Vintage College Wares
We have the perfect game-plan for your game day!

“Two, four, six, eight … We’ve got style, yes we do! We’ve got style, how about you?”

OK, clearly I was never a cheerleader in high school. And up until recently, I was never one to show off my team pride—let me rephrase that, my husband’s college pride—until I discovered a new collection of collegiate wares that is in keeping with my own personal style. 

You see, I just wasn't fond of the whole college-logoed stuff that fans of all ages sport so proudly. Whether a front door flag or foam finger, or hair bow or handbag, the big bold primary colors, chunky fonts and charging mascots just weren't my thing. And that’s just fine, mind you. I like it when other people show their school spirit—namely my sweet Alabama-lovin’ husband—just not on my front door. 

Again, that was until now. 

Alabama Football Burlee
Add some extra team spirit to your front door with a football burlee.

Check out my favorite burlee I've nailed so proudly to my antique-washed front door. I love it! Roll Tide! 

In fact, I love everything about our new collection of SEC collegiate gifts. They feel more vintage, more inspired—designs that stand out among the typical fanfare items. Take for instance our placemats. 

Mississippi State Vintage Placemats
Sport your favorite college team's logo down to your place settings.

For starters, if you know me and shop Bella Vita (which I hope you do!), you know how much we love natural colors and fibers, designs that have depth and texture. I love the tan background of these placemats, and the simple one-color design complete with old-school pennant. 

Ole Miss Vintage Dinner Napkins
Show your team spirit with these disposable napkins that make cleaning a breeze.

Couple those with the natural-colored team napkins and you have the makings of a tailgate party that is sure to stand out among the crowd in The Grove. 

Pom Pom Blankets
Snuggle up in our fun and funky pom pom blankets while you watch the game.

So whether you’re a football fan, a baseball enthusiast, a soccer mom or an area alumnus, I invite you to the store to check out all of this new merchandise. We have pompom blankets to keep you warm in the stands and fashionable scarves in SEC team colors that look stylish long after the game. 

Orange Tote
This canvas tote will hold all of your necessities, taking you from tailgate to touchdown.

Tailgate or not, Rebels, Vols, Tigers or Tide—we’re ready to help you look completely stylish while showing off your team pride. 

Game Day Gift Guide

Stop in or log on to see our Collegiate Gift Guide and receive 15% off from Wednesday to Saturday, August 21-24.

Now to finish that cheer… “Who do we appreciate?!” That’s easy, you.

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Jun 24 2013

Designing With Pets

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. She has wonderful ideas for creating a beautiful home while still making it comfortable and enjoyable for your pets. - Stephanie

Pets instantly make a home feel like home.  For a family with beloved pets, it’s important that the home be durable and livable, so everyone can enjoy it.  But you don’t have to sacrifice beauty, high style, or quality to live worry free with your furry friends.  


Singley Slip-covered Sofa
Keeping Brinkley in mind, I chose machine-washable slip covers for Stephanie's Living Room.

I love slip-covered furniture!  Even though value department stores have ruined the word “slipcover” for many people, try not to cringe!  Many furniture companies are offering upholstered and slip-covered furniture, right off the production line.  If you don’t like wrinkles in your furniture, slipcover styles can range from a vintage drop cloth to such a tailored fit you would never know it wasn't upholstery.  Slipcovers can be dry cleaned and sometimes machine washed, so you never have to worry about your pets’ fur, muddy feet, or sick days.


Dash & Albert Rug
Dash & Albert Rugs

For the messiest pets, and particularly the ones who are accident prone, indoor/outdoor rugs are a safe choice. Companies like Dash & Albert have synthetic rugs that are beautiful, bright, and softly woven.  I love grass fiber rugs in any home, but sometimes it can difficult to remove stains from them.  Faux sisal and jute rugs have come a long way.  If you choose the right color, it’s hard to tell they’re not natural.  Cowhides are another great option for pets.  Worst-case scenario, you can shampoo (literally shampoo) them clean and hand rinse.

