9 Ways to Jazz Up Your Decor With Pattern May 27 2015, 81 Comments

How High Should Your TV Be? Houzz says... April 27 2015, 80 Comments

Bedroom Romance - Creating a Sanctuary in Your Home February 03 2015, 71 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.

Richard Discusses How to Repurpose Furniture on E´Bella October 17 2014, 74 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.

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.

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.

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!




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