Divine equine

There's an empty expanse of wall that's part of a stairwell leading to the lower scary unfinished level of our humble abode. We are going to hang an enormous canvas transfer of the photo (below) on the wall.

I know, talk about a drastic departure from my usual style, right? I wanted something utterly unique and just a bit quirky. It was taken by our phenomenal photographer friend, Ben, who has an amazing ability for capturing the quiet moments in nature with his camera lens.

(This is pulled from a screen shot; the original image is so much more magnificent.)


Mr. FC and I are in love with this piece--don't they all look so pensive & soulful, dancing the line between breathtaking & comedic? The contrast of the stormy grey sky touching down on the golden brush landscape is so lovely. This just captures the rustic West that we live in beautifully.

Plus, I get a huge kick out of imagining this: you enter our home, look to your right, and these majestic guys are giving you the judgemental inquisitive side-eye. If that doesn't say Welcome to the Freckles Chick home, I don't know what does. (Just checking to see if anyone actually reads my posts.) The plan is to hang this photo and place a mid-century modern credenza we scored on Craigs List in the foreground (our entryway).

I obviously have a soft spot for these creatures because I found a few pics filed away in my inspiration folder of the equine variety. It can work, my friends.

photos by Eric Roth

House Beautiful


What are your thoughts on animal anything in home decor?
Am I the only quirky one? Come on, I can take it. =]


52 comments:

  1. I love anything animal related in the home. I think it's going to be one of the things we remember about the 2000's when we look back in years to come. But I still love it and I don't care if it makes me outdated to continue the trend.

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  2. We have animal art but it's a bit different. For example, we have a couple of bronze geckos hanging on corners, one red and one blue; we have a funky metal flat frog sculpture in pastels and a bronze, brightly coloured frog and baby frog. We have a framed set of photos of pelicans taken by Kendra Luck (phenomenal photographer of dogs in particular) from a trip to Mexico - they fascinated my husband. Oh, and we have a trio of metal, rounded lady bugs, a flat hummingbird and a flat parrot...oh, and those prints on handmade paper made by painting real sealife and making prints...I was only remembering the geckos when I started. Lots of fun.

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  3. Love the photo itself, and love the idea of using it in your house. That Ben is talented - I'm trying to get up the courage to ask him to do some family shots - I'm just scared he'll shoot me down in favor of horses and barns.

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  4. no, you`re definetly not the only one!! i`ve been searching for photos of really colorful birds to frame = )

    p.s. the photo is gorgeous!

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  5. I just got two dog head candles from Anthro- they are really funky. Or they are so ugly that they are cute, either way you look at them I think they are fun!

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  6. I heart animals in home decor ! Great feature on the beauty of horses, and I love love love your new print.

    I just wrote up the use of the owl in home decor last week, check it out !

    http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2010/01/hoot-hoot/

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  7. Whoa. That horse picture is *insane*.

    I feel fine with animal pictures in the house, but strangely when I told Husband I was going to blow up a picture of him snuggling with Kitty and Petunia and hang it on the wall in our main floor sitting room he put his foot down. *scratches head*

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  8. i'm fine with it, if it's meaningful. but, whoa, those inspiration photos are FABULOUS with or without the horse garb.

    that bedroom? i want it so badly it hurts.

    kelly

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  9. That is a magnificent photo! Can't wait to see it up and the new credenza :)

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  10. This will be awesome in your home. It is gorgeous, yet quirky and I like it. I could never get away with it in my home, though.

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  11. This will be awesome in your home. It is gorgeous, yet quirky and I like it. I could never get away with it in my home, though.

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  12. I think animals in home decor can be fabulous, like your idea and these inspiration photos, but I have also seen it done horribly wrong. I adore horses and horse photography - they are just so majestic and beautiful. I really love the black and white ones. Into my inspiration files these photos go!

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  13. I have always loved horses in art form. They are such beautiful and graceful creatures and I think they bring a unique and special beauty to the home. I have been debating putting a print myself that I found on overstock.com. It's been a few months now and I keep thinking about it. Maybe I just need to do it.

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  14. I love it! It's going to look sensational =) I've been wanting to get a picture of a lion and a lamb from the Bible verse to hang up somewhere. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. that's so funny you blogged about this. I never thought that a "big giant horse" screamed my style either, but I saw a horse painting in a gallery one time and thought "how cool would that be in my living room?". I thought I was temporarily insane, but thanks to you, turns out I'm not the only one. :) That pictures is stunning and I think it would look fantastic in your house! Can't wait to see the final product!

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  16. That photo is stunning! And yes, those horses do seem a little judgmental... hehe! Perfect for the entryway.

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  17. Animal art is huge right now!!!!!! It can totally work and I love that piece. They remind me of Hiro: So quiet and thoughtful (so human, right? It's in the eyes)..... You done good, girl! Can't wait to see it! :)

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  18. So... in real life horses kind of freak me out. They're like small dinosaurs. Ready to trample you at any moment.
    But in picture form... love! That canvas is going to be beautiful! It's so full of life!
    I have that third inspiration picture saved as well. It's so romantic and warm.

