Monthly Archives: June 2012

Back-to-Back Sofas…

Back to back sofas have become quite popular over the last few years – especially with the gain in popularity of the open-concept floor plan. The look works in larger, loftier spaces when two conversational areas are desired. Often times designers use the same sofa, back to back – others commission custom pieces (with the sofa backs built together). We’ve even seen designers use two very different sofas to evoke a more eclectic aesthetic.

We love Windsor Smith’s back to back sofa arrangement (see photo above), incorporating her own line of furniture. We were fortunate enough to meet Windsor last month at one of her speaking engagements, she is an absolute sweetheart!

Back to Back Couches:

We love Sarah Richardson’s take on this arrangement in her London project, featured in the latest issue of House & Home.

Top Color Trends for Summer 2012!

Pantone Swatches

Color Trends for Summer 2012!

Summer 2012 is here in full force! And what better to fill your summer with than a splash of color. This year’s seasonal summer palette is fresh and playful. With warm bold tones and soft pastels the possibilities are endless from accessorizing your home to what you wear on the beach. Lets dive in and take a look at our top color trends for Summer 2012 and products that show them off!

#1 - Pantone color: Placid Blue. A fresh take on the traditional
periwinkle, this cornflower blue can bring life to any muted palette.
With cool blue and purple tones, this is sure to be a hit at any
summer party!

Placid Blue Products (Clockwise from Top Left): Barbour Cornflower Womens High Gloss Town And Country Wellingtons, — Melissa Odabash Bahamas Bandeau Swimsuit, — Essie ‘Summer 2012 Collection – Bikini So Teeny’ Nail Polish, — KitchenAid Artisan Design Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, — Floral 300 Beaded Stripe Pillow, (Photo:

#2 - Pantone Color: Carrot. Bold yet refined, this color screams
Summer! Don't be afraid to experiment with this rich color through
accents in your home like pillows & throws.

Carrot Products (Clockwise from Top Left): Tangerine Boyfriend Blazer, — DwellStudio Home Zebra Tangerine Pillow, — Culture Object The Blenko Glass Co., — BURBERRY LONDON Tangerine Color Block Silk Scarf, — TOMS Linen Classic Tangerine, (Photo:

#3 Pantone Color: Sulphur. This is one of my absolute favorite
colors right now. A mix of goldenrod and citrine, this color
is bright and rich all at the same time. Used as a wall color
or your summer sundress, this color can never go wrong!

Sulphur Products (Clockwise from Top Left): Women’s Vince Skinny Jeans, Citrine, — Hervé Léger Scoop Neck Bandage Dress, — Finn Rocker, — 18k Citrine and Diamond Earrings, — Curve Cologne By Liz Claiborne For Men, (Photo:

#4 Pantone Color: Meadow Mist. I don't think any of us can get
enough of this minty color in our lives. Although trending for a
few seasons now, this pastel is holding strong! Its used great as a
contrast piece to bold colors. (like the ones featured in our palette)

Meadow Mist Products (Clockwise from Top Left): Women’s Hudson Collin Mint Skinny Jeans, — Carrie Mint Suedette Platform Heels, — KIM SEYBERT Napkin Mint, — Eos Sweet Mint Lip Balm, Local Drugstore — Ruled Paper x 25 Mint Paper Insert, (Photo: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design)

#5 Pantone Color: Papaya Punch. Nothing is more pleasing on the
eye than pastels. This year coral is back in a softer way. This
is an easy color to incorporate into your home as it is very
complementary to many color palettes. So fresh!

Papaya Punch Products (Clockwise from Top Left): Asos Coral Faceted Stone Stud Earrings With Bug Detail, — Maslin & Co Beach Towel- Coral, — Decorative Sticky Tape, — CARVEN Coral Suede Heels, — One Kings Lane Kitchen Table S/2 Coral Nailhead Place Mats, — Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture – 36, (Photo:

#6 Pantone Color: Fern Green. This jewel tone is here to stay.
Another one of GHID's faves, this color can holds its own in any
setting. From lacquer walls to outdoor furniture, traditional to
modern styles, this beauty crosses any style boundaries.

Fern Green Products (Clockwise from Top Left): Alieno Chair by Casamania, — Marc by Marc Jacobs Green Dreamy Logo Embossed Tablet Case, — Green Glass Wall Sconce, – Dylan Envelope Clutch, — Pratesi Wool Blanket with Leather Carrier, (Photo:


Decor Elements Each Room In Your Home Should Have…


As an interior designer, I’m often asked what elements of design are key to making a home feel complete and cohesive. Today I’ll discuss a few specific elements we suggest incorporating into various areas of your home.

Family Room/Kid’s Room: Storage Solutions

Storage is not only for the kid’s rooms anymore – but for family and bonus rooms as well. Utilize storage ottomans, hinged custom bench seats or decorative baskets into your design and you’ll find that tidying up is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Living Room: Family Heirlooms & Antiques

We always tell our client’s that their home should feel acquired – incorporating heirlooms or antiques not only adds a personal touch, but adds character and meaning to your decor.

Incorporating family heirlooms and antiques into your interior decor

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Dining Room: A Statement Piece using Light & Color

The dining room provides a unique opportunity to add pops of color via dinner-wear and pizazz via your lighting. Make a statement above your dining table!

Decor ideas for the dining room

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Master Bedroom: Soft, Plush and Soothing Details

You spend more time in your bed sleeping than you do…well most things. Take a little time to research a luxurious down comforter, a luxe sheeting set and soft comfy pillows. You’ll never regret it.

Master Bath: Candles, Dimmable Fixtures or Mood Lighting

If you’ve spent the money and invested in a spa shower and tub, ask your contractor to install dimmable lighting in the space. Add candles as an added touch of ambiance – this mood lighting will promote ultimate relaxation.

