Friday, August 31, 2012

Equestrian Decor

You don't have to own a vintage 18th century house in the country to pull off "equestrian decor" (but it does not hurt).  I've collected some photos off Pininterest, where the horse or equestrian theme can be seen in the decor. This is not "primitive" or "folky" decor - which is just not my style.  Take a peek at few examples:

This uses classic antique pieces with just two or three horse items to make this entrance hall look like it's been here for 150 years.  The blue urns are lovely as is the art.  You could easily do something like this by scouring the antique stores.

I love this look.  Tongue and groove on the walls (easy to do), toile drapes, a great red color for the walls, a few chippendale chairs, some silver, a fox head here and there, and some equestrian art. Voila!

This dining room just uses one large equestrian print or oil as its main focus. And it works!

 I believe this bar is from Badgley Mischka's house in Kentucky - they ride.  I love the bar, the black laquer walls. 

 This stairway looks great doesn't it?  There is a lot to work with here with the light, the windows, the great green shade. I love the white walls.  No need for color here.  And the cute Roman shade!

This one is pretty simple.  Some art, a few vintage trophies picked up at the local antique market.

Love, love, love this wallpaper!  That's all you need in this room!

Now, if we all had a stairwell like this at home!   Enough said!

 This is in Middleburg, VA.  An old barn.  They painted the door in their farm colors and the jockeys are in the same colored silks.  My barn does not look like this! Color goes a long way.

 Would you not love a fun old barn to turn into a studio?  How cool is this?

I am off to Warrenton, VA today to a horse show.  Then a fun weekend with friends here in Virginia, then the US Open in New York.  I will be reporting as I can from my travels. Have a great Labor Day weekend where ever you are! 


  1. Absolutely fantastic collection! All doable without breaking the bank!

    Wonderful selections! That is the "Revolutionary Toile"!! I scored some 18th c on ebay; but Scalamandre has it on linen! Wonderful!

  2. There's something so perfectly British about equestrianism, no matter where in the world you see it displayed. Find me a girl in jodhpurs and buckles who doesn't look English! It's such a quaint appearance, and in the world of fashion; anything equine is a bold look.

  3. I would move right into each and every one of these establishments. I'm feeling inspired - maybe I will paint a mural on the wall of my dining room!

  4. Great post. I absolutely love the western looking. The antique looking table looks great, but one table I had to buy recently came from They had a lot of horse tables, and I ended up purchasing a brown Stallion horse table.

    Thanks for the post, it is amazing!


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