The day before his 2,500 square foot addition to his existing Zeb Grant Design Home store on Madison’s Main Street opened, Zeb Grant was called a “good citizen all around” by Madison Mayor Fred Perriman.
Perriman was speaking at a groundbreaking event for Grant’s new facility on an iconic block of Madison’s Main Street, a block he now controls nearly 30% of the real estate with the expanded home design store and its store of flowers with two doors.
“You bring our downtown back to life,” Perriman told the designer.
Grant deflected. “My incredible team made this possible,” he said. “It’s been quite a trip.”
So it is. From his first flower shop on Lake Oconee, to another move, to an expansion, the Madison designer’s journey has continued on a memorable streak. Grant and his signature design work just put an elegant shine on downtown.
On Friday, he was back in his element and thoughtful. The space, over 5,000 square feet and filled with 14 staff, junior designers, fabric swatches and, let’s face it, Grant’s effusive personality, is bright and inviting. The store offers sought-after lines such as the Hickory Chair, Century Furniture, Summer Classic Outdoor Furniture, and Rowe Upholstery and Furniture. It is also a certified Vision Comfort showroom. Suckling a coffee, Grant says the latest opening is the continued culmination of a vision.
The store, he says, “will serve as a showroom for our design clients and is also a great resource for buying off the floor or getting inspiration for custom pieces.”
It offers, he says, an efficient and comfortable experience for a homeowner looking for furniture ideas, samples, or “everything you need, start to finish.”
The store allows Grant to get a first look at the style a customer wants. Through talks and gentle promptings, he says joy in work is the achievement of a common goal. “My favorite part is interacting with my clients and seeing the progress and transformation. I love working with clients and I love how each client is different.
“We respond to their style, to their vision of their home.” The addition, he says, “is a more organized space for the client’s vision.”
He talks about flow and color, space and light. The space is now filled with furniture, bed and bath items, books, lighting, artwork and mirrors.
And Grant loves Main Street. “The visibility is amazing,” he says. “That makes us one of those ‘spots’. It’s one of those places where people will love to browse and hopefully find inspiration.
In addition to the expansion, Zeb Grant Design has been selected to design the Reynolds Lake Oconee model home, which will open 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 together an entire house,” he says.