Take a Vacation to These Modern and Charming Pacific NW Cabins!

Fall is here, and winter is coming! That means we want nothing more than to be cozy and warm, and maybe get away from it all for a while… just enjoy nature. The best way to do that is with a cabin! Cabins don’t have to be rustic and traditional though. Modern cabins can be as nice as custom homes and never sacrifice style for anything, while still being comfortable and functional. And be sure to check out our cabin blog from last year too.

Traditional Rustic Charm in Montana

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RMT Architects, Via Homedit

This cabin in Montana is definitely rustic and definitely traditional. Everything about it screams “cozy.” Enjoy this photo though, because everything else you’re going to see in this blog today is going to be unexpected and modern, and blow the stereotype of rustic cabins right out of the water! But we won’t jar you with a suddenly modern design, let’s move into this carefully, starting with designs that bridge the gap between styles, and ending with truly modern spaces.

A Simple Interior with Metal Elements

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Olson Kundig Architects, Via Homedit

Let’s ease into this slowly, shall we? This cabin interior keeps some of the wood charm of a cabin, but adds in industrial touches to the upper loft, and removes any semblance of rustic and traditional from the wood, from the color to the smooth sheen of it all. This is no log cabin, but it has the potential to be just as comfortable.

A Washington Cabin with a Modern Kitchen

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FINNE Architects, Via Houzz

This cabin is in the woods in Washington features modern kitchen amenities and style, while still retaining a bit of wooden charm. This space bridges the gap well between modern and classic.

A Modern and Bright Cabin Space in the Northwest

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Designs Northwest Architects, Via Houzz

This cabin just screams modern! It features bright colors, modern shapes, and clean glass sliding doors. However, despite all of the modern touches, you can still tell this is a cabin from the angled wood beams up on the ceiling.

Amazing Views of Idaho Scenery

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Olson Kundig, Via Olson Kundig

Believe it or not, this design is actually from back in 2002. This simplistic modern cabin in Idaho would fit in well here in 2014. I’m loving the massive opening window that forces you to appreciate the magnificent view of the lake and make sure you’re in tune with nature!

An Open Glass Cabin Leaves Room for the View

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Joe Herrin, Via Seattle Times

This cabin on Orcas Island features a stunning array of windows so that the owners can have an excellent view of the waters of the Georgia Strait. These windows really brighten up the interior, and highlight the modern, straight-lined furniture that brings a clean and up-to-date feel to this island home.

Let us know which one was your favorite! And join the discussion: are you a bigger fan of the older, rustic style cabins, or are you looking ahead to the modern and clean?

Say Bye To Big Homes And Hello To Tiny Functional Spaces

We get it, your dream home has half a dozen bedrooms, a massive kitchen, and a sprawling patio. But not everyone can afford that, and sometimes space is tight! More and more people are taking advantage of what little space they have and designing around it to make their homes look as good as a large home. We have some great photos to share with you that really show how much you can fit into just a few hundred square feet and still be comfortable.

Keep Your Home Free of Clutter

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Design By Konstantin Entalecev, Photo Via Home Designing

Apartment Therapy has a great article titled The 10 Commandments of Small Space Living, and their first rule of thumb is to keep clutter out of the way and make things simple. This 344 square foot apartment is elegant and minimal, without sacrificing any of the necessities. I love how this home uses a glass wall to help define the bedroom while still making the apartment feel open. The wall of windows letting in a lot of natural light should also be noted, and help the place feel much larger.

…Unless You Can Do Clutter Right!

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Design by Charlotte Brown, photo via Apartment Therapy

Sometimes clutter can go over well if it is done right. While minimalism worked well in the previous home, it’s modern style really helped the look. But this wood-lined New York apartment favors well with a certain level of organized clutter. The collection of wooden picture frames with the elegant furniture gives the 300 square foot studio a vibe that is one part antique class and one part rustic. Like a hole-in-the-wall decor shop, this space makes you tread carefully so as to not knock anything over, but also makes you wonder how someone made so much clutter look so good.

You Don’t Need to Sacrifice Open Space

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Design By The New Design Project, Photo Via Apartment Therapy

This 390 square foot space in New York shows off that you can live in a small apartment and not have to give up large areas of open space. Unlike the last two homes, this one has walls separating rooms, closing off the bedroom and the kitchen from each other (see the floorplan here).

Bright Light Opens Up the Space

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Photo Via Apartment Therapy

Visitors of this Paris, France apartment say “it’s very bright,” and that may be the best way to describe this 430 square foot space. The massive windows let in the daylight and make the home seem larger than it actually is (not to mention the windows allow visitors to enjoy the parisian landscape). The effect is maximized through the owner’s use of space, and keeping furniture and decorations to a minimum while still remaining classy and modern.

