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

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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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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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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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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!



Prep for Co Guests


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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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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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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!

Interior Design 101: How To Make Your House Look Like It Belongs On The Mediterranean

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Hi guys, Alex here today wishing you a happy Hispanic Heritage month! Hispanic Heritage month has inspired me to give you a few tips on how you can create a Spanish style home, for a bold and bright Mediterranean feel! Spanish style homes are warm, classically beautiful and enchanting, making them full of fantastic design inspiration for redesigning your space.

Choosing The Right Spanish-Inspired Color

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When choosing Spanish tones for your home, you can incorporate neutral or bright colors. If you’re going to use a more neutral and rustic palette, then you’ll want to incorporate colors like tan, caramel, soft amber, beige, white and terracotta. If your scheme involves more vibrant tones however, include colors like blue, pink, orange and yellow. One of the easiest ways to feature both color schemes in your home is by staying neutral with paint colors and larger pieces of furniture, while splicing in bold and bright pieces of art and other home decor.

How Do You Get That Rustic Spanish Style Wall Texture?

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Home Deco Design

To create the perception of an authentically Spanish feel, you’ll need to create texture to your walls. There are several ways to mimic an authentic looking wall: use a Stucco-inspired plaster, faux finished wall paint, or textured paint, like suede effect paint, or color wash are great ways to create this texture. To create a color wash, paint on a lighter color as your base coat and then use a darker shade of that same color as a top coat color. Dilute the top coat color a little and then swirl it over with a cloth or brush. Avoid using any wallpaper to create Spanish walls, because this will corrupt the concept you are striving to achieve.

Get That Old World Feeling Beneath Your Feet

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To give your floors the Spanish element, use large terracotta or ceramic tiles. If this tiling suggestion is too cold for your home, you could consider installing reclaimed wooden floors. You can also incorporate some color into your space by adding woven, ethnic rugs to your floors.

What’s The Right Mediterranean-Inspired Decor To Use

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Dark woods with distressed finishes work well for Spanish design style. Spanish style is simple, so it is important to limit the furniture in your home, choosing only those pieces which are fundamental to your needs. You could also incorporate wrought iron furniture (chairs, tables, shelving or even lighting) to accent the Spanish style. Putting original Spanish artwork on the walls, vibrant pottery in the kitchen or religious status in your home may also help to complete the design.

Once you choose your color scheme, find a texture for your walls, get tiles or wood for your floor, and determine your decor, you’ve got the basics to start your Spanish design scheme! So get cracking on designing that space!

This blog was inspired by the ideas of Charlotte Brown and Interior Designipedia.

Can’t get enough and want more?! Check out these two blogs on heading south to explore texan interiors and international interior designs – Spain.





Monthly Recap: Portland Interior Designers Tell All

August is a month I always look forward to, because the weather is to die for in Portland, BBQ’s happen more times than not, it’s wedding season and it’s just an awesome month. As I look back and reflect on the month of August, I realize it passed quickly, but GHID was able to accomplish so much as a team with these 31 days! The month was full of fun out at the Happy Valley Street of Dreams, including receiving our beautiful photography from Blackstone Edge, meeting wonderful potential clients, Garrison put his floral arranging hat on to help add some love a beauty to Alison’s wedding, and last but not least, we attended the Home Builders Association awards night. Read on for some more details and inside looks at all of the happenings from GHID’s month together!

Street of Dreams Photos Came In And They Were Gorgeous!

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge


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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

Oops Blackstone Edge did it again! This year it was a big challenge for GHID to design two Street of Dreams homes, but it’s an even bigger challenge for photographers to come in and shoot two homes in 1.5 days. We knew Blackstone would be able to do it and they did an amazing job (go figure)! See above for some never-before-seen photos.

 Alison Drops The Van Delden And Adds The Fedderson

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The Gemmers Photography

Our Senior Interior Designer, Alison Van Delden became Mrs. Fedderson on August 16. The wedding was flawless. Their love is what every little girl dreams of finding in life. Their vows were incredibly heartfelt and touched me so deeply that I cried the entire time. Garrison, being the best boss one can be, put his floral arranging hat on and did ALL of their arrangements. I am so excited to see these two continue on their journey together!

