This project makes me smile, it is a dental office.

Falmouth Dental Arts have moved into a new space and I am helping them with their design. We want to have a coastal, relaxed, professional vibe without being too coastal. So we are using greys, whites, soft blues and charcoal, and lots of textures. We are mixing textured wallpaper, woods, concrete, velvet, wool and glass.

We are putting together a plan to transform the new space into a hip office. I have to say I love the employees of this office, they are fantastic. The Dentists Brian and Adonis are so approachable, I can only imagine how amazing they are at their jobs.

Although we had a bit of a rough start having to move into the space before it had been renovated, things are really coming together now! We have painted, wallpapered, added tile and shiplap to the fireplace, and much more!

Here are some of the products & furnishings we have selected.

Wallquest grasscloth in grey has been installed and looks great!
I adore this rug it is perfect, it is interesting, durable, and beautiful.
These Four Hands Chairs are so hip and cool, the perfect vibe for these doctors.
Side tables that will stay in place are very important in commercial spaces, these cement tables will be great.
Natural elements, like this wood coffee table, add depth to the design.
Magazine racks that double as side tables, yes please.
This is the Celia Sofa, my design for Pasha Home Furnishings.
We are making one in a light blue-grey in this project.

All right that is your sneak peek when the project is done I will photograph it and show you the end results.

Thank you for stopping by, if you like this post please let me know by liking it or commenting. Have a wonderful day!

Best, Celia

Celebrate friends and family don’t sweat the small stuff

Hi guys,

Thanks for dropping by! This weekend I am being entertained and entertaining VIPS from DC and The Bay Area (SFO) in what we referred to as “The City”, but most of you think of as NYC. Unfortunately, my favorite June 2017 couple are in Maine, so I will not see them! This is a floral arrangement from their wedding!

Anyway, having/making time for VIP events no matter what VIP means to you, is important. We need to realize who our VIPS are and cherish the fact that they want to be with us, celebrate us, and cherish our relationships.

We all get caught up in how we are perceived, but it is more important that we spend less time impressing and more time enjoying. I met with one of my favorite families today, they get this concept, they are so lovely and understand that my goal is to make the bride’s dreams come true!

So to all my Brides & Grooms major in the majors, everyone is coming to celebrate your wedding and love, do not stress about things you cannot control! Love you all!

Practice for my August 18th wedding!

By the way the highlight of my day was at the gym this am, working out next to one of my favorite people Susie, and meeting Flip!

Flip I am stopping by to see your garden!

I am so thankful my husband brought me to Maine 18 years ago this April, what a long, strange, wonderful trip it has been!

Thanks for stopping by!

Best,

Celia

Traveling feeds my soul and inspires me to create

I just adore the terrace of my rental in Rome, in fact I love it so much I am going back for two weeks in early October. I can’t wait.

This trip to Italy inspired me to create the wedding below.

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This is the result of my inspiration!

The lounge area for the wedding was very warm and welcoming, like my terrace in Rome. We used reclaimed wood tables and I arranged hundreds of colorful flowers!

For the ceremony I used herbs to line the aisle and then made a grapevine canopy for them to get married under. I also arranged succulents in beautiful rustic urns. It was such fun to re-imagine my vacation into an event!

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I love traveling because there is so much beauty in the world. I walk as much as I can when I travel, because I don’t want to miss anything!

What do you like about traveling? Do you get inspired to incorporate customs, recipes, friends you make, or decor into your life like I do? I would love to hear from you!

Hope you are enjoying summer. I am taking an Italian class to prepare for my trip in October.

Arrivederci e ci vediamo!

Best, Celia

 

The New Dockside Grill

We just finished the face lift at the Dockside Grill, in Falmouth, Maine. I thought I would share the before and after photos. I am really proud of the outcome. The owner and her daughter worked very closely with me choosing every detail!

Photos of the newly renovated restaurant by Liz Donnelly

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We used reclaimed wood to make the tables locally, and all of the furniture was made in the USA! This space is so cozy and welcoming now.

If your ever in the area please stop by The Dockside Grill in  Falmouth, Maine for the best lobster roll in town.

Thanks for checking in! What projects are you doing? I am so excited to paint my home this summer!

Best,

Celia

 

Maine Chef’s Dinner Tablescape

All photos by: Liz Donnelly www.portlandphotocompany.com

I have been asked to do the table decorations for a monthly series of dinners at Flanagan Farm, which is a beautiful barn in Buxton, Maine. http://www.flanaganstable.com/

This months chef was Justin Walker from Earth www.hiddenpondmaine.com/earth

Earth is based on the popular farm to table concept. I thought my décor should reflect this philosophy as well.

The table was about forty-eight feet long. I used fresh herbs, orchids, mason jars with floating candles, set on a green burlap runner. I filled in the gaps with moss, birds nests and a few other natural items.

