Apr 19 2010

Vintage Gypsy

The stars aligned for Bella Vita and Vintage Gypsy this past weekend: The rain held off, the construction at Houston Levee and Poplar was finished, and y’all were eager to get out and get dolled up!

And what a show it was…newly designed pieces just in time for spring by designer and artist Paige Abernathy. Paige’s creative ability to craft antique jewelry into one-of-a-kind designs that blend beauty and romance with a touch of glam is truly amazing. And that creativity didn’t stop with her necklaces, earring and bracelets. Everyone, especially the Bella Vita girls, were overjoyed by the delightful display Paige built to feature her pieces…a virtual woodland wonderland draped in colorful flowers, baubles and chains from her spring collection.

Paige worked so hard to fill our trunk show, and if you made it by, then you know how she worked even harder to make sure you found the perfect piece. Adjusting chain length to suit a customer’s frame, even offering to design a collection of necklaces to match bridesmaids dresses. She is truly amazing and goes out of her way to please.

As Paige says, “I wouldn’t have it any other way. Seeing the excitement on a customer’s face when she sees a new piece makes me want to run home and get going on the next new thing.”

But don’t be too bummed if you didn’t make it by this weekend. You can get a taste of the excitement from the images below, and Paige left us stocked with a full display and promises of more on the way. So stop by soon and don’t forget, you can always order online at shopbellavita.com or call us anytime and we’ll help pick out a piece for you or that special person in your life.

- The girls at bella vita

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Have you ever met Memphis designers Lisa Miles and Anne Roberts? If you have, you’ll know why these two were chosen to decorate a child’s bedroom at the Decorator Showhouse at Carrier Hall. They outdid themselves, even when faced with floor-to-ceiling balloon-print wallpaper that would have sent us running! These photos give you an insider’s look at their creative work at the showhouse. If you’d like to learn more about this dynamic duo, visit their website at signaturespacesmemphis.com.

The ladies’ piece de resistance is this custom canopy above each twin bed. The silk adds the elegant touch the house calls for, while the colors and coordinating patterns tie the wallpaper and accessories together into one beautiful package!

Do the vintage toys warm your heart at first glance? We stood and admired each one on opening night.

We think you need to see for yourself their work, along with our fabulous kitchen, keeping room and butler’s pantry, so if you’d like our LAST pair of showhouse tickets, leave a comment with your answer to the following question. Cross your fingers and maybe you’ll win!

Q. What is your favorite theme in a child’s room?

The winning entry will be chosen at random on Tuesday, April 20, at 5 p.m. CST. Good luck! We can’t wait to read your answers!

-The girls at bella vita

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Have we mentioned how much we love Vintage Gypsy Jewelry? I know we have, but just for the record, we LOVE Vintage Gypsy! The bold colors, unique chains and vintage pendants bring certain “spunk” to the store that we could not live without.

Once you have had a chance to meet Paige, the artist behind Vintage Gypsy, you can see just where the jewelry gets its flair. The creativity Paige possesses is mind-blowing, to say the least. She springs into the store bright and early brimming with new display ideas, new jewelry ideas and myriads of other ideas- that she would eagerly accomplish if there were 48 hours to every day!

Paige searches this country (and others) to find the most unique vintage jewelry the past has to offer. Anything that catches her eye finds it way back to her home studio where it’s poked and prodded until it is transformed into a statement making pendant, eye-catching earrings, or maybe even a ring or bracelet. One of the most alluring aspects of Vintage Gypsy (besides, well…everything) is that no two pieces will ever be identical. The beading, the pendants, and a lot of the time, even the chain had a previous life as a different accessory.

Like all the displays in our store, the Vintage Gypsy display is constantly changing. Paige dreams up elaborate and eye-catching displays that somehow become a reality. The "Enchanted Forest" Spring display is a creative mix of toad stools, branches and burlap that showcases the new jewelry perfectly.

The new Spring line features brightly colored floral pendants, leather chains and and vintage beading. With each new piece you can't help but to reach out and touch it- the dimension and detailing is that impressive. But don't take our word for it, come on in and see for yourself why Vintage Gypsy is a bv favorite!

If you can't make it in to see us, you can see select Vintage Gypsy pieces on our website. These pieces are constantly changing due to the handmade nature of the jewelry, so check back often to keep updated! For an added bonus, Paige is in the store today (Friday, April 16) and tomorrow (Saturday, April 17th) from 11 am to 5 pm showing off new spring and summer designs!

Catch us next week for another of our faves!

-The girls at bella vita

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