Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday and I thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate equestrian or hunt style decor. Ralph Lauren has always captured my attention in his print ads. The subject matter used in his ads are design book worthy. His designs in fashion and home decor are classic and timeless. The ads tell a story and you know I'm all about the story.
My home in Pennsylvania was decorated in the English Country Style. My family room was decorated in the Hunt Style and I had quite a few pieces of equestrian art. I sold those items when I moved to Florida and my style of decorating changed. The look is a bit heavy for the climate down here.
Gosh, I miss riding. I rode for quite awhile when I lived in Pa. I lived near Valley Forge State Park and would ride in the park, meadows, trails and along the creek. There is nothing better than spending a day riding through the country with the wind in your hair.
You don't have to travel far from Philadelphia and into the suburbs to see beautiful horse farms. We would often go to see horse shows, hunts and cross country events. These events were great for tailgating and enjoying picnics on the lawn.
Many people would arrive with antique cars and have tailgating parties. They would bring out their best crystal and silver.
I went through my archive of photos and found these wonderful rooms. Some are from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection.