Adventures in Vienna

If you’re looking for new adventure, Vienna 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.

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Known as one of the architectural wonders of the world, La Rotonda reflects the renaissance period of the country.

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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.

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It’s hard not to like the museums and galleries in Vienna. 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.

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Even the sculptural garden maze was breathtaking!

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 A few churches that caught my eye seen below:

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The Monasteries were renovated and used as libraries with a mixture of modern and old design.

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Monasteries from some of the best Italian artists!

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Vienna 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.

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Nothing like riding on a vaporetto canal taxi in Venice

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A trip worth exploring!

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Travels to Egypt

This month I had the pleasure to visit Egypt, one of the most influential civilizations know in history.  From the architectural designs to the coloring of the sand, Egypt will definitively infuse your thoughts with beauty.

As the season changes so does one’s desire to redecorate. One way to transform a space is with paint! This fall try a more neutral color such as Dusty Trail (PPG1160-1) or Sourdough (PPG1084-3) by PPG Pittsburgh Paints Voice of Color Collection.  All inspired by my trip to Egypt!

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Press Road Trip with Lincoln MKC

I have several panel events and book signings in the Hamptons this weekend so, a road trip is a given! Joining forces with HC&G, GLWD, a ton of private parties and a visit to the Parrish Art Museum are just some of the highlights.  This year, I had the pleasure to meet Lincoln’s designer, Soo Kang.  Not only was she inspirational but she also embraced the art of design in her everyday living.  I was so inspired by her design aesthetics, I had to test drive her creation for Lincoln Motor Company, the Lincoln MKC 2016.

The Lincoln Motor Company’s first-ever small utility vehicle that delivers a combination of craftsmanship and performance that make it a compelling offering in the fast-growing luxury small utility segment. Life is a journey, celebrate everyday in style!

 

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