When Thanksgiving rolls around, a lot of preparation is required. Being a hostess for the big family feast is no easy undertaking; from linens to table centerpieces and gathering enough seating for everyone present, an incredible amount of work is required before she even begins to plan the menu. In the spirit of showing appreciation for the blessings in our lives, why not treat your Turkey Day hostess with a special treasure to thank her for all of her hard work and planning? She'll appreciate you tremendously for it, and might even save you an extra piece of pumpkin pie!

Top 5 Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts


5. Rewined Candle

Rewined Candle

Perfect for any festive holiday celebration, these hand poured candles evoke an instant sense of calm relaxation upon being lit. She'll love to put her feet up and unwind with the scent of a succulent wine after all of the dishes are done and the leftovers are put away. The decorative look of an old wine bottle holder will add an extra touch of style, too!

4. Festive Disposable Plates

Festive Paper PlatesGo practical with this set of cute and festive holiday plates. Your hostess will thank you for making clean up such a breeze all while maintaining the festive, holiday look of her tablescape.

3. Vonny Casserole or Pie Carrier

Vonny casserole carrier

If asked to bring a dessert or side, why not bring it to her in style? These cute, patterned casserole and pie carriers are perfect for toting delicious recipes to and from dinner parties or friends and family in need. She'll adore the convenience of the food that you bring inside it, and won't be able to get enough of the stylish colors that she'll get to use at the next potluck meal!

2. Barr Co. Bath Products

Barr Co. Bath Salts

After all of the dishes are done, her hands will probably be a little rough. Enter Barr Co. skin care products! With 98% natural ingredients, these lotions, soaps and body washes are the perfect quick spa treatment to revive tired skin. The aloe scent will leave her feeling renewed and fresh, no matter how crazy the festivities get!

1. Off the Wall Wood Plaque

Off the Wall Wood Cross Plaque

Nothing shows appreciation like the beauty of a hand crafted home accent piece. This rustic wall hanging features the unique design that Off the Wall has become known for, with painted wood and sweet thoughts in every item. A special sentiment adorns this plaque, inspiring and encouraging her through good days and bad. There's nothing like words of inspiration from a special friend!

Now that you've got the hostess gift covered, it's time to go get your favorite dessert in the oven. Happy Turkey Day to all!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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It's the time of year when everything begins to revolve around cozy evenings indoors with family and friends, and dare we say it-- plans begin for all of the upcoming holiday festivities. How perfect, then, that it's also the time of year when we're proud to introduce you to a few of our favorite new additions to the Bella Vita website. For your online shopping pleasure, here are some of the latest and greatest additions to our very own cyber storefront. 

Dash and Albert Rugs & Throws

Dash and Albert Rugs

Always a favorite, these cotton and wool rugs are the perfect addition to your home for months of cooler weather that are upon us. The basic stripe pattern and variety of colors add interest to any home decor style and scheme, and you'll love the durability of each woven rug. Dash & Albert also carries a great line of throw blankets, perfect for snuggling up and getting cozy this fall. With the same durability and classic styling as its rug counterpart, each throw has the power to pull together a room most stylishly and with minimal effort. View Dash & Albert Rugs

Barr Co. 

Barr Co. Bath Products

Bring the luxury of the spa into your home with this line of naturally-derived bath and body products. Pamper yourself with a soak in the bath salts, or moisturize your tired skin with the rich lotion. You can't go wrong with the oatmeal and aloe ingredients that create these rich and luscious additions to your normal skin routine. View the Barr Co. Collection

Lily and Laura Bracelets

Lily and Laura Bracelets

Looking for an easy outfit update? Bring chic Bohemian style to your wardrobe in an instant with one, two or a few of these great beaded bracelets. Hand crafted by a village of women in Nepal, each bracelet is a symbol of the collection's theme, "Namaste". This peaceful term is likely familiar to yoga-goers, but encourages inner tranquility, peace and the joy of a free spirit. Accessorizing with meaning? You betcha! View the bracelets we are currently selling online

Paper Place mats

Paper Placemats

Paper Placemats

Mom's traditional fabric place mats get a modern update for families on the go with these stylish and use-anytime paper place mats. Use them or lose them, either way they will bring chic style to your place settings without breaking the bank. Plus, if you're in the mood to change things up, just replace them! Hostessing and setting the table has never been more fun or shabby chic stylish. View our paper placemats

Monogrammed Stationary

Monogrammed Stationery

Nothing says "thinking about you" quite like the written word. Share a note with your friends and family, or give the gift of beautiful note cards to a special person in your life. These cute stationary sets are personalized with the shabby chic design of an initial and soft, neutral color scheme, making them unique and ideal for any occasion. View the stationery

Recipe Cards

Unique Recipe Cards

Keep up with all the yummy family secrets with this collection of cute and colorful recipe cards. When placed in a sweet recipe box, they are a great way to stay organized, and they're perfect for sharing your tasty creations with a friend. Looking for a special hostess, shower gift or even stocking stuffer? Let these cute cards be your go to. View all recipe cards

What are you waiting for? Get in those cozy PJ's, grab your computer, and let the shopping begin!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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