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GHID is Sophisticated, Casual, Contemporary Part III…

For part three of our sophisticated, casual & contemporary blog series, Garrison and I decided that it would be beneficial to discuss our fabric selections for our Florida project with you.

GHID is known for it’s frequent usage of soft neutrals and hearty textures, inspired by the “amber waves of grain” landscapes of Garrison’s Midwest childhood. Helllllllooooooo Kansas…

It would be safe to say that 100% of our GHID projects incorporate these “nature neutrals” accompanied with a color pop of some kind…Florida was no different.

Being that our client’s residence is located in Florida and right on the ocean at that, we wanted to brighten our signature color pops a bit – nothing too over the top, just a few touches of color here and there. It just so happened that our clients color preference for the space was orange, which made our job – adding these color pops – a little more fun (did we mention our clients have stellar taste? *note the GHID logo).

Orange is a great color to use on the water as it’s the natural complement to the blue of the ocean. It’s fun, naturally brightens any space and is great for a young and vibrant family. However, this color can also become overwhelming pretty quickly, so it’s important to use the color in smaller doses, and in areas of the home that stimulates activity.

The clients have four children and a family dog, so it was incredibly important to source fabrics for the space that were as durable and cleanable as they were aesthetically pleasing. It’s always on the forefront of our minds here at GHID that we design spaces that are as beautiful as they are functional – this project was no different.

Here are a few examples of the fabrics we selected, and a short blurb about why we did…


Florida Living Room – Style Sheet:

1, a. Sectional: The sectional fabric was one of the most important, if not THE most important fabrics we selected for the space. Being that the sectional is the largest piece in the common space, it would need to be upholstered in a fabric that could accommodate high traffic and potential spills. The fabric itself is soil and stain resistant and is pre-treated prior to install – however in order to extend the life of the fabric, we’ve also decided to treat the piece on-site once the sectional is delivered. We were drawn to the neutral tweed due to it’s aesthetic quality as well as the muli-color striated throughout the textile – this will help hide any potential dirt tracked in as well as create that clean, streamlined piece we envisioned.

1, b. Sectional Pillows: We wanted to incorporate the orange onto the sectional using pillows, so we decided to use a zebra stripe-esque fabric for two of the pillows, and a monochromatic print in solid orange for the other two.

2. Swivel Chair: We chose this fabric b/c of the color and texture – as well as it’s durability and double rub rating.

3. Stationary Chair:

4. Ottomans: These ottomans are upholstered in an faux ostrich leather, which will be easy to clean and allow for heavy activity.

Florida Dining Room – Style Sheet:

1. Dining Chairs: We chose an ivory leather for clean-ability & durability.

Florida Master Bedroom – Style Sheet:

1. Swivel Chairs: We chose chairs with a cognac leather to once again add a little orange to the space, however this time in a very subtle way as the leather is a brown/orange tone. Vibrant orange in a bedroom doesn’t quite welcome relaxation, so we made sure to incorporate the orangy tones in soft, subtle ways.

2. Circle Chair, aka Jeanie Chair & 1/2 from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams: Because the chair is a statement piece in the room, we wanted to make sure that once again, it was incredibly durable, but at the same time a way to incorporate a little color into the space. We chose a soft ocean/spa blue tweed that both compliments the subtle orange in the cognac swivel chairs and adds a touch of color to the space.

3. Euro Shams: Again, we wanted to keep the Master Suite fairly neutral with touches of color. We selected ivory/neutral and whites for the bed linens, however wanted to add a hint of color and a bit of interest hence our fabric selection for the three Euros at the head of the bed. This fantastic Kelly Wearstler fabric exemplifies movement and striations reminiscent of the ocean current, while the color is great for relaxation.

Kravet, Kelly Wearstler – Bengal Bazaar, Jade

GHID is Sophisticated, Casual, Contemporary Part II…

When we first walked into our clients Florida great room, our first thought was how we were going to maximize seating for our clients and their guests. As you can tell from the floor plan above, the space really only allows for seating on the left-facing side of the room, and those walls are lined with floor-ceiling windows.

