Time to spruce up, from the outside in!

Spring is finally here, although we had a mild winter it was still long! Today it is beautiful, and I am beginning to focus on the exterior of my home.

We are having our home painted this spring, the power washing has been done! My house looks very dilapidated at the moment. The peeling paint look,  has been replaced with the exposed wood look. I love distressed and rustic design, but not on the exterior of my home. I hope that my painter will start with the priming soon!

Here is my mudroom entrance, you can not see the peeling in this picture, but you can see the current colors (barn red, tan and black). I am so ready for a change.


The new house colors are going to be…

Benjamin Moore-Revere Pewter for the body of the house (see below)


Benjamin Moore – Dove White for the trim and windows.


Benjamin Moore- In The Garden for the garage doors and mudroom door, The front door is wood and will be stained.



The lighting is from Restoration Hardware-they have a new great deal,  if you get their credit card (for $100 a year), you get 25% off every purchase.

This style is for the Garage & Mudroom

garage and mudroom

These will flank the front door.


Once the house is finished,  I can concentrate on my garden! I hope to make make it shine this year!

I love these gardens they are my inspiration! I might have to go hunting for some architectural pieces to add interest to my garden. Both of these images were found on http://www.thegardenglove.com.



What are plans for spring? I hope you are doing wonderful things that include getting time outside!

Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you soon.


Best, Celia



This is not your parents house…design your home for you and your lifestyle

Hello readers, friends, and family,

I have been thinking about what is similar in each of my projects. I am interested in how non designers home evolve.

My home is a work in progress, I love it…but it can always be improved upon. Design is my passion, and I am always looking for creative ideas for my clients and myself.

One thing we see all the time is clients who feel like they are not actual grown-up unless their home resembles their parent’s homes.

I spend a great deal of time educating my clients about how their home needs to fit their lifestyle. You do not need a formal dining room if you only entertain once a year, you might need a family room or an office, both of which would be used by your family every day. You do not need to have a formal living room without a TV; let’s face it we love our TVs! You need to design your home to work for your daily lifestyle and fill it with things you love!

Here are five things I think are unique for a home.

  1. Spicher & Company Vinyl Floor Cloths
  2. Couture Deco’s:  life-size Trompe l’oeil entriesauthentic-parisian-door-trompe-l-oeil

3. Sydney Harbour’s:  Liquid Copper paint


4. The iconic Eames chair

5. Art is a must! This is by Andrew Faulkner

What do you need to make your house a home? Let me know your thoughts by commenting on or liking my post!

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These are a few of my favorite Master Bedrooms

I am currently working on a Master Bedroom for a client. I have been caring for a relative who was critically ill, all my clients have been wonderful and understanding. This client has been waiting for ideas for a long time!

We need…

  • New king bed
  • Paint for the walls
  • New bedding
  • Window treatments
  • Bedside tables
  • Large Rug
  • Maybe an upholstered chair if there is room
  • Lamps

Here are the bedrooms I am getting my inspiration from…


I love this room! The view is amazing, and so is the fun rug and soothing colors and textures.



I like the idea of doing a nickel-gap board (wood) focal wall behind the bed…I do not know if my clients will go for it.

slat wall bedroom


I also like this idea of using trim to create panels behind the bed.

mary cook bedroom


We could use a bold/strong wall color in the room if we used neutrals everywhere else,  like they have in this room.

bedroom blog 1


I love the trim in this room but, it was the rug that I thought might appeal to my clients!

arch bedroom


This room is very appealing to me. The floral screens, the oversized bedside tables, and the crisp window treatments, work together to form a beautiful and restful space.

screens in bedroom


This is just a classic straight forward clean bedroom design!

jglassandassociates bedroom


I think the black accents are interesting in this space, they really pop.

linda burkhardt bedroom

What does your dream bedroom look like? I love a spa-like feel, a place where I can get away from it all. My bedroom is my go to place to relax.

I hope you like these bedrooms, let me know your thoughts by commenting and liking the post. If you are not following my blog…please do so by clicking the follow button.

