The GHID Blog

Welcome to our blog, here we go in depth with our design projects and hopefully we teach you a bit about interior design and our industry. If you're looking for a specific blog post, check out our archive here!

Designer Diaries: Hailey Opens The Doors To Her Family And Pet-Friendly Home

Have you ever wondered what the inside of an interior designers homes look like, or their employees? Hailey, GHID's Showroom Assistant lets us tour her cozy and cute home that she shares with her husband and fun-loving pup. Be warned, Hailey is Portland's version of Martha Stewart and is geared for an incredible party. Lets have Hailey take us on a tour of her updated take on traditional home! A month after we moved into our house my husband proposed to me! As we began settling into our first house and planning a wedding, I often found myself thinking of how we could decorate our home around our love and special day. Luckily, we hired a very talented friend Erich McVey of Erich McVey photography to shoot our engagement and wedding pictures, and I knew I wanted those pictures to be features in a couple rooms of our new home. I also knew the home would be pet and family-friendly because we love our Boxer, General, to pieces, and hope to have children one day. Our house is cozy, comfortable and very personal. Take a peek!

If Your Home Decor Is Functional And Pretty, Use It!!

interior designer entryways, how to create a good first impression in your entryway, traditional entryways

The entryway is open to the kitchen, family room and hallway. It’s a busy little space with a few roles. I store all General’s toys and his leash there. The shelf often collects mail and cell phones, but we try to put keys, wallets and watches hidden in something. My vessel changes seasonally, right now it’s a clay pot, which was probably supposed to have a plant in it! The general rule of thumb that I follow is, if it's your style and functional, use it!

Photo Gallery Walls Are Great For Putting A Personal Touch On Your Home

displaying your wedding photography in your home, inspiration for wedding decor, decorating your home after you get married

The dining room was the first room we painted when we moved in. Typical of ranches, our house gets only a little daylight. We also live in a wooded neighborhood so we get a lot of shade. We chose the light green-blue to brighten things up (as it was dark pino noir red when we moved in). It's bright and fresh against the white trim. I created a photo collage on the big wall because our house is not big enough for very large pieces of art. The smaller pieces make a statement without being overwhelming. I also like things symmetrical, which this collage basically is.... But isn't! The images are of the food, wine, beer and other celebration details from our wedding reception. It’s very personal and meaningful without the subject being people.

Bring The Outdoors Into Your Home Decor With Affordable DIY Projects

Traditional bedroom ideas, how to decorate your home after you get married, cozy master bedroom ideas

Our wedding day was an incredibly beautiful and very relaxed day. I wanted our bedroom to be a reflection of it in the design. The wedding and the party afterwards were outside at my childhood home. The mossy branches tie in perfectly with the photos and bring a little nature inside.

I have a couple bedding sets depending on the season, but they all coordinate with these pillows. The gold ruffle pillow I bought at a little boutique and the green and gold fabrics were scraps that I designed using the most luxurious green fabrics.

I chose two soft greens that complimented our wedding photographs for the stripes on the walls.

When In Doubt, Paint It Out!

making your laundry room welcoming, decorating your laundry room, inspiration for cute laundry rooms

Our laundry room used to be cramped and ugly. There were 1970's dark wood cabinets above the washer/ dryer side-by-side, which my hubby tore down one afternoon and surprised me! I really wanted the W/D stacked and I wanted to use my old writing desk to store laundry essentials and fold small loads. Removing the old upper cabinets also gave me wall space to display my favorite collection of art by Bonnie Taylor Talbot and a funky, shabby shelf I bought in my mom's small hometown in Washington. Fresh coats of paint on the desk, walls and cabinet and this tiny little laundry room is still cramped, but now looks like a little "jewel box" and I love it!

Did you miss last weeks interior designer home tour? Check it out here!