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 how Becca used this antique French clock in our home. -Stephanie

Singley Living Room Clock

One of the most striking curiosities in the Singley home stood watch over a town in the south of France throughout the early 1900s.  This grand clock face was removed from a Hotel de Ville (or town hall) and now towers over the Singley living room with a six foot diameter. Perhaps we'll never know which town was graced by this beautiful piece, but it may have been similar to these.

Rougon, Provence France Town Hall ClockPhoto Courtesy Of France Voyage

Chateauneuf du Pape, Town Hall ClockPhoto Courtesy Of Sablet House

Arles France Town Hall ClockPhoto Courtesy Of Arles France

On the Singley clock, small areas of corrosion and original painted decorative hands add to the character of such an iconic piece.  The well weathered metal still boasts rusty orange and a bold turquoise blue.

Clocks are emotional, weighty symbols of the notion that time is precious.  This representation makes an antique clock face intriguing as an interior design element, particularly if it doesn't actually tell time.  

When it comes to decorating with a piece like this, I'm frequently asked what time the stationary hands should be set to. 

Here are three ways to set the stationary hands on your clock:

1. Like hanging a horse shoe with the ends pointing up, superstition dictates that the hands of a clock hold good luck when positioned in an upward "V".

2. My personal favorite (because it's such a simple way to personalize a space) is to position the hands to a specific time that is meaningful to the family.  This could be the minute a bride and groom kissed at the alter, the time a baby was born, or the moment that final exam was completed and grad school was over. 

3. As the clock symbolizes the passage of time, a clock that stands still can represent those precious moments that one would want time to stand still.  This could be the time of night when a parent rocks a baby to sleep, when a family has dinner together, or any moment cherished by those in the home.

From the beginning of time, humans have been obsessed with, well, time. We complain when time moves too slow, we lament when time moves too fast, we struggle to be on time, to manage time, or to make the most of time. Time is money and experiences and grace and love. Time is to be remembered, redeemed, and cherished, whether it's the time we spend to how we represent time through artful decor.

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Shake off the cold, icy weather and dream of all things spring this weekend! Bella Vita unveils HOBO’s newest line of handbags and wallets--in all their many beautiful shades--on Friday & Saturday, March 6-7. Each is glorious in style, made with quality leather, fashioned with details and durability, in colors and designs that suit every lifestyle and carry you through the day effortlessly.

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HOBO Lauren Wallets

All you have to do is purchase what you already love, a HOBO bag, and then become entered into our giveaway drawing to win one of three Lauren HOBO wallets. Offer good only March 6-7. Need not be present to win.

Bright New Colors

HOBO Leonie Bag

HOBO Leonie Bag

HOBO's soft, supple leather has been dyed with rich colors and expertly tumbled to perfection! Each season reveals a new collection of colors, and they are some of our favorite yet. From rich natural colors like Doe and Cloud, to bright pops with Begonia and Aqua, there's something for every style and occasion!

Bold New Patterns

Gold Filigree Print from HOBO

Gold Filigree Print from HOBO

From fresh florals to sassy snakeskin...HOBO is on trend for a fun new spring season! The gold filigree exotic print features brushed gold hardware and a bright grosgrain interior for that extra pop of pizzazz! This clever clutch is perfect for spring and summer nights out on the town!

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Beach Bag Essentials

While we dream about warmer weather, vacations full of sunshine, and ice that arrives only in our cups—now seems like the perfect time to talk about those must-haves for your beach bag. No one wants to spend a fortune to look good. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite go-to items to keep you looking, and feeling, fabulous this summer...all under $50 each!

Monogrammed To The Tee

Monogrammed Tank

With seven deliciously vibrant colors to choose from, you’re sure to be comfortable and cute all season long. Made from 100% cotton and over-sized for a comfy, breezy fit—this is sure to keep you cool in paradise.  And in true Southern fashion, these tanks can be monogrammed to add your own personal touch.

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Monogrammed Beach Hats

Monogrammed Beach Hat

Protecting yourself from the sun is always in fashion. And with these beautiful beach hats, playing it safe never looked so fierce. Available in three coordinating colors: mint, coral, natural; each is equally suitable for any outfit or swimwear. For an added burst of interest, add a monogram!

A Bag For Any Style

Scout Bag

Scout Bag

Scout Bag

Scout Bag

To carry all those must-haves, choose a beautifully complementing Scout tote. Available in an array of styles and colors, you can’t go wrong. Spacious and practical, all those warm weather essentials will “tote-ally” fit! And be sure to keep your sunscreen, make-up, and other small frills within reach for no-fuss touch-ups in your Scout cosmetic bag! View More Scout Bags

Sweet Scents

Petals In Bloom

Petals In Bloom

Fill your bag with something beautiful...a luxurious, floral handcream and perfume scented with lovely Violet. These sweet scented lotions and roll-on perfumes contain nurturing plant oils to support skin renewal. Stylishly store in your beach tote for on-the-go moisture. Re-hyrdating your skin after a day in the sun is important, so why not do it in style?

S'well Bottles

Swell Bottle

S’well water bottles are the answer to everyone’s on-the-go beverage needs. Made from stainless steel, cold drinks stay cold for 24 hours and hot drinks stay hot for 12 hours. And with a vacuum-sealed cap, you won’t find everything in your bag wet from a leaky bottle. We’ll drink to that!

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