Grant K. Gibson

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL- SEPTEMBER 2014

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Thank you to House Beautiful Magazine for including me in September’s “The Last Word: What’s Your Favorite Color Memory?”

“The blue of the house at the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech is the most jaw-dropping I’ve ever seen.  It’s a gorgeous, piercing color.”

As you know, I am always finding inspiration while traveling.  Can’t wait to share some photos of some really fun trips that I have planned for fall.

Happy Monday!

SEMI-HOMEMADE PASTA

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I have been back in the kitchen lately.  Experimenting and playing around.

My latest creation is sort of a twist on homemade pasta.   I don’t really have the patience to make fresh pasta dough – so my solution is to pick up already made flat sheets at my local pasta shop.    You can let your imagination run wild with fillings.  I sauteed mushrooms, kale and fresh corn and then added an egg yolk to the center.   I took the egg white and mixed with a little water and made a wash and then covered the bottom layer with another layer of pasta to make a large ravioli-like pocket.   They didn’t take too long to cook (maybe 4-5 minutes) in boiling water.  I wanted to make I didn’t overcook the yolk so that – as I cut into the pasta – the yolk would still be runny.  A touch of browned butter on top before serving and you have a pretty simple meal.

Sometimes nothing hits the spot like bowl of pasta.  Don’t you agree?

RUBBER DUCKIE…YOU’RE THE ONE

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Sometimes it’s all in the little details.   This cutout will become a tiled niche in a shower (white subway tile on the left of the top shelf – to give you a visual).

Just had to make sure everything would fit.  What is the saying?  Measure twice and cut once?  Call me obsessive about the details – but I would rather be safe than sorry.  I mean, soap and shampoo are important, but the rubber duck is an essential!

KIDS BATHROOM REMODEL

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This summer, we have a have been working on a lot of remodel projects.   Here is a sneak peak of a bathroom we are doing for two little boys.  Working with classic and timeless materials (that are easy to scrub down after a lively bathtime splashing) and then adding some fun blues for a custom vanity.  We incorporated this really whimsical wallpaper.  I can’t wait to see the end result!

YOU ARE WHERE YOU EAT

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Thanks so much to the San Francisco Chronicle for the two page feature this weekend!  Special thanks to writer Paige Porter Fischer who helped edit my design inspirations and work her wordsmith magic. The article is below (or you can click online HERE)   I’m still not quite sure what to make of the cartoon-like portrait of me…

You are where you eat: restaurant-inspired design options

Which restaurant’s style do you covet? Grant K. Gibson delivers a design take-out

Interior designer Grant K. Gibson has a novel way of discovering his clients’ personal style. “I always ask them where they like to eat,” says Gibson. “And I’m not referring to the food, per se, but rather the design of the restaurant. San Francisco is home to some of the most stylish dining rooms and cafes in the country, and the decor is as diverse as the food they offer. A person’s answer tells me a lot about the kind of look he or she is drawn to.”

Gibson, whose eponymous design firm has been featured in Elle Decor and House Beautiful, was recently named one of 15 designers and architects to follow on Instagram by Architectural Digest. His feed (@grantkgibson) regularly boasts stunning snapshots from restaurants around town. “It may be the impeccable, tufted leather booths at Cavalier that inspire a chesterfield sofa at a client’s home, or it could be an unforgettable color, like the deep aqua at Bar Jules that we use in someone’s powder room,” says Gibson. “What is so fascinating is digging in and figuring out what it is about a particular space that speaks to someone.” We challenged Gibson to bring home a few great ideas from restaurants where the interior design is as thoughtful as the menu.

 

Outerlands

The vibe: “This is where I like to go on a cold, foggy San Francisco night. It’s rustic and organic and cozy at once.”

Bring it home: “I really love the plank walls in the dining room. This piece delivers the same rustic look in the form of a coat rack.” (CarpenterCraig, $378.58,http://etsy.me/1rS2f5V)

4001 Judah St., San Francisco. Interior design by owners Dave Muller and Lana Porcello, architecture by Charles Hemminger.

Namu Gaji

The vibe: “As you walk into Namu, you can’t help but see the giant wood slab table. … (It) makes you feel like you’re having dinner at someone’s dining room table.”

Bring it home: “I work with a local builder in Petaluma to build tables in the same feel and style. I love that the wood is reclaimed and has a story.” www.heritagesalvage.com/new-arrivals/western-red-cedar-slabs

499 Dolores St., San Francisco. Interior design by Brian Ford of Metropolis Design.

The Mill

The vibe: “The Mill has a clean, modern look with all the white tiles, but it’s warmed up with all the Doug fir custom shelving.”

Bring it home: “I really love the geometric wood shelving that’s so simple and graphic at the Mill. For similar geometric wood shelving, check out Zin Home.” (Geometric wood and iron bookcase, $1,199, www.zinhome.com)

736 Divisadero St., San Francisco. Architecture and interior design by Seth Boor and Sarah Fucinaro of Boor Bridges Architecture.

Bouli Bar

The vibe: “This place has such a fun, contemporary look – with all the clean lines and black accents.”

Bring it home: “I adore the various undulating pendant lights here.” For a similar look, check out the Tom Dixon Beat pendants ($595; www.ylighting.com).

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. Interior design by Kallos Turin.

Jane

The vibe: “My entire wardrobe is black and white – so I’m obviously a big fan of the color scheme in here. And I love the large mirror that expands almost the entire length of the room.”

