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
Framed horsey prints in an Amanda Nisbet-designed office
An antique horse statute shelved in this cozy living room
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
Z Gallerie Horse Head, $130
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....
Hermes Silver Ashtray, 1st Dibs
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.
Gucci Horsebit Loafers, $400
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!
Stella McCartney Tank, $165
And for the little lady, this gold horsebit bracelet is so dainty and elegant.
Gucci 18K Bracelet, $4290
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!