November 3rd, 2018 by Celia

Bella Flora: A Plant-Filled Space


Bella Flora is a magical studio-shop filled with both unique vintage finds and handcrafted botanical decor and adroments. I was drawn into the shop by the beautiful glassware, textiles, lush house plants and by the roses.
Dried rose buds are strewn everywhere! I’m not kidding. Lucky for me, I wandered in Bella Flora in early summer when creatress and shop owner Elaine Falbo was making dozens of rosebud headbands, which she sells at the Oregon Country Fair.

Falbo wildcrafts roses for headbands, harvests pussy willows for handmade baskets (featured in the New York Times Style Guide), creates tiny fairy furniture from plants like velvetly-silvery lambs ears, and that’s just the beginning. There are so many beautiful finds here. If you love plants, handcrafted botanicals and thoughtfully curated vintage items, you must check out Bella Flora.
It was such a gift to be able to shoot here. After two minutes in the shop, I asked Falbo if I could come back with my camera, and she thankfully obliged. It was a dark and rainy Portland early summer Saturday, but I had to try (I am still in the process of teaching myself how to use my camera, with my #1 challenge being low light).
I have a second post of Flabos’ studio-shop and her work here.
Check out Flabos Instagram @bella_flora_studio_pdx for handcrafted plant-filled inspiration, and better yet, visit her shop in the Eliot/Irvington neighborhood at 2721 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97212.


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