Monthly Archives: April 2012

Top 5 Tips to Consider when Purchasing Furniture for Your Home…

Things to consider when buying new furniture for your home

Furnishings designed by Regan Hayes, Inc.

Choosing the right piece of furniture is more than falling in love with its initial beauty. The style and construction of the furniture should last many years, in fact most people keep their furniture between 9 – 12 years, which makes selecting the right piece that much more important. So as you begin shopping it’s imperative that you consider not only the furniture’s shape, style and general aesthetic – but its construction, finish and how it’ll work for your overall lifestyle as well.

I ran across furniture designer Reagan Hayes‘ collection the other day, and noticed her tips on finding the perfect furniture piece for your space.

How to Select the right Furniture for your Space?:

1. Construction: You want the furniture piece to feel solid and heavy. Avoid particleboard and light aluminum frames and stick with solid wood construction. Solid wood frames will generally last much longer and is the standard for fine furniture. However, make sure that the price is consistent with your expectations for how long the piece is going to last. The cushion is also an important point to consider when looking at construction. Before purchasing anything, give it the sit test. No matter how beautiful your new upholstery piece is you won’t enjoy it if it’s not comfortable.

How furniture is constructed

2. Silhouette: Is the general shape of the piece trendy or will it stand the test of time? A piece of furniture is an investment in your home and says a lot about you. Choose a silhouette that you will love now and in the future. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should choose something shapeless or without style. Whether your preferences are contemporary or traditional, there are many updated options available on the market.

3. Finish: If your piece of furniture has any exposed wood, the stain or finish color is an important point to consider. Many pieces can be altered dramatically by the color of the finish. You can easily take a chair from traditional to contemporary by changing a cherry stain to a black paint. Likewise, a mahogany piece painted white will instantly appear more feminine.

4. Fabric: Lighter colored fabrics can be appropriate for a formal living room, foyer, or bedroom. However, if this is a piece of furniture that will be used frequently, it is suggested to choose a slightly darker fabric.

5. The Unexpected: Look for furniture that has an element of the unexpected or has some personality. The overall shape of the piece could be a little unconventional, or maybe there’s some interesting tufting, or nail head detail. Either way, your personal style should be reflected in the piece of furniture that you choose (via Apartment Therapy).

Things to consider when purchasing furniture for your home

Furnishings designed by Reagan Hayes, Inc.

Portland Interior Designer Designs Entire Home with American-made products…

Home made of entirely all-American product, Portland Oregon

When GHID first began sourcing product for the Made-in America home for this year’s Ultimate Open House tour, our design team was surprised by two-fold: just how much product, specifically housing products, we really do import and on the other hand, just how much product we have readily available that is not only cultivated here in the United States, but made here as well.

Oregon home constructed of entirely all-American products

Made-in-America home in progress

I am just as astonished today as I was when I first heard it, if we encourage our contractors to purchase just 5 percent more U.S.-made materials, they would create 220,000 new jobs here at home. It’s a staggering statistic that feels entirely too realistic not to strive for.

So as we sourced surfaces, paint, carpeting and cabinetry we were thrilled that we could take part in creating more jobs for our fellow Americans.

As many of you know, Highpoint North Carolina is the furniture capital of the United States; well it used to be anyway. Because of the economic downturn and upside-down trading – many of High Point’s furniture companies have had to send work overseas to reduce costs and keep their business’ going. However, with the help of contractors like Gerald Rowlett of Westlake Development Group and designers such as ourselves, we hope to reverse and reduce these types of imports, and bring jobs back to the USA.

Certainly there are stigmas about American-made product – number one: cost. Yes, most American-made products are typically higher in price than imported products, but you’ll be surprised to find how comparable in price they really are. Take a look at a few items we’ll be featuring in the Made-in-America idea home this weekend (April 28th & 29th) and next weekend (May 5th & 6th) as they sit side-by-side with foreign goods.

And next time you’re in the market for a new light fixture, area rug, sofa or sink, take a little time to research American-made products.

Furniture, Art and Accessories Made-in-America:

Featured on the right are pieces we’ve sourced for Portland’s own Made-in-America home. Products on the left are similar, however are imported goods.

