Monthly Archives: August 2012

GHID August 2012 Month in Review…

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Our months here at GHID seem to just fly right on by – and this month has been no different! We’ve traveled, attended various design events, hosted rep meetings, enlisted in a CEU all the while maintaining our workload and managing our projects.

Take a peek at our GHID month in review…

Garrison Hullinger Travels to San Francisco:

Garrison recently traveled down to the Bay Area to speak at an event for both Rejuvenation’s Grand Opening at their Berkeley location, as well as a realtor event Houzz hosted. While there, Garrison also met with a new client who’s building a home in the Portland-Metro area, and supervised an installation for a client we’ve been working with for several months now. Check out a few pictures…

GHID Travels to San Francisco

Party at Kush Handmade Rugs:

Alison and I represented GHID at Kush Handmade Rugs, Dangerous Rugs that Won’t Eat Your Pets event this past First Thursday. It was a beautiful evening, a perfect summer night, filled with beautiful rugs and a great presentation from Ryan Higgins and Tamarian. We love Kush and always enjoy their parties!

Kush Hand-Made Area Rugs in Portland Oregon First Thursday Rug Event

Client Meetings & Presentations:

During an average month here at GHID, we meet with our clients about two – four times a week, an average of 16 client appointments a month (and this doesn’t include new client calls). Below are a few examples of what we have presented to our clients this past month – CAD drawings, hand-renderings, style sheets and more!

Portland Oregon Interior Design firm Garrison Hullinger Interior Design draws plans for client

Rejuvenation Warehouse Tour – Portland, Oregon:

Our contact at Rejuvenation, Amy Hekker has been so awesome and generous to GHID, and this past month invited our team to tour Rejuvenation’s Portland warehouse facility. We had such an awesome time looking through all the treasures packed in their sprawling warehouse as well as checking out their organized systems for orders placed and ready to ship. We absolutely adore Rejuvenation and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to peek through so much their history.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design visits Rejuvenation Warehouse in Portland Oregon

Interior Design Photo-Shoots:

Over the past year, GHID has partnered with Blackstone Edge Studios to update and catch up on our portfolio by scheduling a photo-shoot twice a month. It’s been very exciting to see these photos continue to roll in and share them with our clients as well as through our various social media accounts. Be sure to check out our updated portfolio as well as our Houzz account to view these new projects!

Portland Interior Designer Garrison Hullinger partners with Blackstone Edge Studios


This year’s Neocan’t, which happened to be on the rooftop of the DeSoto Building, fell on one of THE hottest days our Portland summer had to offer. However, the heat didn’t get us down. Our team had a fabulous time (as the pictures so plainly display) and saw a bunch of innovative products that we’re excited to source!

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design attends Neocan't

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design attends Portland's Neocan't


GHID takes every opportunity to continue learning about new products, codes and specialized niches by taking advantage of continued education courses or CEUs. This past month Garrison and I attended a CEU on The Green Kitchen, hosted by Standard TV & Appliance at their Beaverton location.

Interior Design CEU Credits Portland Oregon

Hood to Coast 2012 – My Shameless Plug:

This past weekend marked the end of an era – I Nicole Copko ran my first running race EVER and couldn’t be more thrilled! Hood to Coast is one of the greatest events Oregon has to offer, and I can’t wait to run again next year. I’ve officially got the H2C bug!

Hood to Coast Relay 2012

Stay up to date on our latest happenings on our GHID facebook page!

Houzz features Garrison Hullinger: 10 Tips for decorating a Renovated Basement

10 Tips for Decorating a Renovated Basement

Nearing the end of a basement remodel? Now comes the fun part: decorating. Follow these tips to outfit it smoothly and stylishly.

By Shawn Gauthier Via

Whether you’re at the beginning of a basement renovation or nearing the end, it’s never too soon to start considering its eventual aesthetic. While the decor style is up to you, you may want to consider some design ideas that benefit a wide range of looks. Follow Interior Designer Garrison Hullinger‘s advice, and you’ll be sailing smoothly into the dream basement you’ve been waiting for.

contemporary basement by Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC


1. Decide on finishes first. Before furnishings come into play, you’ll want to decide on finishes. Hullinger suggests establishing consistency with other parts of the home by using the same baseboard trim, window molding or doors that are seen on the other floors of the house. The dark wood finish from the staircase is repeated in the woodwork of this basement.

modern basement by Leslie Goodwin Photography


2. Use can lighting. “Lighting is everything when it comes to achieving a great result from your basement remodel,” says Hullinger. He suggests using small can lights finished with a clear or haze finish alzak trim kit, which allows the can to fade into the ceiling. “Five-inch cans can provide great coverage,” he says.

contemporary basement by LDa Architecture & Interiors


3. Light up shelves for function. See which other areas in your basement, such as bookshelves, might benefit from extra lighting. “You can easily create drama in a built in shelving space by adding lighting to highlight family collections or prized artwork,” says Hullinger.

traditional kitchen by Kleppinger Design Group, Inc.


