BRING THE WILD INSIDE: The Angling Lifestyle

This time of year I turn my attention to cool streams, lazy lakes, sweet tea with mint and angling.  There is always a way to bring the joy of the wild inside – so be it FISH!

I collect.

I save (part of the Heritage thing).

I fish.

I come from a long line of ‘savers’  (some may have been hoarders, but I am glad they were!)  Both sides of my family and my husband’s had places like farms and lake houses to save generations of goodies, and all sides loved the outdoors.  I never turned down anything or any opportunity to scour an attic or barn and be gifted (often with laughter at ‘that ole thing’) my finds!  I saved therefore, I collect.

 To save and cherish items that family have touched is a Southern thang!

I love to fish, especially fly fish.  My mate has made sure I have premier equipment- some of my favorites are my Sage 5 wt. and my San Miguel Reel.

You need not fish to enjoy it in your decor — if you have it use it – if you don’t, collect it!  It is soothing decor and it need not be expensive.

Shop flea markets, estate sales, thrift stores and your partners tackle (with permission).

The lamp is new.  The wicker shade makes a nice contrast with the rock wall and the scale of the net in the vintage fishing net, a gift from my best friend’s grandfather who used it in the 30′s &  40′s.  I found this old duck call at an estate sale (yes we have family one’s too) and decided it needed to accent the lamp shade like a finial would.  How about a colorful self hooking lure instead?

 

 

 

I collect.

 I collect antique wooden ice fishing decoys.  They are each tiny works of art as varied and individual as the carvers who made them: catfish with metal whiskers, a turtle and even a frog I have found.  The aged paint and sometimes whimsical nature made me display them on our coffee table ‘swimming’ toward an antique English bait bucket.  The lid is open and perfect for a green plant surrounded with spanish moss (please do a better job than I did covering the plastic pot!!)

We save.

Make an interesting display in your bookshelves, include family memorabilia and at least 3 fish related items.  Here we have a framed fish etching I did long ago, fishing books, a vintage creel* and a carved wooden crappie I painted as a gift for my husband.  You could also use a reel (doesn’t have to be old) and some colorful lures.  The old metal trade sign, German figural beer steins and antique fireman’s hat are all family relics.  *CREEL – If you recall my Post BRING THE WILD INSIDE - Christmas   I filled a creel with red poinsettia and another with red berries, feathers and greenery.  For summer try some silk or real yellow and white daisies for a picnic feel inside.   

Don’t overlook the tops of cabinets for display space.

I think a bit of the outdoors makes the indoors more fun!  How about this carved bass nestled with greenery and old duck decoys (use your current decoys-it is out of season) atop a cabinet filled with gleaming silver?   Again, the contrast makes things interesting – like wearing denim and pearls!   The bookcase is an early Texas piece by Otto Brinkman of Comfort, Tx.  My grandmother saw it for sale in 1936 and purchased it for $45.00 and saved & loved it all these years – just as I do.  (See where I get it?)  

 

How about a fishing trophy made out of paper?  GirlHunter  author & cook, Georgia Pelligrini told me about this new store on her blog.  Red    New and vintage  China  have an abundance of fishing themes in plates and platters that not only make a pretty dinner table, but make a wonderful display alone, on a stand in a bookcase or countertop  or hanging on the wall!

Dinnerware by Portmerion  and Red Cabin Pottery ( made in Texas!)

You always have room for a pillow or two – bring the wild inside with color and rich trims, velvets, and suedes.  I handpaint each one on lambskin using different techniques and metallics - then I finish by hand sewing into pillows.  Each one is unique.  The fine leather gives a great texture that mimic the fish skins.  These are available now and will be featured on my new updated website.

 

My hand painted tin rainbow by Stephanie Woolley of Tailwater Gallery and Flyshop in Taos, NM.

I save, I collect……and I fish.

Here I sit on my vintage 60′s Water Wagon, originally made in Amarillo, Tx!

Be it old or new—–find it, fish it but by all means

BRING THE WILD INSIDE.

14 Comments

  1. Thanks Courtney, great to hear from you.

  2. I love this stuff. What an interesting, classy way to show your love of the outdoors!

    • Thank you Jim! I hope to inspire others- and especially those who share a home with a non-angler/non-hunter.

  3. Looks great Rita. The comment area is a little pale. I use IE version 9. Pass that on to Carter, he will understand. I will try and send you a screen shot sho you can see what I see.

    Richard

  4. Southern Living meets Garden & Gun! Very nice….especially the mini-skirt fishing attire! You still got it!

    • Two of my favorite magazines – thanks John for the Southern spirit.

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  6. Rita, Love the blog! Your home is so eclectic and beautiful. You have such an amazing talent!

    • You are welcome here anytime – ceviche time?

  7. Well done, Rita. I love the way you brought the wild inside and with such finesse and creativity. Cool blog and great tips, too. Keep it coming!

    Julie Redburn Design

    • Thanks Julie, always great to have your super design savvy approval-

  8. Hmmm. That’s a fun idea! thanks for reading, Babs!

  9. Carolyn, just what I mean! So glad you rescued those old decoys-be sure and check underneath, some had the name of the boat or maker stamped or printed. They look great at Christmas with a tartan ribbon around their neck and a silver sleighbell attached.

  10. It is all vintage!