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March 10th 2020

Author Interview: Christine Chitnis

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I first met Christine Chitnis when she reached out and offered to tell Floret’s story for a piece in Country Living magazine. We immediately hit it off and stayed in touch over the years. When it came time to promote A Year in Flowers, I reached out to Christine to see if she’d be willing to help with press and publicity. Fortunately, the timing was right for her, and Christine joined Team Floret this past summer.

In this interview, Christine takes us along on the journey of creating her newly released book, Patterns of India, shares with us her family’s connection to that beautiful country, and lets us in on her favorite travel memories. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

Book cover Patterns of IndiaErin: Christine, thanks so much for taking time to share your story with Floret readers. For those not familiar with your work, can you share your story, as well as an overview of your new book?

Christine: Thank you so much for having me! I am a writer and photographer, and I also happen to work as the Publicity Manager here at Floret. We met over 5 years ago when I covered Floret for Country Living, back when I was freelancing. I joined the Floret team officially this past year, and although I don’t grow flowers, they are my absolute favorite thing to photograph, and they bring immense amounts of joy into my life. Flowers have a unique ability to transport you back in time to a specific memory, while also bringing your senses into the present moment with their beauty and fragrance. They connect us to nature and to each other. So much of my work is about making connections.

Dahlias Patterns of IndiaPatterns of India highlights the colors of Rajasthan, the Indian state known for its royalty and opulence. The region provides endless inspiration in the form of architecture, surface design, artistry, and textiles. With over 200 vibrant images, the book takes readers on a journey through the dominant colors of the region —sandstone, marigold, rose, ivory, and royal blue—and the stories they tell by focusing on famous landmarks, as well as the simple beauty of daily life. Flowers are such a big part of the story, as they play a prominent role in daily life. The flower markets of Jaipur and Udaipur are awash with marigolds and roses, sold by the pound or as garlands. Some of my favorite images in the book were taken at dawn, right when the Jaipur flower market was opening. Colorful silk saris are used to bundle the blooms, which makes for a vibrant visual experience.

My travels through India have been deeply influenced by my husband Vijay’s familial connection to the country. Our family enjoys sightseeing during our travels, visiting palaces, forts, and museums, but we spend the majority of our time experiencing everyday life in markets, temples, and friends’ homes. This intimate perspective is what I hope to reflect in this collection. I want the book to represent both a traveler’s experience but also something deeper and more intimate.

Women in bright saris Patterns of India

Woman at market Patterns of IndiaErin: Can you tell us a bit about your personal connection to India and what you learned during the writing of your book?

Christine: I first traveled to India over a decade ago with Vijay. We were newlyweds, and at the time I didn’t grasp the enormity of the trip and all that it would come to mean for our relationship. That trip revealed to me the complexity of my husband’s relationship to India, the country of his parents’ birth. It also marked the beginning of my personal journey with the region of Rajasthan and the lasting impact it would have on my photography. As we continue to travel to India, now with our children in tow, I’ve come to understand that these trips are important for exploring our family’s identity, history, and culture, and the ways in which we interact with our world.

In a broader sense, I learned—and here I’m going to quote Dr. Vandana Bhandari, who wrote in the foreword to my book: “While every color is imbued with meaning, it is often within the details of the pattern that the full story comes to light.”

Through the research and writing of Patterns of India, I learned how color and pattern have a symbiotic relationship, and together through art, architecture, textiles, dress, and surface design, they bring to life the history and culture of the region. This is something I will take with me as I continue to grow as a photographer. The beauty is often in the details—in the quiet moments—and if anything, this project really reinforced that idea.

Red blue Patterns of IndiaBlue interior Patterns of IndiaErin: What did you discover about yourself during the process of writing the book?

Christine: I discovered that I am constantly searching for beauty near and far. Life can be hard, and the news is often dire these days. I believe in the power of photography to remind us of life’s beauty. In my work as a photographer, I am drawn to color, vibrancy, emotion, and pattern, and I am forever chasing the golden light. I want my images to capture the emotions of a moment in time.

