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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:
The “Arizona Foothill” article can be accessed by clicking
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.
See the rest of the Before and Afters in my portfolio!
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.
Long before Meryl Streep brought Cerulean Blue back to our awareness with her hilarious monologue in The Devil Wears Prada, I was experimenting with this color just like Oscar de La Renta and Ives St Laurent…
The background of this rug, woven in Nepal, required three “strike-offs” or test samples, until I was satisfied with the dye used.
I wish I had pictures to show you the magnificently skilled weavers who took four months to weave this beauty!
And here is that memorable monologue by the remarkable Meryl Streep:
This… ‘stuff’? Oh… ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room, from a pile of stuff.
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.
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