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GHID’s Top 5 Kitchen Designs!

Many people’s favorite room in the house is the kitchen. When looking for a house, a bad kitchen can be a deal-breaker. Regardless of how much time you may spend in the kitchen, you want it to be everything you need when you do need it. At Garrison Hullinger Interior Design we believe that the kitchen should be a centerpiece of the design, and we take great pride in our kitchens. Today we’ll be sharing some favorites, and talking about what makes them so great! Let us know if you agree, and what your favorite kitchen features are.


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This kitchen is an eye catcher! With two massive islands, this can become the ultimate entertainment space, without letting the host get lost in the kitchen preparing food. The outside edges of the kitchen become part of the event, welcoming guests just as much as the black and white contrast between countertop and cabinet, and the ceiling that draws your eye upward. Lots of light sources, and glass upper cabinets make the space feel open and light,

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Not too big and not too small, this kitchen has all the right comforts. It has a cozy aesthetic, combining white cabinetry with darker wood colors on the floor and island. Natural tones shine in this space, and the stainless steel appliances are unobtrusive enough that nature is still the focal point! The bar island is perfectly placed for entertainment or just a family meal!

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With an emphasis on storage and open space, this kitchen seems simple but is very effective. It once again draws on the contrast between dark flooring and white cabinetry, and provides more than enough storage for any kitchen needs! Massive open area between counters makes navigating this kitchen with multiple chefs an easy task. The huge curved island allows for entertainment to happen at the fringes of the kitchen space with plenty of room left over for preparing food.

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We feature this kitchen on our home page for a reason! It is a stunning white kitchen  that is both cozy and wide open. It has somewhat of a farmhouse style, which is modernized with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Subtle hints allude to a more classic inspiration, whether that be in the lighting fixtures, the bar stools, or the legs of the island. Multiple large windows let in plenty of light, meaning any cooking experience in this kitchen is refreshing and well-lit!

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There is an interesting contrast of white and darker brown woods, but it all works together. This kitchen is all about using different materials and tones together and still having it work. Look at the white cabinetry, the darker cabinetry, the flooring, the backsplash tile, and the granite countertop. They are all quite different materials and colors, but somehow they all work together cohesively and are referenced throughout the kitchen.


Those are some of our favorite GHID kitchens! Do you have your own favorites?

Detecting Your Interior Design Style: Mad for Mid-Century Modern

Identifying Your Design Style

Two years ago here on the GHID blog, we had a series called Detecting Your Interior Design Style. In it we covered Eclectic, Contemporary, Traditional, and Modern styles! Today we are reviving this old series with a brand new season of exciting episodes, the first of which will cover mid-century modern style!


What is the Definition of Mid-Century Modern Interior Design?

Mid-Century Modern is essentially just what it sounds like. It is a style that was first popular from roughly the 1940′s to the 1970′s, and came out of Word War II as designers opted for a more organic and simple style, full of curves and geometric shapes. The term was popularized in the 80′s, with the release of Cara Greenberg’s book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. The term applies to furniture, architecture, and art. In architecture, Mid-Century Modern homes can be identified by a large amount of windows and an open floor plan, and almost are always found in post-war suburbs. These homes were designed to bring a modern touch to these suburbs, and met the needs of the average American family at the time.


Let’s Get Familiar with Mid-Century Modern

Organic shapes and a desire to incorporate nature into interior design is a staple of Mid-Century Modern.


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While natural, curvy shapes were incorporated, there was also an emphasis on geometric shapes. The key was to get the two to work together in harmony!


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Walls of windows and fold-up furniture with multiple uses were both popular when this style first began, and can still be used very tastefully today!


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Hopefully  this gave you a jumping-off point to do your own research. What style should we tackle next here on the blog? Let us know in the comments!

The Best Accessories that Just Make a Room Pop


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Accessories and other small details are really what make a room come alive. Furniture and paint are great, and are the major components of a room, but it is the tiny details that pull everything together and add subtle touches of style! Garrison Hullinger Interior Design knows all about using accessories to the best of their ability, and in this blog we will be discussing how best to use these small details to really make your rooms pop!


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Practical Accessories Are the Best Kind!

Here at GHID we love our accessories, but it is important to strike a good balance between form and function in your home. We believe in functional and useful accessories that serve the dual purpose of looking fabulous and also being really handy! Our designers’ favorite accent is none other than the simple decorative box! It doesn’t get much more simple than a box, and it doesn’t get much more practical either! Decorative boxes can contain the clutter of a coffee table, and then easily hide away when you need the


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Use Big Pieces Rather Than a Lot of Small Ones

It is up to your personal preference of course, but here at GHID we prefer to decorate with a few carefully selected large pieces rather than a lot of small pieces. There are tasteful ways to display your collections of small items, but we prefer a simpler and more streamlined look. Our designers like to keep things in scale with the larger furniture pieces so that nothing looks out of place. The accessory has to go with everything else and not break up the theme or style of the space.


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Don’t Be Afraid to get Creative!

Our designers love getting creative when they are picking out accessories, and you should too! For example, objects like books make great accessories. The term “coffee table book” doesn’t exist for nothing! Don’t be afraid to add in a stack of books to a table if the colors work well. Pieces found at antique stores can give your home a unique look too, especially if you refurbish them. Look for inspiration in unexpected places, and really bring your rooms to life in ways that will make your space stand out from all the rest!

