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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rebecca Ray Designs, designer and manufacturer of equestrian handbags and accessories bench made in the United States. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

“I think we need a horse farm,” I said to my husband one day as we were out driving in the country, through rolling hills and past fields and barns and other picturesque scenes.

I said it so matter-of-factly, in much the same tone I would tell him what we’re having for dinner.

“Are you serious?” he asked, his brow knit, his tone cautious — a man carefully feeling out his wife’s mood and true intentions before voicing his own opinion.

I wasn’t — really. But I do like the idea of the country life on a horse farm, those pastoral scenes you see in magazines. Stables and steeplechases and mud-crusted boots outside the backdoor.

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I also happen to love equestrian style decorating. I have plans to bring more of it into our keeping room. With its cozy proportions, large stone fireplace and dark furnishings, including my antique empire-style sideboard, it has the right bones for this traditional yet casual style.

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So today, on the eve of the Belmont Stakes, — (Will California Chrome become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years?) — I’m sharing some of my favorite equestrian style decorating and fashion inspiration.

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

Though I was never one of those girls who was horse crazy, I find that I already own quite a few equestrian style objects that will help me create the look and mood I’m hoping to create in our family’s main gathering space.

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

Like this vintage shadowbox from the French Laundry Home warehouse sale, reproduction trophies and old books. I also have a collection of julep cups and a few horseshoes and ribbons that I can use in vignettes around the room.

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

These harness leather pillows from Rachel Ray Designs would go a long way to adding equestrian style to our sofa.

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

I love the story behind Rebecca Ray Designs. It’s steeped in history, craftsmanship and reverence for the past.

Company founder Rebecca Yuhasz Smith is an accomplished equestrian who lives in the picturesque village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where horse harness making has been the local industry for 200 years. Her company is helping to preserve that industry.

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

Artisans use centuries-old techniques to create the handbags, jewelry and accessories offered by Rebecca Ray Designs. Each item is bench made, which means a single artist works on it from start to finish, combining leather, canvas, authentic hardware and other materials into gorgeous designs.

Wouldn’t a Burghley Tote or a Maryann Duffel look nice propped beside my chair or sofa in the keeping room?


Vicky Moon’s book Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant is a good place to find lots of inspiration.

Here are some other inspiration I’ve found. Be sure to click through and pin from the original source if you want to save any of these images to your Pinterest boards.

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

Circa 1870 coach house featured in Style At Home

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Horse wallpaper at Wallpaper Direct

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

Belt Wrapped Vase at LampsPlus (You could totally DIY this!)

More upcycled equestrian decorating ideas from See Horse Design and tips for turning your horse tack into home decor from the Equestrian Stylist.

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Patron Writing Desk from Joss & Main

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Barn style bedroom, as featured in Midwest Living

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This staircase is from the same home tour, that of Alison of the blog Polohouse who lives in a converted polo clubhouse. So much equestrian inspiration on her blog!

Gorgeous farmhouse bedroom with lots of equestrian touches from Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home.

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Horse racing trophies via Traditional Home

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Horse Show Ribbons from Frances Zaslow Photography via Design is Mine

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Mint Julep Bar from Pottery Barn

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Equestrian Horse Print from Zazzle

Tartan & equestrian mantel from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

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Famous racehorses subway art from vinylcrafts on etsy

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Cocktail Tea Towel from drywell on etsy

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Equestrian saddle chair from Restoration Hardware

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Pony drink stirrers from provisions by Food 52

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Trophy urn from Restoration Hardware

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

Luck and love horseshoe from Sycamore Hill on etsy

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Rustic Cast Iron Horse Door Stop from Iron Accents

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Vintage black velvet riding cap from RedTuTu Retro on etsy

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Mint julep stirrers from Sycamore Hill on etsy

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Equestrian Hook from Pottery Barn

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Horses Giclee Print from Ballard Designs

I may not get the horse farm I dream of, but I can certainly bring equestrian style to our home.

horses in the backyard

And since our backyard backs up to a horse farm, I still have that prized view and pastoral feel, but without having to do all the work of taking care of horses or a farm. My kind of living…

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration



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  1. I think we all like to dream but I sure don’t want the work of a farm! Great post, Amy!

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