Becca Gaines is an interior designer living in Collierville, TN. She's a longtime customer of Bella Vita, and is currently helping us bring our home to a style all our own. - Stephanie

The other day I overheard a friend call me an interior decorator. Gasp! It’s not really a huge deal, but it does go to show how many people, even people who know me well, misunderstand the differences between an interior designer and an interior decorator.


What is an Interior Decorator?

An interior decorator focuses entirely on the aesthetics of a space using carefully chosen furniture, colors, textiles, textures, and beautiful accessories to express the personality of a client. No official training or licensure is required for a person to become an interior decorator.

What is an Interior Designer?

An interior designer on the other hand goes beyond aesthetics to focus on the functionality, usability, and safety of a space by understanding human behavior and how a room will be used. They must be trained to create and use technical designs that adhere to codes and regulations and encourage environmental sustainability. Because of the technical side of interior design versus interior decorating, interior designers need official training, licensure or registration, and continuing education. 

Which is best for you?

difference between interior designer and decorator

Whether you should hire an interior decorator or designer depends entirely on your project. Are you removing a wall, moving plumbing, or installing cabinets, doors, or windows? An interior designer would be your biggest help. Are you simply choosing wallpaper, paint color, lighting, or furnishings? An interior decorator would be your best choice. Decide who to hire based on your needs and their qualifications. 

Hiring the best professionals for your plans and budget will save you time, money, and unnecessary stress so you can enjoy the process from beginning to beautiful end!

An Interior Designer Must Have:

Since interior designers require specific training and registration, here are some important things to consider when looking for an interior designer to fit your needs.

Becca Gaines is an Interior Designer in the Memphis area. She lives in Collierville with her husband, Jake, and daughters, Jovie and Belle.  Becca is a graduate of The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and an award winning designer.  She has earned certification by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is a Registered Interior Designer with the Tennessee Board of Architecture and Engineering Examiners.  Oh yeah, and she has been featured in Southern Accents, At Home Tennessee, and Memphis' own Fix Magazine.

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Ah, Paris! The Eiffel Tower, baguettes, berets, and, best of all, fashion. Paris began as the fashion center of the world. Our featured artist Catherine Popesco is a Parisian, world traveling fashion designer and artist who infuses her jewelry designs with Parisian influence.

Catherine Popesco jewelry collection

In fact, she began making jewelry from antique stamps and molds she found in Paris, some as much as 200 years old originally produced by historical artists. Her hand crafted earrings and bracelets set with hand cut Austrian crystals have found their way here, bringing a little of Old World Paris to our own corner of the world.

Catherine Popesco Bracelets

With this Catherine Popesco bracelet, who doesn’t want to wrap their wrists in hand cut Austrian crystal? Pair it with matching crystal earrings for day to night elegance.

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Catherine Popesco Crystal Studs

Flash a dollop of crystal elegance with these Catherine Popesco earrings. Paired with the matching bracelet, they’ll dress you up for any occasion, from the office to the kitchen to that Friday night date.

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Etta B Pottery Online and On Sale

Original. Stunningly Beautiful. Interesting. Rustic Elegance. These are just some of the terms that describe the exquisite nature of Etta B Pottery made by local artisans in Mississippi. And now, we are SO excited to announce that we are a certified dealer of this often-requested line of glazed grandeur! Whether you’re looking for a gift, a decorative happy for yourself or a new set of tableware, this pottery collection offers it all and is equally striking on the dinner table, night stand or bathroom shelf.

etta b pottery on sale in store

From dinnerware to sugar bowls, serving platters to soap dishes, and decorative pieces shaped like sweet love birds or carved with inspirational crosses, we have a multitude of items from Etta B Pottery’s numerous collections. Every piece is carefully handcrafted and hand painted using a variety of textures, patterns and colors, culminating in a one-of-a-kind work of art. Six gorgeous glazes- Blue, Birch, Gray, Green, Pearl, Opal Blue, Metallic and Metallic Pearl- provide you with even more unique style options. 

Etta B Inspirations and Menagerie

Pretty little dishes adorned with inspirational crosses, whimsical birds or beautiful textural effects define the Inspirations and Menagerie collections. There’s a “happy” here for everyone. These items make terrific bridesmaids or birthday gifts or just simple pick-me-ups to collect. They also have endless uses from ring holders to candy dishes to decorative whatnots. 

Etta B Everyday- Utility on Display

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The Etta B Everyday collection offers an array of pieces essential to daily life like this earthy, yet sophisticated sugar bowl and creamer pitcher in Gray Glaze. But don’t let their practical nature fool you. When not in use, these items serve as artistic focal points. These eye-catching items make great bridal gifts!

Etta B Dinnerware- A Stunning Place Setting

The unique shapes and color variations of the pieces in the Dinnerware collection complement one another and add a beautiful, rustic character to your dinner table. And because the pieces are microwave-, dishwasher- and oven-safe, they are equally beautiful and functional.

Etta B Serving Pieces- An Artistic Statement

etta b serving pieces

Whether giving as a housewarming gift, or using on your tabletop to hold your favorite side dish, every vessel from the Serving Piece collection makes an impressive statement. The handcrafted textural qualities and rich colorations, like the Opal Blue glaze on this bowl, meld into an original masterpiece worthy of display on a mantle or side table.

We can’t wait to show it to you. Until then, Ciao Bella!

Shop our collection of Etta B Pottery

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