The Curated Home: A Fresh Take On Tradition

Today is the day!  At long last, today marks the official release of my new book,The Curated Home: A Fresh Take on Tradition.  I’m so grateful for the work of everyone who made this a reality.  Details of upcoming book signing dates coming soon.

Signed copies on my website here
Amazon here

You can also ask your local bookstore to order this for you if they don’t already carry it.

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Return to India, March 2019

Thanks to the overwhelming response,  I have decided to take another group to Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in 2019. Come along for a journey of a lifetime!

For more details message me or link to my TRAVEL page.

UPDATE:  SOLD OUT!

 

The Curated Home: A Fresh Take on Tradition

What’s the expression about time flying when you’re having fun?

A few months I shared that my design book, The Curated Home: A Fresh Take on Tradition, published by Gibbs Smith, would be launching in the fall.

August 14th is the official date.  Just a few weeks away.

Elle Decor just did a wonderful interview on the book that I am sharing here:

SAN FRANCISCO DESIGNER GRANT K. GIBSON’S FIRST BOOK IS A CELEBRATION OF PERSONAL STYLE

The ED A-Lister gives us a preview of his new book, The Curated Home.

 

Tell me about the new book.

I wanted The Curated Home to be slightly different from your typical coffee table design book, which is basically just a portfolio of a designer’s or design firm’s work. It’s not like a DIY book, but it contains tips and suggestions for creating interesting interiors that are tailored specifically to the homeowner.

What was your inspiration for the book’s title?

The title is something that was always important to me, especially the last part of the title: “a fresh take on tradition.” I find that people sometimes have a negative reaction to the word “tradition” or “traditional.” If I work with a young couple who have inherited antique pieces, I make sure we approach those elements with a fresh take so that they don’t look dated. How can we edit those pieces? How can we make them look more modern or contemporary? A little more editing can go a long way.

What are some of the greatest challenges you encounter when working with clients?

One challenge I encounter, especially being based in San Francisco where tech is such a prominent and wonderful thing, is that people want everything so much faster than things can actually happen. But design is still very much a process. All of the selections and ordering and working with vendors to get things still takes time. Some of the challenges these days are educating and working with clients to tell them that design does take time.

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Has your upbringing influenced your approach to design?

My parents’ influence on me as an only child has definitely played a part in my life. They would bring me to art galleries, museums, and on trips around the world because it was easy to tote me along. My father did a lot of home restoration and remodeling, which gave me insights into interior design.

What do you think makes your work recognizable?

People often ask if I have a specific style. I think I might have consistency throughout my portfolio, but I love all periods and styles. I love monochromatic interiors, but I also love layers, wallpaper, bright colors, and accents. That’s part of what I love about my job: I can put different hats on as I work with different clients.

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Do you have a favorite room to design?

I find kids’ rooms to be particularly fun. It’s the one space in a house that has so many different lives: there’s the nursery phase, the toddler phase, the young kid phase, the tween phase, the teenager phase, etc. While your dining room and kitchen might stay the same over the years, a kid’s room goes through so many changes.

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If you could only give your readers one piece of advice, what would it be?

Create a space that is unique and special to you.

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You can pre-order either on my website (if you want a signed copy) or online at Amazon.

I will be doing a few book signings around the country.  Make sure to check back here soon for all the details.

Elle Decor’s A-List

I hope that you are having a great summer.

I am off to attend a very special party in New York this week hosted by Elle Decor. Elle Decor’s June issue recently came out and it named a very special group of designers “The Best Designers in the World: The New A-List”.  I have been added to this year’s list!

In 2010, Elle Decor named me one of “5 Designers to Watch”.

We called Grant K. Gibson a designer to watch in 2010, citing his work as “always eclectic, livable and easy on the eyes.” The statement stands.

I am honored and humbled to be part of such an incredible group of designers. #TheNewAList

DECEMBER 2018 JOURNEY TO JAIPUR, INDIA

I had such an overwhelming response to my India trip a few months ago.

Thank you to everyone who contacted me asking about the possibility of a guided tour.

I am combining my love of design and travel and returning to India.  Now is your chance to join in on this adventure, I am calling it “Journey to Jaipur”.  Feel free to message me for the full itinerary or check on the new TRAVEL link on my website for this once in a lifetime private experience. 

“For a design lover, traveling to India is the trip of a lifetime. Inspiration is around every corner!”
— GRANT K. GIBSON

TRAVEL WITH GRANT
DECEMBER 2018 JOURNEY TO JAIPUR, INDIA

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Have you ever dreamed of traveling to India, but felt daunted by the idea? The time has arrived to explore Rajasthan, specifically the beauty of Jaipur, the fabled Pink City. Jaipur’s buildings were first painted pink in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales, who was later crowned King Edward VII. Spend a week on this curated adventure. A design lover’s paradise, the ultimate in shopping, design sourcing and sightseeing.

Early December is the perfect time of year to bring back unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. The weather is ideal: typically around 70° during the day, cooling off at night. A perfect excuse to buy cashmere everything.

From palaces to forts, block printing to saris, this is a true taste of India with interior designer Grant K. Gibson to guide you through the ins and outs of Jaipur. This is not just a tour, but a once in a lifetime private experience.

Exclusively limited to a total of five travelers.

Thank you for your interest! Grant’s 2018 trip is sold out!
Please inquire if you’re interested in traveling with Grant in 2019.

