Follow my blog with Bloglovin Casa Bella: June 2011

Jun 29, 2011

Guest Post from Joanna at Design Shuffle

Hello, loves!!!! Are you having a wonderful week?

Check out this post that comes courtesy of
where you can find top tier interior designs from around the world –
and more.
It's written by the wonderful and talented Joanna.

We're always pining for Paris it seems.
Cafe crème and a plate of macroons can't ever quite
satisfy our craving for French style.
While a trip to Marche de Puce (literally translates to Market of Fleas)
in Paris might be out of our budget,
we can still dream up French-inspired interior design ideas
and be inspired by found objects with that je ne sais quoi of French style.

Here are some of the things we found that made our
Francophile hearts beat a little faster.
We're going to scout our local flea markets to see
 if we can find similar objects to quell our French cravings.

Paris Parfait {via}
Tara Bradford's blog, Paris Parfait, is a tribute to the glorious flea markets
and antique markets of Paris.
Love this collection of found objects, especially the beaded red slippers.

Paris Parfait {via}
Wine bottles suspended from the ceiling at Marché Vernaison,
one of the antiques markets of Paris' famous flea market,
The Marché aux Puces at Saint-Ouen. Also from Paris Parfait.

Hip Paris {via}
A collection of found objects ranging from Euro cool
vintage sunglasses to numeric stencils (we want to put those
to good use on linen pillows).

De Quelle Planete Es-Tu {via}
Any vintage advertising is a favorite of ours; vintage
French advertising is even better.
Also love the small glass bottles and vintage labels.

Paris Apartment {via}
Another great blog about Paris style is Paris Apartment.
 Love the vintage letters (we imagine they are all love letters)
and stereoscope photos.

Paris Apartment {via}
LOVE the faux bois cement garden set.
Now how to get it in our checked luggage.
Adore the stools--
would be thrilled with just one!

Paris Apartment {via}
The decorating ideas are flowing wildly…
A framed fragment of vintage wallpaper would look fantastic
 even if there was not enough to do an entire wall.
Same with vintage tiles—
make a one of kind trivet out of a single large tile.

Antiquaire Online {via}
Old watering cans like these with the long handles
are a favorite of ours.
Great design in such functional item.
Are you pining for Paris now?

Thanks, Joanna!!!
And thank YOU, fabulous followers,
readers, and visitors for reading this post,
and for stopping by.
You truly make my day!

Much love,


Jun 26, 2011

Sunday dinner

Whether you are having Sunday dinner at the beach, 
al fresco in your own backyard, 
on paper plates or out of a picnic basket, 
I hope you enjoy it.

Even when we'll be eating leftovers and a slice of watermelon.
we'll use our best china. 
Just because it's Sunday.

It'll be our little moment of luxury.

May you enjoy your Sunday dinner, wherever you happen to be.



Credits: J'adorable Home; Pink Blossom List; Me and Alice

Jun 20, 2011

Summer Solstice + Giveaway Winner

Let's celebrate!

It's Tuesday!
But...not just ANY Tuesday.
It's June 21, the longest day of the year!!!
(here in the northern hemisphere)

Like many of you, I'll be working all day.
However, I intend to enjoy every bit of sunshine and light until the sun goes down!

There are so many things to do to celebrate the arrival of summer

Hope you know that you don't have to be in a place like this:

or look like this:

to have a blast, or to spend a simple and peaceful (but memorable) day.
Maybe you just need to relax, feel the fresh summer breeze,
or be at total peace with yourself...

or maybe grab one of these...

...or share the moment (or the day!) with your friends or loved ones

Enjoy your own way.

And if you are in the southern hemisphere, 
hope you are keeping warm and cozy with a nice cup of tea!

And now, my darlings!
The winner of the $75.00 Anthropologie gift card is:
Comment #44

Gina, from:

(sorry loves, couldn't copy the random number generator correctly)

Gina, please email me at

I wish I could give everyone a gift!

Your comments truly make my day.
Thank you for your friendship!

Thank for SO much for visiting!
Enjoy the day and celebrate, wherever you are,
whatever it is you choose to celebrate.



Jun 7, 2011

Yet another Anthropologie Gift Card Giveaway

I received my Anthropologie catalog a few days ago.

It's so pretty!

I like pretty and I like celebrating.
So how do I mix the two?

By celebrating you, my blog friends! 
So I can say "thank you" for coming to visit me.

For that reason, I'm planning to host giveaways every week (or almost so).

First one, had to be from Anthroplogie

How about $75.00 worth?
Unfortunately, this is only open to those in the US.
Sorry friends from other countries!
But...I promise I will have other giveaways for all!
So...if you want to participate in this one,
the only thing you need to do is to be a follower of my blog.
For more chances to win, you can tweet about this giveaway
or post about it on your blog or sidebar (separate comments please).
Here are a few of my favorite things from Anthro:

Good luck!
And THANK YOU sooooo much for coming over!
Your comments make my day.

I'll announce a winner on Saturday, June 18.


Jun 5, 2011


I admit it. I am a perfectionist.

I'm sort of Martha Stewart meets Brie from Desperate Housewives. 
Yeah, I know...annoying. Very annoying.

That may be why's taken me so long to let the world know I have a shop on Etsy.
Problem is, I'm beginning to think that 
I'll never be ready to show it off if I keep on trying to make it perfect.

So I decided to show you my imperfect 
and not-even-miles-from-being-ready-to-be-advertised Etsy shop treasures.
Here are a few:

So there...the truth is out now.
When I'll have more time to upload more items to my shop, I don't know.

All I know is that finding treasures for my shop is one of the 
healthiest, happiest, most enjoyable things I do!

Enjoy your week doing something you find simply fascinating!

A big hug, my loves.