About Me

My name is Debbie Agnew. Together with my husband Tom, we own and operate Bella at Home. We are located at 62 South Main Street in Waynesville Ohio. We offer rustic home decor and silk and dried floral arrangements and wreaths made from our own original designs. We hope you enjoy reading our blog. Here you will find stories and photos from when we first started this journey and as it continues. Thanks for allowing us to share with you.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Porch Display October 2012

Thank you to my wonderful husband Tom for making a new platform for my grapevine trees, hanging the new door display and shutters.  He is always willing to help me at our store and works so hard to make sure that everything is done just right.  He is amazing and I am so thankful to have him as my partner in life!  Thanks Tom!!!  Now we are all ready for Fall and Sauerkraut Festival!


15 years ago this October 1997 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was one of the most difficult times in my life and one that affected me like no other. It changed me and my life forever. With that said, I have to say that the blessings that came from that trial were some of the greatest I ever received. I am so very thankful that I am still here today, to have lived a full life over the last 15 years, to have seen my two sons grow into fine men and to have had the opportunity to live life with my wonderful husband. I thank God and praise Him for the blessing of each day.

Alex and Rachel September 21, 2012

I was so thrilled to design the flowers for Tom's nephew Alex and his adorable wife Rachel! Alex and Rachel are one of the sweetest couples I know. Both are so caring and thoughtful and you can just see how much they love each other. We would like to wish them an abundance of love and happiness as they share their life together. We love you both...Uncle Tom and Aunt Debbie.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fall 2012

I love the mild weather of fall when the nights are cool enough to snuggle up with your favorite blanket or cozy up before a fire. You can be comfortable in an old pair of jeans and a sweatshirt. I love taking walks and hearing the leaves crackle below my feet and I love the vibrant colors...reds, yellows and oranges. Fall is also one of my favorite times to attend outdoor activities such as picnics and fall festivals. And last but not least I love to decorate our home and store. It has been so much fun the last few weeks receiving and displaying all of our new fall merchandise. If you get a chance, stop in and see what new items we have...HAPPY HARVEST!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

4th of July 2012

Happy 4th of July!  We are so appreciative of all of the men and women who serve and have served our great country...especially my dad!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Another Great Find!

In looking for ways to make more display space, Tom & I found this old cabinet.  There were wheels on the bottom of the cabinet and it was in desperate need of a paint job.  After Tom removed the wheels and a fresh coat of green paint was applied it made a great hutch for the top of the table we have in our store.  It is now in place and loaded with goodies!  Love it!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

New display pieces!

I love changing things around in my store and I love trying to come up with new ways to display our merchandise. However, due to the small space we have, sometimes this can be a challenge. After making a call to my friend Dawn, she came over to my store and gave me some wonderful suggestions and also gave me an idea on where to obtain some new display pieces. So one Friday evening Tom and I climbed into our truck and headed out. After an hour or so of shopping we came up with 4 new pieces to bring into our store. The first piece was a post from an old front porch. When we found this our first thought was "what a great display piece for our birdhouses and humingbird feeders!" We totally love the fact that it still has the old house numbers on it. Tom added stakes to it for hanging items and then he and James brought it over to the store. Then I added the houses and feeders...we love it!!! We also bought an old door. The only thing it needed was a good cleaning and then it was ready to be brought over. We decided to use the door in-between our two tables as a wall to hang wreaths and swags. I love the cozy feeling it adds to our store. We still have a table hutch and a pair of shutters to paint. I can't wait to bring them over next!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ashten's Wedding April 28th, 2012

On April 28th, 2012 I had the privilege of designing flowers for Ashten Hurley's wedding. I have known Ashten ever since she was a little girl and our family's have always been close friends. It was a beautiful wedding and I am so glad that Tom and I were able to attend. Not only did we get to be a part of the wedding but we saw some old friends that we used to attend church with, John and Karen Stevens and their family. We had a great time! Just wanted to post a few pictures to show how the flowers go from bucket to finished product :-)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Women in Business Networking Top 25 Women to Watch 2011

I was so honored to have been dominated by Jodee Ball of JP Ball Photography as one of Women in Business Networking's Top 25 Women to Watch in 2011. The Top 25 Women to Watch program recognizes women for their leadership, community service and professional achievements. I was humbled to be included with 24 other influential women from the Miami Valley area. A member of the Advisory Board, Jeanne Porter, delivered my award to me at my store. What a pleasure it was to meet Jeanne and an honor to receive my award from her personally.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter 2012

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love buying gifts for everyone, I get so excited I can't wait to give them out. I love decorating and spending time with family. I cherish so many of my Christmas memories and am thankful for them. But most important is knowing that my Savior was born on Christmas. With that said, as much as I love Christmas and the peace that it brings, Easter is my time of renewal. Knowing that Jesus came on Christmas but on Easter He suffered, died and rose again for my sins so that I would be forgiven is my hope. For that I am thankful and amazed! Happy Easter everyone...I hope you found your hope!

The Easter Lily symbolizes purity & freedom from sin through Jesus' death & resurrection. With its fragrant blooms & cheerful white blossoms not only do we enjoy the beauty of this flower but it is also a symbol of hope.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pink Peonies

Just can't get enough SPRING !

Monday, March 12, 2012

Wreaths, Wreaths, Wreaths

I have been having so much fun creating new Spring wreaths with all of the bright and cheery colors of the season! Here is a peek of what I have been making :-)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ready for Spring

We are having such mild weather for this time of year. Over the last few weeks it has been so warm that I took advantage of it and started getting our porch ready for Spring. I love to decorate with purples and greens in the Spring. As you can see I used purple geraniums in the grapevine basket and in the grapevine pocket wreath arrangement I used a mixture of purple and green flowers. There is something about those two colors together that gives you a warm inviting feeling. I can't wait to get some fresh flowers to put on the porch too. I definitely have Spring fever !!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Blessings !

My family is so very excited...my niece and nephew are expecting their first child in about 1 month. It is the first baby we have had in my family since my youngest son was born 22 years ago. My sister had a baby shower for them and I made the centerpiece arrangements using silk grass and fresh gerber daisies. I love gerber daisies, looking at them just makes you smile ! All of the guests received an arrangement to take home.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spring News

Our website has been completely updated with new photos and new music. We are very excited about it and hope that everyone enjoys visiting our site. Make sure to visit at www.bellagardenflorals.com

The weather has been so mild this winter and it has definitely put us in the mood for Spring. Our new merchandise has been arriving daily and we can't wait to share all of our new items. I've also been working on new wreaths and arrangements...lots of bright colors to brighten your home. I love Spring it is always a time of renewal and hope.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Website !

We have totally re-done our website and are very excited about it. It has a whole new look and we can't wait to reveal it to everyone!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


A new year has begun and we are looking forward to serving our customers in 2012. We have a lot of plans in the works including a new website and new merchandise. Our Christmas decorations are all packed away for another year and we have begun rearranging the store and preparing for Spring. So look out 2012...here we come !

Christmas in the Village

Waynesville's Christmas in the Village is my favorite event of the year! The weather was perfect all weekend and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves. Our customers received a special treat as Tom's friend Rene beautifully played guitar for us on Friday evening. We had a special visit from Who Dey the Cincinnati Bengals mascot and the men's quartet entertained us with their wonderful harmony. It was a perfect weekend !!!