The Making of a Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Musts

Photos: Liz Donnelly


  • Soft seating: I think every bedroom needs a comfortable place to sit. As you can see black lab Coco Chanel likes the chair and ottoman in this bedroom.
  • A fantastic bed frame and mattress, mattresses last 25 years so buy a good one.
  • Desk: I  like having a desk in the bedroom, here we have a small writing desk that we painted glossy white. Above the desk we have a book shelf made of books, a vision board, and some photos.
  • TV: yes I know we are supposed to keep them out of the bedroom but, let’s be honest it is nice to relax in bed and watch TV.
  • Fireplace: a fireplace is not a must but it is nice to have, especially during Maine winters.
  • Art: please do not forget to dress your walls. You do not have to spend a lot of money. Go to art shows or galleries and start collecting.
  • Windows-you do not need big heavy drapes, these linen curtain panels are inexpensive but effective.
  • Paint is very important to a well designed bedroom. I like soothing colors in a bedroom, this does not mean pastels they can be saturated colors but they need to make you feel calm.
  • I also like to have fresh flowers in a bedroom, in fact I might need to go to the florist today!
  • Bedside tables-bedside tables with storage for books, and all the other stuff you want close by but do not want to see.

master details 1

Where we shopped for these items…

  1. Bed
  2. Chair and ottoman
  3. Desk
  4. Linen Desk Chair{keyword}&adtype=pla
  5. Book shelf made of books
  6. Art
  7. Paint: Benjamin Moore – Quiet Moments
  8. Curtain Panels
  9. Quilt-Home Remedies –
  10. Decorative Glass Jars-Dwellings, Falmouth, ME  207-781-3711
  11. Bedside tables

Well, I hope you liked seeing what went into this master bedroom. If you are considering a master makeover feel free to ask me questions!

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Enjoy Fall…winter is coming.

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
  2. The fun hanging lights are also from Ikea
  3. Desk chair covered in an UGG rug
  4. Desk is from Staples
  5. I love this black decal Dali Decal
  6. Silk pillows Fur pillow
  7. Groovy velvet chair

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

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

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
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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Coastal Kitchen…before and after

This project on the coast of Maine was so much fun! The homeowners became good friends through the construction process. We started with a subpar colonial and finished a superb coastal retreat. One of the most interesting parts of this project was the fact that these homeowners wanted to be involved in all of the stages of the project, in fact they did the trim and the fireplace!

This is one of the before pictures of the kitchen. The kitchen was cherry and had black appliances, many home owners would be happy with the before, but thankfully these home owners knew that the house needed to be lightened up. We not only took out the kitchen but we removed walls and set the beams up into the ceiling, the effect was amazing!

Black and Brown kitchen

Look at this light and airy after shot of the kitchen! The appliances are all stainless steel, the cabinets are off white and the counters are so unusual, gray and gorgeous.

Bright Kitchen

The difference is in the details! These lights rock, and the homeowner found them…on sale…online!

Cool Lights

Did I tell you the view is fabulous? You can see the ocean from the stove, sink and fridge who wouldn’t want to cook here?

Ocean makes the room

Here is the before shot of the eat-in area of the kitchen. Look at the fireplace…you won’t recognize it.


In the next after shot below you see how we continued the light feeling removing the bookcases, and refinishing the fireplace…the homeowner did it himself!!!!

Comfortable spot!Photos by the talented Liz Donnelly


Thank you for reading! I am really lucky to have you loyal followers.

Keep the questions coming.


French Country Look Still Trending

The High Point Show has confirmed that the distressed French country look is still a strong home trend this season. Here are some of the best options from Blue Ocean Traders, Four Hands, and Zentique.

The first three photos are from Four Hands they have been ahead of home trends for over 15 years! I love Four Hands.

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The next three photos are from Zentique; this company is the go to place for the French country look. They understand good design, and have reproduced many French designs adapting them for today’s life style. I love these cabinets, they are simply beautiful. The French candle cage is just lovey too!Closet for those with high styleFrench Country LightDesign very cool


The last three photos are from Blue Ocean Traders; this is a very reasonably priced company with a good sense of design. They combine one of kind antique pieces with good reproductions. I especially love the Antique side car…great art piece for the right home!


