finding inspiration in the everyday

Inner Country Girl March 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiringdesigns @ 8:24 pm

Warm weather is on the way and I am planning my spring travels. The calendar is filling up fast and I am excited about some of the new places I will be visiting soon.

One trip I am particularly excited about is to Lexington, Kentucky. I will be headed there the week after Easter with some of my most favorite people to visit Keenland for the horse races.

There are many things I think of when I think of horses. Great memories of parties at The Carolina Cup (coming soon to Camden, SC), a friend from high school whose family lived on a beautiful horse farm in Blythewood with a beautifully decorated home and last, but certainly not least, Ralph Lauren.

Photos of work by Ralph Lauren form Architectural Digest.

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Ralph Lauren is an icon in both the fashion and home design world. I remember traveling to New York as a child and my mother taking me to his amazing flagship store.

When I think horse farms I think history. I think dignified design. Traditional, even a little stuffy, but truly glamorous. Equestrian style by Ralph Lauren is timeless. It may not be my style, honestly I am scared of horses, but it is a style I appreciate and can’t wait to see more of on my trip to Keenland.

Now I just need to decide what to pack- although I have heard the gift shop at Keenland is something to behold.

Another Lexington property featured in Architectural Digest is also on my list of drive bys on my trip.

Kentucky Blue BloodAirline Mogul Tony Ryan’s Lexington Horse Farm Takes on an Irish Spirit

Interior Design by Tiggy Butler
Text by Susan Sheehan/Text and Photography by Scott Frances

Published June 2006, Architectural Digest.

In 2009 I added a restaurant commission to my portfolio with a contemporary equestrian interior. Mint Julep in N.E. Columbia. Here a few photographs of the colorful interior.

Inspiration…blue grass, Realization…fabulous farm house style.



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