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Depression and Home Design

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Tom Karl

 

 

 

 

 

For people suffering from Depression, finding every possible strategy to mitigate its pain and its disabling effects is crucial. Success in its treatment must be confronted on every possible level.

A lively cream colored kitchen with vibrant accents in teal-blue and navajo red.

In addition to new medications and various forms of therapy, research is paying attention to other areas that influence human behavior and influence mood. In the past three decades, a lot of progress has been made in the understanding of how living and working environments can affect the human brain.

My approach to designing spaces that will have a positive influence on a person who suffers from depression includes the use of color, textures, pattern, light and spatial organization among other design categories. Today I’ll be writing about color.

Various shades of gray and monochromatic spaces are wonderful for people who do not suffer from depression. There is truth to the commonly used phrase: “feeling gray”; while for many that might be a one-day random occurrence, for others it’s a weighty presence that diminishes the quality of their lives for months or years. Color is crucial when battling depression. The use of colors as a healing tool dates back to ancient cultures such as the Egyptians and the Chinese. Modern research methods have corroborated what was intuitively known for centuries. I have been studying color for years and have enough empirical experience to embrace its positive influence in the life of those afflicted by depression.  I use a very personalized approach to color selection for my clients; I rely strongly on their positive memories and the spaces and colors in which those moments and times occurred. It’s important to reconnect a person to the colors that made them happy in the past as they have strong unconscious powers to revitalize the psyche.

Depression is a real ailment that is often misunderstood by friends, coworkers, and even family. The most important thing my clients know about me is that I’m here to help, that I will listen to their needs and that we will work together to create the most healing environments for them. My primary motor of inspiration is HOPE; I always have hope in my clients’ lives and their happiness because healing is a reality that they can indeed access through many forms of treatments. I see the creation of beautiful, inspiring rooms as another tool to help them regain their joy and love for life.

Against pale taupe walls, a sectional in white leather and cerulean blue cushions is accented with richly patterned pillows and surrounded by golden colored chairs.

Against pale taupe walls, a sectional in white leather with cerulean blue cushions is accented with richly patterned pillows and surrounded by golden colored chairs.

Special attention was paid to the interplay of textures, from a thick walnut colored shag rug to various veneered and painted surfaces, from soft brown chenille and orange velvet to mandarin coral cotton and voile draperies punctuating the space with porcelain, metal and glass accessories.

Special attention was paid to the interplay of textures, from a thick walnut colored shag rug to various veneered and painted surfaces, from soft brown chenille and orange velvet to mandarin coral cotton and voile draperies punctuating the space with porcelain, metal and glass accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernesto Garcia, ASID featured on HOUZZ.com – Using Crystal in Interior Design

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by Tom Karl

Once again my work is being featured in HOUZZ.COM, the prestigious website where everybody goes for decor enjoyment.
Here is the link:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2215267/list/Crystal–Brilliant-Choice-for-Rooms

Best of 2012 Phoenix Remodeling – Ernesto Garcia, ASID featured on HOUZZ.com

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by Tom Karl

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.
Here’s the link:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1543033/thumbs/pt=71dc1ff46c10a52d206a24a4879123f8/Houzz–Best-of-Remodeling-2012—Phoenix

Ernesto Garcia, ASID featured in Arizona Foothills

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by Tom Karl

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:

https://ernestogarciadesign.com/portfolio/mr-mrs-bob-bondurants-residence/

The “Arizona Foothill” article can be accessed by clicking
this link:

http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/living/homes/3919-the-home-page-bob-and-pat-bondurants-fast-paced-home.html

Ernesto Garcia, ASID Featured in “Latino Perspectives”

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by Tom Karl

It’s my great honor to announce that Latino Perspectives magazine has featured me as “Entrepreneur of the Month” in their May 2012 issue.

To read the interview please click on the link below:

Outpacing the competition

Ernesto Garcia, ASID receives Award for Kitchen Remodel

Posted on: January 2nd, 2012 by Tom Karl

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!

1-2008 Excellence Award Winning Traditional Remodel-Kitchen-General View Before      2-2008 Excellence Award Winning Traditional Remodel-Kitchen-General View After

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.

Interior Designer’s approach to Hand Woven Rugs

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Tom Karl

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…

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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.

Interior Designer’s perspective on Children’s Rooms

Posted on: March 16th, 2011 by Tom Karl

Abundant research has proven that children who grow up in environments with stimulating shapes, colors and textures develop greater creativity and intellectual skills. Sadly, I often see children’s rooms that totally lack any type of design, places where different ideas have been thrown together in a chaotic mix. Those types of environments hardly stimulate their creativity or give them a sense of order. In my projects, I treat children as their own people, little clients with their own needs and preferences for their spaces. Each child is different and his or her room should be unique as well. A child’s room should never be improvised and a lot of thought should be placed on room layout and on each and every piece of furniture placed in their environment.