Thank you for stopping by,

Best, Celia

Kitchen Renovation

Hello Everyone,

Here are the photos of my newly renovated kitchen. My photographer Liz Donnelly, did a fabulous job capturing this space. We love our homes open floor plan.

To remind you…here are the before pictures.



In the photo below you see our leather swivels chairs these are great because they allow you to watch TV or towards the kitchen.


I used black as an accent to break up the monochromatic color scheme.



One of my favorite features is the nickel gap board backsplash.


When we renovated we added a bar sink, I love having two sinks.



The dining area seems to fit better with the new kitchen.


Below you can see the entire space, when we renovated, we removed all the walls and replaced them with columns. We love this space.


What do you think? I am very happy with the results. Have you done a renovation lately? What did you do? What would you have done differently?

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Best, Celia


Budget Friendly Teen Room Design

Designing for teen girls is so much fun! As you can see purple was our color of choice. I used black, white and grey as the accent colors to tone down the purple. The room is made up of the following items.

  1. The white bed, dresser and bedside table are all from Ikea www.ikea.com
  2. The fun hanging lights are also from Ikea http://www.ikea.com
  3. Desk chair covered in an UGG rug http://www.ugg.com
  4. Desk is from Staples www.staples.com
  5. I love this black decal Dali Decal www.dalidecals.com
  6. Silk pillows www.celiabedilia.com Fur pillow www.homegoods.com
  7. Groovy velvet chair www.homegoods.com

tween room

Teen rooms do not have to be boring or expensive, have fun designing your teens room!

Let me know your ideas for teen design by commenting on this post, or liking it!

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Happy Summer.

Best, Celia

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What you need to know before you order kitchen cabinets

As you know cabinets are literally the foundation of your kitchen. You are looking at spending between $6k low-end to $100k (or more) on the high-end for cabinets. They are arguably the most important decision you will make. Here are a few of the brands I use on a regular basis.

1. BROOKHAVEN CABINETS: I really like this line, I used it in the modern home below. Available at Paul G White, in Portland, Maine (photos Liz Donnelly)

goldberg kitchen 5

2. CANDLELIGHT CABINETS: This is my favorite middle range cabinet line. Available through Dennis Tefft, dtefft@hammondlumber.com at Hammond Lumber (photos Liz Donnelly, Jamie Salomon, Liz Donnelly)


larger shot kitchen gc


3. SHROCK CABINETS: The value is very high in this line, great product great price! I love this line. Available at Hammond Lumber dtefft@hammondlumber.com (photos Liz Donnelly)


charest kitchen2

Basics on different types of cabinets (from www.lowes.com)

Stock cabinets come in standard sizes and shapes, and are  usually available to take home from the store the same day or just a few days  later. Sizes and styles are limited with stock cabinetry, but the price is right  for remodelers on a budget.

Semi-custom cabinets are built after your order is placed, so  you can choose from certain sizes and styles. That flexibility makes it easier  to design a kitchen that fits your particular requirements. Semicustom cabinetry  usually requires a longer lead time for delivery than stock. They’re more  expensive than stock cabinets.

Custom cabinets are made by hand to fit almost any standard  you require. An odd-sized or irregular-shaped space in your kitchen might not  accommodate a stock or semicustom piece, but a custom cabinetmaker starting from  scratch can build nearly anything you need. Custom cabinets are the most  expensive of the three types; the exact price varies widely because of size,  materials and options. The time it takes to receive a custom-cabinet order  depends on the cabinetmaker’s schedule.
Consumer Reports article below is a great place to start~

Getting started www.consumerreports.org

Once upon a time, dovetail joints inside the drawers were practically all you needed to distinguish high-end cabinets. That distinction has blurred as more manufacturers offer premium features even on low-end lines. Indeed, we found you can have these and other once-exclusive features and still wind up with shoddy construction.

