Thursday, September 18, 2014

A two-day vintage extravaganza, 
October 10-11
The Park at 
Harlinsdale Farm
239 Franklin Rd, 
Franklin, TN 37064
Market Hours are 
Friday, 9am-6pm and
Saturday, 9am-5pm

Franklin Farmer's Market
will be on hand with
fall's bounty and fresh
Pick Tennessee

Besides all the great food from some of Nashville's best food trucks, you'll enjoy  some amazing live music!


Joseph Marlowe

Gil in the Harbor

TJ McCloud

Out of the Dust

Erica Bryan

No Signal

Fox and the Phoenix

Lane Johnson & the Jingo Jammers

Kosmic Girlz

This year we've added some fun activities for the kids!

Gates will open early, so get your tickets in advance.
Free Parking, too!

Monday, August 11, 2014

 Home on the Range….

When Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler decided to take their print and leather goods company, The Local Branch, on the road, they needed the perfect trailer to make it happen. With four weeks and $3,000, the couple transformed an Airstream trailer into a cozy home and studio that they now live in full-time as they travel the country selling their products.

 “We were both really excited to take on this project, but we had to learn it all, including carpentry and plumbing, as we went,” Edgerton said. “There was a lot of trial and error.”
"Beyond the flat tires, broken window, layers of gross green slime and old wallpaper, we saw potential."  

The couple, crafters at heart and by profession, rolled up their sleeves and applied their signature aesthetic to the trailer’s interior, crafting a space that functioned not just as an inspiring studio, but a genuinely homey house on wheels.

“There is an inherent story and history behind everything we collect,” Edgerton said about their home décor. Their bison skull came from a small trading post in Sedona, Arizona, while their 48-star flag came from a stop in Freehome, Georgia.
The couple now sells their products out of their trailer at craft shows, music festivals and pop-up shops throughout the country. They have also made a point to pick one-of-a-kind décor items for their home from various spots in their travels.  Wouldn't they be perfect for our "Spectacle of American Vintage?"

Serving as home and studio, this gorgeous camper allowed Mackenzie and Blaine’s business, The Local Branch, to get out of town and stretch its roots. Check out all of their travels on Facebook HERE.  “We’ve been all over the country, from San Francisco to Brooklyn, New Orleans to Portland,” Edgerton said. “No matter where we are, we’re always home."

*The preceding story and photos were taken from features done on Design Sponge HERE  and the Today Show HERE.  We discovered them on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with their style. 

 No, they won't be coming to Bella this time, but perhaps next year
Go to their Facebook page and show them some love…and tell 'em Bella sent ya!

Stay tuned


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reflecting on the past...

via Zsa Zsa Bellagio
 One of the most important elements in decorating is light.  Back in my photo styling days, I learned that no matter how beautiful your set was, if the lighting was awful, everything was awful.  During that career, I found myself in residence at some pretty dingy brownstones and found the best cure for a dreary interior was light.  Not necessarily the light bulb kind; but reflective light.

via Oopsy Daisy
 You could hang a mirror and instantly create a window (by reflecting a window) so it was like adding little portholes of light.  If the mirror was large enough, or you created a grouping, it could visually expand the room. (Just imagine this setting with the candles lit for an evening dinner!)


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via Studio 180 Shop/Etsy

I've never considered myself a collector, that is, until it comes to old mirrors.  The "skanky-er", the better!  Over the years, I've collected quite a few and now I proudly display them going up the stairs.
This photo was taken of my house by Funky Junk Donna, at Bella 2012
Another of my favs is a huge mirror in the entryway.
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I also love collections of hand mirrors... 

Found at Country Living Magazine
via Pink Pig Westport
...but what really sets my toe to tappin' is a mirror hung in the garden! 

via BuzzFeed

Check out these beauties created with concrete frames!  How awesome would they 
be propped in your flower beds!  
What do you think of this mirror creating the look of water?

via Apartment Therapy
What's your favorite decorating gimmick?

Thanks for stopping by!