When designer Steven Gambrel transformed a Virginia barn into an entertaining space, he looked to its past for inspiration—and found a romantic, racy chapter
Photo: Eric Piasecki
When Steven was delving through history for a decorating theme, he ignored the barn's most recent tenants—cows—and looked further back to the farm's equestrian past when Thoroughbreds and saddle horses were bred there. Middleburg remains an epicenter of foxhunting and a hub for all things equine. Tucked in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it seems at times more English than England.
Photo: Steven lifted the colors and even the X-pattern of the interior barn doors and stair railings from two drawings of a jockey in the family's collection.