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
When it came to furnishing the barn, Steven broke down its volume by creating lots of seating groups. When he found a 1940s French monastery table along with 18 matching chairs, he snapped them up, cerusing the wood for a lighter spirit. "They have an almost medieval dining-hall quality but in a cleaned-up, 20th-century way," he says. "Yet they're hearty enough to handle the scale in here."