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The 7 Year Itch & Picking Just One Door

05 June

Hi Everyone! 

Big news… Really Big News actually.  No time for pictures today -I just have to tell you something.

We’re restructuring Bella Villa.  By restructuring, I mean, changing the model so that I can focus (Squirrel!) on the part of the business that will give me greater flexibility and more time to actually live life. I love doors! I would go through every single one if I could. But I’m picking just one main door and behind it is Vintage Rentals!  

  

 

Wow! I finally said it!

Eeek!!  It’s taken me WEEKS to write this note, partially because I’ve been busy decorating an awesome house, cottage and barn in between several beautiful weddings, rehearsals, photo shoots and company events!!! Also because, seriously, who wants to sit at their desk and write this?  

Indeed, after 7 ½ years of offering a cool and classy shop in the great little village of Aldie (many thanks to the contribution of my family of dealers I might add), I’ve finally come to accept that, I really cannot do both jobs in the awesome and amazing way that I would like. Therefore, I am closing the door, as it were, to the retail storefront of Bella Villa. While I will miss the daily interaction with all of you, my wonderful customers and friends, I confess I am beyond excited about the change because I’m keeping the Annex as the warehouse for my Vintage Rentals inventory (along with the Squirrel Barn Studio and the Middleburg Events Studio). I will have more time to do everything better! Well, less than everything, but still alot!  I’m still going to sell directly to design clients. I’m still styling and designing and might do a show or two… I’m just not running a shop anymore. : )   

So this is how it’s goin’ down, folks.  The transition is already well underway and everything is happening super fast!!
 
The shop is closing on Friday, June 26th. Bella Villa items that are not being absorbed into the rentals inventory are 30% off!!!
 
Our hours for the last 3 weeks are Wednesday thru Sunday 11 to 5ish. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

One of the best things about the change is that not only do I get to stay in the Village, hang out at Wally’s wine shop, and continue to contribute to the Aldie Heritage Association, but I also get to decide who will be taking over the Bella Villa space, and thus be my new neighbor!!  I’m in the process of recruiting someone new to come to the village and am super excited because we’re in talks with another antiques shop, a consignment shop, a tea shop and a group of gals that want to open an Etsy-like boutique shop. All this from word-of-mouth! I wish they could all come! Aldie rocks!  

On that note, I’m still taking inquiries and a final decision will be made by July 15th if not sooner, so if you’re interested in opening your own doors in Aldie (and have me and Wally as your neighbors), send me a note, and I’ll send you the Request for Interest form. They’re due by June 26th.

Last but not least, I’m happy to report that my dealers were quickly invited to join other shops. Doors everywhere! I’ll have more on that in a subsequent post. Meanwhile, as Father’s Day is quickly approaching, I invite you to come check out the wares of our super awesome “Men’s Den” dealer, aka The Hound Dog, aka The Marlboro Man, the one and only, Chris Mueller!!

I’ll be at the shop today and Sunday if you want to pop in!  : )   

Mwa!!

Rosanna

FORTY

10 October

So the last newsletter I sent was titled “Just Got Back from Italy” and how I was looking forward to Loudoun’s food and wine festival Epicurience Virginia… I had every intention of sending more pics from Ischia along with a how-to video on eggplant parmesan the way my Zia Giovanna makes it… I was going to send pictures of all the fabulous vintage furniture I set up in the Epicurience VIP lounge and the video on how to carve a whole pig…

I’ve since helped style some of the most beautiful photo shoots and weddings yet!!

   

And at Villa Smith, we’ve given our little country bathroom a face lift.  More pics later.

   

We have gorgeous inventory at Bella Villa coming in daily! And new dealers with seriously awesome looks upstairs, whose stuff has already been selling!!

 I have great garden pictures with tasty and easy food suggestions. And there’s stuff you need to know about awesome local events! For instance, ALDIE HARVEST FESTIVAL is NEXT SATURDAY!! WHAT??

Somehow the days and weeks keep passing, and yesterday…. yesterday I turned 40.  FORTY.  Really???  WHERE has the time gone?

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I spent the morning of my 40th birthday doing what I love most, decorating with one of my dear friends who helped me for hours until we finally took a quick break at 4pm for another love – bread, decadent cheese and wine! We didn’t even stop to take a selfie!

And then… for the first time ever, little Gianni, Siena, Rocco and Carlo came to visit!!! They’re here in Virginia!!!  They all poured out of the van and literally ran up to me and hugged me one by one and then all together hollering Happy Birthday!!! at the top of their lungs. Even little 2 1/2 yr old Carlo.  I just loved every single second of it!! PLUS my Mom and Dad are here too!  And my brother Giancarlo and his beautiful wife Tina (the kids’ parents), and my middle brother Paolo too!!!  Yesterday’s hugs were some of the best I ever had. Almost everyone in my immediate family is here in Virginia, for me, on my 40th birthday.

Am missing my little brother Marco and Paolo’s fiance Gina so we’ll have to do sushi on my next trip to Cali.  Sushi fixes everything.

So I’ve just been busy, and this is why I haven’t been sending newsletters.  I didn’t even take pictures yesterday (with my own camera anyway). I just wanted to live it.  I just wanted to answer every curious question, and teach them all, and show them all, everything about our life here in Virginia, and all at once which is how they ask questions!!

Forty gets here pretty fast.  And I didn’t want to miss any of it!!

Oh. One more thing. The shop will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, October 11th because we’re celebrating my being 40, and my precious nephew, Gianni who turns 10 tomorrow, and I don’t want to miss a single thing about that either.
Since the folks at Bella Villa are like family to me too, the shop will be closed.

See you next Saturday, October 18th at the Aldie Harvest Festival!!!

Ciao!!

Rosanna

  

One Tree for Every Soldier

27 June

Hi All,

This Sunday there is a wonderful event near Aldie.  Unfortunately, I cannot attend as I will be “shop girl” so I need you all to go and then come visit me and tell me all about it.  Please?

You’re Invited to Attend a Ceremony to Dedicate

500 Trees to the American Civil War Fallen
@ Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, 2:30pm -4:30pm
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane—Leesburg, Virginia

The Ceremony will feature “The Commandant’s Own” United States Marines Drum and Bugle Corps

The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps

& The Official Color Guard of the Marine Corps

Having attended the dedication ceremony of the very first tree (of the 620,000),  I can assure you that this Sunday’s event will be worthy use of your time.

first tree

if you travel anywhere along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, but particularly along Route 15 between Aldie and Leesburg, you’re a direct beneficiary of the natural beauty these 500 trees will provide.  So important is this event that they moved it from its original date to a Sunday so that families could come be a part of it.  If I didn’t have to be shop girl, I’d be there with all of you for sure. I can never do this project as much justice as this video. Watch and you’ll see.

It’s free to the public, and all ceremony guests are invited to tour Oatlands afterwards for free as well.

Don’t forget to come visit me at Bella Villa too!! : )

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