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September 13, 2011

keys to equestrian style

One of my favorite, never-fail styles is equestrian. It is classic, preppy, warm, and very "Fall." Here are five common elements of equestrian style to help you get ready for next season!

1. Horsey Art
Photos, drawings, paintings, sculptures, saddles... anything that reminds you of actual horses.

2. Leather
From the horses they ride to the boots they wear, equestrian style is all about leather. It is warm, luxurious, and masculine. Cowhide (or zebra, for a fun twist) is also great.

3. Tartan
Nothing is as traditional as a good plaid (or gingham, or buffalo check). A warm wool throw is just the thing for a warming up after a ride on a cool day.

4. Monograms
Is there anything more preppy than a monogram? It fits in perfectly with equestrian style.

5. Brass & Gold Accents
Nailheads, brass lamps, frames and good hardware are must-haves. I love unexpected metallic pops, like the inside of this lampshade.

6. Lush colors
Deep green, pure red, navy blue, regal purple, dark browns, mustard and off-blacks. If Ralph Lauren would do it, you're on the right track.

One of the best applications of equestrian style is in the Kentucky home of fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka. It is equestrian through-and-through, but very tasteful, masculine, and classic. You can view the entire house at Elle Decor.

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Emily@SENSELESSsophistication said...

Love this post!! I am digging the equestrian look right now!

Brittany Simmons said...

being from the east originally, i love equestrian!!! love your blog too- check mine out- i'm now a follower :) loveofinteriors.blogspot.com

VictoriaArt said...

Me too! Gorgeous inspiration! The last one; isn't it wonderful to follow her in your dreams?

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I just pinned half that post...love all those pics!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

You had me at Tartan and monogram!

Dog Blogging With Luna said...

Beautiful blog- I just started following! :)

Josh said...


Amber said...

I love this! What a great post :)

house of earnest said...

I was admiring that horse art (and the bin holding wood below it)! Then today I'm on Jayson Home website and they have it!!

rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

It's like you wrote this post for me! I grew up riding horses and LOVE equestrian inspired rooms... one day I'll make my own!