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!

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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!

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We had 40 guests…only 15 of which were not family.

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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.

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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)

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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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Dwellings a Special Shop In Falmouth, ME

Dwellings is a special shop located at 251 US Route 1 in Falmouth, ME.

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The idea behind this home décor store is instant gratification; anything in the store can be purchased and delivered within a day or so.  I love the look of this chair and I could have it in my home today.  I love that.

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When we stopped by, owner Louisa Routh had just returned from the Atlanta show. She told us calm colors were in, and bold colors were being phased out. She saw a lot of soft gray and soft pumpkin paired with cobalt and navy blue.

Ocean colors & themes are always popular with Dwellings customers. The mirrors below are one of the hottest items at Dwellings, made in Maine from vintage windows.

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Below are some of the other things that caught my eye…

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Dwellings is also a great place to get a wedding or baby gift. They carry Italian pottery by Vietri , Glass by Simon Pearce, Mariposa service ware and several other options for brides. You can also register for your wedding or baby shower.

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As you know by now, I love all things coastal, these fish platters and bowls are fabulous and they are so reasonably priced $19 for the platter and $12 for the bowls.

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If you want to find that special something to finish a room, or you need to design the entire room Dwellings can help.

Dwellings ships nationwide, so if you need that special gift  and you are not local call them at 207-781-3711 and let them do the shopping, wrapping & shipping for you!
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Happy summer,
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.

photo: Liz Donnelly www.celiabedilia.com
photo: Liz Donnelly
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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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Old Medicine Bottles are great for small flowers…see below

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Candle Light….a must for any season!

I love candles these are a few options I made.
  1. Mason jar wrapped in Birch bark with a small pillar candle.
  2. Mason jar filled with water and lined Hosta leaves with a tea light floating in it!
  3. A 3×3 pillar candle wrapped with birch bark, I finished this by painting it in hot wax
Moss votive jars

Mossy votives: twine, mason jar, moss and a votive

  1. Wrap the rim of the jar with twine and tie into a loose bow
  2. Add votive
  3. Surround the base of the votive with moss
I love these romantic hanging votive holders
  • You can put all sorts of candles in these wonderful hanging wire baskets, they are from www.zentiques.com 

 

I love these they are so crisp looking. I think this is a neat blog too…click the link below to see more.

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Epsom Salt Votive Holder

These are great for weddings! Check out the how to below…

http://craftsbyamanda.com/2010/12/epsom-salt-luminaries-some-winter.html 

This is a fun project if you like wine…great reason to drink! Click below to find out how to make it.

http://www.twotwenty-one.com/2011/08/wine-cork-candle-holder.html

Have fun adding light and sparkle to your home, deck, porch or garden! If you like this post please let us know. We love hearing from you.

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Have a great weekend.

Celia

Built-ins-fill your needs and your space

This buffet was built to fill the entire wall. Photo by Liz Donnelly
We even added a sink for watering plants and making drinks! Photo Liz Donnelly

Why do a custom built-in?  

  1. You can use an entire space, use spaces wisely (under stairs, bathroom corner, living room wall etc)
  2. You can design specialized storage to display collections or hide objects you need but do not want to see.
  3. Customizing anything in your home leaves a part of you in the home…forever!
  4. Bring a new style to your home, some people want to add a modern touch to their home, but not change the entire traditional feel.
  5. Built-ins can make sense of spaces; for example built-in book shelves can make a library out of an office, or a hutch can make a den into a dining room.
  6. Color and Wallpaper can be used in/on a built-in and this can bring a splash of color or pattern to a room!
Great wallpaper makes this built in pop!
Photo Jamie Salomon

Great built in above  from http://casamacho.wordpress.com/ 

Great idea TV under the stairs! -Houzz.com
Celia Bedilia Designs built in TV is Hiden above the fireplace
Photo Jamie Salomon
Coco Loves this spot in the mudroom. There is storage in the bench!!! Photo Liz Donnelly

Need help with built in ideas?

Check out these sites

www.houzz.com

www.housebeautiful.com

www.realsimple.com

www.pinterest.com

www.hgtv.com

www.bhg.com

www.diynetwork.com

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Bud Vases

Budvases are an inexpensive way to dress you dining table and your home.

