Remodeling Your Attic So It Is Usable: Designer Tips & Tricks

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Garrison Hullinger’s previous home in Portland, photography by Dana Graggs

Having an unused space like an unfinished basement, or attic in your home is a common issue that homeowners often times face. Rather than feeling like your busting at the seams, you can update those unused spaces and make them livable spaces on your own, or by enlisting the help of design and construction experts. A fun fact about GHID is that it all began in Garrison and Js’ home attic located in Portland. Garrison and J turned their cute attic into GHID HQ. Don’t leave that unused space for the dust, use it to you and your family’s benefit.

 Clean Up The Crawl Space

Is your master bedroom on the top floor, but you really want to have that fabulous master bathroom that we all dream about? Consider gutting your crawl space so that it expands your master bath’s square footage. You should take a look at what this bathroom looked like before, it was a disaster and now it’s a dream bathroom!

Make It An Oasis For Your Guests

You love your home. You love your home’s location. You don’t love that your guests and family have no place to stay when they come to visit you. Renovate your attic into a beautiful and cozy place that your guests might get awfully comfy in. Use this beautiful attic remodel as your inspiration for a soothing place for your guests to enjoy you and your family. Once you add a guest bedroom to your attic or crawl space, you are going to be asking yourself what else you can do with an old attic, or unused space!

Unusual Attic Restaurant Designs

Although you likely haven’t pondered the thought of putting a bar in your home attic, it might be the most ingenious idea I’ve come across in a long time! You may be short on space, but you can extend your square footage by converting a previously un-used space into a new take on the man cave.

Create A Great At-Home Office 

Similar to what Garrison did at his very own home, you can create a fun and bright office space in your existing attic. This particular attic shows off a modern and clean atmosphere that allows natural light to pour in. Brace yourself, working from home may never have looked so good to you, but as I am writing this, I am thinking of poking my head up into the attic to see what square footage I may be working with.

Are you inspired to clear the dust out of your attic and call up your interior designer? If you are not, do you need to see more? Let us know and we’ll help you get some more inspiration!

Interior Design Trends: The Hottest Paint Colors for 2015

In a previous blog post not so long ago we talked about the Pantone Color of the Year, which is a color that was met with mixed feelings. If you aren’t looking to paint your walls the color of the year and want to know what the right colors are to bring into your home, where do you look? And who do you trust? GHID is here to help you feel confident about the right neutrals to bring into your home! Rather than giving you all of our secret colors to use when selecting colorful interiors, we are going to go under the radar and tell you all of the best ways to incorporate neutral hues into your home! There are plenty of colors that hold that prestigious title from various brands, and they are slated to be the hottest paint colors for 2015!

Be Bold With Cobalt Blue Or Greek Blue Paint Colors

When you think of Greece, you daydream of seeing in Santorini, a city made up of beautiful white washed homes with rounded roofs and saturated blue hues. A great way to incorporate this fabulous hue is in a bold way…of course! I am in love with this room, particularly because of the sheen of the cobalt blue paint color on the ceiling.

Essential Teals That Are Reminiscent Of The Warm Seas


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

The beautiful shade teal is atypical of your average dreamy bedroom, but the color team at BEHR are looking to send out some color inspiration that will energize your space. “Color itself is like one of the senses, enhancing our world and our state of mind,” says Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for BEHR. This favorite in the Deep Dreams palette brings a feeling of calming escape that sets the tone for a glamorous staycation. 

More on BEHRs 2015 color trends can be found here.

Pastels Are Not Just For Easter – Use Them In Your House Year-Round

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Blue Paisley: PPG Paints Color of the Year

According to BEHR, “soothing and welcoming, pastels add ambiance and a gentle glow to any room. Given the range of hues, from light lemonade to delicate pink to soft minty green, you can enhance any style of room with these pale palettes.

Pastels are the ideal color choices if you want something subtle and want to venture beyond cream and beige. You can keep a room simple, with walls in one color, yet spice up the furnishings and accent pieces with patterns. Or take it a step further by painting pale shades on some walls and bolder versions of the same color family on others. The subtle adaptability of pastels makes them beautiful color choices for any room, in any style.”

Old School Americana Color Palettes

Come get comfortable with Colorhouse as we explore Color Trend 2015 – Homespun Hues. In this palette we bring it back home by incorporating subtle Americana influences. The Made in America movement is strong, and we find ourselves looking for “Made Here” labels on the products we purchase. Weave together flea market finds with hand-crafted designer furniture for a look that’s both casual and luxurious, soft and simple, and intentionally unsophisticated. Use Colorhouse hues AIR .01AIR .03,WOOD .04 and WOOL .06 to create a Homespun feel in your home.

Aren’t inspired by what you’ve seen, and want to learn more about other interior design trends?


