10 easy floral arrangements that you can do in under ten minutes

Tip #1: ask you local florist if they have any broken flowers that they can sell to you. Most florists will be delighted to sell off broken flowers.  Below we got these flowers for $6 these broken flowers are great for low arrangements! We used a silver creamer as our vase.Photo: Liz Donnelly

Tip #2: Buy one to three unique flowers and let them be the star of your table in simple vases.

Tip #3: Buy flowers that are in season to get the best prices

Tip #4: Use flowering plants as your centerpiece, these ranged in price from $1-$4 each

Photo: Liz Donnelly

Tip #5: Highlight your show flowers with greens

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Tip #6: Buy local…go to your local farmers market at the end of the day…you can get great deals on food and flowersPhoto: Liz Donnelly

Tip #7: Add herbs from your garden (or a neighbors) into your arrangements

Tip #8: Buy one stem of flowers that has lots of blooms! For $7 you can get 3 vases like this!

Tip #9: Mix vintage and flowers, these vintage bottle make great vases! These flowers only coast $9.98 it is the mixed market bouquet from Skillins on Friday afternoon all flowers are 20% off!

Tip #10: Cluster inexpensive flowers for a big impact! Carnations and mums look great in the Pave method.

Look at these sites I love

http://thefullbouquetblog.com

http://www.elledecor.com/decorating/articles/blooms-bookmark

http://flowerduetblog.blogspot.com/

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Dogs enjoying summer

Summer tea party
Photo: Liz Donnelly

Liz Donnelly my talented photographer, specializes in dog portraits. She is fabulous at photographing my interiors I thought I would show you some of the dog shots she has done for me.

Coco on the front steps…shall I garden?
Olive is the best of our models. She is a seasoned pro
Mazzy sitting…you do not know how hard it was to get this puppy to stay!
This is Zack, he is very funny…he looks like the fox from the original Robinhood, and is sneaky like Robinhood too.
This is a great shot of Rebel with his portrait in the backround we worked hard to get this shot.
This is a clients house and dog. Rebel is a wonderful old man, Look at this entry these door took forever to get but they are fabulous!
Mazzy helping herself to pound cake…brunch fit for the dogs!
Coco was so nervous to do this shot because my husband was in the room and she sis not want to be up on the furniture and get in trouble!
Olive is the queen of our home, she not only eats at the table but she uses a knife and fork.
Olive on the Christmas table
Coco on the built-in bench in the mudroom…we have two of these and Coco thinks of them as built-in dog beds.

I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them! Liz is so talented! Check out her site www.lizdonnellyphotography.net

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Thank you, 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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Father’s Day Brunch

Photo by: Liz Donnelly

  • Start with smoked salmon, with dill and lemon and sliced French bread.
  • Offer Coffee, Tea, fresh squeezed orange juice and champagne

Zucchini Strata

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 baguette, crusts removed, cubed (about 5 cups)
  • 8 eggs and 8 egg whites milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Diced Zucchini
  • 1-ounce (1/3 cup) grated Parmesan
  • 4-ounce (1 cup) cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions

Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another 1 minute. Transfer the onion mixture to a medium bowl and allow to cool.

Heat remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the skillet and saute the zucchini (and pinch of salt and pepper) until they release all of their water, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Spray an oval baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange the bread cubes in the dish. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, egg whites, milk and mustard until incorporated. Add zucchini, onion-garlic mixture, Parmesan and cheddar cheeses, thyme, and salt and pepper and stir to incorporate.

Pour mixture over bread, making sure liquid saturates bread. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the plastic wrap from strata and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until top forms a light brown crust.

Serve Strata with…

  • Fruit salad (Make it or buy it)
  • Baby roasted potatoes & vegetables – (I likeTrader Joe’s baby squash and finger potatoes) tossed with olive oil and Crazy Salt– roast in a 375 degree oven for 40-50 mins.
  • Baby butter lettuce salad-(buy bag of butter lettuces & toss with Meyer lemon dressing)

Meyer lemon vinaigretteFrom Real Simple (*Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and an orange. They are milder and less acidic than a regular lemon.)

  • 3 tablespoon fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • I like to add 1 minced garlic clove

Whisk all ingredients together and toss with butter lettuce it is a nice light brunch salad.

Happy Father’s Day!

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I love and miss you Dad.

Celia

Rustic Country Wedding

COUNTRY WEDDING

On May 19th my niece got married on her parent’s farm in the beautiful Virginia country side. I had the pleasure of being the event planner/florist for the event. The colors were purple and yellow and the setting was stunning! I used mason jars and jelly jars for all the flower arrangements. The flowers were all locally grown they included; Peonies, Queen Ann’s Lace, Stock, Bachelor buttons, Viburnum, Sweet Peas, Tulips, Roses,  Baptisia & Zebra and Green Grasses. The flowers came from a local farm www.wollamgardens.com, the flowers were freshly cut for the wedding. It was a pleasure working with these fabulous flowers, they were so fragrant!

