Yikes! It's been a long time since I've posted images from my Summer 2010 trip around Europe, and I still have a lot to go! Today I'm sharing some pics from Regensburg, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. Unfortunately it was raining most of the time we were in both cities, so our pictures aren't that great. Regensburg is located in the region of Bavaria. Saying that it's a charming medieval city is an understatement. The city has seen it's fair share of history, in fact the first settlements found in the city date back to the Stone Age. Radasbona, the Celtic name, was the oldest name given to a settlement near the present city. In 1135–1146 a bridge across the Danube, the Steinerne Brücke, was built. This stone bridge opened major international trade routes between Northern Europe and Venice, and this started Regensburg's golden age as a city of wealthy trading families. Regensburg became the cultural centre of southern Germany and was celebrated for its gold work and fabrics. (via Wikipedia)
An amazing Baroque church we happended to stumble into. The exterior was very unassuming.
Talk about a window seat. How beautiful is that?
The stain glass windows in the gothic Dom Cathedral were gorgeous
Salzburg is probably best known these days for the setting in "The Sound of Music." However it was also the hometown of Mozart, boasts amazing Baroque architecture, and is framed by the amazing Alps.
We probably got the worst weather of our whole trip in Salzburg. It more or less was a steady hard rain throughout the whole day.
The three above view are from the hike up to Hohensalzburg Castle
Views from inside the Salzburg Cathedral (you can see it's green domes in the above city view images) I thought the capital detail was really unique.
Amazing gardens abound
Possibly one of the world's most elegant McDonalds
Closer to the cathedral
St. Peter's Cemetery and Catacombs is a really special site. You can see the catacombs built into the rock face.
A few of the Cathedral from within the catacombs.
St. Peter's, the Cemetery, and the Cathedral as seen from the catacombs.
You can read more about Salzburg here. As always - thanks to my boyfriend Chris for these gorgeous photos.
I'm really going to try and feature more artists this year. As a RISD illustration major painting and drawing are in my blood, and artwork can make a huge impact in your home! The artist I'm featuring today is Michael Begenyi, I think his work really lends itself to interiors and interior design, because of his focus on color combinations and geometry and line.
Here is his artist's statement: Michael C. Begenyi teaches middle school art in Western Pennsylvania and actively exhibits his work. His acrylic paintings reflect his interests in the geometric representation of the natural world and explorations in color theory. The relationship between math, science and art is part of what Michael has been exploring with his current work. Technical precision is important to Michael but it does not overwhelm the organic and creative inspiration for each painting.
This one (full:above), (detail:below), is my favorite. It is titled koi pond. I think it does a fantastic job of capturing what a koi pond would look like broken down into geometric shapes. The colors are really stunning as well.
The paintings also remind me a lot of oragami, and even have titles like "Hummingbird," "Frog," and "Crane"
The photo above gives you a better perspective of the size of some of the paintings
To see all of Michael's works, purchase, or read more, go to his shop on Zatista.
Today I'm introducing a great little online boutique, Lafayette and Rushford, which has graciously offered an amazing 30% discount for all Decorology readers! Just enter DECOR30 at checkout.
They were also awesome enough to send me a sample product and share my findings with you. I got to try out the Caldrea Countertop Cleanser in Sea Salt Neroli. The only other Caldrea product I've used before is there Lavender Pine Hand Lotion, which I really liked (it really lasted a long time too - a little went a long way). I had high expectations for the countertop cleaner going in and it didn't disappoint. I actually ended up using the cleaner for everything from cleaning my counters and cabinets to wiping out drawers around my house because the sent was so lovely and the product did such a good job. The scent also lasts a surprisingly long time. I could walk in the room where I used the cleaner and still smell neroli up to two days later. Like the lavender pine hand lotion, a little seems to go a really long way. Another secret, nothing has gotten my oven temperature knobs as clean as this stuff. I was surprised, so I looked into the ingredients (which are all natural), and saw the ingredient "birch bark extract, nature's best degreaser." In summary, the Caldrea Countertop Cleanser in Sea Salt Neroli has a luxurious, therapeutic scent, is derived from plant-derived, natural cleaning ingredients, and best of all, works.
The pretty package design is a nice bonus too!
Here are other Lafayette and Rushford products I have my eye on...
It would be impossible not to notice these beautiful, sculptural flower vases...
Or this driftwood candelabra...
I've had my eye on similar chargers, but they offer these water hyacinth charges in more colors!
Aren't these little flower blossoms the cutest?
If any of these strike your fancy, head over to Lafayette and Rushford to see more, and don't forget to use DECOR30 at checkout if you decide to treat yourself! *disclosure: this post is sponsored by Lafayette and Rushford, and I received Caldrea Countertop Cleanser as a sample