I also realized that I enjoy doing a deep dive into a complex topic and breaking it down in a way that makes it approachable. I hope this book serves as an entry point for those wanting to learn about the architecture, art, textiles, and daily life of Rajasthan, but in a format that doesn’t feel too heavy or academic.

Erin: What have been your favorite travel highlights, and what’s on your travel bucket list?

Christine: Traveling to India with my children is hands-down the most incredible experience I’ve had as a traveler to date. We’ve been twice, once when my sons were 2 and 4, and again when they were 6 and 8. We’re trying to summon the courage to take all three kids to India, one of whom happens to be a very feisty toddler—Meera.

It’s funny because I’ve forgotten all the hard parts of the trip—the 15-hour plane ride, the crushing jet lag, the case of Delhi belly that I came down with—and all I remember are the moments of pure beauty and joy. I’ll never forget celebrating Holi, the “festival of color,” in Mumbai with our friends. The boys ran around with squirt guns and buckets filled with dyed water, and we were all throwing powdered color everywhere. It was pure and total joy.

Holi festival Patterns of IndiaIn contrast, I also distinctly remember arriving in Varanasi with our sons, taking a boat to our hotel, and passing by the ghats where bodies were being cremated. The fires burn 24 hours a day, and gliding by the shore in the dark of night with only the light of the fires to guide us was an unforgettable experience. The topics that we tend to shy away from here in the States—death, the afterlife—they are brought right to the surface and laid bare in India. It was powerful to experience that with our children.

As far as my travel bucket list, I am really excited to explore South India, specifically Tamil Nadu and Kerala. India is so diverse, and the North and South are very different in terms of language, culture, food, and climate. We’ve spent all our time in the North, and I am excited to journey South.

I’m also being pulled to Portugal. I’ve been immersing myself in the history of their tilework and use of patterns through books and travel guides. I’d like to make that trip happen soon. My kids are huge soccer players, so I think I could entice them by promising a stop in Madrid or Barcelona to take in a few matches!

Natural dye materials Patterns of IndiaI’ve recently started experimenting with natural dyeing. As a knitter and sewer I am fascinated with the idea of dyeing my own materials, so I would like to explore more of the natural dyeing techniques of Central America.

Marigold bundle Patterns of IndiaHenna design Patterns of IndiaErin: What are you currently working on, dreaming of, excited about in your life and work?

Christine: I have to admit that despite the long hours and stress, I love the work involved with launching books. I like thinking creatively about engaging audiences and the press to rally behind a book project. So I’m very excited to take that energy into the Floret dahlia book launch. Even in this digital age, there is nothing quite like the experience of holding a beautiful book in your hands. That feeling will never grow old!

Speaking of which, I’ve recently completed my next book proposal, but that is top-secret for now. I can tell you that it involves pattern, color, and travel.

This summer, in addition to my vegetable garden, I’m planting a dye garden. I’m starting simply with marigolds, dyer’s coreopsis, and madder. I’m excited to experiment and play with the colors of nature. I also want to expand my foraging knowledge. I made the most incredible dye last year from sumac. I’m hooked!

Despite all of my work goals, the thing I am most excited about is the coming of spring and summer, and the chance to spend time with my kids. They are at the best ages: Vijay is 9, Vik is 7, and Meera is 2. They are so full of life, creativity, and joy. I want to savor every moment with them, and I can’t wait for our first summer dip in the lake. I look forward to spending those precious small moments with them. We all seem to come alive in the warmer months. Winter is a time for working hard and hibernating at home. Come spring, we blossom!

Big hug/doorway Patterns of IndiaFamily portrait Patterns of IndiaErin: Thank you so much, Christine, for being here with us today, and congratulations on the release of your gorgeous book.

I’m so excited to give away 3 copies of Christine’s stunning new book, Patterns of India. For a chance to win, simply post a comment below. In your comment, please share a travel destination that you’re excited about. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 13th. 

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered. The winners are Lori Nelson, Brooke Nine and Amy Watson.

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Learn more and connect with Christine Chitnis.

Book: Patterns of India

Instagram: @christine.chitnis

Website: christinechitnis.com

 

150 Comments

  1. Jama on

    What a beautiful book, I’d love to visit there. My dream trip is to Patagonia!

