This Empty Corner of our living room has been painfully void of furniture since we moved in. At the time, I did not regret putting our living room furniture into storage; as we did not have a place to live, we did not want to chance having to find a storage unit here in Vienna should our furniture not fit. Now, I regret the decision almost daily.
The boxes for Tony’s office sitting in the Empty Corner bother me, naturally, but we won’t discuss why he just can’t take all of that junk important stuff into his office. And good grief, some of the family photos I unearthed in those boxes were so outdated that I’ll bet Tony’s colleagues didn’t even know we had a second child.
The Christmas tree filled the space, but that’s been gone for a couple of weeks. So off I set today to the k.k. Hofmobiliendepot, the Imperial Court Furniture Depot Museum for some inspiration. The Hapsburgs had multiple dwellings, but seemed to keep the furniture for all but Hofburg in the depot, so that it could be moved around as necessary. I would do the same thing.
This is a rendering of the furniture caravan leaving to prep the summer palace, Schloß Schönbrun. Reminds me of the line of Thule-topped vehicles crossing the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod every summer.
Candle holders displayed like hunting trophies.
And hunting trophies displayed like candle holders. So far, nothing for the Empty Corner.
This pretty pink and green vase has potential. But, furniture first, and then the accessories.
Don’t need spitoons.
Our garderobe seems to be growing new coats, hats, and scarves every night in this weather. One or two of of these pieces could tame that mess.
I don’t need pedestals or busts. Not even the tiny green one.
This segment is part of a large tri-fold screen. Although it looks embroidered, it is actually two layers of thin glass etched in opposite directions so as to look embroidered. Very pretty, but the wrong style for our living room.
This is part of a collection of wedding presents received by Kaiser Franz Josef and Kaiserin Elizabeth. Wonder who gave them that hideous sea shell urn?
This was described as a “place to establish cactus.” Well, Tony does hail from the Southwest US, but I just don’t see how I could make this piece work in the Empty Corner.
Now we’re getting somewhere. A reproduction throne. Rather ornate chair, but still, we’re moving in the right direction.
This is a folding throne. One can’t expect the Kaiser and Kaiserin to picnic sitting on the ground.
Rustic Hungarian-made pottery rooster plates used by the Imperial family at Schönbrunn.
Rustic Italian-made pottery rooster plates used by our family. We have something in common with the Hapsburgs!
The Imperial collection of tables is first rate. The Empty Corner would look so elegant!
Sadly, this was pretty much the end of the museum visit. A few ideas, but the small gift shop did not have reproduction pieces to take home. The search will continue, but the need for lunch was overriding the need to furnish the Empty Corner.