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Portland Area Holiday Home Tours & Events 2016

The team at Garrison Hullinger Interior Design loves the holidays, and our home city of Portland provides many wonderful opportunities for us to celebrate the season. We've put together a list of our favorites here, but be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter - there are always new events to discover, and we'll keep you in the loop.

Photo Credit: Norman Hendersom

Photo Credit: Norman Hendersom

Of course, we love a good home tour. Two can't-miss holiday home tours can be found in East Moreland & Portland Heights. Get in the holiday spirit by experiencing beautiful homes and warm hospitality at these wonderful fundraisers. 

Friday, December 2nd:

2016 Duniway Holiday Home Tour & Boutique

In its 38th year, the Duniway Holiday Home Tour is expected to dazzle. Enjoy six East Moreland home tours and get some gift shopping done at a Holiday Boutique with more than 20 vendors. This home tour has a day and night session, and the ticket you purchase works for both or either. Perfect for a girl's day out or a fun date night. Find all the tour details here.

Thursday, December 8th:

2016 Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour

Celebrating its 29th year, the Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour boasts Mid-Century Modern, Cape Cod Contemporary, and Mediterranean style homes. See six Portland Heights and Southwest Hills homes- both historic and new. Find all the tour details here.

December 1st-3rd:

Shopping & more in beautiful Wilsonville area

Grab your shopping buddy, your wine tasting pal, and your holiday gift list, these charming barns are filled with treats!

You can find the details below and on the Facebook pages for Fleurs Vintage Charm & The Kitchen at Middleground Farms.

Throughout November & December:

Christmas Trees, Bakery & Shopping at Bauman Farms

A short and beautiful drive southeast of Portland to Bauman Farms is always a treat, but this is especially true during the holiday season. If you can make it for one of the many events in November or December you're sure to enjoy yourself, but they are also open Monday - Saturday from 9-5 so you can enjoy some holiday cheer any time. 

Bauman's Holiday Open House On Saturday, Dec. 3rd:

If you're planning a holiday visit to Bauman's, there will be discounts on Christmas decorations, trees, and greenery on Saturday, December 3rd! Check out their Website and Facebook page for more details, and other wonderful events. Calendar update here.

As we roll into the holiday season, GHID hopes that you make your way to some inspiring and joyful events that will make 2016 a year to remember. What are your favorite Portland area Holiday events? Let us know in the comments!

Custom Home Design with GHID

Our Custom Home Designer, Jon Chenier shares the process that is unique to Garrison Hullinger Interior Design for designing our client's dream house. 

Our Custom Home Designer, Jon Chenier shares the process that is unique to Garrison Hullinger Interior Design for designing our client's dream house. 

At GHID our Custom Home Design Department thinks from the inside, out.  Our business has its roots in interior design and after years of creating beautiful custom interiors and building great relationships with our clients and throughout our industry, Garrison realized we needed to jump into designing custom homes. Right from the start of the design process we employ ideas about how you will live in your new home. We are careful to design the rooms based on actual sizes of furniture and how the room will really be used by our clients. We are proud to create “Designs with Purpose”. 

Information Gathering

At the first meeting, we interview the clients about how they are currently living.  We ask all sorts of lifestyle questions.  We ask about what they do when they wake up, when and what they eat, if they watch T.V., where?  We want to know what works and more importantly what doesn’t and why. From this initial meeting, the design begins to take shape. This early interview also gives a look into how our clients think and communicate. The more we learn about our clients, the more tailored our presentations can be so that our clients get the most out of each meeting.

Our design phase goes through a series of steps in order to get from conception to final design.  Along the way we keep our clients engaged. At the end of every meeting, we summarize what we have learned.  We tell them what the next steps in the design process are and what they can expect to see at the next meeting. 

Plans Take Shape

With the information we get from the “interview” of our clients’ lifestyle we translate their words into schematic drawings which help us to delineate spaces hierarchically in size and adjacency. At this stage, we can come up with custom spaces that will suit our clients. 

This initial sketch shows the center axis of the home and relationship between the living room and kitchen. Another axis line is drawn to the master suite. 

This initial sketch shows the center axis of the home and relationship between the living room and kitchen. Another axis line is drawn to the master suite. 

