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11 January

Hi there! Just a note to let you know that our winter project here at Bella Villa is to get our vintage rentals inventory uploaded to the website so you can see what we have at any hour of the day or night!

Red Fox Inn; June 12th, 2013

It’s ever the ongoing project partially because we continue to squirrel away new vintage pieces, but mostly because I just want to foof and style events to create memorable moments like this one!  The squirrel in me just does not want to sit at a computer uploading a database.

Shannon and Dan Briar Patch (23)

Alas, owning your own business means doing the stuff you do not like in addition to the stuff you love. Or hiring someone and delegating! Hmmm….. leaning that way. Isn’t this turkey feeder an awesome rustic wine cooler?

Shannon and Dan Briar Patch (5)

You can use it for water too, or whatever beverages you like!

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Squirrel!

So until I hire someone, don’t hesitate to send me an email requesting inspiration images. I’ll quickly send you a pdf file (or 3) with tons of images to give you an idea of what we have. If you see something you like, we can set an appointment to come check out the warehouse in person!

Shannon and Dan Briar Patch (28)

Cheers and have a great day!

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Featuring Inspiration by Middleburg Events Studio

01 August

Repost from Weddings Unveiled Blog December 2014…

This photo shoot never gets old for me…

Our signature antique doors

Our signature antique doors

With Fall approaching, it’s nice to think about how vintage furniture in unorthodox colors like green and blue can augment the beautiful colors in Virginia’s Fall landscape…

Chandys & a Cake-topped country store barrel

Chandeliers in a Barn… say no more.

Luxurious Lounge in the country

Luxurious Lounge in the country

Check out more gorgeous pictures here:

http://www.weddingsunveiledmagazine.com/2014/12/wedding-inspiration-middleburg-events-studio.html

More soon!

How to Win the Raffle!

30 January

 

Raffle Entries for every purchase from now thru next Saturday!

$250+ Raffle Prize

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All week long, you get a raffle entry for any purchase, and if your purchase amounts to more than $100, you get another entry!!  Each day between now and February 7th, you can keep entering.  Plus you get another entry on Saturday, February 7th, just for visiting during our Valentine’s Soiree!

Hope to see you this weekend!

Rosanna

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Save the Date: Feb 7th

27 January

How is it possible that almost 4 weeks have passed since the beginning of this new year??  I just don’t take the time to write about and share what’s going on… Maybe this has something to do with it??

GMatBV012I was never a good journal keeper in school. I don’t know why. I love sharing my thoughts…almost all of them in fact!  My poor Kevin can attest to that.  And when I’m not on a shpeal of my own thoughts, I read others’ and often share those… out loud… usually in the car when we’re driving somewhere. Oh yah, I’m loads of fun.

How is everyone? Good holidays?  Mine were wonderful!  We went to California and ate amazing meals, hung out with family, and played with Gianni, Siena, Rocco and Carlo. The time spent with all of them is never enough, and despite how much I love my life here in beautiful Virginia, each visit to California is always a welcome bit of added chaos to add to my hectic schedule.  Tranquility Farm - Thanksgiving Shoot

Speaking of that, we have fun plans coming up at Bella Villa!!  Save the date for our upcoming Paris-inspired Valentine’s Soiree at Bella Villa!! Saturday, February 7th starting at Bella Villa shop!!BVParis-Soiree-CoopAC

You’re all invited to join us for French macarons by Fresh Bakes, wine tasting and bubbly provided by The Aldie Peddler and a special prize raffle with gifts provided by all the dealers of Bella Villa, as well as La Bella Luce, The Aldie Peddler and Carriage House Consignment 10 minutes down the road.

10313167_1478016679099094_3880933691909951254_nYou get 1 chance just for coming, another chance if you make a purchase, and 2 chances for every purchase over $100.

Brides & Grooms: We’re also having a special promotion for you!!  Book your date by February 7th to get $100 credit toward your vintage rentals.  All in the name of love!

