The Feminine Soul of the Villa

Villa Bruschetti 

Villa Bruschetti 

After a few days at the Villa in Tuscany we come to find out that the Villa is feminine; that it has a feminine soul. The tree planted in the front courtyard is feminine too. This fact was revealed to Sloane and I by one of the Villa’s ancestors who lives next door.

The "feminine" tree outside the Villa. We tied Santa Maria Novella ribbons to it and made wishes.

The "feminine" tree outside the Villa. We tied Santa Maria Novella ribbons to it and made wishes.

Hydrangeas in the courtyard.

Hydrangeas in the courtyard.

This person was not surprised when we confessed that we had spent a fitful night, something was bothering our psyche. Not in a bad way, but there seemed to be all this energy just wanting to be released.

The grand staircase.

The grand staircase.

Portrait of a young woman.

Portrait of a young woman.

Sloane and I went around opening windows, letting light in, inviting fresh air to touch all the rooms and belongings. We turned music on to fill the house with joy. Then we went out into the garden and clipped gorgeous hydrangeas, sweet smelling jasmine and fresh lemon blossoms. The Villa seemed to let out a huge sigh.

Sloane's reflection in the armoire.

Sloane's reflection in the armoire.

Sloane's dressing room.

Sloane's dressing room.

It is as if it had been waiting for someone to love it again, to not be just a rental property. It was loving the warmth and aromas of the kitchen, the baths were steamy and filled with great soap smells, the towels were hung out to dry, the armoires were aired and had beautiful clothes hanging in them. Pillows on sofas were crumpled, books were left open, wine was served. And always music, glorious music.

The reading room.

The reading room.

Glorious ceiling in the master bedroom.

Glorious ceiling in the master bedroom.

We build homes to shelter us not only physically, but spiritually. Our home is an extension of who we are, and much like us, a home needs to be tended to, kept healthy, so that it too has joy and can bring out the best in who we are, and who we can be.

Colorful ceilings.

Colorful ceilings.

A happy kitchen.

A happy kitchen.

Love your home and it will love you back.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Travel, Mindfulness, Lifestyle.