Furnishings and lighting made in the United StatesStickley “Keeler” sofa:

Upholstery made in the United States

Left: Foreign goods, Right: American-made, Stickley "Keeler" sofa

 Furnishings and lighting made in the United StatesStickley “Gridley Road Cocktail Table”:

American-made furniture

Left: Foreign goods, Right: Stickley "Gridley Road Cocktail Table"

 

Furnishings and lighting made in the United StatesMitchell Gold + Bob Wiliams “Helaine” Bed:

Furniture made in America

Left: Foreign goods, Right: American-made, Mitchell Gold + Bob Wiliams “Helaine” Bed

 Furnishings and lighting made in the United StatesCustom nightstand via The Joinery:

American-made furniture

Left: Foreign goods, Right: American-made, locally produced and distributed, custom nightstand from The Joinery

 Furnishings and lighting made in the United StatesMitchell Gold + Bob Williams “Archer” armless chair:

Living Room design ideas using American-made furniture

Left: Foreign goods, Right: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams “Archer” armless chair

Furnishings and lighting made in the United StatesMottega “Sophia-shaped” Table Lamp:

Lighting ideas using American-made fixtures

Left: Foreign goods, Right: American-assembled, Mottega table lamp

Don’t forget to come visit us this weekened and next to see this gorgeous all-American home in person!

2012 Made in America House in Portland Oregon

Children’s Interiors Tips: Designing for Kids

Designing Kids Room from the Inside Out

GHID has been given the challenge of a designing kid’s rooms many times, and each time we conquer a different obstacle. From toddler to teenager, keeping the balance between playful and tacky is a tough challenge for a lot of parents. Whether you have a new one on the way or need to update a growing tweens room, here are some great tips to giving your child a room they will enjoy to be in and be proud to call their own.

#1 – Choose neutral color palettes.

Don’t get stuck in the rut of pink and blue. Think outside the box when choosing a color scheme for a kid’s room. Try colors like teal and yellow that go really well with gray and cream. Don’t be afraid to choose greens and blues for girls or reds and oranges for boys, the color boundaries are no more.

Interior Designer for KidsVia Houzz.com

Interior Designer for KidsVia Houzz.com

#2 – Creating a children’s space for that will last through the years.

A huge worry when spending the time and money to do a nursery or toddler’s room is that they grow up too fast! It’s important to keep that in mind during the planning and design stages. Choose furniture pieces that can be used through the growing years, like dresser chests and bookcases. They will never grow out of needing storage, so plan ahead and purchase those staple pieces that will become more useful with time.

Interior Designer for KidsVia ApartmentTherapy.com

Interior Designer for KidsVia Houzz.com

#3 – Its all in the Decals.

Using wall decals or wallpaper is a great way to introduce pattern and color into a children’s room. This is also a great way to choose something that will last a few years, especially when choosing wallpaper. From simple to whimsical, the options are endless for decals and wallpaper.

Interior Designer for KidsVia Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Interior Designer for KidsVia ApartmentTherapy.com

#4 – Light it Up.

Have fun with the lighting selections for your kid’s room. Where else would you get to place a animal light or organic shaped pendant light? Wall lights or sconces are also great choices, good for use as a night light and setting a calm atmosphere.

Interior Designer for KidsVia Houzz.com

Interior Designer for KidsVia Houzz.com

#5 – DIY Art for All Ages.

If you’re stumped for what artwork to choose, look no further than your own child. Grab some of your kid’s favorite pieces and have them framed or buy some blank stretch canvas’ and let them go to town. You can give them color palettes to tie the new masterpieces into their room’s color scheme. Brilliant! (*hint: stay tuned to see one of our latest photographed kid’s rooms that included their own DIY artwork, soon to be posted to our portfolio)

Designing for Kids - ArtVia Houzz.com

Interior Designer for KidsVia Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Interior Designer for KidsVia Houzz.com

Hope this gets the design juices flowing for your next kid’s project… Happy Wednesday!

The Ultimate Open House, Made-in-America Idea Home…

2012 Made in America House in Portland OregonMade in America Interior Designers, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

When Garrison Hullinger Interior Design was asked by Gerald Rowlett of Westlake Development Group to design the Made In America house, featured in this years Ultimate Open House – New Home Tour, we were ready for the challenge.

And a challenge it was.

Sourcing and specifying for a home produced of only American-made, and if possible, locally sourced products was not an easy feat, especially in today’s market where the easiest and inexpensive finds are found overseas. But with a little research and a lot of help from our design community, we’re proud to say – we did it.

Join us this weekend (April 28th/29th) or next weekend (May 5th/6th) Saturday & Sunday from 11am – 5pm. to tour this beautiful American-made home.

Ultimate Open House, Made in America home:

Westlake Development builds an all-American made home

Made in America idea home: 16173 SW Bonaire Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Westland Devleopment, builders of the Made in America home

The “Made in America” home by Westlake Development, is just what the name implies.

 “From the nails and the screws, to the steel and the wood, all of the building materials used in the construction of this home are made in the USA,” said Westlake owner Gerald Rowlett.

“If every builder used just 5 percent more U.S.-made materials, we could create over 220,000 new jobs,” he said, quoting a recent ABC news source (via Oregon Live).

The home, which is listed for $550,000, is located at 16173 S.W. Bonaire Ave. in the Lake Grove neighborhood of Lake Oswego.

