Stable Style: How to Add Equine Elegance to Your Home
I love the regal, traditional look of equestrian interiors. From rugged to refined, horse-themed home goods add an air of sophistication to any abode. Gallop down to The Stables (980 S Nebraska St., Seattle; 206.763.5026; georgetownstables.com) in Georgetown and you’ll be inspired to create a historic, horsey home. This unique event venue was the stable compound for the Meadows Racetrack (which later became Boeing field) in turn-of-the-century Seattle, and offers 2,500 square feet of brick walls, barn doors and beams with a fun, funky vibe.
Ready to add some equestrian elegance to your home? Start with a few sophisticated, stable-appropriate furnishings, such as Theodore Alexander’s mahogany and leather side chair and TerraSur’s rustic side table with a brass-tack edge (Masins, Seattle and Bellevue locations; 425.450.9999; masins.com). Don’t miss the new equestrian-inspired designer collection by Julie Browning Bova for Stanford Furniture (stanfordfurniture.com; available locally through Andrea Braund Design; 6560 Fifth Pl. S, Seattle; 206.762.2444; andreabraundstaging.com).
Next come tasteful thoroughbred accents, like luxurious Lilo blankets, pedigree prints and a fabulous footstool from Noble Horse Gallery (216 First Ave. S, Seattle; 206.382.8566; noblehorsegallery.com). Seek out vintage finds such as old leather buckets, brass boxes or maybe even a plaster horse-head plaque from Useful Vintage Goods (5531 Airport Way S, Seattle; 206.762.2291; usefulvintagegoods.com). Serious equestrian enthusiasts should inspect the offerings of Christie’s Sporting Art auctions in New York and London (catalogues and bidding info at christies.com/departments/sporting-art). Finally, to complete the look, don’t miss the authentic apparel, accessories and giftware at Bellevue’s iconic Olson’s Tack Shop (2105 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue; 425.454.9453; olsonstack.com), which recently celebrated its 65th year in business, and mark your calendar for the grand re-opening of their expanded store, September 17th and 18th.
With a touch of sophisticated stable style, any home can be elegantly equestrian. Tally Ho!
John Stevens (email@example.com) is a design writer and publicist.
Pictured above: John Stevens presents an equine ensemble at The Stables in Georgetown. Chair and side table from Masins. Footstool, framed print and blankets from Noble Horse Gallery. Plaster horse head plaque from Useful Vintage Goods. Leather buckets and brass firebox from Regents House Ltd. Nineteenth-century jockey painting (a recent auction find) from Christie’s. Throw pillow and equestrian attire from Olson’s Tack Shop. The Jackson Chest from Stanford Furniture’s new collection by Julie Browning Bova.