Must-See Interior Design Products At The Street Of Dreams: Cascade Coil Drapery

GHID worked hard on putting the finishing touches on both of the Street of Dreams homes (Trillium and The American Spirit), and now they’re open for the public to see! I can’t wait for you all to see the beautiful and innovative products that were selected for the homes. There are so many things in each house that I have been drooling over, but today I am going to be talking about the durable and textural coil drapery by Cascade CoilGHID has used Cascade Coil in several projects like our Waterfront Pearl condos, our office, our Serving up Style vignette, and our two Street of Dreams homes! Before diving into how awesome Cascade Coil is, let’s learn a little bit more about the product itself.

What’s Cascade Coil Drapery?

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Cascade Coil Drapery manufactures flexible woven wire fabric that we use to add texture and visual interest to a space. The product is sleek, yet adds a contemporary or industrial edge to a space, depending on how the room is stylized.

Does It Really Shield Sunshine?

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Photography by Joe Ness of Cascade Coil

The way that GHID has applied Cascade Coil in the two Street of Dreams homes are distinct. Let’s start by talking about how Trillium uses Cascade Coil Drapery as curtains in the great room. The most frequently asked question I have been hearing is whether or not it truly protects and blocks out sunlight. Although, the coil does provide the home with protection from late afternoon sunshine, it’s sole purpose isn’t meant to protect the home from sunlight or provide privacy. Cascade Coil enhances the great room design by adding a sleek, textural element to the space that does provide minimal shading.

Can You Really Use Cascade Coil As A Shower Curtain?

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Cascade Coil Drapery

A popular question among attendees is, “does the shower curtain really keep the water in the shower?” This made in America product really does keep the shower water from escaping the shower. As the shower bounces off of your body, the coils catches the water and trickles it down the shower curtain. The Trillium home uses it as a shower curtain as well as a great room alternative to fabric drapery, but The American Spirit features it as somewhat of a protector from the Oregon rain that we are all used to here in the Pacific Northwest! It’s perfect for indoor or outdoor applications.

What Are Some Alternative Ways To Bring Cascade Coil Into Your Home Or Commercial Space?

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Cascade Coil via Carries Design Musings

Cascade Coil’s woven wire fabric is a creative choice of material for designers looking for light control and modulation; area or crowd control; visual freedom; security; and free flow of air, sound and even potential output from sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. The special properties of the material — its innumerable support points and flexible round weave — make it an effective solution for decorating, partitioning and securing structures and spaces of all kinds.

If this blog is enough to get you to want the product, go visit their website to purchase your very own. If you’re still eager to see this product and the homes GHID designed, we better see you out at the Street of Dreams! If you pre-purchase tickets, use this code to get your discount: DREAMS.


5 Reasons Why To Attend This Year’s Street Of Dreams

Last night was the annual NW Natural Street of Dreams Block Party and boy it was fun! Although the rain and chilly weather came to visit us, that wasn’t going to stop all of those eager attendees from seeing the homes. GHID also revealed our two homes to each set of clients, and since I hadn’t been a part of a client reveal, my eyes were welled up for most of the reveals. The clients were overjoyed with the outcome of their homes, so it was a huge win for GHID. The annual show kicks off this Saturday, July 26 and runs through August 24. If you haven’t been to a show before, or you’re not sure that you want to head out to Happy Valley, I am going to tell you just 5 reasons why you must make it out this year!

Get Inspired To Jumpstart Your Own Home Remodel Or New Build

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Ever thought about remodeling your home or building new? Hire a killer team to help complete your house so it feels like a home. Working with a great builder, contractor and interior designer will lead to an immaculately designed and executed home.

See Gorgeously Designed Homes By Local Interior Designers

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The great room in the Trillium home

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design helped design two homes in the Street of Dreams; The American Spirit and Trillium. Each home turned out to be showstoppers and we know you won’t want to miss out on seeing the homes. The American Spirit has a more traditional feel and boasts many great features for at-home entertaining, while Trillium is the perfect fusion of contemporary meets traditional.

Shop For Your Favorite Builders, Landscapers, Interior Design, Home Decor + More


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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

One of the best ways to shop for your future interior designers, local builders, and contractors is to see their work in person! If you head out to the 2014 Street of Dreams, you will be sure to find some of your favorite design elements and products that you’ll want your future design team to incorporate into your home. So write down your favorite things and tell your team.

