“When you live and work in the heart of horse country, the lifestyle itself is always in fashion, and is reflected even more so in our homes,” says Susan Victor, co-owner of Nandina Home & Design in Atlanta, GA, and Aiken, SC. The proliferation of snaffles, stirrups, and spurs as tasteful home decor has given the equestrian aesthetic broad appeal. However, designing a functional yet fashionable atmosphere suitable for active riders can be a challenge, and the struggle is real for many of Susan’s clients who frequently shed their worn half chaps at the door.
This reality keeps the Nandina team busy composing interior concepts for an array of residential and recreational (read: barn) projects, and recently inspired a photographic collaboration with Outside Rein for a campaign that celebrates the timeless equestrian aesthetic in concert with modern day living. The star of our shoot? A classic wingback chair upholstered in neutral Ikat by Lee Industries that proves as suitable for the sidelines as it does for a dressed up dinner party. The experience prompted us to ask Susan for advice on decorating with hints of our partiality to horses. Below she shares design projects devoted specifically to equestrians, a timely topic as the winter show circuit approaches and home owners spruce up their cottages, barn apartments, and guest rooms for competitive snow birds.