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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May 17 2013

Furniture With A Past

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. - Stephanie

An Awkward Space

Stephanie and Brent have a great, large living room with tall ceilings. The space is open to adjacent rooms on all sides, which creates a lot of traffic and several potential focal points. Without the right layout, this room could be awkward. 

I wanted to bring in some large scale furniture pieces, because larger pieces would highlight the size of the space while simultaneously drawing the room in to make it cozier. There is a brick fireplace close to the center of the room on one wall. If we could find a large vertical piece to mirror this focal point, we could build a cozy seating arrangement between the two masses. 

Stephanie and I both enjoy furniture with a past. I began hunting for a large, old armoire to mirror the fireplace and provide storage. I found this stunning piece in California, where it had landed after traveling half way around the world. This armoire dates back to the 1780s in France. It was found at a flea market in Provence and sent to the USA on a container full of other French warehouse and flea market goodies. 

A Beautiful Armoire...After a Little TLC

The armoire has serpentine paneling on the doors and old rusty hinges and hardware. It arrived in a beautiful bleached oak which we had planned on altering. The old wood had such great character that we didn't want to cover it with paint, but we needed the piece to be a darker grey to offset the wood color from another old piece in the room and the floor color. We enlisted the help of a talented local artist, Jamie Roberts of Off the Wall, to delicately wash the armoire with a stain. The old hinges were causing the wood to oxidize (one beautiful sign of a true antique), creating dark stains near the metal hardware. We used this natural patina as a guide to create our own grey stain. 

Now the armoire sits across from Stephanie and Brent's fireplace, flanked by two contemporary yet majestic armchairs. If only pieces like these could talk... As the Singleys enjoy their cozy new living room, I guess these sweet moments will be added to the armoire's hundreds of years of silent archives.


Becca Gaines is an Interior Designer in the Memphis area. She lives at Home in Collierville with her husband Jake, and 17 month old Jovie. Becca is a graduate of The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) 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. 

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Every year around this time, children are faced with the challenge of finding something for mom that is just as fabulous as she is. Sure, any gift will do, as we all know that it's the thought that counts, but shouldn't we at least strive to find a gift that matches the beauty, strength and uniqueness that the most special woman in our life displays every day? We think the answer to that question is a no-brainer, a resounding "yes"! With so many options out there, we know it can be a daunting task to find the one true treasure to show Mom how much you love her this year, so we've compiled a list of our ten best picks for this year's Mother's Day gifts. We've got your back, after all!

Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts

10. Antique Brass Jewelry

Antique Brass Jewelry

Nothing says unique like a customized piece of jewelry, and when that piece has the character of vintage design, it is an even more prized treasure. Our antique brass jewelry collection features the timeless beauty of metallic pieces that Mom can wear any day, anytime. Add in the fact that they're engraved with her initials (or yours for that matter), and you simply can't go wrong!


Hobo Shelia Crossbody

A woman can never have too many purses, especially when they're constructed from the finest leather. Hobo bags are the ideal gift for the busiest ladies, and each one was designed to carry all of her necessities from the office to errand running and everywhere in between. If Mom hasn't added a stylish crossbody bag to her collection yet, now's the change to help her add the must-have update!

8. Rosanna Totes

Rosana Zip Zag Tote

Did somebody say style? Our latest line of tote bags was created for functionality and incredibly style. Available in sizes ranging from a petite pouch all the way up to a hobo bag and satchel, each one was made for Mom's on-the-go lifestyle, bringing new life to the typical tote routine. Add the punch of fun colors and Bohemian-inspired patterns and you have a statement making bag that she'll take everywhere she goes!

6. Lollia

Lollia Hand Cremes

Bring the spa experience to Mom with the gift of Lollia bath products. Featuring a brand new scent, she'll adore the gift of a little pampering thanks to the luxurious escape provided by each lotion, bubble bath and soap within the collection. We have a feeling she'll always welcome that kind of special treatment, too!

5. Bella Notte Bedding

Bella Note Bedding

Who doesn't love the luxury of linen? If it's time for Mom to update her bedroom design scheme, give her the gift of Bella Notte Bedding. Featuring garment-dyed linens that she's sure to love, the sheets and bedspreads in this collection will give her the rejuvenating night of sleep that she deserves after all of the hard work she accomplishes on a daily basis.

4. New Cucina

Cucina Hand Care Duo

The invigorating aromas that we've come to know and love are back with a brand new scent, reminiscent of the perfect al fresco getaway. From lotions to hand soaps and creams, Cucina's newest additions are the perfect way to shower Mom with the beautiful fragrance that she deserves. After all, a woman as pretty as she is should smell pretty, too!

3. Debbie Segal Bracelets

Debbie Segal Bracelet

There's no denying that every mother deserves the gift of glitz and glam. Debbie Segal's collection of metallic bangles are just the ticket to this kind of style, bringing just the right combination of bold and classic style to her jewelry collection. The hand hammered cuffs and lineup of stones have just the punch of style that Mom needs to update her ensembles for the summer months.

2. Carved Letter Books

Carved Letter Book

Looking for a unique home decor accent to show Mom you love her? This whimsical letter book is the perfect option, bringing the character of a customized initial into the realm of the beloved vintage-inspired book. If Mom is a bookworm, she's sure to appreciate this unique gift, which she'll place on display and adore while thinking about her favorite child-- you! 

1. Wood Wall Sayings

Wood Wall Sayings

The power of the written word is undeniable, and when its displayed in its most primitive form, it becomes even more powerful. The rustic wooden wall plaques will bring a smile to Mom's face with their simple design and sentimental messages. Grab one, two or a few and help Mom create the perfect display for her favorite space. Talk about a unique gift!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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