Amazing Barn Transformation
Photo: The leather upholstered bench in the foreground is vintage gym equipment. Steven custom designed the two-tone club chairs.
Photo: An iron-and-wood bookshelf holds books on hunting and horses.
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.
So Steven decided to transform the barn into a comfortable, rustic lair with fascinating horse memorabilia. He aimed for a gentlemanly, clubby sensibility while avoiding cracked, old riding boots as objects, lamps made out of bridles, and other tired artifacts that tend to crop up in these parts. "The masculine quality comes not only from the fact that it's a great big room but from the aesthetic of Hunt Country and its colors and values," says Steven.
Photo: The classic 1940s cattle barn is now home to human fun and games.
Photo: The small drinks kitchen has a soapstone countertop and minimally stocked open shelving.
Photo: A vintage oak-and-steel desk backs up to one of the extra-deep sofas Steven designed. He topped the concrete floor with a geometric sisal rug.
Making a marvelous gallery out of old family pictures is exactly the way Steven's mind works, and it explains why his chic interiors are never vacuous. "There are elements that I use over and over, mostly things that have to do with comfort and proportion," he says. "But what's really important to me is a sense of place. You can pull spirit from a location, the time we live in, or the lifestyle of the people. That's what I do, and it's my signature."