Photo for Equestrian Living by George Kamper

Designing in the City, designing in the country.


EQLiving readers may recall our visit to the Manhattan apartment of Carson Kressley in 2013, where he combined equestrian decor with urban sophistication. Most of us knew Carson from his Emmy-Award-winning show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, his season on Dancing with the Stars, or Carson Nation, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Visit Carson and his Manhattan apartment here (page 40):

Carson’s passion for horses began at an early age. He grew up in a small town just outside Allentown, Pennsylvania, and lived in a farmhouse next door to his grandparent’s home and pony farm. While attending a horse show featuring Shetland ponies and Hackneys, he noticed some Saddlebred horses. He loved the horses’ elegant necks and high-carried tails, with riders dressed in top hats and formal coats, and he immediately knew, “That’s what I want to do.” He saved all of his money and, at the age of 13, bought his first American Saddlebred for $1,500—and that included the saddle. Saddlebreds are often referred to as the “peacock of the horseshow,” but Carson, the ultimate style-centric equestrian, considers them supermodels or high-geared Maseratis. He owns many Saddlebreds, including brood mares and foals at his farm in Pennsylvania.

Now, five years later, Equestrian Living visited Carson at his Pennsylvania farm for the cover feature of the December 2018/January 2019 issue. (Photo at top by George Kamper at Carson’s farm)

Carson also is launching a new show on Bravo, Get A Room, that premiers October 19, 2018 at 9:00pm Eastern. He once again teams up with Thom Filicia who we remember from watching these two on Bravo’s Queer Eye. Thom is an expert interior designer, while Carson is a fashion guru. However, Carson has recently been bitten by the decor bug, and Thom will be there to take him under his wing to tackle home projects big and small together in this new series. Luckily, we get to go along for this fun and fabulous ride.

Each episode of Get a Room with Carson & Thom will feature two clients enlisting the help of Carson and Thom to transform their spaces into something spectacular. In the words of Carson in the trailer for the new series, “Look out, America!”

Carson reflects on the legacy of Queer Eye:

Look for Carson on Bravo beginning Oct 19th, and in the December/January issue of Equestrian Living.