Learn About The Latest Technologies & Products In The Building Industry

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Cascade Coil Drapery taken by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

When you’re visiting the show, we know you’ll see some work from local artisans, craftsman and manufacturers. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the coolest products, visiting the show is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the building industry.

Have Some Affordable Fun With Your Family & Friends

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Here are some of our favorite photos from last night’s clients’ home reveals. We can’t wait to show you around the The American Spirit and Trillium, so don’t forget to buy your tickets! Shhh… this code will get you a discount on your Street of Dreams tickets: DREAMS


The Best Interior Designers And Custom Home Builders In The Pacific Northwest

If you are thinking of remodeling or building a custom home, you’ll want to attend the 2014 Street of Dreams. Starting this Saturday, July 26, you will be able to get an inside look at recently finished homes that boast the latest technologies and products that you’ll likely want to consider incorporating into your home design. Just to get you all excited about what you can expect out of the two homes that Garrison Hullinger Interior Design designed, you better read on!

Shop Around For The Best Builders, Interior Designers And Contractors!

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Preview of 2014 Street of Dreams, photography by Blackstone Edge

You’ve finally reached the point in your life that you can consider building the home of your dreams, but you don’t know what the necessary next steps are to ensure it’s built with attention to detail…your favorite interior designers, builders and architects are here to help you! We always recommend shopping around and asking your trusted friends and family who they recommend and why; our general rule of thumb is to find and interview three different businesses. It’s very important that you interview your future design team, because you want to feel comfortable and confident in the people that you’re entrusting to build your dream home.

Helpful Hint: Although saving money is always very attractive, it isn’t always the best route to go. Be cautious that people aren’t under promising where budget will fall. 

Important Design Details To Incorporate Into Your Home

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Entryway at the Trillium Street of Dreams

A lot of times the general public isn’t aware of how much interior designers really contribute to a home project. Let me just clear the air…we don’t just add the perfect lamp to a space, we do a lot more then that! Did you know that designers over at GHID do not use a template for any of our designs? That means that everything we present to you is unique to you and your project!

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While attending the show this year, make sure to pay special attention to the following: the detailed edges in all of the cabinetry, the custom tile layouts, faux paint, exterior paint colors and surfaces. The previously listed details you should keep your eyes peeled are just a few of the ways our designers creatively contributed to these projects. Those details that I just mentioned are just a few of the things that GHID designers spent the time hand-selecting and designing for each set of homeowners.

Helpful hint: If you’re shopping around for some new homes, one easy way to see if your home is custom built is by paying attention to the intricate details, like creative fireplace layouts. 

How To Identify The Latest Design Trends In The Building Industry?

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Heading to the Street of Dreams is a great way to learn and see how the latest design trends are being used in homes. Everyday, a GHID employee will be at the both of our homes (Trillium and Westlake), so if you have any questions related to something you have seen in the homes, or on the Internet, don’t be afraid to ask our design team! If you can’t make it to the show because you don’t live in the area, GHID is always willing and able to help you, so give us a call!

How Can I Learn More About The Street Of Dreams?

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The Street of Dreams has an official website, but here are some crucial details you’ll need to know in order to attend the show!

  • Cost: $15 per person, unless you use this $2 discount code: DREAMS
  • Where can I buy tickets? On Ticket Tomato
  • GPS Location: 14956 SE Pebble Beach Dr, Happy Valley, OR 97086
  • *Get detailed directions to the show here!

If you’re a client, or interested in learning more about GHID, give us a call and we can schedule a meeting to walk through the Street of Dreams with you!

We can’t wait to see you at the show!


The Coolest Libraries And Reading Rooms – Display Your Love For Tales Like A Pro

This year’ s Trillium Street of Dreams home that we designed has a beautiful at-home library, so to get all of you excited about what you’ll be seeing this year at the show, I went on a hunt for some of the coolest libraries and reading areas. Don’t have a room designed specifically to house your loved tales? Keep scrolling to check out some inspired ways to create shelving in unconventional spaces. Need inspiration for your own at home office and library space? The pictures below will give you ideas to make your space striking and stylish, so brace yourselves for a quick tour down inspiration lane as you’ll be seeing spaces that are great for all different interior design styles. And, at the end of the day, I hope this inspires you to put your favorite books on display for all to see.

