WESLEY

2c33979c-d9d3-45eb-b4da-8ddb7911cc19A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Wesley had his photo taken for a photo shoot.

Check him out in the latest Anthology Magazine (Fall 2015)!  It is his editorial modeling debut.  In this living room shot, you can see how I mixed styles and time periods, all working together with a calming color palette.  Mixing styles can give a space a curated and layer look, and of course a little animal print (and a real animal) will always spice things up!

House Beautiful- October 2015

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When House Beautiful asked to include me in their “Colors for Him” feature, I knew exactly what to suggest! It’s no secret that I love using black as an accent, but I think people shy away from using it in interiors because they are afraid it will be too overwhelming. I often paint interior doors black, adding character and boldness to a space.

Pick up the October issue of House Beautiful to see what other hues made it into this category!

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!

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.

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.”

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

INTERIORS SPRING 2014

Interiors Magazine asked me (along with the great Lulu Powers and Hutton Wilkinson) some of our favorite outdoor tips.  I thought that with summer around the corner, I would share my ideas!

“I try to always keep things simple, not fussy, so that people can relax and enjoy themselves.  And I tend to focus on the basics: Instead of 100 dishes, narrow it down to just a few; have a signature cocktail; and set up a buffet so that guests can serve themselves.  It helps the host be less stressed!”

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL- APRIL 2014

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Thanks to House Beautiful for including me in the April issue!

They asked 12 designers the following:   How do you make a dramatic entrance?

Drench the space in a rich, welcoming hue.

I selected Farrow & Ball Mouse’s Back #40.

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“After being out all day, I want to walk into a clean, uncluttered space.  It should be neutral and relaxing, and this is the perfect greige. With crisp white moldings and black doors, it looks very handsome.  All the pressures of the day would just fall away.”

HOW TO TAKE A SELFIE OF YOUR HOME

Thank you to House Beautiful for interviewing me for this article on Instagram – and general photo advice.

Instagram seems to be one of those social media sites that just keeps growing and gaining in popularity. In all honesty, I have to admit that it is one of my favorites.  I love taking photos so it’s a great resource to share everything with others in one place.

San Francisco-based interior designer Grant K. Gibson has mastered the art of Instagram. Follow his eponymous handle @GrantKGibson and prepare yourself for a visual feast of design. Below, he explains the technique behind his double-tap-inducing interior shots.

 

Photograph What Naturally Catches Your Eye

It’s not like I wake up in the morning and think, ‘I need to post my breakfast’ or ‘today, I need to post a project I am working on.’ Try to not make it seem contrived. Not every moment is an Instagram moment.

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Actually Take The Photos

It’s actually me taking the photos verses somebody in my office.  If it’s your account, it should be your point of view. Whether it’s a shot of food or travel or inspiration for a project, it’s what’s going on in my head.

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Avoid Styling or Staging

Take pictures of what you are seeing naturally throughout the day. I catch myself if I am fussing with a shot too much. If I’m taking a picture of my bedside table and I put a book there, this there, and I’m adding things then it’s not the real image. You know people who go out to dinner and are like ‘Oh, wait don’t touch the food and are like moving the silverware a quarter of an inch this way…’ Im like, ‘Do you want to eat already!’ If it turns into that type of scenario, it’s too forced for me.

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Take Lots Until You Have The Perfect Shot

I take so many pictures everyday of projects for clients. My phone is filled with thousands of pictures—I’m sure my poor iPhone will break any day. I take shot after shot after shot of a thing and it’s guaranteed that most of the pictures aren’t good looking. If it’s a really bad shot, keep shooting.

 

Edit Down

I take pictures all day long. When I first started Instagram I was putting a lot up, but now I am little bit more edited.

 

Frame, Don’t Filter

I don’t filter things. The only thing that I do like to use is an app called Squaready that gives images a frame with a white border.

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It’s Not A Popularity Contest

Post for you, not for likes. Some people post particular photos because they think, ‘I want to put this picture up because I want to have a lot of likes and people comment on it.’ I take that out of the equation and think, ‘this is a beautiful flower from the flower market’ or ‘this is pretty breakfast’… not ‘how many likes am I going to get?’ For example, if you do put a flower on Instagram it’s always popular, but then you could put a pillow up that you might think ‘oh my gosh that’s the prettiest pillow ever’ and everyone is going to like it and it’s one of your lowest liked photos.

 

HARPER’S BAZAAR

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Thank you so much to Harper’s Bazaar for including me in their feature, “10 Must- Haves by 30: Interiors Edition

Here are four of my selections from the article (I’ve included pictures of some of my favorites below):

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1.  A Plant

“Even if you’re in a rental, a plant will make your home feel more permanent,” says designer Grant K. Gibson, who recommends choosing something tall and substantial over many smaller houseplants.

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2.  A Nice Mattress and Headboard

“Invest in your bed during your adult life,” says Gibson.  “You’ll want to a quality mattress for comfort, and a headboard for character.”

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3. A Favorite Candle

“A beautiful candle adds scent and personality to a room,”  Of course, this tip is the ultimate personal preference – if adding a candle to your home is your worst nightmare, stick with your instincts.

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4. A Luxurious Throw

“A good throw is an investment that adds a finishing touch to your sofa or chair – even if they’re not your ‘forever pieces.'” say Gibson.

 

INSTAGRAM

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I was beyond honored (not to mention very surprised) to receive an email this weekend from Architectural Digest  with the news that they had named me one of “15 must-follow architects and designers on Instagram.”  I love sharing photos of travels, projects, food, and whatever inspires me.  What do they say?  A picture is worth a thousand words?

Check out the feature on Architectural Digest 

Check out my Instagram

 

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