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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.

5 Reasons Why Hiring an Interior Designer is Better Than Doing It Yourself

We have plenty of other blogs about why GHID is your best option, but today on the blog we will be talking about why you should hire an interior designer in the first place! While DIY can be fun, having an interior designer on board will reduce the stress in your life and make you say "Wow!" when you walk into your newly designed home! Here are the 5 reasons why hiring an interior designer is better than doing it yourself!

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Photo by Blackstone Edge

Designers Can Offer a Trained Eye and Professional Opinion

Everyone thinks they are an expert, and interior design may just seem like something that anyone can do. But as with any field, the trained professionals know what they are doing and they know how to do it best. Interior designers likely went to school for their trade and have extensive experience in the field. As such, they have an eye for what good and bad design is, and can form a vision in their head before you've even picked out what colors you want! Designers know the latest trends in the industry, as well as design guidelines and building codes, making their professional opinion extremely valuable. With an interior designer it is almost guaranteed that your project will look fantastic at the end.

You Will Save Money in the Long Run

This may seem counter-intuitive, since hiring a designer involves paying them, but you will almost always save money (not to mention time) by having a designer on board. If you don't know what you're doing, as well as a designer does, you will encounter a lot of roadblocks along the way, and may have to do something multiple times to get it right. Every time you redo something that is just more money out the window! A designer has a plan, and they know how to execute it, and how to get the materials and labor they need, for a reasonable price.

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Designers Have Greater Access to Resources

As non-designers, our options for materials may seem endless, but designers have an even greater array of choices. Not only do they have more choices, but they have the expertise to make the right choice. You don't need to research companies and materials because designers have spent time with all of these products and know which ones will work in certain settings. They also know what route to go when it comes to sticking to the budget. They can find a great compromise of quality and cost that is sure to make you and your wallet happy! If you were sorting through the plethora of options on your own, it would be overwhelming and difficult to make the smart decision.

They Know How to Stay on Budget and On Schedule

Have you ever remodeled an area of your home? Maybe you have, once. But an interior designer is constantly involved in design and remodel projects, and they are aware of all the ins and outs of budgeting and scheduling. As mentioned before, designers are very knowledgeable when it comes to materials and resources, so when you set a budget, your designer knows what they should design with in order to stay within that price range but still make your home look amazing! You also have little to worry about in your schedule. Designers have done plenty of projects, and are able to accurately estimate how long something will take based on your specifications and requirements. They also will hire professional labor to ensure that everything is done in a timely manner.

Designers Will Get It Right the First Time

Did you design your own living room only to find that the couch covers an important electrical outlet and the power cord on your lamp isn't long enough to reach the next one? Designers won't make mistakes like this, because they plan everything out in advance. The interior design process involves a lot of planning and decision-making, before anyone starts tearing out old fixtures. Designers will account for everything that you want in a space so that you don't have to redo anything. The first time through will be the last time, because everything is guaranteed to work perfectly and work together!

 

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Photo by Blackstone Edge

Hopefully that sets your mind at ease about hiring a designer. Doing it yourself may seem fun, but unless you really know what you're doing, it can be a nightmare. Designers will make your home look amazing, and you won't regret hiring them on! How about contacting GHID today to get started with the design process!

How to Interview a Contractor For a Project

In recent months we presented you with the Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Contractor blog post, which highlights some useful things to make sure of when relying on a contractor to get a project done. On today's post we will be asking your contractor a few more questions. Before the contract is signed, there are some things you should be sure of.

How Long Have You Been Working in the Industry?

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It is important to understand how much experience your contractor has. If they can give references that you can contact then this is even better! Experience does not correlate with quality, but someone with a good track record will probably be more reliable than someone without one!

Are You a Licensed Contractor?

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Every state requires a contractor to be licensed and not every state makes it easy or cheap to become licensed. So be sure that your contractor is licensed and not just some Joe blow who makes their money from scamming innocent people. 

Do You Have Insurance to Cover Any Damages?

While no contractor comes in intending to ruin your home, everyone makes mistakes. Making mistakes is alright, but not when you have to pay for someone else's! It is important to find out if your potential contractor has the proper insurance to cover any damages they and their team may cause to your home.

What is the Project Timeline?

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An experienced contractor should be able to give you a relatively precise estimate of how long the project will take. If they cannot, then something is wrong, and you should look elsewhere! They should also be able to identify problems that could arise that would cause the project to take longer than expected.

Would You Write Up a Contract with Specific Details and Backup Plans?