Making Changes for the Better

In this recent project, the Master Suite on the east side of the home focused towards the interior courtyard of the residence.  Initial ideas were to create a wine room below and guest rooms above the kitchen, in the west portion of the project. Budget and livability quickly curtailed those plans, as our clients wanted a design where they could “age in place.”

The success of any design process is contingent on the client’s ability to stay engaged. We achieve this by providing consistent, clear, and constant communication.  At the end of each meeting with the client, we assign them some type of homework to bring to the next meeting.  In order to maintain even flow, we have meetings about every three weeks. This spacing also allows the team to keep up the momentum and progress.

Another early sketch, now showing more detail. Furnishings are drawn to scale and axis lines show relationships between spaces and focal points. 

Another early sketch, now showing more detail. Furnishings are drawn to scale and axis lines show relationships between spaces and focal points. 

Fine Tuning the Plans

Several iterations later, it was clear to these clients and our designers that a U-shaped plan, focusing the public areas of the home inwards, was ideal for the couple and their friends to hang out in after a day of biking and wine-tasting.  The master suite now focuses towards the vineyard offering solitude and privacy from the busier public side of the home.

Approximately one week before the next meeting we send plans and other support documents to the client for their review.  This allows the client ample time to review the documents, pose questions, and gives us a chance to make additional revisions prior to the meeting. This step keeps the process moving forward and towards a final result sooner. After we have developed spaces that function we begin to “scale in” and make slight adjustments to door and window placement.  The Custom Home department will hand off the plans to our Interior Architecture department who will make suggestions for the placement of cabinetry, fixtures, and equipment in kitchens and bathrooms.   

The plans continue to get more detailed, now showing potential roof lines and spaces are more defined.   

The plans continue to get more detailed, now showing potential roof lines and spaces are more defined. 

 

Closing in on the Finish Line!

The challenge presented by this project was maximizing natural light in the home, which is in a valley. We decided to work with the sun, creating a traditional u-shaped home with the rooms arranged to follow the sun throughout the day. We placed the master suite and guest room in the East, bathing it in sunlight in the morning, and the kitchen, dining, and hearth room in the West to light living spaces in the afternoon and evening.

What differentiates our Custom Home Design department from other service providers is that we have a qualified team of designers who specialize in all areas of home design.  Our company works as a team to ensure that the final product exceeds our clients’ expectations. 

 

The final floor plan has room titles and sizes as well as furnishings in place. This helps clients see the relationships between spaces at a glance. 

The final floor plan has room titles and sizes as well as furnishings in place. This helps clients see the relationships between spaces at a glance. 

Plans are Complete

The final version is a perfect blend of private and public areas.  Stepping through the front door your eyes are instantly drawn to the internal courtyard and a majestic view of the vineyards in the distance. On the east side of the plan, one walks down a day-lit gallery offering glimpses to the interior courtyard.  After entering the master suite the views open up again to the exterior with beautiful views of the vineyards and rolling hills.  In the west wing of the home sits the kitchen and hearth room where couples can sit in a covered outdoor room with a lit fire while enjoying a meal or a glass of wine.  In between the hearth room and the kitchen is a spiral staircase with open wine storage.  The stairs go down to a lower level where a wine tasting room and wine storage are located.

In a typical single-family home project we may produce dozens of floor plans.  We start by making large changes, radically shifting spaces back and forth, along with stairways and other major design elements.  Furniture templates, developed by our Furnishing and Fixtures Department, are dropped into our plans to help us determine if the spaces we have laid out are sized just right.  Our Custom Home Designers want to make sure that furniture isn’t swimming in over-sized spaces that are expensive to light and heat and to know that we have allowed room to move purposefully around the rooms and hallways and not bump into corners and edges.

As our drawings evolve into more complex and information-rich documents the client becomes more attuned to seeing what we see.  The clients ask more specific questions, become engaged in our process, and eventually understand what we, together, have designed by the time we are ready to proceed to construction documents. 

In our 3-D renderings clients can almost feel what its like to walk through their future home.  

In our 3-D renderings clients can almost feel what its like to walk through their future home.  

 Color exterior rendering of the client's home. Plans really make sense when you are able to see the home inside and out!

 Color exterior rendering of the client's home. Plans really make sense when you are able to see the home inside and out!

get the look - The hard facts about industrial design

Industrial Interior Design is a Hot Trend

Industrial design is a major trend in boutiques, restaurants, tasting rooms, and other gathering spaces – but it’s too sterile for your space, right? Think again. Garrison Hullinger Interior Design’s latest multifamily project, Rowlock, proves that industrial design can be as warm and welcoming as it is chic and visually interesting. Now that Rowlock is turning heads and stealing hearts at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon, we thought we would take a closer look at the details that bring industrial design to your space. 

Expose the Raw Details

Exposed steel beams and hanging light bulbs in the lobby stylishly invoke the feeling of an industrial space while posh furniture and inviting colors keep the vibe trendy and comfortable.  In industrial design, sometimes the unfinished look is best – so don’t be afraid to use raw materials to your advantage!

Pictured: Lobby Materials & Vendors used: Muuto, Interface, DeForm, Caesarstone, Oregon Tile & Marble, Modcraft Tile, Pratt & Larson, Five Star Faux Finishes

Pictured: Lobby

Materials & Vendors used: Muuto, Interface, DeForm, Caesarstone, Oregon Tile & Marble, Modcraft Tile, Pratt & Larson, Five Star Faux Finishes

Eclectic Details From Concept to Completion

Here is a rendering of Rowlock's lobby that Senior Designer Hannah Furseth provided our client during an early presentation. The results, shown above, are uncanny! The industrial details really stand out here- cool steel, rough reclaimed wood, hanging light bulbs and the feature wall of cabinet doors. Using "industry pieces" or a collection of items is a typical method of decorating in industrial design. In the Club Room we hung a series of wood rounds. In one of the model units there is a media stand made of metal and wood that holds a collection of books and pottery. 

Use a Mix of Metal & Wood

The most tell-tale sign of industrial interior design is the mix of metal and wood. Raw steel and stainless steel being the most popular choices for metal. GHID chose to include reclaimed wood details throughout which have a great textural contrast to the raw steel. Our designers researched the history of the building's location, and found that it once was home to an apple orchard, which inspired them to include reclaimed wood details throughout the space. The recycled wood creates a sense of history for this modern building, and reminded us of apple boxes and, of course, tree trunks. 

Industrial Design Doesn't Have to Mean Black & Gray

...though it often does. That is because one of the main traits of the design style is to have a "warehouse look." Metal, concrete and wood. Instead of all neutral we chose to use a bright, spicy color palette that we hoped would appeal to the young, hip demographic of Intel employees our client wanted to draw. It was important to our eclectic design that we mixed highly textured fabrics, with luxurious smooth materials and also threw in some rougher more durable fabrics- such as kilims and hides. 

Pictured: Club Room Materials/Vendors used:  Flos, Sidec, Interface, DeForm, Caesarstone, Oregon Tile & Marble, Montana Ghost Wood, Lanz  

Pictured: Club Room
Materials/Vendors used: 
Flos, Sidec, Interface, DeForm, Caesarstone, Oregon Tile & Marble, Montana Ghost Wood, Lanz

 

Make a Statement in Your Fusion of Styles

One reason that industrial interior design has taken off it that it is easy to personalize. The combination of mixing raw wood and smooth surfaces continues here, too, but in this space Garrison Hullinger Interior Design's team fused industrial interior design traits with polished glam! The metal light fixtures have a perforated pattern casting light spots and sparkle throughout the space. To add to that glam look we extended the paint color in a tall vertical stripe pattern transforming a typically utilitarian spaces into a bold destination.  The beauty of industrial design is that is mixes with modern, vintage, mid-centry modern, etc! So make your statement! 

Pictured: Mail Room Materials/Vendors used:  Deform, Caesarstone, Montana Ghost Wood, Interface

Pictured: Mail Room
Materials/Vendors used: 
Deform, Caesarstone, Montana Ghost Wood, Interface

Up-close look...

Check out the detail gallery below and get more ideas for your design. To see our full portfolio of images for Rowlock, click here.


GHID's Top 5 Utility Rooms

Bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms are all the highlights of any interior design showcase. But what about the other rooms of the house that help support everything else? Oftentimes their designs are fairly straightforward and practical, but mudrooms, laundry rooms, and storage rooms are all extremely important aspects of a home, and on today's blog we will be showcasing some of these utility rooms that we have incorporated into GHID-designed homes!

