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I Heart Grant K. Gibson!

by habituallychic

01 . 13 . 09

I’m so glad I posted about Fabrice Diomand recently because it led Grant K. Gibson to contact to tell me that he had been to Fabrice’s shop and it’s been love at first email ever since! Grant is not only the sweetest designer I’ve ever met (well, via the internet) but also fabulously talented! He began his design career in New York and worked for a few top designers before moving to San Francisco and going out on his own in 2002. His big break came when he designed a “Gentleman’s Retreat” in the 2004 San Francisco Designer Showhouse and he’s been on a roll ever since!

I’ve enjoyed not only checking out his portfolio online but also his blog! It was originally created to share his travel escapades with friends and I’m so glad he kept up with it! His travel photos are top notch (some are posted below) and his adventures in Paris are enviable! I love the story of him running after Charlotte Moss! But the best part are is sneak peeks into the homes of Suzanne Reinstein, Michael Smith and Windsor Smith! I really wish Grant lived in NYC but since he doesn’t, I will continue bonding with him over Gossip Girl and Diet Coke via email. But I hear he may be planning a visit soon so this story may be continued! Enjoy!

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  1. Ivy Lane January 13, 2009 | 2:58 am

    Great post…going to check out his blog now. Been gone for over a week on vaca..good to be back to see what’s been happening on your blog and all the great inspiration. 2009’s gonna be great..I can feel it! 🙂

  2. columnist January 13, 2009 | 3:26 am

    Yes, he certainly has great taste, and the last (travel) photo is amazing!

  3. desiree@lookiloos January 13, 2009 | 3:41 am

    That last photo is fabulous. Really. I can’t stop looking at it. I love the repetitive circles.

  4. pve design January 13, 2009 | 10:16 am

    Just yesterday, I found THe BLOG and there I was, saying oh, what taste, what an eye, what a guy.
    His photos are what I like to call “soulful and swoon-worthy!”

  5. Scott Fazzini January 13, 2009 | 12:03 pm

    Just let me say that I absolutely love this style of decorating. I applaud his light approach to layering. This effect can easily become too much, but in the right hands it, Mr. Grant’s hands, it results in a gracious and sophisticated retreat.

    Thanks again for yet another great post.

  6. alice January 13, 2009 | 2:04 pm

    Great taste and photographs like this… thats talent!!

    Heading over to his site right now… have to read about running after Charlotte Moss 🙂 Thanks for letting us in on Grant!

  7. Laura January 13, 2009 | 2:16 pm

    Yes, I agree with pve design…swoon-worthy is the only appropriate descriptor! Your blog makes my morning, I’m always so in love with the photos that you post!

  8. Cathy January 13, 2009 | 5:46 pm

    How fabulous is that bathroom??!!! I am currently working on designing my East Village Studio and black and white is the foundation of the design. I’ll be sure to send you photos when it’s complete!

  9. Sabina January 13, 2009 | 5:48 pm

    How wonderful – love it!!

  10. Renee Finberg January 13, 2009 | 5:58 pm

    you are so busy !!!
    i can’t take it !

    great posts.
    i am running over to his blog now.

    xxx renee

  11. maison21 January 13, 2009 | 6:47 pm

    “Grant is not only the sweetest designer I’ve ever met (well, via the internet)” – like a stake through my heart, those words… 😉

    lovely work, and great photos- i’ll be checking out his blog once once i’ve stopped sobbing long enough to actually see the computer screen through my tears…

    and just because he is your new favorite designer met through the internets, i’ll have you know that it is sunny and already close to 80 degrees here today. i might even wear shorts. so there.


  12. MIMILEE January 13, 2009 | 8:26 pm

    Maison got his feelings hurt I see! Get over it! LOL! What a hoot!
    Love Grant’s style! He is such a talented guy! Thanks for the post and I am on to his BLOG!

