Hiya! I'm Holly

First, you must know something very important about me...

I don't trust people who don't like Disneyland.

We good?  Cool.


I'm Holly, and I am a perpetual Jack of All Trades.  "Enneagram 9", and Meyer's Briggs "ISFP", I am a peace-seeking artist type.  I love creating, am obsessed with color, and can spend hours daydreaming about how to make my world "pretty" (which just so happens to have been my very first word).


I am a mother to three beautiful kiddos (two girls and a boy - how lucky am I?) and the wife to an adoring computer geek of a hubby.

Originally from Southern California, I was transplanted in Utah circa 2004.  I do miss palm trees and the beach, the endless social activities, the glamour, and most of all, my family, but I have learned to love Salt Lake City and appreciate just how awesome it can be!


In the early years of my blog (2010) there was a lot going on around here (DIY, home decor, furniture makeovers, fashion, beauty tips, tutorials...) 'cause I just couldn't help but share all the things that I love!

A few favorite things:  Interior design, fashion and refashioning, the Pacific Northwest, thrift shopping, paper goods, the color aqua, historic architecture, my fluffy kitties or puppy, photography, costume and fine jewelry, walking down Main Street or New Orleans Square, typography, decorating for holidays, journaling, and perpetually sewing pillow covers.


These days, as social media has taken over by storm, and our lives are ever brimming over with things to do, to buy, to attain, to achieve...I'm getting back to basics and sharing a little more peace, a little more simplicity, and a whole lot of encouragement!

If you're feeling hurried and overwhelmed by the "mom life", and fighting that comparison game on the daily, then you're welcome to sit with us!

Life doesn't have to be so frazzled!

Bella Storia, after all, means beautiful story.

Everyone's story is precious and lovely in it's own way - full of trials and triumphs, hard knocks and knocks on wood.  And whether your story is just beginning, brimming with chapters, or in revision, remember it's unique, it's yours, and it's beautiful.


Beautifully Ever After

by Holly Cole