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BACK TO SCHOOL | Adding Equestrian Flair to Your Fall Wardrobe ... For Him

Shannon Habenicht

Equestrian style is classic and timeless!  With a few key wardrobe and accessory pieces, you can look chic and sassy both in and out of the barn, (minus the sweat and horsehair). Part 3 ... For Him!

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1.  For the man who likes a bolder look. This definite one-of-a-kind tailored shirt is a conversation piece for sure!  

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2. A classic for some time now, the leather driving shoe with snaffle bit detail is perfect for understated elegance.  Pair with slacks or denim. 

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3. Think racetrack days with this iconic cap. A traditional woolen Irish Flat Cap is an excellent wardrobe staple and keeps any man looking handsomely polished. 

BACK TO SCHOOL | Adding Equestrian Flair to Your Fall Wardrobe

Shannon Habenicht

Equestrian style is classic and timeless!  With a few key wardrobe and accessory pieces, you can look chic and sassy both in and out of the barn, (minus the sweat and horsehair).  Part 2 ... For her!


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1.  A versatile show jacket from Kerrits Equestrian that also doubles as a workwear blazer.  And the best part?  This sporty fabric is light and breathable, keeping you comfortable all day in the office.  And my favorite part?  This perfect staple comes in a size range inclusive of plus sizes.  Bravo Kerrits!


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2.  This modern gorgeous shirtdress is perfect for an evening out or day at the office. The only downside? Only small and medium sizes left! Hurry and snag this fab TJ Maxx find now before it is gone.


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3.  These cute kicks by Ariat International are fabulously equestrian! Their lightweight breathable construction makes them a great choice for every day errand running or gym time.


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4.  Nothing says classic like a good stripe; but this pretty tee is anything but boring with a fun homage to three main disciplines of riding.


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5.  J.McLaughlin, known for their upscale, but affordable resort wear is rocking our world with this 'race day' print shirt. Great under a cardi or blazer, and perfect enough to stand on its own.

BACK TO SCHOOL | Adding Equestrian Flair to Your Fall Wardrobe

Shannon Habenicht
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Equestrian style is classic and timeless! With a few key wardrobe and accessory pieces, you can look chic and sassy both in and out of the barn, (minus the sweat and horsehair). Here is Part 1 of 3 ... For the Kids!  

1.  A perfect wardrobe staple for fall and winter months. Kerrits Kids Ice Fill Bootcut pull on pants are a must have for those that rush from school directly to the barn. And the best part? They're neutral in cut and fabric so they go with just about anything!


2.  Belts for both Adults and Kids. You can't go wrong with a classic leather belt, and to bring in a little equi-style, go for something like the Tory English Snaffle Bit belt, found at Mary's Tack and Feed.  

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3.  Colorful Riding Tights. A great pair of Horze Kid's Active tights like these pair perfectly with a fun long sleeve tee like this one from Kerrits Equestrian.

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4.  Layers that Double Down. Rather than getting your little a standard fall or winter coat this year, opt for something that can also perform at the barn. [ Horse Shirt | Jacket ]

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Equestrian Decor to Make You Swoon :: Part 2.

Shannon Habenicht

Here are a few more swoon worthy picks!

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No. 3 | Equestrian Themed Hardware

I love infusing projects with understated, simple, yet unique hardware.  And these modern style snaffle bit drawer pulls are a classy way to add a refined touch of 'horsey' to any space.

Snaffle Bit Cabinet Pull via Horse and Hound


No. 4 | The Iconic Hermes Scarf 

I cherish the look that framed equestrian scarves bring to a space.  They are a combination of two of my favorite elements; textile and art.  Silk scarves, whether your budget can afford Hermes or not, make a stunning statement and can be hung in a gallery wall display, or solo.

Here are two of my favorites, one for the high end client, and one for the budget conscious client.  Both are equally beautiful.

And here's a great tip!  Scour second hand shops and Etsy for silk scarves in equestrian prints for as little as $12, then either take to a local frame shop or order a frame from a site like Frame It Easy.

