Guest Blog and Giveaway – Rosanna, Inc.

Rosanna, INc.
Rosanna, Inc.
Rosanna, Inc.
Rosanna, Inc

Rosanna Bowles has a passion for capturing the sweetness of life through food and traditions. She channels that inspiration to her company Rosanna, Inc. creating a fashion-forward yet functional line of dishware that sets the table for anyone to entertain with elegance and ease. She joins us today to share how she went from a little girl with big taste to beat the odds at starting her own company. And of course, she hasn’t come empty handed!

Tell us how Rosanna, Inc. came to be
When I graduated from college, young women from my generation had to struggle to find places for themselves in the business world. My educational background made the search trickier since I had spent most of my college years studying art history, literature and Romance language, getting my Masters in Italian Language and Literature. I soon realized I wasn’t going to find my “dream job;” I needed to create it. I started “Rosanna Imports, Inc,” a company that imported hand-painted ceramics to the US from Italy. Because I spoke fluent Italian, I was able to work directly with the artisans and factories, drawing on my knowledge of art history, foreign language and design.

In the beginning, Rosanna Imports operated out of my small bungalow in Seattle. I packed and shipped all the orders myself and didn’t take a salary for three years, investing every penny back into the company. It was hard, very hard, but my dream to produce beautiful dishes for the home was so strong that I did not, would not, give up, even in the thick of the most challenging situations. In the 1990’s, I almost lost the company due to overstock, but just in the nick of time received a large order from a well-known high-fashion home store. They placed an order for $400,000.00, which ensured the company stayed afloat.

I have learned so many valuable life lessons being president and founder, as well as designer, for Rosanna Inc. As trite as it sounds, the most important lesson I learned to believe in myself. I never stopped telling myself that I could accomplish anything, as long as I never gave up and always persevered. Today, I am proud of the example I have set for my daughters. They too are young women on the path to realizing their dreams.

How would you describe your personal style and how does it influence your designs?
My personal style has been influenced strongly by my life experiences and my education. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, and my mother was my muse. She was a self-made woman from the Midwest, Kansas born and bred, with a strong commitment to the importance of family and traditions that has inspired many of my collection ideas and designs. My studies in art history also had a great influence on my aesthetic, broadening my awareness of different visual movements that I frequently incorporate in our collections.

Truly though, my most important source of inspiration is my family. I try as often as possible to incorporate the values I want to teach my children and the legacy my mother left into my designs. My goal is to live well, live mindfully, and create a foundation of love, tradition and respect as I live each day. These are the fundamental values that influence my designs.

What trends are catching your eye and how will we see them incorporated in future Rosanna, Inc. products?
Home-based entertainment, home cooking, and potluck dinners are occurring with more and more frequency across the nation. Home is becoming a place to entertain, renew, refresh and nurture. During last twenty years, I believe we’ve lost sight of the importance of homemaking and connection to those we live with, family, those we live next to, neighbors, and those we see frequently, friends.

This renewed interest in nesting reinforces the philosophy of how we design. At Rosanna, we design products that encourage the celebration of life’s small pleasures; products that help people connect, whether that means celebrating birthdays together, having a pasta dinner, or inviting friends over for a bottle of wine and appetizers. Lastly, we design products meant to be passed down from generation to generation. We strive to make our products reflect this commitment.

Let’s get to know Rosanna a little better with a “quick-fire” round of questions:

  • Blogs I check daily: Head of the Table, Décor Amor, Design in Mine, and Ju Bella.
  • My first job was: hand painting rocks, which I sold to a local department store when I was 12.
  • My favorite color is: black.
  • I cannot live without: my children and family.
  • My favorite guilty pleasure is: old-fashioned candy!
  • The best advice I ever received is: “Don’t give up.”
  • A cause I care deeply about is: children’s education.

It’s giveaway time:
Rosanna, Inc Le Gateau Pedestal Large Let them eat cake! Rosanna has generously offered one lucky winner a large Le Gateau Pedestal! To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment here or on our Facebook page telling us about the most delicious cake you ever ate. Contest ends Friday, October 29th at 6pm EDT. And be sure to check out our newest arrivals for holiday from Rosanna!

 


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50 Responses to “Guest Blog and Giveaway – Rosanna, Inc.”

