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Christmas Open House

La Bella Luce’s
“Holiday Open House”
Barn & Shop
 Friday  November 7th
4:00 pm -8:00 pm.
128 Chestnut St, Clifton (two block from La Bella Luce)
Maps to the Barn will be provided at the Main La Bella Luce Shop.
Shop
Saturday November 8th
4:00 pm – 6:00pm
During our open houses you will have a chance to meet and greet our artist of the month, Jewelry Designer
“Wanda Goldammer”
Her beautiful one of a kind hand crafted  jewelry will make an excellent gift for that special lady this Holliday Season 
 

 

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Barn Sale

La Bella Luce’s First Ever

Barn Sale

October 12th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Have you ever wondered why La Bella Luce is never empty? As soon as a piece of furniture sales a new piece is there to replace it.

I have been traveling through Europe for the past 12 years looking for treasures to bring to you. 

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You are now invited for the first time in the five years La Bella Luce has been in Clifton to come and shop from our beloved Carriage House 

Located at:

12801 Chestnut St.

Due to the high pedestrian traffic during Clifton Day we will be using our Land Rover to shuttle you up and down the hill every 15 minutes. Strip maps will also be available at La Bella Luce.

“Demijohns”


The word demijohn was taken from the French, Dame Jeanne, meaning Lady Jane. According to the legend, in 1347 Queen Jane fled Naples and went to her countship of Provence. On the way between Grasse and Draguignan they were surprised by a storm, and they took refuge in a small castle of the village of Saint Paul la Galline Grasse, whose lord also practiced glass making. Having spent the night in the castle, the Queen wanted to see the lord of the house at work. As she unexpectedly entered the workshop, the lord, assisted by some servants, was engaged in glass-blowing. Surprised by the arrival of the Queen, he blew too strongly in the tube, thus producing an enormous glass of about ten liters in capacity, greatly acclaimed by those standing around. The lord immediately decided that he would produce more of this type, and wanted to call it “reine-Jeanne” after the Queen. However, the modest sovereign proposed him to call it only “dame-Jeanne.” This is where Italian damigiana also came from.

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 Demijohns covered with leather were discovered in ancient underground catacombs in the Tuscany region of Italy and throughout Europe, demijohns have been described as “being around as long as we have.” Designed originally to transport wine, these bottles were used to carry almost any liquid. They were made in a vast variety of sizes.

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Older demijohns were all hand-blown, and without the benefit of a mold. you can distinguish an antique Demijohn (1800′s or earlier) from a more recent one by the lack of seam and the roughness of the neck. Older Demijohns have a glass ring on the neck that was added after it was blown in order for the pincher pliers to be able to hold them up while the demijohn was hacked away from the blower making each demijohn unique.

 

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 1800′s 

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1900′s                     

The globular ovoid shape is an important identifying characteristic for European demijohns.  

Today the average Italian still uses colorful vessels to transport their wine home from the wineries to be bottled at home at a lesser cost or to be use as a sort of a wine keg for larger gatherings. 

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While waiting for the next party you can display your colorful Demijohns around your home in a variety of ways.

They can be made into light fixtures. 

                         

Flower Vases

                          

Candle holders

…or just sprinkle them around your home and garden for a touch of whimsical and a bit of History! 

                             

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How to Make a Home “Truly” Yours

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Over the years I have lived in a great variety of homes with a wide range of sizes and styles. It is always a challenge to let your personality come through no matter what the structure looks like.
 This past summer we moved from Italy into a beautiful Colonial style home in Northern Virginia. We bought the home sight unseen with only the photos from the listing to go by.  By applying a few simple design rules I transformed their home in to ours … same house, just a different flare!
Their living room…..

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Became our dining room….

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Do not be limited by the existing lay out. As you see above, I switched the dining room and living room to accommodate a 13 foot table and make the living room a bit more cozy. There was only recessed lighting in the “new” dining room so I added two identical chandeliers to help anchor the space.

 Their dining room… 

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Became our living room..

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I painted the dining room a creamy yellow and white, switched the ceiling light for a chandelier, and added long curtain panels to add warmth and height.
Their Family Room
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Our Family Room
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The family Room is a tall large room that can be hard to warm up. I decided not to do window treatments in this space since the house came with plantation shutters and we love the light and airy feel of it. A large Iraqi silk rug and large scale furniture helps fill the space, while an oversized antique Venetian chandelier anchors it.
Their breakfast nook…

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And Ours!

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The office took a bit more work. I removed the wall paper border, added a chandelier, painted the walls, ceiling all of the trim work, and doors.  It was worth the work!
Their office before…

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And the office today…

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Small places need a big statement. I turned this little powder room into an art gallery. It added an element of surprise and  it makes for a topic of conversation.

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I am very lucky to be married to a very handy man; I dream it and he makes it! By moving the laundry room to the basement we were able to create a mud room off of the entrance from the garage. Instead of removing the wall paper we primed and painted the top portion, applied beadboarding 3/4 of the way down, added a few built-ins, and viola!
Their laundry room ….
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Our mud room!
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The master bedroom is absolutely my favorite room in the house. I love the warm colors and soft cotton fabrics. This room was quite easy to warm up…chandelier, paint, fabric!
Before….

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And after …

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Sitting room off the master bedroom before… 

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And after…little space, big statement! 

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One of my design philosophies is, “If it is not meant to be seen, don’t show it.”  I like to hide my toiletries behind custom made shower curtains and of course a window treatment to match. The stained glass panels provide privacy while allowing some of the light to filter in.
Master bath before…  

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And after…

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In the guest bedroom, the floor length curtain panels and chandelier add height and warmth to the room.

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In the third bedroom, raising the curtains all the way to the ceiling and just outside of the window frame, I was able to get the most out of the natural light. This method makes the window appear larger than it is.

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Each room has its own personality, just like the people who occupy them. Instead of buying “run of the mill” contemporary furniture for my teenage daughter’s bedroom,  I decided to paint the antique furniture white. Even the chandelier got a fresh coat!
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The outside of the house got a makeover, too! 
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Just the smallest of details can make a huge difference, like simply painting the rails of the deck area white.
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The fire pit is by far the BEST investment we have made in this home. Some things you can do yourself and others you just need to call in the professionals!
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 Before and After

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Your home should reflect who you are, tell your story. We only have one life to live, so make sure that you are living the way you want to live NOW not when the children are gone and your family stops moving. You never know what tomorrow may bring!