An Elegant Mudroom For an Active Family

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Our first featured mudroom today is from GHID's New Canaan project. With an indoor basketball court and sports-themed kids rooms, it should come as no surprise that the owners of this home are active. And with outdoor recreation comes indoor dirt, if you're not careful. This transitional space in the home allows for mud-caked kids (or adults!) to stow away all of their things and find something cleaner to trudge through the house in. But it also still knows that it's part of a nice house, so of course utilizes the same color and design themes seen throughout the home.

A Peaceful Transitional Mudroom

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This mudroom contrasts with the previous one completely. While the previous mudroom was focused on dealing with mud-covered  children, this one provides a more elegant transitional space, focused more on simply removing shoes and coats, rather than as an airlock for dirt. With big windows, white walls, and plush pillows, this is obviously made for comfort and relaxation before either going inside or preparing to leave. With the light streaming in, it is quite a peaceful scene. Subtle bits of brighter color, as well as a dark floor, are used in contrast to the white, and the pillows stand out as beacons for you to use them!

Even a Mail Room Can Have Excitement!

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Well-designed utility rooms extend farther than the home. This mail room in our Hub 9 multi-use project could have been a grey and drab mail room with no attention paid to it, as no one is going to spend much time there. However, we chose not to take the easy way out, and to make this seldom-noticed room something that can be appreciated. The room functions just as it should, but a selection of colored ceiling lights in various heights gives interest to the space, without distracting from the space's use.

A Laundry Room Worthy of Admiration

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Is your laundry room luxurious or practical? This laundry room is both! Rarely is this a room worthy of professional photography and a feature on an interior design company's portfolio, but this one comes as an exception. With plenty of white cabinets for extra storage, and a big wide sink, this laundry room almost feels like a kitchen, once you ignore the flooring! This space is extremely practical, with plenty of counter space and storage, but is not afraid to be part of the overall design of the home. This is the kind of utility space that everyone truly wants!

Working Out Just Works in this Space!

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

While more recreation than utility, this exercise room nonetheless stands out as a room that is rarely featured on a design blog. This is not your average home workout space made up of a treadmill in the unfinished basement. This is the whole nine yards, for a family that loves athleticism as much as style. With walls of mirrors, and simple, white design concepts, this workout space conjures up images of class and sophistication rather than the usual less pleasant connotations a gym has.

 

We hope you enjoyed these under-appreciated spaces on today's blog! All of these images can be found in our portfolio, yet they are probably often overlooked. After all, with everyone wanting to see the latest trends in living room furniture, who wants to look at a laundry room? This showcase is to help change your mind about these spaces, and think about putting some more emphasis on them next time you're looking to redesign your home!

GHID Project Showcase: Hub 9

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design works on more than just residential homes! Hub 9 is the first of three multi-use projects at Orenco Station just outside of Portland, designed by GHID. All of the interiors of the building, and two model units, were designed by us, and we see it as a shining example of GHID's ability to be versatile in its design! Hub 9 has some unique features and great design schemes, which we will be showcasing on the blog today!

A Lobby Worth Relaxing In

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

The first impression of any apartment building or other multi-use building is the lobby. The lobby of Hub 9 is welcoming and comfortable, with plenty of places to sit. It also features a double-sided fireplace to make this space feel warm and inviting right when you walk in. Elsewhere in the lobby, there are plenty of lounge areas separated by draping Cascade Coil drapery, which double as walls and decor!

A Rope Room? Yes, a Rope Room!

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

"A rope room?" you're probably asking yourself. Yes, really, a rope room. And we're not talking about a rope-climbing gym either. This is a lounge area in which the main decorations are ropes dangling from the ceiling! It may sound a little off, but it gives the room a very unique texture, as well as the ability to weave interesting shapes with the wall, making it both functional and artistic! Also, this rope room designed by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design is the only such room in the Pacific Northwest!

Consistent Design in Model Units

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

The model apartment units that GHID designed for Hub 9 were designed to be unique, vibrant, and fresh, just like the rest of the building. As you can see, we kept the commons themes of boxy furniture with thin legs, as well as the juxtaposition of primary colors layered over earth tones. The spaces feel young and hip, just like the apartments are supposed to be in this part of town! As with any small space like an apartment, managing space can be difficult. In this case, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design balanced more open spaces like the kitchen with more busy areas like shelves and walls.

