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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why the Long Face?

This weekend's Kentucky Derby has us thinking about all things equine.  My friends who grew up riding have a love for horses that cannot be fathomed by those of us who didn't.  My mom rode as a child, and although I grew up just across the pasture from where she kept her horse as a little girl, my sister and I never got into the sport.  Still, we can't help but be amazed and inspired by the elegance and beauty of horses.

Equestrian chic has long been a favorite of American style, popularized by designers such as Ralph Lauren, Hermes, and Gucci.  In both fashion and interiors, equestrian style is classic.  It can work in small doses such as a single horse painting on a bookshelf or on a much larger scale, as seen in the gorgeous horse country home of Mark Badgley and James Mischka that was featured in Elle Decor not too long ago.

Some inspiration from others...

The perfect green from Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren Home

French chic style with a horseshoe coffee table
Elle Decor

Framed horsey prints in an Amanda Nisbet-designed office
Amanda Nisbet

An antique horse statute shelved in this cozy living room
House Beautiful

Simple chic in Domino

We can't help but be inspired by the home of Mark Badgley and James Mischka!

To bring this inspiration into your own home.... 

Classic horsebit flatware from Hermes

White ceramic mountable horsehead

Classic Hermes checkered wool blankets
Hermes Blanket, $2500

This articulating horse statue is perfect for a masculine desk or study

Regal horse pillow on casual canvas from John Robshaw

This silver hermes ashtray would be perfect for holding keys and change.  Although if you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it....

The deal of the day- heavy horse coathook from Pottery Barn

This ceramic horsehead is so Kelly Wearstler...

Every stylish man needs a pair of horsebit loafers.

Not sure if we are brave enough to wear this horsey Stella McCartney tank, but we're sure some of our fashion-forward readers could make it work!

And for the little lady, this gold horsebit bracelet is so dainty and elegant.

Gorgeous leather tote with a brass horseshoe from Ralph Lauren

I've always been a big fan of horsebit flats, but other than that, I don't have anything too equestrian-chic in my home or wardrobe.  Do you?  Tell us about it!


Nina said...

Nice! I have a vintage Stubben saddle from the mid-1960s that I have considered trying to work into my décor, but since I do ride in it sometimes I’m not sure how practical an idea that is, since it isn’t always in the house.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Everyone outside of Texas thinks that we all ride horses and wear cowboy hats, but as a city girl, I've never been into horses or hats, but I love the ambiance that styling with them creates. This is a well thought out post, and I'm wondering how long it took you to find all the right images. It's a very clever post, and I enjoyed seeing it....especially that beautiful RL wall.

camdesign said...

Just a question... the Hermes blanket...where did you get the 2500.00 price from, last weekend I was at my local Hermes about a perfume I love and that blanket was 1250.00 Cdn, I so want one ! (my hubby thinks its to much) but I told him I still want one, lol

The Matters of Style Girls said...

Hey Cam, it's the extra-large blanket, and I got the price off the hermes website. I think the XL one costs alot more than the regular size.

Andrea said...

That horseshoe coffee table is amazing! Cool post!

Pemberley said...

Love that Amanda Nisbit office and the Baddgley Mischka library. I have one of those leather folding seats that you push into the ground to watch fox hunts or horse races with.

Chic Coles said...

I love love love anything equestrian!

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