The Curated Home: A Fresh Take on Tradition

I am thrilled to share the cover of my new book, The Curated Home: A Fresh Take on Tradition, published by Gibbs Smith.
The book will be coming out in Fall 2018.  I will be doing several book signings.
Stay tuned for more details.
Pre-order signed copies on my website here.
Pre-order on Amazon here.

THE CURATED HOME
A FRESH TAKE ON TRADITION

FALL 2018

Infuse thoughtfully furnished rooms with your own personal style, for every part of your home.

Drawing on inspiration from his personal style, world travels, and client experience, Grant K. Gibson takes you on a journey to curate your perfect home. This highly instructional design book covers wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, in an engaging and comprehensive look at what makes a home both functional and beautiful. Learn the importance of not just decorating with objects, but infusing your living space with items that have meaning in your own life.

Each chapter focuses on a different element of the home: foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, kids’ rooms, and bathrooms and powder rooms. Discover Grant’s design philosophy―and the questions you should be asking yourself―as it pertains to each respective room. Sidebars with design secrets, decorating tips, and how-tos provide further instruction. Thorough and personable, showcasing photography from Grant’s portfolio, his travels, and vast collection of previously unpublished snapshots taken in the process of his design work, The Curated Home is home décor inspiration at its best.

India

I just returned from a two-week adventure of a lifetime in India.
Here are few highlights from my trip.
Inspiration is around every corner.
Wishing you a happy 2018!

The Blue City of Jodhpur

Private room at Jaipur’s City Palace

“Pink is the navy blue of India”- Diana Vreeland

Bargu, Rajasthan

City Palace, Udaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Staycation

I am not sure that I like the word staycation, but it seems to work as well as anything.   Last week, I commented on the dreary San Francisco summer.  I’d really had enough and planned a mini weekend away.  I know, I know…a vacation right before leaving for Maine!

 

I wanted to do something local to make it easy.  I thought about Carmel, Napa, Healdsburg, and a few others. Then Berkeley came to mind.  From a distance, I had always admired the architecture of the Claremont Hotel in the Berkeley Hills, so I decided this would be the perfect idea.

 

On a total side note: Part of the reason for going away for the night was to test out leaving Wesley at home with a new dog sitter for the evening.  Wesley suffers from severe separation anxiety when away from me.  The good news is that he did very well being away for the night.

 

If you are looking for a perfect place to say, I can’t suggest the Claremont enough.  The massage was excellent, and so were the martinis and oysters at the bar.  It was a quick Uber ride down to College Avenue to the Rockridge area to have dinner at Millennium (a plant based restaurant that I had wanted to try for a while).    I checked out the pool early Saturday morning for some laps and then a quick breakfast. When I’m in Berkeley, I’m always excited to go to one of my favorite grocery stores, the Berkley Bowl, so I stocked up on produce and goodies for the rest of the weekend and week ahead.

 

It was great to get some sun and escape for the night.  Next time Wesley wants to come along too.  He was thrilled to discover that the hotel is pet-friendly.  This isn’t going to help his separation issues, but I think he would enjoy it!

Off to Maine

Off to Maine in just a few weeks. This marks the seventh consecutive year of escaping to Maine.

September can’t come soon enough.  As usual, San Francisco is foggy and cold, so it will be really nice to experience some better weather.

 

The oft-quoted Mark Twain saying always comes to mind this time of year:

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”

 

Lots of friends will be joining for a few days here and there.  I have recipes planned and lots of daily adventures.

I have been working feverishly on my design book for the last months.  Every week it seemed there was another photo shoot.  I have been working on the text to accompany for months.

It will be great to devote time in September to put the finishing touches on the manuscript.  Editing will happen during the fall and winter, and then it’s off to print.

From start to finish, it will be a two-year project.  Can’t wait to share in the fall of 2018!

 

Here are a few photos from a short trip to Maine in June.  It was great to sneak getaway and work on the book.  The weather was considerably colder and the towns all tranquil.  I’ve decided September is the ideal time.  Still, some warm days, cooler nights (hello, fireplace) and the kids are all back to school.

 

Sweet Potato Chili

If you are like me, you are counting the days until summer.

You know how much I love Maine.  This year, we decided that one trip just wasn’t enough…so we’re escaping in June and then going back again in September.  If you saw my last post, you’ll know that I am working a book, so I plan on spending a good deal of time writing.

Lots of close friends are visiting this summer in Maine.  I always want to enjoy time with them as much as possible and spend as little time in the kitchen as I can. When in Maine, the closest grocery store is a good 30-minute drive, so I tend to plan my meals out a few days ahead with my list of ingredients. This has been a go to dinner the last few months.  I love it because it is healthy, great for leftovers and easy as can be.

 

This isn’t your traditional chili recipe, but trust me on this one.  There are beans and no meat, so I know that can be cause for argument. I promise that this will be added to your repertoire!

 

Sweet Potato Chili

 

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 carrot, diced

4 cloves of minced garlic

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons of cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces)

28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes 

1 cup of dried lentils

1 can of cannellini beans (rinsed)

 

Heat olive oil in a large stock pot.  Add diced onion.  Cook over medium heat for 5 mins. 

 

Add red pepper, carrot, garlic and salt and pepper.  Sauteé for another 5 minutes.

 

Add cumin, paprika, chili powder, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and lentils.

 

Add 4 cups of water.   Allow to cook for around 45 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fairly soft and the lentils are cooked.  Add the can of beans at the end and stir.

 

I like to have some cornbread and watermelon on the side.

 

Have a great summer!

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