A Great Room Where "Great" is an Understatement

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

The great room in Hub 9 is a massive space with vaulted ceilings and tall windows. Smaller spaces like a wine tasting room and a gym branch off of the room, offering more services to the residents. Also included is a kitchen and an indoor/outdoor fireplace, which gives residents comfort both inside and outside the building itself. Comfort and access to amenities are key in this huge space, and everything someone could want in an apartment building is all here. Additionally, the room has a lot of unique and colorful pieces in it, continuing that young and hip feel!

What WOOD You Do?

Hello…it’s me…Collin Kayser. It’s been a while since I have written for the blog but I am excited to share with you some expert opinions, thoughts, and inspirations that have been on the forefront of my mind. When tasked with writing this blog, on a subject that I am familiar with, I thought long and hard on what that topic would be. Then it hit me, like a freshly milled 2x4…WOOD.

Perfectly suited for this Thursday post…a little #TBT is that I grew up in and around the lumber industry.  The smell of fresh sawdust is a scent I am all too familiar with. This post is paying homage to my past and a reflection of the present.

Who doesn’t love wood? It is the backbone and support to most of our homes. However, in interior design it can drastically shape, shift, and influence the look of a project. I want to explore the use of wood in different applications with some helpful hints that can be beneficial as you embark on any future new home build or remodel.

Look Up

Using wood on the ceiling instantly makes a statement. In a vaulted space, it draws the viewer’s eyes up and enhances the drama of the room. It adds warmth and a level of structure and stability to the space. As seen in the Sandhill Crane project by GHID, the Western Red Cedar is both on the interior and exterior ceiling. Cedar has a natural occurring resistance to moisture, decay, and insects. Therefore, it is the perfect material to bridge the gap between the interior and the exterior of the home. 

Sandhill Crane Living Room; Photo by Blackstone Edge

Helpful hint: when using cedar, be sure to select the grade of lumber appropriate for your home and the application. The appearance of select knotty is quite different than clear vertical grain heart. 

To the Left, To the Right

The use of drywall and paint has become the norm in the home building industry. Long gone are the days of wood paneled walls of the 60’s and 70’s….or are they? As a designer, it is our job to push our clients to think beyond what is comfortable. With the right architecture, setting, and client, wood paneled walls are quite stunning. Consider this: using plywood or dimensional lumber as the finished wall interior. The tone is neutral. The grain movement is interesting. The result is unexpected. 

Rowlock; Photo by Blackstone Edge

Rowlock; Photo by Blackstone Edge

Helpful hint: consult with your painter or local paint store. Treating the wood will ensure the longevity of the material and will keep your walls beautiful for years to come. 

What’s Old, is New

In recent years the use of reclaimed and distressed wood has gained mainstream popularity. Here in the PNW, we don’t anticipate this design trend losing ground anytime soon. Looking at these designs, all completed by GHID, you get a sense of the dramatic impact a single material can make within a space. 

Seahound Ranch; Photo by Blackstone Edge

 Stonehenge Terrace; Photo by Blackstone Edge

The Adeline; Photo by Blackstone Edge

Helpful hint: when sourcing old or reclaimed wood, always make sure the wood has been inspected, dried, and rid of any rot or insects. Or look for an alternative like Better Than Barnwood, a Portland-based company that re-creates the look of old wood at a fraction of the cost. 

Down Under

Lastly, don’t forget about the floor. Hardwood floors will set the tone for the home—either acting as a subtle backdrop or stunning statement. In most cases GHID designers specify pre-finished engineer wood floors. The floor is comprised of a plywood substrate with a stained real-wood veneer. From light stains to dark, high gloss to roughly textured, and narrow to wide plank widths, the possibilities of engineered wood floors are endless.

The Adeline; Photo by Blackstone Edge

Sandhill Crane; Photo by Blackstone Edge

Helpful hint: don’t forget, all woods perform differently. Consider the Janka rating of the wood you are interested in. The Janka rating measures the wood’s hardness and ability to resist denting and wear. 

Remember, wood is good. Don’t forget about it being an important element within your interior. If you ask yourself…”what wood I do?” and you don’t know the answer? Consult with an interior designer right away.

Happy New Year,

Collin 

GHID's Top 5 Living Room Designs

The living room is one of the most crucial rooms in the house. It is where relaxation happens, social events occur, and where there are the most design possibilities! Today on the Garrison Hullinger Interior Design blog we will be showcasing our 5 favorite and most iconic living room designs to date! We hope you agree with us when we say these are living rooms we would want to lounge in!

1. Modern Style in Sandhill Crane

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

The living room of GHID's Sandhill Crane project is excellent for entertainment, and expertly balances modern with traditional styles. Massive windows help bathe the room in refreshing light, highlighting the pops of texture and color arrayed around the space. This room is a great area to relax and watch some television, or warm up by the modern linear gas fireplace.

2. Elegant and Vibrant Comfort in Raleigh Park

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Raleigh Park, features an interesting design scheme, in which a traditional-style house is filled with extremely interesting and unique pieces of furniture with eye-catching colors and textures. The living room is one of the best rooms in the house for showcasing this style, and it is done in a relatively small and cozy space! Warm colors give the living room a comfortable feel. Helped along by the natural patterns and textures on the chairs and table, as well as the plants above the fireplace.

3. Rustic and Elegant Join Together in Trillium

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

The living room in the Trillium project is the ultimate marriage of rustic and elegant, to form a room that feels as much like a log cabin as a 5-star hotel lobby. The furniture's curved and rounded elements stand in stark contrast to the brick fireplace and strong wood beams, yet they all go great together! The expansive ceilings make this space feel wide open and massive, but the warm colors used make the room feel warm and cozy despite the open space. This easily makes our top 5 living rooms, just for its ability to feel both large and cozy at the same time.

4. A Chic Waterfront Apartment Living Space

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Just because you live in an apartment or condo doesn't mean that you can't have a gorgeous living room! That was proven in this Garrison Hullinger project, in which a ton of personality and flavor was packed into a small space. Pops of vibrant color are splashed all over in a tasteful way. Additionally, for such a small space, there is plenty of seating for multiple people, a ton of versatile surface space, and a lot of bright light streaming in through the floor to ceiling windows.

5. Cozy Charm and Tranquility in Danish Luxe Revival

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

When we called some of our previous living rooms cozy, we meant it. However, the prize for coziest GHID living room probably goes to the Danish Luxe Revival project. The roaring fireplace with seating room is comfortable-looking enough, but the oversize chairs and view outdoors into a wooded area provide a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. Just imagine sinking into one of those chairs this winter, warming up by the fireplace and watching the snow fall into the trees outside! This living room also gets points for making the television subtle in the design, so as to not take away from the natural and rustic nature of the room.

4 Essential Elements in Hotel Interior Design

1. A Lobby Designed to be Versatile

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

The first impression of a hotel is the lobby. Many hotels choose to stun their guests with massive atriums and eye-catching decor. While these visual factors are great, the new necessity in hotel lobby design is for the lobby to be a multi-use space available for use at any time. To support travelers of all types, a hotel lobby should feature a combination of social and more private areas for seating and work, as well as a variety of seating options, multimedia kiosks, and stunning visuals that will make a guest want to spend time relaxing and meeting in the lobby. Waterfalls, green walls, and bars can attract guests to spend more time in the lobby than in their room!

2. Technology Integration for the Modern Traveler

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Even though many guests may not spend much time in their rooms, it is important to design rooms with the modern traveler in mind. Guests want to be able to utilize technology for gathering knowledge and increasing comfort, just like at home. A television and some electrical outlets just don't cut it anymore. Digital controls over lighting and temperature, as well as ways to charge devices and connect them quicker and easier are in high demand, and all of these features need to seamlessly integrate into the design of the room itself.

3. Use Colors and Textures More Than Patterns

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

When it comes to designing rooms themselves (and lobbies), it is much better now to move away from the patterns of yesterday, and focus more on textures that the guests can "feel" as well as bright pops of color that really stand out and brighten up the space. Modern hotel rooms need to be less boring and more interesting, and hotels are accomplishing this by doing away with old tired patterns and bringing in the modern trends of color and texture. This also leads to some interesting and unique designs, so guests will no longer forget what hotel they stayed at!

4. Personalized Spaces to Make an Impact

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography b y Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography b y Blackstone Edge

When you go to a chain hotel, every room looks the same, consistently. While some guests like this consistency, personalized or unique rooms can leave a customer with a lasting memory of their stay, and consider the hotel as more than just a utility. With modern technology, hotels can track customer preferences, allowing for some great customer service when it comes to returning to the same hotel numerous times. Other hotels even have themed guest rooms! How would you like to stay in a James Bond themed hotel room?

For more information about our hospitality website. 

