North Country LBL

Dear La Bella Luce Friends,

We are finally settled in our NY home, just in time to enjoy the fall season. Our new home is very different from our colonial home in Northern Virginia, so I took this opportunity to try something new.  This time I painted the entire house in four different shades of “Grey”. 

Our North Country home is located on a quaint wooded cul-de-sack  inside of Fort Drum, an Army base just south of the Canadian border. The inspiration for the new color scheme came from a small lake just on the other side of a wooden trail behind the house. The home’s blue exterior and gray interior gives the home a  lake front feel.

When we moved from Italy to Virginia I did a blog featuring the entire home transformation. This time, I will share one room at a time, starting with my favorite room – The Library.

The library is the smallest room in the house. Located just outside of the kitchen’s pantry the library is the perfect place to cuddle up by the fire with a book and a cup of coffee. 

The first thing we did was to have the room painted in Sherwin William’s “Dove Grey”.

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I was able to re-use my blue curtains from our Virginia home and had a white slip cover made for an old arm chair to match our sofa …

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… removed the pine built-in bookcase

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… and replaced it with an Italian antique one.

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Because of the bookshelf’s original amber glass doors, I decided to leave the doors open and display our collection of old and new military books. The black and white portraits of ancestors, real and adopted, helps to give this small room a sense of history and pedigree. 

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To help give the home a bit more character, I flanked the entrance from the hallway with a pair of old white chippy columns and put my versatile corner cabinet in the opposite corner.

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Then came the CHANDELIER and matching wall sconces flanking the fireplace. What a difference the right lighting makes!!!

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Since the ceilings in this older home are only 8′ tall we had to swag the chandelier to come down on top of the coffee table instead of leaving it in the center of the room. I also left the oversized dresser mirror resting on the floor to help the space feel a bit more whimsical and friendly, as if I just moved in and casually set it there … which is exactly what I did!

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If you know me, you would know that I have a love/hate relationship with outlets. I need them, but I hate looking at them and I am always looking for creative ways to hide them. In this room I used the white chippy statues and an oversized lantern to do the job.

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The vintage stain glass just resting on the bottom half of the window helps to make the room cozy without entirely blocking the natural light or the beautiful view to the outdoors. 

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Stay tuned for other rooms and more ideas to come!


Last Day Open May 24th!

Dear Friends,

It has been a tremendous honor to have gotten to know you for the past five and a half years. Without your love and support we would not have been as successful as we were. I am looking forward to a new adventure in NY and perhaps in a few years I will get to come back an open another location, so stay connected to see what comes next.

Last Week Promotion!

50% off  Original Price

 La Bella Luce will maintain a presence in the area given our relationship with  Bella Villa Shop and Middleburg Events Studio,  bringing an amazing inventory of Vintage Rentals to the area. 

You can still reach me at:

La Bella Luce

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Or Visit:

Middleburg Events Studio

8 E Washington st.

Middleburg, VA

Bella Villa

39478 John Mosby HWY

Aldie, VA

Come visit me this weekend at La Bella Luce, not for a goodbye, but for an

“Arrivederci” (see you later)

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Clifton Sidewalk Sale

For the first time ever all of the Merchants in Clifton are getting together for a 

“Sidewalk Sale” 

May 2nd 2015

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Look for the helium balloons for participating stores and take advantage of amazing bargains!

Visit Clifton during the Historic Garden Week!

Middleburg Events Studio - Open House

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, and provide graduate level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth, and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia.


For the first time in ten years, our beautiful town of Clifton is being featured. 

Historic Garden Week of Virginia

April 21st 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$30 a Person

Tickets available at La Bella Luce

La Bella Luce is moving to NY!!!


 Well it is official, La Bella Luce is on the move once again. As most of you know my husband Andy is in the military, which means that every two years we get to move to a new location. This time we are moving to up state NY and I have decided to take La Bella Luce with me.

We have had a very successful five years in Clifton VA and I have loved being part of this wonderful community. Hopefully, in a few years we will get to come back and do it all over again.

In the meantime join us on Facebook and stay tuned to hear about La Bella Luce’s new and exciting projects, decorating ideas and other inspirational blogs post.

