Small Statments {Part One}…

December 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

As GHID wraps up 2010, we’ve begun to look back on our personal trends and design trademarks incorporated into our completed projects over this past year. From window treatments and paint color, to textiles, manufacturers and inspirations, Garrison Hullinger and associates have continued to generate a soothing style that embodies all that is serene.

Garrison Hullinger and I recently sat down to chat about where we’ve been, what we’re known for, and where we’re headed in 2011. During that time we complied a list of signature statements GHID has used in 2010, and intend on using or reinventing in the year to come. This week our posts are dedicated to GHID’s 2010 design work and trends…Enjoy.

Custom Window Treatments:

GHID Design Trends:

Custom Window Treatments

1. Fabric: Neutral linen

2. Trouser Break

3. Cartridge pleat

4. Double rods for panels & sheers

*Round/ball finials painted to match custom rod finish

5. Bronze finish on custom hardware

Paint Colors:

GHID Design Trends:

Paint Colors

{Benjamin Moore}

We love Hazelwood and paints that embody a hint of rose, we’re loyal to Navajo White, and enjoy cool, crisp and serene colors such as Cool Mint and Iced Green.


GHID Design Trends:





*Muted Colors



Written by GHID Associate Interior Designer: Nicole Copko




A Few of Our Favorite Things…

December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

In honor of the holidays, and because we love breaking out into song every once in a while here at GHID, we’ve decided to share a few of our favorite things with you this Christmas season…

Garrison Hullinger: Principal and President of GHID

Art Deco Architecture.Barneys Co-Op.Greyhounds.Sepia Photography.Shagreen.Bird of Paradise.Metallics.Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

Lisa Luchaco: GHID Associate Interior Designer…


Horses.“Christmas Vacation”.Neutrals.Plaids.Malbec Wine.Reading.Coffee Table Books.Starbucks Grande Vanilla Americanos.“Lovely” by Sarah Jessica Parker.Baking.


Nicole Copko: GHID Associate Interior Designer…

White Brick.“The Holiday”.Set Design by Nancy Meyers.Burberry Scarf.Portland, Oregon.“Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.Pearls.University of Oregon.Oregon Ducks.Raybans.Cable Knit Cardigans & Sweaters.J.Crew.Cozy.Essie “Jazz” Nailpolish.Manhattan, NY.

Wishing you all a very Merry Holiday, and a Blessed 2011!

Written by GHID Associate Interior Designer: Nicole Copko

I’m Dreaming…

December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

…of a white Christmas.

Okay, you caught me…yes, I’ve watched “White Christmas” about three or four times already this holiday season, and have every intention of doing so yet again this coming Saturday. I just can’t get enough Bing in my life.

Every Christmas Eve I hope the snow will start falling (yes, maybe so I can break out into “snow…SNow…SNOW” – in all the right harmonies I might add)…so much so that we’re trapped in our little house Christmas day, sipping on wassel, munching on noshes and enjoying a day of naps and doing nothing. However, because I do live in Portland Oregon, my dreams of snow usually turn into a more realistic rainfall – which I’ve come to accept. One day I’ll make it to a snowy climate and wake up to the bright white.

Speaking of white – what about decorating in all white, for the everyday as well as for the holidays? It can be dangerous, but so incredibly beautiful it may be worth the extra care.


Courtesy of Country Living

Courtesy of Rue Magazine

Slightly obsessed…

Made It Girl

Made It Girl

Made It Girl

Courtesy of Ann Sage

Courtesy of South Philly Renovation

Loving the lace…

Courtesy of Inspiring Designs


Written by GHID Associate Interior Designer, Nicole Copko


December 16, 2010 § Leave a comment


The designers at GHID are constantly researching great design of years past, as well as staying up to date on today’s lastest design trends. Even our busy design principal and president of Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Garrison Hullinger, finds time for this. It’s an important part of our job as well as something we rather enjoy.

Recently our fearless leader ran across a few new fabrics from a line he’s grown quite fond of…

Quadrille has been featured in nationally recognized magazines numerous times, as well as in large-scale Hollywood productions such as the “Devil Wears Prada”. This line offers a variety of gorgeous fabrics and textiles ranging from beautiful wovens to vibrant and colorful graphics (something they’ve become famous for) to wall-coverings and trims. Some of which have been combined in the most creative and unique ways, all of which we love.

GHID is drawn to linens and cotton-linen blends, and utilize them in just about every project. Here are a few from Quadrille we adore:

Quadrille/Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell 'Criss cross' (photo courtesy of "The Designer's Attic")

Lyford Diamond Bamboo: A preppy print that's perfect for the beach. Linen/cotton, in Navy on Tint. China Seas through Quadrille Fabrics.

Quadrille's "Zig-Zag" featured in Veranda's November-December 2010

Quadrille featured in House Beautiful - December - January 2010

Written by GHID Associate Interior Designer, Nicole Copko

All that Glitters…

December 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

Gold. What to say other than it’s fabulous…works as a neutral, and wouldn’t you know it, incredibly festive!

