What is it about horses? For many people, a horse is a majestic creature embodying both beauty and brains, wealth and power. Ancient civilizations even immortalized horses in cave paintings. The Lascaux cave paintings, which feature horses, as well as red deer, stags, bovines, felines and an assortment of mythical creatures, are considered the among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.
Today, thanks to luxury labels, such as Gucci, Hermes and of course, Ralph Lauren, the idealized equestrian lifestyle (or at least the look of it) is as much desired as the actual horse and is actually having quite the renaissance in fashion and interiors.
In today’s post, I’d like to talk about how to incorporate some equine magic into your home.
Want to add just a touch of equine chic into your home but in a big way? Large, statement art is a great way to do that. Take a look at these attention-grabbing yet tasteful art works that celebrate the beauty of the horse.
Design by Robert Goins
To really make a big statement, opt for a mural, like one of these!
English hunt scenes are a classic way to add equestrian chic to your home. Murals such as these are very popular in traditional dining rooms.
I also really love the watercolor paintings of Bev Doolittle. Doolittle is often called a “camouflage artist” because her distinctive use of context, design and pattern help viewers discover meanings which seem hidden only until they become obvious. “I use camouflage to slow down the storytelling in a painting,” says Doolittle, “but my messages about our wilderness and native peoples are never hidden.”
As proof of her dedication to these issues, a portion of the proceeds from sales of Doolittle prints is donated anonymously to environmental and other causes each year. How cool is that?
“Woodland Encounter” by Bev Doolittle | Artifacts Gallery
“Woodland Encounter” is one of my favorite pieces by Doolittle. This is how she describes this work: “Woodland Encounter, painted well along in my career, is a deliberate study in camouflage by misdirection, which grew out of my effort to break all the normal ‘rules of composition’.
The bright-colored fox, dead center, distracts the eye from whatever is going on in the busy snowscape surrounding him. And the richness of design–a wonderful, natural part of the trees themselves– also gave me the opportunity to play games with the traditionally accepted uses of space that govern a well conceived piece of art.”
These beautiful paintings and drawings are a stylized way to bring the graceful, elegant horse into your home.
Fine photography is always a stunning art form, and when your subject is a beautiful horse, you can’t go wrong. One of my favorite series of equine photos is by Robert Dutesco. The Wild Horses of Sable Island® Gallery celebrates twenty years of exploration by Dutesco. Thanks to the international exposure the photographs have brought to the island and its unique inhabitants, Sable Island is now Canada’s 43rd National Park and the horses have official protection.
If you’re looking for a more nuanced style of equine chic, maybe an accessory or two is all you need.
Take your love for horses outside with door knockers and weathervanes.
Prefer a Horse of a Different Color?
Perhaps you’d rather take a more lighthearted approach to equine chic. If so, here’s some pretty awesome inspiration.
Vintage carousel and rocking horses are a nice nostalgic touch.
So as they say, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.” Have we inspired you to dip a toe in the water at least and add some equestrian chic to your home? If so, give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email. We’d love to help.
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