Apr 27 2012

Project Dorm Room

Out with the old and in with the new! That's the theme of life for a graduate. As they look to the past and the closing of doors to all of their wonderful grade school year experiences, they eagerly anticipate the opening of new doors and adventures. Perhaps one of the most exciting of these soon-to-come adventures is the acquisition of her very own living space. Whether it's a dorm or apartment, she can't wait to style her very own abode, so why not give her a jump start on dressing up the palace with a grad gift fit for a princess?

pom pom blankets

Pom pom blankets pack function and fashion into one plush package. The super soft blankets are the perfect accent to any piece of furniture, and look great casually tossed over the couch or at the foot of a bed. Available in bright and punchy colors and adorned with sassy pom poms around its edge, this is certainly not your average throw blanket. From sleepovers to dinner parties, she'll receive endless compliments on the extra element of cozy style that this great gift adds to her space. Plus, what college student doesn't need something warm and fuzzy to snuggle up with after an all-nighter of studying?

Make the special grad in your life feel like royalty as she enters the next stage in her life. She'll remember you each time she curls up in what will soon become her favorite sit-and-relax blanket. Style and comfort are the perfect combination for the busy recent grad, after all!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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Apr 26 2012

You'll be floored!

Home decor 101 teaches us that the easy addition of a colorful throw pillow or set of drapes can bring new life to your space. No one ever said anything about the largest canvas in a room though, and we're here to bring a new surface to light, one that is always trampled and often ignored: the floor. We are quick to cover it with a rug, failing to realize the beauty that a little art can add to a room in a big way. Not sure how to make your floor the centerpiece of your decorative scheme? You're in luck, because we've collected a few of our favorite takes on this trend for your observation and duplication.

Without further adieu, allow us to introduce you to a few of our beloved painted floor looks.

chevron painted wood floors
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Painted Floor Links


1. Keep on trend with chevron: Wood floors are traditional, but why not add some extra style to their classic design by painting a trendy pattern over them? This neutral chevron pattern leaves just enough of the wood's true beauty shining through, while still bringing added flair to the space.

2. The beauty of shabby chic--down below: There's no rule that says Victorian elements must be displayed on tabletops and shelves. Bring the focus of the design scheme down by painting unfinished wood floors with an eye-catching toile or French crest-inspired design. It's still soft, but just trendy enough to liven things up.

3. Add an extra pop of color: If you can't get enough of the fun that bright hues bring to the rooms of your home, you'll love this opportunity to add even more spunk with the splash of a bright color on your floor. Transform drab stained concrete or tile into a modern oasis with a punchy turquoise shade.

4. Go geometric: When the majority of your room is characterized by simple color schemes and clean lines, you have the freedom to use your flooring as a blank canvas. Try a geometric pattern such as stacked octagons, thick stripes or checkerboards in various color shades. Your guests won't be able to stop commenting on the dramatic effects of your statement making floors.

5. The perfect combo: For even more oomph in an otherwise boring space, why not combine both methods and paint your floors with a brightly colored pattern? From colored stripes to colored Victorian style patterns, this is the perfect marriage of drama and freshness--just the update your home needs!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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Apr 23 2012

Memoirs of a Graduate

As one chapter closes, a new one begins. Life is full of these moments--one goodbye signals another hello, one ending introduces the start of something new. Life's adventures come and go so quickly that it would only seem right to document them, one at a time, in detail. For that very reason, there's nothing quite a special as the gift of a journal for the special graduate in your life. After all, after school days end, the real adventures begin.

Journals

Packed with the punch of bright colors and funky patterns, each of these unique journals will house every thought and special moment that your grad encounters in the next chapter of their life. The book is bound with pages of eco-friendly paper, and its sturdy cover will travel with them everywhere from their BFF's apartment to an exotic overseas locale. Don't you just love the idea of the gift that keeps on giving thanks to its "green" construction? 

What are you waiting for? Come on in and see the great selection of right and left-handed journals for yourself. Maybe you'll even decide to begin your own collection of memoirs for that adventurous adult life of yours!

-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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