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“Think Bella!” – “Think Paris! – 1. a sentimental yearning for a reality that isn’t genuine. 2. an irrecoverable condition for fantasy that evokes nostalgia or day dreams”

Posted on May 15, 2017

INSPIRATION:   a: the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.  b: the act of influencing or suggesting opinions

“” – our website is easy to remember.

Whether your Goal is to get back in to Shape, plan your next Vacation or Raise the Drama in your Home or Business, “Inspiration is the Fuel” that will put your action plan in to… Motion!

“Think Bella!” – When you are ready to explore some New Interior Design Ideas for your Home or Business, we would love to meet with you.  Bella Faux has one of the largest portfolios of  “Color, Texture & Effect” to choose from… in a variety of Decorative Finishes.

Call or Text, David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759 if you would like to schedule a meeting.

From Decorative Finishes, Italian Venetian Plaster, Wallpapering, Interior Painting to Column Marbling, we offer a service to make planning your project easier.

Also, to Learn more about Bella Faux Finishes, “Like Us on Facebook”.  Here is where we share our New Ideas First!


I Love the New Song from “The Chainsmokers – Paris”!  

We all need a little “Inspiration” some times… to get us Moving!


“My Dad at age 90, is still my Inspiration…”

“Don’t forget to “Like Us on Facebook” if you would like to learn more about our Art!”

“Mark, David & Owen Nordgren… this is our Team!”



“Think Bella!” – “Are you Looking for Wow Ideas? Visit Bella Faux, share your Unique Area and we will share some Wow’s!”

Posted on April 16, 2017

You know…where the Unique Areas are in your Home or Business. 

Now, “Your”… Challenge is to find a… “Unique Effect” for this space.

Since 2005, Bella Faux Finishes has specialized in:  New Decorative Finishes, Faux Finishes, Italian Venetian Plaster, Italian Finishes, Italian Art and Marbling.

David and I have been invited to share our Art and Ideas on so many fun projects!

When you are ready to explore some New Ideas, we would love to hear about your project.

Just Call or Text…  “David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759” to schedule a meeting.

Also,  “Like Us on Facebook”  if you would like to learn more about Bella Faux Finishes, our Art and New Interior Design Ideas!

“Below, one of my Mentors, Las Vegas famous Master Theme Artisan – Barth White”

“Bi-Color – Imported Italian Venetian Plaster”… with wide color values, a challenging Finish for this large of a wall, but will create marble movements that are more unique for the final effect…

“Visit… “” when you are looking for New Interior Design Ideas!”

“Single Color – Imported Italian Venetian Plaster”

“Call or Text… David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759 if you would like to meet!”

“My Mom passed away in January, she was so proud of us. I think about her every single day…”

“Bella Says… What do think?  Do you have a Unique Area in your Home or Business?”

“Mark Nordgren founder of Bella Faux Finishes, LLC” 

“Think Bella!” – Does your Home or Business have any annoying “Bruises”?… Bella Faux can Help!

Posted on March 15, 2017

The Decorative Finishes and Faux Finishes on the Walls of every Home or Business, are eventually going to get… “Clocked” and “Bruised” by something!  

Unfortunately… it’s inevitable!

With Kids running around, people Moving In and Moving Out or just Life Happening, it is almost Impossible to keep our Walls in Perfect Condition.

If the “Bruises” are starting to add up and you are getting tired of looking at them on your walls, give Bella Faux Finishes a call.

We will come out and see what the damage is and let you know if there is anything that we can do to make the “Bruises” go away…

Note – There is never a charge for a consultation. We will give you our opinion on how to fix it, if we can.

Also, “Bella Faux”,  has some Exciting News to announce soon, we will share more in the next month or two, when finalized.

Our company name Bella Faux Finishes, is sometimes hard to remember. But our website is very easy to recall when you need some help.  Just visit…   “”

If you are Interested in our Art, “Like us on Facebook”, here is where we share our New Art and Ideas first!

So… if you have an old Decorative Finish or Faux Finish on your walls that needs a quick fix, give us call!

You can “Call or Text“, Artisan – David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759 to schedule an appointment.  He will get back to you as soon as he can.

“Train does a great job explaining all of Life’s Bruises…”


“At Bella Faux Finishes, we have a wide variety of Decorative Finishes to share… if you are Looking for New Ideas?”


“Below, Artisan – Mark Nordgren, laying some base veining on a column.”