This single level 2,500 square foot home is the first of its kind in the Northwest, constructed with all ”Made in America” products. Designed for the couple who never wants to move, there are no steps into the home, including a curbless master shower. The great room and master bedroom lead onto a covered exterior living space with fireplace overlooking a gorgeous low maintenance yard. Using high-efficiency furnace, water heater and insulation right down to the prewired technology managed energy efficiency system and car charging station. – UltimateOpenHouse.net

Need a place to start the tour?

Visit the Made-in-America idea home to secure a guidebook outlining the tour, or click here.

Made in America house, Ultimate Open house Idea Home

What is the Ultimate Open House?

Produced by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metropolitan Portland, the Ultimate Open House New Home Tour was designed especially for homebuyers interested in new construction. The tour showcases the top builders in the Portland area and offers a wide variety to help you find and purchase your ultimate new home. The builders in our network represent outstanding quality, innovative design and a range of prices to suit the needs of modern families and individuals.

Since 1942, the HBA has been an indispensable resource for consumers searching for affordable home options. The HBA proudly represents the housing industry to the government, media and the public.

 FAQs:

FAQs for the Ulimate Open House

Q. What are the dates and times of the show?A. The 2012 Ultimate Open House™ will be held April 28-29 and May 5-6. Sat. & Sun. 11am – 5pm

Q. How much does it cost to attend The Ultimate Open House™ event?
A. The Ultimate Open House™ is free to the public.

Q. Where do I get a Guidebook?
A. Guidebooks will be available at each of the idea homes. You can also pick one up at the HBA office located at 15555 SW Bangy Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Host site addresses will be announced soon.

Q. Will the homes be furnished?
A. Some homes will be fully furnished, some will be partially furnished and some will not be furnished at all.

Q.How were the builders picked to participate in the show?
A. All builders in The Ultimate Open House™ are Home Builders Association members who applied to participate in the tour.

Q. Do I have to bring my realtor?
A. Realtors are welcome but you don’t have to bring one with you. The beauty of The Ultimate Open House™ is that we have gathered all the information into one place so it is easy to find the homes that are interesting to you and shows you how to get to them.

 

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

 

Alicia Keys Soho Penthouse…

Alicia Keys Crosby Street Penthouse courtesty of Trendland

via TrendLand

Now there may be a few things we would do differently with this penthouse [as far as the interior decor is concerned] but can we just stop and admire the home’s amazing views and vintage meets contemporary architecture for a bit? A top a high rise in one of the most sought after locations in the Big Apple, this SoHo residence boasts of wrap-around floor to ceiling windows, a gorgeous natural stone fireplace wall and wide open spaces [note: the dining room].

Have a I sold you yet? If so you’re in luck…

This glamorous Manhattan Penthouse at 30 Crosby Street, NYC where Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz have lived in for the past two years, has recently come up on the market via Sotheby’s, for $17.95 million. This SoHo penthouse was originally bought from Lenny Kravitz in 2010 for $14.5 million.

Rarely is there an opportunity to own a luxurious 6167± sf triplex Penthouse with an additional 3000± sf of enchanting terraces in Soho’s most sought after full service pre-war Condo. Enter via keyed elevator to either floor; this magnificent sun filled loft has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 powder rooms an enormous state-of-the-art windowed gourmet eat-in kitchen, walk-in butler’s pantry, separate formal dining room that faces East encased in a glass solarium, an expansive living room with fireplace, library/media room are all surrounded by undoubtedly one of the most beautiful private terraces in all of Soho. A floating glass staircase leads to a separate private master suite complete with spa, pass through dressing area and private terrace. (letmebeinspired.com)

Take a look…

Sotheby’s selling Alicia Keys Home

via TrendLand

Living Room Interior Design Ideas via TrendLand

via TrendLand

New York Interior Design ideas for the Dining Room

via TrendLand

Alicia Keys New York Penthouse Dining Room

via TrendLand

Interior Design ideas for the Kitchen

via TrendLand

Alicia Keys New York Penthouse

via TrendLand

New York Outdoor Living Spaces, Interior Design Ideas for Outdoor Spaces

via Trendland

Interior Design Ideas for New York Outdoor Spaces

via TrendLand

*All photos courtesy of TrendLand.

Sotheby’s Description of Alicia Key’s SoHo Penthouse:

Enter via keyed elevator to either floor; this magnificent sun filled loft has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 powder rooms an enormous state-of-the-art windowed gourmet eat-in kitchen, walk-in butler’s pantry, separate formal dining room that faces East encased in a glass solarium, an expansive living room with fireplace, library/media room are all surrounded by undoubtedly one of the most beautiful private terraces in all of Soho. A floating glass staircase leads to a separate private master suite complete with spa, pass through dressing area and private terrace. (Sotheby’s)

More information at www.sothebyshomes.com