Being a pony girl is cool again, according to the likes of Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Beyoncé. Perhaps no place embodies an elevated version of this trend more than Sylvester Stallone’s barn. The barn, designed by renowned designer Martyn Lawrence Pollard, is a tribute to horse-themed antiques, with living space and a barn fit for Sylvester’s actual horse.
See inside the Rocky alum’s space inspired by the equestrian interior design trend below.
Sylvester’s barn is filled to the brim with horse-themed antiques sourced from all over the world. “I found Hermès watches in Paris, oil paintings in London, 18th-century engravings at an auction in New York, antique floorboards from Wisconsin, and leather club chairs in Rome,” says designer Martin Lawrence Bullard. It was a true labor of love like all good decorating!’
Decoration is a lesson in decorating with antiques. Our favorite feature is the small, masculine barn-built living room that features leather chairs and a circular wooden table.
Interior design experts love space. “Using antiques adds unique character to a space, making it truly one-of-a-kind,” says Ashley Southworth, California-based designer at Southworth Interior Design. The use of ancient materials adds spirit to the environment which naturally arouses the curiosity of visitors. This often leads to unique conversations and opportunities for the homeowner to share the history behind their chosen pieces.’
Ashley Southworth had a passion for design and decor
Since she was a little girl. Spending long hours after school there
Her grandmother’s antique shop in Bakersfield, California, which she developed a love for
Artifacts that hold untold stories and leave you in a state of wonder. Pairing found
Items with a modern touch, Ashley of Southworth Interior Design makes it happen
Create unique spaces.
Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Houses and gardens “Decorating with antiques and vintage pieces with classic motifs like equestrian details helps make a home timeless,” she states. By adding these antique pieces to his barn, Sylvester Stallone elevates it from a functional space to an intentionally designed part of his home.
Jane is Deputy Editor (Digital) of the Homes & Gardens website. Before starting this position, she completed several interior design courses at KLC School of Design, as well as working at Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes, and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.
Experts especially like the living space created by Sylvester as a space for entertaining. ‘There are so many benefits to transforming a functional space like a barn into a comfortable living space,’ says designer Ashley Southworth. ‘One of my favorite things is that it gives you options when hosting guests.’
“For example, this horse-themed barn would be a fun backdrop for an aperitif or an after-dinner drink with a cigar,” she continues. As guests travel to different spaces in the hotel, it creates a sense of adventure and wonder.’
Decorating with antique style is a surefire way to add timeless style to your home, bonus points if there’s a horse involved.