5 Ways To Decorate Your Mantel Like An Interior Designer

The mantel can be tricky to design and decorate well. Like anything, you may have picked out the perfect accessories, but pulling it all together can be challenging. Back in 2013, we wrote a post outlining how to decorate your mantel for the fall, but this time we are going to be speaking in a more general sense on how you can make the most of your mantel.

The Key To Stylizing Your Mantel

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

This image was what started off the previously mentioned mantel blog post. It is a great guide that you can follow to have your mantel look great, but remember that it is only one model of how you can decorate it. There are a lot of different ways you can set up a fireplace mantel and still have it look great! With this particular layout, we see a balance of one taller, central piece, with smaller accessories around it, of varying heights, to form a sort of triangle silhouette of art.

Do Not Be Symmetrical

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

This rule is not universal. Maybe you’re going for something very symmetrical and clean. However, in most cases, being perfectly symmetrical does not look natural. You want to make something visually interesting above your fireplace, which may involve different accessories on each side of a centerpiece, or maybe even a main piece that is slightly off-center.

Do Not Overcrowd Your Mantel

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and this can include all the nick-nacks that you want to display on your mantel. Keep it relatively simple and clean, and try to make a statement with your elegance and simplicity, rather than a lot of big pieces crowded together. In this case, we have chosen to simply display artwork. Another option for this mantel would be to place a TV over the fireplace, because the bookshelves are adorned with other beautiful and personalized home decor.

Try Keeping it Simple

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

On that note, why not just go for simplicity? Try only using a few small accessories to accent your mantel, but let your fireplace and maybe some nice wall art do the talking. Taking a minimalist approach can help make your space look streamlined and less cluttered.

Put Your Personality into Your Mantel

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The fireplace is going to draw a lot of eyes, meaning that whatever you have adorning your mantel is going to be making a big impression on guests. Be honest and open and add a flair of your personality to this space. This can be done with a family portrait, a photo you took, a family heirloom, or something else unique, like a salt lamp or a handmade bowl.

Decorating a fireplace mantel isn’t always easy, but once you get it right you will love the room even more! The mantel is a focal point that draws a lot of eyes, so make sure you put your best on display! I hope you find these tips helpful in making your fireplace pop!

This year we’re nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger award under the category of Interior Design! Don’t forget to vote for us!

The New American Home 2015: The Latest Technology & Interior Design Trends

Recently, Garrison Hullinger Interior Designers headed to Las Vegas to attend to KBIS, International Builders’ Show, and Vegas Market. While attending the show, our designers headed to the outskirts of Vegas and landed in Henderson, Nevada to see the New American Home in person. Since our designers discovered so many great inspiring nuggets of information from the home, I knew that I had to get a sense of how amazing this home was by digital stalking. I have compiled all of the fun details and it’s all below – just for you!

Story from Builder.

All Of The Details Of A Home With All Of The Latest Technologies & Products

Before breaking ground, the team of pros working to design and construct this year’s New American Home gave themselves a challenge: Instead of creating a one-off custom showpiece, they wanted to explore how much of the technology, sustainability, and design trends that the show home is known for they could pack into a production-style dwelling.

Project Details

Location Henderson, Nev.
Size 5,891 square feet (including casita); bedrooms: 4; bathrooms: 4; powder rooms: 2
Builder Blue Heron Construction, Las Vegas
Architect Blue Heron Architecture, Las Vegas
Interior Designer Blue Heron Interiors, Las Vegas
Landscape Designer Sage Design Studios, Las Vegas
Green Building Consultant/Verifier Two Trails, Sarasota, Fla.
Technology Integrator Eagle Sentry, Las Vegas
Producer NAHB, Washington, D.C.
Task Force Chairman C.W. Edwards, Marietta, Ga.
Media Partner BUILDER, Washington

Although it exudes the luxuriousness of a custom dwelling, the desert contemporary—which will be open for tours during the 2015 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas—was designed for buyers across a range of price points. In fact, once the show is over, it will serve as the model for a collection of 36 production homes in the Sky Terrace community that design/build firm Blue Heron calls “pre-designed custom.” These houses, with price tags from $750,000, allow customers to choose from select floor plans and finish options. Although Blue Heron also is known for its custom projects—it has built two other New American Homes—founder/owner Tyler Jones wanted to show off what can be done on a practical scale this year.

“The whole idea was to make sure the architects and builders who see this home realize you don’t have to have a $5 million custom home to utilize all the latest and greatest methods and innovative design concepts,” he says. “All of that stuff can fit together into a predesigned package, making it a lot more economically viable and attainable, and more efficient to design and build.”

The project team started with a relatively compact floor plan compared with other iterations of the 32-year-old show home program, sponsored by the NAHB and BUILDER. At just under 5,900 square feet, the home is efficiently laid out to encompass a spacious living area, four bedrooms (including a separate guest casita), and plenty of flashy entertaining spaces. The Blue Heron design team focused on integrating rather than segregating spaces, Jones says. For example, the kitchen, breakfast nook, dining area, and great room share one open space that also connects to the backyard pool area and central courtyard.