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  19. I love it because it is unique. I tend to lean towards architectural photos in my home. Can't wait to see a photo of your space!

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  20. Who's of thunk it...HORSE pictures may just be the new trend ; ) I may not be following suit though...ha! If all your friend's pics are that good, he needs to be selling those babies ; )

    Made me smile to see you had a new post; hope the back is recovering!

    My lonely small green turtle carved out of a rock is the only thing animal in my house...wierd!

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  21. Yes, my dear..you are quirky, but then again...so am I. Which is why we are friends! :) That picture is haunting. I believe you can really play up the saturated color in that pic. The picture is quite a piece and more importantly it speaks to you. If art moves your soul...it must be anchored within your home decor..and this piece will no doubt do that. I can not wait to see it in the room.

    Great picture.

    Cheers~
    e

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  22. You know I'm completely behind the hanging of extremely large animal pictures in the home!

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  23. I absolutely love your inspiration photos. I think your project is going to turn out great!

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  24. FC, you are a girl after my own heart. I love a good photograph, and pair in my fav animal, and you've reached my heaven.

    I love horses. You are exactly right- so soulful and graceful.. with a bit of judgement behind those long lashes!

    I can't wait to see it all said and done

    LB

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  25. wow, would you look at that! I didn't notice many horses in photos but clearly you found them! you're a trendsetter. :)

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  26. uhhm. I LOVE it! I love these horses. I love over sized photography I have a deer head (fake) love that too. I don't like dog portraits (oil paintings)...unless they are playing cards of course:)

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  27. I think its a GREAT idea:)

    Thanks for the shoutout!!

    Emily, I am available anytime to take your pictures! Just let me know what you had in mind!

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  28. animal can be put in home decor and i think a photo would do the trick for ya. go for it!

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  29. I like animal prints. No prints of animals in my house, though, but I think your idea will be stunning and will also have the humorous touch you want. Show us soon!

    jbhat

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  30. I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now, but don't think I've commented yet. Better late than never!
    That photograph is gorgeous! It's so moody and wild and sort of filled with anticipation. I'm not sure if that made sense, but I can't wait to see it hung! :)

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  31. I love the horse! I say go for it!

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  32. I love the horses! I would not want them too large and overpowering though.

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  33. What a creative way to cover your wall. I'm dying to do something bold like that. I can't wait to see the finished wall.

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  34. Love the horse picture! I did some sillouettes of our daughters and added in a sillouette of our chocolate labs head for quirkiness. I love it. Just a little unexpected. I see people do a double take when they look at them:)

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  35. I love my collection of bird prints in my living room. I'm sure a lot of our friends think they are wacky but I've been a bird lover since I was very little. Your horses are wonderful and they don't look like something everyone else would have in their home. Perfection I think!

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  36. It has meaning for you and it's absolutely stunning! It will look great with your style, FC. : )

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  37. It has meaning for you and it's absolutely stunning! It will look great with your style, FC. : )

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  38. I never thought of hanging pics of horses in my own home, but I used to LOVE them when i was younger. Anyhow these pics are so MAGICAL, the livingroom in the 2 nd pic is stunning.

    Jen Ramos
    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  39. I kind of like it... Looks so clean, natural & amazing all at the same time. Hope I made {some} sense. Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo,
    Alexandra

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  40. i want the bed..the canopy one

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  41. Yes, I think it will work too! I love this idea and your cute wit! Looking forward to seeing it in action.
    I think I need a couple of ponies in my house too.

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  42. art is so personal, if you love it, go for it! my mom loves/has horses so we always had horse things in the house. a house should tell the story of its owner, I think!

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  43. I'd never thought about this type of decorating, but I absolutely looooove the horse prints. How magnificent!!

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  44. Awww... I love the snuggly face pictures. Adorable and beautiful! I cannot wait to see the after photos, I am sure they will be wonderful!

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  45. Another room with pictures of horses! Scroll down to see the dining room - http://www.decordemon.com/2010/02/04/devine-intervention/

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  46. I love the horses! I have a framed B&W horse print called Fierce Grace and I love it. It is not as big as these though-now I feel like I should have gotten a bigger one! Please post pictures of your end result!

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  47. aww I love horses! They did a great job of implementing them in their design :)

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  48. Amazing images, I love to see horse images, statues etc. in a room ,I think it adds interest and sophistication to a room. I like it as long as it does not become a thematic room. All of these rooms are done with restraint. I just did a post on birds in design, today and that was one thing I mentioned. It is important to not have so many you call it the horsey room or the bunny room, You know what I mean? Kathysue

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  49. I'm not so sure about animal art,but have to say,this is AWSOME! Wouldn't want it in my apartment,though. Horses are beautifull,but kind of aristocratic,as I think,and in these enteriors it works fantastic. Especially b&w pic

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  50. Love the horse photos. Does anyone have any information about this bed and bedding: brand name, where to buy, etc?

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~Freckles Chick~