Here are the photos…

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I hope you enjoyed seeing this tablescape as much as I loved putting it together. My photographer Liz Donnelly is so talented at capturing the mood of the event.

Let me know your thoughts, by commenting and liking the post. If you are not already a member of the Celia Bedilia family please click the follow button and never miss a post.

Celia

 

 

 

Hunting for treasure

Hunting for treasure…Interior Designer style. Casual-Vintage-Chic is my favorite style at the moment. The quickest way to add character to a home, is to add some instant history, consider old beams as part of your ceiling design, or reclaimed flooring, or even old trim.

On Monday, I went to one of my favorite spots. Maine has lots of these places if you are in Portland, ME check out Architectural Salvage. I am working on an exciting new project, in which we are adding interest to a new addition with old doors and windows.

Here are some of my treasures.

1. A wonderful mantel that we are going to restore. It is hard to see in the photo but it has a serpentine/wave in it and it is just lovely!

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2. This fabulous pair of exterior doors, perhaps from a town house? Will be the new master bedroom doors, they will be incredible when they have been restored. We are going to add a mail slot back to the door!

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3. These columns are perhaps our best find. We are using them in both the kitchen island and a built-in bookcase. They are just stunning.

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4. Lastly we got this cabinet that we are going to build into the kitchen for storage. Note: The molding with the eye is not ours….it does not go with my vision.

We start this project in January, so we needed these items to be added to the plan for the builder. Wait until you see the finished product these treasures will shine!

Hope you like this post. Let me know what you think by commenting or liking it!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

Best, Celia

 

Phoebe Porteous, Amazing Maine Artist

If you follow my blog, you know that I think art is a must in every home! Art finishes a room, acts as the focal point, or even sets the entire palette for a space. Maine artist Phoebe Porteous’s art is just the right addition to any home.

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I have been captivated by the work of  Phoebe Porteous for several years. Her work has been come very popular, and as a result her original painting are not inexpensive. The Elizabeth Moss Gallery who represents Porteous, has found a way to make her work more affordable. They are offering prints of her work, this will allow me to use her work in many more of the homes I design.

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Look at her site to see if there is a print you love. http://www.phoebeporteousprints.com

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To learn more about Phoebe read her biography below:

Phoebe Porteous has spent her life exploring the landscape – the lakes, mountains, and coastline ­– of Maine. In the eight years since she began painting, she has turned those explorations into vivid and colorful paintings that portray the essence of the state. Her work looks at the relationships between colors in nature as well as the changing quality of light.

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In my paintings I try to capture the sense of timelessness in Maine, to capture what I love about Maine and what I loved about my childhood. Many of the places I choose to paint are places I have visited throughout my life, and I try to distill the essence of what I have always found there.

I often begin paintings on site and then move into my studio. It is there that I look for the rhythm in the painting and pay attention to the texture of the paint. This is the time when I edit details, shift a building, move a tree, and simplify the scene. When enough layers of color have been laid on to satisfy me, there is a glimpse of the moment that captured my interest initially.

I need the feeling that I know a place before I can put it on canvas. Maine is in my genes, in my bones, and in my senses. I paint when and where I can, always looking for that scene or that light that catches you up and holds you and makes you almost cry for its simplicity, purity, color, and clarity.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you will not only look at her work on http://www.phoebeporteousprints.com but you will add one of her prints or paintings  to your art collection!

I love this one it is so beautiful!

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Enjoy the last official weekend of summer.

Best, Celia

 

Best of Houzz 2014 Award

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Celia Bedilia Designs of Cumberland FSD, ME
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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.

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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.

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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

Our Top Vanity Designs

Hello all,

I have had a big year in design, my furniture line has really taken off. Vanities seem to be the most requested item in my line. We build each vanity to order, so we can make whatever size, color, or finish you can dream up! We make our entire line by hand in Maine.

Here are some of the many vanities styles that were purchased in 2013.

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We have loads more designs but unfortunately we have not photographed all of them! That is one of my many new years resolutions, take photos!!!

Happy New Year. Thank you for stopping by. If you have a need for any furniture, check out our entire line. https://celiabedilia.com/shop-celia-bedilia-designs/

If you like this post let me know by liking it. If you never want to miss a post…chick the follow button, we would love to have you join us.

Thanks for a great year!

Best, Celia

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Simple Farm Fresh Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers do not have to be fussy, expensive or structured to be beautiful. Flowers are amazing, just let them be the star!

Here are some photos of the flowers and décor from a barn wedding I did in Maine in August.

Here are the flowers in the raw.

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The after shots are by wedding photographer: Tiffany Converse

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The tent was filled with flowers, it smelled so fresh and clean.

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The flower girl was so cute!!

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I just love the way these crab apples looked tire to the railing.

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This was the back door…imagine what the front looked like!