Bring it home: “You can’t walk into Jane for a latte and not do a double take of the wallpaper. Here’s an example of black and white done right.”http://www.grahambrown.com/us/product/20-192/Camille

2123 Fillmore St., San Francisco. Interior design by Ken Fulk.

 

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Interior designer insights from

Grant K. Gibson

 

Q: What restaurant in San Francisco most matches your own style?

A: Frances. I love the crisp white interior, and the wall that they have created to display wine bottles is fabulous. It’s a cozy neighborhood restaurant that feels almost like you could be eating in someone’s home. The architecture firm Apparatus Architects designed this space. I work with them on lots of projects around the Bay Area.

Q: What hotel do you feel most at home in, style-wise?

A: Carneros Inn. I have spent many happy nights at this comfortable and casual – yet sophisticated – hotel. I love that each room is its own house, so private and secluded. And the indoor/outdoor shower just makes me happy.

Q: If you have a design-savvy friend coming to San Francisco and can only hit up three spots, where would you go?

A: March, Sue Fisher King and Hudson Grace. My interior design studio is on Sacramento Street, so all of these gems are just down the street.

Q: Do you have any advice for people who are trying to figure out their own style and fashion a living space that feels true to their own aesthetic?

A: I often ask people a lot of questions when we have our initial meetings. I want to know about their lifestyle and how they live in the space. (Dinner parties? Or cozy nights for two in front of the fireplace?) I ask people where they travel and to tell me about hotels and restaurants that they love. This helps me determine if they are more modern or traditional and gives me clues about their style. My firm works on projects that really are all over the spectrum. At the end of the project, I want the house to look and reflect the client – and not look like I have been there. A space should not be overly designed. It should feel inviting and be livable.

Q: You are known for being able to mix high and low seamlessly – what’s worth the splurge, and where can you save money, when it comes to decorating a space?

A: I always tell my clients to splurge on the key pieces – pieces that you are sitting in and spending a great deal of time in. Your sofa, dining chairs and bed should be your splurges. Invest in quality pieces that are timeless and not trendy. You can change out your throw pillows, add accessories, and paint the walls on a budget.

JACKSON POLLOCK

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I have always been intrigued by those places where you can paint your own pottery.  Perhaps not a ceramic kitten toothbrush holder for me…so I decided to channel my inner Jackson Pollock and make a splattered plate.   I am not sure that the women who ran the shop were ready for paint spattering all over the place.

Now I have one plate.  I guess I will have to go back every few months and make another.  A slow way to making a set of dishes!

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

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I found this treasure of a mailbox after a client meeting the other day.  Hard to believe something like this exists in a major city like San Francisco.

I loved the overgrown ivy surrounding the simple white mailbox.   Its seemed like such a nice way to be greeted when going to “get the mail”.  Don’t you think that receiving junk mail and stacks of bills would somehow feel enjoyable if you lived here?

WESLEY THE WESTIE

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Summer is here and Wesley has been settling in nicely.  Its hard to believe that he has only been living in San Francisco for four months.  He is just part of the family now -  and the perfect addition.   A day doesn’t go by when I don’t think of my old boys, Campbell and Wallace.  I often imagine that they would have all been great friends.   It’s hard to figure out exactly what goes on in the head of a dog, let alone a nine year old rescue.  So lately, he has been experiencing a lot of “firsts”.  Not sure if he has ever played by a pool for an afternoon or run into the ocean, but he seems to really be enjoying all of his new adventures!

IKEA

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Going to Ikea is like going through a maze.  I try to plan my visits on a random weekday afternoon around 2 or so to minimize the madness.  I can’t imagine a Saturday afternoon with the crowds and check out lines!   I always seem to be able to fill a shopping cart with random things (possibly things that one doesn’t need). The reward at the end of the adventure is the treat of frozen yogurt.  Sometimes it’s the little things that cost 99 cents that really make your day.

THE TAYLOR INSPIRATION

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Last weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle featured a tribute to the iconic San Francisco designer Michael Taylor in the Home Design magazine.

I was honored to be included in a section by Anh-Minh Le titled, “The Taylor Inspiration”, sharing how I take inspiration from Michael Taylor in my own work today.

You can link to the whole article HERE

THE TAYLOR INSPIRATION

Even 28 years after his death, Michael Taylor’s work still inspires designers. He advocated – and in some cases initiated – a host of decorating ideas that continue to fill the pages of shelter publications. Local interior designer, Grant K. Gibson shared a room from his portfolio that echo Taylor’s approach.

“What I learned from Taylor was not to be afraid of mixing high and low. He had Cost Plus, I have Target! I have been using Target shades since my first San Francisco Decorator Showcase space 10 years ago. I was a little bit nervous about that, as the Showcase is thought of as very high-end design. But I like the way that bamboo and natural-fiber window treatments add texture and diffuse the light very nicely, and the look is tailored and handsome. I don’t think you would guess that these shades cost $40, especially since they are in the same room as antiques collected during trips to Paris.”

“Taylor also favored mixing pieces of different styles and periods – way before the ‘eclectic look’ became a thing. He didn’t believe that any particular period was more beautiful than another. This living room illustrates that point, with a Swedish Gustavian-style chair, tablecloth edged with a Greek-key pattern, neoclassical artwork, faded Oushak rug, wicker basket as a planter and English roll-arm sofa upholstered in natural linen.”

“Of course, you can’t talk about Taylor’s design without talking about his use of plants indoors. Not just small potted plants – he went big. My take on this concept is the fiddle leaf tree in the corner. I love the height, and the way it introduces something natural into the design.”