Horses, lavish parties, elegant estates, murders, and rivalries – an inside look at the people, places and mystique that surround Middleburg, Virginia. “Middleburg Mystique” by Vicky Moon, reveals the charms, gossip, and scandals of this small well-to-do village, and the surrounding swath of horse farms just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. It tells of scandalous divorces (like actor Robert Duvall’s wife running off with the poolman) and racy murders (like arms heiress Susan Cummings shooting her Argentinean polo-playing lover). Middleburg has captivated the Kennedys, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Wagner, and Oliver North. It has gossiped about misdeeds, then turned around and protected both rich and lowly as if they were all family. “Middleburg Mystique” also provides an insider’s peek behind the grand stone entrances of massive estates with names such as “The Meadows” or “Heathfield” that belong to families such as the Firestones, Mellons, and Marriotts.
Monthly Archives: December 2009
The duo behind American fashion label, Badgley Mischka, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, have beautifully refurbished a farm in Lexington, Kentucky, featured in Elle Decor. The two met at Parsons and founded Badgley Mischka in 1988. They’re known for their red-carpet ready evening gowns which are worn by tastemakers such as Oprah Winfrey. Their use of of equestrian themes and stylized accessories in a restrained manner, makes you yearn to sip coffee in their home and watch the horses grazing outside the window. Beautifully crafted leather saddles, bridles and tall boots are all finely constructed with special attention to detail. This fastidiousness dovetails nicely with the interior design world. A balance of black, white and natural wood elements in the backdrop of this elegant, historically rich area creates a warm and inviting home.
A Continuous Lean is about things. American things, good looking things, well designed things and all sorts of other things. Sometimes A Continuous Lean even talks about people and ideas. That’s it, keep it simple. More good, less bad. ACL is the product of Michael Williams, a native son of Ohio. Currently, Michael lives in New York City and works on the factory floor at Paul + Williams, a marketing and pr firm.
ACL maintains an online shop for items Made in the USA. There are many Made in the USA lists throughout the internet, nearly all of them tacky and in poor taste. These awful websites have led ACL to compile a list of stylish and cool brands that make their goods in America. One of their goals with this is to make it easier to locate and buy domestically produced apparel products. Another motivating factor is their desire for things Made in the USA to be embraced by a younger, more stylish consumer.
The town of East Aurora, New York, a patchwork landscape of horse farms and agriculture, sets the tone for this versatile tote bag in Italian rubber. Inspired by the Wellie Boots worn by riders and outdoor enthusiasts alike, this well designed tote is easy to wear and deceptively roomy, to keep everything from your iphone and keys to your helmet and half chaps stylishly at hand. Highly polished chromed brass halterfittings add a final luxe flourish.
According to Oregon-based designer and equine entrepreneur, Mollie Wolfe, the goal of Jumpline Designs is to represent the love of the horse, without giving up style that transitions from stable to show ring to an elegant dinner party. Jumpline Designs creates enamel jewelry that captures the essence of the equestrian world with subtleness and sophistication. Visit jumplinedesigns.com
Found My Animal collars and harnesses are made craftsman in Brooklyn, NY using U.S. manufactured and dyed fabrics. Their leashes or leads are handmade by professional New England rope-makers. 25% of ALL their profits go directly to the Louis Animal Foundation, a unique non-profit group dedicated to spaying/neutering and providing homes for animals who have not yet ‘found’ their people.
The custom-made rope used for the leashes (or leads) is a unique and extremely durable alternative to leather. Each rope is hand-spliced to withstand thousands of pounds of pull, the ends are then “whipped” (an old nautical term) for additional durabilty.
The adjustable solid brass o-rings and solid bronze clips (marine grade cast Italian hardware).
The individually-numbered, stamped brass tags on each FOUND leash serve as a reminder of the uniqueness of your animal and allow them to keep track of the number of animals you have helped so far.
THE COLLARS & HARNESSES
The collars and harnesses are made with WAXWEAR 100% cotton canvas that is coated with animal safe wax for weatherproofing and increased strength. Orange is the official color of animal protection awareness which makes it the perfect choice for their collars. The blackwatch plaid is used in memory of Martin MacDonald who fostered New York City pups with the love of a lion. Attached to each collar is a cast solid brass lifesaver that your pup can wear for even more good luck. Visit foundmyanimal.com
Creative Equine Imagery
Lisa Cueman is drawn to photography horses not only for their physical power and grace but also for the unspoken conversations that can be expressed in various ways such as in the arch of their neck, the swish of their tale or the bow of their head. Continuing her lifelong love and involvement with these animals, she strives to capture aspects of the equine world that are fleeting, perhaps overlooked, or often invisible to others, frozen in time.
After taking a break from the Adult Amateur jumper ring, she now finds herself drawn back in, returning to an environment that she knows and loves, but this time with a camera in hand. She currently lives in southern Vermont with my husband, two energetic black labs and affectionate coon cat. She spends as much time as she can combing country sides and barns for horses to photography, looking for unique perspectives and unseen moments. lisacuemanphotography.com