Bella Casa Style in Showroom July 08 2015, 66 Comments


9 Ways to Jazz Up Your Decor With Pattern May 27 2015, 68 Comments

How High Should Your TV Be? Houzz says... April 27 2015, 66 Comments

Before You Buy Furniture Learn About Truth To Materials March 17 2015, 66 Comments


When you take a moment and look around your home, do you notice the materials that comprise each element in your space? How do you feel when you are lounging on your sofa, chopping at your kitchen counter, working at your dining table? Do you consider what those materials are and how the materials are working for you both functionally and aesthetically?

We here at Bella Casa are materials geeks. The beauty, nature, function and origin of materials and how designers and craftsmen interpret them in creating a piece is a minor obsession for us as designers. We love to endeavor to learn everything about everything from those surfaces that have existed since the beginning of time to the newest innovations that our clever industry keeps introducing. 

Throughout the 1800’s and 1900’s, as Industrial Technology evolved, a movement called “Truth-to-Materials” arose which stressed that what is innate in any given material should inspire and influence what is created from it. Today, the Truth-To-Materials philosophy has evolved alongside modern technology that allows the pure nature of any given material to shine aesthetically and maintain function.  As every human is unique in the way that they use their spaces, material is key in choosing every element within your home. This is the way that you curate a space that wins your daily admiration and serves you functionally. Living in a home with this balance is an experience like no other. 

In our showroom, we love to show off the endless array of choices in the approach of our many vendors and their craftsmen toward material choice. If you're looking for a table, do you want the beauty of solid wood along with the advantages of a finish that is 10% harder than any other wood product on the market?  We have that! Do you want to go a bit more industrial and rough-hewn with a concrete composite? Or have you explored the marvels of sleek, unconventional and extremely tough shagreen? Whether you are in need of a piece or two that pulls everything together or comprehensive design services, we love to break down the attributes of our products to find a piece that truly melds into your life and makes your home feel like a home. In future posts, we'll be breaking down the attributes of the endless array of what goes into choosing and maintaining a piece in your homes so that you can geek out alongside us! Until then, come by our flagship store on NW 9th and Everett any time to feel, sit, and experience the exciting possibilities for your space!

 "Truth-To-Materials" -- often encountered as a phrase in 19th and 20th-century writings on arts and design, such as woodworking -- is a maxim of the school of thought which believes that the innate qualities of the materials should influence the projects created from them. The Truth-To-Materials doctrine appeared as a consequence of technological development. Before the advent of the Industrial Revolution, truth-to-materials was not an issue. Following the Truth-To-Materials doctrine, under a minimal finish, a wood's natural grain is allowed to show, or rather than be polished to an artificial shine, the rich, green, patina of copper is left untouched.


Slate Cocktail Table


Bedroom Romance - Creating a Sanctuary in Your Home February 03 2015, 61 Comments

Gregory Crowe, Interior Designer at Bella Casa offers these creative words.  First and foremost-treat your bedroom as your sanctuary! Too often we spend all of our time, money and energy focusing on every room in our home except the bedroom. Instead, your bedroom should be the room where you go to relax, unwind and hopefully reconnect with your significant other. 

1. Control the Clutter

Staring at a stack of bills on your nightstand can be a mood killer! 

 -Keep bills and other paper correspondence in an expandable file folder hidden in your night stand or under the bed. 

 -Don’t use your bedroom as a place to store folded laundry, stacks of magazines or the kids’ “projects”. 

 -Consider using storage bins under the bed or in closets to keep all of your clutter out of sight and mind. 

 -A beautifully upholstered bench with storage at the foot of the bed is another great way to tuck away papers and projects at a moments notice.

2. Select the Right Room Color

Determine what you want for the overall mood in your bedroom.

 -Spaces with a palette of soothing, watery blues and pale greens can create a sense of tranquility and peacefulness.

 -At the opposite end of the color spectrum, “hot” colors such as spicy reds can invigorate and excite the senses, especially in darker, saturated hu

3. Buy the Bed

You probably already know that we humans spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so always buy the very best sleep system you can afford! 

 -Start with the mattress. There are so many options today for every budget, there’s no excuse to be sleeping on an old, uncomfortable mattress. Ask your friends and family for recommendations, shop around and do your homework before you make your final decision. 

 -Now choose your headboard and frame. On the budget friendly end, you could purchase just an upholstered headboard and use it with a Hollywood frame. Otherwise opt for a complete bed with side and end rails. Upholstered beds have gained popularity over the past several years as they often have softer corners for sensitive shins. I’m a stickler for frames with no “toe-smashers”. I like a frame where a big toe can safely tuck under without injury-frames with corner legs and platform bases that aren’t adequately recessed are not considered.

