Handmade, original and one-of-a-kind. These words are the mantra around Bella Vita when we select new product for the store or design a store display. Heartfelt Traditions, one of our favorite pottery lines, fits our "key word criteria" to a T. Kim Ries and her son work hard in their Florence, Miss., studio to create this hand-rolled, hand-glazed pottery that is every bit as beautiful as it sounds.

When you see Heartfelt Traditions pottery for the first time you can't help but touch it. (And it's OK if you do, we promise!) The softly rolled edges, the imprinted crosses and other abstract designs (not to mention the waves of color), catch your eye--and your heart. We know because we can't help but admire the pieces when they come into the store.

It seems as though every piece has its own story to tell, its own character and charm. Some are spunky and bold while others are soft and subdued, but each one is beautiful in its own way.

When you decide which piece will be perfect to either start your collection or add to an existing one, you can be sure that your chosen piece is uniquely yours. Everything from the color to the size will always be slightly different, thanks to Kim and her son's handmade techniques.

Heartfelt Traditions pottery is available in all shapes and sizes. Everything from small soap dishes and paperweights to large bowls and platters can be found in our store or online at shopbellavita.com. For those of you who follow Heartfelt Traditions, you know how exciting it is to get a call saying that a new shipment has just arrived. If you would like to follow Heartfelt Traditions, just contact us so we can get you set up to receive notifications about this one-of-a-kind product.

Each Heartfelt Traditions piece varies in size, but these smaller pieces make perfect hostess gifts or birthday happies. The small bowls and plates are perfect for holding jewelry or mail, or they can sit on display and look spectacular by themselves.

Each piece of Heartfelt Traditions is safe for food and perfect for serving chips or appetizers. Make sure you hand-wash this pottery. Their delicate nature does not hold up well in the dishwasher!

Whether sitting pretty on a shelf or working hard in the kitchen, entryway or bedroom, this pottery will never go out of style. You will cherish your Heartfelt Traditions for years to come, admiring it with every glance.

- The Girls at Bella Vita

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May 19 2010

Rustic Elegance

How do you define your style? According to Webster's, style is defined as having a distinctive manner of expression, a particular way of living. What is your way of life? And do you think it's something that evolves and grows, or is your particular style born when you are?

At Bella Vita, when it comes to style, we’re crusaders of originality, crafted with quality, of course. Bella Vita is a treasure trove of original, quality pieces that are elegant, trendsetting and rustic, yet somehow refined.

With one glance at a Robertson canvas, you can’t help but notice that each painting has its own story to tell, a past to share. It is the rustic elegance found in the works by our local artists, like Sarah Robertson, that help us create beautiful lives in our own homes--and yours too.

Do you feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and fondness when you see that a single pair of hands created such a masterpiece from start to finish, completely from scratch? We do, and it keeps us coming back for more, because nothing can be this beautiful if it is not created with the artist's heart and soul.

Sometimes it’s the simplest of materials, the back-to-basic frame of mind that inspires us the most. How can something so simple, so understated reveal so much? It’s these products that provide you with the foundation to showcase your beautiful life, including family, friends and treasured memories.

Original style never becomes outdated. It’s these one-of-a-kind pieces at Bella Vita that spark an admiration for a life filled with beauty and meaning; a life you deserve.

- The Girls at Bella Vita

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As the summer months approach, we know you will be reaching for drinks, cameras and toys at all your pool parties and beach-side vacations, but when you're ready to dry off and pack up you will want to reach for a warm and fluffy towel wrap. Bella Vita has the perfect wrap, so before you head out this summer head in to Bella Vita to get one of your very own.

Two different appliques (the ever-popular peace sign or the sweet little bird) will help you choose the perfect style for you or your family. The white towels, as well as the appliques, are made from 100% cotton and are a breeze to clean. A quick wash in the washing machine followed by a spin in the dryer is all it takes to get them looking as good as new again.

When purchasing the towel wraps you can choose between two sizes, Tween or Adult, both complete with an elastic and Velcro closure. Each Velcro closure measures 6" long so you can easily adjust it to find the perfect fit.

The towel wraps vary in length (either 64" or 60" long depending on the size) but the generous sizing will always keep you covered and comfortable.

These fun and stylish towel wraps make the perfect birthday gift, graduation gift or summer happy. You can purchase them here, on our website, or you can come into the store and see for yourself just how luxurious they are. Keep in mind that if birds and peace signs won't suite you, we would love to get you a custom towel wrap with your initial on it. A quick visit with us and you will be on your way to staying stylishly warm and dry all summer long!

- 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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