Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I've been getting some feedback and emails from readers. Thanks for your comments. Keep them coming!

After I wrote about how my young riding students were bundles of endless energy at last weekend's horse show, one mom related in an email how her young daughter was so gung-ho about riding that a good winter snow sounded appealing. Such inclement weather would mean a temporary ban on her daughter's riding, which would allow the adults to catch their breath.

I find the enthusiasm little girls have for their ponies and horses endearing. I have one little girl (who doesn't yet have her very own horse) who, when permitted to choose the decor for her new bedroom, insisted that it be decorated like a stable. Her closet doors are rough-hewn, unfinished wood. There's a mural of a stable shedrow on her wall and the headboard of her bed is made of jump standards and crossed rails. Her grandmother, caught up in the creative frenzy, explained how she was going to turn the flower boxes outside the window sill into mangers and fill them with straw. I have yet to see it in person, but I understand that it could start a new trend: Barn Chic.

The only aspect of a horsey lifestyle that makes it into my interior design is dust. I tried once to integrate a lovely striped Navajo saddle blanket (well, I thought it was lovely) into my living room by using it as a throw rug. My husband was aghast. "People will think you were sitting on the floor cleaning your western tack," he said.

He also put the kybosh on hanging a collection of vintage snaffle bits on the wall. "The place will look like a blacksmith's workshop!"

Thank goodness I didn't give in to impulse and buy those wagon wheel planters, huh?

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Anonymous said...

I have struggled with incoperating horsey stuff in my house too. My fiance, while not anti-horse, is not keen on horse decor. So far all I've managed to get approved are brass book ends with rearing horses on them. I think the only reason those worked is beause 90% of the books on our shelves have an equestrian theme.

I've been a lon time fan of your articles and I love the blog Cindy! Keep on posting!!

Cindy Hale said...

Ah yes, the rearing horse bookends. I have a set, too, but mine are glazed pottery. I conned my husband into accepting them by convincing him that they were rare pieces of ceramic from a now-defunct company. Okay, so that's a bit of a stretch. I got them off ebay.

I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. It's fun for me as well!