“Think Bella!” “My late Mom loved Bright Colors. Lavender was her Favorite… What is yours? (I Miss My Friend…)

Posted on February 15, 2017

“Color Theory Basics” – Why do some Paint Colors always look good together?

Choosing the Perfect Paint Color for a project is one of the most challenging steps in the Interior Design process. First Decision… you have to hit your Color Right! 

If you just beginning a New Project and Hungry for some New Ideas, we would love to meet with you. We can help you with your core paint colors and then share a wide portfolio of Decorative Finishes.

If some of your Colors are becoming a little dated and you would like to “Wow” your home, give us call!

You can reach David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759, just Call or Text him to schedule a meeting.

Also “Like Us on Facebook” if you would like to learn more about our Art!


“”  You will Love our Decorative Finishes…

I asked my Mom, what is the key to your successful marriage?  Mom replied, your Dad and I are “Best Friends”… we Trust each other.  Mom passed away in January at age 92.  They would have been married 69 years this Valentines Day.  If you are fortunate to be married to your Best Friend, don’t let them go!  Missing my Mom, wanted to honor her and share a little hint of the Love and Magic she brought to the world…”


“Dad talks about Mom every day. He said, I miss my friend…”

“Below, the last two pictures I have of Mom…”

“Holding their wedding license…”


“Think Bella!” – “Warm Gray Colors in your Home? If Yes, “Are You Ready” to explore a Unique Effect to compliment it?”

Posted on January 15, 2017

Today the Warm Gray colors are a popular as ever. Black is one of my favorite colors in dress and in the studio when we are creating New Decorative Finishes. So with the beautiful gray colors in so many homes today, this is a fun time to be creating New “Colors, Textures & Effects” to compliment them.

If you have a Unique area in your Home or Business that you have a sense could use a bump up in effect, David & I would love to meet with you.  We have a wide variety of Decorative Finishes to test for effect in your home.

To schedule a meeting you can reach David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759. You can Text or Leave a Message, he will get back to you as soon as he can. 

Also, Like Us on Facebook, if you would like to learn more about our Art and be the first to view our New Decorative Finishes!

Free Consultation – If you have heard about Bella and are interested in Viewing some of our Decorative Finishes, but are concerned about pricing, we understand. We have Decorative Finishes in almost every price range. Here is how our first meetings go:

(1) Call or Text David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759 to schedule a meeting about your project.

(2) David & I will meet with you, view your project, share ideas and present samples.

(3) If you find a sample you like, we will then take pictures and measure the unique area you would like to introduce it.  Meeting over.

(4) Email:  We will email you the pricing for your project. 

(5) Then, you will decide from there if you want to go ahead with the project or not. Just email us or text David your decision.

(6) Finally, there is “Never Ever” a hint of obligation. David & I are glad we had the opportunity to meet you and view your project.  We do not follow up with phone calls or emails.  We just share our ideas and pricing for Art.  So again, no obligation, just the opportunity to view some unique Art…

“We also a carry Wide Variety of Decorative Finishes for the rest of the Rainbow…”

“Finally… January was rough month as my mother passed.  Mom was 92, brought so much joy and love to everyone she met. I am still in shock, have a hard time believing that she is not with us. I know she is in a better place though. My family and I will carry her Love, Magic and Passion for Life forward! Love you Mom, I think about you every day…”




“Think Bella!” – “It Won’t Be The Same This Year”… To Everyone who has Lost a Loved One this year, Cherish those Memories and Carrying their Magic Forward…

Posted on December 15, 2016

This month, as David and I break for the holidays, we want to take a moment to remember any friends or family members that will not be with us this Christmas.

This year we lost Kathy’s Mom… Glennis, after a 13 year struggle with the miserable Alzheimers disease. We lost her husband Richard about 5 years ago. We loved them both so much! Christmas truly was Glennis’s favorite holiday.  

For our family, Christmas won’t be the same this year…

David and I wish everyone the Best this Christmas!

Below, Michael Nordgren & Glennis Morse


Below, Mark & Kathy Nordgren, Richard & Glennis Morse

Below, Michael, Richard, David & Glennis

Glennis loved the Holidays!