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  2. Tonya Alblas on

    What an inspiring and beautiful book! I’m going to India in November so it was not a coincidence that I found your book this morning! You capturing all of the senses and what magic to get a glimpse of your experience – thank you for your hard work!

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  3. Lindsay on

    What a beautiful book and insightful interview! My belly dance class also practices bhangra and bollywood dances; many of us get just as excited about the costuming as we do about the dance. I always love getting henna tattoos too, they are so mesmerizing. My favorite destination I’m looking forward to visiting is Costa Rica! Like Christine, I get a more intimate perspective of the culture and people there because my husband’s family and friends still live there. We hardly do much touring except to visit friends and family, which is really fun, welcoming, and beautiful!

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  4. Jessica on

    I would love to travel to London one day.

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  5. Jeanette on

    This book looks stunning and makes me want to be in those places. I love the quote she used about color being just the beginning of the story and the details making the story come to life. Looks like an amazing work of art and love compiled into a lovely book.

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  6. Kim on

    My husband & I traveled to India in 1972 and spent one month in Hardwar at our teachers ashram and the colors & patterns of your book take me their in an instant! I can hear the sounds of bajans and the smells of food in the air!

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  7. Miriam on

    I would love to go Scotland. Hopefully someday! But let’s add India to that wishlist. I want to see all the beauty from that book in person!

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  8. Shyla on

    I spent a year in India and fell in love with the chaos and Beauty! Her book captures it so well! I would love to have it to remember.. I’m excited about spending a weekend in Cape Cod with my girlfriend this year. ❤️

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  9. Liz on

    I have always wanted to go to New York! The book looks stunning!

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  10. Jennifer N on

    What a beautiful book! I would love to visit historic gardens in England some day.

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  11. Lori Nelson on

    I would love to visit the Mediterranean area, like a cruise or tour of Ancient Greece and Rome.

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  12. Linda on

    I think all of the books you guys are doing are absolutely fabulous. I to retreated into Books so there still a favorite of mine as a retired schoolteacher. Scotland and Ireland are two areas I would like to visit. I love reading your blogs they’re quite enjoy! Can’t wait to see your show with Magnolia peopl I think all of the books you guys are doing are absolutely fabulous. I to retreated into books so there still a favorite of mine as a retired schoolteacher. Scotland and Ireland are two areas I would like to visit. I love reading your blogs there quite a joy! Can’t wait to see your show with The Magnolia station.

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  13. Karen on

    I love flowers and all the beautiful colors of the works . I would like one day to travel the Eastern and Midwest states to see the change of color of leaves in the fall !!!! Nature’s beauty .

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  14. Rebecca on

    Dreaming of India and Portugal too, but Morocco is top of my bucket list. Drawn to the dynamic multicultural colors, design, and flavors! After traveling Spain and Turkey, anywhere with tiles, Moorish architecture, and bright color speaks to me! Thanks for the beautiful book!

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  15. Kathy on

    Zimbabwe has its own wonderful colors and textures to explore.

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  16. Kristen on

    I lived in India for a little while, in Jaipur actually where the cover is featured!… and this looks stunning!

    I have a very large list in my phone of where I’d like to visit, but I really want to travel anywhere in South America as it’s a continent I have yet to explore!

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  17. Pamela Taber on

    New Zealand is on the top of my travel wish list!

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  18. Janell Happ on

    I would love to visit Myanmar someday. This summer we are headed to England, Scotland, and Ireland

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  19. Rachelle on

    I loved Cut Flower Garden and now A Year in Flowers is amazing too! I want to go almost evrywhere, but a backpack tour of Europe would be incredible!

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  20. Marie-Perle on

    I would love to visit Morocco and Madagascar!

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  21. Nancy on

    Im going to visit a beautiful hidden beach in Oaxaca called Playa Boquilla

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  22. Laura Hankins on

    I would love to visit castles in Scotland! But anywhere with great history will do 😊

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  23. Bethany on

    I love love your thought about how you are always searching for light and beauty around you. And how photography can bring that light, color, and beauty into our lives and our homes! Thank you taking and sharing such beautiful reminders that the world and it’s people are such a beautiful creation!

    I would love to go to Italy! Florence…Milan…Rome. Someday!

