Carlton Smith Grubbs

carlton grubbs

December 22, 1949 ~ April 16, 2020

Born in: Hurt, Va
Resided in: Atlanta, Ga

On April 15, 2020, C. Smith Grubbs died in his Atlanta home. He was a well-known interior designer with a successful practice and a great talent in creating beautiful and livable interior spaces for his clients. For 25 years, Smith was also owner of one of the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s destination showrooms, Smith Grubbs Associates. There, he mentored many young designers and students; freely shared his design expertise and vast knowledge of resources; made available remarkable furniture, lighting and accessories; and was an enthusiastic supporter of ADAC and the interior design community. Smith’s work was featured in many local and national publications. In recognition of his interior design excellence, he was chosen by ADAC as one of the S.E. Designers of the Year.

Preceded in death by his beloved mother, Rebecca Gunn and his brother, Mike Washburn. Survived by his sister, Kathy Wilson, and his husband and partner of 48 years, Carlos M. de Torres. Many friends, colleagues and clients will remember him with a smile for great times spent together.

Smith was a friend to all; loved all things Italian; was an accomplished cook; and enjoyed all his convertibles throughout the years. He was devoted to the rescue of Cocker Spaniels. His two, Jackson and Zoey, miss him so much now.

Donations in Smith’s name can be made to Remembering Ruthie Rescue and Sanctuary, P.O. Box 336, Martin, GA 30057. At a later time, a life celebration gathering will be held at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.

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  1. Kathy says:

    Dear Smitty, I love and miss you more than words can say.

  2. Janis Sundquist says:

    Carlos, I am so sorry. We will definitely miss him and I definitely have you in my heart and in my prayers. Sending you hugs and love.
    Janis Sundquist

  3. Brian Johnston says:

    OMG Carlos – I just found out, and am so deeply sorry for your loss… The two of you made so many memories filled with plenty of laughter and love. He was truly one of a kind, and will certainly be missed by many! Sending prayers for peace and love your way, my friend ♡

  4. Penny Williams says:

    Oh Carlos – you guys have been on my mind-
    My heart breaks for you – you guys had a love and companionship that many will never find in a lifetime – I loved that man ! You guys just made it work ! I’m here for you if you need anything –
    Let’s get together soon! Big hugs from Penny❤️🥰

  5. Patti Girardin says:

    So sorry to learn about Smith’s passing. He was truly one-of-a-kind and I know you will miss his every day.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Corey McIntosh says:

    Carlos, I was so sorry to hear of Smith’s passing. He was truly one-of-a-kind! You are in my thoughts.


  7. Claude Vignet says:

    Carlos, I just by chance felt on the Smith obituary I feel deeply sorry. I Realy loved his.
    Please ask Steve to call me I lost his phone number;

    I love you. Claude
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