Posts Tagged: Donghia


“I dedicated myself to my collection.  I made it my life’s work. I am not an art collector.  I am a museum.”-Peggy Guggenheim

Channeling our inner Peggy with Billy Ceglia and Amanda Reynal

Ever since I read Confessions of an Art Addict on my honeymoon nearly 20 years ago, I have been fascinated with the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim. Peggy was a former wife of artist Max Ernst and the  niece of the mining magnate, Solomon R. Guggenheim. She collected artworks mostly between 1938 and 1946, buying works in Europe as World War II began, and later in America, where she discovered the talent of Jackson Pollock, among others.  In addition to being one of modern art’s biggest patrons, she was also quite the character surrounding herself with the greatest minds and talents of the 20th century.


 “Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.” – Ernest Hemingway

I am not sure where Ernest Hemingway wrote this, but I would like to think it was on his terrace overlooking the Grand Canal while staying at the legendary Gritti Palace in Venice. We were fortunate enough to stay in this beautiful palace on our recent trip to Venice with the Rubelli Group who had supplied many of the fabrics for the restoration overseen by Donghia’s creative director Chuck Chewning in 2013. My pictures and words did not do this masterpiece justice so I found these wonderful articles from Architectural Digest detailing the process. My own candids follow at the end. 


“I’ll tell you a Venetian story spanning two centuries. Five generations, six brands, five continents: our history, yesterday, today and tomorrow.” – Alessandro Favaretto Rubelli

View from The Gritti Palace, Venice

There is nothing better than experiencing a culture through the eyes of locals. I just returned from an incredible journey with the Rubelli family discovering the majesty of Italian manufacturing seeing their showrooms, mills, projects and archives from Milan to Venice. In between our tours looking at Italian textiles, leather, glass, art, and architecture, they graciously treated us to the most incredible meals, fellowship, and education that makes their Venetian heritage so unique. The Rubelli passion, generosity and hospitality were beyond extraordinary.


Multicolored Glass Clusters Illuminated from Within

Before I head to High Point market tomorrow, I wanted to share some of the amazing finds from my trip to Paris last month.  There are too many to share in one post, so I am going to start with all of the unique and glorious light fixtures I discovered at Maison & Objet, the markets, and galleries during my visit. Please check back in for more posts on accessories, furniture and rugs found on my Parisian adventure!

Bronze Branch Chandelier with Crystal Teardrops
Rock Crystal Obelisk Available in Various Sizes
with Bronze, Brass or Silver Accents
Feathers Galore
Bold blue glass
Mid Century Crystal Spheres
Whimsical Birds on a Wire
Rattan Pendants from Award Winning
Kenneth Cobonpue
Sculptural Beauty at Donghia
Industrial Reticulated Pendants
Cascading Murano Chandelier
Antique Candy-Colored Murano Confection
Detail from Musee Rodin Rock Crystal Chandelier (not for sale)

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of these exquisite works of art!