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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.


Portland-Based Interior Designers Dishes On A Recent Client Project – Defining Spaces

Today we’re lucky enough to have our Senior Interior Designer, Alison Van Delden stop by our blog to tell us about a recent client install project!

Hello everyone, I’ve missed you all! This project was a blast to work through with such a fun, vibrant young couple with three kiddos running around (OH, and stacks of original artwork to work with!). With a beautiful southern Oregon view, they needed to bring definition to their common area living space that was a major traffic center of the house including the front entry and master bedroom access. They wanted to start fresh and feel like their home was cozy and inviting. So we pulled together this space using some great tricks to help define spaces and bring function to a wide open space. I broken down this room design with ways we were able to bring definition into this large open floor plan with common areas like this living room/entry/throughway.

Before Photos Of Our Client’s Great Room


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Use furniture as room anchors…

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This living space was also the part of the main front entry used frequently. We created a landing space right when you enter with a sofa table and lamps to help guide you, while giving you a spot to drop your purse and keys. This sofa table is perched up against the sectional that is anchoring the main living space.

Float furniture to separate spaces…

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We floated the sectional in the middle of the room to split up the wide open space, creating not just one but three separate seating groups with swivel chairs, sectional seating, ottomans and a bench sofa along the stairwell wall. This space originally had all its furniture pushed up against the walls which is way too common. We brought the furniture towards the middle of the room to better envelope the space.

Use lighting to make open spaces feel more intimate…

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This space lacked accent lighting making the space feel un-inviting and empty at night. By using varieties of lamp styles we created welcoming moments like the pair of table lamps that also create an appropriate barrier from the front door. Over by the windows, our favorite “over the shoulder” reading lamps flank the swivel chairs while their slim profile doesn’t obstruct the view.

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Be flexible with your existing furniture…

These clients had invested in this large sectional, which they originally had placed in their playroom. This large scale piece was the perfect size of sofa to fit the overwhelming size of this space. Its important to inventory the key pieces of furniture you own and be open to relocating them to a new area in your house.


We are so happy with the outcome of this room and most importantly, happy clients! Hopefully this helps sparks some space planning ideas in your home… Got any other design dilemmas? Send them our way! Until next time!

Fresh Pastel Interior Design: How To Make Pastel Home Decor Work For You And Your Home Year-Round

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Photos (top left moving clockwise): via Leif, via Fotodunya, Via The Skinny Confidential

Coming off of the heels of Easter, I – like most of the U.S. – has seen so much pastel that we’re beginning to dream about it! There is always that fine line that people are afraid to cross when it comes to splashing shades of pastels into your home for a year-round look. I have scoured the internet to bring you some warm and inviting spring-time interiors that underscore that YOU CAN use pastel furnishings and decor! Brace yourselves ladies and gentlemen, we’re gonna be throwing a pastel party that will make you appreciate, if not want these watered down hues in your home.

Did you miss last year’s blog on pastel interiors? Read it here!

Keep It Classy With Dollops Of Pastel Decor And Teacups!

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Rachel Mcginn Photography

A lot of times, our imaginations run away from us and think that pastel is a color to be seen in the month of April…and only in the month of April. I am here to defend the pastel hues and let you know that there are some classy and cute ways to bring your favorite hues into your interior design. For example, be as subtle as purchasing delicate colored glassware, like the adorable golden tea cup and saucer!! Are you craving more fun and inspirational ways to bring these great colors into your home, read on!

Find Subtle Sophistication Through Pastels Bedroom Decor

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Blair Harris Interior Design, photography by Jessica Klewikci

Your bedroom is meant to be a place for catching up on some R&R, and for that reason, you need a calming bedroom palette. A great to incorporate sophisticated colors into your bedroom suite’s decor is through a neutral headboard or by changing out your duvet cover and pillow covers.

Making Your Vintage Pieces Relevant In Our Modern World

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Marta de la Rica Interior Design

I am half Spanish so I read Elle Decor Spain with frequency. When I saw Marta de la Rica make it on the cover of Elle Decor Spain, I was ecstatic! She does a phenomenal job of bring vintage pieces into her interior design and making them tell their history in a modern way.

Go Bold And Add Pastel Cabinetry To Your Kitchen

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Shawn St. Peter

This kitchen design by GHID will have you feel like you’re smelling the flower blooms year-round. The soft hues make this kitchen bright and airy throughout the rainy seasons of the Pacific Northwest.

Brighten Up Your Walls With A Gorgeous Paint Color

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Willy Design

Love, love, love this room! I happen to be a huge mid-century modern fan, but I am particularly drawn to this space because the furniture and decor act as an anchor for this expansive living room. The green paint color helps reflect natural light that pours in through the french doors and makes for a space that I want to cozy up in and call mine!

Get The Look For An Affordable Cost!

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Leif, Pebble Bud Vase $20

Want a little extra spring in your life without transforming your whole home? Besides the fact that these little bud vases are adorable, they are an affordable way to add pops of life into your decor! Leif Shop is also a really cute online store that offers a wide array of fun home decor!

If you’re excited for more great interior design tips and tricks or you just can’t wait to see more fabulous interior design, stay tuned into our blog!


Highlights From High Point Market – An Interior Designer’s Dream Come True!

High Point Market is a designers dream come true! This biannual furniture trade show held in High Point, N.C. features exhibitors from every style, category and price point imaginable. An impressive 16,000 buying companies from around the world registered this year – a record high since before the recession!

GHID was planning on attending this spring, but we have changed plans and are heading to High Point Market in the fall. Although we weren’t onsite seeing all of the beautiful furniture and decor, we kept a close eye out for photos and updates from our reputable resources! See some of our favorite highlights from this spring’s High Point Market.

If you missed our blog from last year’s HPMKT, you can read it here!

The Hunt Is On For The Perfect Jewel Toned Decor 

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Via Natpinedo’s Instagram

If you’re on the hunt for vintage sofas, chairs and ottomans, this collection from Cisco Home will hit the spot! You can modernize your antique-looking furniture by bringing in industrial pieces like the wrought iron coffee table.

Brighten Up Your Home With Golden Sun Burst Decor

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Photo courtesy of Lisa Mende Design

I am in love with World’s Away‘s new permanent Showroom at High Point Market. If you’re looking to replicate this look in your own home, I’d recommend adding these contemporary gold lamps and sun beam mirror to your entryway for a bright impact!

Add a Playful Vide with Unexpected Art Deco Furniture

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Berhardt Furniture via Rajni Alex Design

The combination of purple and gold creates a luxurious mood while the art deco coffee table adds a playful vibe. To fill a blank wall, don’t be afraid to feature similar artwork for a more uniform look!

The Perfect Neutral For Seasonal Accessories

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Bernhardt Furniture

Bernhardt’s pearl grey sofa is a transitional must-have! The pops of bright vermillion in the pillows and artwork are great for spring and summer, but could easily be swapped out for cooler tones in the fall and winter.

No Need For Vacation With A Relaxing Bedroom Like This!

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Chaddock Furniture via Rajni Alex Design

Turn your bedroom into a serene getaway with light shades of turquoise and soft neutrals for a relaxing, spa-like feel.

Complimentary Contrast In An Eclectic Room


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CR Laine via Cozy Stylish Chic

Coral and teal have been trendy colors this spring and I think they look even better together than they do apart! I love how the straight lines of the furniture are softened by the sketch-like piece of art.

Bringing The Outdoors In For A Fresh Spring Look

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Via Amy Vermillion Interiors

Nothing livens up a room like something that is, well, alive! The leafy green wall and golden turtle shell artwork brings nature inside for a truly gorgeous spring look.

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Designer Diaries: Chanel Gives Us An Inside Look At Her Tiny Apartment For Two

As I scour the internet for some really cool homes to highlight on our blog, I find that I am most drawn to the homes of interior designers. You would naturally assume that interior designers have expensive, top of the line home decor, but often times they are just like you and I and they’re looking for a killer deal! Today we are kicking off  a new blog series where we show off the homes of our interior designers here at GHID. Chanel has opened up her doors for us to see how her and her boyfriend, Marshall have overcome the obstacles of housing two peoples belongings without any closets! Chanel and Marshall have named their Pearl District apartment The Shoebox.

Chanel digs into how she overcame the no closet dilemma in her tiny apartment!

When In Doubt Peg It Out – Display Your Belongings In A Creative Way

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DIY Storage Solution

Finding a place to rent in Portland is incredibly difficult as I found out when I moved here last summer. The sun was hot and I was ready to have a home. So I moved into this 500 sq. ft. apartment without a single closet. The piles of my stuff on the floor gave me constant panic attacks and so the peg wall came into fruition. Home Depot will cut the peg board down into any size and there are a ton of choices for hooks and holders. Once there are a ton of dry wall screws securing the peg wall, the fun part is organizing your wall to make it as functional as possible.

Rope Saves The Day – Use It As A Stair Railing

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The stairs up to loft are architecturally beautiful yet dangerously steep. These stairs were not designed with basic design codes in mind! Inspired by a rope banister I saw in a Dwell magazine, we fashioned one of our own. After locating the studs in the walls and screwing in large eye hooks, we attached nylon rope from Home Depot. This turned out to be a very inexpensive and effective solution.

Be A Smart Shopper And Savvy Shopper

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The most expensive piece of furniture in my apartment is the kitchen island from Ikea. With little kitchen storage and workspace, this was a necessary addition. With storage underneath and space for stools, the island doubles as our dining table and space for pots and pans. While meant for seating only two, we can fit five comfortably for our mini dinner parties. The stools are from Target, and we utilize the extras as a makeshift table when not in use. Spend money on the piece you are going to use the most, which I have found is always in the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, where there is food there is people.

Small Apartment? Decorate Up!

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While the footprint of our apartment is tiny, our ceilings are giant. To use this to our advantage we built custom shelving for our books and toy collections way up high. Press board and L-brackets from Home Depot are inexpensive. I have found making your own shelves specifically for your things makes everything seem to fit and seem more important. Books and toys are two of our favorite things, and we wanted to make sure they had their own special place.
Do you love Chanel’s style? Have her help you with your very own design through our online interior design service, GH iDesign!