Glamour, Luxury & the Art of Beautiful Design

“Good Design lies at the Heart of a Truly Beautiful Home”.

  – Rita Tanos

Bellatano Luxury Home Collection – Featuring Bellatano Luxury Linens from Italy

“It always pays to dwell slowly on the beautiful things – the more beautiful the more slowly”.

  – Atticus


There is nothing more soothing at the end of the day than opening up the door to your home and immediately feeling a sense of beauty and comfort for the simple pleasures of home sweet home.  From beautiful furniture and textiles to lighting and art, our homes are our inner sanctuaries where we rest, sleep, love, create, raise families and entertain friends. But in every beautiful home, it is always the most intricate of details that makes it so personal, so special and unique with our own signature that gives us a sense of belonging.

These series of photographs reflect some of my design work in Newport Beach, California.  The designs, colors and styles were carefully chosen to work with our clients existing art and a few pieces of furniture, such as leather chairs that could not be replaced…so we found ways to work around what had to stay.  

All the Luxury Linens in the master bedrooms are my designs, under the name of Bellatano Style & Bellatano Luxury Home, all made in Italy.  The first photograph above was the Garland Collection with accents of the Empire Collection in yellow and white.  The bedroom furniture is called Natchez, and is part of the Henredon/Ralph Lauren Collection.


The Casanova Collection from Bellatano Luxury Linens in Cafe, Taupe and Ivory.

Bellatano Style & Luxury Home; Made in Italy

A Swirl Design of Embroidery in Cafe & Taupe on Ivory Pique Matelasse with Silk Striped Pillows.


Valdese Collection by Bellatano Style. Made in Italy.

The Valdese Collection by Bellatano Style

A Regal Crest Design in four color ways;  Cafe, Ivory, Taupe & Beige.  Intricate detailed Embroidery on Sateen Sheet Sets, Duvet Cover & Matelasse Bedcover & Shams.


Newport Coast Home : A different kind of Living Room

Newport Coast Home

Chocolate Brown Velvet Wingback Chairs with wheat colored embroidery design. Custom made chairs and round ottoman.  Silk striped panels. Marble floors and stone fireplace. A cozy sitting and conversation area.

Details of Sitting Room


The Piano Room

The Piano Room just off the main Living Room. Fabulous animal print chair and gorgeous piano, but a bit challenging to work around this large piece of art.


The Entry Way

The Entry Way and Staircase. 

Entry leading into Dining Room

The Entry Way leads directly into the main Dining Room which opens to the Great Room and sitting area.

Dining Room

Details of the Dining Room Table & Chairs.  Custom.

Dining Room Table

Custom table for eight. Suede chairs with large nail heads and custom Wingback chairs for the ends in a stunning animal velvet weave.


Family Room

The family room with oversized velvet stripe chairs in greens, browns, rusts, and tan velvet. Thickly ribbed and woven velvet.

Velvet ribbed chairs

These two velvet ribbed and oversized chairs were a perfect fit for this family room which was just off the kitchen nook.  Custom chairs.



Kitchen Nook

Woven Chairs in kitchen nook. This was a temporary table which was replaced by a handmade custom wooden table with a fabulous base.



Kitchen Details

All the kitchen cabinets were stained a dark color wood along with the cabinets in the family room facing the other side of the kitchen nook.

And one more Living Conversation Room:

Conversation Room

Four Wingback Chairs in front of the fireplace create a lovely conversation room.  Luxurious Fabrics that are raised velvet in the animal pattern.  Lovely Asian Antique table.


It’s all in the D E T A I L S.   Always!  From the luxurious fabrics and warm colors to the unique ways of designing and creating custom furniture with style and a bit of Pizzazz that is a combination of glamour, beauty and vitality with some surprising details.  Easy to live with, yet comfortable and beautiful to look at.   It’s all about good design, comfort and luxury with ease and grace.  Bella Grace! Bella Design! Bella Tano Style!

If you would like more information about Bellatano Luxury Home & Bellatano Style please contact us by email at

Our Website is currently under re-construction, but you can have a peek here: 

Bellatano Style & Bellatano Luxury Home


Bellatano Style & Interior Design Stylist

Please Note:  Our new website is Bellatano Style.























Biscayne Bay – Summer 2017

Who would have thought that Biscayne Bay would be the location of a recent photo shoot with a high style collection of beautiful products by India Hicks?  What a lovely surprise!  

