Holiday Gift Guides: GHID Designers Share Their Favorite Gifts + Black Friday Shopping Tips!

The holidays are upon us and it is that time to start thinking about getting your holiday shopping done! Instead of stressing out about what is the latest and greatest home decor, or themed gifts, we’ve taken the guessing out and provided you with GHID’s best gift guides. If you have been dreading holiday shopping, get a jump start on it and give gifts that people will not want to return!

Host A Party Like A Professional

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We all know these people, or we are those people… the infamous at-home entertainers. If you and your better are attending holiday parties and want to know the perfect gift to give as a hostess gift, or you want to host a party for your friends and family, this gift guide is just for you! All of the fixings for a fabulous party are all under $100 and some of them can even be picked up at Hullinger Home, our Portland-based interior design store.

Geometric Gifts For The Creative Folks

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Candace is our fabulously, funky and sophisticated multi-family housing interior designer. This year, her holiday wish list is full of geometric gifts and classy brass accessories. Her gift recommendations would be perfect for that friend or family member that seems to have it all, but wants something completely out of the normal!

Gifts For People Who Are Homebodies

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Design Assistant Hailey is ready to curl up with a good book in the comfort of her home this holiday season, so she has come up with the best gifts for your friends that don’t like to stray far from home. You can wrap yourself in a luxuriously soft and cozy blanket while lounging in your favorite pajamas. These gifts would be great to give as a bundle gift or individually, but either way, I’d love to receive this gift on a drizzly day.

New Year, New You – The Best Gifts To Start Your Year Off The Right Way

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Interior Designer, Chanel is gearing up for a relaxing night at home. After a busy and stressful year, you can give gifts that allow you to unwind with relaxing gifts. Jot down your favorite inspirational quotes or your goals for the coming year while soaking in a luscious bath surrounded by sweet tunes and aromatic scents. I know that I am absolutely obsessed with diffusors right now, so I am so thrilled she found this gem!

Black Friday Shopping Tips to Make Your Weekend Easier!

Black Friday is right around the corner, which means sales, sales, sales! You can find just about anything on sale this day of the year, but we’re going to tell you how to shop smart for great home decor.

  1. Try shopping online. The massive Black Friday rush we always hear about on the news is mostly for technology-related items. If you’re looking for home decor, you probably do not need to join the crowd, and shopping online will work just fine. On Black Friday itself, there should be plenty of online sales, but the real deals for non-tech items will mostly be on Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving. Waiting until this day could be your best strategy to shop home decor online, but don’t forget to check those online Black Friday sales!
  2. Set a budget. Yes, everything being on sale may seem like a great excuse to buy everything you can to make your home look great. However, if you have been spending money on home improvement and decor already throughout the year, you may want to set a budget for your Black Friday spending.
  3. If something strikes your fancy, get it! If you hesitate about something, it could be completely gone later. If you think something would fit in your home, there is nothing wrong with getting it. Many stores still have a traditional return policy, so even if you realize you did not really need something, at least you bought it just in case!

I know these Black Friday tips and tricks, and fabulous gift guides will set you up for a successful holiday shopping season! Do not forget that if you’re in the Portland area, Hullinger Home is offering free holiday wrapping now through the end of the holiday season!

Decorating Your Home For The Holidays Or Hosting The Hottest Party With Bronson van Wyck

Have you ever wondered if you could hire someone to decorate your home and then have them take it all away after the holidays? Or if someone can throw the best party around for you? Yeah, that is right, someone does just that and does it oh so right – Bronson van Wyck. He is an epic party planner, but what he does cannot be summed up by a two-word title! The New York Times featured a fantastic article on what a regular Sunday looks like for Bronson, and it is truly telling of his personality and love for his work. He says that he gets up by 9:00, works out, and then goes to the comic book store, the regular book store, does a couple hours of stretching, plays board games with friends, and finally starts thinking about ideas and what must be done for the week. Yet in all of it, Bronson is always curious about events and parties that his friends went to; he needs to know, so that he can better plan the events he is brought on to lead.

