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Barn Porn: Meet the Director

John Blackburn, the founder of Washington, D.C.-based Blackburn Architects, recently received a call from a client's barn manager: "Uh, John, we have a problem. It's snowing in the barn!" After more than forty years designing equestrian facilities, the savvy designer...

Stock It To Me

As two women with backgrounds in the fashion industry, we love a worthy trend (we’ve even been known to show up to a meeting clad in the same coveted shoes). And while we’re eager to hop on board the sartorial bandwagon this spring...

A Clean Break

Those of you who have followed OR from the beginning are familiar with our penchant for easy recipes, good great wine, and casual entertaining. Therefore, it feels right to mention that one half of OR possesses [...]

Ten Tools to Kick Off the New Year

We love the promise of a new horizon, filled with curiosities and possibilities. The start of the calendar year similarly feels like such a beginning, and nudges us toward good intentions for enhancing our [...]

Holiday Gifts for the Equestrian

We couldn't help ourselves. With a few fun finds that were too good not to share, we've compiled one last gift guide to assist those in a bind. Eleven days and counting...

Antique’ing with York Cottage

Autumn brings the annual admiration of front porches festooned with pumpkins, gathering for early morning hunter paces, surveying our bounties from local apple orchards, and finding ourselves in country traffic jams behind leaf-peeping Sunday drivers...

Farm Fetish, Explained

The OR team is not an easily starstruck duo, but when some of the biggest names in entertainment drop dough on a homestead and start tending to livestock, raising fowl, and using the hashtag #farmlife, it's hard to resist a bit of online "stargazing"...

Pantry to Party: An Easy July 4th Menu

“Hey, if you don’t have plans for July 4th, we’ll just be hanging around the pool. Stop by!” It was a noncommittal text sent to a handful of people a few weeks ago, but early on July 3rd a smattering of unexpected affirmative responses began to roll in. And what do innovative, capable, master-problem-solving women do...

Barn Porn: Home Is Where the Horse Is

One of the guilty pleasures in which we indulge at OR is the insatiable, late-night pursuit of barn-style homes online. It may seem oddly redundant to lust after the characteristics of the very structure in which we already spend a considerable amount of laborious time...

The Hay Loft: Horsing Around with Cupcakes

Recently we tasked ourselves with a way to say thank you with food -- a handmade way to show appreciation to those in our tireless network of equine supporters. Baking can be tedious so we don’t do it often, but when we do, we like to test our creativity. We happened upon these character-filled cupcakes...

Help Some Sisters Out: The First Ever OR Reader Survey

Nearly a year ago, Outside Rein was but a twinkle in our eyes (that was sparked by a particularly rigorous riding lesson in which, “More outside rein!” was heard on a steady rotation). After several declarations of, “we really should do this!” followed by months of development (a.k.a. an endless discussion of incredibly tedious things like pixels and adverbs)...

Pilgrimage Jams: Tune Up Your Weekend Playlist

Last September the OR team decided to #makethepilgrimage to Franklin, Tennessee, a small town outside Nashville. Franklin is in the heart of horse country, and is the home of The Pilgrimage Festival, a two-day event that includes musical acts from various genres...

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