Saturday, March 16, 2013

English Country Equestrian Style

Though it has been around for hundreds of years, English Country Equestrian Style 
was brought into the mainstream of the home and fashion design world 
by the talented American designer Ralph Lauren.
His new vision of how the look could fit with the American lifestyle
opened our eyes to a 'new' way to decorate - and a love affair with horses was born.

With origins emanating from the landed gentry of the English countryside, 
this rich and elegant style traditionally features the use of deep colors,
substantial furnishings in dark woods, and leather upholstery.

Today, because of Mr. Lauren's vision,
English Country Equestrian Style is interpreted in many fresh, new ways... 
the use of lighter colors, more modern lighting, and soft fabric textures
breathe new life into this venerable decor style.

While I have never owned a horse myself, this decor style is one I have always loved!

Creating a vignette of Equestrian items is simple...

The addition of an antique horse statue compliments the wall arrangement of plaque and plates,
along with one of my floral tissue box covers, a stack of books, and a pewter tray.
(This could be a personal riding award - or an antique shop find.)

Small items added to the vignette, like these elegant tassels and new wall hooks,
give the effect of the design evolving over time...

In order to perpetuate that 'old world' feel and fit the equestrian theme,
a new western-style wall hook is painted black and accented with gold paint.
Simple 'fixes' like this often make all the difference to an item's appearance.

A lighter, brighter interpretation is shown here...
the 'Horsewoman' plaque and companion pencil holder join with other accessories on a desk.

 Dog-themed items are a 'natural companion' to equestrian style, 
and of course a silver trophy cup holding flowers is a perfect detail.

You needn't live on an estate or 'ride to hounds' to enjoy this classic decor style -
a few simple touches of equestrian artwork can transport your humble home 
to the English Countryside

I am pleased to offer you
the 'Horsewoman' plaque in the English Country Equestrian style, 
as well as four coordinating plate designs of riders on leaping horses...

To order the Horsewoman Plaque please click here

Coordinating Leaping Horses and Riders Plates are available here

 To purchase the  complete set of the 'Horsewoman' plaque and four plates,
please click here .

To see all the items,
please visit my online shop