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The Horsey Set

October 17, 2012

The equestrian look gets trotted out each fall but with blue bloods like Charlotte Casiraghi (the new face of Gucci's equestrian line) and Zara Phillips riding high, thoroughbred style is chicer than ever. Whitewashed beadboard, hard-wearing high-gloss finishes and racing silk brights are a good fit for utilitarian spaces like mudrooms. I think a Hermès blanket looks just as good on the back of your sofa as a horse, but what do you think? Is equine decor practical or pretentious?

This barn-style door is right at home with authentic black hardware, wood floors and exposed beams.

Every view is improved by a horse. The rustic, trough-style copper bucket could also corral muddy boots or wet umbrellas.

At $1,300, the Avalon cashmere-blend blanket by Hermès is an investment, but the genuine article never disappoints. (You'll see it pop up in H&H interiors — designers know a good thing when they see it.)

Ralph Lauren is the master of the carriage trade look so take a page from his polo tack room and paint your bench the same colour as the wall. Herringbone tile is a trendy, non-slip option for both wet boots and hooves.

No horsey mudroom is truly complete without a pair of Hunter boots (they're great for course walking in the rain) — even the Queen wears them!

Steal this colourful display trick and layer your kids' sports ribbons in a shadow box. It doesn't require acres of wall space and keeps rosettes dust free (the real things get fly-specked in an instant hanging on a stall).

Photo credits:
1. Jenny Martin Design
2. Country Living, photography by Roger Davies
3. Avalon Blanket, Hermès
4. Ralph Lauren Home via Designs That Inspire to Create Your Perfect Home blog
5. House & Home July 2010 issue, photography by Janet Kimber
6. Country Living, photography by Roger Davies

Author: 

Wendy Jacob

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