Entries in Steven Gambrel (17)


a 19th century farmhouse at the beach

I can't think of a better way to hop back on the blogging bandwagon than to share an unbelievable 19th century farmhouse in Bridgehampton by design genius Steven Gambrel, which was featured in the latest Elle!  I'm obsessed with everything and anything Gambrel does and if there's anyone still out there visiting the blog anymore, I would imagine you're just as smitten as I am with the gorgeous homes he designs.  His signature color palette of pale blues and grays, textured walls and subtle nautical accents reign supreme in this stunner and are a beautiful backdrop to incredible architectural details that are true to the period of the home.  It's not easy to make a new home (or addition) look like it was built a hundred years ago but Gambrel does it with panache, while still mixing in modern art and furnishings to keep it fun and fresh.  Hanging lanterns, a great mix of patterns and textures, painted mouldings and cerused oak flooring are favorite design elements that Gambrel uses time and time again to create the feel of a sea captain's cottage without being kitschy and the result is always absolutely stunning - casual but super chic!


the latest swoon worthy hamptons getaway by steven gambrel

Easing back into blogging slowly but surely, and I thought it was the perfect chance to share design genius Steven Gambrel's  latest project, a weekend home in Bridgehampton, which was featured in last month's Architectural Digest.  It's no secret I'm slightly obsessed with designer Steven Gambrel's impeccable style; everything he touches is absolute perfection; I don't think there's a single home he's designed that I haven't loved (his Captain Overton house and his own Sag Harbor Captain's Cottage are two of my all-time favorite home tours EVER) and while I tend to gravitate to homes on a much smaller scale, I still find this gargantuan family home super cozy and intimate - the perfect place for a dinner party, wine with friends or curling up with the family for movie night!  Of course, the pale blue, gray and taupe color palette, natural textures and jawdropping lighting doesn't hurt, either (nor do the fabulous outdoor living rooms!) It's been a little while since I've posted a house tour and I thought this one was swoon worthy enough to make the cut!

Hydrangeas, crepe myrtles and slate pavers make a simple but dramatic first impression to the house:

Love, love, LOVE Gambrel's signature pale blue color palette and iron hanging lanterns in the living room:

The vintage-inspired kitchen is breathtaking, from the floor-to-ceiling subway tile to the custom made enamel pendant lights and woven bar stools:

Now, that's what I call a butler's pantry!  The darker gray on the trim and cabinetry is divine:

The teal and emerald green in the study is not a color combination I would ever think to pair together, but it works so well here with the brass desk and sconces, not to mention the silk striped rug:

That pale blue tufted sofa is what my dreams are made of!  Swoon....

Blue grass cloth, crisp white window panels and woven Roman shade and brass accents in the bedroom?  Yes, please:

Pretty sure this master bath is bigger than my first two apartments COMBINED:

This outdoor patio is such a beautiful extension of indoors - I love the woven shades, the gorgeous teak furniture and outdoor kitchen with open shelving:


captain overton house

Steven Gambrel's latest masterpiece is - surprise, surprise! - nothing short of absolutely spectacular.  I've been anxiously awaiting a full reveal of the competely renovated sea captain's cottage in Sag Harbor since I first caught a sneak peek on the design genius' Instagram feed (if you haven't seen it, I seriously urge you to take a look-see here).  I'm beyond THRILLED to have discovered over the weekend that not only is a full reveal of the property now online, but the dream house is now available for a cool $10 million, if you're in the market for a quaint Hamptons cottage (!?)

Every detail is breathtaking, from Gambrel's signature pale blue and gray, tone-on-tone color palette and subtle nautical details to the fabulous mix of art, modern furnishings, antique finds and stunning lighting (the oversize bell jar pendant in the dining room is divine!).  I love, love, LOVE how all the trim throughout is a few shades darker than the walls and the kitchen is enough to make this fan of all-white kitchens run out for a can of paint and go from white to gray!  There's so much to love in every inch of this home....

Here are a few of my picks for getting a similar look and feel (for those of us without 24k gold piggy banks!):

Topiary / Bell jar pendant / Clam shell / Sailboat painting / Basket / Round brass mirror /

Happy Hump Day!


the master of moody blues

The way this week is going, it feels like it should have been Friday two days ago.  I had a whole painting tutorial set up for today and after signing in this morning and discovering it had completely disappeared,  I'm throwing in the towel and posting some serious eye candy, instead.  Grr....

Last weekend, I finally had a chance to flip through the latest design magazines that have been sitting in a pile in my living room and fell in love with this dining room in the latest House Beautiful.  Have you guys seen it yet?  As soon as I saw the cerused oak walls and pale blue high gloss window casings and doors, I knew it was the work of designer Steven Gambrel.  Not only is he the king of all those itty bitty details that make all his designs extraordinary but he also is the master of infusing the most beautiful, pale blue in a lot of his projects.  He always picks the perfect shade, the right amount and in the perfect spots, whether it be on window mullions, contrast piping on a wingback chair, a pair of lamps or a stunning lacquered ceiling.  He's also been a huge source of inspiration for how I've approached my own home and so, since I never resist an opportunity to share some of his work, here are some fabulous examples of how he incorporates blue into his work:

Happy Hump Day!


sag harbor stunner

Thank you all so much for entering yesterday's giveaway!  I'm so excited to pick a winner at the end of this week and for one of you lucky ducks to win one of Julia's amazing art prints, so, if you haven't already entered, be sure to head over and do so

While we are on the topic of amazing eye candy, let's take a look at a dreamy little shingle-style Sag Harbor cottage, shall we?  Designed by Steven Gambrel (whom you know, if you've been reading this blog for a while, is my all-time favorite) this beauty features heavy use of his signature pale blue, subtle nautical details, a breathtaking blue and white kitchen and lots of texture (the woven wall covering in the dining room is STUNNING).  This little dream cottage is not only close to perfection but it also bears a striking resemblance to Gambrel's own Sag Harbor hideaway (which I've blogged about before and which also happens to be my very favorite house of all time). 

Pale blue, creamy white and a little taupe is such a soothing, sophisticated color palette and a beautiful hint of what's to come in the rest of the home:

Seriously can't get enough of those grasscloth walls and I especially love the contrast against the pale blue door.  A brass chandelier and a circular limed oak table are perfection:

Love the brass nailhead detail on the leather dining chairs:

The kitchen is my favorite room in the whole house - blue and white Shaker-style cabinetry, iron window casings, simple open shelving and a fabulous stainless steel hood (not to mention the raw wood flooring) are divine:

Deep seating and wall-mounted lighting are a great way to maximize a tiny space:

I'm obsessed with the strikin compliment of the darker gray trim, light gray walls and black banister in the stairway:

Planked, vaulted walls and ceiling and a statement chandelier in the master bedroom are dramatic focal points.  The artwork over the bed is the perfect pop of color in an otherwise white space:

Charcoal trim is a pleasant surprise against cedar shakes outside.  More of Gambrel's signature style abounds via boxwoods in zinc planters, modern teak furnishings and a statement coffee table:

To see more of this house, check out the full tour here
Hope you're all off to a great start this week!