Wanderlust Wednesday: Milan, Italy

Earlier this month one of our Associate Designers, Annie Liddle, traveled to the chic, cosmopolitan city of Milan, Italy.

She was joined by a group of accomplished architects and designers from all over the country to experience the International Lifestyle Trade Fair, hosted by HOMI MILANO.

Travel along the Italian passageways and charming villages of Lake Como with us as she shares snippets from her amazing trip!

All photos via Annie Liddle.

All photos via Annie Liddle.

Stop One:  HOMI MILANO, The International Lifestyle Trade Fair
My time at HOMI MILANO was spent touring exquisite exhibitions of Italian merchants.  I gathered so much inspiration from the innovative artists and tradesmen who are currently paving the way for the latest trends in Interior Design.  My favorite moment at HOMI MILANO was seeing a tile we selected for a client’s Master Bathroom chosen as a featured product.  It’s the best feeling knowing you were ahead of the trend and that your design selections were spot-on, staying current and fresh even months after the install took place!  (Photo below).

Our client's Master Bathroom on the left, and the tile we selected featured at Homi on the right!

Our client's Master Bathroom on the left, and the tile we selected featured at Homi on the right!

Stop Two:  ALCHYMIA
One of my favorite designers of the trip was ALCHYMIA -- As quoted from their website, their purpose is found in "the excellence of decoration for ancient and evocative gestures, for innovation of styles, techniques and materials, for exclusive and tailor-made stories or nonconformists signs of domestic art."  And they excel at creating just that.  It was breathtaking to see the intricate details of their artwork in person, and I hope to find the perfect client for a commissioned piece soon!

All photos via ALCHYMIA..

All photos via ALCHYMIA..

Stop Three:  Lake Como
The cherry on top of an incredible trip!  We strolled the charming villages of Lake Como and found this gorgeous spot to grab lunch in Bellagio.  It was heavenly - I was sipping on my favorite aperol spritz with this as my backdrop.  We then coasted along the waves on a private boat ride to close out the week, and it was as amazing as it sounds...

Photo via Annie Liddle.

Photo via Annie Liddle.

A special thank you the Italian American Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this amazing cultural excursion, and to Jeannie for nominating me to represent Jeannie Balsam Interiors on this inspiring international design experience.