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Valentine’s Shoot Featured on Trendy Bride

14 February

Am always humbled when our work is published… On this Valentine’s Day, Trendy Bride is showing us some love by featuring our Watercolor Romance Styled Shoot. Beautifully captured by JofFoto, the images evoke vibrant, passion-filled romance where pinks and reds overcome every shade of gray!

“He found the colors to paint her where the world had left her grey”

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Inspired by Atticus Poetry

Happily introduced to the Bella Villa inventory collection on occasion of this shoot is the vintage menu stand above. Our artistic groom used it as a unique easel for painting his muse. View More:       View More: Totally fibbing.  That was just for the shoot… the real artist was Lazy Dog Art Studio who painted her interpretation of the Atticus quote as that poignant watercolor you saw above… did you notice she’s grey in the picture and he’s breathing color into her?  I love it.

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If you’ve never been to Rust Manor House and Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg, VA it is absolutely worth a visit as the Audubon Naturalist Society is also located there and I’m pretty sure they love squirrels. Also, along with Aldie Mill Historic Park, another unique Loudoun County venue located just across the road from the Bella Villa warehouse, Rust Manor is open to the public!  I digress. Back to the shoot… We also introduced these awesome new red velvet bergere chairs, which have yet to be named. Feel free to post suggestions on my Facebook page.  Gorgeous to add a punch of color to any lounge!

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They’re so comfy and feature the same body style as the pair of Siena & Chiara pink velvet tufted chairs, but the new ones are red and have a smooth back (no tufting).

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We also featured two very feminine “occasional” tables… the petite mint green serpentine console. So gorgeous and was perfect for the card and gift table. And of course, you can see the inspirational quote beautifully scribed in watercolor.

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So perfect with all its chippiness, fancy hardware and curvy body. Like a woman!  Those droopy tulips in the drawer make my heart skip!

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We displayed Sweet Pink Bakery’s gorgeous cake (complete with Cupid’s arrow!) atop our white frenchy table and displayed the gorgeous blooms from Danielly’s Boutique’s in the caged bottom area.

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And this might be one of my favorite things to rent… tableside bubbly for the bride & groom… I love love love using this fancy urn in lieu of a traditional ice bucket. Anyone can have an ice bucket. It takes a genius (that’s what I like to tell myself) to see creative, yet practical, uses for ordinary objects. Although, this urn is hardly ordinary!

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Thanks for reading! I’ll have more photos from this shoot on my Facebook page. Meanwhile, take a look at the full team of creatives listed below and don’t forget to check out the Trendy Bride post! If you’re compelled, leave a comment… share some love. The world needs more of it.
And Happy Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!



Photographer:  JOFFOTO//Event Designer: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design//Heirlooms and extras: Bella Villa Antiques & Vintage Rentals//Model: Daniel Bachelet//Floral Designer:Danielly’s Boutique//Model: Ellie Thomposon//Dress Store:Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria//Art: Lazy Dog Art Studio//Calligrapher: Mommy In Pink//Reception Venue: Rust Manor House and Nature Sanctuary//Cake DesignerSweet Pink Bakery//Makeup Artist: Tmak Artistry // Valentine’s Day 


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!



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!



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:

More soon!

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!  : )   



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!!




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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Wedding Sneak Peek

25 June

Hi there!

Just wanted to quickly share some pics from a wedding I styled last weekend! The grounds are beautiful at Zion Springs B & B in Hamilton!  And Rebecca Chase of Icing on the Cake Events did a nice job coordinating the day’s activities.

Zion SpringsThe couple chose our arched European farmhouse doors for their ceremony… J Morris Flowers did a beautiful job accessorizing them…

Doors 2…and filling our galvanized garden buckets with hydrangeas and greens.  I love these farm buckets… we use them to collect veggies in the garden and bring water to our chickens…

Ceremony Buckets DoorsZion Springs provides these black wrought iron chairs as part of their package.

Here’s a snippet of the bar we put together for them. 2 Barrels and a door make a great bar! More galvanized tubs for ice and bottled drinks!

Chalkboard, Bar, BarrelMy favorite of course is always the lounge… the lounge areas make me smile.  No flowers yet.  We set water-filled mason jars on the end tables  so the bridesmaids could rest their bouquets in them after the ceremony. It’s a great way to put the bouquets to work once their ceremony job is done.

lounge side view 2We put this lounge beneath the beautiful pergola… the bride allowed the addition of a chandelier on our last site visit.  Smart girl… it was a big hit that evening.   A chandy makes all the difference.

LoungeSince the bridesmaids wore navy dresses, we incorporated touches of blue throughout the decor… Below you can see the blue Victorian table chosen for the Welcome area… We also had a blue dresser vanity for the drink dispensers. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a pic, so I can’t wait to see Aaron Riddle‘s pics.  Will share as soon as I receive.

Welcome TableI love the signs that the bride and groom made… Indeed, happily ever after started right there! : )

Happy Wednesday!! I’ll be at Bella Villa today, Friday and Sunday! Hope to see you!!


Middleburg Events Studio: Grand Opening!

06 May

Am so excited to announce the Grand Opening of Bella Villa’s newest venture.

This long-envisioned goal of my friend, Matilda Reuter, who also happened to be Bella Villa’s very first Vintage Rentals Bride,  is coming to fruition this Thursday, May 8th, and you are all invited to come celebrate!!

Ribbon Cutting Invitation

It’s a design collective for those seeking unique events in and around Middleburg!  Matilda has brought together as Founders of this Studio some of the best wedding industry vendors, and we’re incredibly fortunate to be counted among them!  Also included are:



Very soon we will have videographers, hair & make-up, dessert specialists, dresses, venues and everything else you need to plan a wedding or special event, all within one collective studio in the charming village of Middleburg!

And while she may not be a Founder, I would like to give a special Huge Thank You to my dear friend, Aly Rohling, owner of La Bella Luce in Clifton, VA.

For without her gorgeous Italian antiques, and more importantly, her generosity, inspiration, talent and positive attitude, the Middleburg Events Studio space would not look nearly as fabulous!!

Join us this Thursday at 5pm with Middleburg Mayor Betsy Davis, and come see for yourself!!




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