Equine ChristmasThere is something innately “Christmasy” about English-style equestrian things. The red jackets worn for the hunt, the traditional black velvet helmets, the shiny gold and silver of the tack, trophies, and horns… I mean, just picture pretty much anything Ralph Lauren (the couture king of equestrian chic) and doesn’t it conjure that classic Christmas feel and look? Doesn’t it just make you want to curl up in a plaid chair, near a roaring fire, with a fur blanket (it can be faux!) on your lap, while you sip a hot toddy and read a little Frost? Being in Saratoga, we’ve gotten to scratch that English country design “itch” that we’ve always been drawn too (our other is classic Adirondack style, hence our store in Bolton Landing, NY). Come Christmas time, we tone down the horsey a little and opt for more traditional Christmas, but the two just work so well together, there really is no need to leave the horse behind. You also don’t need to be a rider to love the equine style. I don’t ride now, but I truly appreciate the aesthetic. It’s timeless and beautiful- what’s not to like?

Here’s a few of our in- store pictures of an “Equestrian Christmas”. And check out our Pinterest page “Equestrian Christmas” to see inspiration from others!

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A detail from above.

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Those canvas and leather riding boots are my cousin’s great aunt’s boots from the 1920’s.

 

This was actually taken at another house for a photo shoot, but the trophy came from Silverwood!

This was actually taken at a house for a photo shoot, but the trophy came from Silverwood. Trophies make the best vessels any time of year! They add instant sophistication and charm.

Plaid and a little bling... what's not to like?

Plaid and a little bling… what’s not to like about this bag?

One of our horse lamps with a sweet little clutch of pheasant feathers.

One of our horse lamps with a sweet little clutch of pheasant feathers.

These equestrian napkins and napkin rings make the most elegant country table.

These equestrian napkins and napkin rings make the most elegant country table.

Ok, so this doesn't look very festive from the picture, but there was a tree on this table, I promise. But really, the point is that these would look beautiful with any Christmas accouterments. Shiny...

Ok, so this doesn’t look very festive from the picture, but there was a tree on this table, I promise. But really, the point is that these would look beautiful with any Christmas accouterments. Shiny…

-Chelsea