Thursday, April 4, 2013

horse country crazy

Some of your comments yesterday on Bethany Puopolo's farm made me think how lucky we are to live in Virginia!  I love the greenery, the rolling hills and most of all, the amount of horse country we have.

And I love to see equestrian inspired designs not only because we have horses and I rode and showed horses growing up, but also because it reminds me of one of my favorite places.  Middleburg, Virginia.

A 50 minute commute from DC, Middleburg is the true horsemen's country.  Driving down the roads reminds me of the English countryside in places - stone wall fences and easement land as far as the eye can see. 

And every December, the hunt comes through town, a real sight to behold.

There's just enough grit to it to make Middleburg the real deal.  It's not full of Ralph Lauren models in crisp white shirts and boots atop a beautiful bridleless horses. 

Don't get me wrong, it's definitely tweed and Barbour and all the rest.  And you will see a woman in heels and fur walking down the road.  But you also see dirty barn boots, ballcaps and jeans, breeches and of course, the best part, dogs everywhere. Just last month, some girlfriends and I took Seamus for an outting in Middleburg and had a nice lunch at the Market Salamander.

Great places to eat.  Cute shops.  And amazing real estate.

Makes me want to pay a bit more homage in my own home to my horsey roots.  I need to figure out a chic way to decorate with my horse show ribbons, like these folks did.

Tally ho!


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  1. LOVE being from Virginia and am gaining a whole new appreciation as an adult. Middleburg is now officially on my go to list. Maybe a lunch date to scope out places to come back with Matthew? Barbour and tweed is right up his alley!

  2. You live in such a beautiful area! I love touches of "horsey" things in decor too.

  3. Lovely there. Try the Goodstone Inn...gorgeous property with tasty food.

    best, teaorwine

  4. At least once a week, someone in our house mentions how much they love Virginia. I love driving past all of the gorgeous horse farms too. There are several within 5 minutes of my house. We would love to see your horse ribbons in a great display.

  5. what a great post! loved it! I need to go visit this beautiful place...I think you should display your ribbons on frames like that. So chic! ANd Barbour jackets are my fave!

  6. I have never been to the east coast....This is a trip that is on my bucket list!

  7. I just love this post! so so pretty!

  8. It's nice to contemplate on the place where you live at and appreciate the unique and wonderful aspects of it. I can't believe this timed in with Kim's post. Love it!

  9. I had the pleasure of going to Middleburg about 20 years ago on a Farnley pony shopping trip with a student. We had lunch at the cutest cafe and I was completely charmed by the town!

  10. Chat a charming place! I am definitely putting it on my travel list. I love gilded signs and cobblestone charm.

  11. Thanks for sharing part of your beautiful state, what a quintessential little town!

  12. Nancy, Kim Macumber@KimMacumberInteriors is one of my best friends. What a treat to be sent to your blog! I love all things equestrian as my 14 year old daughter is a Hunter/Jumper. This town is a must for me to visit! Thanks for sharing!

  13. from your visit to me, i found you and am glad i did, love your blog!
    we are off to virginia in 2 weeks, i'll try to add in middleburg. i live in wayne, il., a small equestrian village, the last image is my neighbor carolyn!
    now i am off to check out other posts

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