GHID’s designers love accessories that are practical, in scale, and creative, and we think that these three tenants of design can help anyone put those finishing touches on a room that just needs a little extra something. Happy designing!

Why Restaurants Need Interior Design


Sure, you hear a lot about interior design for homes and apartments, but did you know that restaurants need interior design too? Interior design in a restaurant is just as important as in a home; an eatery still has to make an impression, establish a style, and make you want to stick around and eat there! Today we will be talking all about how restaurants use interior design to get your stomach rumbling!

Commercial Design

Color Schemes

Color is always important, and in restaurants it is really not a whole lot different than coordinating colors in a home! Tablecloths, plates, chair patterns, and even napkins, count when it comes to color. An interior designer can make these coordinate well together while still capturing the feel of your restaurant, whether it is elegant, laid back, or all-natural. And of course you cannot forget wall color and the style of artwork. You may not have couches and accent pillows to match like in a home, but there are dozens of tiny details that need to be coordinated, else you run the risk of your image not being what you want it to be!

Commcercial Design

Space Efficiency

It is an age-old question of restaurants; how many customers can I seat in here? There are a lot of things to consider in the layout and design of the space to fit the ideal number of people. The first challenge is that there are plenty of different kinds of tables to choose from. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a combinations of booths, 4-person tables, and 2-person tables. It is best to get tables that can be pushed together for larger parties, but it is also good to consult a designer on how many of each type of table there should be and where they should be placed in relation to each other. And of course, how close the tables can be to each other, depending on how private you think each party should be.


Yes, even the restrooms of restaurants need to be designed consciously! The style and mood of a restaurant should be consistent in all areas that customers will be in and that includes the restroom. If the restaurant is dark and moody, don’t fill the bathroom with white walls and fluorescent lights. Put in some candles and dark interiors to match the rest of the space! The experience of the restaurant should not be broken by a bathroom break!

Dining Design

Details and Accessories

The tablecloths, napkins, and plates are important, but the even smaller details help pull everything together. This is where interior design truly shines, yet you may not even notice its effect consciously! Many restaurants opt out of using a tablecloth, and use a bare table. Others included various kinds of candles to set the mood at each seat. And of course the overhead lighting is important. Again, the desired feel of the restaurant should be considered when it comes to lighting features. Does it need to be lit with bright fluorescent bulbs, or is it an intimate and quite establishment where some dim vintage lighting would work better. The tiny details really make a restaurant complete.

Wine Room

Without an interior designer, a restaurant is just a place to get food and to socialize. Good design makes going out to eat a full experience that engages all of the senses! You taste  and smell the food, you hear the background music, you touch the furniture, and you see the ambiance and mood of the restaurant. An interior designer really pulls these all together into one cohesive dining experience, and can make you feel like you have been transported somewhere far away just by a few key colors and details!


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Make Your Backyard a Room of its Own This Summer

With summer on all of our minds, we are likely imagining a lot of afternoons and evenings sitting out in the backyard or on the patio enjoying a nice dinner or the company of friends. However, not every backyard is ideal for entertaining. Even if our houses are nice, it is easy to neglect the outside if you just are not into yard work. Today we will be showing you some creative and simple (and some more involved and difficult) ways to make your backyard feel more like another stylish room in your house!

Make “Rooms” on Your Patio

Designating different parts of your patio or backyard for specific activities will help the area feel more like a series of rooms. A seating area, a garden, a water feature, a lawn for bocce or croquet… the options are endless, and dividing these regions with walls or different materials can help make them feel separate and distinct in purpose and in style, just like the rooms of your home!

Install an Outdoor Kitchen

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

This one is not exactly the easiest thing to do, but it can really be what makes a patio area into a great living space. Nothing breaks the flow of a party like the host going inside to prepare food. What if they didn’t have to? What if all of the food was being prepared outside in a dedicated outdoor kitchen? This will make it so that you never have to leave the backyard during your event, and can focus on the conversation even when preparing delicious food!

Enhance Privacy

Creating a sense of privacy around your backyard can make it seem more like a room, because real rooms have privacy! You can create “walls” around your entertainment are by putting up actual decorative walls made of brick or stone, putting up terraces, or planting large hedges. This will make you and your guests forget about any neighbors or other distractions, because they will be out of sight and out of mind! In addition, these walls will make you feel like the area is walled off like a room.

Create Large Planters

If you do not quite want walls, then maybe a half-wall will work. Large planters can create a short wall that divides a space while keeping the view relatively open. It does act as a wall in that it will make you and your guests feel enclosed in a specified area. Additionally, you can put whatever trees or flowers or shrubs you want into these planters, to customize the level of privacy, the colors, and how closed off you want to feel.

Extend Your Interior Rooms

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Another way to make the most of your backyard this summer is to make it an extension of your home. This can be done in several ways, the most effective of which is to simply extend your style out of a room and to the outdoors. This works especially well if you have large French doors or a wall of windows between your home and backyard. Extend your style out by sticking with the same theme, colors, and patterns as the interior room, so that when your guests go outside, the only difference is some more fresh air and natural light!