It’s inevitable. As the days of holiday gatherings continue to approach, you begin to analyze your home for both what’s working…and what’s not. The dining room? You cringe to think about your abandoned design plans (we know, you never intended that outdated table to become a laundry catch-all), and much less the reality of preparing to host Thanksgiving 2016 in an unfinished room. Rest easy. Here are our top five essential tips from The Back Room by Bella Vita for upgrading the dining area in a flash:

Lighting

Our number one piece of advice for the dining space? Your lighting is what sets the entire tone of the room. For a laid-back take on traditionally opulent chandeliers, opt for one of our favorites: this elegant, beaded glass beauty that elevates the room to a relaxed, polished space you’ll be proud of.

beaded-chanteuse-chandelier

 

Dining

The perfect dining table is not a one size, fits all approach, but here a few key things to keep in mind when making your decision: 1. The number of people you expect to host on a regular basis.  2. Wall color: we recommend opting for a table in a contrasting light or dark shade for creating a subtle statement. 3.  The overall shape of the room. Smaller space? Our circular farmhouse style tables make a nice choice for optimum maneuverability, as well as promoting flowing dinner conversation.
 

 

round elm plank dining table 

rectangle natural dining table 

rectangle dining table 

Storage

That wedding china has to be somewhere when it’s not in use, doesn’t it? Seize the opportunity to display it with flair, alongside other treasured family mementos. Our Grace Farmhouse Cabinet is a favorite for those with a penchant for modern style while keeping with a traditional, timeless aesthetic. 

grace farmhouse china cabinet 

grace farmhouse china cabinet 

Serving

As with any home, flexibility is a key component in making every space serve you to the best of its ability. This elegant statement Italian Iron Console table makes a stunning statement piece, but also works flawlessly when doubled as a buffet for large events. 

Statements

When it finally comes time to tie the overall flow of the room together? Look for beautiful statement pieces that speak uniquely to you. A favorite of ours? Whether used as an accent or a functional piece between rooms, this vintage set of doors from the 1940’s is perfect for creating a one-of-a-kind, cozy atmosphere that ties the entire room together.

antique tall doors circa 1940s 

 Curious to see more of our favorite statement pieces? Browse more furniture pieces online. In town? Stop by The Back Room to see them for yourself!

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Etta B Christmas Table Pottery

Fa-la-la-la-la Fabulous

Have you heard? The much anticipated arrival of Etta B Christmas pottery is here, and it is fabulous....fa-la-la-la fabulous, to be exact! Dress your table with the best this Christmas season with this beautiful collection of hand-painted dinnerware and serving pieces...Or give a precious gift of a nativity or ornament! Handmade in Etta, MS, this festive pottery embodies all our favorite things about the holiday season. 

 Splendid Salad Plates

 

Etta B Christmas Tree Salad Plate 

Etta B's adorable Christmas salad plates add an instant touch of festive to your table this holiday season! Mix and match the Christmas trees and pretty holly leaves for a cozy and eclectic feel! We love this Holly Leaf cutie mixed with the Etta B Plaid Dinner Plate.

Nativities Galore

nativity plates by Etta B 

etta b nativity

Trees and trimmings seem to be the themes of the season, but let’s not forget the original symbol of Christmas, the Nativity. We have a multitude of gorgeous shapes and sizes of Etta B's classic nativity. Trust us, this will be on the top of everyone's wish list this year!

Beautiful Bowls

 

etta b christmas bowl

Finish off your holiday place settings with adorable bowls from the Etta B Christmas Collection. From pretty trees to darling dots, you can match your home's style while adding the magical glow of Christmas! Like a snowflake on Christmas eve, these beauties are all unique and beautiful in their own way!

Darling Ornaments

 

Don't let the beauty of Etta B end with your table--trim your tree with our favorite little handmade pottery ornaments! These darling ornaments make the best gifts...if you can stop yourself from keeping them for your own tree

Stunning Serving Pieces

etta b serving pieces 


Wow your guests this holiday season with the beauty and warmth of Etta B's serving pieces from their Christmas Collection! In a range of shapes and sizes, we have what you need to hold that fruit cake, figgy pudding, or whatever dish is your family favorite!

 

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If you've been around us for longer than a few days, then you've probably picked up on something...the girls of Bella Vita truly love working here! When you have the incredible combination of kind yet capable management, a beautiful working environment, and a stellar, fun-loving team, it's no wonder that Bella Vita has the happiest team around! Looking to join a tight-knit group of friends while you learn and grow professionally? Then we have good news...we're looking for you!

Wanted: Sales Associate

At Bella Vita, our sales associates are the face of our store and vital to our success. We're looking for friendly, outgoing, goal driven individuals who thrive working one-on-one with others. Things worth mentioning? Whether you're part-time or full-time, some Saturdays are a must! View more about Sales Associate position

Wanted: Bookeeper

Do you believe that numbers don't lie? Do you prefer numbers over letters? Are you the most detailed person you know? In this position, you'll be key in helping us to take care of all accounting/bookkeeping duties as quickly and efficiently as possible, as well as report to ownership on a monthly basis with reports and any other data needed to make sound business decisions. View more about the Bookkeeper position

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