Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trees, Woods, Cork … Oh My!

Trending: Raw Wood Applications. I was very inspired by the latest issue of ElleDecor. I felt like everywhere I looked I saw some sort of reference to “wood” and “trees” in their natural appearance. This trend is very versatile and can be paired with a variety of styles, from simple and modern to traditional and ornate. Nature inspired pieces can be rustic when the wood is reclaimed and raw in appearance or can also be “glammed” up by choosing metallic or laquered items.

Hillary Swank’s humble abode (above), reclaimed wood accent wall… And look at that floor, yummy!Simple addition of a natural wood side table.

GHID recently completed a home on the Southwest Washington coast that incorporated reclaimed wood from the home’s original structure and found locally. Not only does the reclaimed wood add the right touch of dimension to the wall, but it is also a very green way to reuse old, existing materials.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design: Sourcing local and re-using scrap materials adds interest, while saving $$.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design: Look what was hiding behind an existing wall! (above)

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design: Accent wall shown in the space.

From lamps to side tables and everything in between, here are some great examples of simple pieces that can be easily incorporated into any space. Arteriors, Phillips Collection, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Going beyond furniture pieces, incorporating natural elements can also be done using fabrics and wall coverings. S. Harris has introduced some amazing fabrics that use the natural template of wood grain. These fabrics range in uses from upholstery weight to sheer draperies. Absolutely stunning!

S. Harris, The Roger Thomas Collection

S. Harris, Isaac Mizrahi Collection

Here are some beautiful examples of Cork Wallpapers from Phillip Jeffries (one of which we recently used!). These are amazing when applied in an entire room or just an accent wall. These are just a few that Phillip Jeffries offers…

Phillip Jeffries, Cork Collection

Adding natural, sustainable elements to any space is easier than ever and more importantly, can be the “green” element to your space.

GHID Designer’s Choice: The Perfect Paint Color…

Ever wonder what paint colors GHID designer’s use time and time again? Allow us to divulge a few of our favorite “go-to hues” (as Elle Decor would say)…

Benjamin Moore: Hazelwood

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design: Hazelwood was used on the ceiling to accent the lusterstone on the walls.

Benjamin Moore: Cedar Key

Stonewood, LLC

Benjamin Moore: Elmira White

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design/Liz Ordonez Photography: Elmira White, walls

Benjamin Moore: Navajo White

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design: GHID uses Navajo White for many of our project, primarily on woodwork.

Benjamin Moore: Barren Plain

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design: Barren Plain, walls

Benjamin Moore: Rockport Gray

Charlie Simmon of Charlie & Co. Designs

Benjamin Moore: Bennington Gray


Benjamin Moore: Shaker Beige

Michael Abrams Limited

Benjamin Moore: Van Alen Green

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design: Van Alen Green, cabinetry

Benjamin Moore: Hancock Green

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design: Hancock Green, walls

Chic City Livin’

Fremont Bridge, Portland, Or.

I feel so blessed to be able to live and work in the Pacific NW, and even more blessed to be a part of such a lively city such as Portland, Or. Recently, GHID was referred a client who lives in the heart of the Pearl District of Portland (OooLaLa). Living in a single bedroom loft isn’t always the easiest when it come to space planning. The client, a hard-working single woman, was having a difficult time defining her different rooms with such an open area, which is very common in loft living. The client knew she wanted a home to entertain and cook with ease, while warming up the industrial feel of the modern vaulted-ceiling loft space.

Her view, Jealous? YES.

With a breath-taking view of the Freemont Bridge (above) right outside her window and a clean slate to work with, GHID was inspired by not only the city setting but by the client’s bright personality and fun-loving spirit. And so it began…

We were able to separate the open living area by defining the spaces with mindful placement of key furniture pieces. For example, we filled the living area with ample seating & created an inviting space to draw the eye toward the back of the room when first entering the loft. A sofa with a chaise lounge or sectional is a great way to add seating in a tight space. By placing counter height islands directly off the kitchen area, it not only defines the kitchen area but also adds counter and additional seating space, great for entertaining. We placed a large bookshelf to create a more private desk area while adding more space for storage (who doesn’t need more storage space?)

In the bedroom we wanted to continue the look of her living room, but soften it up a bit with an upholstered headboard/frame  and more calming colors. Again wanting to add more storage, we chose furniture pieces with drawers instead of shelves and even added a tall armoire. Both nightstand and armoire have vintage mirrored fronts to add the illusion of more room in a small space, an easy space-saving trick.

Here are some shots of the finished Living Room, more shots of the finished product to come, so stay tuned in the next coming months. Cant wait!

Cozy, yet City Chic

Happy Wednesday, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all. I hope everyone gets a chance to relax and cozy up during this holiday weekend! Happy Eating! :)

Top 5 Tips for Tablescape Design…

Yep, it’s that time of year again! Can you believe it? No…but seriously, can you?

The holiday season is upon us once again, and I hope you’re all just as excited as us here at GHID!

Being that Thanksgiving is next week, we decided to share a few pointers on how to best dress your table-top this holiday season, along with a few gorgeous tablescapes photos (a few of which are GHID designed).

Here goes…

1. Tablescaping is not just for one particular style of decor. I’ve heard it said that “the approach you take to [design] your grouping should be in sync with your [existing] style of decor”. More specifically, if you’re home boasts of a contemporary flair, keep your tablescape clean, minimal and sparse – on the other hand, if you’re home is more traditional, incorporate smaller groupings and delicate linens onto your table top.

Sarah Richardson

via the book, Bachelor Style

G Marie Interiors

2. Tablescapes offer an opportunity to personalize your interiors. Incorporate ordinary items, a sentimental heirloom or a memento from a special occasion to create added interest to your table-top design.

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3. Your Tablescape should provide a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. Like any great design, incorporating a mix of all these design elements creates added interest through height, depth and scale.

Left: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Right:

Florals and a mix of greens are always a fantastic way to add interest to your table-top. Garrison is known for his unique floral designs (as seen below) and always has fun with unique arrangements incorporating a variety of seasonal species into each of his pieces.

Garrison Hullinger of Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

4. It’s all in the details. We’re all busy – but sometimes taking a little extra time to create (or purchase) something small and simple is what will complete the overall look and feel of your table-top designs.

5. Designing your tablescape should be fun! You’ve thrown the turkey in the oven, your family is bringing the rest (well in a perfect world anyway) – turn a little music on, relax and be creative with your table-top designs.

I love white pumpkins – gather a variety of sizes, place them sporadically on your table to create a sophisticated, festive design.

via The Little Apartment

Here’s another image…so pretty!

The Green Wedding Shoes


Caribbean Living

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Send in your favorite tablescape pics – or better yet, send in your own table setting! We’d love to see what you come up with!

Happy Thursday!

Mid-Century “Modest” Kitchen


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design recently finished up another mid-century (esque) kitchen remodel which provided a bit of inspiration for the project explained below…

GHID was given a modest home with a modest budget in need of a kitchen update. With the clients taking on most of the construction, there was room to mold the budget around some key needs, like new flooring & cabinetry. The original layout included a small kitchen with no storage or counter space and a central wall that blocked off the kitchen from the rest of the living space including the dining room. Also included is a stunning floor-to-ceiling central fireplace.

Exisiting Fireplace, separating Entry, Kitchen, & Dining:

Existing Kitchen in need of more storage & cookies ;)

Being a household that loves to cook and entertain, we came up with a couple different plans that opened up the kitchen space to the rest of the house. This creates a more functioning environment to work in and yet still welcoming for guests to join you in the kitchen … I mean, who doesn’t love a little company while you’re hard at work in the kitchen?


PLAN #2 – Includes a large custom island piece connected to range & fireplace.

After reviewing the plans with the clients Plan #1 was the big winner in terms of overall functionality for the home as a whole. The space is opened up while adding the maximum amount of storage and counter space possible. I drew up a few quick sketches to help the client envision their new space.

GHID had a fun time sourcing the surface materials from resurfacing the fireplace with recycled granite remnant to stranded bamboo flooring, using sustainable options where applicable.

Our sourcing lead us to some great options  for the back splash from Bristol Studio Designs tiles, here are a few of our faves … Enjoy!

Could this be the “pop” of color in your kitchen?

Happy Wednesday!