I love bud vases as do most gardeners because we do not want to cut all of our beautiful flowers.  We want to enjoy them in the garden. Bud vases allow one to just pluck a few perfect flowers and get a big bang for our buck!

You have numerous choices these days for bud vases.  We are not stuck with the old fashioned cut glass bud vase anymore. Check out the Celia Bedilia staff favorites below.

Have fun with flower arranging.  Buy flowers that excite you and vases that inspire you. If you get interesting bud vases it makes what you put in them more interesting.

Wonderful 4 hole glass vase $18
Tree vase $13
Fun Test Tube Vase $9

I use these bird vases all the time and anything I put into them looks great.

This is a great vase to use at weddings.  You can buy three of these vases and a few flowers and do your own wedding flowers with flare.

Fabulous bird vase $18
Wow these bird vases are the best!!!!

If you have little silver, china or glass pitchers use them with a few flowers .  They will look fantastic!

Here we used random silver pitchers as bud-vases

If you want to splurge or buy a great wedding gift, buy a Simon Pearce bud vase they are so chic.

Simon Pearce $325/$155

Tools you need

  • Flora (pick a few lovely flowers from the garden or flower shop)
  • Bud-vases (old bottles, pitchers, tea cups, or one of the options above)
  • Flower clippers or shears (I like Corona Clippers $17)
  • Water (H2O)

WHERE DO I BUY THESE VASES?

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Fire: What Are The Options For Firepits, Pots and Torches

HGTV DIY Firepit

Tools and Materials:cast concrete wall stones cap stones sand shovel tape measure level tamper steel rake

Steps: Before building a fire pit, check the building codes in your area to get the proper specs and regulations. Choose a spot that is away from your house and away from any low-hanging trees or other structures. Take precautions when digging holes, so that you don’t hit utility lines.

1. Lay out your pavers in a circle in the approximate size and shape of your fire pit. Fire pits should be about 36 to 44 inches in diameter. Our surrounding patio is made from recycled rubber pavers. We laid the fire pit stones out to the correct dimension then pulled the pavers out of and away from the pit.

2. When you have your circle roughed out, dig a 12-inch-deep hole in that location.

3. Pour sand into the bottom of the hole and tamp the sand level.

4. Begin to lay your wall stones around the perimeter of the hole. Continue stacking the stones so that they are 12 inches above the surrounding ground.

5. Pour a layer of sand into the ring of stones so that it covers the first layer, approximately 4 inches deep.

Or you can buy one…like most people

Restoration Hardware Fire Table $2000
Frontgate Firepit $400
Webber Fire Pit

Look at the amazing Fire pit areas from Houzz.com

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Great use of a fire pit so inviting

Tiki Torches: There are loads of different options here, I was surprised at how expensive they can be. You can go to Walmart and buy tiki torches for under $10 or you can buy one of the options below.

Hammered Copper Tiki Hayneedle $60
Frontgate Copper Tiki $179
Black tiki form Hayneedle $60

Fire-pots make the outdoors cool! I love the idea of fire-pots, what a great addition to your outdoor space. Below are a couple of options you might like.

Fire Pot from Hayneedle $139
Fire Pot $59 at Hayneedle
Napa Home & Garden Rock Fire Pot $18

Sources

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Dressing your outdoor space

Now is the time to think about sprucing up your outdoor space. The retail world is winding down on summer and you can get some great deals on outdoor furniture, umbrellas, outdoor pillows, table clothes, lanterns, fun planters and everything you need for summer entertaining.

This is a great outdoor decor/lighting item
$119 Pottery Barn
Ballard Designs has great pillows and cushions for outdoors these are $25-$45
Restoration Hardware outdoor furniture now 30% off
These great dinner plates are from Frontgate $49/set of 4
Magic in the trees $49-$199 from Restoration Hardware
Ballard Designs rectangular umbrella dimensions: 7’11″H X 8’W X 11’D
$369
Planters from Restoration Hardware $495-$695, I wish I could afford these!
Pottery Barn table-cloth 70×108 -$69
Nice lines on this Crate and Barrel Chair sale price $649
Marimekko blue melamine plate Crate & Barrel $4.95

Home Goods is another great place to get summer items for less! Be sure to shop the sales to upgrade your outdoor space for less.

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Celia