It is my hope and prayer that 2019 is an amazing year for you in every way possible! As I start this new year, I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life and in particular I am thankful for Villa des Parfums, which is not just our beautiful perfume brand, it’s first and foremost a place – it’s our home. This incredible Perfumer’s Mansion, built in 1830, so full of history, beauty and inspiration, not only provides our family with shelter (and a source of income through our vacation rental) but it has become a home and a safe haven to so many others too.
I recently read this beautiful blessing by John O’Donohue in the book ‘To Bless the Space Between Us’. His words capture perfectly everything that Vincent and I have always prayed, hoped and imagined for our home! Many have found a place to belong here, by the grace of God, may it continue to be so!
“May this house shelter your life. When you come home here, may all the weight of the world fall from your shoulders.
May your heart be tranquil here, blessed by Peace the world cannot give.
May this home be a lucky place, where the graces your life desires always find the pathway to your door.
May nothing destructive ever cross your threshold.
May this be a safe place full of understanding and acceptance, where you can be as you are without the need of any mask of pretense or image.
May this home be a place of discovery where the possibilities that sleep in the clay of your soul can emerge to deepen and refine your vision for all that is yet to come to birth.
May it be a house of courage, where healing and growth are loved, where dignity and forgiveness prevail.
A home where patience of spirit is prized and the sight of the destination is never lost.
Though the journey might be difficult and slow, may there be great delight around this hearth.
May it also be a house of welcome for the broken and diminished.
May you have the eyes to see that no visitor arrives without a gift and no guest leaves without a blessing.”