First up, I don’t live on a ranch. Yet. Some day it will happen, but right now it’s not in our cards. That said, it doesn’t mean I can’t dress my house in a few ranch decor touches of rustic to reflect my country roots. I grew up in a small town with country music on the hi-fi (anyone remember those?) and western jam sessions happened quite often at our house. I’m sure I was brainwashed from birth, which is likely why when I swore off country music as a teen, and went through a horrible punk phase in my 20s and 30s, neither took hold. Eventually I returned to country, and western came home to roost. I’ve always enjoyed ranch decor style!
That said, I’m not one to go so overboard with this it. I don’t want my home to end up looking like the inside of a Bass Pro Shop. You know what I mean, right? I like my “animals” a tad more subtly scattered about.
Too much of anything is usually just too much. Except cowhides. I love them! Not just for their looks, but also for their ability to take whatever my dogs, kids, and messy man seem to be able to throw at them. As I like to say, if you think about what the original owner put them through then there’s not much they can’t withstand.
I don’t only love them on the floor though. I seem to have collected a few seats along the way. Like I said, if the original owners sat on them, why can’t I?
Anyone can cover a pair of French arm chairs in boring old fabric. It takes personality and vision to cover them in cowhide. I really wish I could meet the person who made the decision to invest in that vision, then give them up to a second-hand store! I want to ask them WHY? How could you part with these? What is wrong with you? I know I’ll only part with them for one reason…and that will be when I end up on my big ranch in the sky. Not a moment before!
Until then, I’m going to keep collecting my ranch dressing pieces and sprinkling them around my life.
And apparently on my body too!
PS Vintage Needlepoint 3 Horses Tote by Totem Salvaged here.