This is the bridal table looking out on the farm and the mountains

We topped white table clothes with a fun yellow and white checked table runner. I used yellow and purple ribbon from www.mayarts.com on each flower arrangement. My wedding gift to the bride and groom was the monogrammed napkins that were used at the wedding. I am sure those n apkins will be used for every one of their family function for years to come!

Mini Arrangements in jam jars
We put two small and one large arrangement on each long table
Country flowers and country view out the tent
Check table runners are a great finishing touch
We filled the tent ceiling with white paper Chinese lanterns

Look at the beautiful bride and her father dancing, and look at the letters on the floor they have lights in them at night they were magical.

Father Daughter Dance

Kirsten Fairall is the photographer

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Celia

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

Summer means rustic, casual & cottage style to me

Although I like a lot of different styles I think I might call my own style transitional-eclectic. I appreciate good design, but in summer I am drawn to casual, rustic and cottage objects. I was asked to help design the 2012 furniture line for Maine Woodworks a cottage style furniture company, Made in Maine! I also did the photo styling for the shoot, I am very proud of the results. Liz Donnelly is the talent behind the photos.

I chose a neutral palette for this year’s line here are a few of the colors that are shown in the photos below: Benjamin Moore- Skipping Stones (CSP 155), Plaster of Paris (CSP 185), and Birds Egg (2051-60-fabulous blue). These are just the new neutrals Maine Woodworks is offering but you can get any color you want! Tangerine is the new hot color, maybe you want to spruce up your office with a tangerine file cabinet? Be creative…and go for colors that inspire you.

Maine Style hits the office
Bring Maine cottage style to your office

Why does your office need to be dark to be professional? Why not pick colors inspire you? What colors make you feel calm? How can you incorporate your favorite colors into your workspace?

Bookcase from heaven
Love this distressed cottage style bookcase
Love the arch
Perhaps you need storage for a narrow wall? Look at this wonderful bookcase!
Love this shot
This is a diverse piece it can go anywhere it can be a media cabinet, in a bedroom as storage in a living room as shown!
Ahhh Summer
This bed painted in MWW Ocean Blue is a soothing color, perfect for summer or any time of year.
Great Bedroom
Wonderful Double Dresser
Bring on summer
This living room is re-made for summer,with a summer rug and slipcover for the sofa, the cottage coffee table and side tables work anytime of year!

I really am pleased with the way this office furniture looks and it is available now at a retailer near you. If you cannot find a retailer in your area let me know, and I will help.

Creative WorkSystems (Parent Company of Maine Woodworks) is a nonprofit organization staffed by talented and devoted individuals, Susan Percy, Executive Director, Janet Dutson, Marketing, Communications & Development Director, and Dave Gallati, of Maine Woodworks are just a few I have the pleasure to know.

Susan is an amazing person, she is so intelligent, caring and devoted, I feel so lucky to have her in my life. Janet makes a tri-athlete look lazy, her professionalism and dedication is unmatched and I am so pleased to be working with her. Dave is my go to man, he hates to see me coming with all my new ideas, but he makes them come to fruition and should be proud of his fine work! I am impressed at how all of these individuals wear so many hats and juggle so many projects while putting the needs of people with disabilities first!

If you would like to help this fantastic organization http://www.creativeworksystems.com/donate/  your money will go directly towards the people who need it most. Thank you!

Happy Memorial Day, thank you to all those who have given their lives and careers to preserve our freedom!

Celia

Memorial Day:Planting Containers, Lanterns & BBQ’s

Hello loyal Celia Bedilia fans…Happy Memorial Day weekend. I am such a fan of summer and I cannot wait to get started enjoying this wonderful season. So this weekend I am planning to fill the pots and planters on my deck and front patio add lighting to my backyard and maybe host a BBQ!

