Monthly Archives: August 2011

Put A Bird On It…

GHID has been asked on multiple occasions to design and decorate our clients’ children’s’ bedrooms – and quite often we’re asked to design them in such a way that the client won’t easily tire of the youthful decor and that the space would provide “room to grow” as their child does the same.

I can’t tell you what a delight it has been to be apart of our mini-client’s spaces. As a designer, it’s incredibly refreshing to tap into your inner kid-self and creatively work your way through the room via a child’s eye.

Today we’re showcasing a nursery we’re in the process of completing. Just as I stated above, it was also very important for these clients as well, that the room provide longevity without losing its playful nature. Like any GHID project, functionality was key to this design, especially since it was a child’s bedroom. So as we began planning, durability and products that offered just that, were on the forefront of our minds.

Walls are more often than not the first tell-tale sign that a child lives in a home. They easily scuff, seem to be a magnet for little hand-prints and can often times be mistaken for a large canvas or coloring book (ooops!) – so in this case, we wanted to incorporate a durable, vinyl wall-covering by Wolf-Gordon that would help eliminate these future “uh-ohhh” moments.

Being that the home was built in the early 20th century, we decided to incorporate a chair-rail into the space to add a little character to the room. This not only provided a beautiful architectural detail, but also allowed us to double up on our wall-covering products. We opted for the vinyl on the lower half, as it’s a surface that can easily be cleaned, and on the upper portion we decided on a playful pattern.

During one of our textile showcases this past winter, Schumacher presented a medium scaled, bird print wallpaper appropriately entitled Twitter (how very fitting, and oh so Portland). We knew this was the perfect opportunity to use this print, and to our delight, the clients loved it!

These two elements drove the project as we worked around them to complete the space – incorporating both an area rug and window coverings in blues and oranges to complement them. Darker furniture was added to provide a more masculine feel as the room was designed with a boy in mind. Blues, greens, white and oranges play a large part in the coloration of the space, color tones that little Liam will enjoy for years to come.

A few tips when designing a child’s bedroom with room to grow

-We believe Elle Decor put it best when they recommended you think playful – not childish.

-Incorporate your child’s artwork into their space – take their artwork to a local frame shop, and place them in your child’s bedroom. Down the road, if your child tires of the artwork, you’ll have the pieces framed and ready to display in another area of your home.

-Mix playful elements with sophisticated accents.

-Think outside the box.

-When selecting window treatment fabrics, think neutrals.

Style Sheet:

Wallpaper Selection:

Wallpaper: Upper portion of the walls – Schumacher, A-Twitter “Summer”, Lower portion – Wolf Gordon, Sea Pearl “Kaiso”



A few of our favorites from Elle’s Kids’ Decor with Room to Grow:

1. Wonder Wool Rug by Avalisa, $310 for 42” x 66”, $600 for 60” x 90”, $1,360 for 93” x 126”; 2. Flower Headboard, Twin, $1,125; 3. Twinkle Living Gator Rug, $180; 4. Zid Zid Kids Petit Poof Turquoise, $78; 5. Begging Buddy Pet Lamp by Offi, $59; 6. Manhattan Blanket, 51” x 75”, $180;

Kids’ bedrooms we love…with room to grow…

The bunk beds in this Manhattan townhouse come in the form of a puppet theater designed by one of the boys, with the help of decorators Carol Egan and Wayne Nathan; the Ant chairs are by Arne Jacobsen. – Elle Decor

In actress Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich’s Manhattan loft, their son’s room has a sense of adventure, with walls covered in a world map by Hammacher Schlemmer; the cabinet and bench are by George Nelson. – Elle Decor

Miles Redd – Elle Decor

Large geometric prints are oh fun for kids and adults alike! Melissa Rufty - We are loving the Victoria Hagan fabric used on both the walls and the window treatments.