Below, Glennis, Nancy, Kathy & Kim

Below, my Mom, Glennis & Kathy

Below, last visit to their farm…

“McDonalds Mocha Frappe… Glennis Loved them!  We would also bring a splitter and together listen to the incredible Ray Price… or her favorite Christmas music. This always brought a little joy to her day… ”

Below, Glennis’s children, Debbie, Rick & Kathy

Below, Bill, Glennis & Christi 

Below, Amber, Glennis, David and baby Owen

“Glennis loved it when we brought Bella. They always connected with each other. All we had to say to Bella was, do you want to go see Grandma and she would go crazy…”

Below, Owen says goodby to Glennis, in a way that only a child can express…

“Glennis we will never forget you!  Our family will carry your Magic & Traditions forward…”

“Have a Great Christmas everyone!  Take Lots of Pictures, Hug them and Love them, like you may never see them again…”



“Think Bella!” – Can the Color of your “Iris” reflect your Interior Design Preferences? Maybe…”

Posted on November 15, 2016

I believe that the “Color of your Iris” can reveal subtle preferences in Interior Design.  It is just a theory, but I think that the beauty of the eye is shared in many of our choices. 

There are very few things more “Beautiful” than the color of ones eyes!

How often do you really look at the color of someones Eyes?

“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”   –  Audrey Hepburn

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.”  – Victor Hugo

“The eye is the jewel of the body.”    – Henry David Thoreau

“The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want…”  – F. Scott Fitzgerald                                                                                                                        

This month, I want you to think about Color, Texture & Effect.

What are some of the Unique Colors in your Home?

Are there areas in your home that you would like to update?   

Would you like to share some New Interior Design Ideas and Test Sample Finishes?

Remember,  you just need to introduce a… “Taste” of a New Effect!

David and I are not big on having Faux Finishes everywhere. It will smother the Interior Design Effect of the Home.

But locating the perfect area and then presenting a Remarkable Decorative Finish will raise the Drama like you have never seen before. Page through some of our previous blogs, to view project pictures.

If you would like to share some ideas about your project, you can Call or Text David Nordgren at (605)  201-1759.  

David handles all of our scheduling and he will get back to you as soon as he can.

Unique Homes and Projects are created by Individuals that step out of their comfort zone and test New Ideas for “Color, Texture & Effect”.  

Stunning Projects do not happen without Great Effort!

Someone on the Design Team had to reach out for New Ideas…


“We have many New Samples of Decorative Finishes and Italian Art to Share…”


“With Winter revealing its chilling magic upon us,  I really needed some Summer inspiration from Johnnie Rzeznik and The Goo Goo Dolls. They share their passion in their hit song “Iris”!   Great Band that Kathy & I enjoyed seeing again last Summer!”



“Kathy & Bella wish everyone the Best this Holiday Season!”

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“If you would like to learn more about our Art, “Like Us on Facebook”.  Here is where you will see most of our New Finishes and New Projects First.

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“Think Bella!” – Historically, the World’s Most Unique Decorative Finish…”Imported Italian Venetian Plaster”…Incredible!

Posted on October 15, 2016

In 2005, I asked an Artisan friend of mine,  “Vallie Duncan” a question. Vallie, what is it about Italian Venetian Plaster and the Italian Finishes?  I told him I was just crazy about them, its hard to describe this emotion.

Vallie and I both attended “The School of Italian Plasters”.

“Vallie said, Mark… it’s a “Love Thing”!

“Once you understand the “1000 year old history” of this remarkable finish, the Longevity it has had for hundreds of years on Walls and Ceilings… throughout Europe. Then step back and try to visually understand the breathtaking effects it can bring to a room.  There has never been another Decorative Finish like it!”

Vallie is recognized as one of the Best Artisan’s in the states. To view some of Vallie Duncan’s Incredible Art and Projects. visit Vallie’s website:  “Plasters of Italy”

Since 2005, David and I have shared “Our” Passion for imported “Italian Venetian Plaster” and the unique “Italian Finishes”!

Imported Italian Venetian Plaster is the Rarest of Decorative Finishes in the Midwest. Very Few home have introduced this finish. When we started, many Interior Designers had never seen it before…

But around the states, East, West, and around the world they are the “Preferred Decorative Finish” on many Grand Estates.

David and I have been honored to share our Art on many projects, Large and Small. We have enjoyed all of them!

So the Question for You?  If you have a unique area in your home and would like to view samples of “Imported Italian Venetian Plaster”, Lets Talk, we would love to meet with you.

If you would like to share some ideas about your project and schedule a meeting:

Call or Text…. David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759. David handles all of our scheduling and will get back right away.