  1. sydney85 Says:

    The best cake I have ever eaten was in Paris. It was a delicious vanilla cake, buttercream filling with passionfruit frosting. I would go back to this restaurant each night just for a piece of cake.

  2. Kristina of Kristina's Confections Says:

    I love, love, love Rosanna’s pedestal. I don’t think there is anything better than unique, white pedestal serving pieces!

    The most amazing cake I have ever had is a three layer coconut cake from a small diner called Jimmy’sGrille in Bridgeville, DE. Simply amazing.

  3. Kimberli Says:

    My step-moms Italian Cream cake, she made it every year for my dad’s birthday.

  4. deanna Says:

    The most delicious cake I have ever eaten is a hummingbird cake! I LOVE cake and pick it over any dessert any day! So I have had many different kinds and flavors. Although my grandmother makes a killer tomato soup cake!!

  5. Michelle Says:

    I have an Italian Wedding Cake recipe that is to die for!!!

  6. Barbara Ann Bottomly Says:

    Oh how I would love to win this. I never win anything, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.
    Thanks for the chance :)

  7. Koren Says:

    my mom’s german chocolate cake!

  8. kribss Says:

    i’m a sucker for one of our local bakery’s carrot cake. thank goodness they’re half an hour away!

  9. Kristen Says:

    I love love love German Chocolate Cake… yum

  10. Suzanne Lafreniere Says:

    This pedestal is gorgeous!

  11. melissa Says:

    I made a guinness chocolate layered cake for a friend’s birthday. It was so moist and delicious. It would look beautiful on a cake stand!

  12. Susan Says:

    What an amazing story and company… beautiful!! My favorite cake was my wedding cake. I married a Belgian and had no idea what to expect but there were giant sparklers coming out of it. And it tasted like heaven too. Thanks for the chance to win something so beautiful.

  13. Mary-Frances C. Says:

    The most delicious cake that I’ve ever eaten was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. It was super delicious!

  14. Kristina McCook Says:

    Best cake ever is my Grandma Mickey’s homemade Angelfood Cake…It just doensn’t get any better!

  15. sheila Says:

    The best cake I ever ate was a heart shaped cake my aunt make for me for my 16th birthday. She was a master cake decorator and had placed 16 thin pink taper candles in graduated sizes around the edge of the cake. I don’t remember the flavor of the cake, but I loved my aunt so much and was so touched that she baked it for me. Even more importantly, I saved the candles from that cake and my aunt has agreed to make the same cake for my daughter’s 16th birthday in two years. I can’t wait!

  16. Melissa Says:

    The best cake I ever ate was the one for my baby shower. I don’t know who made it, but it was amazing! I always did crave sweets with my oldest daughter though, so that may have had something to do with it.

  17. Suburban Prep Says:

    The best cake I ever had was my wedding cake. It was chocolate with a raspberry and chocolate ganache filling. It had a white chocolate frosting it was just a melt in your mouth cake.

  18. Jill P Says:

    Oh I NEED this cake stand! I love baking, and I can see a layered cake or even cute cupcakes or mini tarts looking great arranged on this versatile piece!

  19. lace Says:

    The most delicious cake was a chocolate ganache cake my brothers friend made (she’s a pastry chef) and it was amazing.

  20. Melisa Says:

    My mom’s homemade Lemon Poppy Seed cake! Yum….makes me want some now!

  21. Megan K Says:

    I can’t remember what it was called, but it’s a rich chocolate layer cake with chilled buttercream, chocolate ganache and dark chocolate chunks. Would look aaaah-mazing on this pedestal!

  22. Kristina Kizis Says:

    The Best cake I love is Kahlua cheesecake…It’s so good!

  23. Schmidty Says:

    The very best cake I’ve ever eaten is dobache (doberge?) cake from a small family owned french bakery called Poupart’s in south Louisiana. Eight very thin layers with frosting between each, with a wonderful chilled chocolate outer covering.

  24. Verlan D Says:

    I love Italian Wedding Cake!

  25. Nicole Young Says:

    White chocolate cake with strawberries. Fresh like spring. Delicious!

  26. charmaine bensley Says:

    best cake i ever ate was an Italian Creme Pudding Cake

  27. Katie Says:

    A carrot cake with really good cream cheese frosting!

