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Wednesday, February 8

California Home & Design Award for Best Showcase


I am thrilled to share that last week we won the 2012 California Home & Design Award for best Showcase House Design!

It was a very exciting night and we were honored to be selected.

Thank you to California Home & Design!


For many neighborhoods in San Francisco, fog is simply a fact of life.

You can fight it, ignore it or follow designer Grant K. Gibson's lead and embrace it. In the dining room he designed for the 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase in Presido Heights, Gibson covered the walls in a smoky gray hemp-cloth wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries and had the ceiling painted to mimic the swirling fog regularly observed through the room's French doors and arched window. To draw in the verdant colors of the area, he covered a dozen Louis XVI dining chairs in hand-dyed kelly green leather studded with antique brass nail heads. Gibson says that designing a showcase room provides the perfect opportunity to experiment and allows potential clients to see a side of this work that they might not be familiar with.

"Most people think of my interiors as being more traditional." says Gibson. "It was fun to mix it up and juxtapose modern and traditional elements. I mean Louis chairs covered in electric green leather- you won't find that in your grandmother's house."

Because showcase house designer have to foot the bill for their rooms. Gibson got creative and called in plenty of favors from friends. He gave a particleboard table a faux treatment that mimics burled walnut. The blue- and-white ginger jars were borrowed from Ann Getty's private collection. Decorative painter Katherine Jacobus gave the floors four coats of high-gloss white deck paint, painstakingly taped off a lattice design by hand over the course of three days, and then applied another four coats of high-gloss black.

Other crowd pleasers in the room were the arrangements of pink peonies. Gibson went with the artificial variety after estimating how many times fresh ones would have to be replaces in a one-month period. "Most people thought they were real," says Gibson. "One woman put her nose in them and told me they smelled wonderful."


26 comments:

Cindy said...

Fabulous! Congratulations Grant

Emily said...

I absolutely adore this room. The green chairs, the floor! Fantastic! The pink peonies (real or not) are a great pop against the other serious colors. Congrats!

Cristin {Simplified Bee} said...

You had me at the Hicks-inspired painted floor - gorgeous! Congrats again on the award!

xo,
cristin

Karena said...

Congratulations Grant a stunning room!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Unknown said...

One of my favorite rooms - ever!!! Congratulations, Grant!

Mark Newman said...

Congrats, Grant! You're room was fabulous, and the award well deserved.

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Grant- Congrats! What an honor! (...and what a beautiful room!)

Loretta

p.s. I'm giving away Loretta Fontaine Jewelry earrings (and chocolate!) this week! Come visit!

Ideezine said...

Way to go! Congrats! Wonderful wonderful!

Kathryn said...

Congratulations, Grant! It was a wonderful showcase room. I still remember those peonies and the green chairs. Also the great light fixture!

Best wishes,
Kathryn

p.s. Nice job on the Social Media panel at SFDC last week.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Congratulations -thats awesome!

Post + Grant said...

Woo congrats! Just got it in the mail. So beautiful!!

Unknown said...

Love that room design. Congrats!!

Vickie H. said...

Congratulations! NO ONE is surprised you were given this award. That floor is jaw-droppingly beautiful! Not to mention the rest of the place!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Congrats! What an honor,
Laura

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Grant! That is terrific. The room looks fabulous in the blog photos. Must get my hands on an issue!

Best,

Jean

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS GRANT! I LOVE YOUR WORK AND I LOVE CALIFORNIA TOO!

Dean Farris, Designer

Anonymous said...

Congratulations...again:) And, I enjoy MY peonies each and every day:)

Holly

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Grant you deserve it!!!!! Hugs. Martha

Sent from my iPad

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Grant!!! Well earned and deserved...and so beautiful! I think you are one of the "RISING STARS!"

Charles Allen in Daytona Beach, Florida

Brittany said...

yay!!! definitely deserved! congratulations :)

Anonymous said...

HANDS DOWN THE BEST ROOM in the house.
The cream rises to the top for sure.

Anonymous said...

Grant,

CONGRATULATION ON YOUR AWARD!!! I LOVED YOUR DINING ROOM LAST YEAR. ARE YOU DOING ONE THIS YEAR?
WISHING ALL THE BEST FOR 2012. I LOVE FOLLOWING YOUR BLOG TOO.
FONDLY,
AUDREY

Leonard said...

Congratulations on the CH&D award! Your floor graphic is featured on the February cover of HB!

Julian | sofas piel said...

Fantastic pictures, I like the aerial I guess they are made from aircraft or helicopter, again thanks for sharing your wonderful creations.

Anonymous said...

I knew it. I just knew you would win!

katiedid said...

Yay! I can't think of anyone more deserving. I LOVED the room, and it is nice to know a designer in person who inspires me to be better every day! :)

 

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