When you're feeling short on inspiration for touches to personalize your home, think of Steven Gambrel
. The celebrated designer is constantly taking note of, sketching, and filing away architectural fragments, floor patterns, door casings, paneling styles, and the like, creating a rich, personal design library that he can draw on. "I love finding details in old buildings all over the world and giving them a new life in my projects," he explains. Inspiration also can be found close at hand, of course, in local historic houses, say, or nearby city centers. In every case, Gambrel refreshes the traditional elements he so loves with an approach that makes them feel right for today. Witness the rooms—and architectural details—shown here.