Brent and I have been in our Germantown home for nearly a year, and it’s time to get a move on and make it our home.

Trouble is, we’re not home long enough to make that happen.

As luck would have it though, I know just the right person for my predicament: Becca Gaines. Becca is an interior designer living in Collierville with her husband, Jake, and 16-month-old daughter, Jovie. We’ve known her at Bella Vita for years. She’s been a longtime customer who says she’s “obsessed” with the store, which makes us smile. I think it’s the other way around: We’re just a smidge obsessed with her own interior design style and skill.

Becca Gaines - Interior Designer

Like most of us, she’s a busy mom running after a toddler (and into Itty Bitty Bella for the cutest things for Jovie!) and getting her new interior design business fully launched.

I feel lucky to have snatched her up before she gets too busy with other work, because as soon as you see what she’s doing at our home, you’ll all want her on your speed dial. After all, she’s a pretty talented lady with credentials to back it up.

A True Professional

Not only did she graduate from the University of Alabama with degrees in human environmental sciences and interior design, but she’s also worked for The Iron Gate in Franklin, Tenn., and is registered as an interior designer with The Tennessee Board of Architecture and Engineering Examiners. She’s also been awarded certification by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Oh yeah, and she worked as an intern at Looney Ricks Kiss Architects too.

Designer Sketch
A sample of the sketches that Becca provides to her "un-visual" customers like myself.

Designer Sketch

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A finished room for one of Becca's previous customers.

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A recently finished nursery.

My House

So we’re on this mission for a new look for the new house, beginning with our master bedroom, dining room and living room. And I’m absolutely loving the way it’s shaping up. We’re blending our aesthetic with her expertise and developing a look, flow and overall usability for each room that speaks perfectly to how we live.

What’s more, we’re definitely thinking beyond the four walls, elevating every room to its maximum living potential and beauty. What’s been so fun is watching how Becca has taken our style—eclectic, architectural, “earthy”—and bringing it to a more serious, contemporary level.

We’re using, for example, a dark, heavy wooden table in the dining room as a “statement piece” but pairing it with a metal-based sideboard with a fresh-looking limestone top. As Becca likes to say, “we’re taking a little of the rust and sleeking it up,” adding a dash of contemporary with more rustic elements.

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First things first! We put in new hardwood, new crown moulding and took off the dated chair railing in the far room(office).

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The last-minute decision to include hardwood all the way back through to the Master bedroom was so worth it!

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We removed all of the dated paneling on the walls in the living room. The stair rails will of course be replaced with wrought iron.

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The chairs have arrived. It looks like they will fit nicely around my invisible table!

We’re hoping to get the rooms done by Thanksgiving. All three? Maybe (good possibility). One or two, definitely. Stay tuned.

Oh, and be sure to check back on our blog soon. Becca’s going to share some of her quick and easy tips for freshening up your holiday decorating. Can’t wait to see what she shares with us.