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Monday, October 19, 2009

San Francisco apartment

Interior designer Grant K. Gibson made a deal with his landlord: If he could skip two months rent, he would renovate his San Francisco apartment. His landlord said yes, and Grant launched the most amazing transformation. First (above), he framed beautiful pages from a book about Rome.
His masculine living room features newly sanded floors, a zebra rug and fig branches. And--surprise!--the bamboo shades are from Target.
Grant cleverly installed mirrors at the back of each bookshelf to make the room feel bigger. And don't you love the portrait hung on the bookcase?
Cobalt blue paint makes the bedroom feel "denlike," and would you ever guess that the iron canopy is from Pottery Barn Teen? Grant also asked his seamstress to make a headboard with inexpensive mohair fabric.
Bravo, Grant! Read the whole article, and see more fabulous photos in the New York Times slideshow.

(Photos by Peter DaSilva/NYTimes, via the Auburn and Ivory)


Melissa Blake said...

Awesome! I love the color blue he used for his bed!

Ana Alegria said...

it's amazing!! I want this flat :)xoxo

nichole said...

Very clever, and a nice bargain with the landlord!

Annette said...

wow, I wish he would have made that deal with me, This apartment is very nice...lucky landlord.

Anonymous said...

This is amazing!!!! He could travel around the world rent free, renovating!

Simply Mel said...

Smart landlord, brilliant tenant!


Cozzzy...adore the art objects collected~

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Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

that living room looks as though each piece was made specifically for his space. it all goes together so well.

Antonio Barros said...

Wooow! He did a good job!!!

Caroline, No. said...

I love that indigo blue bedroom.

I wish your post reminder wouldn't keep showing me the Shark cardigan from Topshop, though. I'm still annoyed that it's sold out! :p

karey m. said...


but i'm a bit spoiled now. can't you and alex get married again?

thank you in advance.

JBeaudetStudios said...

That's awsome. Well done Grant! I love the window seating.

mariel4985 said...

haha! karey m - too true. :) But yes, Grant Gibson did a fabulous job. I only wish I had the initiative to decorate a rented space like that!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, karey, i wish! :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

When can I move in? :)

Cathi said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!

Ariel said...

i love the blue color in the bedroom!

Nate said...

Good eye with the Cobalt Blue.
The place is nice, but WAY to chaotic for me. I like the simplicity style more

Anonymous said...

I like but don't love. And $4,000 for the window seat alone? I thought designers got better prices than that -- esp when doing their own digs and paying for it themselves!

Spiralstyle said...

Wow! I want to live there!

Mocca and Me said...

Woweeeee. Love the apartment. Great taste. I especially love the bedroom! Very smart.

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Margot said...

Not a surprise that the bamboo shades are from Target. Not that I love Target, but I do love the mixing of inexpensive features in a beautiful home.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Love Grant! His home is so beautiful and he is so talented!

Emom said...

Good for him,....that's the way to make a deal! smiles.

Daly Essentials said...

ohh I loved this so much I had to blog about it too!

OwlFace said...

ohmigosh, what a wonderful idea! and what a wonderful apartment!

cake. said...

oooh i love that blue!

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Jules said...

other than sanding the floors, i wouldn't call anything else "renovating." unless he is leaving all the furniture and decor when he moves out. I also wouldn't call painting the room blue renovating as it's unlikely the next tenant want that dark color.

beautiful job, and way to convince the landlord about the "renovation."

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