Jan 22 2015

Bridal Shower Bliss

Bridal Shower Event-January 15, 2015

After a holiday season of engagements, January is typically filled with lots of wedding planning for new brides! Last year, Bella Vita teamed up with our neighbor, Maggie Louise, to host our first Bridal Shower Event. We had SO much fun, that we just had to make it an annual event...a night to celebrate the upcoming weddings for our local brides! Bella Vita has a full service registry to help brides prepare for their big day, and Maggie Louise has some of the most exquisite gowns in all the land. Together, we make a pretty good team in creating a fun environment in which to celebrate an engagement! Take a peak into our after hours event that we held on Thursday, January 15, where we were able to meet tons of fabulous new Bella Vita brides!

Setting the Stage...

Bridal Shower EventTree stumps and curly willow were transformed into seating and a floral chandelier

Bridal Shower EventThe Bella Vita Girls hard at work getting ready for the night

Bridal Shower EventA floral chandelier and floral garland were the perfect touch to Bella Vita's beautiful place settings of dinnerware and pottery

Bridal Shower EventRustic floral centerpieces were created from our fun wicker vases

Bridal Shower Fun...

Bridal Shower EventOur guests loved the Mimosa Bar

Bridal Shower EventMini wedding cake cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries were the perfect sweet treat

Bridal Shower EventTwo lucky brides that registered with Bella Vita won 4 place settings of Casafina dinnerware each

Bridal Shower EventBella Vita Girls enjoying the shower

Bridal Shower EventOver 75 guests celebrated at our bridal shower, and 11 lucky ladies are now Bella Vita brides

Bridal Shower Event

It's All In The Details...

Bridal Place SettingsWe displayed some of our favorite place setting options to show our brides how they can best mix and match our gorgeous dinnerware and pottery

Bridal Shower EventThese beautiful hearts added the perfect touch of elegance to our rustic stump seating

Bridal Shower EventLove was in the air with roses cascading from our floral chandelier

Bridal Shower EventBella Vita brides are the best brides...Here are some of their favorite items to register for

Bridal Shower EventOur beautiful tablescape featured mini wedding cakes by Kipp Cakes and the soft twinkle of candlelight.

Bridal Shower Event

We had so much fun, and we are so happy to meet all our new Bella Vita brides! Thank you to our our co-host, Maggie Louise, and the great vendors we partnered with for the night--Kipp Cakes, Brownie Eyed Baker, and Southern Bloom. The event may be over, but the fun doesn't stop there...You can become a Bella Vita bride year-round. Check out our fabulous bridal registry experience and make your appointment today!


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Becca Gaines is an interior designer living in Collierville, TN. She's a longtime customer of Bella Vita, and is currently helping Brent and I design the living spaces of our home. Below, you will see Part One of Becca's take on combining design and technology. -Stephanie

My Virtual Toolbox: Part Two

There’s an app for that. It’s become a cliché. There’s an app for virtually everything. Apps for interior designers are no exceptions. The handiest tool in my design toolbox is my iPhone and its collection of apps for interior design. Here are a few of my favorites and the best part is…they’re FREE. So next time you’re looking to rearrange or redesign, download a few of these apps to make the task easier and more fun. Read Part One about Design Apps

Inspiration Apps

Adobe Color CC

Free by Adobe


Adobe Color App

Adobe Color App

Adobe Color App

While paint brand color apps are fun to play with, an experienced designer knows how relative color can be.  It's always better to view the actual paint chip in the space to be painted than to choose the color off of a computer screen.  Adobe Color is a similar app that allows you to play with color schemes inspired by your environment. Simply aim your camera, snap a picture, and experiment with the colors drawn from the image. 

Pinterest

Free by Pinterest, Inc.


Pinterest App

I probably don't need to mention this one!  This is where I explore trending design and let my brain rest.  Be sure to follow the big home design and lifestyle magazines Veranda, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Architectural Digest.

Houzz

Free by Houzz, Inc.


Houzz App

Houzz App

This app is full of innovative designs and great ideas by professionals all over the country.  Houzz is all about architecture and design, so the idea books tend to have meatier information for those renovating.


Business Apps


Interior design isn’t all fun and games. Sometimes you have to close the sketchpad and open the ledger. These next apps are my favorites for managing the business side of interior design.

Genius Scan

Free by The Grizzly Labs


Genius Scan App

Genius Scan App

Genius Scan App

Genius Scan App

Genius Scan App

This app beautifully scans and enhances documents and saves or emails them.  I use this app to send faxes through email.

Square Register 

Free by Square, Inc.


Square App

Many people are familiar with the Square credit card reader, but I had to mention it because it really is that convenient!  There is a small percentage fee for each swipe, but they send you the credit card reader for free when you sign up.

Square Cash

Free by Square, Inc.


Square App

If you like Square Register, you have to check out Square Cash.  This app allows you to instantly send a cash payment through email by securely linking your debit card to your Square Cash account.  This is how I pay my workrooms instead of mailing a check.

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