I love shopping for art, antiques, and home decor when I travel. I try to fit it in with all the sightseeing, history and culture, and great restaurants, but will admit that finding a street of good shops is a favorite thing.
I like to bring home art and fabrics as they don't take up much room in a suitcase, but I have been known to buy big things (like the silk quilt in Paris that required a new duffle bag).
On our recent trip to the Washington area, I did not buy too much, but I thought you might like to see.
I got this little down-filled linen cushion for a chair in our bedroom at Oliver Dunn in Georgetown. The old T- back chair is quarter-sawn oak and sits below our "new" (old) Gabriel Spat painting "Promenade au Bois du Boulogne", which finally arrived:
I love etchings and handpicked this set of six, showing English country homes, at a Sunday flea market we stumbled upon. I plan to frame the entire set:
I picked up this pretty silver dish for a song in an antiques mall...it was tarnished but polished up perfectly. The little lead crystal candle holder we found in Emmitsburg, MD on a rainy afternoon en route to Gettysburg:
And you've seen this before - our other new painting, by Virginian Robert Young Clay, which I bought in charming Alexandria, VA:
I also bought a few tops from J. Crew, which we don't have in Canada, and my favorite peppermint hot chocolate from Dean & Deluca.
What do you like to buy on holiday?