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  24. Aimee Hand on

    I am excited to visit Quebec City this summer.

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  25. Lauren on

    Next place on my list is San Sebastian, Spain. It’s one of my favorite places in the world and I can’t wait to go back. It has great food, great people, great energy. I’d also love to get to Australia!

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  26. Mandy St. Germaine on

    Thank you Erin for bringing our attention to so many wonderful books. They are an incredible escape and with all the news lately beautiful images and words transport us to happier and more creative places. Your recommendations are much appreciated. When the world is back to “normal” this fall I am hoping to walk the Camino trail with my daughter. It has been a life long dream for me and she is at a place in her life where I think the experience may be quite impactful. That will be in between growing and smelling flowers at home, of course.

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  27. Kristie David on

    This book looks beautiful! I would love someday to go to Tuscany and the South of France but India has been in my mind as well!

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  28. Kelly on

    I love India!! I haven’t been there yet, but I’ve studied yoga and henna and Indian food and have friends from Mumbai!! I even have 2 beautiful punjabis my friend Meher gave me that I love to wear! One day I will get there and experience for myself all that India has to offer!!💕🕉🙏

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  29. Zoe on

    I traveled to the U.K. for the first time last year visiting farms and several women owned businesses. I will am planning to visit several more this fall in Scotland and the Outer Hebrides including several wool mills. I am obsessed with color and dye processes, especially with plants. Thank you for sharing Christine’s story and gorgeous book!

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  30. Ruth Ann on

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed visiting Malawi and seeing the colors there. I bought lot of fabric from the markets and came home and made a quilt. I also love the beauty of nature and hiking though. Closer to home for me is spending time in the upper peninsula of MI.

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  31. Jeanne on

    I’m excited to travel to Prince Edward Island in Canada 🇨🇦

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  32. Angie on

    Beautiful culture!

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  33. Frederike on

    What a beautiful, beautiful book! I love the warm colors, you can even “smell” the exotic scents … I myself would love to see South Africa one day :-)

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  34. Martha on

    Since living with a great host family that is half Zambian I am dreaming about making a tour round the Southern countries of Africa. Like SA, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe 😍.

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  35. Sarah Abare on

    Super excited for an upcoming trip to Mexico City – was supposed to happen in April, but we might have to postpone…

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  36. Kim P on

    I would love to visit Bali and the Maldives.

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  37. Anandi Dias-Verheij on

    Wat an Amazing book. I would love to visit the North of India and Buthan.

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  38. Kristine on

    The travel destination I am most excited for (I have a long list 😅) is New Zealand. It’s where Tolkien’s world came to life and it would be a dream come true to explore it!

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  39. Tatsuko on

    What a beautiful book! I am looking forward to returning to China this year.

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  40. Twila on

    We are so looking forward to going to Europe this fall…partly paid for with flowers I grew and sold from your seeds! We want to attend the Oassion play and go to Switzerland, the Netherlands, and England. I want to visit English gardens, especially the David Austin rose gardens!

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  41. Twila on

    We are hoping to go to Europe this fall…attend the Passion play, go to Switzerland, Netherlands and England. One yif the things I’m most excited about is visiting English gardens. I for sure want to visit the David Austin rose gardens!

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  42. Twila on

    We are excited about a trip to Europe, hopefully this fall if we can travel safely by then! We are thinking if going to the passi

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  43. Namrita on

    What a stunning book!! I’d love to explore Portugal!

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  44. Patty Goodman on

    Beautiful pictures and fascinating observations! Hoping to do a Baltic tour in the near future.

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  45. Amanda Baxter on

    I traveled to India 20 years ago and the country captured my heart. I would love to travel there again.

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  46. Deb Bailly on

    Chicago is my next travel goal. Awesome architecture with a great natural backdrop by way of Lake Michigan,,, a truly wonderful American city.

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  47. Anna Brownell on

    So beautiful. I love to be transformed thru a book to other wonderful places in the world
    Thank for writing this book and the beautiful images

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  48. Chris Reyes on

    San Miguel de Allende , Guanajuato, Mexico is my next destination. Looking forward to exploring the cultural, historical aspects, as well as ,the people, and colorful textiles.