  13. MR style January 13, 2009 | 9:39 pm

    the last pic is to die for

  14. Anonymous January 13, 2009 | 10:46 pm

    HC – just wished to say thank you so much for such an absolutely fabulous blog – what an incredible resource. As I’m going along on my interior decorating maiden voyage in NJ, I’ve found your blog and related link mesmerizing and incredibly helpful – especially since your bring the best of interior design to me. Found a chair on a related link at Jayson Home, contacted Thad Hayes regarding a carpet shown in his portfolio, considering a glass lamp from Swank Lighting as well as my (through you) introduction to C. Spitzmiller’s lamps. Habitually Chic is the best resource for me in bringing an elegant, airy, sophisticated style to the 3 rooms I started. I’ll have to mail you the before & after (when finished) so you can see the influences I garnered from your blog – and perhaps include a hand-written note on the notepaper I found for my twins on Whitney English’s (retailers) site.

    Do you have access to designer fabrics & wallpaper & ‘goods’ shown on your blog? It would only seem fair that your blog would generate some referral income for you. After all, it appears that you are generating interest (& presumably sales) for all these other ventures.

    – KBN

  15. Jill January 13, 2009 | 11:49 pm

    Love the last photo muy mucho!!

  16. Anonymous January 14, 2009 | 12:44 am

    Great post, as usual! Can anyone tell me the type of “tree” that is in the very 1st photo?
    Thanks….keep up the great work HC

  17. Grant K. Gibson "the blog" January 14, 2009 | 12:57 am

    Thank you Thank you to HEATHER for this most AMAZING post today! I loved reading everyones comments too.
    As for the tree question- it is a fiddle leaf fig tree.
    I have one in my office and one in my apartment. We use them on every project. I have a black thumb and even I can keep these alive!

    Thank you again Heather! Hugs from San Francisco-
    (I will also rub in that the weather was in the 70’s here today too)

  18. Grant K. Gibson "the blog" January 14, 2009 | 1:00 am

    PS. The bathroom wallpaper is from Farrow and Ball. Some of my favorite wall papers to hang (well so says my wallpaper hanger). I am sorry that photo is not better…it looks like like floor is coming up in the room in the far corner. It was the smallest bathroom I have ever seen. Sadly the client sold her house and this was the only photo I could get of the space. It amazes me that people like it- as I was thinking of taking it out of my portfolio!

  19. So Lovely January 14, 2009 | 1:12 am

    Oh I love the wallpaper in the bathroom.

  20. Style Court January 14, 2009 | 2:16 am

    Grant is such a sweetie. I’ve loved that secretary and his silver trophies for years! When his tiny SF apartment was on HGTV, I saved that to share too 🙂

  21. carrie leber January 14, 2009 | 4:00 am

    those images are sooo delicious. thanks for telling us about him.

  22. Erin January 14, 2009 | 6:25 pm

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for the posting!

  23. eddieross January 15, 2009 | 2:15 am

    He is one of my favorite designers!!!!! I just love his style!!

  24. Habitually Chic January 15, 2009 | 3:52 am

    Ivy Lane – Welcome Back! I’m looking forward to a great 2009 full of new and original content!

    Columnist – He could go start a side business selling his travel photography! They are stunning!

    Desiree – I love it too!

    Patricia/PVE – swoon worthy is a great description! I’ve known a few designers who took terrible photos which made me a bit suspicious. Grant has a great eye for all design!

    Scott – I think Grant knows when to say when which is rare!

    Alice – Grant has great stories!

    Thanks Laura!

    Sabina – so glad you like them!

    Renee – you have no idea! I have so many people to write about and so little time!

    Oh Maison21, you know you are my all time favorite designer and blogger friend!

    Mimilee – Isn’t Maison21 the funniest?! I know you will love Grant too!

    MR Style and Jill- I think Grant should put that one up for sale!

    KBN- I have access to the D&D building where designers shop for fabric and wallpaper but I don’t get a referral fee. If you need any help, let me know!

    Anonymous – Grant was lovely and left an answer for you.

    Grant – It was my pleasure! You are a doll! I think the bathroom is fabulous too! Definitely leave it in!

    So lovely – I agree!

    Style Court – Did you ever post it? If not, you definitely should. I’m sure everyone would love to see!

    Carrie and Erin – you’re welcome!

    Eddie – I think you two would get along like a house on fire!