles to prevent the pots from freezing to the bottom. Cover the pots with 10 to 12 inches of soil, then 12 inches of dry leaves held in place with a plastic tarp.

4. Check moisture in pot periodically. Keep soil damp but not wet. When chilling is complete, you’ll see roots poking out of the bottom of the pot and green sprouts emerging at the bulb tips. It’s time to move the potted bulbs into a warm room.

5. When flower buds form, move potted bulbs into a sunny spot. Keep the soil damp. When flowers appear, move the pot out of direct sun to make the blooms last longer. After the blooms fade and wither, toss them (bulbs and all) into the compost. Most forced bulbs have used up their energy and won’t bloom again.

Growing in Water

Paperwhites and Soleil d’Or can be grown without soil. Plant them in pebble-filled containers with the base of the bulbs in contact with water at the bottom of the container. These bulbs don’t need chilling, but will benefit from a cool temperature (50 degrees F.) until the top shoot is a couple of inches long. At that point, you can move the plant into a warm, brightly lit area.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and it inspires you to bring spring into your home.

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Photos: By Liz Donnelly (isn’t she amazing?)







Budget Bathroom..Yes, it is Possible

How do you keep a bathroom remodel on budget?

  • Make good decisions and stick with them!
  • When you make a choice that fits with-in your budget, move on to the next item. (I have found the best choices are usually your first choices.)
  • What is your budget? This is your first step, do not get a contractor and then go with their budget, bring them your budget!
  • What is the style or look you are trying to achieve? Transitional, traditional…modern.
  • Have you done your research? Do you know what you need, and what these items cost?
  • Do you have a good contractor? Ask to see jobs they have done, if you have not worked with them.
  • Where are you shopping for items? Have you looked into discount options?

I have an $8k budget for a transitional style kids bathroom I am working on. I need two vanities, a sundry dresser, two medicine cabinets, two faucets, a whirlpool tub and shower/tub faucet.

This Celia Bedilia vanity is $600 with top and sink about $1000 (x 2)  www.celiabedilia.com

These Medicine cabinets are great 18×18 $50 (x2) www.overstock.com

This Kohler whirlpool tub is from Home Depot $980 www.homedepot.com

Sundry Dresser $399 www.potterybarn.com

Faucet $98 (x2) www.faucetdirect.com

Kohler $280

Toilet $280 www.faucetdirect.com

Fantastic Tile 10×48 gray tiles $650 for 64 square feet www.tilesdirect.net

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Delta Faucet $116.00 www.faucetsdirect.com

This is adds up to roughly $4,800 so that leaves $3,200 for installation. I think it is possible, but now I need to get my subs in to give me their quotes.

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Best, Celia

Dining in Style…Dining Rooms You Are Sure to Love


What is the most important element of a well designed dining room? Comfortable seating. If you want your guests to stay and enjoy their time with you, seating is the key. When your guests are comfortable the conversation will be flowing. What do you  think a great dining room needs to include?

Aside from the chairs, the table and lighting are the crucial to a fabulous and functional dining space. I love family, friends, cooking and entertaining so aside from the kitchen the dining room is the most used room in the house!

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Help…I have to get my house ready for guests! Flowers are a must!

I love to travel and see family but, I have to say the best part of traveling is coming home! I have house guests arriving tomorrow and so today is a cleaning, organizing and decorating day! It is humid here, and it is hard to make your house feel clean, so bringing fresh scents into your home will make it smell clean and add flowers to distract. Lilies as you know are very fragrant a little bit goes along way, so one or two will do it! I will also add herbs to my arrangements.

I am also making my go to floral arrangement, an orchid display. I love these because they require very little maintenance and they last for a couple of months. So the cost is relatively low when amortized over 2 months!

To make the orchid display you will need

  • A vessel for your display, a bowl, urn, or a soup tureen…here I have used a footed terracotta planter.
  • An orchid, they come in amazing colors and shapes. These days you can get orchids anywhere. Trader Joes and even Walmart carry them for $10-$15, if I am splurging I will go to Skillins Greenhouse (207)781-3861 and get one of their $35 orchids. Skillins has really beautiful orchids that are much healthier, larger and they also re-bloom giving your flowers 2-3 times a year!
  • Curly Willow (1-2 pieces) available at your local florist and even grocery stores.
  • Floral foam
  • Sheet moss, reindeer moss or Spanish moss

Step One: Center your orchid in your dish

Step Two: Secure the orchid in your vessel with floral foam. This will keep your orchid from tipping over they are top heavy!

Step Three: Remove the bamboo stick or metal post that comes with your orchid and replace it with a piece of Curly Willow. Secure it with twist ties in a few key spots!

Step Four: Finish with Moss, cover the base of the plant and the floral foam with moss, I also cover the twist ties with moss!

TIP: Water your orchid with 1-2 ice cubes a week.



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My clients wanted a conservatory style dining room. These can be very expensive and we were on a budget. The idea for the room was to open it up to outdoors and highlight the view.

Originally, this room opened onto a craft/ junk room with sliding doors. We removed the slider and framed in the space, and I designed a long built-in buffet for that wall. These clients have a big family and they love to entertain so the buffet was a must. We also removed the arch window, slider and sidelight windows on the outside wall, and replaced them with a great set of  tall French doors that the owner found on Craig’s list! This is great tip…look for items on Craig’s list before buying new, reuse & save!

In addition to the buffet I commissioned the dining table and a bench. The table has a great design and we just love the way it came out. We stained it a drift wood color and then finished it with epoxy.

Before: notice the windows and unpainted wood

After: New paint, windows, lighting and doors really open up the space!

Photographer: Liz Donnelly
Here is another shot of the room-photo Liz Donnelly

Before Photo: This shot is really a during construction shot, you can see we have framed in the wall behind the built-in

After: This built-in is framed by the wonderful windows I turned into mirrors. They reflect the view which is lovely! My faux painter painted the cabinet to look like aged wood and the top to look like marble. It is really a fabulous piece.

Look at this built-in I just love it!-photo Liz Donnelly
Close up of sink area-photo Liz Donnelly

I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and after shots. It really proves that anything is possible. It was such fun to work on this project & see the owners dream of a conservatory dining space come to life!

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I hope you are all enjoying summer as it slips by!

Best, Celia