Equestrian-inspired Interiors

While we enjoy keeping up with trends, we have an abiding love for all things classic, and equestrian style falls squarely within that category. With its commitment to craftsmanship and tradition, the equestrian lifestyle is comprised of elements that are both elegant and enduring. In interiors, this can be translated in a variety of ways; from stable-inspired furnishings and architectural details to repurposed antique equestrian elements to art—as in the gorgeous space by Nashville’s Landy Gardner Interiors above—there’s something irresistible about a home that honors the spirit of the horse.

How charming is the foyer by Charlotte’s Mark Phelps Interiors (top, left)? With walls featuring classic depictions of equestrian activities, it sets a lovely and welcoming tone. Above, left, a library by Landy Gardner Interiors is given a sense of drama and movement by a stunning work of equestrian art. Above, right, an entry to a structure by Birminghams’s Architecture Works, which designs beautiful barns in addition to commercial and residential projects, is adorned with a perfectly situated horse statue.

San Francisco-based Sutro Architects’ portfolio is pure eye candy for those who enjoy a modern take. In their Carmel Street project, shown above, a noble steed watches over a stunning dining area, injecting equine beauty and emotion.

In a study by Nashville’s Julie Couch Interiors (left), a work of art enlivens the space and echoes the sense of adventure portrayed by a set of stacked trunks. Meanwhile, boots and a riding hat add a pretty dose of personality in a lovely hallway in an image from the website of The Scout Guide Equestrian interior and furniture designer Julie Browning Bova (right).

Top: A modern horse gives Architecture Works’s “Factor 48″ project entrance a sleek edge. Bottom, left: a stunning painting by Atlanta-based artist Michael Dines offers a permanent glimpse into a fleeting race-day moment. Bottom, right: an exquisite bronze statue by Stephanie Revennaugh fine art is poised to elevate any space.

As we learned in our TSG Tip on putting it all on the table, mixing silver and antiques into our everyday lives lets us fully appreciate the pieces and dresses up our decor. In the above image taken by co-founder Christy Ford, silver trophies mixed with natural elements (and Guides!) make for a beautiful vignette. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite items from throughout The Scout Guide network that will add equestrian elegance to any space:


1. Biedemeier leather stool available from Pierce & Co in Nashville.
2.  Carved Walnut and Brass Decorated Carousel Horse available from Robuck in Atlanta.
3. Vintage Iron Jockey Scale Chair available from Garden Variety Designs in Nashville (owner Jeannette Whitson suggests using it as a swing!).
4. Julie Browning Bova’s Julie Browing Bova Home Collection Circle table for Abner Henry.
5. French bronze of a horse and fence available from Black Tulip Antiques in Denver.
6. English Riding Boots adapted as Lamps available from Edgar-Reeves in Atlanta.
7. English 19th Century Painted Iron Sly Fox Weather Vane available from Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge.
8. Mid-century brass horse-head table lamp available from LUM in New Orleans.
9. Cast Iron Horse available from Pierce & Co in Nashville.
10. Pair of Antique French Iron Hay Rack Tables available from Garden Variety Designs in Nashville.

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