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Monday, January 4

Lunch with Michael Hampton

One of the greatest parts of having this blog is the opportunity to have met some wonderful people across the country and world. Not only emailing but also getting to meet in person. It's amazing to me that a blog can bring people with common interests together!

This wasn't really my intention when I started to share things with the world- but this has come as a wonderful and welcome surprise.

Today, I had the most wonderful lunch at Garibaldi's in San Francisco (one of my favorite places for lunch) with designer/artist/blogger- Michael Hampton and his charming partner David (who have been visiting from Washington DC)
We had never met before lunch today (but knew that we had so many friend around the country in common)- but had chatted by email over the last year. I was always loving to read Michael's adventures in design and their joint blog on traveling and food.
People often ask my why I blog and keep it up. This is why. It is so wonderful to meet with perfect strangers that really don't seem like strangers at all. We chatted for hours about design, food, travel, dogs- you name it. I am so looking forward to seeing them again in April for an upcoming trip I have planned to DC.

If you haven't seen Michael's blog- check it out along with their beautiful house that they just renovated in DC that was just featured on Apartment Therapy


david john said...

wonderful posting!

Scott Fazzini said...

Grant -I'm SO glad that you got to meet Michael! He is such an incredibly sweet, charming, dapper, and talented guy. His partner David is quite a fantastic gentleman as well. ....and their house -devine! I can't wait till you visit the District in the Spring!!

La Maison Fou said...

What a lovely post; I love the drawings, so nice to put faces with the people! Cute pic of the pups as well! I have a bench like the one in the breakfast nook, only pine colored. I am itching to paint it!!!

The Peak of Chic said...

Lucky you! I think Michael is so talented, both as a designer and an illustrator! BTW, loved your featured on Williams Sonoma Home!

Habitually Chic said...

So glad you are back! I missed you! I also loved your profile on Williams-Sonoma Home and eBay! Happy New Year!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

They are the most charming couple! i'm so jealous though that they met you before I had a chance to! said...

Wonderful post, it's true what you say, blogging is such a nice way to discover things and people.

Happy New Year


Valerie Wills Interiors said...

What fun

Pigtown-Design said...

Isn't Michael fun! We were all at Hampton Mansion outside of Baltimore together last fall. He's such a talent, too!

JeanetteS said...

As a suburbanite outside of DC, it is so nice to see so much talent in this area. It is such a shame you are in SF as I would love to have your expertise with regard to my home. When I heard you say "classic", "timeless", and "neoclassicism" in your interview with the Skirted Roundtable, I know you are the expert for me! I pay homage to neoclassicism in my craft room which I call Studio Neoclassicism. I hope one day you come out with a book dedicated specifically to this design style. :-)


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