Only 8 miles wide and 35 miles long, Biscayne Bay is a lagoon that lies between Miami Beach barrier island and the mainland.  The old wooden Collins Bridge was renamed the Venetian Causeway that crosses Biscayne Bay between Miami and Miami Beach.  Fisher Island is a tiny little island that sits across Biscayne Bay, where my father used to deliver newspapers as a very young boy.  

I find it charming that today India Hicks introduces her new collection with the name Biscayne Bay.  It reminds me of my childhood in Miami Beach and all the many islands I used to live and play water sports growing up.

Take a peek at these gorgeous new Collections here:

India Hicks Summer ’17 

Summer 2017 on Biscayne Bay 


My parents had a high winged light pink convertible Cadillac in the early 1960’s.  It reminds me of this gorgeous white one with India in the driver’s seat.


The Biscayne Bay Tote Bag & the Baby Biscayne Bag.  Sand & Navy with Neon leather handles.


The Hook Bracelet on a perfect sandy beach.  Navy or Flamingo. Love the toenail paint!

The Hook & the Fin – Bracelets & Earrings that remind us of a Dorsal Fin. Love those Dolphins!


Sea Cord Necklaces & the Catch Necklace.  Flamingo, Storm Cloud, or Navy. So unique and lovely!


Looking Gorgeous in Biscayne Bay!


The Insta Pouches:  India Hicks style….totally unique!  Natural leather with rope handles.  Images from India’s Instagram posts of her home in Harbour Island, the Bahamas.  Very cool!


British – Bahamian and the coolest of them all… India Hicks with her Instagram Pouch.  Beautiful, unique, and always in her inimitable style.  The image is from India’s Instagram post of her dock in Harbour Island. 


 The Madly Deeply large tote Bag.  In Navy Blue Duchess fabric.  Large enough to stuff everything in for a long weekend, a day at the beach, or a long plane ride. Serious travel accessory bag!


The Royal Navy Collection of Bags; The Madly Deeply, the Duchess of Windsor, & the Baby Duchess.  Best of the Best!



The Baby Duchess;  for all your make-up, jewelry, computer cords, and essentials.  Waterproof interior.  Lovely details with IH logo in leather.


Totally cool Key Fob:  “Turn Me On”  or  “Harassed Mum”.  Perfect for the main key in your life.  Home Sweet Home.  

The Biscayne Bay Collection from India Hicks.  So many Gorgeous Goodies for Summer to choose from.  Have fun shopping and curating your very own collection here:  India Hicks Sumer ’17 



Keep Calm, Carry On & Shop for Mom! Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day Love


Our Mother’s are often our best friends.  Their love is eternal, unconditional, and forevermore.  They make us laugh at ourselves, smile at our mistakes and learn from them.  

Honor your Mom this Mother’s Day with a beautiful gift on her special day.  What will your legacy be to your Mom?  What will you give her that is unforgettable and makes her smile? 

Do you like Giving more than Receiving?  Visit my India Hicks site between Wednesday, April 26th and Sunday, April 30th and 15% of your purchase will be donated to a charity close to my heart – the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Let’s do as much GOOD as we possibly can.

Find a gift for Mom here & GIVE back: 

After April 30th, orders can be placed here:  India Hicks Mother’s Day Gifts


Fabulous Gifts for Mom:

Beauty:  Perhaps a beautiful GIFT BOX of FINE FRAGRANCE from India Hicks. All Gift Boxes ordered between April 19th and May 12th will come with the limited edition slip-over of a hand painted rose designed by India (while supplies last). 

Jewelry:  LEGACY  LETTERS  –  Inspired by India’s father, the famed Interior Decorator, David Hicks.  Gold Vermeil Necklaces that are simply stunning!


Perhaps a fabulous HANDBAG or Tote – so perfect for Mom!



Or simply a mix of Beautiful ACCESSORIES your Mom will adore!

Honor the Moms in your life with a special Gift this Mother’s Day.  She deserves your attention, your appreciation, and your LOVE.  

To shop the entire INDIA HICKS Collection and order a Gift for Mom, click here:  Personalized Gift Cards are available when you place your order.

India Hicks Mother’s Day Gifts 

To participate in the Fundraiser and send a Gift to Mom, place your order here by April 30th, 2017:

Happy Shopping!  Your Mother will Thank You for your kindness and never forget that you remembered her with a Special Gift on Mother’s Day!  Make it SPECIAL.  She is your one and only Mom! 

