Fifty Shades of Grey…My Top Ten Favorites

Here are my top ten favorite shades of grey!

1. Silver- lights.

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2. Paints…Benjamin Moore has wonderful greys. This is from

ben moore

3. Love these floors.


4. These grey kitchen cabinets are a fabulous. (photo Liz Donnelly)

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5. Wonderful wing chairs in a soft grey.

gray chairs

6. Stainless steel tiles are a lovely.


7. Weathered grey and smoke glass add gray to this space.


8. These charcoal windows are striking.


9. These urns are a lovely shade of grey. (photo Liz Donnelly)


10. This rug is a very soft grey.

sea glass rug idea

Although I think there are well over fifty shades of beautiful greys, the ones above are some of my favorites.

Do you have any favorites? One of my best friends hates grey, and can’t wait for it to stop being trendy…I think she will be waiting a long time!

Hope you are well. We have a ton of snow here in Maine…winter is very grey here! Hope you like this post let me know by liking or commenting. Stay warm!!!!



Your entry is your home’s first impression

Your entry is your home’s first impression. As you know, you only have one chance to make a first impression.

Designing an Entry/Foyer (or in Maine the mudroom)

  • Great walls are a must… use a wonderful wallpaper, a saturated paint color or consider a decorative paint finish.
  • Your entry floor can be a place to have fun too. If you have hardwood you can add a border, or you can splurge on a spectacular rug, or tile the space with specialty tile.
  • Every entry needs seating of some type, a bench, a chair or a Settee.
  • You must have a mirror in this space as well! Your guests and family alike will appreciate this touch.
  • Storage of some sort will help you use your space to its fullest.
  • Your entry needs to be well-lit, either lamps, overhead lighting or sconces.
  • Your foyer is also a great place to display art or a collection.

Here is my mood board for a  chic city condo foyer.

Your mudroom, entry hall or foyer sets the mood and style for your home…do not forget to make it fabulous!

What is your next project? Are you dreaming of a new bedroom or bathroom?

My next post will be the idea board for a Master bathroom in a wonderful old Maine home.

Thank you for stopping by.

Best, Celia


Light up Your Home and Life

Good lighting, lights up not only your home but your life. In the Northeast we rely on lighting to get us through the winter!


Sanford Fogg, CLC was my source for this post.

Sanford & Debbie Fogg are the owners of Fogg Lighting located at 281 Marginal Way in Portland, Maine. You can find a lot of product on their website and are welcome to call the showroom 207-797-7568 with any questions.

Fogg lighting is a great resource for me, they will come to job sites and consult on lighting plans, recommend lighting options and guide you to the best options for your specific needs. They are knowledgeable about the current trends in lighting and how best to implement these trends into existing spaces. Sanford told me that Crystal is popular at their store. I have always been very happy with the service and products that I have purchased from Fogg Lighting. I am even using them for projects out of state…They will be providing the lights for a new project I am starting In Washington, D.C.!

According to Sanford, the top four things to keep in mind when planning lighting for a room are:

  1. What visual activities are going to happen in the room, reading, cooking, entertaining, sleeping, grooming, etc.
  2. How to enhance the room decor.
  3. How the lighting will affect the mood and atmosphere of the room.
  4. How to create a safe and secure environment in the room.

Sanford says the most common mistakes people make in lighting include, but are not limited to:

  1. Not providing enough light to do tasks, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.Improperly locating recessed lights.
  2. Allowing a third-party to dictate lighting needs.
  3. Having unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved with a limited lighting budget.
  4. Waiting until the house is built before deciding on a lighting plan.

I asked Sanford what the most popular lighting companies were. He gave me the following list!


  • Visual Comfort
  • Hubbardton Forge
  • Hudson Valley
  • Currey and Co.

Down South

  • Fine Arts Lamps

Out West

  • Hammerton

Some of my favorite lights that I have purchased from  are:

lights GC

These silver pendants are amazing! I adore them and so does the home owner.

Great lighting at

Sconces do not have to be boring, these are fantastic.

Goldberg front hall

We used this in a two-floor entry it looks like a piece of sculpture.


This is a unique exterior light; do not keep up with the Jones…one up them!


This pendant is trendy but classic…love it!


 Bell Jars are very big in New England, they never go out of style.

There are so many wonderful options for lighting your home. Lighting is something that you do not replace once you have installed it. Make smart choices, take your time and seek the advice of a professional. I like, but if you want a local option ask your contractor for suggestions.

I also like these sites

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Are there any light companies you like that we should know about? If you have a lighting dilemma write to me and I will help!

Best, Celia