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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Equestrian Inspired Decor

I've noticed lately equestrian inspired elements are making frequent appearances in fashion and decor. A look that has always appealed to me. It naturally conjures up images of picnics on plaid blankets, rolling fields, miles of fences, the smell of leather, the warmth of tweed, a love of horses and my childhood.

Hermes bottle opener

Growing up I shared a room with my  older sister. About the only thing we had in common was an  obsession with horses. We  had tons of plastic and flocked specimens lining the shelves and dresser tops of our room. We would ask for our own horse constantly. My father, under the constant barrage of begging, caved and for 3 blissful years while living in Oklahoma we had our own horse. His name was Prince. He was white and had a gentle demeanor and was the most thrilling thing in our young lives.

Horse studies-Susan Friedman for WSH

We moved and said goodbye to our beloved horse. I continued to ride very sporadically throughout most of my life, but now it's been years.  My daughter learned to ride when she was six, but due to costs and other interests, she no longer does either. But, the love for these beautiful and majestic animals has never diminished.

The stable in my "Dream House" via

Whether you ride or not, I think equestrian decor, artwork and fashion accessories can be an interesting addition to your home and your wardrobe!

Here is a sampling of some of the beautiful items I've come across:
Ralph Lauren door knocker


Mary Sand bronze

Ralph Lauren wrapped stirrup bracelet

Gunnison chair by Hickory


English table 1st dibs

Ralph Lauren stirrup watch

Horse studies-Tim Robinson for WSH

Hermes rare stirrup clock

Williams-Sonoma Home saddle stitch hurricanes

A glimpse of horse study prints by da Vinci in my dining room this past spring.


  1. Love you dining room. I think an equestrian themed room looks so handsome. I love the way RL does it. I am in love with that watch, Kathysue

  2. I have several horse or equestrian decor item or artwork in my home. Your dining room looks lovely too!


  3. I am such a sucker for even the WORD equestrian...zoomed right over to your post!

  4. Love that Hermes clock! My husband misses his horse from childhood. They are such wonderful creatures. What great ways to celebrate them.

  5. My dream as a child was to have a chestnut colored quarter horse. Not sure where I got that idea - I learned to ride Western growing up in TX. And now I really wish I had been able to continue riding. My boys are learning when we go to their grandparents. It's really cute - my little cowboys!

  6. LOVE this post!
    I was also a horsey
    girl, as is my daughter.
    The prints in your dining
    room are fabulous. You
    have the best taste.
    Happy weekend!
    xx Suzanne

  7. I was not a horsey girl...but I love seeing equestrian articles and rather enjoy watching those that have dedicated their lives to the sport!

    I liked your tips (below) too! Well done Girlie!


  8. I love equestrian decor myself, and enjoyed this post. It's good to be back. Have a great weekend. Mona

  9. Such a beautiful post. Ralph Lauren does this so well. The prints in your home are beautiful, I love the frames you chose for them to set them off perfectly. Gorgeous! Lidy

  10. Beautiful post. I'm sure if I could my whole house would be filled with horses. As it is, my daughter has a navy blue cooler with a red border on her bed, and there are two horseshoes for luck outside the front door. I'm mad about the Ralph Lauren stirrup belt.
    I'm glad I've found your blog. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.
    -- Miss Whistle

  11. Great post! Reminds me of a gorgeous painting my friends mom had growing up. It was enormous and I was so drawn to it. Every time I went over I would go into the dining room just to look at that beautiful horse!

  12. Wonderful there is nothing in the animal kingdon so beautiful as a horse.

    I just watched the Breeders Cup and it broke my heart!

    Come and enter my new Giveaway....I know you will love it!!

    Art by Karena

  13. Loved this! I was horse crazy as a little girl. Other girls studied ballet, I took riding lessons.

  14. Wow! These are some stunning examples...great eye! That doorknocker and that first bottle opener are real stand out items for me...completely coveting these now!

  15. Beautiful post! I have an equestrian style blog that I would love to feature this on! Http://
    Love this!!!!


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