Agra, though now a city devoted to the adulation of the Taj, also attracts tourists to it's other highlight: the shoe manufacturing capital of India! Everywhere you look, there are street vendors selling carefully embroidered, sequined and beaded slippers or brightly color contrasted sneakers! I bought colorful gilded sandals for all my nieces, much to their delight upon my return, and at under $10 a pair seem to hold up well against their expensive designer counterparts!
Finally, just to throw our senses completely over the edge we take a recuperative stay at the beautiful 17th century Neemranah fort palace, now a rustic and remarkably authentic hotel set in the hills, about 2 hours' drive from the heart of Delhi. The fort is a sprawling structure with many unexpectedly grand-scaled rooms and pavilions. Dreamy pools are nestled into arched enclaves and the rooms are furnished in Indo-Victorian antiques, which add perfectly to the authenticity of the fort and a true experience that feels like your back in the days of the Raj.
I believe my life will never be the same again having experienced this majestic and ancient country. Its proud people, unrivaled craftsmen, the kaleidoscope of colors and exotic smells; all so haunting. My inspirational juices now flow permanently spiced with Indian flavor, and I believe the collections we designed for One Kings Lane are a fine expression of this, which I hope will inspire many more collections and interiors to come!
You can follow our Indian adventure on this week's Million Dollar Decorators at 10/9 C Central on Bravo TV. The fabulous collections we created for One Kings Lane will be available to purchase via the OneKingsLane.com designer sale sight from Tuesday, November 20th, for a limited time only.