There are trips and then there are TRIPS. In continuing with my series on travel and its interior inspiration, I am showcasing today one woman's visual experiences during her recent venture to India. Heather Buffkin and her husband traveled from Nashville, Tennessee to India last fall. She detailed her incredible journey while there via a blog (brilliant!), allowing her friends and family to experience secondhand the amazing adventure she was having halfway across the world. When I decided to start my travel series, I knew I wanted to include Heather's trip to India. In addition to India being a place synonymous with COLOR, it is also a country that puts one's sensory stimulation into overdrive. Sights, sounds, smells, everything commanding your attention all at the same time. It is also a country full of contradictions and extremes. Jammed city streets piled with noise, people, animals, cars, and markets--contrasted with serene hotels filled with calming fountains, gilded mirrors, and over the top meals. Beggars, slums, children in rags and dirt--contrasted with women wearing dramatic fuchsia and purple saris, bountiful bougainvilleas, ornate tile patterns and intricately detailed moldings. Miles and miles of barren desert followed by lush lakes and greenery. My impression of India is that of a country rich in spirit and service. A place that is proud of its heritage and history, while also exuding incredible artisanship and mastership of trades. A visual landmark that firmly cements itself as truly a sight to behold. I wish I could feature all of the photos taken by Heather on this journey, but it would take you all day to look at them! So, here is a sampling of some of my favorites….get ready for a visual treat!
It's no wonder designers from across the world gravitate to this incredible country. The inspiration it holds is unprecedented.
Thank you, Heather, for allowing me to share some of your incredible pictures. You did an amazing job capturing the essence of the Indian culture and community.
If you are interested in more specific details about Heather's trip, where she traveled within India, etc., check out her amazing blog from her journey: www.heatherhbuffkin.blogspot.com