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
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 small drinks kitchen has a soapstone countertop and minimally stocked open shelving.