Bronson Van Wyck’s Style Available For All

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Bronson’s Van Wyck’s services are notoriously hard to come by, which is no surprise given that he has clients as big as President Obama! If you were not lucky enough to get on his Christmas decorating list back in 2012, this pop-up store in Greenwich Village alleviated the pain. All of the decor and gifts were handpicked by the man himself, and the shop even offered a service for decorating a custom Christmas tree and shipping it anywhere in Manhattan!

A Wedding Under the Big Top

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Van Wyck is also known for his extravagant weddings. This event looks like it must have been one to remember! Not a lot of weddings happen under a massive tent full of elegant chandeliers. This once in a lifetime experience is the essence of what Bronson Van Wyck’s events and designs have to offer. The gold and green colors give the entire event a classy and warm glow that makes all of the guests feel comfortable and warm, and most of all, welcomed. More photos of this fabulous event can be seen in the gallery for Mr. And Mrs. Trevor Colhoun on Van Wyck’s website.

 The Crossing of Nature and Modern Design

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Bronson Van Wyck not only plans amazing weddings and parties, but also great corporate events. This event for Bulgari, a maker of Italian jewelry shows off the planner’s fantastic use of nature and color. If the pristine white space full of natural light wasn’t enough, Van Wyck has complemented a massive green hedge with purple flowers on the table, which blend in seamlessly with the purple-tinged wine glasses. Everything matches with something else, but the entire setup does not match too much. It is in perfect balance! I especially like the little details, like the stones under the glass table and the alcoves in the hedge featuring pieces of the company’s jewelry. More photos of this even can be seen on Bronson Van Wyck’s gallery.

Summer Dining with Organized Chaos

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This table setting that Bronson Van Wyck designed is the exact opposite of what he usually makes, which is symmetrical and clean. This outdoor event really captures the chaos of nature, with each set of silverware being mismatched, and with thrown-on rugs and nature-inspired table decor. Van Wyck stated, in regards to his choice of drink coolers, that he went searching for an ice chest in the garage but instead found an old wheelbarrow. This simple addition plays perfectly into the style of the rest of the party. The entire event is one big rustic party that is on one hand chaotic and mismatched, but on the other hand so well planned and organized. More pictures can be seen on Architectural Digest!

The Gala of a Lifetime

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Extravagant and gorgeous, this gala for the Whitney Museum of American Art is sure to wow anyone who attended! While the table settings are straightforward and classy, the multitude of elegant chandeliers suspended from the ceiling and the backdrop of rich and lush foliage really are the stars of the show! Van Wyck managed to turn this otherwise drab and boring room into a stunning entertainment area full of beautiful decor that a normal event planner may never think to include. More photos of this event can be seen on the Van Wyck website!

Bronson Van Wyck’s events and designs are to die for, and we hope that these great events have inspired you to host your own parties with beautiful table settings, backdrops, and decor, while always tying things together! His unique style is something to draw from, and maybe if the president cancels on him, he will host a party just for you!

Forget Sightseeing – These Hotel Rooms Will Make You Never Want to Leave

When you go on vacation, you may be looking for a hotel that gets the job done; its reasonably priced, reasonably rated, in a reasonable area. It’s just reasonable. But what if you want to stay somewhere spectacular? If you’re looking for somewhere stunning to stay, then look no further, because once you step foot in these beautiful hotels, you won’t want to leave!

Soak Up the Ocean Views in Thailand

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Located in Phuket, Thailand, Kata Rocks is a hotel that offers “Sky Villas” rather than rooms or suites. Started by English design form Infinite Luxury, this hotel offers nothing less than that name entails. The clean and modern design elements against the straight, white angles of the walls and structure give the rooms a sense of serenity and relaxation. And of course the stunning ocean views help as well. Check out more of these amazing rooms and views on the Kata Rocks website.