Optimize Your Home For Entertaining

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Michael Chen Architecture, Photo Via Homedit

Click on the photo above to animate it! Don’t think you’ll be able to still host parties in your small space? Think again! This awesome bar folds out to host parties, and folds away when you’re done, becoming a sleek and elegant storage unit. No one will see it coming!

Which small apartment was your favorite? And what would you be willing to give up in order to live in one? Let us know in the comments!


Highlights from IDS West 2014 – GHID’s Favorites!

Interior Design Show West is always a favorite of ours, but sadly we couldn’t go this year! Thank you Gray Magazine for the invitation and for helping sponsor such a great event. We wouldn’t want to disappoint our readers though, so we have compiled a round-up of things that we’ve loved from the event! Before we go too far, let’s take a step back and tell you all about what IDS West is; it’s an annual show that takes place in Vancouver, BC to showcase new products and services in the interior design market.

Make Your Dinner party More Engaging with These Colorful Lights

Via Benjamin Moore CA on Twitter

Via Benjamin Moore CA on Twitter

While you may not want your guests spilling the wine, you will love these unique light fixtures that look like they’re spilling color out onto the table. This could make any dining room go from drab and bland to bright and entertaining in no time!

Perhaps the Cutest Doghouse Ever

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Straight Line Designs via Kool Projects on Twitter

That’s right, this camping trailer is a doghouse, and maybe the cutest one I’ve ever seen! I feel in love with this concept, and I’m wondering if they make them for bigger dogs too! Now I’m imagining Garrison and J parking one or two of these in their yard for the boys. The geniuses who came up with this adorable idea are Straight Line Designs, and while their website does not list a price, they do offer a host of other pet trailers!

A Rustic And Natural Lighting Fixture To Brighten Your Cabin

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Via Style Garage on Twitter

This is not a piece that would go well in every home, or really many homes at all. But in the right space, this ramshackle lighting fixture would look amazing. I’m loving the integration of nature with the light, giving it a rustic feel, and the fact that an orange extension cord is used to wire the vintage light bulbs makes this piece perfect for a rustic cabin in the woods!

Add a Touch of Green to Your Home; or a Lot!

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Via Eco Country Tables on Twitter

If the tree branch chandelier wasn’t your thing maybe you’ll love this wall ornament that is so full of life! And how about that table? In combination, these two pieces add a nice natural accent to a room and tell your visitors that you don’t mind letting a little nature into your home, as long as it stays elegant.

Stand out with this Crazy Lime Green Bathtub!

IDS West 2014 Neon Bathtub

Via Blu Bathworks on Twitter

Forget about having a pristine white bathroom, when you can have this awesome neon bathtub! This would add a modern and fun touch to a room of your house that you may not always think about. And the best part is, when you have dinner guests that need to use the restroom, you can wait in anticipation for them to come back and say “I love your colorful bathtub!”

Glass and Wood Combine to Make an Amazing Dinner Setting

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Greenscape Van via Actors Unlimited on Twitter

I love this collection of glass all placed on top of and around rustic wood elements. From the tabletop to the chairs to the glasses and plates, and especially the lighting fixture, it’s all clear glass! This gives any room a nice and open feel even when the table setup takes up the entire space.

So tell us, did you go to IDS West? Whether you did or not, what was your favorite display that you saw? These were our favorites but there were so many great things to see!

Interior Design 101: How To Transition Your Home From Summer To Fall

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Via Th2 Designs

Hi everyone, Alex here today giving you autumn decorating ideas to make the shift from a sizzling summer to a stylish fall! I am including colors within our design tips that have been inspired by Julep’s fall nail polish and are guaranteed to help you transition your home decor to be representative of the autumn weather. Who is ready to shed signs of summer and fully embrace fall? Read on to learn some easy tips and tricks that will make you want to curl up in the comfort of your own home! 

Compliment Your Home For Comfort

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Better Homes and Gardens

Fall is an ideal time to create welcoming seating options, including sofas and ottomans, especially because the holidays are right around the corner and you’ll be entertaining guests. You can do this by cozying up hard chairs with cooshy pads and textural pillows. Chairs and sofas that you already have can be transitioned into a more seasonal look with complimenting colored pillows as well. Another way to add comfort to your home is to add wool, chenille, cotton or cashmere throws to furniture where you and your guests will be spending most of your time.

