Steven Gambrel’s Sag Harbor Home


Steven Gambrel is one of my favorite designers. I love his tailored, masculine aesthetic and the way in which he uses color. In last week’s installment of The Style Files, Joe Lucas mentioned how much he loved Gambrel’s Sag Harbor home, which was featured in the design tome, Steven Gambrel: Time and Place. However, as I wrote Joe’s profile last week, I stumbled across some real estate listing photos of the Sag Harbor house that I hadn’t seen before and they made me fall in love with the house all over again. Although the photos appear to be taken during a colder time of year, I can’t help but think that this is the perfect house to feature as summer comes to a close.

The house was originally built for a sea captain in the 1700s and included additions that were added between 1790 and 1967, making the project all the more challenging. The restoration of the property took about two years and the property encompasses a few different structures. Gambrel was especially careful to ensure that all of the renovations felt organic to the original style of each space and ultimately, imbued the property with his signature style.


 {The living room features a lot of comfortable seating in order to maximize its use for entertaining.}


{The gallery serves as a gathering space for friends as well as a place for Gambrel to showcase his art and antique treasures.}


 {The kitchen is hands-down, my favorite room. The finishes are just spectacular. I’d love to know what type of stone he chose for the countertops and sinks. The hood over the range is a great counterpoint to the more rustic finishes throughout.}


{Gambrel says he likes all of his dishes and serving pieces out at all times so that he can be ready for an impromptu dinner at a moment’s notice. The floors are slabs of marble that Gambrel found in a salvage yard and were originally used in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art.}


 {The breakfast room features an antique table found in Europe.}


 {The master bedroom is at the top of the stairs that start in the breakfast room.}


 {The chic master bathroom features marble floors that were originally used in the lobby of a bank.}


 {The Pink Guest Bedroom}


 {This guest bedroom features a pair of beds that were inspired by Flemish facades.}

Snip20140824_64{Another Guest Room featuring Charming Vintage Objects}


{A Green Guest Bathroom with Great Lighting Fixtures}


{The paneling in the library was found in a salvage yard. Most of the furnishings are from the 19th century.}


{In the “Shipwreck Room”, Gambrel embraced the lack of natural light in the space by painting the walls a moody purple shade. By embracing the lack of light, he created an intimate, clubby space.}


{The outdoor living room is said to be the heart of Gambrel’s home.}


{The stone barn is an agrarian original structure on the property and is often used for dinner parties on cool evenings.}


{The separate guest house is lovingly referred to as “the doghouse” as friends and family members who bring along their dogs for weekend stays typically stay here.}


{This appears to be the view from the guest house powder bath, through the kitchen, and into the living room.}


{The Guest House Kitchen}


{Guest House Bedroom}


{Gambrel’s Sag Harbor home sits right on the water– one of many reasons to love this stunning property.}

If you’re interested in learning more about this beautiful home, you can watch this video tour as Steven Gambrel leads us through his home.


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  1. Hi Paloma, I met Steven this summer in Nantucket. He is such an enormous talent. I love how he uses items from the past – like old air flow grill plates – as inspiration for modern designs. So brilliant. Thanks for sharing these photographs. Best, Carla