Loving the sophisticated color palette! Designer David Netto — well known for his baby furniture line — outfitted the children’s bedroom in a New York apartment with a vintage bench from Aero. It seems to smile beneath a pair of photographs by Jeffrey Milstein of two jets headed for the sky.

Fall 2011 Design Trends For Your Wardrobe & Your Home…

Fashion Week: Fall 2011 Trend Report

The strongest trends—from Victorian charm to daytime disco—that debuted on New York’s runways…

Here they are – This Fall’s latest trends…for your wardrobe AND your home.

See here’s a little secret (or not so secret) rule of thumb when it comes to design as a whole – fashion trends are usually introduced via the runways one to two years before we see them in interior home fashions. If you follow fashion – you’ll be sure to understand, and might even help predict home fashion trends in the seasons to come.

And bonus – you might even be the first to showcase those trends in your own home!

Here are a few of our favs from this years NY Fashion Week for Fall 2011…


Left: Cynthia Rowley – Right: Preen

Left: Kelly Wearstler – Right: Pendants by Tom Dixon

I am enamored with the right angle trend right now – it just speaks to me…and probably because one of my idols (ahem, Kelly Wearstler) incorporates a mix of right-angled textiles, furnishings and frames in each and every one of her spaces. Amazing.


Left: Philosophy – Right: The Row

Left: Ryan Korban via Lonny.

Don’t fret, there’s always a faux alternative! (I don’t want PETA after GHID…)


Left: Costello Tagliapietra – Right: BCBG MAXAZRIA

Left: Patrick Cline via Lonny – Middle Right: Red Lacquer Table Lamp via Retro Home Decor, Bottom Right: Red Lacquer Storage Boxes by Cursive, available at ABCHome

BOOM-cha-ka-lacka – no better way to add a little va va va VOOM into your space than a little red, better yet – red lacquer.


Left: Adam – Right: Thom Browne

Left: Elle Decor – Right: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Left: Plaid Throw – Right: DIY Plaid Ottoman via Design Sponge

Plaid, definitely one of my personal favs for this Fall – *que fake British accent…pauusss me a glaaaausss of braandy and my ahhhmazing Prada specticals please…


Left: Proenza Schouler – Right: Tommy Hilfiger

Left: Western inspired interior decor – Top Right: Carly Margolis wallpaper for Cavern Home

Okay, I love the Plaids, the brilliant red accents and am oh so obsessed with the right angle fad – but I think this is my absolute fav these days. No matter what your style, there’s always room for a little rustic, don’t you think?

…At the end of the day, no matter how incredibly head over heels in love we are with the latest and greatest design trend/s, we here at GHID respect and adhere to a more classic, sophisticated and functional approach to the design process. We belive that design should be as beautiful as it is functional – and tend to incorporate the classic look into larger pieces such as a sofa or chairs – and mix it up with smaller, more trendy elements such as the red lacquered boxes.

Happy Thursday!

Top 5 Interior Design Tips for Smaller Spaces…

No matter what your reasons are for living in a smaller space, you’ll undoubtedly have to make some compromises in your decorating, get really organized, and make some adjustments to your lifestyle in order to make everything fit and not feel cramped…

Here are a few tips from us professionals as we tackle designing smaller spaces:

1. Clear Out the Clutter:

In order for you to best understand what you want from your space, you’ll need to clean out before you bring anything else in. There’s nothing worse than a small space cluttered with excessive amounts of furniture, random trinkets and unnecessary accessories. Cleaning out is the first step.

Now that you’ve cleaned out, get organized. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space will instantly feel more open and airy.

2. Get Inspired:

One way to go about this is to make a “look-book” by either tearing pictures out of magazines, surfing the internet, or our GHID personal favorite, setting up an account with an interior design website called (pictured below). Houzz is a great way to store your inspiration as you can browse thousands of interior designer portfolios and create your own online ideabooks.

Gaining inspiration enables you to plan according to your own tastes and desires while it provides the visual you may need as you begin your shopping.

