Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It’s Not Black and White!

You have to hand it to interior design ARTIST Steven Gambrel who had a vision of creating a masculine flava’ when transforming a uninspiring 1890’s structure in the Hamptons into a living space fit for a modern king! Lucky to have a client fearless of good design, Steven took an ingenious palette of austere colors with repetitive geometric designs and created a warm, inviting interior that makes you feel at home with all its subtle drama.

Inspired by historical residence Mount Vernon, the entry hall displays an "ice block" wall treatment.  The double door entrance has an inviting presence wouldn't you say?!

Vintage stools surround the octagonal table in the reception room.  Reynolds Still needs one, a reception room that is!

Traditional yet modern in style, the living space is filled with a Chesterfield inspired gray sofa flanked by a french black leather chair and "only the brave" red lampshades to finish the design with an exclamation mark! 

The dining room is a perfect example of mixing traditional with modern and why it works.  Steven uses director chairs to surround the dining table adding a 19th century gold mirror above the fireplace.  Makes you look twice!

Now this is a man's kitchen!  Notice the custom hood above the BLACK subway tile and the restaurant style range, double stove with the red knobs.  Once again, a subtle statement with the exclamation at the end. 

Perfect visual appeal with the 19th century Belgian oak table accompanied by benches from the estate of Bill Blass running down the center of the room leading the eye outdoors. 

The shower walls and bathroom floor are covered in travertine tile making for a sleek and tasteful appearance. 

Found in Paris, the vintage steel fireplace surround gives it a definite masculine appeal.  What caught my eye in this image is the collection of vintage apothecary jars.  I would like to add those to my collection!

I have become a big fan of Stephen Gambrel's creative style and am inspired to imitate some of his ideas in my own home.  I tip my hat to Elle Decor for sharing a story specific to a man's point of view when it comes to interior design and to Eric Piasecki for taking such incredible images!

Best regards,


  1. I've spent way too much time on your blog today! You truly have a gift for writing. Your personality and point of view really shine through! Even though I'm a pretty feminine gal I loved this home. That shower is a piece of art, and the kitchen? Makes me wish I could cook :)


  2. Brooke, I thought the same about the bathroom. What an amazing piece of interior! Thanks for your flattering comments and so excited that you enjoyed my blog. You were actually one that inspired me to share my point of view. Thank YOU for that!!!

    Best regards,


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