About Bella Designs


Bella Designs was founded in 2002, after designer Diane Swenson found her client base growing beyond what she could service as a part-time job. Since then, the company has successfully completed projects for a variety of residential and commercial clients across Southern California (with a home base in San Diego) and Scottsdale, Arizona, earning accolades such as the design excellence award from San Diego Home/Garden Magazine and the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction for 2013.

Bella Designs differentiates from other interior design firms by using a collaborative style that clients welcome. Since design is very personal, Diane begins every engagement by listening to her client’s needs and dreams -- which form the blueprint of her work. Whether she is involved on a consultative basis, or in a project management capacity, coordinating complex projects, she remains true to the client’s vision.


Diane earned a bachelor of fine arts degree, with an emphasis on interior design, from San Diego State University, which is accredited by the Foundation of Interior Design Education Research (now known as the Council for Interior Design Accreditation). Diane is also certified in "Feng Shui Friendly Design". She continually supplements her formal education by attending trade shows, seminars and conferences to remain up-to-date on the latest design trends.


Designer and decorator are terms that are mistakenly used interchangeably by many people, despite the fact that there are significant differences in the qualifications and job duties of these two professions.

Interior designers have earned a college degree and may have successfully completed a two-day qualifying exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). They are trained in design aesthetics as well as safety requirements and architectural drawing, so they have the ability to envision, design, and facilitate the creation of numerous environments.

Interior decorators typically focus on aesthetics; their work is limited to assisting with how environments look. They don’t have the training required to provide the depth of services a designer can offer.

About Bella Designs