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  49. Brooke Nine on

    My parents lived in India for 3 years. I had the pleasure of living there with them for a few months. The book looks beautiful- always love to see and hear people’s experiences with India/travel. I would love to experience Morocco!

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  50. Andrea Nipges on

    I’m excited to experience Croatia with my husband and two children!

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  51. Shannon Weiss on

    I would love to be able to see Thailand one day and explore the country’s beautiful culture!

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  52. Mary on

    I would love a Mediterranean tour. Sigh. Someday.

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  53. Elma on

    I would love to visit my birthplace Australia!!

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  54. Laura on

    There are so many places I want to see in this world! Egypt, Spain, France…and so many more!

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  55. Susan on

    I’m excitedly planning a trip back to the southern part of Japan to a city I lived in as an exchange student over 40 years ago.
    Thank you for sharing the book! It has beautiful photographs and a perfect to escape from the news!

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  56. Beatriz on

    I’d love to visit Spain one day! 🇪🇸

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  57. Terrin on

    Peru has always been at the top of my list!

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  58. Robin on

    This book looks AMAZING! I have just recently discovered the beauty of Slovenia and now have a deep desire to visit there. Did you know 50% of the country is protected land?! The landscape is simply stunning.

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  59. Linda on

    We love traveling to Cancun Mexico especially experiencing the Mayan people are such hard working humble people the senotes are so beautiful I highly recommend going to see them the water & of course the flowers are beautiful ❤️

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  60. Judy on

    Costa Rica is of interest to me with the colorful birds and migrating butterflies

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  61. Jessica Van Winkle on

    Europe to visit the gardens and historic places I’ve read about in my escape books from childhood!

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  62. Kasie Massey on

    Beautiful book! I would love to Travel to Greece 😊

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  63. Mireya on

    I would love to travel to Tuscany! Has always been a wish!

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  64. Marisa on

    It’s always been a dream to be able to go over to Europe and experience different cultures. My absolute number one travel destination would be France. I’m absolutely in love with the architecture, food and style. So excited to go this coming summer!!

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  65. Olivia Andrews on

    I would love to go to Norway and experience my culture and meet my grandmothers family.

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  66. Claire on

    So beautiful!! Hoping to book our belated honeymoon to Vietnam sometime in the not-to-distant future

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  67. Erin on

    I’ve actually always wanted to visit India and this Book has me wanting to even more!

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  68. Amy Watson on

    We traveled to Stockholm, Sweden a few years ago and loved it. We had a layover in Iceland. I would love to go back and explore the beauty and rawness of the country.

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  69. Malealyn on

    At some point I will make it to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. This building has been calling to me for years. Someday I’ll make it and be able to soak it in.

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  70. Pam on

    I can’t wait to see this book and I hope to someday see India and Scotland ❤️

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  71. Shannon on

    I have so many countries on my list but Slovenia is on the top. I want to learn about my heritage and walk the streets that my great Grandmother once did. Until we can travel again I will use all this new found time at home day dream about my trip via pictures and blogs, and build the most perfect itinerary. I already can’t wait to get back out there and see the world.

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  72. Aubrey on

    I’ve just read The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant, and his writing of the culture and history of the Queen Charlotte Islands has me wanting to go!

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  73. Ricki on

    I’m hoping to visit Australia and New Zealand!!

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  74. Andrea on

    What an amazing read! I would love to travel all over Europe some day!

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  75. Jennifer on

    Sooo many places but next trip will be to Japan

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  76. Suzanne on

    India is at the top of the list of countries I would love to visit. Spices, fabrics, architecture, and of course, flowers… what a feast for the eyes and soul.
    🙏💐💫

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  77. Liza on

    I love India sooooo much! This books seems like it has captured the essence of the colors and patterns that I miss so much.

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  78. Mela on

    I would love to explore Sri Lanka.

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  79. Jane Powell on

    How to pick just one place??? I’d love to go to Paris, Bali and Ireland…and, and, and 😊. I’m an artist, so Christine’s book would be some amazing inspiration!

