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Paul & Lydia

May 24, 2016 | Category: Fashion

I found Paul & Lydia on Instagram, where I find all the latest and greatest in equestrian fashion, and have since become a huge fan of their brand!

“Based out of Zionsville, Indiana, Paul & Lydia handbag designer and proprietor, Heather Blackwell-Batchelor, believes her bags tell a rich story. Pairing her love of art and fashion together, Heather’s designs for her Paul & Lydia handbags are works of art for the modern equestrian.”

“’For me, equestrian style defines beauty that comes from being properly put together – dressed to perform a function, but still radiating strength, beauty, and style,’ describes Heather. ‘Just because it is functional, doesn’t mean that it can’t be beautiful.’”

I am the proud owner of two of P&L’s products, both from The Tan Fox Collection, the tote bag and the small pouch, and I love them both. The tote is large (but not too big) – just the right size for my needs, and it has plenty of zip pockets inside. The bag is well-made of high quality material, and has held up nicely with my not-so-delicate horsey lifestyle, (I’m not easy on my purses/clothes, etc.!). The small pouch fits perfectly inside the tote and currently holds my lipstick, lip gloss, bobby pins, etc.

And the fox print – I am so enamored by it, and so is everyone I meet! I get compliments on it every single time I go out – no exaggeration. I’ve never had a purse that got so much attention! P&L offer a variety of prints, although “the snooty fox,” as I call him, is the cutest, in my opinion. I also love the vintage-inspired racing print!

“A representation of beauty and function, horses are the symbol of P&L’s philosophy, ‘firmitas, utilitas, venustas – solid, useful, beautiful.’”

You can find Paul and Lydia online here, on Instagram @paulandlydia, and at a variety of tack stores across the United States. Please share this company and their products with your fellow horse-loving friends!

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Villa Topiary’s Home Décor

May 23, 2016 | Category: Decor

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that I post about Villa Topiary a lot, but I can’t help it! They are the coolest shoppe out there!

According to their Etsy page, “Villa Topiary creates unique, handmade preserved moss, faux boxwood and faux floral topiaries you will not see anywhere else. [They are] now expanding their shop to include vintage, vintage-inspired, and antique décor.” Squeal!

I am now the proud owner of three items from Villa Topiary: a jumping topiary horse, a vintage Kentucky Club tin, and a wooden sign. All three are wonderful and of great quality. The jumper topiary goes with everything, and since it is taller, I can put something else in front of it, creating depth and giving the décor a nice, structured appearance. The Kentucky Club tin is a vintage find that goes perfectly in my home. I love any and all things vintage equestrian!

The Off To The Races sign is handmade by Villa Topiary as well, and is perfect for the horseracing aficionado in your life! I have moved it to multiple places in my home; I can’t decide where to leave it because it just goes so well everywhere! I’m thinking it will stay (at least for a bit) above the doorway of my mudroom.

If you’re looking for some superb décor for your equestrian home, or for a gift for your favorite horse girl, look no further than Villa Topiary! Their selection is wonderful, their prices are right, and the customer service you’ll receive from owner Carolynn can’t be beat! Happy Shopping!

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Thierry Horse & Home + Décor

May 19, 2016 | Category: Decor

Last year, I discovered Thierry Horse & Home and wrote about them here on my blog. A lovely company located in British Columbia, Canada, Thierry was founded in 2015. Their first products to hit the shelves were horse bits, and they have continued to educate the equestrian public on the differences between high-quality and poorly-made equine goods.

This company “was built on the idea that everything from our horse to our home should be exceptional in character, elegance, and quality.” Since their opening, Thierry has expanded by adding a home décor line offering four stunning equestrian-inspired lamps.

There are two styles of lamps with two versions of each. The first is the hand-crafted Vintage Style Canter Table Lamp. The Canter Table lamp features a polished wood trim, antique horse fabric design with brass finishing, and includes a shade crafted with premium Belgium Linen. The fabric is Ralph Lauren 100% cotton soil/oil repellent made in the United States.

There are two options with this lamp: Hunter Fence and Rose Garland Mount. The colors for both are pink and cream. I love both, but there’s something about the Rose Garland Mount scene that takes my breath away!

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The second lamp is the hand-crafted Vintage Style Derby Table Lamp. The Derby Table lamp also features a polished wood trim and antique horse fabric design with brass finishing. It also includes a shade crafted with premium Belgium Linen and Ralph Lauren’s 100% cotton fabric. Since all lamps are hand-crafted, please allow 4-6 weeks to ship.

This one comes in two versions as well: Laced Rein and Hunter Buckle. The colors for both is linen beige, so they will go with any color-scheme in any room! Which one do you like best? I love the neutrality of these!

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All lamps are handmade and all materials (except electrical hardware) are sourced in North America. All people involved in crafting these gorgeous products are paid fairly and work under good conditions. This is something that is extremely important to Thierry Horse & Home, and I’m sure most customers will appreciate this, (I know I do)!

I’m so happy that Thierry has ventured into the world of equestrian home décor, and I can’t wait to see what they do next!

Want to learn more about Thierry Horse & Home? You can find them online here as well as on Instagram @thierrycompany! Enjoy!


Pinterest Showcase: Equestrian Details

May 17, 2016 | Category: Decor

This Pinterest board is one of my favorites because I think it’s pretty unique. It’s about the little things that make a home an equestrian home: doorknockers, weathervanes, and small touches here and there. Follow me on Pinterest at MarylandEQ.

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The Maryland Horse: An Artist’s View

May 11, 2016 | Category: Decor

An Art Show, “The Maryland Horse: An Artist’s View,” will feature the original work by equestrian artist, Sam Robinson. Sam is a Maryland native and currently lives in the Greenspring Valley of Baltimore County where he has a home and studio on a small part of Burnside Farm.

“I am near some of Maryland’s great Hunt Country, and the site of several of our Point-to-Point and Timber races. A short drive away are Pimlico Racecourse, home of the Preakness, and the legendary Sagamore Farms, so I am well-situated for a Sporting Artist. The surrounding landscape is rolling hills and valleys with great hardwood trees, populated with horse farms and estates. The subjects found in my work are all a regular part of the life around me.

“The most natural way to paint these subjects is a fluent painterly realism. I try to get what I am after as directly as I can. Speed is essential to sketching on location, but it takes several canvasses to develop these impressions into large studio pieces with more satisfying design and form. The work I show is selected from subjects that I find compelling. I look for the great moments in racing, but also love to explore the backside of the scene, grooms, stables, the routines of training, and the folks who do the work.”

Join Sam on May 16that the show’s opening for a cocktail reception at Halcyon House Antiques! Tickets will be available at the door for $90; $25 of the ticket price is tax deductible as the show will benefit The Maryland Horse Industry Foundation. Heavy appetizers, white wine, mixed drinks, and an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of ticket.

For more information on the show, please visit The Maryland Horse Industry Foundation’s website. Some of my favorite of Sam’s pieces are below: Good Morning; Sagamore Silks; Summer Wind; Morning Routine; The Girth; Pharoah’s Bath; Chestnut in the Sun; Jockey Tent, Shawan Downs.

Opening Cocktail Reception: May 16, 2016, 5 – 8 p.m.
Halcyon House Antiques, (410) 828-8889
11219 Greenspring Avenue
Lutherville, Maryland 21093
After May 16th, the showing will continue through June at the Halcyon House, Tues-Sat, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Good Morning Pimlico

Sagamore Silks

Summer Wind

Morning Routine

The Girth

Pharoah's Bath

Chestnut in the Sun

Jockey Tent, Shawan Downs



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