Last fall one of our guest bathrooms flooded through the floor below while someone was bathing. It was a little-used shower and we were too busy to take on a full renovation, so we put a band-aid over it and tried to ignore the reality that the thing wrong in that bathroom wasn't going to fix itself. The shower needs a complete new pan (?) and this requires tearing out all the tile. I'm not going to break the bank on that little space, but we've decided to renovate the main guest bathroom at the same time, making it larger and adding what will be the only stand-alone tub in the house.
So, as I've browsed the web and magazines, the same name just keeps coming up over and over again: Steven Gambrel. Now, I'm sure all you design majors and chuckling into your coffee, but I wasn't familiar with Mr. Gambrel's work until recently and I am head over heels in love. Let's just say if Stevie rang my doorbell, there would be no existential crisis over using a designer.
This is the first image that stopped me in my tracks and sent me on a furious google search:
I love everything about this. Forever and ever amen. In the same house is this kitchen you might have seen floating around Pinterest:
Speaking of kitchens, his have a definite theme but are so enviable I almost can't breathe with the beauty:
Still with me? Get out the smelling salts.
He's into drama, which is fine by me. It doesn't seem so dramatic that you'd tire of it immediately or that you couldn't relax. I suppose the word I'm searching for here is style.
One thing I noticed about his designs is that there is a lot going on. I thought I gravitated toward simple (yet bold) interiors, and and often think that what I choose is too busy.
But Mr. Gambrel layers on top of layers. Is that proper design school speak?
I don't even like brown and orange together, but I could live here:
Can you tell I have a major crush? Can you also tell that we're about to start multiple home projects that I'm not entirely prepared for?
I'll leave you with this...