Having just returned from a vacation in southwestern Utah, I thought I’d write about my experiences and share some photos from our trip. There’s nothing like experiencing and being inspired by the beauty of nature to uplift and renew the spirit. My husband and I visited Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Although I’ve traveled to many beautiful places throughout the US and the world, I had never experienced the uniqueness of these two national parks. Although they’re only about 1 1/2 hours away from each other, the beauty of their landscape is quite different.
Above is a view of the canyon floor at Bryce. The interestingly shaped limestone formations are called hoodoos. Upon seeing these hoodoos I felt like I was in a fairyland. One of the areas at Bryce is actually called Fairyland Canyon. It’s a very magical place!
In the photo above you can see details of some of the amazing hoodoos. These are naturally formed into the limestone mountains by wind and rain. They are constantly being changed by the weather.
The renowned architect Antoni Gaudi from Barcelona, Spain created architecture that could have been inspired by Bryce Canyon, although I don’t know if he ever visited the area. I was enchanted by his architecture in Barcelona, and enchanted by the amazingly beautiful and whimsical rock formations at Bryce. Above is a photo of Gaudi’s Casa Batllo in Barcelona.
From Bryce Canyon we traveled to Zion. Above is a photo of the Virgin River which has been responsible for the formation of Zion Canyon. As we walked along the river we saw the majesty of the soaring peaks and the beauty of the constantly flowing river. It’s hard not to be inspired by sights like this.
We were fortunate to be able to see quite a bit of fall color while we were there. Above you can see the majestic sandstone rock formations contrasted with the reds and golds of the autumn leaves.
So how does all of this relate to interior design? For me, my inspiration comes from many sources, but none so important as the beauty of nature. I love the colors of nature and use them often in my designs. The colors of alabaster, limestone, sandstone, crimson, gold, slate, azure, juniper, and cedar which were so present at Bryce and Zion add a natural beauty when brought into the home in materials such as woods, tiles, countertops, furniture, and fabrics.
The photo above is of our room at Inn on the Cliff in St. George, Utah where we stayed on our way to Bryce Canyon. I love the use of colors of nature and materials that bring the outdoors in. The wall that the bed is on is covered in wood grain tiles with metal strips between each one. The colors used are earthy browns, golds, creams, and corals, very similar to the colors in our view from the balcony. Plants were placed throughout the bedroom and bath, adding to the extension of nature into the space. The use of these colors and materials created a warm and inviting feeling.
I’ve used many of these colors in designing my own home. To me they’re soothing and peaceful. I’ve also included lots of natural materials. Try using nature as an inspiration as you design the interior of your own home. Please let me know how nature has inspired you and how its influenced you in the design of your home.
Until next time,