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  80. Alayna Bean on

    Beautiful images – the riot of colors and textures is so appealing. I’m sure your emotional connection to the area gives you a keener eye to the details. I love to travel; my top 3 right now would be Japan, Iceland or Costa Rica. Congratulations – I came near to publishing a book, I love photography, and travel is always a yes! It must be very satisfying to know you created something so lovely.

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  81. Susie Smith on

    What a beautiful book! Those are some adventures her family with remember and cherish forever! I’m excited to visit Black Rock Mountain, GA this fall! We used to vacation there when I was a kid and I’m excited to bring my kids there. I know it’s nowhere exotic, but it will be a great chance for us to unwind and relax!

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  82. Birdy Ring on

    Gorgeous book! My daughter studied in India during college and we visited for three weeks while she was there. Life changing experience for all of us.
    We have traveled extensively to many fine corners of this wildly beautiful world. Hoping to make it to New Zealand before too long.

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  83. Amy Langlois on

    I visited India and feel in love with the fabrics. I so wanted to just bring bolts home with me! Another place I dream of is Greece.
    Thank you!

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  84. Maria on

    To swim in the blue waters off the many coasts of Greece.

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  85. Maria Taylor on

    Love this book. It looks so stunning. I would love to travel to greece.

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  86. Eileen Albright on

    I am hoping to travel to Cinque Terre, Italy, and surrounding towns this fall.

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  87. Juli-Anne on

    I want to take a flower tour of the world! From the Chelsea flower show in England to the cherry blossoms in Japan, Oman’s rose harvest (swoon!) and to the flower filled landscapes in the Andalusia valleys. We also have beautiful flower-scapes here in Tasmania and Western Australia in my own beautiful country of Australia which are of course, also on my bucket list! After seeing the pages of this book though I think India will definitely have to take priority! 💕🙏🌺

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  88. Kat on

    I want to see so many new places but I’m torn between that and showing my daughter (now only 9 months old) the places I’ve already loved. I want to see the great art of the world through her eyes. I want to be brave enough to take her.

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  89. Jamie Sammons Radliff on

    I’m not much of a traveler. I love the comfort of my home, but when I do get the courage to venture out I never regret it. The small travels I’ve done are the most memorable experiences I have. My most recent travel adventure was a belated honeymoon with my husband last winter. We went to Aruba, which some of you might say “how cliche” but my husband has never been anywhere outside of NY and seeing his excitement made it even more memorable. He’s never seen the turquoise ocean and white sand. We went snorkeling and were beach bums most of our short week there. It was great to get off the farm and have no worries.
    My goal is to travel and experience new things with my husband more often. The memories are such treasures.

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  90. Rebecca Kaihani on

    This book is stunning!! Several jobs ago I was lucky enough to travel all around the world… the travel bug is all but gone. I’m focusing now on bringing all my collected treasures to life in my home. There is no place in the world I would rather be than here, surrounded by beautiful memories, my husband, baby and dogs.

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  91. Faith Nemecek on

    I have always wanted to visit France! I want to savor all the unique foods and yummy wines while experiencing a different culture

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  92. Julia on

    Greece with my husband is first up on my list!

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  93. Angelica on

    I’d love to travel to many places, but Iceland is currently high on the list. This looks like a beautiful book. Thank you for doing a giveaway!

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  94. Jan McCoskery on

    I have wanted to travel to Jaipur and Mumbai ever since i saw the movies about the “Marigold Hotel”. Such beautiful colors and sensory overload! Jan

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  95. April on

    I’m excited to visit Mexico for the first time later this year and Ireland is top of my bucket list because I love green!

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  96. Jacquie Davis on

    Hoping to visit Granada Spain to see the Alhambra Palace when all the craziness settles down

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  97. Yara Bertran on

    I’m thankful that you guys bring so much joy, hope and love to our daily lives through your stories, posts and work. Thanks you!
    This is what we need right now 🌼
    I always wanted to visit India. Such a rich culture, so much to learn and see.🌞

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  98. Leslie on

    I love this book! I lived in Mysore, India for 3 months and travelled all over southern India while there. I never made it to Rajastan though; it’s definitely on my list. I am eager to learn Block printing as done in and around Rajastan and I am excited that those are included in the book.

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  99. Yara on

    I’m thankful that you guys bring so much joy, hope and love to our daily lives through your stories, posts and work. Thanks you!
    This is what we need right now 🌼
    I always wanted to visit India. Such a rich culture, so much to learn and see.🌞

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  100. SHARON Laggis on

    Beautiful book!
    I’d love to immerse myself in New Zealand !

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  101. Bea on

    Stunning pictures, very inspiring!!
    Costa Rica is on my travel wish list

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  102. Nicole S on

    We are excited to travel to Mexico this Spring! Also looking forward to visiting family in India in the fall – the hills of Himachal are a favorite :)

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  103. Dianne on

    Yes!! The Butchart Gardens are just STUNNING! We went in the evening – everything was so wonderfully lit up! A MUST go!!

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  104. Julie Paice on

    I am looking forward to India – had to abandon my previous trip just days before departure because my son broke his leg. It’s now a trip for a “big birthday” and your book preview by Erin has made me even more hungry to get there! Book on the wish list, planning in progress!

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  105. Rhonda Short on

    Ohhh this books looks stunning. I think it would be very inspiring for my artwork. I would be excited to go visit the gardens in England.
    Good luck with the book!

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  106. Amanda G on

    I have always wanted to travel to the Mediterranean – Greece, Spain, and Italy. India and Cuba are also destinations I would love to experience in person.

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  107. Tiffany on

    I’ve always wanted to go Ireland or Scotland ♥️

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  108. Amanda Shaw on

    I am excited for a trip my family planned to Costa Rica this summer (my first time out of the country) but it looks like that probably won’t be happening. I got super excited about this book because my sister just got married last year to a man who grew up in India and this January was able to visit for the first time as newlyweds. I thought the similarity to the author’s experience were exciting! Can’t wait to give her this book!

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  109. Jaime on

    antelope valley, has been in my bucket list for quite some time now. The flower fields. I’m a California native and still hadn’t had the time to visit antelope valley.

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  110. Angie on

    A visit I have been pining to experience is Spain! ❤️

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  111. Connie Van Horn on

    A travel destination on my wish list is The Isle of Guernsey during It’s flower festival. My ancestors on my mom’s side are from there!

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  112. Marlee Imbarrato on

    My husband and I are hoping to visit Bali this summer for our honeymoon! I’ve honestly never thought about visiting India, but may have to rethink it after seeing the few beautiful pages of photos you’ve shared with us here!

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  113. Jocelyn guzman on

    I am a National Park enthusiast and I love nature. I am currently 7 National Parks down and many more to go. My next destination would be North Cascades National Park. I am so intrigued by Indian culture and it’s beauty. So this book would be an honor to dive in to.

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  114. Alisa on

    I would love to be able to visit Thailand one day.

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  115. Sierra on

    I’m excited to explore Spain and Portugal with my sister this summer!

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  116. Kristina on

    I so wish to travel to El Yunque rainforest in Puerto Rico!

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  117. Sonya Khatana on

    My parents are Indian immigrants. This book brings back all the memories of my visits back to India in the most beautiful way. I take my Indian heritage for granted as I am a first generation American who as always tried to fit in at school. But looking at this book and reading Christine interview, I realized how special my parents homeland truly is. Funny how it takes others to sometimes show you how that fact.

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  118. Stacey on

    Sounds fascinating! I would love to go see the gardens in Australia. I follow some on IG and they look amazing!

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  119. Tori on

    I too would love to visit Portugal. My Grandma and Grandpa have kept Poruguese traditions alive in our family which I am so thankful for. I have passed those down to my children. But one day I hope to see the Azores myself. Your book looks absolutely beautiful by the way!

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  120. laura on

    i would love to go anywhere that has beautiful tile!! and flowers!! near or far!!!