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The contractor should be liable for getting their work done. Creating and signing a contract that you both agree with will hold them accountable to get accomplish your goals within a set amount of time and have every major problem that could occur sorted out. Backup plans and knowing what to do in certain situations can save a lot of trouble in the end. It is important for both the contractor and the consumer to have an understanding of what the project will entail!

How to Decorate With Wallpaper in 2015

Wallpaper is in! Yes, you are reading this in 2015. Wallpaper is back in style, after having a long run as something to be avoided. Designers are starting to use gorgeous wallpaper to great effect, changing the perception from "dated and dusty" to "chic and classic". Wallpaper does not need to look like it came from your grandmother's guest bedroom. It can look incredible and make any room pop, if used properly! Today we will be sharing with you some useful tips on how to decorate with wallpaper in 2015!

Don't Overdo It

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Rule #1 of wallpaper is to not go overboard with it! Something with so many patterns and designs needs to be used in moderation. The design itself is up to you. There are plenty complex patterns, which may very well suit some rooms, but most wallpaper will be simpler images or geometric shapes. A useful rule of thumb for making sure you do not go too overboard is to find a good horizontal line in the room you are wallpapering and only place wallpaper up to there. This cutoff point can be where a piece of furniture ends, but it all depends on how much wallpaper you really want.

Keep Designs Appropriate

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Every room is different, therefore the pattern on your wallpaper is going to be different depending on the room you are planning on putting it up in. Generally, a simpler design is better, especially if you are planning on wallpapering floor to ceiling. However, your room may call for a more complex design! If your furniture and flooring is on the simpler side, and has less patterns, you may want to go with a more ornate wallpaper pattern, and make that the focal point of the room.

Start Small

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Photo by Blackstone Edge

The best way you could start out decorating with wallpaper is to start small and work your way to a larger quantity. If you are nervous about decorating with wallpaper then consider using it on an accent wall to get started. If you like the look, then spread to other walls in a room until it is as covered as you would like it to be! This is an especially good idea if you are toying with a more complex pattern that you are unsure about. An accent wall can be brought to life with a good wallpaper.

Choose Between Patterns and Wall Art

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Photo by Blackstone Edge

Sometimes when a room gets too busy with different conflicting patterns and colors, you may have to make a sacrifice with what you put on your wall. A piece of framed art on a wallpapered wall can look off-putting if the colors and patterns clash. If your wallpaper is busy enough, consider making it the focal point of the room, rather than making a piece of art the focal point. Let your wallpaper be your art! The way that designers use it, it certainly is art!

 

We hope that these tips are helpful in your decision to use wallpaper. Decorating with wallpaper in 2015 may seem surprising but designers everywhere are doing it to great effect and making the most of it. Comment and let us know how you are using wallpaper in your future projects!

Street of Dreams 2015 Wrap up

If you missed out on this year's NW Natural Street of Dreams don't fret, we've got you covered. Our portfolio is filled with amazing images of both GHID houses; The Adeline and Sandhill Crane. So feel free to tour these beautiful homes from the comfort of your own home. Perhaps you'll get some ideas for your own home or decide it's time to finally start on that remodel project. 

The Adeline

Tradition is not synonymous with boring. The Adeline, named after a style of steel casting used in the Lake Oswego Foundry at the turn of the century, is a traditional style home featuring timeless features. Much like steel, the house will be known for its strong and lasting qualities. The main level of the home has a flow that is open and inviting. The use of space continues outside onto the large patios perfect for entertaining.

Sandhill Crane

Much like the Sandhill Crane, which can be found in the neighboring Tyron Creek State Park, this house proudly shows off its distinguishing features, its look is sleek, yet the wing-like roof has an impressive span. The exterior features a mix of materials, clean lines, and multiple patios. The contemporary interior makes use of natural light pouring in from large windows into the open kitchen. The living room, which features a modern linear gas fireplace, is perfect for entertaining. An additional full suite is located on the first floor providing for multi-generational living. 

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Press Release: Interior Design Firm Refuses to Design a Typical Kitchen

Portland, Oregon, --Garrison Hullinger Interior Design showcases their unique kitchen design work at Street of Dreams.

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Vendor Highlights: A Showcase of GHID's Key Vendors

Photo by Blackstone Edge This year's Street of Dreams sees Garrison Hullinger Interior Design working on two homes. While we would love to take all the credit for the gorgeous interiors, we really can't! We have to thank our fantastic vendors that we source some of our materials from, and today's blog is all about giving them a shoutout and letting you know where to look when you are touring the homes this summer.