Everything in the shop is being discounted!!!

Store Closing is May 25th, 2015

La Bella Luce 5th Anniversary Sale!!!

Thank You For 

Five Wonderful Years!

La Bella Luce

30% OFF Entire Inventory Anniversary Sale

Door raffle entry one for visiting us and one for every purchase.

Value at over $250 from:

La Bella Luce

Cupcaked, Clifton

Clifton Wine Shop

Bella Villa Shop, Aldi

La Bella Luce        La Bella Luce

Raffle and Sale valid through February 28th! 



Aly’s Christmas – Bedrooms and Baths

As you go up the stairs you are greeted by an old fashion Santa cut out hanging from a vintage door and holding a Merry Christmas Sign. Love all the layers, it is like a vintage Greeting Card.


Adding a bit of greenery will add a touch of Christmas to every room … and it smells so good!


The master bedroom has a lot of red and white accents so it did not require a lot of christmas decorations, just a wreath here and there and a touch of gold.


The white quilt on the bed was cross stitched by my husband’s great Aunt and taken to Amish country to be made into a quilt. 


A Traditional Uzbekistan hand crafted child’s dress is proudly displayed. 


The faux fire place in the master bedrooms with its chalkboard back drop makes a dramatic setting for every season, but Christmas time is my favorite.


Just a little tree with felt ribbon bows and red candy cane swirls inside an antique pitcher and bowl.



A fresh pine tree inside an enamel vintage basket is an understated touch.


I changed the original vanity mirror and lights with two reproduction trumeau mirrors from La Bella Luce and added one large wall sconce in the center instead.




The guest bedroom also gets a touch of green


… and a little tree with hand made crochet ornaments that my mother made.


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The nautical theme continues in Bella and Jack’s bathroom



Bella’s room is a soft and beautiful as she is



I love how the room looks as it reflects from her oversize mirror.


It does not take a lot of extra effort to bring a bit of the Holiday Season into every room in your home. Take advantage of the after Christmas Sales at La Bella Luce and get your home ready for next Christmas!

$40% Off all Christmas Inventory until January 4th.


A Casual Christmas Lunch


Little peacock feather wreaths as napkin holders also made a nice little token for my special guest


Citrus Avocado Salad

Shared by our shop girl Michel, serves 12

California salad

2 Boston Lettuce, washed and torn

2 medium oranges, chunks

1 medium grapefruit, chunks

 2 medium avocados, peeled and cubed

3 Tbsp of grapefruit juice

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp of honey

½ tsp salt

¾ cup crumbled fresco , goat or feta cheese

¼ cup of pistachios, peeled and chopped

Place lettuce, oranges, grapefruit and avocados in a large platter.

In a small bowl whisk grapefruit juice, oil, honey and salt till blended. Drizzle dressing over salad and top with crumbled cheese and pistachios. Serve immediately. 

Beef Wellington Bites

Beef Welington

 1 box of Puff Pastry Sheets

1 pkg of sliced mushrooms (any kind)

4 Cloves of Garlic minced

4 Shallots Minced

1 ½ lbs Roast Beef shaved

Gruyère or Asiago Cheese grated


1 Jar of Horseradish

8 oz Sour Cream 

Thaw Puff Pastry in refrigerator over night.Sauté mushrooms, garlic and shallots till tendered and place in a medium bowl. Add the chopped roast beef, cheese, parsley, and ½ of a jar of horseradish and mix well. Divide each puff pastry sheet into 5 squares. Place 1/8 of the mixture in the centered. Bring two corners together in the center and then the other two and twist them together on top. 

Dipping Sauce:

Combine sour cream and ½ of the Jar of horseradish (add minced garlic and minced shallots if desired)

HO, HO Punch


1 cans of pink lemonade (thaw, but not diluted)

3 cans of Budweiser Beer

1 cup of Vodka

 Pour into a pitcher and mix

* For the ladies lunch, I omit the Vodka 

Almond Snow Ball Cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups finely chopped almonds

1/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
 Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 325°F.

Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar in bowl. Beat at low-speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18-25 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool.