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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.
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.
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.
To read the interview please click on the link below:
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.
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