Caesarstone

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Caesarstone is a maker of high quality quartz countertops, and offers a large variety of colors and textures. They also hold several acknowledgements for their commitment to environmental friendliness. This combination of quality and environmentalism is the reason we love using Caesarstone in our projects.

KrownLab

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Krownlab is known in the Portland area for making modern sliding barn doors. Their innovative design for this simple yet effective feature has made them famous for making a high quality piece of hardware that is certainly very popular right now!

Oregon Tile and Marble

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As the name suggests, Oregon Tile and Marble specializes in tile and marble, as well as other materials, with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. Their high quality products were an easy choice when we needed these materials for the houses we designed.

George Morlan

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Plumbing: a perhaps sometimes under-appreciated aspect of home design, but an extremely important one! George Morlan has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to trends in plumbing products, and promoted DIY before any of the big hardware stores did! With a long history of serving Portland, we have been happy to get plumbing supplies through this company.

Macadam Floor and Design

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Macadam Floor and Design is another great flooring company that we are proud to be working with. We know we are getting high quality service with Macadam because they exclusively deal with builders, and work with homeowners through the builders, ensuring the professionals are always in the loops!

Medallion Industries

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Medallion is a local expert in windows and doors, and our clear choice to supply specialty products in both categories! They offer a wide variety of windows and doors, meaning that we could find whatever kind of product we needed, no matter what!

Chown Hardware

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Chown is yet another local NW company, and is a supplier of a lot of different hardware pieces that were useful in creating the interiors of the Street of Dreams homes. Whether its faucets, door handles, or cabinet hinges, they have what you are looking for!

There are so many other venders we'd like to thank West Elm Portland, Rejuvenation, Williams Sonoma, Caplan Art Designs, Master Woodworks, and so so many others! We recommend stopping by Street of Dreams and grabbing a magazine that lists all our vendors. We couldn't make our Street of Dreams designs happen without all of you!

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Contractor

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Working with a contractor for building or remodeling can be a great experience, but there is plenty to think about and make sure of before you work with anyone. After all, you are working with strangers, from a company you may not be familiar with, and it is important to familiarize yourself with their operations before committing to a project plan.

Who Will Be Involved and Who Will Be at My House?

Depending on your project, there could be any number of people on your property working for any amount of time. To put yourself at ease in terms of personal safety and confidence that the project will be done, you should ask your contractor who will be working with them on the project, and what their specialties are. This will tell you why each person involved is going to be involved, and will give you a good idea of how much supervision higher level employees in the company will have on those working on the project.

Who Am I Going to Be Communicating With and How Will That Communication Be Carried Out?

Communication is key when working with contractors, as project status needs to be shared with you, questions and concerns need to be addressed, and changes in the plan need to be known by all involved. If there is only one person who you are working with, then it's easy. It just becomes a matter of establish when and how the communication is done, and what level of detail is needed. If there is a whole team of people working on your project, it is important to identify who is in charge of the information and who will be the most up-to-date on project details. It is also important to make sure that the person in charge has an effective way of communicating with their other workers.

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Photo by Blackstone Edge

Is My Project the Kind That You Specialize in or Enjoy Doing?

You want to ensure that your contractor puts attention into your project, and shows that they care about it. Some contractors specialize in certain projects, like kitchen or bathroom remodels, and therefore may not be the best choice if you are looking at a full house remodel, or an add-on bedroom. If they have experience in the kind of project that you want done, then you will feel more secure in your choice, and worry less about how your project is going along.

How Many Projects Do You Have Going at One Time?

This is a great question to get the contractor talking if you have reservations surrounding how much attention will be paid to your particular project. It will also give you an idea of the employee structure and quantity, as your contractor will likely talk about how many employees the company has and how many simultaneous projects this allows them to work on. If they are working on multiple projects at a time, it is good to find out if they are managed by separate people or if there is a single project manager splitting their attention between all of them. This will help you narrow down what company you want working on your project, if you are seeking a more personal touch, of if it is not a concern.

Do You Have Any Concerns or Suggestions About This Project?

While a remodel or construction project may be your idea, one of the reasons that you are using a contractor in the first place is because they know what they are doing more than you do. Asking them up front about your ideas will ensure that nothing will come up partway through the project that ends up being unfeasible. The contractor will be able to give you immediate feedback on the feasibility of your ideas, and if it is realistic to want that. They can point out things that can be done in a more effective way than you had in mind, and through this collaboration, end up with an even better final product!