3. Space Planning:

This is by far the most important aspect of designing any space, let alone smaller spaces, as it will give you a clear understanding of what will and will not work in your space.

Here’s how to plan:

First, draw the room down to scale and start sketching out various ways to set up the space; furniture placement – first, lighting – second, artwork and accessories – third. Drawing your space down to scale is imperative, not to mention incredibly helpful because without proper height, scale, furniture selection and placement, the room can once again begin to look cluttered, feel smaller than it really is and in the end fall flat.

As you begin space planning keep in mind that by moving furniture out and away from walkways and walls you’ll instantly make the room feel larger and more spacious. Try not to block windows as it imposes on the view and blocks out natural light. We’d also recommend selecting shorter pieces such as an ottoman, low-lying table and armless chairs to allow for more of a visual flow and openness in the space.

Another important aspect of space planning is lighting placement – use natural light to its full advantage, and incorporate ambient and moveable lighting in each corner of the room. With proper lighting, your space will instantly feel lifted and larger – and create an illusion of depth and space.

4. Select a Color Scheme:

One of the biggest misconceptions when designing a smaller space is to avoid color altogether – especially in the form of paint on the walls. Yes, darker paints will make the space feel heavy and weighted down – however lighter colors such as Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl 2137-60, Hazelwood 1005, Winterwood1486, Elmira White HC-84, etc. can add just the right amount of color to the room to complement the lighting, artwork and desired color scheme.

If you’re working with a very small space, we’d recommend using a monochromatic color scheme. Think neutrals in the form of taupy-greys, sandy tans and milky browns – create interest by incorporating various monochromatic textures and patterns in the pillows, accent chair fabrics and/or the accessories. You can also coordinate your wall color to match your furniture and accent fabrics in order to provide a seamless, less interrupting look within the space. However, don’t rid yourself of color altogether, we’d recommend color-pops in a few of the accent pillows, accessories and light fixtures. Color works great in smaller spaces – just remember that less is more.

5. Source Furniture, Fabrics & Accessories:

You’ve de-cluttered, you’ve gained inspiration and now have a plan – next step, shopping and sourcing the furnishings, fabrics and accessories.

Sourcing the furniture for a small space can be the trickiest portion of the project. We’d recommend shopping a few local furniture stores first to gain a better understanding of the types of pieces you’ll want to incorporate into your space. Portland showroom Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, located off west Burnside, offers wonderful upholstered pieces specifically designed for smaller spaces. Look for “apartment” sized sofas, armless chairs and shorter ottomans in order to obtain the appropriate sized pieces for your space. If you’re having a hard time finding the right pieces for your space, or simply want a customized piece, we’d recommend local custom furniture company Trio Furniture and Design.

Another trick for small spaces is to source furniture with legs that are higher off the ground to give the illusion of a larger floor area – which in turn makes the space feel larger and less crowded.

Purchase functional furniture that can be used in more than one application, such as upholstered benches, ottomans and stools.

Examine your space to see if there are any nooks and crannies that could support organizational storage solutions – and if applicable, make a trip to Storables to purchase the necessary systems.

Lastly, while accessorizing – again remember that less is more. Accessories should add to the room, not take away from it – too many accessories, especially in smaller spaces, can completely detract from the beautiful furnishings and architecture in the space. There are several shops we’d recommend to shop for accessories locally, Cielo Home in the Pearl and Manor off 23rd are a few of our personal favorites.



Thanks to Hoyt Realty for publishing our “Top 5 Interior Design Tips for Smaller Spaces” in their latest entry!

Hotel Inspired, Contemporary-Modern Living Room…

So what is contemporary-modern?

Well first of all, contemporary is defined as belonging to or occurring in the present, the tension and complexities of our contemporary society and following modern ideas or fashion in style or design, while the term modern is based off the design style and elements that occurred from 1950s – 1970s (think mid-century modern).

So as GHID began discussing our client’s visions for the space and observing their existing décor, we categorized their look as contemporary modern – a style that complimented the interior architecture within the home, and an aesthetic our clients enjoy.