Looking forward to seeing you all then, if not sooner!!

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Open House This Saturday

03 December

Thank you so much for all the love and support (and purchases!) during our anniversary celebration as well as the Thanksgiving weekend!! We were wonderfully busy and so enjoyed visiting with you and meeting your family and friends!! Here we are at the end of the night… toasting another great year!

Thank you Loudoun County Style for the beautiful flowers and for unexpectedly coming to photograph our special day! Lots more pics of shenanigans and vintage stuff on Facebook!

You’re all invited to join us again this Saturday Dec 6th, 10am – 5pm for our Holiday Open House and Wally’s Wine Tasting!!

 

More deliciousness will be on the menu!  And the fantastic handmade bird houses / doll houses are going on sale for the entire month of December!! Get yours while they last – American made!!

 

Don’t forget this Saturday is also Christmas in Middleburg!! Check out the itinerary and make a day of it!!

 

Especially this time of year, there’s nothing more heartwarming than enjoying the simple pleasures of our small rural villages.

 

Shop local, Support Small, Enjoy the Village.

 

It’s because of all of you that we are here.

Thank you!!

7 Year Anniversary Celebration

17 November

Come celebrate with us this Saturday, November 22nd at Bella Villa!!  

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We’ll have delicious food all day and the Aldie Peddler is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Wine Tasting from 1-4pm next door.

The shop is decked out with Thanksgiving AND Christmas, Fall and Winter Home decor!

We are so happy to be celebrating 7 wonderful years in

Aldie!!

 Come enjoy some delicious homemade food, inspirational decor for your home and find unique and wonderful gifts for your family and friends.

This Saturday, November 22nd, 10am – 5pm at Bella Villa in Aldie, Virginia. For sneak peeks, come this week – I’ll be there starting Tuesday at 10am! ish. Yah, who are we kidding? 10-ish. ;)

Rosanna

 

 

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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

  

Styled Photo Shoot: The Maples Farm

01 August

Bella Villa is being featured on Wedding Chicks today!!  Yay!  In conjunction with their Happy Hour Post, I’m delighted to be sharing more gorgeous pics from the styled shoot that twice featured our signature antique arched doors… Composed by a team of incredible colleagues that now make up the Middleburg Events Studio, we had the privilege of styling the gorgeous Maples Farm in Upperville, VA   Enjoy!

Jodi Miller Photography;  Holly Chapple Flowers; La Bella Luce Chandeliers; Party Rentals Chairs & Table; Rachel Merkle Designs Paper Goods; Bella Villa Antiques Shop & Vintage Rentals

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Ischia and a FIAT Commercial

16 July

Hi Everyone!

Hope you’re having a great summer! My folks are in Ischia visiting family and enjoying delicious meals.

Castello e Procida

Kevin and I are hoping to join them sometime this summer.  Two of the things I miss most about Ischia. The Castello Aragonese (above), and real bruschetta where the bread is charred on the grill, rubbed with raw garlic and topped with juicy cherry tomatoes, olive oil, salt and basil.

Bruschetta at CartaromanaThis was taken at one of our favorite restaurants right on the beach. None of us have any pants on… just bathing suit bottoms, and it’s totally acceptable attire since we just walked 10 steps from our spot on the sand!

Did you notice the peaches in wine??

Here’s my Zio Michele with Spaghetti e Vongole… he thinks we’re nuts that we take pictures of food all the time. Click on his pic to see more photos from this lunch in my facebook album.

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Actually there are 3 things I miss most… the other being my wonderful relatives. Speaking of, check out this FIAT commercial my Mom made about being a Nonna who says Life Is Too Short to not eat Gluten. Am thinking FIAT must own stock some in Barilla and gluten freedom is not so good for Italy.

Anyway, my Mom cracks me up… so do “the Americani”.  Here’s the first FIAT commercial she did… Enjoy!!!

I’ll be at the shop on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this week… stop in for a visit!

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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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