Italian Suite That Takes Classical Luxury to the Next Level

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How many hotel rooms can boast about featuring a staircase? The suites in the Gombit Hotel in Bergamo, Italy can! While the other rooms feature a modern but elegant design, the suites are a bit more rustic, and feel more like an apartment than a hotel room. With two separate and distinctly designed bedrooms, plus the privacy of having two floors, this is the perfect hotel space for a travelling pair of couples looking to get luxury while also experiencing the rustic nature of small Italian towns.

Rock On With the Ace Hotel in LA

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This hotel may not look quite as luxurious as the last two, but it is in its own way. The Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles prides itself on being musically inclined, with many rooms featuring a Revo Radio and a Martin acoustic guitar, to inspire guests to create music or just to listen to music. The rest of the design, a modern and somewhat minimalist look, gives you a room free of distractions, so you can let the creativity flow. You’ll never want to leave until you write your hit single!

Colorful Charm With Lots of Attitude

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The Hotel Nash (formerly the LORDS of South Beach hotel) in Miami is bright and inviting. Its soft curves and cheery atmosphere make you feel like the space you are staying in wants you to stay around. Many hotel rooms are just too drab and boring to be worth enjoying, but this hotel’s rooms just stands out as someplace you could never leave! Just like Miami itself, the rooms of this hotel are fun and vibrant, and spending your nights here would truly make you wake up with a smile!

 Classical French Countryside Charm to Relax With

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This quaint and charming hotel in a French village is full of classical European style that will help you relax on your getaway vacation! These rooms feature traditional design elements that are elegant but cozy. If you think the room looks relaxing, just look at the Moulin De L’Abbaye hotel’s exterior! Between the great exterior and the simple but gorgeous interior, you’ll never want to leave the village, or your room!

We know there are so many hotels around the world that just make you want to never check out! What are some of your favorite places to stay that we may have missed?

Prepare For Holiday Hosting – Tablescapes, Design Rules, and Party Hosting Tips!

It is that charming time of year again!! The dreary weather calls for some spectacular home entertaining with wonderful friends and family. Since some of our designers here at the firm are totally in love with setting tablescapes for the holiday season, we have to provide you with some of the freshest and coolest ideas to set your table like a pro! Read on as we’re going to disclose some great table display ideas, and helpful tips & tricks for hosting and entertaining like the professionals!

A Thanksgiving Table Setup That Brings Nature Indoors

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This festive Thanksgiving table setting is simple but effective. The brown table runner and minimal tree branches really reflect the colors and general feel of fall, while the pears on each plate are also a nice touch, they add a sense of a refined rustic ambiance.

Using Color to Tie Together a Table Placement

 

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This tablescape is united by the festive color green. Although this adorable table setting isn’t your “typical” holiday-inspired green and red, the subtleties of green is creatively weaved throughout the glassware, napkins and floral arrangement! I love the little details, particularly a fan of the little wrapped packages and fun vintage Christmas ornaments because they make this tablescape stand out among the rest!

Petite And Chic Holiday Tablescapes

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Pink polka dot napkins and miniature Christmas trees?! They are clearly working!! Don’t be afraid to be bold with your color choices. This is a perfect example of how you can provide your guests with a creative and fun spin on celebrating the holidays. If you’re a collector of something that you only bring out around the holidays, don’t be afraid to put it on display while your guests are being wined and dined.

How to Not Be Gaudy With Your Home Decor

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These fantastic tablescapes have all had one thing in common: they’re not gaudy! While cartoon-like snowmen statues or Santa Claus and the reindeers may work for you, we wanted to promote a sophisticated and timeless look that is perfect for this holiday season! This is easy to do in your own home, as well. Here are a few of our quick tips on how to decorate your table, and home, for the holidays, while still remaining classy!