Wonderful Colorful Container from Better Homes and Gardens

Container Planting Tips

  • Fill 1st ¼ of your Containers with Better Than Rocks, this is a mesh product
  • Be creative when choosing planters this is a great place to reuse/repurpose items, Wheel Barrows are great for vegetable gardens and you can move it to follow the sun! Choose different size pots and 1 color or mix and match.
  • Choose the right potting soil for what you are planting
  • Start with your favorite plant as the center of your planter, add filler around it.  I like potato vine, and herbs as my filler.
  • Make a color plan before you go shopping; take the color of your house into account. For example I have a red house, purple, white and yellow look great against red.
  • I use different height plants as well, I like to have some height to each pot, I think just having pansies in a pot looks dinky!
  • Fertilize your containers!
  •  Have fun with it your pots, if you have young kids get them to help…they love to get dirty.
Mossy goodness
Mossy Mason Jar Lights

Mason Jar Lights and Lanterns

  • Collect assorted sizes of Mason jars, add a 2” pillar candle, moss (wet it first) and then use twine on the lip to complete the look! These look great on outdoor tables because they are rustic and natural looking.
  • For the hanging Mason Jars (use large jars) you will need wire, I make the U shaped hanger first with four 14” lengths of wire create loops at the bottom and then twist the 4 wires into one, then side wire through the loops and around the lip of the jar I go around the lip 4 times and then cut the wire and twist it onto one of the loops of the U. Add a small pillar candle and a touch of water. Hang from branches in the trees or from shepherds’ hooks! They are really cool.
Hang from the trees

Easy BBQ Menu                       

Baby Grilled Potatoes

  • Toss mini potatoes with oil and salt and pepper grill over medium heat for 30-35mins.

Yum Mum Salad

  • 1 bag Boston lettuce
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 10 strawberries sliced length wise
  • ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 3 Tbsp goat, feta or blue cheese
  • 3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, 5 Tbsp Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp OJ, Pinch of Salt, Sugar, and Pepper,  ¼ Tsp Mustard-mix in small bowl- toss with other ingredients just before serving.

Lemon Grass Flank Steak

  • 1/3 cup Peanut or Canola Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger, minced
  • 3 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Other ingredients
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • Put all ingredients in a large zip lock 6-8 hours before grilling
  • Grill on med-high for 4-6mins per side

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND

Celia

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.

SUBPAR KITCHEN

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.

Celia

Rustic Wedding with STYLE

Next weekend I am doing a rustic country wedding for my niece. Here is my plan!

Location: Picking a beautiful site…step one

Rustic Wedding heavenAdd Lanterns: this adds to a funtastic time!

lanterns are a mustcool candlesLighting is a must these rustic candles above will give a glow to the tent. Below are the vases and arrangements we are using! Mason jars and birds what could be more country?Mason Jar CollectionsBird vases...chic Mason jars hanging in space

Fun idea for place cards

I love this sweets table idea…so cute!

Yum

Art Makes a Room Complete

Art is very important in good design. You can show your style and taste through the art you choose. Art can be an investment or can just be a painting, drawing or sculpture you connect with. Trust your gut and you will build an art collection that reflects you and your family. Art is interesting because it tells a story that each person interprets in their own way.

I am high-lighting three very unique and talented artists; they all price their work very reasonably…start your own collection and let me know how it is coming.

This first photo is of a dressing room with a collection of small scale art and jewelry. Here we hung art in a gallery style.

Art in the eye of the beholder

I love this painting by Andrew Faulkner from a Marin Magazine contest. This pleasing scene could work in any home. Check out other works by Andrew www.afstudio.com/painting

.my brothers art!

Deb Hides did this mural of chickadees. I love seeing art directly on walls it can be a very clever way to dress a space. In this case up at tree level!  To see more work by Deb Hides go to her blog www.debhides.tumblr.com

chickadies

This last piece is from a very talented Maine artist Rhonda Pearle she owns Bridge Gallery in Portland, Maine other works by her and her husband Gary can be seen at www.bridgegalleryportland.comRhoda Pearle painting

I know how intimidating art purchases can be, but get to know artists that you like by going to art shows or even through images online you will feel good buying from someone you connect with.

 

A great place to start your journey is www.yesartworks.org  

You will feel so good buying art from these artists.

Challenge outdoor room for $2k

I have been asked to put together an outdoor room for under $2k. Now I am someone who thinks of $2,000 as a lot of money but as I started researching this project I found out that $2k does not buy you a lot in the great outdoors.

So this is how I spent my money $870.00 on the Mykonos Brown 4-piece Conversation Set www.overstock.com , $298 on a Dash and Albert outdoor rug www.dashandalbert.com , $215 on Real Flame ‘Modesto’ 38-inch Black Fire Column www.overstock.com, 3 fun outdoor pillows $19 each www.westelm.com , outdoor lanterns $55 large wire hanging lantern, $39 (x2) for the fun white ceramic lanterns both www.westelm.com ,  Garden cart for plants or as an outdoor bar $148.00 www.anthropologie.com , Fun square umbrella $199 www.zgallerie.com this brings us to $1,920 for a very cool and eclectic outdoor room! How would you spend your $2k while still getting style and seating?

Wonderful seatingfire outdoorBar?CHIC STRIPES