In 2007, Grant K. Gibson, an interior designer, offered his future landlord a deal; in exchange for two months’ free rent ($3,000), he would renovate his San Francisco apartment. The landlord agreed, and Mr. Gibson went to work. He spent weeks staining the hardwood floors walnut, retiling the bathroom floor, painting the walls and scouring flea markets “to create a timeless, neutral palette that I could layer furniture onto,” he says. The grand reveal isn’t too far off from a Ralph Lauren Home showroom on the Upper West Side. The details are meticulous (he and I both share an affinity for trophy cups). “I’ve created a space that I just love,” says Mr. Gibson. “When I do find the right place to buy, I’ll want to do all of the same things that I did here” (read the full article at The New York Times).
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