Also if you would like to view more of our Art, “Like Us on Facebook!” Here you will be the first to view our New Decorative Finishes and New Projects.

Below, the Magic of Italy…



This month, I truly needed the magic of “Luciano Pavarotti – Nessun Dorma” 

Incredible Performance!  The music is from the third act of Puccini’s opera Turandot. (I had to look that one up…) 

Nessun Dorma means “None shall sleep”


“Below… My Mentor & Friend, the late “Doyle Self”.  Doyle was a Master Artisan and founder of  “The School of Italian Plasters”.  His Passion and Love for Italian Art… Changed my Life Forever!  

Also pictured below, I am holding a “Unique Italian Finish” in the early stages of the finish. My sons David & Michael Nordgren are also pictured, burnishing imported… “Italian Venetian Plaster”.


“Below Imported Italian Venetian Plaster, Cool to the touch.  One of most challenging Decorative Finishes to Master for an Artisan. Literally turns back into a “Thin Layer of Real Marble”!   Remarkable 1000 year old Decorative Finish!

Bella Faux Finishes –  Below are some pictures of past projects where David & I have introduced imported “Italian Venetian Plaster”. 


Below, Italian Venetian Plaster is a Matte Effect when viewed from the front.



Call or Text David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759  if you would like to meet and share some ideas about your project!





 Our Website is easy to remember,  “”.  If you would like view our Wide Variety of Decorative Finishes and share Ideas about your project, we would love to meet with you.

Also, click on previous “Think Bella!” Blog Posts to view various Decorative Finishes.

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If you would like to be the First to View our New Decorative Finishes and New Projects!

David and I, would be honored to have you “Like Us on Facebook”!

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“Think Bella!” – It is Really Difficulty to “Stop The Feeling” when the historic “Art of Marbling” gets in your Bones…

Posted on September 16, 2016

Mar-bling“The Act, Process, or Art of Coloring or Staining in imitation of variegated marble.”

Bella Faux Finishes, LLC Mission Statement:  The Mission Statement and Goal of the Artisan’s at Bella Faux Finishes, LLC is to create… “Unique and Original Art”, presenting our Clients with the opportunity to view and introduce a Wide Variety of the Best Decorative Finishes from around the World.

Service Area:  Bella Faux Finishes, LLC is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But we offer our Services throughout the Midwest for a Unique Project. States such as South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, including Las Vegas, Nevada and many more Fun Locations!

Just give us a Call to share your Project!  Our Office Number is (605) 362-5750

Our “Target Audience” are those interested Homeowners, Interior Designers, Architects and Contractors that looking to introduce a “Color, Texture and Effect”, that will:

(1) Interrupt the Senses.

(2) Compliment all of the Various Colors on the “Project Board or Mood Board”.

(3) Create “The Wow Effect” in their Home or Business.

Important – If you are beginning a New Project and would like to “Break Away” from the common and make your Home or Business Unique,  David and I would love to meet with you, hear about your project and share some ideas.

Meeting and Project Scheduling – To quickest way to contact Bella Faux Finishes, LLC and Schedule a meeting!

Call or TextDavid Nordgren at (605) 201-1759. He will get back to you as soon as he can. David handles all of our scheduling.

“” – Our website is Easy to Remember!  “”

Bella Faux Finishes ServicesInterior Design ServicesInterior Painting, Decorative Finishes, Faux Finishes, Italian Venetian Plaster, Italian Finishes, Column Marbling and Unique Historic Art from Italy. Note – We do offer Wall Paper Services, but lately we have been busy with the various finishes, that we have been referring Wall Paper requests to other companies.

Bella Faux Finishes Marbling Below:


Great Song!  I needed to share the Talents of “Justin Timberlake”!   He knows that Sometimes, you just… “Can’t Stop The Feeling”!  



Inspiration Below: Eight Marble Samples below, Seven are real marble… except the one in the middle, which was done by a famous Artisan.


Inspiration Below: St Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD


Bella Faux Finishes Marbling Below: Inspiration came from the Cathedral Columns. I used bolder colors and chose not to over glaze with a darker color, I was feeling good about where this one evolved. Note – There are many possibilities here, could go much darker or much lighter…


Below, Artisan – Mark Nordgren, 2005 Founder/Co-Owner of Bella Faux Finishes, LLC.  “Marbling Columns… One of my favorite Arts!”