4. Know where your plumbing and other mechanics are located. “If you’re thinking about adding a wet bar before the renovation is complete or down the road, you can keep costs down many times by adding the new sink near a bathroom or laundry room,” says Hullinger.

contemporary basement by Peregrine Design Build


5. Build in storage. “This is your chance to increase your opportunities for organization and storage,” says Hullinger. “Don’t leave this out of your plans.” Built-in bookshelves across the wall of a basement can corral anything from toys to throw blankets to ski gear.

modern basement Finished Basement


6. Pay attention to window treatments. If your basement has large windows and is outfitted with a television, be sure to install blinds that effectively darken the room to reduce glare on the screen. Hullinger recommends motorized blinds. “The benefits versus costs are a win-win,” he says.

traditional basement by Dream House Studios


7. Enhance visual space. Create a sense of height by choosing light colors for the ceiling and flooring. “It tricks the eye,” says Hullinger.

eclectic basement by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.


8. Use color to create drama. Design a cozy and visually intense space by painting the ceiling and walls the same color. “This results in an enveloping feel, like a cozy den you might find in nature,” says Hullinger.

contemporary family room by Powell/Kleinschmidt, Inc.


9. Consider carpet tiles. “Carpet tiles currently are a big trend for residential spaces, and many of the 24-by-24 inch tiles have a lifetime warranty,” says Hullinger. “If irreparable damage happens on the floor, you can replace the damaged tile one at a time.”

contemporary basement by ALLDECOR Home Staging


10. Use functional fabrics. Keep the space family friendly by using practical fabrics such as dark upholstery that hides stains, or slipcovers and fabrics that are easily washed. “This ensures that the whole family, including the pets, can hang out in the space without great worry for the upholstered items,” says Hullinger.

Thanks Shawn Gauthier and for the helpful article! We’d love to hear about your next basement project in the comments below, Happy Wednesday!!

Waterworks Debuts a New Collection with Design Firm Roman and Williams…


Waterworks partners with Roman and Williams on plumbing fixtures

R.W. Atlas for Waterworks

“R.W. Atlas is part of our ongoing interest in embracing the idea of
American utility, but imbuing that with a sense of glamour and
sophistication,” explains Robin Standefer, principal of Roman and
Williams. “The result is a wonderful sense of tension -- between the
masculine and the feminine, the industrial and the sensual,
the familiar and the new.”

A new collection from luxury kitchen and bath company, Waterworks, is getting ready to launch – and who’s behind this new collection? None other than the much talked about, AD100 design firm, Roman & Williams. The launch is not only a milestone for the design firm, but also an extension of Waterworks’ portfolio of celebrated partnerships.

The firm’s design duo Robin Standefer and husband Stephen Alesch, whose backgrounds are in set design, have designed homes for high-profile celebs such as Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller, but might best be know for the Ace Hotel in New York, which is nothing less than amazingly spectacular, hipster chic.

This new collection coined R.W. Atlas Fittings and District Tile will be available this coming September 2012 and includes plumbing fixtures for both bath and kitchen as well as accessories like towel bars, hooks, and mirrors – as well as artisan tile. For more information and to view the entire R. W. Atlas line, visit Waterworks.

We’re sold!

R.W. Atlas Plumbing Fixtures for Waterworks:

Design Firm Roman and Williams release new collection through Waterworks

R.W. Atlas for Waterworks


Waterworks partners with Roman and Williams on new plumbing fixtures

R.W. Atlas for Waterworks


Roman and Williams design plumbing fixtures for Waterworks

R.W. Atlas for Waterworks


Waterworks plumbing fixtures designed by Roman and Williams

R.W. Atlas for Waterworks


Designers Roman and Williams for Waterworks

R.W. Atlas for Waterworks


District Tile by R.W. Atlas for Waterworks:

District Tile encompassing 20 deep rich hues in a large range of field tile sizes and multiple architectural trim pieces offered in two body types – artisanal, perfectly handmade and dust pressed, both types are hand glazed for a natural pooling effect (Waterworks).