A little research beforehand can save you time at the store and the thousands you can lose on less-than-stellar cabinets. Start by checking online manufacturer and retail sites and catalogs and taking a good look at store displays; you’ll be able to tell the quality cabinets from the polished pretenders once you know where to look. And trust your taste; readers who chose cabinets solely on the basis of advice from contractors, designers, or architects were twice as likely to report a problem as those more involved in the selection, according to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

Put your money where it counts

If you’re on a tight budget, skip the nonessentials and focus on convenience. Work-savers include a lazy Susan, a pull-down soap and sponge holder, and deep drawers for pots. Glazing, while nice, typically adds 10 to 20 percent to the cost. Remember to factor labor into your budget, since installation can easily account for more than half of the cabinets’ cost.

Consider renewing your old cabinets

Replacing cabinets is typically the priciest part of a kitchen remodel. Readers who hired contractors paid on average more than $9,000 for new cabinets, and about a quarter of the readers paid more than $15,000, according to our survey. A couple of long weekends’ work can change your kitchen’s look for a tenth that cost. If your old cabinets are plumb, square, and sturdy, consider refinishing them with some simple sanding, painting or staining, and drilling. You can even dress them up with custom-built doors, possibly with glass panes, and still save a bundle over all-new cabinets. Even having a cabinetmaker reface old cabinets with veneer costs less than replacing them.

You can also make old cabinets work better than new by adding pull-out shelves, lazy Susans, and other inexpensive upgrades. The final touch: Install several under-cabinet halogen, xenon, or fluorescent task lights wherever you or a family member will be dicing, doing homework, or reading a recipe.

I hope this helps you if you are looking to renovate your kitchen. I love designing kitchens because they are the hub of the home. We all live in our kitchens and so I recommend waiting on a renovation until you are ready to do your kitchen the right way. I painted my kitchen cabinets for years before replacing them, because I knew that it would be $20k to replace them once everything was said and done!

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Best, Celia

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Fun & Inexpensive Father’s Day Decoration

Hello and Happy Father’s Day! Here is a cute idea that you can make with the kids for Father’s Day. It is so inexpensive, paper and string is all you need.

Hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by!

Let me know what you are doing for your father or husband.
I have a wonderful husband, who is a great father.

I do miss my handsome, sophisticated and funny father. Dad, I love you.

Happy Father’s Day.
Best, Celia

Staging A Home Helps You Get Top Dollar

Data shows that homes that are staged sell much faster than un-staged homes. Professional stagers and designers know how to arrange your rooms to highlight the assets of your home, and camouflage the flaws.

Here is a home we just staged for clients of ours.

Before of living
Before of living
Staging Day one...painting, and furniture removal
Staging day one…painting, and furniture removal

To stage this room we…

  1. Painted the room (Farrow & Ball: Borrowed Light)
  2. We removed most of the furniture
  3. We replaced the coffee table with a larger table that grounds the space
  4. We re-hung all the art to the right height and coordinated the subject matter (all art about the coast of Maine)
  5. We added coastal touches as the home is a block from the water and people want to buy the coastal feel! The Barn Pottery pillows add a lot to the space without a spending a lot!

After (same view as before shot)

Dining Room Before

After Dining: New chairs & curtains make the room

Before Foyer: Table and Light were too big


After of Foyer: More open and welcomingDSC_0275

Before Kitchen: Not much too change…just new chairs


TV Room becomes bedroom: bedrooms add value


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If you want to see the entire house look at the listing below


We had a great time doing this project. We are working on the home owners new house and it is going to be spectacular!

Stay tuned for more before and after projects.

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Photos:Anne Sowles

Deck the Halls…Yippee It Is That Time Again

Yippee it is time to deck the halls again! As you know if you follow this blog, I love any excuse to decorate. Christmas brings me the opportunity to decorate not only my house but my client’s homes too!

Olive Celia Bedilia VP checking out the Christmas table
Olive Celia Bedilia VP checking out the Christmas table

Roost is a wholesale company that has been around for years. My sister-in-law’s best friend Jean is a big wig at Roost and I adore their line. This is Roost’s year! I have seen their Christmas/Holiday décor in almost every store I have been in this season.

Here are some of my favorites from Home Remedies In Portland, Maine. All Christmas Decor is 20% off now…you know I love a sale!!!!

