Equestrian Design Elements

July 22, 2011

I feel so lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country that is surrounded by horses.  From the well-known natural mineral spring baths to the history of the Battle of Saratoga to the picturesque Victorian architecture, Saratoga Springs, New York is filled with health and history.  But what Saratoga Springs is most known for in the modern day, is it’s summer horse racing season.

I have been excited to research and write a post on equestrian design elements for quite awhile.  Of all days, today seemed most appropos because it is the Opening Day of the 2011 summer horse racing season.

The equine body is strong, yet graceful and that elegance is portrayed when elements of equestrian style is introduced into a space.  From displaying a simple pair of riding boots, a traditional plaid throw, or showcasing vintage ribbons, equestrian design is classic and can be displayed in a chic, sophisticated, and minimal way.

I have found some beautiful spaces that truly portray the effortless beauty of equestrian style.

This is such a creative and beautiful way to display riding saddles. ~ quite unique, right?

Adding a few equestrian elements into a space, makes it feel so regal and glamorous.  The eye-popping orange accents brings this room to the next level.

I’m loving the idea of creating a shadow box filled with ribbons or trophies won from a horse show.

Equestrian objects are often associated with the wealth, gentility and influence of the “horsey set,” but they can also call to mind a ranching lifestyle and the reliable workhorses of the Old West. Even those who just love horses for their elegant beauty, gentle character and imposing power are likely to be fans of equestrian home decor.
- NJ.com

This interior space is the bedroom of the famed designers, Badgley Mischka.  It’s sophicticated, masculine style is so clean and fresh, yet has this old world charm complete with riding boots and a traditional plaid throw.

Equestrian Accents (left to right): Equestrian Pillows, Horse Lamp, Frye Riding Boots, Horse Ice Bucket, Equine Lamp Post, Horse Strap Door Knocker, Equestrian Style Book, Napkin Rings, Equestrian Bracelet

Some more inspiring Equestrian Designed Spaces

Ever thought of introducing equine elements into your home?  Ballard Designs has this gorgeous print, along with a few others that would make a beautiful focal point.  “North Carolina artist, Patrick Wright, blends realism with impressionism to infuse his work with a fresh, timeless feel. Here, he combines sketch strokes with distressed tonal finishes to give these graceful horse art prints a sense of freedom and energy.”

When I think of Equine Design, words that come to mind may be – traditional, classic, Ralph Lauren….  But this space is a modern twist on Equestrian Style.  What do you think?

And of course, I have a DIY project to share as well!  I found these pillows and they’d be quite an easy DIY project to create for your space.  The main front and back fabric of the pillow is a quilted horse blanket with a horse blanket strap across the center.  How stylish?!  This would make a beautiful accent to any room!

Whether you are an equine enthusiast or simply appreciate the beauty of horses, incorporating equestrian design elements will add a chic and classic beauty to your space.

Images Courtesy of: Country Living, Elle Decor, Style at Home, Carol Adams


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Comments

  1. Thank you for your sweet comment and posting on FB my Driftwood mirror post! Ever in Seattle area–look me up and you can have full access to as much driftwood as you want! By the way, you blog is beautiful. I’d love to follow you.
    michellepaige.blogspot.com

    • You are very welcome! I was wondering where you are located – I’m on the opposite side of the country, but if I ever head your way, I will let you know. I REALLY like how you created that mirror – just beautiful!! Thanks for the blog compliments…I’m actually in the process of reconstructing a few things, so check back soon for a whole new look. Glad we connected and have a great weekend! xo Jenna

  2. love any equestrian! My daughter takes riding lessons in Texas…and of course, visiting Saratoga during the race season is my favorite time…love the Jockeys on the front porches!

    • Thanks Carrie for the comment! I keep asking you, but you never said – are you planning a visit to Saratoga any time soon?

  3. I have a new equestrian design project, and I’d love to know your source for the display riding saddles, or what you charge for one! So clever! Also, I need the dimensions. Thank you!

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