Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Exploring the Wmagazine site, I came across this tantalizing glimpse inside the spectacularly beautiful Castel Gardena, an austere 17th-century castle among the peaks of the Dolomites. Built in 1616 by the counts Wolkenstein of Austria, it was rescued by the aristocratic Franchetti family after World War I, and has served as their summer retreat ever since. The chapel (first photo) is decorated with heraldic crests, baroque plaster reliefs and religious icons, while most of the bedrooms in the castle have an antique bed and a brightly-colored tiled stove, a traditional Alpine feature. The bedroom of Andrea Franchetti (second photo) is pine-paneled in the Alpine Renaissance style. Wish we could see more of this lovely castle! Wmagazine article is here.
(photographs by Simon Watson for the June 2005 issue of Wmagazine)
Connie of 100 Applegate has been busy restocking her gorgeous shop with more of her stunning vintage jewelry, such as this lovely little Creme Anglaise Ring, a vintage 1960s creamy pearl and rhinestone twist cocktail ring. Perfect for a night out, when you want to feel a little extra glamorous! Find more unique and wonderful pieces here.
Linda of the wonderful etsy shop Odd and Old not only has an amazing eye for vintage French loveliness — she's also an illustrator. Before moving to France, Linda was based in London, where she freelanced, exhibited her work and taught illustration at the London College of Printing. Now she's adding another hat to the one of France-based English antiques dealer — she's opened a brand new section of her shop dedicated to her original collage work, where you can find lovely one of a kind pieces such as L'Alphabet, shown here. Choosing what to buy from her shop just got even harder!
White Moth Jewelry has exciting new collections out! The Vintage Utility Collection and U.S.S.R Collections feature such beautiful pieces as this Vintage Russian Stamp on a 30" Brass Chain ($225 US), which is not only lovely but a real conversation starter, too! Discover more of their unique and exciting pieces at their online shop here.