Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to Choose the Right Chandelier For Your Dining Room…

Arteriors Breck Chandelier

How do you select the right chandelier for your dining room? First of all, examine your space – there’s a lot to consider. What are the dimensions of your room? How high are the ceilings? What is the size and shape of your table?

Today we’d like to share a few simple tips for selecting the right light fixture for your dining room space:

Chandeliers are designed to float in a room, which is an important part of the designing a space. Too large and this fixture will overpower the space. Too small and it will look out-of-place.

To make sure your chandelier is the right size for the room in which it will hang, consider the following questions:

- How high is your ceiling? Taller ceilings demand larger fixtures.

  • What is the size and shape of your table or island? The chandelier should complement, not overpower, the furniture you plan to suspend it over.
  • How big is the room you are trying to illuminate? Again, be sure the chandelier is not too big or too small for the room.

Sizing Your Chandelier For the Dining Room

To determine the proper size chandelier for a dining table, choose a chandelier with a diameter that is 50% of the table width or greater. This assumes the table is sized appropriate for room. It should be hung with the bottom of the fixture 30” above the tabletop for an 8’ ceiling. Go up 3” for each additional foot of ceiling. For ceilings nine feet or higher, consider a two-tier style chandelier to fill the space from the fixture’s top to the ceiling.

To size a chandelier for your dining room, or to be the focal point of your space, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter of the correct-sized chandelier (via Chandelier Lighting Express).

Here are a few rooms done right:


via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Don’t Forget! Portland Renovation & Remodeling Show, January 27-29, 2012…

2012 Wine & Design

Don’t forget about the Portland Renovation and Remodeling Show next weekend! January 27th – 29th at the Portland Memorial Coliseum. Not only will you have the opportunity to see the latest and greatest in home renovation, but you’ll also have the chance to meet with design industry professionals ranging from custom cabinetry to smart home automation. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet with our very own Garrison Hullinger, principal of our GHID design firm where he’ll be offering up complimentary design consultations.

How fun is that?!

So if you’re looking for some professional design advice, be sure to attend the show where you can meet with Garrison free of charge!

Click here to schedule your FREE 15-30 minute personal design consultation with Garrison now! Slots are filling up.

Be sure to bring any floor plans, photos, sketches, paint colors, fabrics, ect to your appointment…

We look forward to meeting you!




Finishing Touches: Adding Greenery to Your Home

Not your grandmother’s silk flowers anymore, faux plants provide endless options for adding a little nature to complete any space in your home. Along with their inherent beauty, these additions are far easier to care for than live plants. No more worrying about how much to water or coming home from vacation to a shriveled up plant, just care-free beauty!

  • Need to fill a corner? Larger trees or shrubs can easily do the trick. GHID loves adding in greenery in hard to fill spaces. Some of our favorite include: Fiddle Leaf Trees, Sansevieria, and Agave trees.


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

GHID‘s Sansavieria

  • Succulents are a great way to bring bits of green into your home. Not your typical faux plant, succulents are some of the easiest plants to disguise as fake. Lovin’ our new terrarium office additions…

GHID‘s Terrariums

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

  • Keep the blooms alive. Who doesn’t love a flower that doesn’t fade, it can be an entire blooming plant or just a stem.
  • Last but not least, topiary trees are a great addition to an entryway or kitchen. Whether it be a lemon tree or ivy, topiaries add a nice sense of formality to your greenery.



Happy Wednesday!

2011 Design Trend: Ombre…

via FabSugar

There are a few design trends that I’ve come to favor over the past few years – ombre being one of them.

From the French term for “shaded,” ombre is a color effect where the color gradually changes from light to dark over a particular product or object.

From the runways to home decor (and even onto hair) ombre has made quite an impact on the design industry over the past year, making its way onto items such as shower curtains, glamorous evening gowns and home accessories. These slight color changes are sophisticated and elegant, two design terms we at GHID highly favor.

Take a look at 2011′s favored design trend – ombre!

via fauxology

Clockwise from top left: ombre beaded necklace $19.99, jonathan saunders skirt for target $26.99, prada ombre clutch $89/per week at bag borrow or steal, ombre clutch $14.99, ombre pumps from prada, glass “stones” from john pomp glass $400+, splendid tee $74, le creuset slate pot $220+, ombre boot $1250, pink glass in center is another stone from john pomp glass, via Design*Sponge

Designer: James Biber “Ceramic tile now ranges from the size of a Tic Tac to a sheet of plywood. It’s a stunning development that allows more varied applications.” For a micro mosaic tile, try I Frammenti by Claudio Silvestrin for Brix; Slimtech’s superlarge tile from Patrick Norguet’s Lines and Waves collection for Lea Ceramiche; (Credit: Ceramics of Italy) via Elle Decor

Ombre wall tile, via Houzz

Don’t you just love how the glass tiles gradually become lighter as you go up the wall – genius!

via Annette Tatum

Ombre Wallpaper from Brett Squares via Annette Tatum

via decorartsnow

Left: Heather Garrett, Right: Patricia Benson

Martha Stewart Living

Flamenco Shower Curtain – – $118.00 [ Visit Store » ]

Up in the Air Somewhere on Etsy

Ombre striped area rug

ABOUTFACE magazine features Garrison Hullinger

The latest issue of ABOUTFACE magazine, a portland magazine, features Garrison Hullinger as one of the Nine Stars of Interior Design.

In our first annual Interior Design Issue— perfectly timed for the season when all you want to do is cuddle up indoors—you’ll find our favorite projects of the year from nine of our (many) favorites in Portland’s interior design community. You’ll also find their best tips and tricks for beginning a project with a designer or starting one on your own. Whether you find the perfect designer to use for your next remodel, or spy a few ideas to recreate on your own, these pages are packed with inspiration.

Meet the designers here.

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The magazine is available at local Rich’s Cigar Shops.