Monthly Archives: January 2011

Audrey & Paris…

I’ve recently had an overwhelming urge to pack up my bags and catch a non-stop flight to Paris…

Been there?

I did just watch the original Sabrina where Audrey Hepburn, starring as Sabrina Fairchild, takes a trip of a lifetime to Paris. It’s in Paris that Sabrina becomes more comfortable in her own skin, learns the ins and outs of a culinary kitchen and gains an incredible wardrobe – all while listening to La Vie en rose nonetheless.

What is it about Audrey & Paris? There’s something magical about them both. Classic, effortless and sophisticated all describe them, all of which inspire GHID‘s style and design taste.

See what we appreciate about Audrey inspired – Parisian style {with a 21st century twist}…


Designed by Todd & Amy Hase, courtesy of Elle Decor.

**Simplicity, Open shelving, Mohair and Velvet…

Tommy Ton shoots the scene at the Paris shows.

**Black, Parchment, Brown, and Denim…

Marco Scarani, left, and Jamie Creel near their Paris apartment. Right: The master bath’s nickel-and-brass tub is 19th century, and the chair is by Honoré Paris from Galerie Yves Gastou; the wall stripes are painted.

**Copper tub, Vertical stripes, Crisp white…

Left: In the entrance hall, an antique Italian console and 1960s Warren Platner ottoman by Knoll from Galerie Yves Gastou. Right: Marco Scarani, left, and Jamie Creel near their Paris apartment.

**Shades of navy blue, Gallery walls, Rococo-inspired furniture…

“Created in the tradition of 19th century French wirework, these lovely little place-card holders promise to take any dinner party up a notch. Made from iron wire with a weathered bronze finish, with both fine and heavy gauge wires, these holders add romantic elegance to the table. Plus, we can’t help but adore the subtle heart shape that holds the name in place”.—Leah Konen

French Wire Place Card Holder, $16 for 4;

Marc Jacobs‘ Paris Apartment, W Magazine.

**Original artwork, Intricate woodwork, Fresh flowers…

This French company has teamed up with Haviland porcelain to create its own distinctive line of dinnerware. The patterns, mostly white on white, are coolly elegant. Subtle and sophisticated, a bird’s wing becomes a cup handle; a string of “pearls” adorns a pitcher.

Fashion designer Cordelia de Castellane’s apartment.

**Intricate mirrors, Floor – ceiling windows, Chevron hardwoods…

Lux Lighting: Chandeliers…

Welcome to our series entitled Lux Lighting


“The lux (symbol: lx) is the SI unit of illuminance and luminous emittance measuring luminous power per area. It is used in photometry as a measure of the intensity, as perceived by the human eye, of light that hits or passes through a surface. It is analogous to the radiometric unit watts per square metre, but with the power at each wavelength weighted according to the luminosity function, a standardized model of human visual brightness perception. In English, “lux” is used in both singular and plural”.

Yes, this is the actual definition of the word, lux – and how appropriate for todays topic on lighting. However, we, along with many of you, utilize this term when referring to opulent items, or a rarity of some sort – such as luxury lighting, or in this case “lux lighting”

Luxury as per Garrison Hullinger Interior Design:

Hermes . Rolls Royce Motor Car . Personalized Stationary . Yacht Club . Aman Resort & Spas .

One of our favorite lifestyle magazines is LuxLuxury Lifestyle Magazine. This quarterly publication “is produced for and by the people who live it”. Being that it’s one of the foremost publications in the field of luxury and design, we find it a must read. The content is superior and the quality of the photographs and editorials are what attract our principal and owner of GHID, Garrison Hullinger.

One of the reasons he’s so enamored by this publication are the touches of sparkle and awe in each and every one of their featured projects. Which could be the reason our clients almost always see a little bling in GHID concepts and design plans.

Today, we feature a few chandeliers that truly read lux.

Left: Nella Vetrina, Ca Vendramin; Right: Nella Vetrina, Cesendello

Left: Vistosi, Diadema Right: Vistosi, Tubes 3.

Robert Kaindl featured at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons.

California Crystal, Robert Kaindl.

Chandelier by Barovier&Toso.

Left to Right: Charles LoomisStix, Dahlia, Pallina.

Left: via Design Milk, Bottom-Right: Graham and Green’s, transparent wire chandelier

Exposed Brick…

Exposed brick is an interior design element that has captured the likes of urbanites for years, including us at GHID. What used to be a mid-20th century way to reduce construction costs suddenly became a purposed and planned aesthetic feature in homes around the world. This architectural detail has become more and more popular over the years – especially in city dwellings, such as downtown lofts and restaurants.

Garrison Hullinger and design associate Lisa Luchaco have recently been working on an early 19th century walk up in a hip urban setting. GHID loves working on older homes as it challenges our creative abilities and allows us to work around the historic architecture of the space. To our delight, the home boasts of beautiful exposed brick walls that both Garrison and Lisa fully intend on working around. However, there will be a twist…stay tuned for pictures.

