Friday, February 18, 2011

Bella Rosa Antiques

On the B List this week is...

And what could be prettier for Pink Saturday 
over at How Sweet the Sound than this pretty blog?

It is full of lovely little treasures.

Planning an evening at the opera?  If so, you might want to stop by the Bella Rosa Antiques Shop and grab you a pair of these-

Meet the very pretty Jillian.  Isn't she just the picture of loveliness?
Maybe it's the red hair (of which I'm partial to since I am a mother of a red head.)  Red heads have an advantage over the rest of us.  They possess an auroa when they enter the room.  I wonder if that's how she gets such good deals?  Let's talk to her and find out.

So what is your secret to finding so many fabulous antiques, Jillian?
"Well, besides having an “eagle eye” and patience, I’d say the best way to find antiques is to go where the dealers are. They’ve done most of the hard work already! Sure you’ll pay retail but sometimes you can find deals with vendors who like to buy a lot and sell quickly (slightly cheaper) to make room for more. I can run off (for some Mommy free time) to an antique mall and move as quickly as possible through the dealer’s booths. By now, I know who buys what I like and spend more time in their spaces."

What's the best or single most important piece of advice you can give us on finding antiques?
"Buy what makes your heart go pitter patter. At least, this is how I find inventory for Bella Rosa. I can actually hear myself thinking “ooooh yeah! and “there it is!” as I quickly pick up my latest find and add it to my growing pile. It did take me awhile to get into a groove for the website but now I know what people like. If you’re interested in trying out antiques for the first time, it is simple. You’ve heard it before, BUY WHAT YOU LOVE. It really works.  You’ll find a way to incorporate you new found treasure into your décor or collections. If you have a shop like me and an item does not sell, you have an antique that you liked from the start."

Do you have a difficult time parting with your finds and not keeping them in your own home?  "Believe it or not, not too often. I think I have become unattached. Being surrounded by my finds all of the time is enough for me. I enjoy each piece for a little while and it goes off to a new home. Then I find more and the cycle continues.  I tend to sell the pretty things and collect some of my basics like LuRay dinnerware and antique books. I’m also very nostalgic and hang onto things that were once owned by a relative or a friend."

Will we ever get a peek inside your home?
 "I have shown the inside of my house on occasion. More so when I had my first blog, Jillian’s Pages. I am not crazy about my décor even though friends and family say they like it!. If it were up to me, I’d redo many of our rooms as soon as possible but since I’m sharing it with Dear Hubs I have to be patient.  We moved in five years ago and I think the first renovation on the 70’s kitchen wore him out. Plus, watching a toddler is very time consuming!"

Go follow her blog here! You will be delighted with beautiful antiques and stories like this:

"This pair of toe shoes is one of my most valued treasures. I wore them on stage during The Nutcracker, to dance a Fairy Doll Waltz, and a pageant or two.
Plus all of the dance classes and rehearsals."

"I remember sewing the ribbons on myself in high school, excited with the anticipation of breaking in a new pair of toe shoes.
Nothing could make me feel more graceful or more beautiful than when I was dancing "en Pointe."
Very special shoes, indeed."

And a very special blog...


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Tammy Sweetie...
Oh what a beautiful share today. I love that you are sharing some of your blogger friends. Ms Jillian is just gorgeous and so is her Bella Rosa Antique Shop. A little something for everyone.

I adore the little opera glasses and of course her toe shoes. A princess indeed.

Thank you for introducing us deeper into Ms Jillian. Hope you have a wonderful Friday sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Tammy,
What a wonderful post! Lots of eye candy! I am married to my sweetheart who was once upon a time a redhead! Curiously, none of my children or grandchildren have red hair!


Olga said...

What a lovely post! So many beautiful treasures!
Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment ;-)

From the Kitchen said...

Beautiful, Tammy! I want those opera glasses! And a lot of other beautiful things. Thanks for the introduction. I am going to visit Jillian!

Have a wonderful weekend.


Jillian said...

Oh my goodness! What a lovely lovely feature of my blog! I'm speechless! (Okay, not really but pretty close)

You are amazing. I had no idea you found those pics in there. GREAT JOB!

And of course, thank you!

Have a super weekend and Pink Saturday!

Bella Rosa Antiques

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful post! I LOVE the perfume bottle and what is that little tiny purse on a chain? WOW! I'm off to visit her! Thanks! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I didn't find her link but I see she has commented so I'll find her! Hugs! ♥

Amy said...

This is a beautiful blog. I loved your pink slippers. All those treasured memories they hold!!!

Pamela said...

Lovely post! She sounds like a wonderful person!!
Love all the photos . I will have to go over and visit!

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

A beautiful post! I loved everything!

Flora Doora

Marydon said...

Oh, B ~ What a charming write of Jillian. She is delightful, from one red head to another. Love your treasures, what sweet memories with your ballet slippers.

Happy PS weekend ~

Lynn said...

Another beautiful blog to check out. This post was filled with much delightful eye candy I can pass up the brownies I just made for hubby. I love perfume bottle vignette. Such romance! Happy PS

My Cozy Casita said...

Hi Tammy,
What a wonderful post!. Thank you for introducing us into Ms Jillian everything is beautiful!!!.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

What a good post....loved all the pretty pinks and especially the tulips and the ballet slippers.
It is always a joy to come for a visit!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Heather said...