Legacy Letters – Alphabet of Geometric Letters

The interior decorator David Hicks (father of India Hicks) created an alphabet of geometric letters.  These designs became the wallpaper of India’s life, and everywhere she looked there they were on umbrellas, ties, slippers, notepads.  

In her own inimitable style, India Hicks introduces these Legacy Letters inspired by her father’s geometric letters.  They are meant to tell a story — your story.  Wear them well.   

Legacy Letters by India Hicks –  Necklace Initials and Chain in Gold Vermeil

Link to shop:  Legacy Letters Shopping

Beautiful geometric designs: The Legacy Letters

Each initial is bold and classic geometric, inspired by David Hicks of course! (See center photograph of David with Lady Pamela Hicks and India Hicks & family).  Notice the H initial logo design on David Hicks notebook.

The collection of Legacy Letters

Each initial has a unique geometric design. . . I love them all!  

What’s your initial legacy?

Create your own wearing two at a time…your initial, your love’s initial, or your child’s first name initial.  They are meant to tell a story — your story. Wear them well.  

India Hicks with Domino

Link to shop:  Legacy Letters Shopping

Watch the video with India Hicks & Lady Pamela Hicks:


Growing up, my father created an alphabet of geometric letters.These designs became the wallpaper of my life, everywhere I looked there they were, umbrellas, ties, slippers, notepads.Here they are again, my way…

Posted by India Hicks on Monday, March 6, 2017




Spring with India Hicks: London – Harbour Island

Open the windows.  Smell the fresh air after the rain.  Spring has sprung!  With a bit of British Heritage and a lot of Island Story, India Hicks reveals a stunning new Spring Collection that is both inspiring and beautiful. Glamorous and sexy too!  #IndiaHicks  

India Hicks – Spring 2017 in Harbour Island, The Bahamas 

I am excited to share India’s lifestyle brand with you.  A unique line of the highest quality accessories and gifts for women, infused with a sense of adventurous spirit.  Fine Fragrance, Bath & Body, beautiful Jewelry and Handbags, Scarves, Accessories, and Gifts.  (70% of the collection is priced under $100.)

Spring Collection here:  India Hicks

The Duke & The Duchess of Windsor – Even if your abdicating for a weekend, this will carry most of your kit.  The Duke luggage in dark gray.  And of course, The Duchess Computer Handbag for every busy woman on the go. 

 The Duchess in Royal Navy or Natural Gray.  This bag is named after The Duchess of Windsor.  Considered one of the most stylish women in the world, and for whom King Edward VIII gave up his throne.  A Computer Case, for the glittering worlds of London and Paris, to Manhattan and the West Coast.  Designed for the Modern Woman.

The Duchess in natural gray with leather adjustable straps and handles.  Side pocket for passport, plane tickets, and a bottle of water.  Large interior bag space and another compartment for files and papers with a magnetic closure.  Certainly the most functional and gorgeous computer bag out there.


The Jet Pack!  A very stylish and sophisticated backpack to set those hands free.  Black or Army.  Very unique design…the straps unhinge and tuck inside a pocket to turn this stylish backpack into a tote bag.  It also has a Computer insert compartment that holds your Laptop! Leather handles and trim with pockets all around.  A well thought out design! For women or men.

The stylish Jet Pack in Army.  Finally, a Gorgeous and Functional Backpack.

The Solitaire Bag – Black or Taupe;  Adjustable for any situation…the handles on both sides adjust to different heights, for a shoulder bag or carrying on the arm.  Beautiful hardware. One of a kind and  Absolutely Fabulous!

The Lady P: Black, Ivory or faux Snake –  Designed with India’s elegant mother in mind, Lady Pamela Hicks, The Lady P is understated and classic.  Crossbody or over the shoulder, or handle.  Adjustable strap. 

The Firefly – Gold Crackle;  This little bag is small, bright and perfectly formed.  Lovely for an evening out, or simply used as an accessory bag for all your goodies.

Note:  There are so many lovely bags in the IH Collection, but too many to post here.  To see the entire collection click here: #IndiaHicksStyle

Beautiful Accessories & Jewelry: 

The Crown Jewels – Dark Gray;  A place to keep your inheritance safe, such as your jewelry when traveling, this is a portable vault.  Just like Granny used to carry, but in a smaller version.