We immediately began discussing the possibility of a custom sectional that would follow the unique lines within the room. As our conversation continued our excitement about the possibilities of this piece grew, and in a short amount of time we found that our sketches proved more than adequate for the space.

After concept planning and laying out our ideas into our floor plan, we presented our ideas to the clients – they loved the concept and were so excited about this ‘statement’ piece – so much so that it solidified our desire to build the room around the sectional.

We researched a few looks, and found two that we wanted to marry together, along with a few custom GHID touches…

Our clients were drawn to the GHID look, hence the classic frames and clean architectural details of our inspiration pieces.

After our clients approved the look and concept of the sectional, we scaled the sectional down to fit perfectly in the space. We’ll begin by doing a few sketches – and a meeting with our furniture makers, Trio Furniture.

It’s great working alongside various professionals such as Trio as they help to appropriately engineer the piece and provide a second opinion when it comes to specific measurements, cushioning as well as fabric selection.

We wanted the sectional propped up on stainless steel legs, four legs for each segment of the sectional.

In order for our clients to visualize the sectional concept and overall look, we had one of our associate designers, Alison Van Delden, draw up a quick rendering of the piece.

Our clients loved the idea of this over-sized sectional piece, being that it’s a statement and will provide ample seating in the room.

Once again we designed the space around this piece – below you’ll see our style sheet we sent to our client – a style sheet is our opportunity as designers to showcase the pieces we’ve sourced in one location in order for them to get a feel for our overall design scheme and visions.

And once again our final rendering of the space…

We’re in the process of having this custom piece built – and will be making our way over to Trio’s studio on a few occasions to test the sit and overall feel of this piece – a definite plus when sourcing a custom piece locally.

Pictures of the process to come!

GHID is Sophisticated, Casual, Contemporary Part I…

When we first met with our Florida clients we curiously asked them how they ran across our design firm, being that Portland-based GHID is nearly 3,000 miles away from their place of residence. One of our clients took the initiative, spoke up, and in three words we had our answer – sophisticated, casual, contemporary.

Sophisticated: GHID uses a mix of luxurious fabrics such as mohair and organic linens, classic patterns and daring stripes to give a space a timeless aesthetic as if it’s been lived in, yet feels very much put together and well designed.

Casual: We enjoy designing spaces that can be lived in – a room that looks stuffy and untouchable isn’t welcoming, we do our best to make sure every space in the home is both beautiful and comfortable as well as family and pet friendly.

Contemporary: We love the look of clean lines and classic frames.

It was in their simple response that Garrison and I began to fully grasp the incredible impact the GHID look has on our potential clients (and repeat clientele alike). We always knew that Garrison’s visions and design insight fell into a category all its own, but it wasn’t until this conversation that our thoughts and assumptions behind our “look” were solidified.

The GHID signature “look” is something our team discusses often…we think about it as we source fabrics, furniture and frames – fixtures, hardware and all that goes into new construction and remodels. It’s on the forefront of our minds as we attend design lectures, various product seminars and rep meetings. And now more than ever before, we are incredibly aware that when people hire us, they are doing so because of two things: our look and our team. It’s our job then to design for them a space that reflects our look combined with their unique statements and personal touches in order to transform their space into something that is as warm and beautiful as it is comfortable and functional.

This week we’d like to take the opportunity to discuss our Florida project a little more with you. Today we’ve featured a few renderings of the space as we’ve envisioned it, and plan on discussing various products, color inspiration, texture, layout, as well as a spectacular custom GHID furniture piece in the days to come.

We’re in the final stages of the sourcing process and plan on traveling back to Florida for install come mid-end of September. Both the clients and our GHID team are excited to see how this amazing home design comes together.

Here are a few sneak peaks of the house…stay tuned!!

Florida – Living Room

Florida – Dining Room

Florida – Master Bedroom