  1. Stick to a simple color scheme. Don’t get too complicated with your colors and a supporting color that you can sneak into the detail pieces. For example, our second photo in this blog features white and red as the main colors, but a splash of green has been added to give the table setting some more depth.
  2. Keep decorations small. In each of these photos, you may have noticed that there was no massive, overbearing  centerpiece. At most, the tables featured candles and greenery of some kind. Keeping a huge centerpiece out of the equation can make the whole table flow better, not to mention allow people sitting on either side of the arrangement to talk to each other face to face!
  3. Remember your theme. Pick a theme and stay consistent. If you want to a snowy feel to your table, stick with the color white, and any sort of imagery conjured up by snowy fields, whether this be bare plants, small animal statues, or piles of firewood. Straying away from your determined theme can cause your guests to get confused and thing that you just put something somewhere because you liked it. This problem is rampant throughout interior design, with a homeowner buying a piece because they like it, not because it fits into their space well!

 Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party Like an Expert

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Hosting a holiday party can be stressful, even if you’ve done it a million times and have it down to a science. We have aggregated a number of helpful hints on how to make your holiday party go off without a hitch!

  1. Relax, you’ve got this. There is a reason this one is at the top. Nothing can make a hosting experience awful for you by stressing out over every minute detail and missing out on all the fun your guests are having.
  2. Be part of the party. Whether this means cooking ahead, or just going with the flow of things, make sure you are in the party you’re throwing! Nothing is worse than a host who doesn’t mingle with their guests because they’re too busy throwing dinner together.
  3. Decorate appropriately, Depending on the holiday, you’re going to want to make sure your house is appropriately decked out to get guests in the mood! This needs to start at the entrance, when the guest first arrives, and continue everywhere that guests will go to, even the bathroom!
  4. Take simple steps to create elegance. You don’t need to go all out to make a fancy party, you can fake it til you make it! Try using real plates and silverware instead of paper plates and plasticware, make simple food but present it professionally, and use simple but elegant decorations. Creating easy but effective ambiance with mood lighting and soft music can also influence how party-goers perceive your space!

If you’re in the Portland area and you’re in need of some cool holiday decor, come into our fabulous storefront! Some of the home decor featured in these photos are in our store too. Who is ready for some holiday entertaining after reading this blog?

Spooky Yet Elegant Halloween Decorations To Treat Yourself To

It’s no secret that Halloween is Garrison’s favorite time of year. Fall can be magical itself, but Halloween is the only time of year when it is acceptable to deck out your home with jack-o-lanterns, skulls, and cobwebs! It can be hard to decorate for this holiday, however, when so many decorations that teeter on cheesy and cheap looking. Read on for some great ways to decorate for Halloween without losing the elegance of your home.

Skull Sconces to Brighten Your Dark Lair

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This classy glass skull sconce is the result of a simple DIY project using an old vodka bottle shaped like a skull. This lighting fixture is so simple and elegant that your guests may not even realize that you have a skull on your wall! It doesn’t look cheap or like it is obviously a Halloween decoration, so it is the perfect way to spice up your home this season while remaining elegant!

Old Fashioned Labels for all of Your Potions

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These “Poison” labels for wine bottles are an easy way to spice up a dinner party. As long as no one thinks you’re serving them actual arsenic, these labels can be fun while not taking away any of the elegance from your dinner setup.

Learn an Enchantment to Give Your Pumpkins a Silver Skin

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It’s no big secret that at GHID we love orange. So, as good as this may look in your home around Halloween, we would never dream of altering the color of our pumpkins. For the rest of you, painting your pumpkins with metallic silver paint can make them blend with an already elegant design at the dinner table or fireplace mantle. They may fit in better with table decorations while still giving off the feel of autumn and Halloween.

Make Your Candles Bleed During Dinner Rituals

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Sometimes the scariest part of Halloween is not what jumps out at you, it’s what you barely notice. That is exactly what is accomplished with these candles. They are simply light-colored candles with a bit of red candle melted down them, but this small detail makes them creepy while still having all the class of an off-white candlestick. Careful when serving dinner to guests, they may wonder what you’ve been up to!

Cast an Image of a Haunted House Upon Your Wall

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Full-wall photographs can be a stunning addition to a home dining room. This old creepy house in the background is the perfect backdrop to set the tone for your Halloween festivities!!

Did any of these fun and unique ways to decorate for Halloween spur the creative juices in you? Tell us which idea is your favorite and why?