The Chic Americans
A reader has asked me to track down a rug similar to the vibrantly colored one used here by Steven Gambrel. Originally it was seen in the designer's country house, part of Elle Decor's September 2001 feature, "Yankee Hip." The magazine actually did a string of stories early in this decade that highlighted Gambrel's distinctly American style.
This also happens to be the same 18th-century Sag Harbour home later occupied by J. Crew's head of marketing, Margot Brunelle Fooshee, and her husband. You probably remember Ruthie Sommers did the decorating on the second go-round, but here's a refresher, below.
Gambrel photos by Anita Calero. Sommers photos by Don Freeman for House Beautiful, June 2007.