Enjoy the holiday season with bold colors and warm surroundings.
This year I was lucky enough to have been invited to the White House holiday party as the guest of legendary Editor, Margaret Russell. Being invited to this event was not only a surprise, but escorting my dear friend was the “cherry on top” to a perfect evening. I’ve been very privileged to experience the White House through four administrations but as I get older, I appreciated this moment even more.
Margaret and I in front of the main tree wrapped in ribbon that expressed the words of the Declaration of Independence. #itwaswritten
The Red Room @WhiteHouse
Entrance Hall hanging decor to highlight the evening
If you’re looking for new adventure, Venice is the place to explore. The Austrian capital is bursting with Imperial history and Baroque architecture. I was lucky enough to be given a private tour of La Rotonda designed by Andrea Palladio located just outside Vicenza in northern Italy. Palladio designed the interior and exterior using a minimal approach with no decorations. Years later, the estate decided to continue the efforts of completing this project and commissioned designers Giovanni Battista Maganza and Anselmo Canera to highlight the interiors by painting frescoes.
Known as one of the architectural wonders of the world, La Rotonda reflects the renaissance period of the country.
Marble played a huge role when designing the interiors of La Rotonda. From the alters, to the patterns used on the carpeting, every detail in some aspect incorporated marble.
It’s hard not to like the museums and galleries in Venice. I absolutely loved the Museumquartier, a large courtyard near the Rathaus that brings together several institutions. Also, make sure to visit the Leopold Museum for the largest Egon Schiele collection or continue to mumok, a space dedicated to modern art from the 1950s until the present.
A few churches that caught my eye seen below:
The Monasteries were renovated and used as libraries with a mixture of modern and old design.
Monasteries from some of the best Italian artists!
Venice offers great shopping if you like smaller, independent shops. Feinkoch is certainly a hidden gem: a tiny shop that sells recipes and ingredients that will allow you to make the dish at home: fresh vegetables, stocks, spices and so on. Die Sellerie is a unique shop owned by four Viennese designers who have designed a selection of small gifts that’s curated for art lovers everywhere. By shopping local, it provides the perfect opportunity to engage with local artist.
Nothing like riding on a vaporetto canal taxi in Venice.
A trip worth exploring!