Inside Job

Look to this home-décor stalwart for just the right accent

You can’t blame Richard Codanti, of the furniture retailer Bella Casa (223 NW 9th Ave, 503-222-5337, for breaking out the bubbly. The store’s owner has had a lot to celebrate in 2018. Although he’s in the process of closing Bella Casa following a 20-year run, he’ll continue to sell stylish home goods and accessories at the newer—and neighboring—sister store, Curate (901A N Davis St, 503-241-2393,, which is thriving. To top it off, the design king just bagged his fifth international ARTS award in Dallas for outstanding retail of home accents.

“Things happen for a reason,” Codanti smiles.

If you’d been a regular at Bella Casa, it was easy to see why the store earned such kudos. The pink-velvet couches, soft-white fur ottomans, and swanky gold midcentury pendant lamps point to a designer with an eye for the luxurious and unusual. A mammoth wall of fabric swatches shares a design consultation space with binder after binder of furniture customization options—and a handy mini bar for customers who need a bit of refreshment from decision fatigue. Next door at Curate, the glittering jewelry, fuzzy pillows, exotic knickknacks, and heavenly scented candles help seal the deal.

With so much intentional design in one place, you’d never guess that Codanti’s development of Curate is actually the result of a few happy accidents. “We were asked by the owner of the building if we could scale down because Jimmy Mak’s wanted to move in next door,” he explains. Then, when Jimmy Mak’s owner—Jim Makarounis—passed away suddenly, the club’s move was scrapped. When a vacancy surfaced on the other side of Bella Casa, he was elated. Finally, Codanti’s hand-picked gifts and accessories could have a home of their very own at Curate. Now that’s something to celebrate. –Erin Gilday | Photos by Ashley Anderson