Art leads the way in Laura Grigsby’s bright and spacious Pacific Heights apartment.
Grigsby, an art consultant, has lived in the 1,000-square-foot, one-bedroom unit for about 15 months.
On moving in, a kitchen pot rack came down to make room for a painting; large, modern, white bookshelves in her living room are intentionally low-slung to create more space for art.
One of Grigsby’s biggest challenges was painting the walls — she wanted a color that could serve as a backdrop for her art and that worked throughout the living areas, which were a patchwork of different colors from room to room.
“I wanted it to be simple, light and bright,” she said. “I knew that I wanted it to be a single color throughout because the place is small.”
The soft golden-hued white she settled on stands up to the bright sunlight that sweeps into the unit through large southwest-facing living room windows.
However, the kitchen is a dusky, mossy shade of charcoal. The living room is also a study in contrast, with a simple acrylic console, a ’50s-inspired coffee table and a contemporary fabric-covered sofa in a neutral, natural beige.
“I’m really eclectic — I love all styles and subject matter,” Grigsby said. That said, “I tend to be a bit of a minimalist,” she added.
In her living room, she pointed to a delicate, white-on-white painting by San Francisco artist Rosana Castrillo Diaz.
“I appreciate how hard it is to make something like that,” she said. “All of her work’s very ethereal. ... You see the patience and the care and how long it takes her.”
In the hallway, a delicate pencil drawing by Molly Springfield of a dog-eared card from a library catalog reflects Grigsby’s enthusiasm for drawing as well as painting.
Grigsby studied art history in college. But after a career as an interior designer, the pull of fine art drew her back into that world some 10 years ago.
She applies the advice she gives her clients to her own home.
“I think living with art is something that should change ... it’s a living thing. You get something new, you shift things around and that’s OK.”
“A lot of these folks are not famous,” she remarked of her collection. “These pieces are not expensive. It’s work that I think is really good. It’s artists who are serious about their work and who I think will continue to exhibit and be important.”
Favorite colors: Warm neutrals with punches of color
Ornamental touch: Freshly cut flowers
Favorite artwork in the home: The beauty, color palette and ideas of Amy Stein’s digital c-print “Broken Home”; and a tiny gelatin silver print by Noah Wilson that incorporates pencil and charcoal: “It’s just exquisite; it’s a little gem.”
Favorite piece of furniture: Coffee table from Therapy on Valencia Street
Favorite interior design magazines: Elle Decor and Metropolitan Home