Sorry that it has been a while since I have posted. The holidays are here for sure!
Perhaps we should just make this Wesley’s blog. He seems to be getting all of the attention these days.
Happy Holidays to all of you. Looking forward to sharing more in 2016!
Interior Designer Grant K. Gibson is known for a crisp, masculine style that doesn’t sacrifice on warmth. Though he’s based in San Francisco, Grant’s work takes him to locations as varied as Palm Beach, New York, and Los Angeles. And while each project is unique, there are inevitably a few signature touches: a hint of black; a dose of geometric prints; and a test drive from Wesley, Grant’s adorable (and photogenic) Westie, who has become a bit of an Instagram star.
We’re huge fans of Grant’s work, so we invited him to use uMatouk, our interactive bedding tool, to design a bed and make it come to life in his own bedroom. The only requirement: the dog must be in the picture.
For this collaboration, you used the uMatouk tool to pull together bedding for your room. What was that experience like?
Since I am a designer, I am pretty visual. But I have a lot of clients that are not—I guess that is why they hire me! This tool is such a great resource for sharing the whole bedding vision with clients and visualizing all of the bedding together. Brilliant!
Gibson’s 3D virtual bed made using Matouk’s proprietary uMatouk bed design tool.
What’s it like being your own client?
I would have to say that I am a pretty picky client. I want a high quality product that is fairly priced and will be classic and timeless.
How do you approach picking out bedding, either for yourself or your clients?
I often remind people of what a huge relationship bedding has to the quality of your sleep. I think of my bed and bedding as an escape from the world. To me, there is nothing like getting into a well-made bed. Luxury!
I am a pretty light sleeper, so I sleep with an eye mask and earplugs every night. Thanks to the combination of sleep aids and nice bedding, I honestly sometimes get between eight and ten hours a night.
You were immediately drawn to Matouk’s iconic Lowell in black. What was the appeal?
I have always loved crisp white bedding, and Lowell offered the contrast of bold black. It feels classic but modern at the same time. I love how graphic the Lowell looks. Someday, if I choose to add in another pattern or collection, it will be really easy to layer in.
You added monogram Style 2061 to your pillowcases. Do you use a lot of monograms in your work?
The joke is that if it isn’t nailed down, beware, because I will monogram it. I do end up doing a lot of bedding, pillows and towels for client projects that are monogrammed. But honestly, this is the first monogrammed thing that I have in my place! It’s just such a nice way to personalize something and make it your own.
Grant monogrammed his pillowcase in our monogram Style 2061. He used his own monogram on his side of the bed and his partner’s monogram on the other side.
What other considerations did you have in terms of designing the bed?
Wesley doesn’t sleep on the bed, but he does come to visit in the morning. So since he is white, I wanted bedding that didn’t show dog fur!
Ummm. . . What does Wesley think of the final product?
He loves the bedding and now is upset that he isn’t allowed to sleep in bed all night long. Ha!
Grant’s pajamas (purchased specifically for this photoshoot!) are the perfect contrast to the bedding.
And finally, in addition to your interior design work, you’ve become quite a blog and Instagram celebrity! What has that been like? How do those two mediums complement your design work?
Instagram is my favorite use of social media, hands down—mainly for the really beautiful photos. I love to see design, fashion, food, and travel to get ideas and be inspired.
People often ask me if it is actually me posting the photos to my own account. Yes! I just love sharing a snap of a project or a detail that I am working on.
Shop Grant’s Bedding
1 King Duvet Cover
2 Euro Shams
4 King Cases
1 Standard Sham
A combination of standard pillowcases, euro shams, and a single king sham, all in our Lowell in black, adds interest at the head of a bed created by Interior Designer Grant K. Gibson.