A Spring Visit to Bella Terra for Friendship and Inspiration

Have you ever visited a place where you felt so at home and inspired that you had to tell your friends about it? Today I’m sharing my early spring trip to Bella Terra to visit my friend Mary.

evening view of the Bella Terra grounds

I went on a trip last month to see my friend Mary of Life at Bella Terra.

Mary lives in the most beautiful historical estate, which was built in 1910 in Phoenix, Arizona. You can read more fun facts about her fabulous house on her blog HERE.

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Mary of Life at Bella Terra

I can’t wait to show you around. I’m pretty sure you will fall in love with Bella Terra as well.

There are so many incredible details throughout the grounds of the estate, but unfortunately, I can only share a weekend’s worth.

Bella Terra living room

Life at Bella Terra

Inside Mary’s Home


The first two things I noticed when walking into the living room were the gorgeous coffered ceilings and the big windows letting all the sunlight in.

Bella Terra living room

The coffered ceilings and the beautifully detailed fireplace add elegance to the space. Rare Batchelder tiles around the surround, original Canadian beech hardwood flooring, and French doors are just a few of the special details in this elegant room.

Bella Terra living room

Bella Terra dining room


This room is equally impressive with wainscoting to match the fireplace mantel and an antique crystal chandelier.

If you look closely you will see the gorgeous plaster cove ceilings.

Bella Terra kitchen


I only wish I would have taken some more pictures of Mary’s kitchen. In my opinion, it’s the heart of her home.

You can see her amazing garden view through the kitchen windows.

CLICK HERE to see 10 things Mary loves in her kitchen.

Bella Terra outdoor living space


This was one of my favorite places to hang out while I was here. It stays so nice and cool here.

Bella Terra grounds

The Grounds of Bella Terra

I can’t tell you how much fun it was for me to go exploring the grounds of Bella Terra. There was so much to see.

Bella Terra white picket fence garden and henhouse

The property is on 2+ acres with an orchard, pool, henhouse, barn, pool house, guest cottage, and white picket fence garden.

white picket fence garden


Here you can see the white picket fence garden where Mary grows both vegetables and flowers.



The henhouse is just the cutest, isn’t it?

red barn


Mary and her husband restored the barn.

fuchsia hollyhocks

Flowers Throughout the Property

I love the fact that Mary had flowers blooming throughout her garden at the end of March. It was such a treat for me.

burgundy hollyhocks

I especially enjoyed the hollyhocks. I’ve never grown them in my garden but I am now inspired to try.

purple wondering cowpea

This is the most stunning bloom I have never seen before. I believe it is Vigna Speciosa or commonly known as Wondering Cowpea.

fuchsia roses

Mary grows the most beautiful roses too.

yellow roses
orange shades of petunias

I love the color of these petunias that were growing in one of the flower containers on the grounds.


And this lantana color combination is stunning!

Chinese lantern plant

Here’s a special treat. Check out this Chinese Lantern plant growing in the gardens.

lemons on the tree

The Bella Terra Orchard

You can find lemons, grapefruit, and oranges in Mary’s orchard.

I’ve always wanted to grow citrus but apparently, it’s not a thing in the Pacific Northwest. So I will just live through Mary.

orange trees
orange trees in the orchard
picking oranges from the tree

Mary, being the most amazing hostess, went out every morning and picked oranges.

harvesting oranges
fresh squeezed orange juice

There’s nothing like fresh-squeezed orange juice in the morning.

I also tried Mary’s MEYER LEMON MARMALADE.

guest cottage

The Bella Terra Guest Cottage

The lovely guest cottage, which is tucked away in the northwest corner of the property, was moved from an adjacent property sometime in the 1940s.  It has a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bath.

Mary added antique French shutters, an overhang, and a sweet screen door.


Bella Terra swimming pool

The Swimming Pool & Pool House

Isn’t this the most beautiful setting?

Bella Terra swimming pool
pool house

Bella Terra also has a charming pool house.

inside the pool house

Mary just had her pool house renovated. Look at that gleaming floor!

The kitchenette was completely redone. I’m loving the color she chose for the cabinets. You can see more about the renovation HERE.

pool house bedroom

Here is the bedroom with a view of the pool from the windows.

outdoor view of the pool

Can’t you see yourself sitting here enjoying a cup of coffee and enjoying this gorgeous outdoor space?

pool view
pool house living room

This is the sweet living room space in the pool house.

The Most Amazing Hostess

One of the things I loved most about my visit to Bella Terra was that Mary made the most perfect latte using her own almond milk that she made. CLICK HERE to see how she made it.

homemade almond milk
evening view of the Bella Terra grounds

The Last Evening View of the Bella Terra Grounds

Isn’t this evening view of the grounds stunning? I love how the palm trees are all lit up.

evening view of the Bella Terra grounds well house

Here’s the well tower on the property. CLICK HERE to see more about how it was restored.

evening view of the Bella Terra swimming pool
evening view of the Bella Terra grounds

I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual visit to Bella Terra as much as I loved my visit last month.

Be sure to visit Mary’s blog HERE. You will fall in love and be inspired.

Until next time,

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  1. Kim, you took some amazing pictures! Thank you so much for coming to visit! I loved having everyone here and hope to do it again in November, where the property will look very different. You are so kind to share this with your followers!

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