Friday, February 8, 2013

Equestrian Chic Interiors



Being from the Lexington, KY area, which has the title of being the Horse Capital of the World, I like to refer to this style of decorating as "Horse Country Chic." Here it is actually a lifestyle. You don't just decorate with it, you LIVE it. There is a wide appeal for the Equestrian Chic look in interior design with it's aged, refined and sophisticated style. It will always be a classic design tradition, inspiring a colorful assortment of equestrian-themed interiors.

Equestrian Chic is synonymous with the beauty of horses, the tradition of hunting and the triumph of winning races and exudes warmth with a decided masculine edge

Horse lovers are given a chance to pay tribute to their love of this graceful and elegant creature. Whether you are an equestrian or just love equestrian sport, there are all kinds of home furnishings, accessories, and accents that feature a horse of some sort. It might be a table lamp with a horse sculpture on the base, or a piece of horse themed art. If you decide to decorate an entire room with equestrian home decor or just add a few pieces here and there, you can find a wide variety of items to accent your home. Hopefully this post will give you some ideas to help in your decision. 







Plaid is a perennial favorite for the equestrian look. Also silver offers that traditional  appeal so collect julep cups, trays,......you get the picture.


Equestrian Chic style will always include walls of horse art!


Give your home the sophisticated charm of an English manor.


Equestrian Chic elegance is rooted in English countryside and its country homes and clubhouses where substantial antique furnishings, art depicting the hunt, and tartans are all part of the equestrian culture.




When it comes to Equestrian Chic interiors whether it be tack, art or textiles, you cannot go wrong if you collect it for your home.

There are so many lovely horse and rider pillows to choose from for your Equestrian home. Just toss a few on a sofa.......make them different, you don't want to get matchy.

Equestrian Chic interiors have a refined elegance and a masculine edge.



This great room with it's with an equestrian flair features "trophy" style lamps, riding ribbons, horse statues, and riding gear. 


Many Equestrian Chic interiors express the excitement of horse racing with silks, jockey art and memorabilia of former champions.

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English Sporting and Equestrian style are the perfect blend.
 




While the colors, textures, size and scale of equestrian style accessories have an overall masculine impression, the style still is appealing to female tastes as well.It is elegant and refined and yet casual and relaxed.



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Green, blue, red, yellow and brown are colors associated with Equestrian chic. It is fun to decorate with this style for events as well as for the home.




Look for textures such as leather, suede, wood, burlap, canvas, rope and metals. Saddle blankets or throws are also a stylish touch that which would complement an Equestrian Chic space when used on a sofa, chair or in the bedroom.

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The "tack room" look.




Horse art along with silver cups and rich leather bound books all suggest the gentile and wealthy lifestyle of Equestrian Chic.

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Equestrian art can make a hallway appear inviting and grand.


Horse and hunt prints work well in pairs or larger groupings, which can create a focus over a couch in an Equestrian Chic living room.

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Another example of how well English traditional and Equestrian Chic combine to make beautiful interiors.


Equestrian style places an emphasis on creative display of equine art and essentials like trophies, saddles, bridles, and stirrups.


Trends come and go, but the equestrian look is a timeless one. The Equestrian Chic home is gorgeous when decorated for Christmas.




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Needlepoint exudes the feeling of the country sporting life. Pick up some some for your Equestrian Chic interiors or better still learn needlepoint and make them yourself. I am so thankful my mother taught me how to needlepoint.




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