I love this felt Deer head (just got one)…I think of myself as a hunter…as I am always looking for great design at a good price! This is large about 18″ and it is really fun it will decorate my home for years to come $132


These Polar bears are so sweet, I love the eyes they seem so real to me. Only $12 each

roost polar bears

Cluster 3-5 of these trees in the center of a table and you have arrangement that you can use year after year. I put these on faux snow and add mercury glass votives for sparkle! $54 for a set of 3 different sizes.  feather-trees

I have been everywhere shopping for clients this year and I thought I would share some of my favorites from around the World Wide Web.

MacKenzie-Child wreath

www.horchow.com  jcp santa


rubys deer head 2 ETSY


white target pillow target pompom wreath

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I like to buy one new special decoration every year. This year I splurged on the felt deer head, but I usually keep it under $10. I have been asked for ideas for long-lasting centerpieces for the holidays that are inexpensive.

1. Holiday glass balls in a bowl, any bowl works! White, glass and silver are the best options.


Greens in a vase or bowl. You can add bits of gold, silver, red or white to match it to your linens or dishes.


You do not have to spend a lot of money to get a big impact. Be creative, have fun, and enjoy the season!

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Enjoy your family, friends and the season of lights.

Best, Celia

Sometimes I wish I WAS Martha…

Sometimes I wish I was Martha.

I like many creative do it yourselfers, am referred to as being like Martha Stewart. I flip-flop between being flattered, and being annoyed by this comparison. I am my own creative personality, and Martha although I respect the heck out of her, is a corporation of creative people.

Martha Stewart Living Turkey

I am currently getting ready to host Thanksgiving for 25 of my favorite in-laws. My husband is the youngest of five children, all of whom are married and many of whom have several off spring…and this year we have the first grandchild. So we are a big group.

We all enjoy a party and a well made meal. This group also likes to drink, and I am providing only Pine State Trading wine, beer and spirits as this company’s owners are responsible for keeping my business afloat! If I have to be spending money I like to stay local!

Naturally, when I am four days away from Thanksgiving, I wish I was Martha. I could use a staff of trained professionals at my beck and call. I am a one woman show, my husband has been very helpful but most of the work still falls on my shoulders. I would kill for a housekeeper right now, between cleaning for house guests and the holiday, I am swamped with chores.  I have a four page to-do list.

Today was shopping day, I hit the grocery store, Trader Joe’s & Wholefoods…magically my debit card kept accepting the charges.

My plan was also to set the tables today. I have turned into my mother. I can’t believe it!  I used to joke that my mother set the table a week before an event, and here I am setting my tables Sunday for a dinner on Thursday. Professional chefs use the term Mise en plas, meaning putting in place. The idea is do not start cooking until you have everything in place. I am taking this to the extreme and putting everything for Thursday in place…today.  I have a business and family to run as well as a holiday and guest quarter to prepare. I better get started!

If you are a follower of my blog you know that earlier in the week I was looking for centerpiece ideas that could be done ahead and perhaps even reused next year.

I came up with this for the main table…Pottery Barn pumpkins and gourds, a pheasant I found last year at Dwellings In Falmouth, Maine and flameless candles leftover from the wedding I did in October.

The two smaller tables have flameless candles and orchid arrangements. Here is a photo of the arrangement. You need orchids (I got mine at Trader Joe’s for $5.99), a container, sheet moss, and curly willow. These are fantastic arrangements and they last for months!!!!

After the tables are set, it is time to move into the kitchen. To begin the festivities, I am offering shrimp cocktail, nuts and a vegetable crudités.

The main course will include two turkeys, one will be honey glazed and one will have a sage butter under the skin. I am debating about using brine…what do you think? Is it worth making brine for turkey or not?

I might do this Rachel Ray recipe….

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/brined-dijon-turkey-with-pan-gravy/  it looks very tasty.

I have also picked two stuffing recipes,  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/sausage-and-herb-stuffing-recipe/index.html and http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/sage-and-mushroom-stuffing-recipe/index.html .

I am going to make smashed red bliss potatoes with fat-free cream cheese, skim milk, parmesan and salt & pepper.  They are so good! I am also grilling tons of vegetables.