Dress Your Porch To Impress

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Home Depot

Corn stalks, raffia and straw can all be used to decorate your front porch. Wide ribbon and dark oranges and browns also contrast nicely with thin materials, like straw. Don’t forget to add that extra detail to your front porch by adding lanyard, garlands and wreaths can be created with these same items by the front door entrance.

Welcome Guests With An Updated Foyer

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Hearty Magazine

Because fall is a time when we are welcoming guests, you may want to consider updating your foyer. You can improve this area by making touch ups to worn areas on stair risers and put in an entry way table that shows off decorative home decor. A bench or a couple of chairs gives guests a spot to take their shoes off after battling the fall weather. You can also protect the floors in your entry way from wet shoes with a rug that is easy to clean or replace (consider FLOR carpet tiles). Put an umbrella stand by the entrance to provide a place for your guests to set their wet and rainy items once they are inside.

Go Natural

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Via living solutions id blog

Using wooden items, such as tree stumps or outdoor inspired furniture will make your space look very organic. You can also apply mid-to-dark tone stained pine branches to give your space some fall character, or be even more literal with your fall-inspired home decor and bring in some leaf print artwork or nature-print artwork.


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Decor Direct

We all dress heavier in the fall, so it would make sense that we would also hang heavier drapery this time of year. Weighty fabrics and darker colors of drapery and curtains will create a warmer feel and hold the heat in better. Incorporating curtains that match your seasonal items will also create a more colorful look from top to bottom within the room.

Now you’ve got a few tips to make your home more comfy this season! Adorn your porch, incorporate heavier curtains, include throws and fall colored pillows, bring in natural elements, update your foyer and dress your home in autumn colors. Let us see how you’ve used these tips to trick out your place for fall!

This blog was inspired by the thoughts of Ronique Gibson, Hazel YuleLayla Palmer and H. Camille Smith.

Want more fall decorating inspiration? Take a look at our blogs about interior decor for fall, interior design trends: five fall favorites that you need to try this season and pumpkin decor ideas for fall!



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Feng Shui interior design tips, Feng Shui design principles, how to make good Feng Shui in your home

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge


Hi everyone, this is Alex wishing you a happy Yoga Month! This month’s relaxing theme has also inspired me to give you some zen inspired design tips, specifically about Feng Shui. We’ll start with the basics – Feng Shui is the study of how people, construction and environment interact with each other. Creating correct Feng Shui in our homes is said to affect our goals and experiences in life. That’s some powerful stuff right there! Here are a few fun and easy Feng Shui tips we can use in our homes while we are making our homes comfortable for fall and gracefully saying “goodbye” to summer.


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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Your foyer is considered a place that invites occurrences into your life. It is recommended that you put a fresh door mat in and items that will “greet” people who walk into your home. This includes doing things like adding vibrant pots of flowers, painting the door one of your favorite colors and getting rid of dirty or broken items near the area.


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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Put the pieces of your furniture that you use most often, like your bed or desk, in a position where you can see who is entering the room but not directly in line with the doorway. This is said to make you feel more empowered, because you can easily see what is going on within the room. Frequently used pieces of furniture should also be put in areas where they will not be under large objects, like beams, fans or chandeliers. This is because our subconscious views these pieces as heavy objects that could fall on and harm us. If you are unable to take furniture totally out from under beams, you could cover beams with something like fabric.


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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Having lots of things around us drags us down and we feel better when things are clear. Less is more in our home and clearing it promotes positivity. Things that are rotting or broken in our homes also need to be taken care of in order to promote comfort and positivity within our space. Some of this nastiness can also just be toxic and make us sick if it’s not addressed.


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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Get rid of things you feel like you have to keep if you don’t enjoy those things any more. Make your space reflect you in the “now” and surround yourself with things you love and things that make you feel happy. You should also change up color schemes to reflect your current tastes.


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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

It’s important to bring natural things into our homes by incorporating things like plants. This is because we as a species were originally meant to live outside for thousands of years. Bringing natural elements into our homes reorients our energy and makes us feel complete.


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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

You can usually tell which areas need some Feng Shui implemented by how you feel in these areas. Most people tend to focus their attention on caring for spaces that they spend the most time in, like their bedrooms or living rooms. Areas like the basement, garage or laundry room often go neglected, but the house is an interconnected being. This means that neglected rooms will spread negativity to the other areas in the home if they are not taken care of. To enhance these spaces make sure they are inviting, that your furniture and home decor are in powerful positions, clutter is removed, things you love are in the neglected spaces and try to incorporate natural elements.

This blog was inspired by the thoughts of Rodika Tchi and Erica Sofrina.

Want to learn more? Check our blog about the psychology of a happier home and how interior designers can make your home happier!