Project Showcase: Raleigh Park

Since our Raleigh Park design project has been featured in both Luxe and Portland Monthly we figured that it's about time to give this project it's own blog post. Here you'll find a slide show of the images of this bright and colorful uniquely Portland design. 

Raleigh Park, Photos by Blackstone Edge

Critical Design and Maintenance Tips for First Time Homeowners

Owning a home can be hard, especially when it's your first time. Deciding on and eventually purchasing the home of your dreams is hard enough, but taking care of the home is a whole additional challenge! Today we are sharing some tips that have to do with regular maintenance as well as the interior design process!

When House-Hunting, Don't Get Blinded by Existing Decor

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

There are advantages and disadvantages to seeing a home with the previous resident's furniture and decor still in it. On one hand, you get to be inspired by the  decisions of the previous owners, but on the downside, you don't get to see the full potential of the room. Seeing an empty room really lets you see the whole space and allows you to think about how your own furniture and decor will fit into the space. Seeing what is already there can be great, but don't let it prevent you from thinking of your own creative ways to lay out a room!

Plan Your Design Style in Advance

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Starting out with nothing but some furniture from your apartment, you may have a lot of freedom in settling on a design style. A new  home is a mostly blank slate, and it can be intimidating to get started with new furniture and decor. The best way to tackle this issue is to find a few key pieces of furniture and decor that you really love, and base your other purchases off of that. If you are worried about getting pieces that will not work together, limit yourself to one central item for each room or area of your home, then base each room off of a single item.

There Are a Lot of Small Things to Clean

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

A home is full of small things that get dirty over time, and it can be hard to keep track of them all! However, some of those small things can get extremely dangerous to your home, at the worst, and at best it makes your home dirty and dusty. Most dangerous are cleaning out the dryer vent (the one behind the dryer that blows air and dust out), and making sure that all of your pipes are sealed, so that your home is not suffering from any water damage from faulty pipes. You also need to clean out gutters, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, change filters in you heating and cooling systems, and clean under appliances. There are so many more things that can be listed, and many first time homeowners underestimate how many small tasks need to be done!

Always Have Cash on Hand for Repairs

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Even if a home is new or inspected or recently renovated, you never know what could happen. You should always save some of your budget from designing your interiors to be able to pay for emergency repairs if the need arises. You may need to repair or replace something in your decor, like a chair with bad stains or a broken lamp, but more likely you will need to fix some pipes, cracks in the wall, and other disasters that are hard to see coming.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Buy Used and Go DIY for Interior Design

Furnishing your new home is expensive, so cutting costs where you can is important, especially after dropping a lot of money on your first home. When possible, it is a good idea to search around for deals and second-hand stores, where you may be able to find some older pieces in great condition or that you can fix up yourself. Speaking of doing things yourself, it is great to have a do it yourself ethos about your new home. Whether you are working on an old piece of furniture or trying to install flooring, applying exterior paint, or wiring parts of the home. As you long as you are comfortable doing some of this work yourself, you definitely should. If you have some reservations, then there is no shame in calling in the professionals!


Home ownership can be a challenge at first.  Hopefully these tips will help you as a new homeowner. If you are an experienced homeowner, leave a comment to all the newcomers about home ownership if we missed anything!

Open Dining Floor Plans for Holiday Feasts

The holiday season is upon us, which means family feasts and parties with friends! When hosting these events for family and friends, having an open floor plan for the dining room and kitchen makes for a much better entertaining experience. GHID homes are almost always designed this way, so that a host preparing food in the kitchen does not have to take themselves away from the festivities while getting everything ready. It is never fun when the host disappears to get food ready, so maybe these interiors will inspire you to remodel your home kitchen area!

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Even smaller homes can feature an open kitchen and dining area. This long area in our Seahound Ranch project connects the kitchen to the dining room via a seating area in the middle. Guests can sit on the three stools next to the kitchen at smaller gatherings, and at family dinners the host is still in sight of anyone seated in the dining room.

 Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

 Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This kitchen space is compact but leaves plenty of room for entertaning. The massive island features four seats for guests, ensuring that you can be social while preparing food. In addition to keeping you in the mix, it keeps other people out of your way! This kitchen may seem backed into a corner, but the huge island makes for a great entertainment hub.

 Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

 Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This design may seem similar to the last one, but that's because it is a tried and true method! Much like the previous design shown, this kitchen promotes socialization while preparing food, by placing four comfortable stools around the huge island. This lets guests stay out of the way while allowing you to be in the conversation, and you can even serve up food on the island for everyone. The wide open space in this kitchen allows for easy access to the dining table from the food prepartion areas.

 Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

 Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Like the kitchens shown before it, this kitchen features an island with bar stools, ideal for entertainment while preparing food! This kitchen space wraps around the island so that the host is never far from the action. Nice wide open spaces leaves easy access to the dining room when it comes time for dinner!

 Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

 Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This impressive kitchen is versatile and great for family dinners. A dining area is visible from the kitchen, making you a part of the party. This is a wide open space that makes use of contrast and brightness to make it seem even larger, while the additional island between the kitchen and the dining area is on feet instead of attached to the ground, making it seem like less of an obstacle between the kitchen and dining table.

GHID's Fall 2015 Media Wrap Up

Hey there blog readers! This was a busy fall season for Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. We were mentioned in so many articles that it is worth writing a wrap-up about it, highlighting all of the great outlets that wrote about us!

Luxe's Home Gallery Highlight

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

We will start with Luxe's recent feature of our brand new project, Raleigh Park. GHID has been featured in Luxe before, and this time it is just a simple slideshow gallery of photo from this project. Even more photos can be seen in the project gallery on the GHID website! The slideshow also provides some great descriptions and insights into the decisions that were made during the design process.

Hub 9 and Rowlock Apartments Featured in Oregon Home Magazine

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

We also have a recent article about our two newest multi-family projects, aptly titled Multifamily Designer: Garrison Hullinger. This article highlights the two great projects that have helped GHID break the mold of residential design, and become a force to be reckoned with in the commercial design industry!

Both Street of Dreams Homes Featured in the Oregonian

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Street of Dreams 2015 may have been a few months ago, but it is still fresh in our minds. Back in August, The Oregonian featured both of our homes, Sandhill Crane and The Adeline, on their website, with glorious galleries accompanying the articles. With rich descriptions and plenty of quotes from Garrison himself, these articles should give great insight into the design process and why these homes look as great as they do. The articles are respectively titled, Street of Dreams Home For 3 Generations: Privacy is Possible, and Pretty and Practical: Plenty of Storage at this Street of Dreams House.

5 Cozy Fireplaces to Enjoy This Winter

In the past, we have featured on the blog some of our favorite fireplace mantle designs, but today we are featuring the fireplaces themselves! Every home needs one, especially in the fall and winter months. While the fireplace unit itself is not always the most aesthetically pleasing, the surrounding tiles, mantle, and living room furniture can really frame a fireplace and make it something very pleasing to the eye! On today's blog, we will be featuring some of GHID's best fireplace designs, and the coziest ones that you will want to sit by this winter! If you are looking to redesign your living room soon, then hopefully these living rooms with fireplaces inspire you when it comes to style or placement of furniture.

Rustic Styling Brings Out the Comfort

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This fireplace feels like it is the centerpiece of a stylish log cabin in the woods! With rustic charm and large comfortable chairs around it, this fireplace's warmth comes partly from the visual warmth of the room itself. Dark wood tones and rustic pieces surround this fireplace and give it a charm that can't be resisted!

Earth Tones and Stone Provide a Warm and Cozy Setting

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Speaking of cozy, the busyness of this living room, along with all of the seating options, makes this fireplace a desirable one. The rustic stone surrounding the fireplace provides a seat, so that you can enjoy the warmth while resting your feet. The earthy tones around the room give a feeling of nature and warmth to the space that enhances the warmth given off by the fireplace.

Simple and Classic Style Burns Bright

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This interior has a simple yet comfortable style, and the fireplace are matches. Surrounded by classic brick and white molding, this fireplace is framed well and draws your eye to the crackling flames just like it will draw the cold out of your body!

Big Chairs Provide Comfort While You Soak Up the Heat

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

With massive chairs and low tables, this living room is all about relaxation, and the two leather seats in front of the fireplace ensure that any day spent in this room will be full of relaxation and warmth from the fireplace! This is a room style that you can get comfortable in this winter.

At First Glance It Seems Cold, But Take a Closer Look

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Don't let the grey colors of this room make you feel cold, because when this fire starts roaring, the stones and wood around it will start making sense. This is a striking fireplace, surrounded by a lot of stonework, but the big leather chairs provide the comfort you need to feel warm from the fire.