Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful, loving, caring and fun mothers out there! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. We have been on a whirlwind of social events for the last couple of weeks but somehow I managed to squeeze in some alone time this weekend. As a mom of a five year old, it’s not often that that happens but when it does, I’m thankful for every minute. Yoga and a good (design) read are two of my favorite ways of spending some quality ‘me’ time. Cue, Elle Decor’s June issue. I was slightly intimidated by its cover but once I got to the style section, I was hooked. This beautiful project by Steven Gambrel has been a teaser for some time as I’ve seen shots of the living room before, but now the entire project is revealed and it’s another Gambrel dream home!
I’m charmed by these living room vignettes, above and below – design capsules of Gambrel’s edited, sophisticated country style. I know I’ve said this before, but I think his country restoration projects are his masterpiece. Not only can he furnish a room like no other but he has a complete understanding of what’s appropriate in terms of architecture. When selecting the décor, he’s mastered the perfect balance between modern and traditional.
An oversized French copper lantern (below) adjusts the scale of the family room’s soaring ceilings.
I’ve never seen a Steven Gambrel kitchen I did not like! There’s drama and architectural marvel in every square – inch of this space – abstract artwork, a variety of lighting fixtures and finishes.
To the left, the kitchen opens onto a garden breakfast room. Ample sky-lights and French doors make the room bright and connected to the outdoors. The custom dining table and chairs are rustic and fun.
Despite the cool blues and greens of its color scheme, the dining room feels pretty cozy! That antique pendant light steals the show, while the massive dining table adds a warm touch.
Below we get a glimpse of one of the bathrooms. Weathered floors and blue-gray planked walls, a sailboat diorama and a fireplace… because we all want/need a fireplace in the bathroom. One thing I love about Gambrel’s homes is the presence of a fireplace in almost every room. Nothing creates a focal point and character better than a fireplace.
I’m loving all the soft blues in this guest bedroom below. The planked walls and contrasting beams reflect the home’s historical character.
The laundry room is not forgotten, chic and spare. Black framed French doors and marble tiles set an elegant, masculine scene. The black and white scheme is warmed up with seagrass baskets and window treatments that hide the unsightly chores.
As its interiors, the exterior of the house has evolved over time. What started as a school house building, has been added to and expanded over almost two centuries. Gambrel unified the quirky flow and variety of architectural styles with the help of Historical Concepts, a local architecture firm specializing in historical restorations. The result? A one-of-a-kind home that tells its own story. Layered, comfortable, interesting and unexpected. Simply beautiful!