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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Photo Via Elle Decor

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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Photo Via StyleCarrot, Photography Diane Sagnier

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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Photo Via Style Carrot, Techentin Buckingham Architecture

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

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Photo Via Home Adore, Design by Alex Bykov

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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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

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.

Remodel 101: Invest In What You Already Have For A Happier Life

Sometimes you get tired of being in the same old house, and things become stale or just aren’t matching up to you and your family’s functionality needs. There is a better alternative to moving out! While you may be tempted to pack up and find a new, refreshing place, that can be time-consuming and challenging, not to mention expensive! It may be easier and more beneficial in the long-run to remodel some spaces of your house that need it most!

Make Your Home Work For You

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography Shawn St. Peter


It’s your home, and you deserve to enjoy where you live! After all, it should function around you and work the way you work. Sometimes, investing in a couple of slight changes can make a world of difference. Updating your master suite bathroom with new cabinetry and tiles will help make it feel like a modern spa. Compile a list of everything you dislike about your house and see if there is anything that can be changed to make you happier.

Investing in Your Home Is An Investment In Your Future

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Selling your home right out may give you a good amount of money, but if you update the kitchen or add a bathroom, the home value will increase substantially. Considering a kitchen remodel or bath remodel by a trusted designer and contractor will get you more bang for your buck. In a bad housing market, it is even better to remodel and get more money later as opposed to trying to sell your house for less than what you would like.

Give Your House A Curbside Facelift

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Updating the interiors of your home can increase the value, but if the outside looks old and less polished, your house may fall prey to being judged by its cover! Adding a fresh coat of paint, replacing old siding, re-roofing the house, or simply cleaning up the landscaping can increase the curb appeal of your home and have more potential buyers clawing at your door! But if you’re investing in the exterior and plan on staying in your house for a while, there are still plenty of advantages: everyone driving or walking past your house will experience their eyes wandering to your nice, new-looking house, and wonder why they never noticed it before! You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood!

Save On Utility Bills By Replacing Old Things

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Replacing old windows and appliances can drastically lower your energy bill. Upgrading outdated refrigerators and furnaces to Energy Star approved ones can lower your electric bill and investing in new water-efficient toilets can bring down the water bill. In addition, the windows in an older house should always be one of the first things to replace. This is because older windows can be atrociously leaky, while new windows can have multiple panes that keep the temperature of your house in. Also, don’t forget that window coverings and blinds will help save you money, by keeping the cold in, or out, depending on the season.

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Remodeling may seem like a big endeavor, but it will almost always be easier than packing up all of your belongings and moving somewhere unfamiliar. Your house should be a home, and function around you and your needs. Investing back into your existing home is a great idea, whether it be as simple as a new appliance or coat of paint, or as complex as adding an entirely new bathroom! Call a designer that creates spaces that appeal to your aesthetic and have them help create a functional and beautiful place that is tailored to you. Happy remodeling!

Design Diaries: 2014 Street of Dreams Sneak Peek is Here

This year Garrison Hullinger Interior Design has not just one, but two homes on the Street of Dreams! Last year we had the stunning all-American home American Dream built by Westlake Development, and here in 2014 we will have American Spirit and Trillium, developed respectively by Westlake Development and Crystalridge Development. We had so many amazing vendors and suppliers and artisans this year, that all helped pull the interiors together. We hope you like the homes as much as we do at GHID, so here is a sneak peek to get you excited for the grand unveiling later this month!

Get In The Spirit of Entertaining!

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Rendering of American Spirit by Greg Rogers, via Street of Dreams PDX

Built by Westlake Development Group, American Spirit boasts beautiful views of Mt. Hood from some of the most used rooms in the home. If you live in northern Oregon already, maybe you already wake up to views of Mt. Hood, but for everyone else, imagine starting each morning with an unobstructed vista of the tallest mountain (11,250 feet!) in the state! If that is not enough to raise your spirits, this home is also optimized for entertaining, with a spacious floor plan with a natural flow between major downstairs rooms. The house even boasts a covered patio that flows from the kitchen, so the hosts can easily be part of the party!

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The spacious kitchen area of American Spirit, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Of course, as you may expect, American Spirit has a plethora of Made In America products, including locally crafted entry door, stairway, and light fixtures! Garrison Hullinger Interior Design had a hand in every room, but as you will soon see (maybe in our next sneak peek!), the kitchen is really what stands out. In a house designed to entertain, it only makes sense that the kitchen would be a focal point, and GHID held nothing back when making this space just that!

Come into Full Bloom with Trillium!

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Rendering of Trillium by Greg Rogers, via Street of Dreams PDX

Built by Crystalridge Development, Trillium lives up to its namesake of a flower. The home is armed with an array of solar panels to cut energy costs, as well as other green and sustainable amenities such as bamboo flooring and LED lighting. This house also allows a family to “take root” like a flower and spend their entire lives there. The entire space is designed to accommodate occupants as they age and are forced to change their lifestyle. Trillium allows a lifestyle change without a home change!

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Trillium’s well-lit interiors under construction, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Because Trillium is another Made In America home, it features plenty of locally made parts. Drapery, tables, and even a one-of-a-kind aquarium in the kitchen area are all made locally and help make this house unique and unlike any other! These unique features will make any occupants never want to leave, which is exactly what this home is designed for. GHID brings some great details to this home, but those will have to wait until a future sneak peek!

Come See These Homes For Yourself!

The 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams will be in Happy Valley, Oregon

Dates: July 26 through August 24

Hours: 10am to 9pm (ticket sales close at 7:30pm)

Ticket cost: $15, children 10 and under free (available onsite or buy tickets here) Discount Code: DREAMS

More info (including directions) on official website:

Stay Up to Date Via Social Media

Be sure to follow GHID on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all of the Street of Dreams happenings, and follow Westlake as well! Also, when you’re there, be sure to check in on Facebook with your smartphone, and let your friends know how much you’re enjoying Garrison Hullinger’s design at these two amazing homes! We cannot wait to see you from July 26 through August 24, and you can come say hello to a GHID staff member, as one will be on property every day of the show! Maybe you’ll even catch Garrison himself!