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.
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.
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.