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.

The Colors of Palm Beach

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Palm Beach and refreshing all my interior design inspiration and ideas. I visited various furniture and decor shops, and different hotels to see everything that Palm Beach had to offer. Palm Beach has a rich history for designers and artists alike. Over the past century, artists like Lily Pulitzer have visited and influenced the design of Palm Beach. Perhaps the best thing that stood out to me after a long winter was all the beautiful colors of Palm Beach. Everywhere I looked was bursting with vibrant color and life. Looking around it was like everything was planned to be seen together – the beautiful blue skies complimented each flower which seemed to match each painted building. Keep reading to find out the best colors of Palm Beach and where to find them.

In Nature

When it comes to beauty, little can compare to Mother Nature herself. The most vibrant and striking colors of course were those found in nature. From the deep blue of the ocean to the sandy beige beaches, the brilliant blue of the sky, the luscious green trees, and the vibrant fuchsia bougainvillea, every corner of Palm Beach boasted of beautiful and colorful nature. What an inspiration to experience that after such a long and cold winter. Taking in each and every color that the Earth was offering my eyes seemed to rejuvenate my spirit and definitely inspired me to bring more elements of nature into my designs. As discussed in our article about unmissable paint trends, paying homage to the Earth is becoming increasingly central to interior design.

In Architecture

It’s clear to me that the architects and designers who built up Palm Beach were just as inspired by the colors of nature as I was. Each painted building seemed to compliment the bright blue sky. Perhaps my favorite of all was The Colony Hotel, known as Palm Beach’s “pinkest hotel.” The Colony is a go-to destination for stars and tourists alike. It’s painted a beautiful dusty pink color that compliments the blue skies and blends into each sunset and sunrise. Even their golf carts were pink! And The Colony Hotel is not the only building painted vibrantly. Across all of Palm Beach are beautifully painted buildings in pastel shades that both uplift and compliment the beautiful colors of nature around them.

In design

It would be no good if the beautiful colors of Palm Beach were limited to the outdoors. So of course the designers have brought these vibrant colors indoors into each design. The interior of The Colony Hotel is classy, chic, and uses colors elegantly. In one of their dining rooms, for instance, the walls are painted a lovely pale yellow color and the rest of the design is kept quite neutral toned except for the dining chairs beautifully upholstered in a breathtaking colorful pattern that honors the orange trees of Florida. Additionally, the shops I visited were also full of colorful items which leads me to believe that the homes of Palm Beach are surely full of vibrant color as well!

Palm Beach: Bursting With Inspiration

A few weeks back from Palm Beach and I’m still inspired by everything I saw. Being surrounded by color really can uplift your mood and my visit definitely inspired me and my designs moving forward. Stay tuned and be sure to bookmark our blog page for an upcoming article on the best interior design shops in Palm Beach!

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