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Equestrian Inspired Interior Design

By Irisinteriors @IrisHoulihan
horse photography

From Pinterest via Fine Art America.

I’ve always been passionate about animals (my home is full of rescued pets!) and as an adult I developed a love of horseback riding, particularly dressage. Seven years ago I adopted King, a quarter horse mix who came from a working horse ranch in Texas. He now loves being spoiled in New Jersey. Though King used to prefer jumping, a little bit of arthritis means we now just continue with some dressage, in-hand work and trail rides.

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King when I first got him. Underweight and scruffy.

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King a few years later. Happy and healthy!

Though I’m partial to King, of course, I’m inspired by the beauty and grace of all horses. I’m a fan of tradition and sentiment, and what’s more sentimental than drawing from the relationship between horses and humans that’s existed for centuries?  Whether it’s functional, such as a place to store riding boots, or a whimsical nod to horses, incorporating equestrian elements into spaces is one of my specialties.

Iris Interiors: NJ Equestrian Inspired Design

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I’d definitely like to take equestrian inspired design a step further, which brings me to…

Dream Project: Hunterdon County Horse Barn Conversion

While in Hunterdon County, NJ I fell in love with the old barns in the area. The high ceilings, beams, rustic feel and rich history are so appealing and the possibilities are endless. A barn conversion is among the top items on my interior design project wish list. Here are some perfect examples:

converted barn home

From Pinterest via Timber Home Living.

Hunterdon county barn conversion

From Pinterest via Heritage Restoration.

NJ historic barn conversion

From Pinterest via Vogue.

Are you a fellow riding enthusiast or an admirer of horses? Contact Iris Interiors to incorporate timeless, equestrian elements into your space.

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