The night before he opened his 2,500-square-foot addition to his existing Zeb Grant Design Home store on Madison’s Main Street, Zeb Grant was called a “good citizen all around” by Madison Mayor Fred Perriman.
Perriman was speaking at a ribbon cutting event for Grant’s newest facility on an iconic block of Madison’s Main Street, a block he now commands nearly 30 percent of the real estate with the expanded home design store and his flower shop two doors down.
“You are making our downtown vibrant again,” Perriman told the designer.
Grant deflected. “My amazing team made this happen,” he said. “It’s been quite a journey.”
So it has. From his first flower shop on Lake Oconee to another move, to an expansion, the journey for the Madison designer has continued on a momentous roll. Grant and his signature design work just put an elegant shine on downtown.
On Friday, he was back in his element and reflective. The space, more than 5,000 square feet and filled with 14 employees, junior designers, fabric samples and, let’s face it, Grant’s effusive personality, is bright and inviting. The store features sought-after lines such as Hickory Chair, Century furniture, Summer Classic outdoor furniture and Rowe upholstery and furniture. It is also a certified Vision Comfort showroom. Nursing a coffee, Grant says the latest opening is a continued culmination of a vision.
The store, he says, will “serve as a showroom for our design clients and is also a great resource to either buy off the floor or for inspiration for custom pieces.”
It provides, he says, an efficient and comfortable experience for a home-owner seeking furniture ideas, samples or “anything you need, from start to finish.”
The store allows Grant to get a first look on a client’s desired style. Through interviews and gentle prodding, he says the joy in the work is the realization of a common goal. “My favorite part is interacting with my clients and seeing the progress and transformation. I love working with clients and love how each client is different.”
“We cater to their style, to their vision for their home.” The addition, he says, “is a more curated space for the client’s vision.”
He speaks of flow, and color, of space and light. The space is now filled with furniture, bed and bath items, books, lighting, art work and mirrors.
And Grant loves Main Street. “The visibility is amazing,” he says. “It makes us one of those ‘spots.’ It’s one of those places people will enjoy browsing and hopefully getting inspired.”
On top of the expansion, Zeb Grant Design has been selected to design the Reynolds Lake Oconee Model Home, which will open for viewing in the Fall.
It’s a pleasant space that, he hopes, will serve as an easy experience for customers starting a new home or renovating and updating their current home. “With all of this, we can put an entire home together,” he says.