Machine Washable Bedding

Bella Notte Linens
Bella Notte Linens

Even if your pet doesn’t get on the furniture, it’s a good idea to have a machine washable coverlet and dustruffle with weaves that do not pick easily.  You never know where their wet noses or muddy paws might land when they’re excited.  One of my favorite bedding lines, Bella Notte has an assortment of shockingly machine washable bedding, which leads me to my next point… their cozy pet beds!

Pet Beds

Stephanie's dog, Brinkley, loves her new Bella Note dog bed!

Giving your pet its own special place to curl up is one generous thing you can do to protect your furnishings. But let’s be honest, most pet beds are just ugly! You can always have a custom pet bed made from outdoor fabric to coordinate with your décor.  Luckily, bedding lines Bella Notte and Pine Cone Hill have saved us some of the hassle by introducing pet beds to their product line up.  Both offer a variety of fabrics to choose from to blend with your home.  

Pet Bowls

Jan Barboglio Iron Cat Bowls Jan Barboglio Iron Cat Bowls

Instead of trying to hide your pet’s food, find them a bowl you don’t mind looking at.  A sturdy stand to hold the bowls in place can be helpful if your pet nudges or plays with their food.  Designers like Jan Barboglio (another one of my all time favorites!) offer stunning iron stands.  You can also find pretty options for a great price at stores like Pottery Barn and Three Dog Bakery. 

Pet Art

Hang a small painting or piece of art in your pet’s space, or above their food and water.  What a cute way to say “you’re part of the family too!”

Fiber Protection

Many fabric companies offer a fiber protection treatment that encourages spills to bead up and roll away.  Check with your designer or fabric shop before ordering to see if your selections can be pretreated.  If not, look for local businesses that treat upholstery and rugs to help you care for your most prized pieces.


Becca Gaines is an Interior Designer in the Memphis area.  She lives in Collierville with her husband, Jake, and daughter, Jovie.  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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When the big moment comes that Prince Charming proposes, a flurry of emotions rush over any bride-to-be. Not only does she dream of a magical, memorable wedding day fit for royalty, but she begins to think about the future that she and her handsome prince will share. But before any of these dreams can become reality, the intelligent bride-to-be must make a list of the necessities that she'll need to become domestic diva, fabulous hostess and an overall award-winning wife. 

That's where our bridal registry can save the day and unlock the door to the coziest home you and hubby could ever imagine. Not sure where to begin when it comes to choosing a few can't-live-without items for your registry? Allow us to make a few suggestions.

Off The Wall Wedding Frame

Off The Wall Wedding Frame

Our first registry essential comes in primitive, wood form, but is perhaps the most unforgettable, timeless gift that you two will receive. The Off the Wall Wedding Frame is the perfect way to commemorate the date you said "I do" and will surely become a treasure in your home from the moment you receive it. Its personalized, painted details and cozy southern charm make it a winning selection for your registry list. 


Casafina Dinnerware

After that, you'll need to stock up on the perfect dinnerware for both everyday and special occasions. From Casafina to Good Earth Pottery and beyond, we have a fine selection of durable, versatile and incredibly beautiful pieces that will fulfill all of your cooking, serving and storing needs. 



Did somebody say cooking? You won't want to be without a good arsenal of cookbooks, and we certainly have those covered, too. From southern cooking to entertaining like a boss, our collection will have you covered, and you won't be overwhelmed or intimidated thanks to the simple steps in each culinary creation. 

Decorative Dish Towels

Colorful Birds Tea Towel

We can't stop with the food though! Add to your registry a few cute and funky dish towels for added kitchen style, along with the must-have bedding that will make your first bedroom incredibly chic.

Must-have Bedding

Pine Cone Hill Bedding

Pine Cone Hill's extensive collection of duvets, coverlets, quilts and sheets are sure to give you both peaceful nights of sleep and incredibly chic style that even the pickiest man and wife can agree upon. 

See? Creating the home and life of your dreams is as simple as getting the right essentials. Now that this is covered, you can move on to the more important things, including a long life of love and happiness!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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Hi, my name is Stephanie. Like you, I love all things beautiful. The word. The life. The way it makes your soul feel warm and cozy. So curl up with the Girls at Bella Vita as we share our lives with you- our families and friends, our inspirations and ideas, our homes and nests- quite simply, our take on creating a beautiful life.
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