Get Colorful With Floor-to-ceiling Bookshelves

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Helpful tip: Purchase fun and colorful hardbound books at garage sales, second hand stores or your favorite home furnishings store. It’s a great way to add visual interest to your home!

Optimized Space By Installing Shelves In Unconventional Spaces


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Helpful tip: Go vertical! If you have limited work space, don’t you worry, it’s easy to display your books in a vertical way.

Add A Splash Of Color To Make Your Precious Novels Stand Out

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Helpful tip: Don’t try to make your bookshelf blend into the background. Make a bold statement with a fun and bright bookshelf!

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Are You Bold Enough To Recreate This Edgy Design In Your Home?

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Helpful tip: If you’re limited on space and want to define an open floorplan, a great way to do so is by creating a similar little reading area. Tell your interior designers what you’re looking for and they’ll do all of the creative planning and executing!

Curl Up In Comfort And Style With Your Favorite Book

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Helpful tip: Incorporate your favorite pass time into a large hallway or nook area. If you’re in the midst of a remodel, don’t forget to ask your designers to add a special place to get lost in your favorite book.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspires you to come to the show to see a beautifully designed library in person! Get your tickets to the show here. Don’t forget to use discount code: DREAMS.


Tips & Tricks For Constructing A Great Builder-Client Relationship

While there are plenty of great builders out there, it can still be a challenge to find and properly deal with a good builder. As we are inching toward the Street of Dreams, we thought it would be a great idea to share some great tips and tricks to consider while finding the perfect builder for you and your family. If you’re working with a great builder, they will likely have awesome recommendations for good interior design teams too! After reading these tips and tricks, we are sure you’ll have all of the necessary first steps to take to hire on a builder and design team that will help make your custom home or home renovation dreams come true!

Find The Best Builder For You

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Before choosing a builder, we highly recommend to select around three of the best builders in your area and interview them. Selecting these builders can be based off of many things, but a couple of great indicators are online reviews and recommendations from friends and family. After interviewing each, and finding out about certifications, skill-sets, etc., you can choose the one you are most comfortable with. Don’t just go for the builder with the lowest quote!

Get An Accurate Quote For Your Upcoming Home Project

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Speaking of quotes, it is very important to get estimations and exact quotes about how much a project will cost! That means that you need to be very transparent with exactly what you and your family wants and needs out of the project. Once you’ve been completely transparent with your builder, you can confidently ask for the detailed breakdown of the quote.

Your House, Your Rules

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People are going to be in and out of your house for weeks while working on it, so you need to set some ground rules for them. Some things to consider outlining for your builders and design team are whether or not the builder and his workers can use your bathrooms or kitchen, and if the build site needs to be cleaned up at the end of each day. It is also important to think of your neighbors, so let them know that there could be a lot of noise, and set volume limits for work site music and start and end times for each day.

Check Up On Contract And Insurance

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Getting everything in writing is essential, so that you and your builder are both on the same page, as far as what work should be done and how much it will cost. It also establishes contingencies or special scenarios, and how much the builders will get paid. Ask to see the builder’s insurance and certifications and make sure they will still be in effect for the duration of the project. It’s better to play it safe than to be sorry, right?!

Don’t Be Overbearing

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One of the most important things to remember about working with a builder has nothing to do with the builder themselves, but with you! While it is your house that is being worked on, and you want the project to be done as quickly and safely as possible, you have to be reasonable with your builder. While it is good to check up on the project, try to be out of the house or in a different room when they are working, rather than hovering over their shoulder the entire time. When the builder does not want to work on a certain day due to extreme weather, don’t make them work! Not only is that unsafe, but it is a poor use of time. If you treat them well, they may even want to give you a better deal on your build!

Armed with the above knowledge, you should be able to go out and search for a builder, whether you’re building a custom home from the ground up or doing a remodel in your existing home. If you don’t have any upcoming building plans, share this information with a friend who does!

Also, if you have any upcoming home projects, there is an awesome opportunity for you to go see some fabulous homes from local Portland builders and designers – the Street of Dreams opens on July 26! Get all of the necessary information here.