The Best Accessories that Just Make a Room Pop


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge


Accessories and other small details are really what make a room come alive. Furniture and paint are great, and are the major components of a room, but it is the tiny details that pull everything together and add subtle touches of style! Garrison Hullinger Interior Design knows all about using accessories to the best of their ability, and in this blog we will be discussing how best to use these small details to really make your rooms pop!


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Practical Accessories Are the Best Kind!

Here at GHID we love our accessories, but it is important to strike a good balance between form and function in your home. We believe in functional and useful accessories that serve the dual purpose of looking fabulous and also being really handy! Our designers’ favorite accent is none other than the simple decorative box! It doesn’t get much more simple than a box, and it doesn’t get much more practical either! Decorative boxes can contain the clutter of a coffee table, and then easily hide away when you need the


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Use Big Pieces Rather Than a Lot of Small Ones

It is up to your personal preference of course, but here at GHID we prefer to decorate with a few carefully selected large pieces rather than a lot of small pieces. There are tasteful ways to display your collections of small items, but we prefer a simpler and more streamlined look. Our designers like to keep things in scale with the larger furniture pieces so that nothing looks out of place. The accessory has to go with everything else and not break up the theme or style of the space.


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Don’t Be Afraid to get Creative!

Our designers love getting creative when they are picking out accessories, and you should too! For example, objects like books make great accessories. The term “coffee table book” doesn’t exist for nothing! Don’t be afraid to add in a stack of books to a table if the colors work well. Pieces found at antique stores can give your home a unique look too, especially if you refurbish them. Look for inspiration in unexpected places, and really bring your rooms to life in ways that will make your space stand out from all the rest!

GHID’s designers love accessories that are practical, in scale, and creative, and we think that these three tenants of design can help anyone put those finishing touches on a room that just needs a little extra something. Happy designing!

Why Restaurants Need Interior Design


Sure, you hear a lot about interior design for homes and apartments, but did you know that restaurants need interior design too? Interior design in a restaurant is just as important as in a home; an eatery still has to make an impression, establish a style, and make you want to stick around and eat there! Today we will be talking all about how restaurants use interior design to get your stomach rumbling!

Commercial Design

Color Schemes

Color is always important, and in restaurants it is really not a whole lot different than coordinating colors in a home! Tablecloths, plates, chair patterns, and even napkins, count when it comes to color. An interior designer can make these coordinate well together while still capturing the feel of your restaurant, whether it is elegant, laid back, or all-natural. And of course you cannot forget wall color and the style of artwork. You may not have couches and accent pillows to match like in a home, but there are dozens of tiny details that need to be coordinated, else you run the risk of your image not being what you want it to be!

Commcercial Design

Space Efficiency

It is an age-old question of restaurants; how many customers can I seat in here? There are a lot of things to consider in the layout and design of the space to fit the ideal number of people. The first challenge is that there are plenty of different kinds of tables to choose from. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a combinations of booths, 4-person tables, and 2-person tables. It is best to get tables that can be pushed together for larger parties, but it is also good to consult a designer on how many of each type of table there should be and where they should be placed in relation to each other. And of course, how close the tables can be to each other, depending on how private you think each party should be.


Yes, even the restrooms of restaurants need to be designed consciously! The style and mood of a restaurant should be consistent in all areas that customers will be in and that includes the restroom. If the restaurant is dark and moody, don’t fill the bathroom with white walls and fluorescent lights. Put in some candles and dark interiors to match the rest of the space! The experience of the restaurant should not be broken by a bathroom break!

Dining Design

Details and Accessories

The tablecloths, napkins, and plates are important, but the even smaller details help pull everything together. This is where interior design truly shines, yet you may not even notice its effect consciously! Many restaurants opt out of using a tablecloth, and use a bare table. Others included various kinds of candles to set the mood at each seat. And of course the overhead lighting is important. Again, the desired feel of the restaurant should be considered when it comes to lighting features. Does it need to be lit with bright fluorescent bulbs, or is it an intimate and quite establishment where some dim vintage lighting would work better. The tiny details really make a restaurant complete.

Wine Room

Without an interior designer, a restaurant is just a place to get food and to socialize. Good design makes going out to eat a full experience that engages all of the senses! You taste  and smell the food, you hear the background music, you touch the furniture, and you see the ambiance and mood of the restaurant. An interior designer really pulls these all together into one cohesive dining experience, and can make you feel like you have been transported somewhere far away just by a few key colors and details!


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Make Your Backyard a Room of its Own This Summer

With summer on all of our minds, we are likely imagining a lot of afternoons and evenings sitting out in the backyard or on the patio enjoying a nice dinner or the company of friends. However, not every backyard is ideal for entertaining. Even if our houses are nice, it is easy to neglect the outside if you just are not into yard work. Today we will be showing you some creative and simple (and some more involved and difficult) ways to make your backyard feel more like another stylish room in your house!