Thanks for the introduction! I'm off to go for a visit! It looks like my cup of tea!

Maison Mutt said...

What a great interview with Jillian. I follow her blog and always admire her posts & pics. Oh! and thanks for the tulips..tomorrow is my bday and I will run and put them in some water right now!
Licks & Wags, Niki

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Great feature -- and great site! Thanks for telling me about Jillian and her blog (and shop). I'm now following...

Donnie said...

What a lovely interview with Jillian. Loved all your pink photos.

Char said...

Happy Pink Saturday to you and yours. My grand daughter is a red head and couldn't be prettier if she tried. I love red hair too but don't posess it. :(
Beautiful post and your pictures are lovely, Char

Diann said...

Just beautiful! Now I need to run over to Jillian's blog!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

That was a great interview and such lovely pictures too! I totally agree about buying what you love even for us who buy for ourselves. Sometimes I buy stuff because I like it, have no use for it, and it sits in my attic for a couple of years until I finally am able to use it. However, because I buy what I love, I'm just as excited then to see something "new" in my house.

Thanks for the compliments on my blog today too!

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Happy Pink Saturday. Thank you for the lovely interview and introduction. I'm off to check out her blog now. Have a great weekend.

AshTreeCottage said...

Beautiful things and love those en pointe shoes. I still do my plies every day!!

Susan and Bentley

She'sSewPretty said...

She does have beautiful treasures! I will definitely stop by. Thanks for sharing her link. Happy Pink Saturday!

Honey at 2805 said...

This is such a lovely post. She certainly has some Pretties!

Donna said...

Beautiful post!! I love the ballet slippers!!!

Light and Voices said...

Incredible Pink ballet toe shoes. Happy Pink Saturday.
Joyce M

Sarah said...

Beautiful post. I too enjoy Bella Rosa. Lovely feature!
Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Sarah

Sarah said...

Beatrice, just stopping back by to say I'm your newest follower. I look forward to many more visits. ~ Sarah

classic • casual • home said...

Tammy: So charming and feminine! Loves that!
Mary Ann

Anonymous said...

Thanks for introducing Jillian's blog. She has beautiful things.

Hope you have a very nice weekend, Tammy! I have a strawberry blonde. Fun that we share having a red head in common.

Bohemian said...

Such beautiful images!

Dawn... The Bohemian

bikim said...

that is gORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
happy weekend

Leslie said...

What a beautiful way to wake up the day by looking at all these wonderful things.. Thank you!

Fauziah Sukiman said...

HI TAMMY! great and amazing post you've there! & thank you for visiting my blog, yeah? :) Hugs & Kisses.

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Tammy, oh my what beauties! thank you so much for sharing! Love love love the ballet shoes and the pearls and vase..and thank you for stopping by to say hi, I always enjoy your visits!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Cathy said...


What a wonderful pink saturday post. Each and every photo was a feast for the eyes. Love the tulips, and the old book, but my fav was the pink ballet slippers. I always wanted to be a ballet dancer. Maybe in another lifetime! LOL


mo said...

Dear Tammy, What a breathtaking post. A wonderful escape for us into a world of enchanting beauty and grace.

I adore every picture especially your ballet slippers and the fact that they are actually yours used in the Nutcracker!

Thank you so much for your kind words at "Rose Petals from Heaven" yesterday. They really meant alot to Cindy.

*angel hugs to you dear*


Cindy Lew's Studio said...

Can't decide what I like better; love them all.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Pink Saturday,
Warm Regards and Pink Wishes, CindyLew

Fun With This and That said...

My granghter wear the toe shoes .I have been wanting to do a painting of her shoes, But never get a picture to look at. I did do one of her in one of her customs.Not sure of the terms but it was one of the outfits that stands out. Laura

Kay Ellen said...

oh my goodness~~so many pretty things!
Love the ballet shoes :))

Happy PS!!

Kay Ellen

Marina Capano said...


I love your post!

Happy pink saturday!


Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

What a heart warming post...Adore the slippers and loved reading they are so loved...

Happy Pink Saturday

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

You are such a dear friend and I love meeting the people you have come to know... Jillian's blog is delightful and I love how you have introduced her to us.

Bon weekend, my sweet,

Gracie Jewellery said...

Oh Yeah, I love Jillian's shop. Lovely things. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

pinkkandy said...

Happy Pink Saturday....hope your week is sprinkled with little blessings...and covered with grace !

LADY JANE said...

Happy PinkSaturday and thanks for sharing Jillians blog...I bet it as graced and beautiful as yours!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Beautiful post, thanks for sharing!!! I'm heading over to her blog now!!!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Manni said...

Hey Tammy : )
What a beautiful post, I love your interview with Jillian. Love how she searches for these beautiful treasures. Thanks so much for sharing!!
Have an amazing weekend :D

Cindy said...

Hello dear friend,
What a sweet post, this blog looks lovely, I love antiques!
Have a great day,
Hugs, Cindy

Annette said...

Hi Tammy, I've been out of town and didn't have internet service! OMG!!!!! It was awful! But here I am and I hopped over to Bella Rosa Antiques. She has a wonderful store, which I'm sure I'll be visiting again. Thank you for sharing! Hugs.