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Designer of the Month: Garrison Hullinger

Zillow names Garrison Hullinger Designer of the Month

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Last week Garrison was interviewed by Zillow's Social Media Coordinator, Madison Slinker to feature Garrison as the Designer of the Month. We’re pleased to announce the publication of the interview on this month’s Zillow blog.

Zillow: What inspired you to give up corporate life to become an interior designer?

Garrison: I’ve always been a serial remodeler, even before I knew what a “house flipper” was. While working for the Gap, I would remodel my own homes to move up in the San Francisco economy. One day my real estate agent turned to me and said, “You know you can do this with other people’s money right?” It had never occurred to me before that moment that I could actually make design a full-time job.

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Zillow: Where do you find inspiration?

Garrison: My first stop when I travel is an architectural salvage place. I love finding new pieces that can bring a little flavor to a home.

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Zillow: Currently, your most popular photo on Zillow Digs is a peaceful bedroom with an elegant built-in fireplace. What was the vision for this project?

Garrison: The homeowners were enamored by the movie “Something’s Gotta Give,” starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, and wanted that classic East Coast feel. We worked with the builder to create a custom built-in piece that allows the tech-savvy owners to stay plugged in without overwhelming the room. The finished result speaks serenity and calm after a stressful day.

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Zillow: What do you predict will be the hot interior design trend for 2013?

Garrison: Grey-washed wood floors that have natural oil on them. Dark, ebony floors just require too much upkeep.

Top 5 Interior Design Products

Garrison Hullinger Blog Exclusive: Garrison's Top 5 Favorite Interior Design Products...

After Garrison's Zillow interview, I sat down with him to discuss some of his favorite products that inspire him or that he would like to use in future designs. In addition to Garrison's interview with Zillow, I wanted to provide our readers an exclusive look at Garrison's top 5!

Polished Chrome is great because is cost saving and has cleaner lines

Engineered flooring is amazing and easy to install

Textured walls bring a beautiful element into any room

Self cleaning dry wall is a bit more money, but will be a healthy alternative for your family and is the only gypsum board that clears the air

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I encourage you to ask any questions or share your favorite products that inspire you in our comments section!