"The clients wanted to preserve the aesthetics and elegance of this historic house they bought, but they also needed a fully-appointed modern home," said Portland interior designer Garrison Hullinger.
Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
Portland interior designer Garrison Hullinger recently announced completion of a whole house remodel that introduces 21st century luxury living to a 1901 Portland Craftsman. According to Hullinger, the project's success was built on a process of discovery that helped uncover the clients' wants and needs for their remodeled home.
"The clients wanted to preserve the aesthetics and elegance of this historic house they bought, but they also needed a fully-appointed modern home," said Garrison Hullinger, principal of Portland's Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. "Thanks to our understanding of the homeowners, this new remodel achieved both."
The original house had a strong Edwardian influence, with floors divided into many rooms. The first floor included a dining room, brandy room, extensive pantry, kitchen living room, and half bath. The second floor housed five bedrooms, each with a tiny closet, and one bathroom.
"We really wanted to pay homage to the home and resist the modernist tendency to just open everything up," said Hullinger. "So we were committed to the Edwardian aesthetic but we also needed to carve out some space."
Hullinger and his Portland team of interior designers dove into intensive space planning mode, reducing the five bedrooms of the second floor down to three, and adding a second full bath to that floor. The GHID team used new, generous closets as buffers for the newly configured bedrooms, providing separation and privacy between rooms. Hullinger also designed a full guest suite in the attic space, and created nooks throughout the house for reading, phone conversation, or the iPad.
(For a portfolio of the interior design of this Portland craftsman remodel visit http://garrisonhullinger.com/portfolios/interiors-classic-remodel or view a video slideshow of the project at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxJwv0CBqOA&feature=plcp)
In tune with the Portland home's historic narrative, Hullinger worked extensively with salvaged and restored materials in the remodel. An original leaded glass window provided inspiration for the new windows in the kitchen. Reused countertop remnants recovered from the house found new life in several rooms of the home. A rescued and refurbished handrail now graces the central staircase. And salvaged doors and windows abound, most notably the oval leaded glass window discovered by the builder during preparation for a full bathroom addition on the main floor, still installed but covered inside-and-out by drywall and siding.
In decorating the interiors of the home, the Garrison Hullinger Interior Design team chose the subtle and diverse over the sterile and uniform. In the kitchen, for example, the variety of metal finishes on the fixtures, the La Cornue stove and the range Vent-A-Hood create an inviting and comfortable pastiche. The design approach also finds expression in the living room décor, with its subtle shifts in pattern and tone, and in the brandy room with its walls covered in patterned Scottish linen. Elsewhere, natural grass cloth wallpaper provides rich texture and a golden haze hue that tricks the eye into seeing sunlight when any light hits it.
"Nothing in these interiors is so precious that you would interrupt the flow by removing or replacing a piece here or a finish there," said Hullinger. "And the subtlety in décor allows the home itself to be the beauty."
Space-saving tactics were key to the project's success, especially in the home's twelve-and-a-half foot by fourteen-and-a-half foot kitchen. The custom kitchen "island" is actually on wheels and can be rolled out of the way. The oven's French doors encroach less on the space than would a conventional door. And a microwave drawer tucks that appliance away.
"The kitchen isn't big, but it boasts every modern amenity," Hullinger said.
GHID sought far and wide for uncommon pieces for the remodel's interiors. The firm discovered the playful Murano glass and crystal chandelier in a New York showroom. The home's imported rugs and fabrics, as well as its Concetto Ceasarstone agate countertops imbue the remodel with a distinctive look and feel. Each element was curated to fit the clients and the pattern of their lives.
"When I showed the homeowner a possible textile selection for an ottoman he told me, ‘just make sure it can handle my golf cleats,'" Hullinger said. "That's exactly what we're after – luxurious, gracious home interiors that align with and support how our clients live their lives. It has to be comfortable and practical."
About Garrison Hullinger Interior Design
GHID is a Portland, Oregon based interior design firm dedicated to creating stunning interiors that respect taste, collections, artwork and budget: from custom home furnishings and decorating, to kitchen and bathroom renovation, to new home design.
Garrison Hullinger Interior Design
1204 SE Water Ave # 22
Portland, OR 97214