Waterworks partners with design firm Roman and Williams on tile and plumbing fixtures

District Tile by R.W. Atlas for Waterworks


Interior design of Portland Foursquare home becomes a case study for family-friendly interiors

As Portland interior designers much of our work is for families with kids, so over the years we’ve developed a suite of design tactics that together form what we see as a powerful approach to family-friendly interior design.

The key to designing interiors for families?  Versatility.  A home’s interior spaces need to respond and evolve as the family’s kids grow and the household’s needs change.

Interior design for family by Portland interior designer Garrison Hullinger

“As kids grow the interior space needs of a family evolve,” Garrison said. “It’s our job to design interiors that not only respond to this dynamism, but celebrate it.”

Since the advent of Modernism, architects and interior designers have embraced the challenge of creating beautiful spaces that also serve occupants. But interior design that successfully melds form and function for families has remained elusive.

Interior design for family by Portland interior designer Garrison Hullinger

Today that is changing. Everything from Teflon-coated fabrics to the current design trend toward flexible use of patterns has opened the door to interior design that supports families and their home life.

“If you really embrace the value of versatility when designing for families,” said Garrison, “and you take the time to understand families’ evolving needs, exciting design possibilities emerge.”

Interior design for family by Portland interior designer Garrison Hullinger

GHID’s recent interior design of a 1920s Portland Foursquare provides a nice case study of family-friendly interior design principles:

      1. “Bullet proof” fabrics make interiors sustainable.Throughout the home GHID incorporated durable, treated fabrics to withstand the rigors of family life. “Furniture should last a family 10-13 years, without reupholstering. You should be sick of it before it wears out,” Garrison said.
      2. Placeholder space reserved for future furniture doubles as play space.Today the kids in the Foursquare need open play space. Years from now they may need a sofa or coffee table. By providing carefully planned open spaces, the project’s room designs accommodate both.
      3. Flexible seating maximizes space and money invested in furniture. Rather than stuffing the house with chairs and sofas, we planned multiple uses for fewer, higher quality pieces of furniture and then left space for this seating to be moved regularly as household needs dictate. For example, the wing-backed chairs at the fireplace also serve as extra seating at the dining room table.
      4. Lighting should serve everyone. The design mixes ambient lighting with more focused treatments because the kids playing on the floor of the living room need different light from the parent curled up with a book in the corner.
      5. Mix of patterns makes change easy. Our interior décor for the project pulls mixes of large-scale patterns into the various room designs of the home. Because the décor is built around these patterns rather than specific colors or materials, this approach allows versatility as kids get older and space needs change. Pieces can be added or replaced with fresh patterns that complement the composition in a new way. This adds vibrancy and a longer life to the design. Done well, the approach can provide historic homage while embracing the evolving needs of a household.

“We had an ambitious agenda for this Portland home, to improve its flow, restore integrity to its entry, and lighten up the place,” Garrison said. “But our most important contribution was to create interior spaces that both fit the family today and will evolve gracefully with it into the future.”

Interior design for family by Portland interior designer Garrison Hulllinger

Please check out the full image portfolio of the family-friendly interior design project here.  And we also posted an annotated slideshow of the project to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

Interior design for family by Portland interior designer Garrison Hullinger

Jonathan Adler Store Opens in Portland

Jonathan Adler hits Portland!

Very exciting news in the Portland retail market with the new introduction to JONATHAN ADLER. In case you didn’t already know, Jonathan Adler is an iconic potter, designer, author, and TV personality. Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1994 at Barneys New York. Four years later he expanded beyond the potter’s wheel into home furnishings & design, opening his first namesake boutique in Soho. With a company motto of “happy chic,” the legacy continues, dedicated to bringing style, craft, and positivity to your home. (We love that!) With Portland being his 21st store, they chose the perfect setting right in the heart of the bustling Pearl District off 12th & Everett in NW. The 2600 square foot store boasts funky housewares, fab furniture, and everything color!

A look into the new Jonathan Adler Portland Store…

Of course I had to stop in the first chance I got, check out some of the playful offerings I found and be sure to stop in next time you are in the neighborhood. Presenting lighting,  furniture, pottery, books, rugs, throws and everything in between, an iconic Adler piece is what your home is craving. Enjoy!

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