MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE

Hello and thanks for stopping by. Today I’m going to share with you a BIG SECRET. In truth I really hesitate to do so because I’m going to give you my most important design resource. You see, I’m afraid that once I do the cat will be out of the bag and everyone will flock there to scoop up all of the goodies that I rely on to furnish and accessorize the cabins I renovate. However, I really want this Lake Arrowhead business to succeed and I’m all about helping to promote the businesses on our mountain, so here goes…

My most important design resource is the ultra charming, chock full of terrific stuff, the wonderful antiques and collectables store by the name of Bella’s Antiques.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Last week my BFF Lisa was visiting from Northern California. She is a very talented Interior Designer with a great eye so I asked her to come stay with us while her husband was on a business trip to Germany. The timing of her visit was perfect since I’m just beginning to design my latest fixer-upper, The House on Cottage Grove, and I wanted to bounce my ideas off of her.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Lisa fell in love with Bella’s too. As a designer she wishes she had such a great resource in her area to draw from. Bella’s is simply overflowing, quite literally with everything you can imagine. Not only is there the main shop, located in an old cabin, but there is also what owner Michelle calls “The Tree House” and “The She Shack”. Even though it was cold and snowing, Michelle took me out to The She Shack to see her latest finds.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Fog was setting in and it was beginning to snow but that didn’t stop us from our quest to find the perfect treasures for The House On Cottage Grove.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

The property is littered with amazing items.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Some things are covered to protect them from the elements, while others are left to collect snow and further their patina.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Now let me take you inside the main shop where you have to look very hard to avoid missing something wonderful.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

There are beautiful oil paintings on every wall, many in intricately carved old frames.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I purchased this one, an old oil painting with a beautiful lake scene that looks like it’s from Switzerland.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Bella’s has lighting of every kind, from chandeliers to floor & table lamps, to beautiful old wall sconces.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I picked up some great light fixtures for the cabin along with some beautiful old paintings and a couple of mirrors. This vintage federal eagle mirror is something I have been wanting for a long time. That’s coming home with me!

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I also picked up this amazing mirror which will find a new place of importance in The House On Cottage Grove…

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

as will these lovely old tole-painted trays.

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

But you know what the best part about my most important design resource, Bella’s Antiques is? It’s the very reasonable prices. I can fill up my car with treasures without spending a Queen’s ransom and feel really, really good about the things I buy. And the lucky person that will buy The House on Cottage Grove will benefit too!

MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE | Bella's Antiques Sky Forest, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

You can find Bella’s Antiques at 935 Kuffel Canyon Road, Sky Forest, CA. Sky Forest is one of our charming villages in the Lake Arrowhead area of the San Bernardino mountains in Southern California. You can call the owner Michelle here: 909-485-1136. If you visit I hope you’ll mention that I sent you! And save some goodies for me!

PS – Thanks goes to Lisa for grabbing my iPhone and taking many of these photos.

So there you have it: MY MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN RESOURCE

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Comments

  • Thanks for sharing your “secret” source. I can see exactly why you love this place and when I ever get up the mountain I would love to stop in. I love federal mirrors – I would love to know where you hand yours. The one I purchased on vacation over July 4th weekend has yet to find a home. And I love the mirror and painting you purchased…those are two items that would have definitely caught my eye too.

    Love the picture of the fog, by the way….

  • Wow, I was shopping the images you’ve shared and found a couple of things I would love. Thanks for sharing.
    Karen

  • Lenore

    I have enjoyed many wonderful shopping experiences at Bella’s. I had a shop next to her for a few years before I moved off the mountain. I agree with every word you said and want to add this important information. Michelle, the owner is a creative, generous, wonderful, helpful shop owner. As soon as you walk in, you know you have made a new friend. I moved to the beach area and thought I would find dozens of shops like Bella’s . Haven’t found one that is even close to Bella’s in charm, prices and variety. Michelle, I miss you !!!

  • Hi Lenore, I couldn’t agree more with all of your sweet comments about Michelle and her fine shop. She absolutely is a genuinely warm & wonderful person, one that you feel instantly comfortable with. And you are right, there is nothing out there that measures up with Bella’s.

  • Yes, Bella’s is kinda like Costco, you can’t leave there without finding lots and lots of things to buy.

  • Well Vanessa, as much as I love that Federal mirror I was thinking I might just have to give it to my DC dwelling son and his wife, as it would be perfect in their home. It will be very hard to part with but I just may. And yes, the foggy setting that day was stunning. It’s days like that that make living in Lake Arrowhead so special.

  • I might sure they will enjoy the mirror. It’s fitting for a D.C. home.