Today, we’d like to share a bit about exposed brick, and what to consider if and when you decide to incorporate this element into your home.

1. What’s behind your walls? Is the brick in good enough condition to show off? – If you’re not an expert, seek professional help to create a small hole in your drywall to check condition of the brick.

2. Hydrochloric acid, historically called muriatic, is a solution of hydrogen chloride (HCl) in water used to clean corroded surfaces such as brick.

3. Do you want to leave it natural, or do you want it painted? If you choose to paint, first start out by cleaning your brick of any corrosive material, dust or debris. Also check to make sure there aren’t any necessary repairs that should occur before painting. Begin priming with a latex based primer that is suitable for masonry surfaces, after your primer drys start painting with either an exterior or interior paint (whichever one is suitable to your need).

3. Because your walls will not be insulated, keep in mind that your heating costs will most likely increase.

4. Brick walls demand attention, which make them great accent walls.

5. The appearance of the room is important, and the great thing about exposed brick is that simple accessories and furnishing are all you really need to enhance the beauty of this natural element.

Exposed brick – because of the color and texture – definitely can transform the tone of the room from plain and boring to modern, warm, and cozy.

Paint your brick for a more updated look – the texture will still add depth, while the color will add a modern touch.

Right: Designed by Portland's own Jessica Helgerson

As you begin your project, think about leaving bits and pieces of the plaster adhere to the brick – This will provide the look of old-world charm and aesthetics.

Found Objects Transform into Furniture & Artwork…

You might be asking yourself the same question I would be asking if this was the first image that appeared on a blog post, why a urinal? Well, it’s not just any urinal. This urinal, also referred to as a found object or a readymade, sparked an entirely new way to think about objects, art and design as a whole.

This piece is a 1917 work by French artist Marcel Duchamp. It is one of the pieces which he coined as readymades (also known as found art), because he made use of an already existing object. In this case a urinal became his subject, which he titled Fountain and signed “R. Mutt”.

Crazy how one man could choose a familiar but rather offensive object, sign it as an obscure alter-ego of sorts, place it on a platform and call it art? Different, yes. Especially during a time when Post-Impressionism had been all the rage. If only Marcel could’ve understood the impact he was about to make on the design industry as a whole.

Found objects, recycled and reclaimed pieces have become the new ‘it’ thing since Marcel’s brave endeavor, inspiring artists and designers from around the world, including us here at GHID.

We recently moved into a new office space and took the opportunity to create a one of a kind work table out of found objects. With the help of Kai Fuhrmann of Master Furniture Makers located here in Portland Oregon, we were able to utlize two 36″ industrial legs Garrison had hidden away as the inspiration for our work table. The end result is unique, fun and customized to suit our work needs.

Industrial Legs:

The end product:

Images of artwork and furniture made from found objects:

Painter / Collage – Paris, France

Tom Deininger. Found and repurposed objects.

Piet Hein Eek Table made from scraps of wood.

End table measuring roughly 18″ x 16″ made out of found RR Spikes and a piece of old slate. Courtesy of Christina Stratman.

Left: A designer chair made of recyled and scrap wood. Right: Just in Case, a collection of upholstered-recycled furniture by Katie Thompson.

Chair 55″ x 33″ made out of an old set of leaf springs and bamboo plywood. Courtesy of Christina Stratman.

Designed by Anzfer Farms, the 5 Gallon Floor Light flips over a simple used bucket and fuses it with painted fir 2×4′s dowels and a found locust tree trunk. Courtesy of Inhabitat – Green Design.

Coffee table made from some scrap steel and a piece of glass, designer unknown.

Complimentary Colors to the 2011 Color of the Year…

Yesterday it was our pleasure to help introduce Pantone’s color of the year, Honeysuckle pink. Today we’d like to make a few suggestions on what colors work best with this vibrant hue, and how you might be able to incorporate this particular shade of pink in your space.

The great thing about the 2011 color of the year is that it goes with just about any color, any style or design theme. Pink works with cooler and warmer tones alike, and acts as a great accent color. It’s vibrant, invigorating and exciting.

Try accenting with softer more muted colors like orange sorbet or pale turquoises, charcoal or deep russets. Honeysuckle pink brightens up just about any space, including the Eloise Suite at The Plaza Hotel (see below), and is great for a spring pick me up.

Orange Sorbet:

Design by Palmer Weiss, photographer Patrick Cline, art direction by Michelle Adams.

Apple Green:

Muted Turquoise:

Denim Blue:

Designed by Natalie Umbert
, Benjamin Moore Royal Fuschia 2078-30 walls, bold blue area rug as the accent.

Charcoal and Deep Chesnut:

Left: The Plaza Hotel boasts of pink, pink and more pink in its new Eloise Suite designed by fashion designer Betsey Johnson.