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If you are following home trends but do not want something that will go out of style, this may be the trend for you. These are timeless pieces that could work for traditional and transitional homes. This look also works in coastal homes as the wood has a bleached or drift wood look.


Happy Trending & Thank you for reading, Celia




Your couch is the corner stone of your living room decor

I want to thank you all for your questions and comments, I love to hear from my readers.

I have been asked by several readers to give suggestions for reasonably priced sofas. I was not given any parameters so I am giving you a smattering of ideas for well made couches at good prices.

The Barrington Sofa below from is a great classic sofa. This couch would look good in many homes and can be made to look modern or traditional. The price is $1,700.Classic couchClassic

The Greenwich Sofa above from is another good choice for transitional homes. This sofa’s price range is $1,400-$1,900. I have used this in a few homes and the only feedback is that it is stiff at first. Good choice for kids and animals.

Coolio Sofa

True Modern Circa 84” sofa above from is a classic mid-century modern design. This is a great modern couch for $1,600.

Very Hip Sofa

The Blake Sofa above from is a very good choice for those of you who have a transitional style. The price for this sofa runs between $1,100 and $1,700 depending on the grade of fabric.

Tufting is in

Anne sofa above from is a great traditional couch. It retails for just under $2,000.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions or design dilemmas.

Happy Spring,


Put Your Feet Up…Poufs & Ottomans are Trending

Poufs and ottomans are trending in a big way! This is a trend I wholeheartedly embrace. Who doesn’t want to put their feet up? But, ottomans, cubes, and poufs are not just for resting your tired feet; they serve as extra seating too. They are small-scale and can be stashed under consoles,dining tables and coffee tables. These are wonderful in small spaces. Here are some great options! These range in price from $199-$599.

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Cottage Style Bedroom

One of my readers asked me to put together a cottage bedroom with resources for them. As with many of my clients my readers want to be a part of the design process but need me to point them in the right direction. I am more than happy to write blog posts based on questions like this so keep them coming!

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I have used furniture for this cottage style room from Maine Woodworks (made in the USA) if you would like to order any of these pieces, and there is not a retailer in your area: email us . We can customize these furniture pieces any size any color!

Furniture: The bed is a barn-board queen bed with bun feet shown in ocean blue $1,600, the nightstand has a drawer and space for books, is shown in bright white $300, the bookcase is long and low (60Lx38Hx12 ¾ D) shown in bright white $1,100, the dresser is wonderful with barn-board sides, bun feet and 6 large drawers for storage (57Lx38Hx20D) shown in ocean blue $1,350.

Rug:  I love this rug, it is soft woven cotton, Train Tracks Slate 8×10 $364.00, any cotton rug will do!

Lamps: Target Glass Lamp $50,

Drapes: Linen Drapes: $329/panel, $55-$250/panel, $70-$130/panel

Bedding Resources: I love bedding and is one of my favorite lines, it is made in the USA  of vintage quality cotton…so soft it feels like it was your grandmother’s, other sites I like , all great options for a cottage bedroom.


Shopping for Summer

This year is going to be different! I am going old school…and setting up my home for the summer. In Maine we need to celebrate summer, it is short and sweet. I am going to enjoy every moment! I am investing in summer rugs, rolling up the wool and rolling out the cotton. This practice is very old fashioned but it does preserve your rugs! Dash and Albert have wonderful rugs for summer living

Dash & Albert Rug

I will also be packing up my pillows and replacing them with fun summer pillows, maybe even outdoor pillows so I can bring them in and out as I please. I am investing in two new outdoor cubes they are just too cool a trend to miss out on! Check out for pillows and cubes like the ones below.

PoofsPillows Lastly,  I am investing in summer dishes I love Le Cadeaux Malaga dishes~ They are melamine and so they can go from the deck to the dishwasher! has a great selection of Le Cadeaux.


If I was really going for the summer look I would slipcover all my sofa and chairs but, I know my banker husband will put the kibosh on that idea so these changes will have to suffice. I am so looking forward to summer, lobsters, dining al fresco, tiki torches, and long days at the beach…along with long night of tending to sunburns, lightening bugs and so much more. First we have to get through mud season…happy spring.