Wednesday, January 9, 2008

What's In a Name?

Well, now that I have won a web design from Retro Boutiques
...I have to decide on a name for my new website. I was all set to use my current "In the Cupboard Antiques. " Does that sound fun? Feminine? Does it represent who I am? One plus, it would be easy to use the Cupboard theme and be creative.

Then I was typing on the computer when the name "Bella Rosa" popped into my head. It is something I remembered from a trip to Italy I had taken. My girlfriend and I were waiting for our tour to leave when I entered a garden of roses. There was a sweet, elderly gardener there trimming the bushes. He saw me and just started exclaiming "Bella Rosa Rosa Rosa!" Seems as though redheads get a lot of attention over there. Anyway...he handed me some roses and I was so charmed! How sweet was that? I don't think that has ever happened to me here in the US. I have never forgotten this neat moment and it really made my day. Still makes me smile whenever I think about it.
So I had to ask myself: Do beautiful roses and antiques go together? Yes...lots of shabby chic porcelains, etc., but I tend to sell all kinds of different things. This is getting tricky!
What do you think? I don't have much time on this and would love some input. I asked my DH and he said "whatever you would like, honey!" Sweet, but not helping me here. Maybe I should ask for a Mercedes instead!
Drop me a comment or two if you think of something...


Flea Market Queen said...

Hi Jillian...
Thanks for the visit today!
Congrats on the new website...I have had website open for about a year and a half!
Nothing it!
I really like both your names but I love the story behind Bella Rosa...very romantic!
Best of luck to you & your order will ship tomorrow...

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

What a fabulous blog! Thank you for visiting me today. Congratulations on your website! I'm rather partial to using the word "cupboard" in a shop name,too! =) heehee

Betty said...

No doubt I would go with Bella Rosa....what a sweet man! Bet he kept his wife a happy woman....Betty said...

Bella Rosa is lovely. I am a bad person to ask, my blog name is blah. I didn't read blogs when I started it and had no idea what I was doing, I just used the address I had for my antique and art sales at my home, I always invited people to come to my cottage.

Its good that you are putting some thought into it, I wish I had done that. I would have had something so much nicer and less boring.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jillian ~ I just found your blog through Priscilla's ~ I love love Bella Rosa !!! It is a wonderful name, I think you should go with that for sure ~
When is your website going to be live?
What fun !!!

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Jillian, thanks for stopping by my blog. I think Bella Rosa is a beautiful name, I would definately go for that, I think it gives more possibilities.
best wishes,
Lucy x

Liz said...

Wow. With a story like that, Bella Rosa is perfect. How fun. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'll be back!

Dolly said...

Hi Jillian thank you for visiting my blog!
I like in the cupboard sounds more homey and welcomeing.. besides everyone is doing roses and shabby chic!
But you may want to check to see if either names are already used somewhere else, before you decide!

You asked what a swap was.....
a swap is hosted by someone, anyone! She advertises on her blog her swap everyone a chance to sign up, then you are assigned a partner in which you create or buy or both items in that swap theme!
My Vintage Heart Swap requirements are...fill a container {your choice} with anything that is heart shaped or has hearts on it, in colors of red, pink or white, at least one item has to be vintage!! Then you send it off to your partner and she does the same for you!
Its a great way to meet new people, and who does'nt like receiving goodies in the mail!

There are alot of swaps out there!
I say find one that sounds great and go for it!
Just a warning though...swaps are addicting!

Its nice meeting you!
Hugz, Dolly

Antique Paperie said...

Hi Sweets!
I adore the name Bella Rosa - love it, love it, love it!!!!! After reading your story about the lovely man who gave you some Bella Rosa's - YES! You must use that name - What a charming story that is!! And it's personal to you - that is what makes it so special!
Bella Rosa - sounds so lovely...
xoxo Sherri

Jen r. said...

You have a great blog. I love Bella Rosa Antiques! It sounds like a site I'd want to go to every day!

Jen r. said...

Hi Jillian.
This shade of white is Muslin by Benjamin moore. It's a nice creamy white. I always use their Aquapearl (satin) finish.It gives movement to the paint with out being shiny. I only use flat if I am going for a milk paint look. I finish all my furniture then with a satin polycrylic for durability.Let me know if you have any other questions!
Jen R

Anonymous said...

what a great story! my sister is a red head we never thought of a rose though growing up poor kid. haha I am loving the bella rose name BUT that cupboard sounds so wonderful and shabby! what about Cupboard of Bella Roses! I ask hubby all the time about stuff one day I tricked him and didnt have matching shoes one was a flip flop and one was a tennis shoe and I asked him Do my shoes look good with this? Oh yea they look great!!! was his reply! haha men! gotta love them! the world around them could be changing colors and if there in the middle of something they would never know! hope my two cents helped ya!


Auntie Joy said...

HI Jillian
You asked how to hyperlink with the name... This is so funny since I am soo bad on the computer I hate to give advice since there is no doubt a better way.. I type the name if I'm thinking ahead I have already copied the address and have it waiting. If not I go to that blog then highlight the web address when it comes up so I have it right. The I hit the link on blogger where you are typing the post,3rd one over, when it pops up I delete where they have http and hit "control v" to paste the link then hit okay and it puts you back on the page Is that as clear as mud???
Hope it works for you

My Pink Boutique said...

Hi Jillian! :) I love the name Bella Rosa! I can certainly see antiques and much more easily incorporated into that name. Go for it! Keep us posted on your new site. Can't wait to visit!