4. Make the Bed

Literally. A messy, unmade bed is sloppy and most definitely not romantic. Make it every morning so when you get home at the end of a chaotic day, you’ll walk into your neat, tidy bedroom and feel relaxed. 

 -Invest in good quality sheets as the base for your bedding. Not only will they feel better to the touch, they will hold up better over time. 

 -When it comes to the top of the bed, it’s all about texture and layering. No matter if you prefer tons of accent pillows, thick duvet covers and blankets, or a more minimal look, go for quality and comfort-no one wants to rest their face on a scratchy pillow or blanket. Tibetan lamb’s wool pillow’s are the ultimate in texture and softness. Faux fur pillows and throws are a more affordable option that will give your bed a similar look and feel. 

5. Set the Mood 

Lighting: Bright, overhead lighting is not romantic! Think soft and subdued instead. Most people have a tendency to purchase too-small lamps for the bedside. You want something with a bit of height and scale to create drama and give you more available light.

 -One of the easiest and economical ways to control your existing lighting is to install dimmer switches to overhead lights.  If your bedroom’s only overhead light is coming from the standard contractor grade ceiling fan, do everyone a huge favor and replace it with something more stylish. 

 -To dim bedside lamps, check out your local hardware store and pick up plug-in dimmers. 

 -As a last resort, simply switch out higher wattage bulbs with no more than 40 watts. Bulbs with a pink hue can be flattering to most skin tones but don’t always compliment wall color and furnishings.

Scent: Choose something new that you both enjoy or a fragrance that brings back fond memories from a favorite trip you shared. 

 -Candles are a great choice for creating a romantic mood and filling your room with scent but they can often be messy and dangerous so use with caution! Diffusers and room sprays are a great option instead of candles. 

For more bedroom or whole house design assistance contact us at Bella Casa.

We will uncompromisingly pursue the ideal piece(s) to create the perfect space for you.

Bella Casa Twelve Days of Christmas Prize Winner December 17 2014, 64 Comments

Bella Casa sponsored the Sixth Day of Artslandia's Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!  A Shopping Spree for 6 lucky shoppers!

Richard Discusses How to Repurpose Furniture on E´Bella October 17 2014, 63 Comments

In our on-going É Bella, meaning "It's Beautiful", segment, Richard Codanti, Owner of Bella Casa in Portland's Pearl District, showed Tammy Hernandez how one table can be used in different ways -- and in different rooms around your home.

Richard Discusses What to Consider When Selecting a Dining Table for Your Home September 25 2014, 62 Comments

Richard Shares Some of His Favorite Things at Bella Casa on Segment 5 of E´Bella on KATUs AM Northwest August 26 2014, 14 Comments

New Line of Chairs--Dining and Occasional Just Arrived to Our Showroom August 12 2014, 0 Comments

These chairs look great in contemporary, transitional or eclectic home decor.

New Accessories Now Available at Showroom and Online August 12 2014, 0 Comments

Richard Helps You Select the Right Sofa or Chair Cushion on Segment 4 of E´Bella on KATUs AM Northwest July 17 2014, 0 Comments

How to Pick Out a Coffee Table June 30 2014, 0 Comments

First think about what you need your coffee table to do for you, or what your room is missing...

Richard Discusses Different Decor Styles on the Latest Segment of E´Bella on AM Northwest June 24 2014, 1 Comment


What style are you?  Richard discusses the differences between Traditional, Contemporary, Modern and Transitional.



Richard Shares Design Tips & Tricks on the Latest Segment of "E´Bella" on AM Northwest May 27 2014, 0 Comments

Watch the video and tell us what you think about his ideas.  We count about 12 design tips and tricks.  How many do you?  Please review and comment.

From Queasy Colors to Killer Tables: Your Worst Decorating Mistakes May 15 2014, 0 Comments

What to Know Before You Buy a Sectional May 12 2014, 0 Comments

Bella Casa Designers in "E´ Bella" Premiering on KATU's AM Northwest April 11 2014, 0 Comments

Today we premiered an ongoing segment called É Bella, meaning "It's Beautiful."  If living in a beautiful space is important to you, Tammy Hernandez discovered how Bella Casa can help make living in style affordable!  On location in Bella Casa at 223 NW 9th Ave in Portland's Pearl District.

Beginning Thursday, April 17th, Bella Casa interior designers Richard Codanti and Gregory Crowe will appear monthly on KATU's popular morning show, AM Northwest.  The premier segment of E´Bella (It's Beautiful) features Richard and Gregory along with KATU's Tammy Hernandez on location at Bella Casa in Portland's Pearl District.  Introducing Tammy to the shopping experience, she sees and feels the textures and colors that abound in the store.  Gregory and Richard preview some of the design tips that will allow you to call your home E´Bella, too.  Future segments will be live in the KATU studio with Helen and Dave.  Tune in and come in the store and see for yourself!