The Shuffle and Deal – Somewhere to keep your deck of debit and credit cards, and cash.

The Casino Cuff and Baccarat Earrings inside The Crown Jewel Case.

The Leticia Bracelet, Ring, and Pyramid Stud Earrings – named after India’s friend, these gold plated pieces are high-octane Glamour.  Simply Stunning!

The Double O Necklace – A smart and seductive necklace that can be worn with the O or without. Classic, Sexy, and Fabulous!

Double O – Gold plated. A winner!

The Pomander Ball Necklace – Reminded of that ancient way of carrying fragrance, this beautiful little chubby ball holds fragrance beads inside so you will always smell delightful when wearing it. My French and German Grandmothers used to wear these, and I’m so glad India has brought it back in a most beautiful and elegant design.  Stunning gold chain and fragrance beads come with.

The Pomander Ball with Fragrance Beads.  Fragrance:  Wild Spiderlily.  It comes with one bottle of the fragrance beads to refresh every 2 – 3 weeks.  Fragrance beads refills are available. 

KOMBOLOI  Prayer Bead Necklace with Tassel – The history of the Komboloi dates back to a time when monks in Mount Athos began making strands of beads by tying knots in a string at regular intervals in order to say their prayers.  In more modern times, the Komboloi is designed to simply help you chill.  Black and Gorgeous as worn by beautiful Leticia.

The Free Spirit – Himalayan Pink, Storm Gray, Burgundy, or Marigold.  Glass beads and mother or pearl.  For the woman who thirsts for adventure, this Free Spirit Necklace is as happy on a red carpet as a deserted beach, worn with a ball gown or a pair of jeans.

The Free Spirit Necklace and the Treasure Box.  Treasure Box in Mint, White, or Gray.  At last, somewhere to hide all that lovely booty.  Box is lined with heritage printed linen and the front displays our gold palm coin reminding us every day to “Live an Extraordinary Life”. 

No Hassle Tassel – Necklaces in Berry & Dark Blue, Ivory, Cloud & Pale Gray, and Khaki & Marigold. Pictured here with the White Treasure Box. Wear them as a necklace or bracelet.  I am told they will bring you good luck.

Note:  There are many beautiful pieces of jewelry in gold and silver, and accessories, but far too many to post here.  Take a peek here to see more: #IndiaHicks

India Hicks Fine Fragrance, Bath & Body, Scarves, Totes, and Pouches.  Beautiful colors, patterns, textures, and scents.

Be sure to check out our Fine Fragrances, Bath & Body, Candles, and Room Spray:  Black Hibiscus, Wild Spiderlily, English Rose, and Casuarina.  So refreshing and light….all the nasty’s have been take out.  Our lucky Beetle, which brings love and luck, is featured throughout the collections.

Have fun shopping:  #India Hicks

India Hicks at her home in Harbour Island, The Bahamas.

We’re so excited to share this lovely collection with you.  Happy Spring Ladies and Happy Shopping!  

If you’re interested in learning more about India Hicks and joining our Tribe as an Ambassador, contact Rita Tanos here:  #IndiaHicksStyle or via email: 

Thank you!

#IndiaHicks  #IndiaHicksStyle


The only way is Up! Are you looking for a New Career in 2016? Join our Tribe!

The World is our Oyster! Love Tokens in Gold or Silver.

The World is our Oyster!
Love Token

India Hicks – The Only Way Is Up!  

India Hicks “lives an idyllic existence on a Bahamian island, surrounded by five children and two dogs. And then what does she do? Sets up a world-conquering design business to empower other women.  India Hicks, granddaughter of Mountbatten, Charles and Diana’s bridesmaid, feminist.  Yes, feminist.”  It’s been so much fun helping to launch this company!!

Join us as a Style Ambassador in 2016! Have fun while earning a great income!

Join our Tribe in 2016!

Join our Tribe in 2016!

The only way is Up! Looking for a Fabulous new Career in 2016?
Join India Hicks as a Style Ambassador today.

2016 could be the most Fun & Profitable Year of Your Life!  See details here about becoming a Style Ambassador with India Hicks:

Rita Tanos & India Hicks pix

Rita Tanos & India Hicks at Palihouse in Los Angeles – November 16th, 2015

Lovely product display of India Hicks Holiday Collection 2015.

Lovely product display of India Hicks Holiday Collection 2015.