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Here is one of the table numbers the bride’s father did the numbers, on these wood slices I commissioned.

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The burlap runners were just the right touch to tone down the formality of the all white tables, and the mason jars added  a casual nod to farm life.

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The ceremony was lined by these loose hanging arrangements.

Below are collages I made with photos taken by my co-worker Anne Sowles, isn’t she amazing?

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Clockwise: 1.small mason jars filled with flowers for the cocktail tables, 2. the largest of the mason jars used on the tables (I used 3 sizes), 3. Hanging flowers that lined the entry to the barn, 4. Bridal bouquet, 5. Napkins tire with fresh herbs, 6. A Bridesmaids bouquet

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Clockwise: 1. Maine of honor’s bouquet, 2. Smallest of the mason jars for the tables, 3. Ceremony flowers, 4.More napkins, 5. boutonnieres, 6. The making of the bridal Bouquet. 

I think this shows you what can be done with less than $2,000 in flowers. That sounds like a lot, but we had over 200 arrangements on the tables, we had hanging  arrangements lining the path of the ceremony & to the barn and tent, we did the bridal flowers, and several large arrangements too!

If you have a wedding in the near future I would love to hear about it!

Let me know you what you think of this post by liking it or commenting.

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Thank you for stopping by.

Best, Celia

Paradise on a river in Maine

We have a new project that is located in Edgecomb, Maine on the Damariscotta River. The Damariscotta is a 19.0-mile-long tidal river, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. This river known for its Oyster beds, Mussel Farming, clamming, fishing,  and in recent years it has become a huge tourist destination.

This is the first job I have had in this area, and it is truly amazing. Our client’s home is situated in the most picturesque spot on the banks of the river.  It is such a lovely place to work. I also really like the home owners which is an added bonus!

Although the house is very nice, it needs some updating. The home is new to my client so she wants to put her stamp on it. We are painting almost the entire interior of the house. In addition to paint, we are rearranging furniture, purchasing some new furniture and hanging art.

The photos below are of first room we are tackling. It needs new paint, a sectional sofa, coffee table style ottoman, and maybe a new chair and ottoman. We are keeping the game table and chairs. They have a lovely rug in the space so we do not need to purchase one.

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We are painting the back of the bookcases, Farrow & Ball Parma Gray-which is far darker than it appears below.

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We are then looking into sectional for the space. These are three of the options I am pricing out. I like the top and bottom choice. Which one do you like?

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Rather than a coffee table, I would like to use a large square ottoman. I am drawn to the base of the bottom option, but I am not sure if it would be comfortable to put your feet up on.

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Lastly, I propose moving the blue leather chair and ottoman (in photo above) to the family room and replacing it with one of these.

#1 This one has good lines, and is very comfortable

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#2 This is a swivel and which would work well in this space, because you could turn toward the sectional or to the AMAZING view.

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#3 I love this, but I think is too sweet for the space.

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So this is my first draft idea board for the room.

The fabrics and leg finishes will be different, but, this is just a mood board.

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What do you think? Do you like the direction this room is going in? The view is the star in this house so I do not want to do anything to fussy, formal or trendy.

Thank you for stopping by! I would love to hear from you. If you like this post let me know by commenting or liking the post. If you are not part of the Celia Bedilia Club please click the follow button!

I look forward to checking in with you next week…I am talking kitchens, and the dos and don’ts of kitchen design.

Best, Celia

Bad Summer Weather…Turn to Flower Arranging

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This summer is flying by, but the weather has been less than stellar. My daughter said, “Mom, this is my summer vacation, I am supposed to be going to the beach and enjoying the outside” life lesson kids…you can’t control the weather. It has either been hot and humid with thunder storms, or cloudy and humid with thunderstorms this entire summer.

Honestly, in Maine we pay our dues in the winter with horrid weather, we earn our summer. I want cloudless skies and dry heat!!! Fortunately, the weather has cooperated for one friend’s graduation party and looks good for another planned for this Sunday.
To occupy my vast indoor time this summer, I have been playing with flowers. Several months ago, I bought old glass soda and beer bottles, mostly from Boston and Portland. They are so pretty, some are clear, while others are a soft blue.

While I was surfing the web, (because the ocean is too fogged in) and came across this article http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/flea-market-flips/pictures/index.html?nl=HGI_071013_featlink2_&sni_mid=87668&sni_rid=87668.324.2680147&c32=%7bB989BD35-05FA-4145-B8C9-6A9F272A86B3%7d

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Although I was not inspired to flip my find, I did retrieve them from the basement, dust them off, and fill them with flowers! I love this look because it gives you a big bang for your buck. One bunch of supermarket or farm-stand flowers goes a long way.

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What do you think? What are you doing to fill your time this summer? I hope this fog and rain lifts and we can enjoy summer…I am molding.
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Best, Celia

Old Medicine Bottles are great for small flowers…see below

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