Bella Casa at International Market April 04 2014, 1 Comment

Do you ever wonder where in the world Bella Casa finds such great furniture, accessories, lighting and gifts to make available to you in our showroom? Try North Carolina, Texas, New York, Nevada and Germany to name just a few places! Bella Casa founder/designer Richard Codanti is always hot on the trail to find the latest and greatest in all things home decor. He travels twice a year to North Carolina to attend The High Point International Market, the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world! With 180 buildings, 10 million square feet of show-space, 2000 exhibitors and 80,000 attendees from 106 countries, this is the BIG show that happens every April and October. Richard has not missed the show for 17 years!  

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it may not exist. Bring comfortable shoes because there are literally thousands of miles of shopping area to cover. With that much ground to cover, it takes the discerning eye of Codanti to select only the best of the best to showcase at Bella Casa. The good news is that we do all the leg work for you! After Richard tirelessly scours the markets and brings in carefully curated selections, it’s here under one roof and waiting for you to explore.
Is there something you wish to see in the showroom or in your own home? Share your idea or inspiration and we’ll start the hunt!


How High to Hang a Chandelier? March 04 2014, 0 Comments

According to our designer Richard, he says, "It depends....don't bump your head."  

Over a Dining Table

Our good friends at Curry & Company Lighting suggest that a general guideline is to choose a chandelier that has a diameter equal to one-half the width of your dining table.  The general appearance of the chandelier must be taken into account, too; that is, if it is a light airy piece it may be slightly larger than the standard.

There should be 30" between the bottom of the chandelier and the top of the table in a room with an 8' ceiling.  If the ceiling is higher, the distance between the bottom of the fixture and the table should increase slightly.  Remember that the chandelier should provide light for the table, but not be so low as to block anyone's line of vision when they are sitting at the table.

In a Foyer or Other Room

Add the room dimensions together.  If the room is 14' by 16', add 14 + 16.  The answer is 30, which means that your chandelier should be approximately 30" in diameter.  Again, remember that other factors such as the height of the ceiling may influence the proper size.

Contemporary? Modern? Transitional? Traditional? Which is it and why? March 03 2014, 1 Comment

Confused by interior design styles? Here's a quick overview of contemporary, modern, transitional and traditional styles!

Contemporary spaces will usually feature minimal furniture and accessories with a subtle, muted color palette. As far as furniture is concerned, look for clean, simple lines and curvy shapes vs overly ornamental or fussy details. Like transitional style, upholstery in contemporary spaces is often neutral overall, but may feature an occasional pop of bright color like this orange chair. Mirrored surfaces and shiny metallics add sparkle to contemporary spaces. When more color is introduced, it’s often seen in a few carefully selected accessories, area rugs or throw pillows. No clutter allowed in these open, airy and bright spaces!
This style is often confused with contemporary style. While there are some similarities, such as clean, simple lines and uncluttered spaces, each style is unique. The modern style was actually born near the turn of the 19th century by German Bauhaus schools of design, but eventually morphed into mid-century modern in the 1950s. Contemporary style is fairly new, becoming popular in the 1970s. Modern spaces in their truest form can feel somewhat cold and sterile while contemporary style amps up the comfort and warmth. Furniture in each style offers up clean, simple lines and shapes but modern furniture tends to be more rectilinear overall, while contemporary furniture tends to feature more curves and softness. Neutral color palettes rule in modern spaces.
Transitional style is a thoughtful mix of traditional and contemporary decor. While comfort is still paramount, the overall feel of a transitional space will feel lighter and brighter than a traditional space. Transitional style characteristics are seen in an overall muted color scheme and neutral upholstery. Accent colors are usually less intense than in contemporary style while furniture has clean, bold lines, often mixing traditional and contemporary design elements.  In this example, note the carved leg details juxtaposed with the soft curves of the upholstered seat and back. Layers of texture and sheen keep the transitional look interesting without the overt fussiness of traditional style. 
Traditional style can typically be described as homey and relaxing with an emphasis on comfort. The color palette may include warm tones with accents of burgundy, deep greens and rich gold/bronze. Furniture will usually feature classic, elegant lines and shapes with soft, comfy upholstery. Cozy conversation areas, soft lighting and layers of accessories and ornamental details help create a warm and inviting space. 



The Keno Bros in Oregon July 11 2011, 0 Comments

Television celebrities and furniture experts Leigh and Leslie Keno walked a red carpet designed especially for them, autographed pieces from their new collection of classically modern furniture and wowed more than 200 fans attending a gala event at Bella Casa Furniture, Oregon ...READ MORE



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