The second-level wine bar and rooftop sky loft are sited to perfectly capture breathtaking views of the Las Vegas strip and nearby mountains. “We spend as much time designing the outside living spaces as we do the interiors,” says Jones. “We know that people love it and respond to it.”

Inside, Blue Heron interior design consultant Miquel Hutton used off-the-shelf products and materials in innovative ways to provide extra pizzazz without breaking the bank. For example, wood-look floor and wall tiles provide a warm, organic feel; inexpensive backlighting adds sophistication to the bar’s stone countertops; and a luxurious freestanding tub in the master bathroom is filled by a faucet in the ceiling. “Just because this is a production-style community doesn’t mean we can’t apply some amazing materials and really craft an individual design for each one of our clients,” Hutton says.

In addition, the 2015 model will be the first in the New American Home lineup to achieve net zero electrical usage, thanks to a superior insulation package, passive solar design, LED light fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and an 15 kW photovoltaic array. Planners anticipate it will achieve the highest levels of certification from the National Green Building Standard and LEED for Homes programs.

Show attendees undoubtedly will end the tour wondering how Blue Heron crammed so many amenities into a home that’s replicable and economically accessible to middle-class buyers. Jones says it wouldn’t have been possible without the integrated design/build collaboration that is at the heart of each of the firm’s projects. With architectural, interior design, and construction professionals in one office, the team was able to leverage the expertise of each specialty from day one.

“The only way you’re going to include new technology and complicated concepts that require outside-the-box thinking is massive and very, very tightly scripted coordination,” he says.

 If you are looking to build your very own custom home, contact us and we’ll be happy to learn more about your project!

Easy Home Fixes That Will Make You Love Your Home Even More!

Whether it’s a house, a job, or an outfit, the novelty of things can wear out and you may grow tired of something that you once loved. Well, with your home there is no need to stop loving what you have, because we are giving you some easy home fixes that will make you feel that swoon you once felt!

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint To Your Walls

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

The most apparent way to liven up your home is to simply add a fresh coat of paint! Whether the current paint is looking dingy or outdated, or you’re just bored with it, a new paint color can’t hurt! And don’t settle for just re-painting the same color that was there, try something new! If you were thinking about branching out into a whole new color, try something bold like we suggested in last week’s post. A brand new color is sure to make a tired room exciting again!

Let In The Natural Light, Especially In The Pacific Northwest

Unless it’s a home theater, there is nothing fun about a dark room! A room that lets in natural sunlight will seem that much more vibrant and livable. Colors will sparkle and pieces will be accented wherever the sun falls. Light can also make the room seem larger, and even if there is no window open, the air somehow seems fresh and full of life!

Create Storage and Declutter

Do you have clutter everywhere? That happens more often than anyone likes to admit, but there are easy ways to get around the mess. Creating useful storage for any papers or nick-nacks that stack up is extremely useful. Buy or make some drawers or shelves for your belongings and then go through all of the junk piles and sort them. And even if you don’t get a chance to sort everything right now, just putting clutter away somewhere out of sight will make any desk or other messy area look a million times better!

Designate a “Landing Strip” for Clutter

A landing strip is the modern day equivalent of a mud room, something that is not so common in a suburban or apartment setting these days. Apartment Therapy has a fantastic video on the landing strip, in which they suggest a doormat for your shoes, a hook for your coat, a wastebasket for any trash or junk mail you may have, a mirror to make sure you look all right (without having to run to the closest bathroom mirror one last time), and most importantly, a side table. This one is essential, for dropping down phone, keys, papers, mail, or anything else that would otherwise end up right on the kitchen counter! Having a designated place for everything when you get home goes a long way toward home organization!

Update Home Hardware and Accessories

This is a super easy one! The subtle details of your home can be changed out and updated with little effort or cost. Doorknobs, drawer pulls, faucets, and even light fixtures can be updated with ease and bring a new look to your home in a lot of small ways! It’s definitely not a new piece of furniture or a new paint color, but it will be a breath of fresh air that you may not always consciously notice!

Revitalize the Entrance to Your Home

The front door is the first impression guests have of your home, and probably your first impression every time you come back from going out! There are a lot of different things you can do here to update your exterior look. Try putting a fresh coat of paint on the door itself, perhaps something eye-catching, but that still goes with the color and style of your house. You can also update the look of your house numbers, or add a new lighting fixture. If the season allows, putting out some fresh and vibrant potted plants and a nice welcome mat will also make your front entrance shine. And don’t forget to keep that front porch swept!

We hope that your 2015 is going smoothly so far. If your resolutions haven’t panned out so well here is another chance to get back into good habits! Have fun implementing some of these easy tips that will make you love your house all over again! If you want more interior design tips & tricks, check this blog out.