This first photograph shows a room I designed for a girl whose favorite colors were yellows, greens and raspberry red. She also favored rich patterned fabrics so I selected over 30 different small patterns and married them together in the fabrics for the window seat cushion and pillows, draperies, night table cover, rocking chair, and most importantly in her custom quilted bedspread. The diamond pattern of the bedspread is repeated on a subtle stencil pattern of yellow on cream in a wall that provides background for naïve art of her favorite rock stars. Her room has a wicker desk where she can do her homework, an open floor play area for tea parties and whatever her imagination leads her to create, while being a space that can be easily cleared by placing toys in bins that are stored in her closet.

 

1-Children's Rooms-High Tech Teenager's Room

This next photograph is a room I designed for a boy who loves science fiction and will be a teenager in a couple of years. For him, I designed the “space-ship” steel bed with attached swinging nightstands that incorporate lamps, a mesh headboard, and legs that resemble that of a landed space ship. The carpet I selected is a bluish grey pile that matches the paint I chose for the walls and ceiling. The strong color accents come from the red chair at his work station and the stripes on his otherwise black bedspread. This room truly matches this boy’s personality, interests and will easily transition to the more mature environment he will need in his teen years. The design of this room highlights originality and a sense of innovation; the two main ingredients he will need as the engineer he wants to become.

Designer Tips on Creating Focal Points

Posted on: March 16th, 2011 by Tom Karl

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.

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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

Designer Tips for Decorating a Condo

Posted on: March 15th, 2011 by Tom Karl

I started my career in big cities in America then traveled to Europe where I had to learn how to fight for every square inch (or every square centimeter) to give comfort, beauty, drama or serenity to each space. In my early career, I learned the standards for how space is used are quite different between urban and suburban areas. Condos (flats, apartments, etc) tend to have a smaller footprint with less square footage. On this post, I will be sharing with you some important guidelines to make your small Condo spaces more comfortable, livable, beautiful, and efficient ones. Enjoy!

9-2012 ASID 1st Place-Design Under 3,500 sqFt-Contemporary Condo Design- Family Room General View

Built-ins will be your best friends in a condo. They are an exceptional means of increasing storage and shelving that can be decorative and functional at the same time. Keep it simple; appliqués and overly detailed elements can make built-ins look too heavy.  Ideally, built-ins should be addressed by the buyer, rather than looking to the builder to include them during construction. Designing your own built-ins to fit your needs can assure functionality and beauty.

Some examples: linen cabinets that fit behind a door and home office built-ins that house the TV, computer, printers, book shelves and decorative accessories.

 

4-2012 ASID 1st Place-Design Under 3,500 sqFt-Contemporary Condo Design-Dining Room

Paint colors should be in a unified palette. When you use a single color for walls in the living room and dining room. This will visually expand the spatial perception of the rooms. This doesn’t mean you cannot have an accent wall; sometimes it’s perfect to define a space. Because rooms will be smaller, the paint for the doors, trim, built-ins and closet doors in the same color as the walls. That way, your eyes will be drawn to furnishings and fabrics instead of the cutouts and openings in the space. Another quick trick is to keep the color contrast between walls and ceilings to a minimum; that will make people less aware of generally lower heights.

Bigger is not always better. Large and overly decorated chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces are not as suitable for condos. They can look overwhelming and out of scale. Choose clean-lined and more understated sources of light. This doesn’t mean you should get rid of everything from your previous home. Rescue pieces that are well proportioned to their new spaces. Heirlooms and antiques can become focal points in specific rooms. With art, the same rules apply, address scale first. You want to make sure that your furnishings will serve as an “anchor” for your artwork. It’s fine to use art as a focal point; just make sure a piece doesn’t completely overwhelm its surroundings.

22-First Place -2014 ASID Award Winning Furniture Design Cocktail Table-Living Space-General View of Entrance and Dining RoomAFTER

Trick the eyes with Mirrors! Mirrors are a useful tool in any space, particularly floor-to-ceiling mirrors. They expand your perception of the size of a room. Place them in foyers, dining rooms, bedrooms, and don’t be afraid to back furniture against them. You’ll be surprised how dramatic a console or a chair can become. Try anchoring a framed painting against a mirror. It will look like the art is floating!

When in comes to condo window coverings, less is more. Stay away from overly detailed rods and finials and heavy swags. Few condos have the scale to accommodate such treatments. Keep fabrics un-patterned and stay close to your wall color. If you must use a pattern, go ahead and make a statement but keep everything else in the room close to monochromatic.

Using any number of these tips in a smaller space will make your home feel spacious and cozy so try them out!