Office: Personalized Touches

An office consists of a computer, pens and a notepad – add personalized touches, unique items or object that represent your personality. You have to sit there for eight-plus hours a day, you may as well enjoy your surroundings.

Guest Bedroom: A Sense of Place

When designing your guest bedroom, you have the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone a bit. Have fun with it! Incorporate local elements whether it be soaps purchased at the local flea market, a pillow with your city’s name embroidered on it or frame a few of your favorite hometown photos.

Guest bedroom interior decor ideas

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Front Entry: Seasonal Statements

Less is always best – so instead of decking your home out for every holiday or occasion, greet your guests with fresh seasonal arrangements or decor at your front entry. This is easy to change out and is a fun, festive way to decorate your home.

Outdoor Patio: Plants and Exterior Decor

Often times our client’s forget about their outdoor spaces when designing their home. Come spring/summer be sure to spruce up your outdoor space with live plants and decor appropriate for outdoor use. A well-manicured outdoor space is welcoming not only to your guests, but for you and you family as well. Who doesn’t like live florals and plants?

Get the Look…

Are you in the market to amp up your home’s interior decor? Do you have a specific look in mind? Here’s how to pull off various interior design looks in style.


Sophisticated & Tailored Interior Design Aesthetic:

All American Americana Interior Design

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1. Indoor 1-light Louvre Royal Blue Table Lamp, 2. Ricci Tufted-Back Sofa, 3. Piero End Table, 4. Pierce Lounge Chair, 5. CHEHOMA IRON CLOCK, 6. Cane Garden Seat, 7. Hmong Tribal Pillow,

Why these pieces work together…
There's nothing trendy about this comfortable and inviting set-up,
built of neutrals, varying textures and classic color combos. Each
piece boasts just as much of the past as it does the present - as
you'd be able to find the items just as much in a modern storefront
as you would your grandmother's living room. A button-tufted sofa
paired with an English-arm lounge chair, topped with a red and white
ticking stripe accent pillow, along with brass accents add up to a
look that's oh so classic Americana.

Streamlined Modern Interior Design Aesthetic:

Modern and Streamlined Interior Design

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1. Modern Eco Friendly Home Decor Paper Star Urchin, 2. 59th Street 3-Seat Sofa, conranusa.com3. DL Rhein Grass Blades Green Apple Embroidered Pillow, 4. Ralph Lauren Home Brompton Swing Arm Floor Lamp, 5. Lange Production Grete Jalk Gj Chair, hivemodern.com6. Baxton Studio Ida Black Oak Coffee Table, 7. Fritz Hansen Space Modern Lounge Chair by Jehs and Laub,

Why these pieces work together…
Clean lines and geometric forms run throughout a mostly neutral line-up
of varying materials and textures that's streamlined yet inviting. The
sleek leather sofa and interesting forms of the accent chairs are
complimented by a continued mix in textures via the lacquered cocktail
table and silver metal finishes scattered throughout - a look that
provides a crisp and minimalist aesthetic.

Bohemian & Eclectic Interior Design Aesthetic:

1. Robert Abbey Saturnia Floor Lamp 2. Artek A331 Pendant Light, 3. True Modern Luna Sofa 4. Replica Plank Arm Chair 5. Corsage Vintage Brass Lamp, 6. Knot Natural Cotton Round Pouf, 7. Edelman Leather Zebra Cowhide Rug, 8. George Nakashima Mid-Century Modern Hi-Back Lounge Chair,

Why these pieces work together…

Rich textures and splashes of a seemingly random color palette, paired
with one-off items such as the two exposed-wood occasional chairs help
to make this room feel acquired - looking as if you shopped the local
flea market.The artistic mix becomes a cohesive statement by repeating
a specific a element, be it a color, finish or form, throughout the space.

Flowers 101: Peonies

Floral Design for Interiors

Floral design is quickly becoming one of my favorite areas of interior decor & design. At GHID, we never miss a chance to incorporate floral arrangements and plants (live or faux) into our design. From placing the finishing touch to a space, styling for a photoshoot, to party decor, plant and floral elements are a staple accessory. Therefore, I’d like to introduce our “Flower of the Month” series starting with the one and only Peony for the month of June.

About Peonies

Besides welcoming us into warm weather and summertime, the month of June is also the part of the peak season for peonies. An all-time favorite flower of ours, the Peony comes in many shapes and colors. Here in the Pacific Northwest, their peak blooming season is during the months of May & June.

The peony, a well established plant and flower for centuries, may seem like it would be difficult to grow and bloom, but these plants are quite the contrary. With shrub-like foliage, these plants are disease-resistant and do not require pesticides. Patience is key when starting out your peony garden, once established they do not need a lot of water. Peony plants may take a few seasons to settle when first planting, but eventually they will continue to bloom and grow for years to come. They are known to last upwards to 100 years! Now that’s longevity!

Peony Blooms

One of the greatest qualities about the peony is its versatility in appearance. Not subject to just one look, peonies come in eight specific forms, see below:

Mixing Peonies Arrangements

Don’t be afraid to add in different types of flowers to create an extra textural bouquet. Check out some of these great combinations including hydrangeas, succulents, & ranunculus …

Quick Floral Arrangement Tip

In a rush and need your buds to open ASAP? Try sticking your partially closed bud in a glass of warm water. For a couple minutes up to a half-an-hour, depending on how tightly closed the bloom is, this tip is sure to do the trick.

Peonies are one of the most iconic classic flowers. They add style and grace to any interior or exterior space. Don’t forget to pick up a bouquet next time your in the market before they are out of season, or prepare your garden for next years season by planting a few peony plants for your own personal collection.

Happy Wednesday!!