Follow my blog with Bloglovin Casa Bella: January 2012

Jan 20, 2012


If you´d open my pantry, you´ll probably either:
1. laugh
2. call the producers of the show "Hoarders" and do an intervention on me
3. get knocked over by and buried under the many little plastic containers,
plates, lids, food items, and spices that will inevitably
fall on your head all at once as soon as you open the door.

Yeah. That bad.

If you are in a similar situation or have plans to organize your pantry, look at these.
They are my inspiration for the weekend:

I love the neutral tones on the examples above 
and also that the shelves seem very sturdy. Never mind how incredibly spacious they look.
Having so many drawers in a pantry would be a dream come true for me.

Is your pantry organized?
Can you find anything quickly when you need it?

Hopefully, I'm not the only human being that realizes  
(when finally organizing the pantry) that I have enough flour to make bread 
for the country of Sweden for the next 10 generations.
I keep on buying things I already have because the ones I have,
I can't find. I know they are there. Just not when I need them.

So...guess what my plans are for this weekend? (among other things).
If you have any organizational tips you want to share, 
comment away!

Happy Friday, loves!



Credits: The Paper Mulberry on Pinterest

Jan 17, 2012


It's no secret that I love adore am head over heels
about two beautiful European regions:
Tuscany and Provence.
 I love rustic elegance.
It feels so comfy, so homey, cozy, lived in, historical,
inviting, and okay, I can go on and on
 (yes, go ahead, you can yawn if you are bored at this point).

Tuscany and Provence remind me of the places
where I grew up in Buenos Aires and also of my European ancestors.
The images below are of L'Ambiance,
a gorgeous, vacation home
located in the 17th Century village of Goult,
in the Luberon region of Provence.
You can actually stay in this place for the not so small sum
of 4,500 Euros per week. Ouch.
And again...ouch.

I wish I could imitate this same style in my home.
For instance, look at this amazing stucco structure around the fireplace:

Calming neutral tones, upholstered chairs, and
an understated stone/tile floor. I'm in love.
Here's another view of that room
where you can see the exposed ceiling beams.

A beautiful stone wall serves as the backdrop
for the wrought iron canopy bed in the master bedroom...

This is a great example of what I mean by rustic elegance:
A neutral palette, tile floors, a graceful ladder-back chair,
a simple window, and an attractive bathtub.
No fuss, no clutter.
No glam, no sparkle.
But for me, this bathroom still shines...

The rest of the home is as inviting, including the outdoor spaces...

And as if the charm in this home
wasn't already's surrounded by this...

All I have to say is
Vive la Provence!
 I now want one of those bathtubs.



All images from here

Jan 13, 2012

Guest Post: Jennifer from Arcadian Home Decor

Hi all! I’m Jennifer and I write for Arcadian Home Decor, a site that chronicles home decor trends around the world. I've been writing about home decor since graduating university and have loved it ever since. I'm addicted to patterned fabrics, Jonathan Adler, chaise lounges, old doors, milk glass jars, antiques, and chandeliers. Casa bella is inspiring, wonderful, sweet, and I can't get enough of Silvia's beautiful posts. I'm excited to show readers a few white table settings I adore.

White table decor is the perfect neutral colour - it matches any decor style and provides a beautifully stark backdrop, giving centre stage to the meal that adorns it. Here are eight delicious white table settings that will evoke oohs and ahhs.

Table Decorations
mydaily via
These table decorations are simple glass and white dinnerware, bringing the eye instead to the adorable holiday trees bookending the set-up.

Natural beauty
Table Decorations
Details by Oksana (via)
The only colour on this table is the weathered wood plank hat serves as an organic table runner and the soft greenery from the floral centrepieces.

Tie it up
Table Decorations
The Enchanted Home (via)
A white table doesn't mean it has to be boring - here, stems of glasses are tied with pale blue ribbon while white satin bows sit in the middle of the plate, lending a delicate touch to the setting.

Deliciously dainty
Table Decorations
Wondering Weddings (via)
White scalloped dinnerware adds some texture to this white table setting, where indigo placemats are the only table decor elements with colour.

Gorgeous garden
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White Cabana (via)
This white table setting is overflowing with fresh blooms, which become table decorations as well as wall art suspended overhead.

Fancy formal dining
Table Decorations
Scottish Wedding Ideas (via)
White dishes, polished silverware and crystal glasses for as far as the eye can see is stunning - the brown wicker charger plates are a nice touch.

Shabby chic revived
Table Decorations
Blanaid (via)
Although this table and bench sets are clearly weathered, the line of pillar candles down the table gives this set-up a punch of elegance.

Ravishing reflection
Table Decorations
Martha Greenwald Events (via)
All the white in this setting is broken up by a tall branch centrepiece with hanging tealights - the mirrored placemats adds even more height to it all.

Content provided by Arcadian Home Decor, a site that specializes in top quality home accessories at extremely affordable prices. If you like this post, be sure to stop by the Arcadian Home Decor blog and say hello!

Thanks, Jennifer!


Jan 11, 2012

Non-goals for 2012

I normally don't set goals at the beginning of the year.

Okay, that's a lie.
I do...sort of, but I don't go nuts
nor beat myself up if I don't get to accomplish them.

 Okay, that's another lie.

However, I am much better now than I used to be at
forgiving myself when failure seems to stare me in the face.
The road to success can have patches of failure scattered all around.
The key is to just keep going.
I get that now, most of the time anyway. I think.

So instead of calling goals "goals",
I call them my "plans" for 2012.
Yes, the word "plan" seems to have a sense of continuity. I like it.

All right this year, I plan to...

Here is to a new year, a new beginning, and renewed focus.

What's YOUR number one goal plan for this year?

Thank you for stopping by, loves!


All images: Pinterest