Monday, 23 January 2012

Home Decor: Equestrian Style

If you know me personally, this post should come as no surprise to you. After over a decade of living horse-free, I recently hopped back into the saddle and now wish I'd never left. Two kids and 12 years does a number on your body and psyche.

You've probably seen at least a handful of rooms that incorporate equestrian elements. The style tends to have a slight colonial vibe, as opposed to the Western cowboy/Sante Fe variety of furniture and accents - think dark woods & warm leather, not pine log and Navajo prints. Reminiscent of English fox hunting and traditional riding practices, the classic equestrian decor is best done in hints - a little goes a long way with inspired pieces. Too much can feel a bit hokey, like a semi-permanent theme party.

Tartan prints and monograms as accents
Here's a roundup (har-har) of some equestrian inspired things that would be perfect for the horse person in your life, without going overboard ...

Lladro Equus Coffee Cups and Saucers (176 pounds - set of four)
Hunt Boot Bookends ($68), Horse and Hound.
Reproduction 1960's Potomac Hunt Map ($60), Fox Hunt Shop.
Wall Mounted Horse Head ($99 - on sale!), Z Gallerie.

Rebecca Ray Harness Pillow (from $205), Rebecca Ray Designs.
Lattice Bamboo Arm Chair, Furniture Classics Ltd.
angelo: HOME Sutton Saddle Brown Renu Leather Sofa ($573), Overstock.

Part of me wants to be out at the barn right now, actually. But I'm battling a head cold and think it's best that I take advantage of baby nap time at the homestead. Cheers!

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