Make “Rooms” on Your Patio

Designating different parts of your patio or backyard for specific activities will help the area feel more like a series of rooms. A seating area, a garden, a water feature, a lawn for bocce or croquet… the options are endless, and dividing these regions with walls or different materials can help make them feel separate and distinct in purpose and in style, just like the rooms of your home!

Install an Outdoor Kitchen

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

This one is not exactly the easiest thing to do, but it can really be what makes a patio area into a great living space. Nothing breaks the flow of a party like the host going inside to prepare food. What if they didn’t have to? What if all of the food was being prepared outside in a dedicated outdoor kitchen? This will make it so that you never have to leave the backyard during your event, and can focus on the conversation even when preparing delicious food!

Enhance Privacy

Creating a sense of privacy around your backyard can make it seem more like a room, because real rooms have privacy! You can create “walls” around your entertainment are by putting up actual decorative walls made of brick or stone, putting up terraces, or planting large hedges. This will make you and your guests forget about any neighbors or other distractions, because they will be out of sight and out of mind! In addition, these walls will make you feel like the area is walled off like a room.

Create Large Planters

If you do not quite want walls, then maybe a half-wall will work. Large planters can create a short wall that divides a space while keeping the view relatively open. It does act as a wall in that it will make you and your guests feel enclosed in a specified area. Additionally, you can put whatever trees or flowers or shrubs you want into these planters, to customize the level of privacy, the colors, and how closed off you want to feel.

Extend Your Interior Rooms

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Another way to make the most of your backyard this summer is to make it an extension of your home. This can be done in several ways, the most effective of which is to simply extend your style out of a room and to the outdoors. This works especially well if you have large French doors or a wall of windows between your home and backyard. Extend your style out by sticking with the same theme, colors, and patterns as the interior room, so that when your guests go outside, the only difference is some more fresh air and natural light!

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Completes Major Multi-Family Design Project


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Completes Major Multi-Family Design Project (Press Release)


Portland‘s award-winning interior design firm, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design (GHID) completes the newly opened multi-family project; Hub 9, a Holland Partner Group development in Hillsboro, OR.


Completed in April, 2015 Hub 9 has already reached record leasing numbers. The Hub 9 property is the first of three in a master multi-family project of over 700,000 square feet of multi-family space.


“We were thrilled to work with the development team at Holland Partners to provide a unique, out of the box, interior design plan that captures the desire of the resident in the units and is mindful of the budget and construction limitations while creating fresh unseen moments throughout the building.”


GHID provided the design work for the lobby, entry, mailroom, rope room, fitness area, clubroom, wine room, patio, hallways, and all units. The GHID team is excited to deliver a unique and collective interior design for the building that was designed by Leeb Architects, Portland, OR .


”The next GHID designed building to open at ORENCO will bring a great mix of material and color throughout the public spaces and pool area, all while giving the residents beautiful materials in each of the units. “

GHID has completed the designs of the other two buildings in the master project that are planned to open over the next 8-10 months.



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Our Top 5 Bathroom Designs!

Over the years, Garrison Hullinger has built up an extensive portfolio of home interior designs. You’ve fawned over the lavish bedrooms, the vast kitchens, and the cozy living rooms, but today we are going to cover something that may be under-appreciated; the bathrooms! In this post, we will be showcasing our 5 favorite home bathrooms that we have designed!

Stonehenge Terrace’s Elegant White Bathroom

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This gorgeous master bathroom is in our Stonehenge Terrace project. The goal was to make the bathroom feel like a spa, and that was completely accomplished! The white cabinet, and luxurious tile and marble throughout give the feeling of being pampered, and the wooden doors feel like you are being led into a private spa room to be relaxed!

Trillium’s Open and Simple Master Bath

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This bathroom in GHID’s Trillium project features wide open spaces. This home was designed as a dream home that the owners could grow old in, and has plenty of features that will become useful as the owners age. In addition to that, this master bathroom is designed in a timeless style that will always look good and fresh!

Stylish Luxury in American Spirit’s Master Bathroom

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

The rest of the American Spirit project was designed for year-round entertainment. The lavish master bathroom may not be designed for entertainment but it is definitely designed to be enjoyed and appreciated. The detailed cabinetry frames the vanity, and the expansive shower is a gorgeous sight and the owners will certainly never find themselves wanting more space in there!

Soft Pastels in Camelia Court

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Taking a turn from the usual style GHID uses, the Camelia Court project features a bathroom with subdued pastels. This room is smaller and simpler, but packed with details that make this bathroom cozy, bright, and very functional, all while looking stylish.

Natural Tones in Danish Luxe Revival

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

The master bathroom in GHID’s Danish Luxe Revival project brings in natural tones and patterns to make a warm and comfortable bathroom. Foregoing clean white lines from other projects, this bathroom’s highlights are its stonework surrounding the vanity and the details of its nature-themed accessories, like the tree on the wall and the green stool.   We hope you loved our bathrooms as much as we do! Maybe it is time to take a look at your own bathrooms and see if they keep up with the design in the rest of you home. Happy designing!