¨I love reading my clients, learning what is going to help them live fuller, work faster, realize a dream. It’s about giving them the proper tools, the optimal setting.¨ – Steven Gambrel
Dear friends, for those of you who don’t know who Steven Gambrel is (dad, I know you’re reading each post so I’m looking at you ), Steven Gambrel is one of the greatest interior decorators of these times and has influenced the aesthetics of an entire generation of designers. And it’s not just me saying it, but for so many years now he’s been featured on Architectural Digest’s list – AD 100- of the world’s best interior designers and architects. With a degree in architecture from University of Virginia, he opened his design firm, S. R. Gambrel, Inc, in 1996, just three years after graduating, and quickly managed to bring it to the top of the interior design world. Needless to say, I worship the man! and I wanted to write about some of the details I’ve noted and loved in his work. I had to narrow my list down to ¨Top 10 Things I love about S.R.Gambrel¨ (we’d be here until tomorrow if I hadn’t) so here it goes:
1. His passion for restoring historical homes (most of them 18th-19th century former sea captain’s homes in Sag Harbor, NY) back to their potential. Within each project, he carefully researches design elements and materials that are appropriate in style and era to the home.
2. His use of exquisite woodwork, carefully crafted doors, wainscoting and pine planks for flooring and wall treatments. Just beautiful!
3. With an incredible attention to architectural details, he incorporates lots of transom windows that carry light throughout his designs, a signature of his Sag Harbor restorations (but can be found in some of his city work as well).
4. Striking staircases and a fine eye for scale and proportion (again, that original architectural training).
5. Blues and cool grays are a recurrent color palette, especially in his Sag Harbor projects.
6. But he doesn’t shy away from using bold colors, like so many of us do (myself included, I would have a heart attack before painting any of my walls purple).
7. His love for French tufted mattresses, which I absolutely share!
8. His use of multi-paned windows and painted dark mullions in most of his country projects! I share this one too 🙂
9. Layering materials: bamboo shades and custom draperies create layer, depth and relaxed luxury.
10. His overall style, which is a mix of modern and traditional.
¨From Manhattan townhouses and apartments to beachside retreats in the Hamptons, he creates spaces that reflect, support and enhance the lifestyles of today while at the same time embracing the history of each individual home.¨ Time and Place- Steven Gambrel