November 4, 2009

Riveting Rental in San Francisco


The other day I stumbled upon this fantastic San Francisco apartment on the New York Times and haven't been able to get it out of my mind since. The tenant, Grant Gibson, an interior designer, offered his landlord a deal: for two months' free rent ($3000) he would renovate the place. This sounds like a win-win situation to me and one I'll definitely keep in mind for futures moves!
He sanded the floors and stained them walnut. He also framed pages out of an old book and used hand-me down items, like an antique Turkish rug for a budget friendly way to create high impact style. 

Mr. Gibson added built-ins to heighten the architectural presence of the space and added mirrors at the back of the cabinets to create depth. 


A few investment pieces, like the beautiful secretary and painting above, matched with practical touches like these bamboo Roman shades from Target, are the perfect blending of old and new, expensive and economical. The result? A cozy and luxurious rental, anyone would be happy to call home!

*Be sure to check out Mr. Gibson's portfolio. It's stunning!

12 comments:

lorenabr said...

This is amazing, really well done! I can see myself in a place like that:)

Melissa A. said...

This is a wonderful space and what a great idea to do updates in exchange for free rent.

Little Rus said...

What a stunning place!!!! I am in love with EVERYTHING... x

mise said...

What a great deal, and I like the comfortably academic look.

Donna said...

Very chic! Love it!

Jaime said...

Interesting story!

My Passport to Style said...

Hi Crystal, really enjoyed the tour tres chic!Sharon xx

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Grant Gibson has amazing style. We just can not say enough about him. Great post.

Creategirl said...

WOW I love that place!! so very cozy!

Sallie Ann said...

This is great! Really cozy and warm, but love all the light and contrast.

Christina Rodrigues said...

amazing apartment.
my Dream place:)

Adrienne S. said...

That little nook in image two is to die for... Nice!

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