We can’t get enough of Erich Emmenegger’s bright and colorful pottery! He began creating his pottery in the mid 1980’s, and it’s taken off like wildfire! His signature look, bold colors, geometric patterns and whimsical flowers, is one-of-a-kind and eye-catching, to say the least. We can’t help but stare in awe every time he brings additional pieces to the store. How can one person be so talented, so creative? We don’t know how he does it, but we’re sure glad he is continually inspired to keep creating!

Erich’s work has received numerous “best in show” art awards and his work continues to be featured in galleries and specialty boutiques around the country, including Bella Vita. He keeps our store brimming with his beautiful, whimsical creations so that you too can take home a piece of his pottery, designed to brighten your day.

Erich Emmenegger's "free formed" pieces are truly one-of-a-kind. You can find both large and small free formed pieces in all different colors and styles.

Erich's signature flowers add a touch of elegant whimsy to each of his pieces. The bold colors and textures of the flowers make for eye-catching additions, and set Erich Emmenegger Pottery apart from everyone else.

All of Erich Emmenegger's pottery is food safe (serving only!) and hand washable. Creamer and Sugar sets (shown) make wonderful additions to any kitchen, whether used as decor or part of your morning tea/coffee routine.

With or without flowers, this simple bud vase is a stunning addition to any home. Erich's vases range in shape, size and color but each are beautiful in their own way. Group a few together to make an arrangement all your own.

If you want to take a piece (or two!) of this stunning pottery home, stop by the store and find the piece that is calling your name. For a taste of what we have available right now, visit Erich's page on our website. Due to the handmade nature of the pottery, our selection is constantly changing, so don't forget to keep checking back to find your perfect piece.

- The Girls at Bella Vita

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With wedding season in full swing, we have had a lot of opportunities to speak with brides, fiances, mothers, and guests. Our brides tell us they love our selection, their fiances are relieved at just how easy it is to registry with us, and their mothers love the perks built into a Bella Vita Registry. From you, the guests, we hear that you love the service you receive. We take great pride in our customer service, and we are thrilled to know that you recognize our efforts.

We know that searching for the perfect wedding gift can be a daunting task, even when a couple has a detailed registry. The wish list of items can be pages long, filled with every little thing they could possibly need to make their new house a home. Trying to keep everything in order while you narrow down your choices can get tricky, even with a Bella Vita sales associate by your side. We have found one area of the registry in particular can get out of control very quickly; dinnerware and china. With most brides choosing to mix-and-match colors and patterns while adding on to the traditional place setting, picturing their selection can be too much for the mind to handle. We want to help!

We have found that the  gift-giving process is much easier when you have everything laid out. We are more than happy to help you mix and match until you have found the perfect wedding gift.

To help make your gift giving easier, we display each bride's place setting complete with the exact colors, patterns and pieces she has registered for. This way you can see her vision, and decide exactly which piece fits your budget and your style.

We love having a Bridal Registry. The excitement and energy that each bride brings to Bella Vita is a wonderful treat, and something we look forward to. We enjoy sharing in her triumphs (Yes! Her dress is ready to go! ) and her struggles (the church was double booked!) and in the end we love being a part of a new beginning, a happily ever after. To learn more about our registry program, please visit our bridal registry page, or contact us to set up an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

- The Girls at Bella Vita

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As you all know, Bella Vita loves all things handcrafted, especially the products that have been crafted from reclaimed materials. There is something special about a reclaimed piece of art. Each of the materials has a past, and they are lucky enough to be given a new life by an artist who looks past the present and into a creative future.

Our collection of metal home accessories are no different. Kathryn, the artist behind the eclectic metal décor you see at Bella Vita, began her journey more than 15 years ago in a New Mexico scrap yard, where she was instantly inspired by the enormous piles of metal and machinery that seemed to touch the sky. She left that day with 300 lbs. of metal and a mindful of ideas, ready to start her newest adventure.

When Kathryn began to create her art, it was piece by piece. She would find the discarded material she desired and then sit outside and draw inspiration and color from the nature around her. She began selling her one-of-a-kind wares in a select few art fairs around the country until the success of the fairs opened up to her the world of wholesale. She now has her one-of-a-kind pieces in select stores and catalogs throughout the United States and Europe, not to mention the array of celebrity clients who can’t get enough of her unique talents.

Kathryn now resides in a beautiful, untouched village in Honduras where she spends her days designing and creating handcrafted accessories to beautify your homes. Kathryn and her team currently recycles over 13 tons a month; that's 13 tons of would-be waste that is now adorning your homes instead of filling up the Earth.

Wire Family
Although Bella Vita carries a wide selection of Kathryn’s work, one of our favorite lines is the Metal Family. We don’t care if you are single, newlywed, or have a growing family; we think everyone should have their story up for all to see.

Metal Family
Kathryn's Metal Family makes a unique and thoughtful wedding or baby gift that can be added onto as the family grows. Each family member, including the pets, comes in a wide variety of colors so you can truly personalize your own family and find one that suits your decor.

To get a family started for yourself or a loved one, visit our website, or stop by the store. If it's easier for you, we are more than happy to assist you over the phone, just give us a call!

- The Girls at Bella Vita

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Hi, my name is Stephanie. Like you, I love all things beautiful. The word. The life. The way it makes your soul feel warm and cozy. So curl up with the Girls at Bella Vita as we share our lives with you- our families and friends, our inspirations and ideas, our homes and nests- quite simply, our take on creating a beautiful life.
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