Award’s Night For The Street Of Dreams

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Top left (clockwise): Garrison and his partner, J, Gerald and Garrison holding awards, Daniel and Gerald holding some more awards

Last week, we attended the Street of Dreams Award’s night. We were wined and dined and it was fun and tasty! GHID was laughed at a little for all having the same tastebuds and drinking extra dirty martinis, but that is how we roll – what can we say? We were beyond thrilled to be a partnered up with Westlake Development for The American Spirit Street of Dreams home, which racked in a ton of awards! We say it every time, but we also mean it every time…we couldn’t do it without everyone’s donations, help, creativity, dedication and time, so thank you all for the honor of saying that GHID was a part of a home that won the following awards:

People’s Choice Winner of:
Best of Show
Best Architectural Design
Best Outdoor Living
Best Interior Design
Best Kitchen
Best Master Suite
Professional’s Choice Winner of:
Best Interior Design
Best Kitchen
Best Outdoor Living Space
Realtor’s Choice Winner of:
Best Architectural Design
Best Kitchen
Best Master Suite
Best Interior Design
Best of Show
Homer Award= Best in show for Realtor’s Choice, Professional’s Choice and People’s Choice
Golden Hammer Award for first home to get their Certificate of Occupancy.
Cheers to another month and to everyone who helps GHID continue on our journey!

Seeing Red Or Feeling Blue? Find Out How The Colors You Put In Your Home Affect Your Mood

Hi all, Alex here today talking about the affects of color on our mood, which include making us feel anxious or depressed, or increasing our blood pressure and our metabolism. Most of us wouldn’t think that a detail as simple as color could have considerable affects on our psychology and physiology, but for this reason color is a factor well worth considering when designing our homes. Having a clearer understanding how colors affect us can help us design our homes in ways that will empower us in our everyday lives.

The Best Color for Your Space

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

While colors may affect us in various ways, depending on circumstances such as age, gender, and ethnic background, most of us tend to exhibit the same kind of reactions. Shades and tones have proven to make the greatest impact on people’s reactions overall, which means we need to make our color decorating selections with care.

Each color performs in an active, passive, or neutral function. These functions can help you determine which color might best fit in which room of your home. Here are a few examples of colors and there affects in a room:

Red Intensifies Our Existence

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

This color enhances the energy of a room, making it a great selection for social areas of the home like a living room or dining room. Studies have also shown that red can increase blood pressure, respiration and heart rate.

Is Yellow Really Mellow?

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Yellow emulates the sun and inspires joyful feelings. Contrarily, too much yellow can make people feel irritable and angry. For this reason, yellow is not recommended to be used as the main color scheme of a room, but is great in smaller amounts for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms.

We Prescribe Blue to Slow You Down

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Blue is thought of as a calming and tranquil because it slows respirations and heart rate, and also reduces blood pressure. It is usually a recommended color for bedrooms and bathrooms. If choosing a pastel blue, it is important to mix in some warmer colors for furniture so even out its icy feeling. Warmer  blues, like periwinkle, cerulean, or turquoise, promote relaxation within social spaces, like family or living rooms and bigger kitchens. But be careful with blues because dark blues can cause sadness.

Green to Revive Your Senses

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Green is an acceptable color to use in any room because of its revitalizing qualities. It is thought to reduce stress and be a very tranquil color to have in the home.

Purple Creates Opulent Appearances and Relaxed Feelings

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Light hues of purple can create peaceful bedroom spaces, but can also be cold. Darker shades of purple are said to promote creativity and create a sense of luxury.

Orange Stimulates Enthusiasm

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Orange is a perfect color for a workout room because of its lively and energetic qualities. It is not recommended for living rooms or bedrooms, however.

Neutrals (Black, Grey, White, and Brown) Are Perfectly Flexible

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Neutral colors can be brought into a room to make it more tranquil or removed to give a room more energy. Black is recommended in tiny bits. Painting an entire room black is likely to create sadness, similar to using dark blue.

Now that your have a better sense of your psychology and physiology you can make a more educated decision about how you’re going to incorporate color into your home. Having this knowledge will enable you to better consider if the aesthetics of your color choices to know if they are really meeting your needs.

This blog was inspired by the thoughts of Kendra Cherry and Mihai.

For more information about how to decorate your home using color check out our other blogs on the psychology of a happier home and splashing the hottest paint colors on your walls!