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Wayfair Gets The Inside Scoop: Designer Q&A With Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Today's blog post is a repost of Garrison's interview with Wayfair! 2013 street of dreams homes, inside the street of dreams homes, a home made of almost 100 percent made in america products

We asked the designer of this charming rustic home to reveal how it all came together. Garrison Hullinger, the owner and principal designer at Garrison Hullinger Interior Design in Portland, Ore., expressed how proud he was of the home's construction and design—97 percent of the construction materials and all of the furnishings were made in America. Read along as he shares even more fun details about this inviting space and offers his top designer tips for decorating any home.


Garrison Reveals What Was Behind The Design Of The 2013 Street Of Dreams Home

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What were you trying to accomplish with the design of this space/project?

These clients wanted a space that felt bright and expansive, yet had a feeling of warmth. We wanted to fill the home, in a small and impactful way, with natural elements (e.g., natural stone in the great room, reclaimed wood in the recreation room, and even using more of the barn wood on the mirror in the guest bathroom). We also wanted the family to feel comfortable in their home and not feel like they couldn't enjoy it every day through the year.

What was the inspiration for the project?

The home is set between a farm, rolling hills, and a wine vineyard in a beautiful valley, so it's hard to compete with such beauty. We knew we had to create a home that didn't feel overdone with color or design elements. We worked closely with the clients and the architectural residential designer from the early stages, which gave our project more synergy.

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How did you choose the color palette?

The clients wanted to make the focus of the home interesting textures and materials rather than contrasting colors. We partnered with Yolo Colorhouse to select our interior paint colors. We knew we wanted a transitional hue that could run through the home with great ease (Garrison Hullinger Interiors used Yolo Colorhouse - Nourish .02 in the great room and the bathroom.). Each of the bedrooms has a unique color but seems to work with the rest of the home.

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What element did you start with in each of the rooms?

In the bathroom, we really wanted to use the kiln-dried Ash custom cabinets, knowing they would bring a great richness and be durable in a high traffic area. In the sitting room, we fell in love with the plaid fabric for the two club chairs and wanted a collected and timeless feel for the space. We selected the beautiful textured leather ottoman because it was practical and durable. It would allow the family to relax and kick their feet up. As for the living room, natural stone has such a big presence that we wanted to create a little more sophistication by adding a coffee table with a slimmer leg and then a fun punch of color on the nesting tables just to the left of the sofa. It's a soft tomato soup red color. The simple and neutral palette allows us to have fun with the colors.

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How did you begin the design process?

We knew the home would be centered around the family's use of the spaces. From the beginning, we wanted to have a great mix of materials; including natural stone, wood floors and tile. Once we had the basics down, we had to think about how to balance the home's large windows. The rooms could have easily been washed out by so much sunlight if we weren't careful. So we added warmth to all the rooms with a mix of materials. When we began to layer in the furnishings we kept in mind the family wanted a casual but sophisticated space that would not have a time stamp on it. They didn't want anything too trendy.

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What is your favorite part of the project and why?

I love how we used our signature contemporary casual style to make a home for this vibrant, active family. The American-made materials we procured for the project (tiles, stone, wood flooring, etc) are all low maintenance and easy to care for. Our team of architects, builders, and designers arranged the space so that the covered patio was off to the side of the windows in the living room. Due to this design the family gains a great view of the outdoor space right when they walk into the home. If we had decided to leave the covered patio in the center of the large glass wall it would have created a low and dark space instead of this gorgeous view of the pool and backyard.

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What are your tips for someone trying to recreate the look of this project?

Create a neutral base with your upholstery and add dark stained cabinets and furniture pieces. Then add in a mix of colors you love.

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What is your favorite designer trick?

I love to nestle collectibles and accessories on a tray. It keeps the room looking organized and reminds everyone where things belong.

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Finish the sentence: Every room needs _______.

A decorative box in a beautiful finish: faux horn, shagreen, mirrored, wood, etc.

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What is your best piece of advice for someone who is redecorating their home?

Save large and bold prints for a room you don't use every day or put them on pillows you can change out easily.