Taken from the traditional design called "Indian tree," I used an 18th century document to inspire our own take on this coloring with bursts of unexpected color collected from the street fashions of Jaipur. These table runners and napkins will dress the dining table for any occasion, whether fit for a Maharajah's feast or a family Thanksgiving. They are festive, chic, and totally unique.
Our couple of days in Jaipur were an amazing design success and an over-load to the senses, yet I believe it will keep me inspired for years.
Next we head to Agra for what I can only describe as one of the most extraordinary sights I have yet to see in my life! The Taj Mahal is truly a wonder of human craftsmanship, passion, and opulence. We stayed at the Oberoi where the vision of the Taj is constantly upon the horizon, and is yet another exotically luxurious counterpart to the madness and disarray of the local streets.
We awoke at the ungodly hour of 5 am, taking the advice of the hotel manager to go visit the Taj at sunrise. By 6:20 am, our weary group was dazzled by the unprecedented beauty of this iconic building, back-lit by the umber-tinged rays of the sun as it lazily rose above the domes of this orientalist monument. Our eyes had never seen so much beauty as the vista changed in shaded color and shadows literally by the minute. Finally as the early morning sun took its place in the sky we could recover, and fully take in the beauty of this monument to the power of love and the opulent spending of a heart-broken Mogul emperor. The interior is just as spectacular as the exterior, and we took many inspirational photos from the stone inlays of semi-precious jewels to help fine-tune our own inlays for boxes and table wares.
This experience is without doubt a must-see at least once in your life. For me, I will have to repeat this visit as its image still fires my imagination.
What a pretentious prig Martyn is! His "world travels" must have been from limo to luxury hotel in each city. To have thought Jaipur was going to be a "sparkling, pink city" is laughable and shows his lack of knowledge (or should I call it what it is-ignorance) of other cultures and countries. He does fascinate me, though, with his posturing and posing. I don't know whether it's laughable or pathetic.
Pamelaq, you must be joking. I find Martyn to be a breath of fresh air, and the main reason I love this show. He is obviously passionate about interior design and life in general; he is extraordinarily talented; and most of all, he is a gentleman. I look forward to the rest of season 2 and more Martyn!
I thought MLB was the right combo of over the top, but self aware, comedic caricature of his serious and silly self. India is a long trip to take on many levels, if you can't balance out, the place can take you down the rabbit hole. Only the second time I have watched the show( a decorator told me I would like it...) and I think they are all hilarious in their own ways....
Where do I start.... Sometimes in life there is a person that makes your skin crawl. Well for me it is Martyn Lawrence Bullard. His voice his face his mouth shape EVERYTHING about him is like nails on a chalk board to me. YUCK YUCK YUCK! I will no longer watch this show because I can't stand to even hear his condescending Fake act he puts on. That's all I have for now.