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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Via Kata Rocks

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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Via Gombit Hotel

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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Via Mr and Mrs Smith

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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Via Lords of South Beach

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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Via Le Moulin De L’Abbaye

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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Via Williams Sonoma

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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Via Coco Kelly

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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Via Jana From Alabama

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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Via Wedding Chicks

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


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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Photo Via Popsugar

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


Via Martha Stewart

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

Via Celebrating Everyday Life Blog

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

Via Martha Stewart

Via Martha Stewart

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

Via Trendszine

Via Trendszine

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?

New Commercial Developments on the Rise in Portland

Let’s face it guys, Portland is growing with greater popularity by the minute. Whether it’s the locally crafted beer, phenomenal food scene, laid back mentality, outdoors lifestyle, or music and art scene, people are moving to Portland. With new transplants, comes the problem of not having enough housing available for everyone, so you’ll notice that Portland has new multi-family housing (also known as apartment buildings) popping up everywhere! Let’s take a look at some of the properties that are being built together.

“Abigail” Brings in Diversity

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Via Bridge Housing

“Abigail,” an upcoming Pearl District apartment complex, boasts affordable housing, with most of its units priced at well below median family income, allowing for a mixed-income population. Developed by Bridge Housing, this complex is in a popular part of town and it is hoped that places like this will help break the stigma of the Pearl District having only upscale and expensive living spaces.

600 New Hotel Rooms for the Convention Center

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Via The Oregonian

If you live in Portland, you know that its no secret that a 600-room Hyatt Regency is coming in near the convention center in the Lloyd District. This massive building is being constructed to handle all of the convention-goers that come through Portland, but many recognize the potential for a bigger tourism market in Portland, with the ability to host NBA All-Star games and other events that would draw a significant quantity of people.

Hassalo on Eighth Brings Apartments to an Underdeveloped Area

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Via GBD Architects

The upcoming Hassalo on Eighth is slated to open in 2015, and offer three buildings with a total of 657 units. The goal of this project is to offer this part of the city, which is rich in commercial development but low in living space, with a sense of community. It is also the goal of the developers to have all three buildings be LEED Platinum certified and begin an ecologically-conscious neighborhood.

New Apartments Just Announced in Goose Hollow Neighborhood

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Proposed Goose Hollow apartment development created by Ankrom Moisan Architects

This photo was just released on October 10! In this image, you’ll get an idea of the exterior facade of the new Goose Hollow multi-family housing building located in downtown Portland. The developers, Langley Investment Properties announced that 121 units and 65 underground parking spaces, as well as commercial space will start breaking ground 2015.

The Overton Bringing A Twist to The Pearl District

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The Overton via Pearl Help

The proposed Pearl District apartment complex brings an interesting 45 degree angle to the street. This apartment building is a multi-use space and will also feature six live/work townhomes in addition to its 285 regular units.

There is a lot coming to Portland within the next couple years in the way of apartments and hotels! The Pearl District and the Lloyd District are the happening locations for these multi-family housing and multi-use buildings, as they are growing areas with plenty of room for development. There seems to be something for everyone coming soon, and plenty of tall buildings to make our home city shine!

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?