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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

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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the Bella Villa family: Sharon

01 May

You may know that Bella Villa is home to 7 dealers besides me, all of whom have their own sources, skills, paint methods, and overall looks.  It’s not like an antiques mall with 10 by 10 booths cluttered and filled with rinky dink collectibles.

IMG_0001At Bella Villa, each space has its own classy look, and most folks don’t realize where one dealer starts and another begins because we all blend so well together.  

IMG_0008For those who visit often, you know that it’s like having 8 shops in one because  we all have our own sporadic schedules for refilling and refoofing our spaces, which means you can inevitably find new merchandise all the time! 

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First in this series of posts about our Bella Villa family is Sharon Phillips. She always has at least one thing beach-related in her space.

IMG_0005Sporting  a seaside weathered look with a nod toward French,  Italian, or Industrial, her style is understated and always hip.

IMG_0012She never uses bright colors… always muted, always peaceful, always soothing, even when she uses black.

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If you’re shopping for your beach house or if you wish your regular house reminded you of the beach, Sharon has you covered!

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Her silver-haired RayBan wearing hubby, Jerry, will happily chat you up at the Eastern Market in DC where he sells her wares every sunny Sunday.  And you can friend Sharon on Facebook here - she usually posts pics of her Bella Villa bound stuff so you’ll get sneak peeks! 

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Hope you enjoyed the tour of some of the great stuff Sharon just brought to her space this week!  

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That super comfy pair of perfectly chippy Bar Harbor wicker chairs (with octopus pillows, no less!) will not last! Cheers!

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