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  121. Dianne Reganess on

    Having lived for a total of 5 years overseas, the European gardens are my favorite. From Mediterranean to the Northern parts, from the Swiss Alps to the beaches of France, I always remember their differences in their flora and vegetation but also their similarities of colors, arrangements and natural beauty. Its hard to pick! Some days, my favorite place is my own front yard, :)

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  122. Reena on

    This post made me so so happy as a home and garden stylist originally from India and now in the States. Hearing Christine’s story and learning about a book that brings so many of my passions together made my day – art, architecture, textiles, and Rajasthan! My primary career is in international development and I spent a summer doing qualitative research in Rajasthan as an undergrad and can’t wait to take our teen daughters (one of whom is Mira) there someday. Portugal is on our list too. Erin, I am also doing my first cut garden from your seeds this year and am UBER excited. Follow along on @extraordinarychoices

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  123. Jane Ireland on

    India!!! I know after seeing this book I will want to be there even more! I am fascinated with colour, pattern, natural dyes, gardens, flowers and oh I see this list going on and on. Thank you for a joyful inspiring article.

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  124. Melissa Benline on

    I would love to win one of the books as I am currently studying the country of India for personal reasons. I dream of traveling to Ireland and Scotland.

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  125. Anu on

    I am very happy to see marigolds and colors of India featured on your blog. Thank you for bringing different voices and experiences forth. India is magical :) and yes, I am biased having grown up in the country, being exposed to quite a bit of its diversity. These days I dream of visiting Patagonia, and New Zealand.

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  126. Christopher Oetker on

    India is so fascinating to me, especially Holi. I’ve never left the US but hope to get there one day.

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  127. Sigrid Klinkenberg on

    South America and especially Argentina. I have never been there, do not travel very much but I am most curious about this country. I especially like the sparkling colorfulness. I think the people are nice and I like the tango.
    I paint and print with plants and flowers, so nice to see that in the book Patterns of India. In South America you can also learn a lot about that.
    Thanks for your interviews with inspiring people!

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  128. Sheri Sala on

    I lived in India as a young teen. When asked why I loved it so much I would reply it was because I could “feel the colors.”

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  129. Kami on

    Beautiful pictures! I have spent a month in Karnataka and it was great.

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  130. Kim on

    Beautiful photos! There are so many places I want to visit…we had booked a trip to Italy for our belated honeymoon in a couple weeks, but it will have to be postponed, so Italy, Vietnam, Mexico are at the top of the list for the nearer future…and New Zealand and Patagonia for a bit farther out in the future.

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  131. Kathryn Henry on

    Hello from BC, Canada. I have always marvelled at the wonder of the East Coast of Canada, and the culture there. I would love to visit Newfoundland someday soon!

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  132. VB on

    One day I will visit Monet’s garden in Giverny France.

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  133. Cindy on

    The book looks amazing. We don’t travel much at all. But one of my destinations is Mexico and the southwest USA to explore some of our family heritage.

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  134. Rachel on

    Wow, what a beautiful book! Portugal is at the top of my list, too.

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  135. Ågot Helen Stafseth on

    Such a gorgeous book!! When it comes to travelling, I am always excited no matter where the destination. But still, the bucket list is brimming with future destinations. I would love to visit Iceland, all the Greek isles, France, Ireland, the US, and the list goes on. But the place I keep going back to again and again in my dreams, is the British seaside and countryside. Nothing beats the tranquillity of these places.
    All the love Xx

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  136. Maree Knock on

    Morocco is a country that’s at the top of my bucket list!
    Taking pictures of decorative doors and windows is an obsession of mine; colorful, patterned, the older or more weathered the better! I know there’s just a few in Morocco!
    I’m also in love with the Islamic patterns and tiles that shroud the buildings and the garden oasis’ and earthy terracotta pots filled with heat loving plants that line the rooftop terraces. The richly flavored and spiced dishes and the heavenly sweet Moroccan mint tea poured from a height into those gorgeous little coloured glasses adorned in gold! Take me there…

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  137. Karen Angell on

    I am a farm girl from Minnesota.. living on 200 plus acres trying to figure out what my purpose for this land is.. after seeing your launch on the Magnolia channel.. I think I am one step closer to figuring it out.. when given the chance to travel.. floret farms and the silos would be on the short list.. I would love to step into the space where others have followed their dreams.. thank you.. Karen

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  138. Andy Bryant on

    Hi. Andy Bryant from Battle Ground Blooms in Battle Ground, WA, USA. A travel destination I’m excited about is Victoria, B.C.

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