This ultra-hip on-the-go family travels quite frequently and are drawn to the luxe, upscale aesthetic five-star hotels embody – think Kelly Wearstler’s Viceroy Riviera Maya, The Chatwal New York or New York’s Crosby Street HotelSoho. They wanted their home to embody this hotel aesthetic without feeling cold, impersonal and uninviting, so as we began the design process we chose luxe hotel elements and intermixed them with personal touches such as family photos, accessories and cozy fabrics.


Kelly Wearstler’s Viceroy Riviera Maya.

The Chatwal New York

Crosby Street Hotel designed by co-ower Kit Kemp, New York City.

Our GHID Hotel-Inspired, Contemporary-Modern Living Room: Style Sheet

This home is beautifully built boasting of exotic woods, gorgeous hardwoods and most of all incredibly high ceilings. The expansive heights in the space allowed us to really step up the luxe hotel look and feel as most hotel lobbies also feature this architectural feature as well. We sourced furniture and fabrics that would not only be functional for this growing family but would give the look of a five star hotel lobby. Various textures and materials were used in order to accomplish this look – mixed metals and inlaid wood pieces create depth and interest within the space, much like the expansive hotel lobbies you see in our inspiration images.

This sectional screams mid-century modern, and works incredibly well within this interestingly-shaped space. Due to the numerous entries into the room, it was a little challenging planning the furniture placement. We opted for a sectional being that the various components gave us more freedom while space planning – not to mention the frame of the sectional itself fits perfectly into our contemporary scheme.

The chairs we selected for the space are incredibly practical as they provide additional seating just opposite the sectional, and swivel in order to take full advantage of the city views. Upholstered in a sleek white-ivory, the chairs give the feeling of hotel luxe and clean-line aesthetics – just the look we wanted to achieve.

All in all we wanted to keep the space as clean as possible with hints of hotel inspired decor. We opted for a customized art piece that will flank the wall above the sectional. We selected a grouping of glass art, reminiscent of the Bellagio, in various colors that will be hung in an organic fashion sprawling across the wall.

The luxe hotel aesthetic and feel is a very fun look to incorporate into a residential space – think functional and practical furniture, conversational arrangements and a little bling – and viola, you’ve got the look.

Neocan’t 2011…

Couldn’t make it to NeoCon this year? NeoCan’t is a yearly event focused on bringing the latest and greatest design related products to the Portland, OR market. Products include textiles, paint, flooring, wall coverings, furniture, lighting, leather, signage and much, much more.

Yep, last weeks NeoCan’t was sporting some new duds this year, and not just the latest and greatest in design-related products – but us, THE GHID team.

This past Thursday night marked our very first visit to the annual event as Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. We were all flattered to be invited to such a well-known design event right here in our hometown or Portland, Oregon.

Along with some fantastic weather, topped off with a little vino and some oh so yummy gelato, there were some amazing products at this years event. Here are a few of our favorites:

Charlie & “his angels”: (*please note: a red-head, a blond and a brunette, and Voila! – you’ve got the angels).

Cassina: Hive came out featuring a few new Cassina fabrics.

INFORM: INFORM Interiors, a Canadian-based company with showrooms in Seattle has most recently opened a showroom right here in  Portland.

Here, the company shows off a Tom Dixon industrial slab barstool (which Garrison LOVED).

Commercial Art Consulting of Seattle, Washington:

Maharam: “Maharam, a fourth generation family-run business, celebrated its centennial in 2002. First renowned as a supplier of theatrical textiles, in the 1960s Maharam pioneered the contract textile concept, developing engineered textiles for commercial application.”

Left: A close up of a Maharam fabric. Right: The GHID team – from left to right: Yours truly, Garrison Hullinger, Lisa Luchaco & Alison Van Delden.

A few GHID goofballs – gotta love team outings…

Can’t wait for next year!