What GHID appreciates about this metallic is that it works in small and large doses alike, it goes with pretty much any color scheme and is a fun way to brighten up a space. We often times coincide gold with the holidays, however it can be used for the everyday as well – wall tile, wallpaper, furniture, fabrics and fixtures, leafing, accessories, and framing – it even works with other metallics as seen in a few GHID works below:

Enjoy and happy Tuesday!

cubes of gold custom ring designed by imogen belfieldyves saint laurent rouge volupté pearl lipstickkate spade twirl margie handbagbadgley mischka peep toeskelly wearstler brass kaleidoscopes | talullah tu bow ringbodum chambord gold french pressmerchant archive london 70s gold trollymepra due ice oro flatware

kartell gold lamp1stdibs gilt metal starburst chandelierj.crew teenie glitter leather beltvictoria beckham sunglasseslouis vuitton shimmering slim evening clutchaspinal of london metallic gold leather ipad casezara home hans jug

A close-up of a GHID kitchen, accessorized in golds. To see more images visit:

Created and designed by AltaModa


Weego Home store located in Santa Monica, California

Gold water mirror tiles


Written by GHID Associate Interior Designer, Nicole Copko

Seasonal Decor…

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to help anyone and everyone decorate for the Christmas season…imagine that.

Yesterday, Garrison and I had the opportunity to help one of our clients set-up and decorate her home for her upcoming Christmas party. We moved a few things out, brought a few things in and wall-ahhh; the space looked festive and pulled-together in no time at all.

Our client had both old and new decor to work with; some we used, and others we put back into the boxes. Remember, just because you have it doesn’t mean you have to, or need to display it. Simplify.

Take into consideration your existing accessory elements (the stuff you have out all year-long) when decorating for the holidays, don’t overdo the festive pieces. Work with the decor you have and add your holiday additions to enhance the space.

One more tip we’d like to share (that goes for accessorizing in general), when grouping items it’s nice to place them with similar items that tie them altogether; a unifying element if you will.  For example, a few angel figurines, Santa related items, three small mercury glass votives, so on a so forth.

Remember, height and number are also key when doing this, make sure you have variations of height when placing accessories, and that your collection is a grouping of odd numbers. Odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and collections in odd numbers work better for mixing and matching all your pieces together to create a more eclectic and balanced look.

While decorating we noticed a few pieces that we feel are classic Christmas decor staples, as well as a few trendy elements that we’d like to share with you. Whether you’re starting your decor from scratch, or want to know what we think are the “must-haves” for the season, allow me to elaborate and share our professional decor advice and opinion…

We love that our client had a bright gold "R" to represent their family name. It works all year-long, however, because of its gold patina it works especially well for Christmas and the holidays.

The additional gold decor around the "R" on the mantle-scape is a nice touch, the light that bounces off the fire creates a beautiful sparkle in the room.

This is a great example of balancing your festive decor with your every-day accessories. The red books work extra well for the Christmas season, however, are left out year round. *Take note of the balance and scale within the bookshelf.

Most everyone has additional ornaments left over, scatter them around the house in glass hurricanes, large bowls or propped up as seen here.

A great example of properly grouped festive accessories.

A few additional images of items GHID appreciates and deems as holiday staples for any home:

A festive wreath

Glass hurricanes, as you can see they can easily transform from Christmas to Thanksgiving/Fall, and used throughout the year.

Topiaries are wonderful additions to any space, this one in particular speaks to the holiday season with greens and reds and depending on size can be placed on either side of a mantle, fireplace, entry, console tables so on a so forth.

Everyone needs a little mistletoe.

I thoroughly enjoy fun and unique stockings, however the classic red and white work just as well.


Old-fashioned Christmas lights.

Candles, and sparkling and/or metallic holders.


Written by: GHID Associate Interior Designer, Nicole Copko

Good Work II…

December 2, 2010 § 1 Comment

Due to the popularity of our last “good work” entry (which by the way, we owe big thanks to all our readers!)…we decided to incorporate a “good work” post on our blog every few weeks or so…Hope you enjoy!

Garrison Hullinger and his team have recently been working with a hip, young couple out of Portland. They adore Ralph Lauren inspired design with touches of old world-ethnic flare. It’s been so fun mixing these various styles together, a challenge we rather enjoy! As the project wraps, we’ll be sure to post a few images of the end result.

We’ve worked alongside this couple to source elegant textiles in blues and creams, unique accessories that speak to their interests and tastes and gorgeous case-goods from around the country. You can’t help but to become a little part of your client’s lives when you work inside their home, and one thing we noticed about this particular couple is their admiration and love for artisan photography; a few of which we have fallen for ourselves.

Today GHID would like to share a few of these artisan photographer’s work; all of which we label as good work…

First up…Leighton O’Connor out of Beverly, Massachusetts:

Next up…Lisa Cueman:

Another images I’d like to share:

If you have any recommendations of artists, designers and/or architects that you would like us to feature please send us over an email.

Written by GHID Associate Designer, Nicole Copko

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