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Celebrating The Kentucky Derby Through Inspired Interior Decor

We are only days away from the Kentucky Derby, which led me to this blog post. I wanted to shed light on what the Kentucky Derby is and some fabulous rooms that feature horses. In the rooms, you'll find that some of the horses make larger statements than others, but if you're a horse lover, you're bound to love one of these spaces. A Quick Look Back At What The Kentucky Derby Is

According to Wikipedia,

the Kentucky Derby is a race that is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles at Churchill DownsColts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies 121 pounds. The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.

 

Kentucky Derby Traditions

In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The mint julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbonmint and a sugar syrup, is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup, but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from souvenir glasses (first offered in 1939 and available in revised form each year since) printed with all previous Derby winners.

The infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers general admission prices but little chance of seeing much of the race. Instead, revelers show up in the infield to party with abandon. By contrast, "Millionaire's Row" refers to the expensive box seats that attract the rich, the famous and the well-connected. Women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, the University of LouisvilleMarching Band plays Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home," a tradition which began in 1924.

Interiors That Embody Equestrian and Kentucky Derby Interior Decor

As mentioned above, the Kentucky Derby brings the rich and famous together in top notch outfits and hats, but you may be asking yourself how Kentucky Derby or equestrian interior design can translate into your home. When I started thinking of ways you could bring inspiration from the Kentucky Derby in more ways than just bringing horses into your home, I came up with the below is my list:

  • Wood paneled walls; I imagined a deep mahogany study
  • Polished brass accessories
  • Worn out leather chairs
  • Rich colored fabrics
Horses Making A Big Statement
Rather then getting too far from my original intent - featuring rooms with horses - I am going to show you that horses can be brought into rooms through art work, statues, faux taxidermy, fabrics, or other accessories that are needed for horse riding: horse shoes, saddles etc.

 

Although an untrained professional would think that Kentucky Derby inspired interior decor or design would look very similar to the above photo (Timothy Oulton),  it is clear that you can bring it into your home in modern, contemporary, traditional, contemporary, literal or abstract ways. A lot of the spaces that I've included in today's post have shown horses through artwork, but I'm sure there are endless creative and attractive ways of bringing Kentucky Derby inspired interior decor into any space. If you have any other great ways of doing so, share it in the comment section, because I'd love to learn and hear more about it.