Hidden in plain sight; why Gibson’s continues to amaze and delight us!
Hidden in Plain Sight
“Hidden in Plain Sight” is a series of posts created to highlight unique home decor and design shops in and around Los Angeles. You know that shop you’ve passed by a thousand times but never entered or possibly missed? No need to anymore! Now to my first selection;
Gibson’s on Beverly Blvd.
Gibson’s is a handsomely curated vintage & modern home decor shop / design atelier in Los Angeles. Located on Beverly Blvd. amongst rows of furniture shops, galleries and restaurants with a good amount of foot traffic, it’s surprising to me how many locals are unaware of this incredible shop.
A Bit of History
An online search through the Los Angeles Department of Building Records revealed the Art Deco Building was constructed in 1930 and at one time served as a tea room / 8 room hotel run by a woman named Mrs. Mary Cooley.
By 1941, a permit was granted for the construction and installation of a large neon rooftop sign for a restaurant called Martin’s Restaurant. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a photograph of the tea house or Martin’s Restaurant.
A visit to Gibsons feels like stepping into a salon / gathering spot for artists and writers. There is no pretension, each visitor is greeted warmly and left to wander while assistance is readily available if the need arises. Fine antique and vintage accessories line the shelves, walls and tabletops. Patina’d objets d’art, antique wooden tables, paintings and vintage sports accessories that include a rust velvet riding cap all seem to possess a unique story and history.
In addition to the extensive Vintage and Antique furnishings is a classically designed modern line of furniture, lighting and accessories under the brand Gibson Studio.
I’m particularly fond of the black metal constellation pendant. I love the pinpoint lights and can only imagine how magical it must look at night.
New in Shop
Just in time for the holidays are these lovely cast white bronze botanical sculptures. The attention to detail is quite impressive!
“I have always been eclectic in my design and have had my own distinct aesthetic” – Gary Gibson
Styling / Interior Design
On more than one occasion, set decorators and prop stylists have been known to rent entire sections of the shop. This is wholly due to Gary’s knack for styling surfaces in a way that looks as if the pieces were accumulated over time from one of many travels.
That same design aesthetic carries over to his Interior Design business; Gibson ID. Whether designing for a woodsy lakefront estate or a contemporary home in Palm Springs, Gary’s work looks and feels impeccably designed and styled.
Velvet and leather upholstered furniture in rust and cognac tones enhance this finely appointed room overlooking Lake Tahoe. Design by Gary Gibson for Gibson ID.
A bedroom in Palm Springs done in gold and earth tones with black lacquer accents by, Gibson ID.
Hidden in plain sight / Gibson’s
I hope you enjoyed the first installation of my series, “Hidden in Plain Sight”. My intent is to highlight some of my favorite shops in and around Los Angeles. If you have a suggestion or comment on a shop you would like to see highlighted, you can contact me directly at email@example.com or leave a comment below. Until then, happy antiquing!