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Designer Insights with Garrison Hullinger

This week on the blog we thought we’d do something a little different. Garrison was just featured in Terrys Fabrics’ Designer Insights, so we thought we’d share it with all of you! Take some time and learn a bit about Garrison and find out his top picks for this season.

Remodeling Your Attic So It Is Usable: Designer Tips & Tricks

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Garrison Hullinger’s previous home in Portland, photography by Dana Graggs

Having an unused space like an unfinished basement, or attic in your home is a common issue that homeowners often times face. Rather than feeling like your busting at the seams, you can update those unused spaces and make them livable spaces on your own, or by enlisting the help of design and construction experts. A fun fact about GHID is that it all began in Garrison and Js’ home attic located in Portland. Garrison and J turned their cute attic into GHID HQ. Don’t leave that unused space for the dust, use it to you and your family’s benefit.

 Clean Up The Crawl Space

Is your master bedroom on the top floor, but you really want to have that fabulous master bathroom that we all dream about? Consider gutting your crawl space so that it expands your master bath’s square footage. You should take a look at what this bathroom looked like before, it was a disaster and now it’s a dream bathroom!

Make It An Oasis For Your Guests

You love your home. You love your home’s location. You don’t love that your guests and family have no place to stay when they come to visit you. Renovate your attic into a beautiful and cozy place that your guests might get awfully comfy in. Use this beautiful attic remodel as your inspiration for a soothing place for your guests to enjoy you and your family. Once you add a guest bedroom to your attic or crawl space, you are going to be asking yourself what else you can do with an old attic, or unused space!

Unusual Attic Restaurant Designs

Although you likely haven’t pondered the thought of putting a bar in your home attic, it might be the most ingenious idea I’ve come across in a long time! You may be short on space, but you can extend your square footage by converting a previously un-used space into a new take on the man cave.

Create A Great At-Home Office 

Similar to what Garrison did at his very own home, you can create a fun and bright office space in your existing attic. This particular attic shows off a modern and clean atmosphere that allows natural light to pour in. Brace yourself, working from home may never have looked so good to you, but as I am writing this, I am thinking of poking my head up into the attic to see what square footage I may be working with.

Are you inspired to clear the dust out of your attic and call up your interior designer? If you are not, do you need to see more? Let us know and we’ll help you get some more inspiration!

Interior Design Trends: The Hottest Paint Colors for 2015

In a previous blog post not so long ago we talked about the Pantone Color of the Year, which is a color that was met with mixed feelings. If you aren’t looking to paint your walls the color of the year and want to know what the right colors are to bring into your home, where do you look? And who do you trust? GHID is here to help you feel confident about the right neutrals to bring into your home! Rather than giving you all of our secret colors to use when selecting colorful interiors, we are going to go under the radar and tell you all of the best ways to incorporate neutral hues into your home! There are plenty of colors that hold that prestigious title from various brands, and they are slated to be the hottest paint colors for 2015!

Be Bold With Cobalt Blue Or Greek Blue Paint Colors

When you think of Greece, you daydream of seeing in Santorini, a city made up of beautiful white washed homes with rounded roofs and saturated blue hues. A great way to incorporate this fabulous hue is in a bold way…of course! I am in love with this room, particularly because of the sheen of the cobalt blue paint color on the ceiling.

Essential Teals That Are Reminiscent Of The Warm Seas


Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

The beautiful shade teal is atypical of your average dreamy bedroom, but the color team at BEHR are looking to send out some color inspiration that will energize your space. “Color itself is like one of the senses, enhancing our world and our state of mind,” says Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for BEHR. This favorite in the Deep Dreams palette brings a feeling of calming escape that sets the tone for a glamorous staycation. 

More on BEHRs 2015 color trends can be found here.

Pastels Are Not Just For Easter – Use Them In Your House Year-Round

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Blue Paisley: PPG Paints Color of the Year

According to BEHR, “soothing and welcoming, pastels add ambiance and a gentle glow to any room. Given the range of hues, from light lemonade to delicate pink to soft minty green, you can enhance any style of room with these pale palettes.

Pastels are the ideal color choices if you want something subtle and want to venture beyond cream and beige. You can keep a room simple, with walls in one color, yet spice up the furnishings and accent pieces with patterns. Or take it a step further by painting pale shades on some walls and bolder versions of the same color family on others. The subtle adaptability of pastels makes them beautiful color choices for any room, in any style.”

Old School Americana Color Palettes

Come get comfortable with Colorhouse as we explore Color Trend 2015 – Homespun Hues. In this palette we bring it back home by incorporating subtle Americana influences. The Made in America movement is strong, and we find ourselves looking for “Made Here” labels on the products we purchase. Weave together flea market finds with hand-crafted designer furniture for a look that’s both casual and luxurious, soft and simple, and intentionally unsophisticated. Use Colorhouse hues AIR .01AIR .03,WOOD .04 and WOOL .06 to create a Homespun feel in your home.

Aren’t inspired by what you’ve seen, and want to learn more about other interior design trends?


5 Ways To Decorate Your Mantel Like An Interior Designer

The mantel can be tricky to design and decorate well. Like anything, you may have picked out the perfect accessories, but pulling it all together can be challenging. Back in 2013, we wrote a post outlining how to decorate your mantel for the fall, but this time we are going to be speaking in a more general sense on how you can make the most of your mantel.

The Key To Stylizing Your Mantel

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

This image was what started off the previously mentioned mantel blog post. It is a great guide that you can follow to have your mantel look great, but remember that it is only one model of how you can decorate it. There are a lot of different ways you can set up a fireplace mantel and still have it look great! With this particular layout, we see a balance of one taller, central piece, with smaller accessories around it, of varying heights, to form a sort of triangle silhouette of art.

Do Not Be Symmetrical

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

This rule is not universal. Maybe you’re going for something very symmetrical and clean. However, in most cases, being perfectly symmetrical does not look natural. You want to make something visually interesting above your fireplace, which may involve different accessories on each side of a centerpiece, or maybe even a main piece that is slightly off-center.

Do Not Overcrowd Your Mantel

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and this can include all the nick-nacks that you want to display on your mantel. Keep it relatively simple and clean, and try to make a statement with your elegance and simplicity, rather than a lot of big pieces crowded together. In this case, we have chosen to simply display artwork. Another option for this mantel would be to place a TV over the fireplace, because the bookshelves are adorned with other beautiful and personalized home decor.

Try Keeping it Simple

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, photography by Blackstone Edge

On that note, why not just go for simplicity? Try only using a few small accessories to accent your mantel, but let your fireplace and maybe some nice wall art do the talking. Taking a minimalist approach can help make your space look streamlined and less cluttered.

Put Your Personality into Your Mantel

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

The fireplace is going to draw a lot of eyes, meaning that whatever you have adorning your mantel is going to be making a big impression on guests. Be honest and open and add a flair of your personality to this space. This can be done with a family portrait, a photo you took, a family heirloom, or something else unique, like a salt lamp or a handmade bowl.

Decorating a fireplace mantel isn’t always easy, but once you get it right you will love the room even more! The mantel is a focal point that draws a lot of eyes, so make sure you put your best on display! I hope you find these tips helpful in making your fireplace pop!

This year we’re nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger award under the category of Interior Design! Don’t forget to vote for us!

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

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

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

Helpful tip: Don’t try to make your bookshelf blend into the background. Make a bold statement with a fun and bright bookshelf!

Are You Bold Enough To Recreate This Edgy Design In Your Home?

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.