StyleFile#57: Keep It Simple, Steve.

I’ve been a longstanding admirer of designer Steve Gambrel. This unassuming 1930’s house is by far my favorite project of his. The clients were not interested in impressing their neighbors by a grand makeover, but wanted to keep their seaside home as it was…only better. Did Gambrel succeed? When does he not?!


Foyer- High gloss enamel paint was used on the paneled walls of the house’s foyer. The floors were ebonized and finished with varnish. As always Gambrel mixes furniture with ease. My favorites are these mid-century rope chairs on either side of the old table.


Living room- This space retained its original pine paneling and Gambral played off its linear design with a custom striped rug from Woodard Weave Collection.  (Here’s another view of the living room.)


Living room detail- The house already had ample bookshelves so Gambrel had them painted and then arranged a series of photos of ships along with the family’s sailing snapshots.


Dining room– Unpainted paneling is the background for a large vintage table and chairs. Instead of expensive fabric on the chairs, they have been covered in upholsterer’s white muslin.


Kitchen- Pre-existing cabinets were simply painted white and pale green. Accessories from Target fill the open shelves.


Second floor hall- Prized 1930’s paintings collected for years now hang in the upstairs hall way.


Master Bedroom (above and below)- The master bedroom is actually two rooms with identical back-to-back corner fireplaces. Another great furniture choice was this Gio Ponti black lacquered/rush chair and ottoman.


(Photos by A. Bootz for American Homestyle & Gardening)

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4 thoughts on “StyleFile#57: Keep It Simple, Steve.

  1. Martha to answer your question, did Gambrel suceed? Yes, most definitely yes! Feels like an uncomplicated summer.

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