Antiquing in Vienna

As an interior designer, I absolutely love searching for antiques when traveling!  Vienna and the surrounding countryside did not disappoint in my pursuit for uncommon treasures.  I found numerous items from antlers to chests and I am so excited to present these gems to my clients, maybe even keeping a few for myself.  

You might be thinking how do I get all of these objects back to America?  As I go on these trips for half business half pleasure, I organize for the items to be secured appropriately, packed into a storage container, and shipped to the US.  

Some of the beautiful antiques that I found during this trip were:

  • Antlers. Hundreds of them! From big to small with simple to extremely ornate mounts.  I even found a tray made of antlers.
  • Chests. My favorite was a dazzling Bierdermeier chest with an outstanding wood grain pattern, key holes, and elegantly detailed pulls. 
  • Walking sticks.  Too many to count!  Lightweight to heavy duty. Light to dark in color. Plain to exquisite engravings.

Some of my favorite finds came from an hour outside of Vienna in a town known as St. Polten.  If you love antiquing as much as I do, you will not want to miss this hidden treasure in the Austrian countryside. 

Among one of the oldest auction houses in the world is The Dorotheum Auction House in Vienna. Today, its goal is to put Vienna on the world’s stage as a top auction destination while preserving the heritage that gave it its start. I adored walking and gawking at all the displays!

The early bird catches the worm!  At the crack of dawn every Saturday in Vienna, they have the Naschmarkt.  Some consider it a cult event where the vendors sell antiques, produce, fruit, cheese, flowers, and food from all over the world.  We had a ball searching through all of the stalls locating unique treasures.

Vienna, Austria is an antique lover’s dream so make sure to designate time during your trip for a one of a kind treasure hunt!


Spring Travel to Vienna, Austria

Vienna is absolutely stunning in the spring! I’m freshly home from an amazing trip there and I want to share with you some of the cool things that I experienced.  

There are so many things to do and see in Vienna but my favorite is the music. Vienna is commonly referred to as the city of music; it is bliss for classical music and opera lovers.  I enjoyed getting dressed up and visiting the Vienna State Opera House, one of the best opera houses in the world, for a performance of Tristan und Isolde. I had a wonderful seat in the balcony and never got bored waiting for the show to start because it was so hard to stop looking at the incredible ceiling.  

When you think of Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart must come to mind.  Did you know that the Vienna State Opera House was opened in 1869 with a performance of his “Don Giovanni”?  There is a magnificent statue honoring him just inside the entrance of the Burggarten.

The most noticeable landmark in Vienna is St. Stephen’s Cathedral which towers over the city with its 370 feet tall steeple.  The tower room contains 13 bells and you can walk up its 343 steps for an outstanding view of the city. Construction began in the 12th century and It was rebuilt during the 13th – 15th centuries. Parts of it were destroyed during WWII but it has been restored to its full glory!

For a kaleidoscope of colors and ornamental design, make sure to pop in the St. Perskirche.  It’s alluring on the outside but inside is an array of colors that entertains the senses, taking your breath away.  

There are so many lush green parks in Vienna that are perfect for strolling with a yummy local ice cream in hand.  Everything is so colorful, especially with the cherry blossoms in full bloom.  Vienna is very bike-friendly as there are tons of bike paths so it’s nice to rent a bike to explore the city.


Kelley’s Traveling Adventures

Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling all around the world (safely, of course), and what an amazing time I’ve had! There is so much to gain from visiting all these different countries and places. Not only is everywhere simply bursting with design inspiration, but we have so much to learn from different cultures. There is rich history everywhere you go, delicious new foods to try at every corner, and nature’s beauty everywhere you look. Keep reading for a snapshot into three amazing places I visited!

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is the largest district of the Principality of Monaco and is an iconic destination for vacation goers everywhere. It overlooks the Mediterranean sea and is home to the famous Monte Carlo Casino. Monaco is also governed by the House of Grimaldi Royal Family which has been established since the 1200s. It is also the host of the Monaco Grand Prix, a Formula One event, and one of the most prestigious car races in the world. This takes place in late spring/early summer each year. Unfortunately, I was not there for the Grand Prix, but I am a huge fan of Formula One so even being in the same city was such a massive treat.

When in Monte Carlo, I stayed at the Hotel de Paris which was just opposite the casino. We explored the city, enjoyed the beaches, and ate at so many fantastic restaurants. Monte Carlo is one of those must-see places if you’re traveling through Europe, and I can’t wait to go back (hopefully for the Grand Prix!)

Antibes, France

Antibes, France is a small coastal city in the south of France that overlooks the Mediterranean sea, in between Nice and Cannes. This town dates back to around 400 BCE when it was started as a Greek colony. Needless to say, the entire city is bursting with a rich history. Antibes is famous for its amazing beaches, cobblestone streets, and thriving markets. The city also hosts the Grimaldi Castle which Picasso used as a studio in the 1940s and has been transformed into a museum of his artwork. 

I loved walking around the colorful streets and browsing the different markets. I also had the pleasure of having lunch at the famous Eden-Roc Resort that overlooks the Mediterranean sea. There is something so magical about the Mediterranean – the water is so blue and the sun is so warm. Antibes, France is the perfect place to vacation, relax, and learn some history!

Bath, England

Bath is a city located in a Southwest province of England called Somerset. When the Romans colonized Great Britain back in the 1st Century CE, they established hot spring spas and baths, which is where this amazing city gets its name. In fact, there are still ruins of the Roman spas in the city center that you can visit and explore. They even have an area where you can taste some water from the natural hot springs. But the Roman Spas are only one of the beautiful things about Bath. Because it is an ancient city, every building you look at is a work of art. 

When I was in Bath, I enjoyed a visit to the famous Priory Hotel, covered in lush English Ivy and host to the most beautiful oil paintings. It is situated next to a gorgeous garden that makes you feel as though you are in Pride and Prejudice. If you decide to visit England, I cannot recommend visiting Bath enough.

More to Come…

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, so the past year and a half has been difficult not being able to travel as much! But as soon as it’s safe, I plan on visiting more countries all over the world. Read about my trip to Palm Beach earlier this year here. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Pinterest for more travel insights!


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