[Left] Hermes Scarf | [Right] Vintage Silk Scarf

[Left] Hermes Scarf | [Right] Vintage Silk Scarf

1940's Vintage Hermes Scarf, framed, via 1st Dibs

Vintage Silk Scarf from TheArtofReuse via Etsy

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No. 5 | Equestrian Inspired Furniture

There are so many chic equestrian options available, you just have to know where to look.  Here are a few of my favorite horse-inspired accent furnishings.

Equestrians know quality leather more than anyone, so when the Timothy Oulton 'Saddle Chair' launched, its buttery soft seat and stirrup detail were an instant hit within the equestrian interiors world.  Reminiscent of a jump saddle turned on its pommel, this gorgeous chair mixes into nearly any decor palette.

The Timothy Oulton Saddle Chair via Timothy Oulton

Massoud Furniture's Equestrian Print Chair

Leather Chairs by Wesley Hall Furniture


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Shelly R. Gerritsma is a professional interior designer, and owner of Canter Lane Interiors, a boutique design firm specializing in residential interiors.  An avid equestrian, Gerritsma also infuses her love of horses into her design work through her wallpaper and fabric studio, Cooper + Craft.  Visit her on the web at www.canterlaneinteriors.com.

Equestrian Decor to Make You Swoon :: Part 1.

Shannon Habenicht

By Shelly R. Gerritsma, Canter Lane Designs

As horse lovers, the excitement and passion for our four-hooved partners typically doesn't end in the barn.  We also adore adding just the right equestrian themed decorative pieces to our living areas, offices, yards, patios, bathrooms, kitchens, (am I right?).  Equestrian decor pieces are usually personal and meaningful; from the proverbial 'above entry door' lucky horseshoe, to custom portraits of our steeds.  Lucky for us, the marketplace has broadened, and equestrian decor is more accessible than ever.  I don't think our internet founding fathers could have ever foreseen the impact that they would have on the horse world.

Many of my clients are horse people, which often leads me on treasure hunting adventures for unique and often one of a kind pieces that infuse just the right amount of equestrian flair into a space.  And if you think equestrian decorating means stuffy, old, and dark spaces - think again!  From traditional to modern, there is a little something for everyone.  

Below are 2 of 5 of my current must-have items; and get that credit card ready because I have also included all the details about where to shop each!

Item No. 1 | Equestrian Themed Wallpaper

One thing I love using in design projects for clients is wallpaper.  But this isn't your Granny's wallpaper!  Modern wall coverings use gentle adhesives that still perform, while making removal easy without wall damage down the road should you change out decor or sell your home.  Wallpaper also comes in a menagerie of price points these days, starting at around $2 a square foot.  Basically, you can add real and dramatic changes to your home without breaking the bank or making permanent changes.

Prancing Horses Chinoiserie

Prancing Horses Chinoiserie

Meadow Horses

Meadow Horses

Hunt Horses and Stripes

Hunt Horses and Stripes

Prancing Horses Chinoiserie, by Cooper + Craft via Spoonflower

Meadow Horses, by Cooper + Craft via Spoonflower

Hunt Horses and Stripes, by Cooper + Craft via Spoonflower

Horse Art Print by TraciWithaniDesigns

Horse Art Print by TraciWithaniDesigns

Art by Joanna Zeller Quentin

Art by Joanna Zeller Quentin


No. 2 | Unique Wall Art

Not really into wallpaper or looking for a more simplified look?  Here are a few of my favorite equestrian themed art pieces, ranging in price and style.

Horse Art Print, by TraciWithaniDesigns via Etsy

Friesian Morgan Horse Watercolor by RachelsStudio via Etsy

Art by Joanna Zeller Quentin

Frisian Morgan Horse Watercolor

Frisian Morgan Horse Watercolor


Shelly R. Gerritsma is a professional interior designer, and owner of Canter Lane Interiors, a boutique design firm specializing in residential interiors.  An avid equestrian, Gerritsma also infuses her love of horses into her design work through her wallpaper and fabric studio, Cooper + Craft. 

Visit her on the web at www.canterlaneinteriors.com.


Stay tuned for items 3-5 in a week!