  28. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. Says:

    What a great story of following your heart and persevering even when times got tough! Love all your serving pieces, they are beautiful! The best cake I ever ate is my mom’s Italian Cream Cake…YUM, wish I had a piece right now!

  29. Amber Gi Says:

    The best cake I ever ate was one my bama made. It was a “dump” cake. She threw everything you can imagine into it and it was great! Pumkin seeds white and milk chocolate walnuts a few cashews some coconut and i don’t know what else!)

  30. Cheryl Marunde Says:

    My mother-in-law’s Yule Log Cake. Every Christmas after dinner, she brings it out and everyone already knows how good it’s going to taste. A real treat and a beautiful tradition.

  31. Lauren Says:

    the chocolate cake (called “prozac”) at memphis bakery muddy’s bake shop is to die for!

  32. Heather Says:

    My mother in law makes a reeses peanut butter chocolate fudge cheesecake that is absolutely to die for!!

  33. Kelly S Says:

    One of my best friends had the most AMAZING red velvet cake at her wedding. I am not even a huge red velvet fan but I loved this one.

  34. Barb Says:

    My mom’s homemade almond Poppy Seed cake.It’s amazing!

  35. Elisabeth M. Says:

    The best cake I’ve ever eaten was an almond and raspberry sponge cake at a little tea room in Yorkshire. It was served with warm custard. Delicious!

  36. Ivona Says:

    Yeay, I love Rosanna stands!

    The best cake I have ever had was a Schwartzwald cake in a Vienna coffee shop. Nothing beats a Schwartzwald cake:)

  37. Nancy Says:

    The best cake I ever ate, was my daughters first birthday’s deep chocolate cake with a simple swiss meringue vanilla buttercream. It was sooo moist, that even four days later (I know, I know), the cake tasted like it did three days earlier. The added bonus was, it was peanut free so my Godson was able to eat it with all his allergies!! I will never forget the day, or the amazing cake.

  38. Jennifer Keierleber Says:

    My wedding cake… Italian Cream!

  39. Nan Says:

    The most delicious cake I’ve had was when a friend made me a delicious Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting for my birthday! It was my first introduction to Red Velvet and I’ve loved it since! :)

  40. Beth J. Beal Says:

    The best cake I ever had was when I lived in South Jersey about 20 years ago. It was an Italian cream cake made by an elderly woman named Isabelle Weiss. It had three rum soaked layers of yellow cake filled with vanilla cream, chocolate cream and raspberry cream. All encased in a yummy butter-cream frosting. When sliced, it looked as beautiful as it tasted!

  41. Kimberly Whitfield Says:

    The most delicious cake I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating was a White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cheesecake. Now I have to go find some!! :)

  42. Nina Says:

    The chocolate cake with pink icing that my sister made for me when I graduated from university!

  43. ella Says:

    I LOVE my own Chocolate Orange Torte. :)

  44. Kathy P Says:

    The most delicious cake I ever ate was a Raspberry Chocolate Mousse cake at Le Notre at the Paris in Las Vegas!!!!

  45. FoxyMomma Says:

    oh! these dishes are beautiful!! i love red velvet cake with cream cheese icing!

  46. erinkathleen Says:

    Every year for my birthday my mom makes me carrot cake…delicious, moist, absolutely perfect carrot cake. My first year of college, I was feeling especially down around my birthday…so my mom overnighted a 9×13 pan of carrot cake & a huge tub of cream cheese frosting. That was without a doubt the best cake I’ve ever had. She kept up the tradition all through college…and even gave all my roommates the recipe so they could make it after school! (Yes, it’s that good.)

  47. Kathleen Gereg Says:

    My Mom’s hot milk sponge cake with glazed fruit topping…superb!

  48. Morgan Says:

    Mmmm the most delicious cake I’ve ever had was a moist carrot cake with a cream cheese topping and oven-dried pineapple slice embellishments. Out-of-this-world delicious!

  49. ashley Says:

    such a great interview. i love hearing the background stories and I would love a cake stand. My current favorite is hummingbird cake!

  50. Becca Bond Says:

    I’ve never met a cake I didn’t love. If I HAD to choose, I’d say decadent dark chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Yummmmm