Our Ambassadors organize events called Get Togethers, where they do just that, with friends old and new, building a strong, solid business on their own time, in their own way, and on their own terms.   

Ready to jump into something new in 2016?  India Hicks is looking for savvy women to partner with.  Join our team and build a business you Love.  Bring on the New Year and join our Tribe.

India Hicks - Cruising Harbour Island with her little Dachshund.

India Hicks – Cruising Harbour Island with her little Dachshund.

Ladies, if you’re looking for a new business in 2016 that offers all the Pleasure & Rewards of owning your own Business without all the risk, then join me and India Hicks as a Style Ambassador and start earning a Fabulous Income while having Fun!

This is so doable & so easy to get started!  Check it out:


Earn a Fabulous Living while having Fun!

Earn a Fabulous Living while having Fun!

Here’s to a fabulous 2016!  Join our Tribe!  

#IndiaHicks #LiveAnExtraordinaryLife


“Madly Deeply Love”

“Madly Deeply Love” 

I love this phrase from India Hicks “Madly Deeply” as it describes perfectly all the madly and deeply places and spaces my life has taken me to, through each decade of my life. From the deepest darkest corners of a dark night of the soul, to the lifting of the heart through Grace, Gratitude and God! “Madly Deeply” can be everyone’s place and space in their lives, from the past to the present tense. It certainly has been mine. It exemplify’s everything great and grand in one’s life, as well as everything that one struggles with from time to time, and even throughout a lifetime.


Before I go on with my own story, I want to share with you what I think is absolutely gorgeous and fabulous about India Hicks. First of all, she is a very Modern Woman! India holds the reins of her own life, in her own hands and takes complete and total ownership of it all, from her family and lifestyle to her many creative expressions, including her fabulous new company “India Hicks: London – Harbour Island”. She gives it her all, in every way! Total commitment, exquisite Pizzazz, and undeniable talent…India has a gorgeous and attractive combination of vitality and glamour that touches the heart of every woman! Her authentic warmth, humor and style are evident in how she lives her life, and in every design and product she creates. From handbags and jewelry, to fragrance, gifts, scarfs and accessories, her signature style is in everything she does.  India is a passionate force of Love, Beauty, Style and Humor! Take a peek here. 


As for me and my “Madly Deeply” in this moment, today is the day I gave birth to my daughter.  She would have been 46 today.  But two years ago she passed through the veils of life into the ethereal ever after.  I can’t possibly tell you about the pain and grief and sorrow. I can only tell you that she is my “Madly Deeply”.  Her life still lives on, inside of me.  I know she is in the hands of God, just as I know she is also here with me, somehow… someway, over the rainbow, beautifully and intricately woven inside every madly deeply corner of my soul. She breaths my breath and I breath hers.  It is an eternal breath of life that lives on, past death, into eternity. 


Her last gift to me was a gorgeous enamel frame with a ladybug, vines, and crystal flowers. She is and always will be my “Madly Deeply”. I have her photograph inside this frame with ‘Angel Gabriel’ in front of it at all times. Somehow I feel she is safe and protected here. And when I look at the video of India’s “Madly Deeply” with her beautiful daughter, Domino popping up out of nowhere, I am reminded that life is full of beauty and surprises. It makes me smile and feel happy and proud to be a part of India’s Team. I am Madly Deeply in Love with it all. Thank you India for all the reminders of how Precious Life is!! 

India Hicks & Domino – Short Video:

#IndiaHicks  #MadlyDeeply #Heritage #Love #RitaTanos #Halloween2015India Hicks with her Dog

The Madly Deeply Tote

The Madly Deeply Tote by India Hicks

India Hicks – An Invitation to join our Team

India Hicks – An Invitation to join India Hicks and our Team!

India Hicks pix; with Dog

INDIA HICKS created a company so that other women could join her and run it as their own business, on their own terms, in their own time. Learn more about joining our tribe. #IndiaHicks

I hope you can join INDIA HICKS on Monday, September 14th at 5:30 pm, PST.

“LIVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE” is a Live Webinar and Call hosted by India. 

Hope you can make it!  To learn more about India Hicks or have a look around her new Fall Collection click on this link.  For more info. see our Facebook page:



The Good Life.  How Sweet It Is!


3 Dogs in tow, Pink Sand, Warm Ocean Waters, Sunshine, and a cool Wooden Boat floating around Harbour Island in the Bahamas.  Can it get any better than this?!!