Picking a contractor can be stressful, even with recommendations from friends, architects, and online reviews. However, knowing what questions to ask to learn what you really want to find out can make the entire process so much easier! Are there other questions that you have found to be valuable? Share them with us!

GHID's Top 5 Kitchen Designs!

Many people's favorite room in the house is the kitchen. When looking for a house, a bad kitchen can be a deal-breaker. Regardless of how much time you may spend in the kitchen, you want it to be everything you need when you do need it. At Garrison Hullinger Interior Design we believe that the kitchen should be a centerpiece of the design, and we take great pride in our kitchens. Today we'll be sharing some favorites, and talking about what makes them so great! Let us know if you agree, and what your favorite kitchen features are.  

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garrison hullinger interior design, best kitchen design, kitchen interior design, white cabinetry

This kitchen is an eye catcher! With two massive islands, this can become the ultimate entertainment space, without letting the host get lost in the kitchen preparing food. The outside edges of the kitchen become part of the event, welcoming guests just as much as the black and white contrast between countertop and cabinet, and the ceiling that draws your eye upward. Lots of light sources, and glass upper cabinets make the space feel open and light,

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garrison hullinger interior design, best kitchen design, kitchen interior design, white cabinetry

Not too big and not too small, this kitchen has all the right comforts. It has a cozy aesthetic, combining white cabinetry with darker wood colors on the floor and island. Natural tones shine in this space, and the stainless steel appliances are unobtrusive enough that nature is still the focal point! The bar island is perfectly placed for entertainment or just a family meal!

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garrison hullinger interior design, best kitchen design, kitchen interior design, white cabinetry

With an emphasis on storage and open space, this kitchen seems simple but is very effective. It once again draws on the contrast between dark flooring and white cabinetry, and provides more than enough storage for any kitchen needs! Massive open area between counters makes navigating this kitchen with multiple chefs an easy task. The huge curved island allows for entertainment to happen at the fringes of the kitchen space with plenty of room left over for preparing food.

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garrison hullinger interior design, best kitchen design, kitchen interior design, white cabinetry

We feature this kitchen on our home page for a reason! It is a stunning white kitchen  that is both cozy and wide open. It has somewhat of a farmhouse style, which is modernized with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Subtle hints allude to a more classic inspiration, whether that be in the lighting fixtures, the bar stools, or the legs of the island. Multiple large windows let in plenty of light, meaning any cooking experience in this kitchen is refreshing and well-lit!

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garrison hullinger interior design, best kitchen design, kitchen interior design, white cabinetry

There is an interesting contrast of white and darker brown woods, but it all works together. This kitchen is all about using different materials and tones together and still having it work. Look at the white cabinetry, the darker cabinetry, the flooring, the backsplash tile, and the granite countertop. They are all quite different materials and colors, but somehow they all work together cohesively and are referenced throughout the kitchen.

Those are some of our favorite GHID kitchens! Do you have your own favorites?

Detecting Your Interior Design Style: Mad for Mid-Century Modern

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Two years ago here on the GHID blog, we had a series called Detecting Your Interior Design Style. In it we covered Eclectic, Contemporary, Traditional, and Modern styles! Today we are reviving this old series with a brand new season of exciting episodes, the first of which will cover mid-century modern style!

What is the Definition of Mid-Century Modern Interior Design?

Mid-Century Modern is essentially just what it sounds like. It is a style that was first popular from roughly the 1940's to the 1970's, and came out of Word War II as designers opted for a more organic and simple style, full of curves and geometric shapes. The term was popularized in the 80's, with the release of Cara Greenberg's book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. The term applies to furniture, architecture, and art. In architecture, Mid-Century Modern homes can be identified by a large amount of windows and an open floor plan, and almost are always found in post-war suburbs. These homes were designed to bring a modern touch to these suburbs, and met the needs of the average American family at the time.

Let's Get Familiar with Mid-Century Modern

Organic shapes and a desire to incorporate nature into interior design is a staple of Mid-Century Modern.

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While natural, curvy shapes were incorporated, there was also an emphasis on geometric shapes. The key was to get the two to work together in harmony!

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Walls of windows and fold-up furniture with multiple uses were both popular when this style first began, and can still be used very tastefully today!

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Hopefully  this gave you a jumping-off point to do your own research. What style should we tackle next here on the blog? Let us know in the comments!