Saturday, September 15, 2012

Equine inspiration ...

With the arrival of cooler weather, I'm in the mood for horseback riding. Not that I have a horse, but I would happily mount up for an afternoon in the saddle given the opportunity. Retailers must sense many shoppers feel the same way, too. Fall is always filled with equine inspiration.

Images: 1) Blanket via Gucci; 2) Articulating Horse pillow by John Robshaw; 3) Throw pillows from Gumps; 4) Equestrian fabric by Schumaker; and 5) Print of horse study by Leonardo da Vinci.

Interior designer Joy Tribout has an eye for equestrian style. Her classic touch interprets refined elegance into a haven for the horse lover (above and below). 

Framed racing silks, along with painted canvases of racehorses and jockeys, give the rooms above their distinct equestrian vibe.

Image of Patricia Kluge's Albemarle House entry in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Bank of America bought this 300-acre estate for the bargain price of $15.26 million
in 2011 -- it was originally listed for $100 million in 2009.

Whoa! The entry hall above would stop anyone in their tracks. Marble, carved as beautifully as the woods in the fine furniture, provides a grand canvas for the beautifully framed, antique equine painting.

Image via Riding Aside

Black walls and warm woods or light and airy spaces are equally adept at showcasing mementos dear to the horsey set.

Images via Shelter Interior Design (left) and Splendid Objects (right).

Interiors above focus on equestrian art and accents.

Image via Elle Decor.

Beautiful treatment in dark hues, with rustic woods and a modern motif rug set the tone worthy of a thoroughbred.

I love the way designers trot out the equine accessories from boots to bits for decorative interest. Images above via Belgian Pearls.

All of these photos make me long to pull on some riding boots and jodhpurs even without a horse. I'm apparently not alone.

Images: 1) Ralph Lauren; 2) On the streets of Paris via Enthusiasm Documented; 3) via Country Living; and 4) photo by Richard Phibbs.

I doubt I'll ever own a steed of my own or reign in my desire for one, but I'll try to make do with a few pieces in my closet to satisfy my love for saddle-worthy style!

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