My sister-in-law Tina is bringing a salad, blue Hubbard squash and green bean casserole, and another sister-in-law Betsey is bringing pies!

I think I have everything under control…wish me luck!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful to have such wonderful friends, a great family and you readers! I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know by commenting or liking the post! Also if you don’t already follow my blog sign up now!

Enjoy your holiday.

Best, Celia

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20 Items to spruce up your home for under $20

Decorating does not need to be expensive. I think some of my best projects have been budget driven. I do not have clients with big budgets, but they have big ideas and I am very creative! I love shopping sales, Home Goods and Craig’s List and consignment stores. So think paint, upholstering and sales to get cool things at cool prices!!!!!

Isn’t this Willow Cloche cool only $19.99 including the tray from Williams Sonoma.


I have used these pillows and they are a wonderful touch to any room and only $19.99 from West Elm
This vase is only $3.99 from CB2, buy several to line a table
Jug-tastic deal $19.99 from Williams-Sonoma Home
What this rug is only $14.99 from Williams Sonoma? Come on…really
I think this dinnerware is very chic and it starts at $19.99 at West Elm
West Elm has these towel rack on sale for $9.99-$14.99 this is a great deal for a great product.
CB2 does it again $9.99 for these vases…come on! Make a bedside lamp or just place them on a shelf to add a clean and modern touch
CB2’s buyer has an eye for cheerful and these napkins are reusable and a great price $19.99 for a dozen

Cheer up any room with these bird pillows from Pottery Barn $14.99…what a deal!
All Modern.com has these very cool plates starting at $14.99
ADORABLE $1.95 fun way to display photos or notes, they are great in groups of 3-5.
These felt boxes are so chic in charcoal gray…love them and only $19.99 from CB2
Fin decals from Dali Decals $10, lots of great decals to choose from.
Soothing Capian Sea candle from Pottery Barn $15.99, can be used as a vase after the candle is gone!
I love these Birdcage Trays from Pottery Barn $9.99 and up. Hang them on a wall as art!
Look on your local Craig’s list this antique mirror $20 (this is from Boston’s CL)
Another Boston Craig’s list deal $20 this would make any office look good!

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Planting inside…glass

I love planting inside gardens, even in the summer. I like to find ways to reuse items in my home. Today I am using mason jars. As you know if you are a loyal reader (thank you if you are a loyal reader), I love mason jars. You can plant in almost anything so be creative and have fun!

Here are some herbs in mason jars. I just love this look!

Plants in Mason Jars

You need

  • 1 ½ cup Mason Jars
  • Potting Soil
  • Small plants-herbs work very well
  • Sheet Moss
  • Pea gravel

Step One: Add a layer of pea gravel to the bottom of the jar

Step Two: Line the Jar with moss

Step Three: Add potting soil (I like miracle grow)

Step Four: Add plant and top with soil and a little moss

TIP: Moss hold moisture and helps plants from drying out.

Mathra like bottles too here are more plants in bottles

Martha Stewart Living, June 2012

It’s easy to see why the popularity of succulents has skyrocketed in recent years. The plants look modern and require little maintenance — just several hours of sun and not too much water. To showcase their beauty at home, go beyond the terra-cotta pot with this display idea.

Sprinkle an inch of cactus soil in a clean glass bottle. Divide the succulents into single-stem plantlets, each with roots. Using chopsticks, place the plantlets in the bottle one at a time. Use the chopsticks again to nestle each plantlet into the soil. Once the plants are situated, keep them indoors and out of direct sunlight. These desert plants require only a drop of water every two weeks or so.

You can also do plants under glass!!

Great idea and easy to do. Orchid, moss, bark and cool branches!

I love this idea (below): http://inhabitat.com/jose-agateps-beautiful-repurposed-bottles-terrariums-are-self-contained-ecosystems/

This is the coolest thing. I love these bottles.

If you do not have a green thumb have your local florist put one together for you!!!!

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Enjoy your day and get your hands dirty! Get the kids involved this can be a family project.

Best, Celia