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Once again my work is being featured in HOUZZ.COM, the prestigious website where everybody goes for decor enjoyment.
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Dear Clients, Industry Members and Friends,
I was nominated “Best of 2012 Phoenix Remodeling” by the high profile website HOUZZ.com
It is, once again, so rewarding to receive all this recognition for my work and I’m pleased to share it with all of you.
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Dear Clients, Industry Members and Friends:
This Month “Arizona Foothills” magazine features my clients Bob and Pat Bondurant in their “Living Section”. The article details the remarkable career of this icon in American racecar driving and his lovely wife, partner in business, and tireless worker for local charities. The photographs in the article do not show the splendor of the home’s interiors which you can see in my website when you click this link:
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It’s my great honor to announce that Latino Perspectives magazine has featured me as “Entrepreneur of the Month” in their May 2012 issue.
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This amazing transformation earned Ernesto Garcia, ASID a 2nd Place in the Residential Category from the American Society of Interior Designers – AZ North Chapter.
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BEFORE – A dated 80’s Kitchen AFTER – An inviting European/American Style Kitchen
For this Kitchen Remodel I was hired by clients who love European/American traditional styles. The residence they purchased had mixed design features that didn’t suit their preference for the harmonious, comfortable and relaxed elegance that traditional styles bring to a home.
The first thing I did in this space is create a more efficient layout by changing the “U” shape counter to a perimeter counter with a center breakfast bar and prep island.
I equipped the island with its own sink, a vast preparation area, refrigerator/freezer drawers, recycle bins, utensils drawers and generous lighting from recessed cans right above preparation area.
To define the breakfast counter, I used a long butcher block panel elevated from the main granite surface of the island. I brought down pendants with shades to avoid glare and embrace our complete design direction.
To give the space a greater sense of height, I sloped the ceiling and applied decorative wood beams to create a country kitchen atmosphere.
Regarding surfaces, I replaced the glossy small floor tile with a larger Vermont slate, this change gives the kitchen the texture and warmth it was missing. For the backsplash, I selected a light handmade crackled tile and only placed inlaid rosettes and liners behind the cook-top to create a focal point.
As for the cabinetry, I changed out the light maple wood for a rich mahogany. There is an almost luxurious quality to the deep red tones brought out by the contrast against the pale blue background of the walls. Using a raised panel door style and crown details, the layout was adapted to house state-of-the-art appliances.
How to Select a Focal Point in a Room
Have you ever walked into a room where everything is virtually screaming at you? A room where everything competes for attention in placement, style, scale, color, and texture?
One of the ways to avoid that type of chaos is to understand the function of the room, make a decision about where the focal point will be located, and create surroundings that complement the main piece.
For instance, take this Dining Room I designed. Early on I decided I wanted the dining table in the center of the room to be the focal point. After that decision was made, I kept all larger surfaces in the room remain un-patterned or just slightly patterned.
The background wall is silver leafed, you can see the slight differentiation of the rectangular silver leaves, but it works as a dull mirror that helps the glass table sparkle even more.
Draperies consist of flat sliding panels of lined silk with a subtle tone on tone pattern; their unmannered design is also meant to visually reinforce the table.
The aubergine wool rug has a barely noticeable small pattern and its main function is to provide a strong contrasting color to the table base.
The light fixture consists of a curved hand-blown glass suspended by steel cables and illuminated from the ceiling by low voltage fixtures, its function is to appear like a floating leaf above the table. A heavier fixture or chandelier would have competed with the table.
The more traditional looking chairs are upholstered in solid off-white velvet and their wooden frames, slightly brushed in antique gold, were deliberately chosen to contrast with the sharp, contemporary crackled glass of the table base.
A few words to remember:
“A well designed room is one where there was a commitment made to its function, feel and style long before anything is selected.” ~EG
When I am hired to decorate the interiors of older homes, one thing I am almost always faced with is smaller size rooms. Here are some simple guidelines:
1.) Select a light monochromatic palette. Less saturated colors reflect more light and give a greater sense of spaciousness. By limiting the amount of different colors in a room, the space will feel less busy, more open and airy. Using a monochromatic palette doesn’t mean a room has to be dull or boring. Select fabrics with different patterns and textures in the same tone. In this Living Room I selected a dozen different fabrics.
2.) Try to place furnishings close to the perimeter walls. By using the perimeter space, the room will gain visual openness in the center of the room and actually create a physical sense of space. Most larger rooms have a pathway, or traveling space around the outside of seating areas, but in smaller rooms this space can be moved to the inside of the groupings and make the space look much larger.
3.) Limit yourself to one large piece of furniture. For example, use one sofa or one large armoire and complement that piece with smaller furnishings this will give the room variations in scale without making it feel heavy or overcrowded.
4.) Don’t be afraid to use an eclectic mix of furnishings. Monochromatic palettes tend to unify them and harmonize the look just by color!
5.) Go vertical. Another optical trick is to make ceilings look higher by using vertical stripes on your wall-coverings. These subtle lines will draw the eye upward creating height. By painting the ceilings in a glossy finish you can reflect more light and take the weight of the ceiling out of the room.
Remember: “Small is Beautiful.” Ernesto Garcia, ASID