Follow my blog with Bloglovin Casa Bella: April 2010

Apr 26, 2010

Rethinking wallpaper

I've never been totally crazy about wallpaper. I will use it very selectively. Maybe to cover a box, to add a nice touch to a piece of furniture, or to cover some of my otherwise boring file folders. That's about it. However, these spaces invite me to re-think my wall paper paradigm.

I feel total serenity when I look at the first photo. Maybe it is the combination of subtle yellow and white. There's just something soothing about this room:

Bold AND beautiful:
And this pattern is lovely. Love the gray and subtle shades of blue:

I tend to shy away from patterns in my sofas, but I definitely LOVE this one:

Hope you find some inspiration this week that makes you see things from a different point of view.
Have a wonderful week, dear lovelies and chicas.
Love and hugs,


Apr 23, 2010

Fabulous Friday Find

Oh YEEEEEAH! Not only today is Friday but I went on Amy Butler Design website today and discovered she now creates paper goods, towels, and even rugs with her fabulous print designs! You can't see me but I doing my happy dance (it doesn't take much to make me happy - that is a good thing, I think).

I love, love, love ( Amy's patterns. I found out there are a few stores in my area that carry her new paper goods, so I'll be heading over to get some of these beauties. Can't resist them:

These prints are so girlie, fun, full of color, and life. Love them. 
Hope you find/create something this weekend that makes you feel amazing.

Apr 20, 2010

If I were...

My dear sister's health is getting worse and I may lose her. 
She lives in another country, far away. I can't go to see her just yet.

I started thinking...what would I say about her?
Sadly, I realized...I don't know her as well as I would have liked.

With the 12-year difference and the thousands of miles between us,
I guess I never took the time to really,
really know who she is, what she likes, what ticks her off,
what makes her happy, or inspires her.
Almost immediately, I remembered the sweetest post by
the Duchess of Tea (whom I love) here.
She gave us a glimpse about herself with a creative "if I were..." poem. 

I want my children and my friends to know about me so they never have to wonder. 
So here's the first installment about me:

If I were a color, I would be turquoise
If I were a season, I would be fall
If I were a flower, I would be a simple white tulip
If I were a place, I would be Tuscany

If I were an instrument, I would be a cello
If I were a spice, I would be nutmeg
If I were a tree, I would be a quacking Aspen
If I were a time of the day, I would be 7:30 am

If I were an herb, I would be rosemary
If I were a fruit, I would be a mango
If I were a dessert, I would be Tiramisu 
If I were a moment, I would be a snapshot of my loved ones' smiles

If I could be anyone in this world, I would still be me. 
I would live my life exactly the same just to get to feel the happiness I feel today.

Remember to share who you are with those around you. 
Enjoy the time you are given with your loved ones.

Much love,

Image: via French Blue.

Apr 19, 2010

Monday inspiration from Fotopastele

Monday is my meeting day. I have meetings pretty much all day. I'm a problem-solver by nature, so I love my line of work. Yet, I didn't get to see the beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies in our area today until after 5:00 pm because...well...I was in meetings :-).
On a day like this, I go directly to Fotopastele's blog.
If you've been following me, you know that I adore this blog. The photography is amazing.
This particular set inspires feelings of beauty and simplicity with a touch of in-your-face uniqueness.
Love it.

Hope you find the inspiration you need to create an fun, productive, and super amazing week for yourself.
Thanks for visiting. Muchas gracias!

Apr 16, 2010

Friday's Flowers

The flowers finally started to bloom in our area, I am taking a day off work, it's a beautiful spring day...I feel like celebrating this great Friday with flowers. Especially, because today is my daughter's birthday. Happy birthday, dulce Noel!
Here's some flower inspiration:


May you have a wonderful Friday!
Muchas gracias,

CREDITS: coming soon

Apr 12, 2010

Happy April

I love April. Not only my first darling daughter Noel was born during this fabulous month, but on this side of the Rockies, it is when we finally begin to notice the first blooms of the season.
April inspires me...

I look out the window. It has began to rain. Yet, in my soul, the sun is shinning.

All photographs by Fotopastele

Apr 11, 2010

Boutique fabulousness

This past weekend, my sweet daughter Camila (the photographer) took me to Dear Lizzie Boutique.
Camila had been there before and had taken a few pics of this awesome place, which I am posting here:

We were there for quite a long time admiring the 1960s-inspired hats, super unique clothing,
absolutely gorgeous sparkly chandeliers, and everything in between. 
They even had an amazing 1900s-inspired white rod iron baby cradle, 
paired with an amazing, humongous chandelier which 
reminded me of Cinderella's carriage.
I should have taken a few pics with my phone, but I didn't!
I claim temporary insanity caused by fabulousness overload.

I'm so inspired this week to finally work on my future Etsy shop goodies. 
I just need to ask the Time Fairy for about 12 extra hours each day this week so 
I can do everything I want to do :-)

Thank you, darling Camila for the pictures!
To all of you my friends, gracias for stopping by!
May today be the happy beginning of a fantastic week 
(whatever fantastic means to you).