Bella Faux Finishes Marbling Below:


Inspiration Below: Famous Artisans Art in the surrounding pictures. Bella Faux Finishes Art in the center picture.


Bella Faux Finishes Marbling Below: “Four different “Bella Marble” samples, with various styles of veining. Project “Perspective” and “Distance” will determine the style of veining that is needed, to impact and create the desired visual effect for the project.”


Below “Project Board or Mood Board”, don’t start your project without one!

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Below, Artisan – David Nordgren – Co-Owner of Bella Faux Finishes, LLC. Detailing imported Art from Italy.

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Bella Faux Finishes Portfolio – We offer a Wide Variety of Decorative Finishes from around the World…

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“Like Us on Facebook” – If you are interested in learning more about our Art, “Like Us on Facebook”.  You will then be the first one to View our New Art and Projects. We have many people that follow us searching for “New Interior Design Ideas” for a Future Project.

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Below, David and Amber’s Son  Owen James Nordgren, “Can’t Stop the Feeling”!

“A three year old getting a Haircut is… Exciting!”





“If you are Open to the Idea that your Backsplash,  can be more than just a home for only Tile, then give us a call.

David and I would love to present you various samples that would separate your home from everyone else’s.  Below is a short video of a project in progress.”



“Think Bella!” – For your next Project, we have many Interior Design Ideas!



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“Think Bella!” – Introducing just One “New Dramatic Effect” can WOW even a… “Notbroken” Interior Design Plan!”

Posted on August 12, 2016

Important – There is no such thing as the… “Perfect Interior Design Plan”.

From the day your project is completed, you will be presented with various Ideas and discover Opportunities in your home where you could have chosen a different Color, Fabric or Texture to create an even higher level of drama.

Many times you will become aware of a unique area in your home that you realize needs more than just a common paint color

“Opportunities are Everywhere” – It could be a “Accent Wall, Niche, Backsplash, Bathroom Walls, Tray Ceiling, Entryway, Family Room, Range Hood or Column“.

Once a New Idea grabs a hold of you and pulls you out of your Interior Design Comfort zone, it is going to be really hard to go back.

You realize that there is so much more you can do with your project.

Imagine any of the below Columns just painted White.

White Paint is not going to set your Senses on Fire with the tactile desire to Feel and Touch a Unique Effect.”

“But… Introducing the perfect “Decorative Finish”,  can and will create a higher level of Drama!”

Short post this month as we are in the studio with new Decorative Finishes and starting various projects.

Below are two marble samples we are working on that are in the early stages.

This Unique Marble you may recognize…

“Like us on Facebook”… if you would like view the final effect of these two marble samples. The marble samples still have many more layers to add before they are ready to be presented to the World…


Below, the beautiful Columns at “St. Joseph Cathedral” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Master Artisans began by creating and laying down a structure for the marble effect. Many more layers of effect followed, that resulted in the dramatic columns that thousands of people see today at… “The Cathedral”.


“Las Vegas has so many unique Columns to Inspire an Artisan. Learning how a marble finish is structured is the first step to learn, if you wish to create a… realistic marble finish.”


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“After a busy year, our July Vacation started with seeing one of my favorite singers, “Johnny Rzeznik” and his band the “Goo Goo Dolls”, at the Cove in Council Bluffs. They have so many great hits!”

“Here Johnny sings a phenomenal song “Notbroken“,  about a relationship and a young man going off… to War. Most have never heard this song. I listen to their music on so many projects to Inspire…”



“Following the Goo Goo Dolls, Kathy and I headed to Las Vegas for a week.  I had the opportunity to spend two days with “Master Artisan – Barth White” again and breakdown the various techniques used to create a dramatic Marble Finish.”

Barth White and his Artisans were involved in so much of the magic that you see today in the various Hotels in Las Vegas. Great Friend… I learned many new methods to structure a Unique Marble Finish!”




Barth White dropping me back off at Caesars. Kathy and I will relax… “Pool, Party & Play” for a few days,  then back to the studio to practice what I just learned…”



“Kathy’s younger brother Rick Morse came out from California to spend a day with us too!”





“If you would like to share some ideas about your project, you can reach David Nordgren at (605) 201-1759. Call or Text him and he will get back to you.”


“If you are the owner of “Sleeping White Columns”, you may want to remember “”. We have some ideas I think you will love!””



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