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“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”
130 years ago today in Málaga, Spain, Baby Picasso made his debut onto the world stage. Little did his mama know her bundle of joy would rock the art world to its core, yet here we are, decades later, still in awe of his work. It amazes me, as I look through my own Picasso collection (well, my collection of photos of other people’s Picasso’s!) how intensely their presence impacts the mood of a room. Clearly, although the artist is gone, the art lives on.
Happy 130th Birthday, Picasso!
I was a young little thing in pigtails when I became aware of my Grandpa’s love for Ansel Adams’ work. Perhaps he sensed a kindred spirit, sharing a love of photography and nature. Perhaps, after his many years spent as a park ranger in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, my grandfather enjoyed seeing beloved landscapes immortalized on film. Perhaps it was the beauty and emotion that Adams expertly captured with the click of a shutter. Whatever it was that inspired Grandpa, he passed it on to me.
So in researching Ansel Adams’ photography, I was thrilled to come across these images of his home in Big Sur, photographed in 1983. A person’s home says so much about them and it’s clear that Ansel and his wife, Virginia, appreciated beauty and loved life. “I love it here,” he once said, “I don’t like leaving.”
Grant K. Gibson is, in many ways, a modern-day version of Albert Hadley. Both display a fearless approach to design and masterfully strike a balance between sophistication and artistic originality. Like Hadley, Grant can seamlessly pull together a room that is breathtakingly unique yet so comfortable that clients never want to leave! Since being named on Elle Decor’s “5 Designers to Watch” list in June 2010, Grant’s career has shot to meteoric heights and, considering his impeccable taste, it’s no surprise. I can’t wait to see what else he has in store!