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Ernesto Garcia Interior Design is proud to announce the receipt of the 50K badge from HOUZZ.COM. Yes, that is 50,000 visitors have saved photographs of our portfolio in their albums of ideas. This is of great importance as it represents the broad appeal of Ernesto's design work in the USA as well as Internationally. The ample range of styles in our portfolio appeals to folks who love contemporary, traditional and transitional styles. We are very proud to have received this badge! Please visit our profile on HOUZZ by clicking this link:
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Ernesto Garcia Interior Design has once again been featured in HOUZZ.COM in an editorial piece titled: "18 Ways to Play Hide and Seek With Columns".
Ernesto's frequent presence in national and international articles and publications corroborates the quality of his work and his continued stylistic evolution, positioning him as a leading innovator with an endless inner source of creativity.

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Luxury Powder Rooms
By Ernesto Garcia, ASID Interior Design

Powder Rooms are great places to make a design statement and reflect the style of a home. They are small spaces where I love to be innovative and add a little glamour. Powder Rooms tell your guests how much you care about your home and how much you want to make their visit an aesthetically pleasing one.

Let me share my design process for this spectacular room.

I decided to make the Vanity an element of impact by creating a glowing feature enhanced by a darker surround. The Classic White Quartzite was selected for its luxurious whiteness and translucency; this stone allowed me to use LED backlighting around the mirror and under the vanity and provide the gleaming effect I was after. A hand cut crystal sink with frosted white background gave continuity to the whiteness and introduced a geometric pattern. Polished chrome and crystal THG faucets reflect all surrounding surfaces and a richly embroidered red silk served as the contrasting surround I needed to enhance the vanity.

This luminous vanity has made the powder room an extraordinary experience for guests.
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Ernesto Garcia Interior Design, LLC was once again featured in an article on which is titled: "Great Ways to Dress Up Those Necessary Columns".

Once again our iconic "Eclectic Dining Room" with antique carved stone columns, rescued from an old English Estate, stood elegantly amidst a wonderful assortment of column treatments.

This is proof that classic design will always be in force.
Please take time to read this wonderful article written by the talented Jess McBride.
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Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix and Scottsdale

We are doing a lot of Kitchen Remodel work these days! Although most of our new projects are of Contemporary Style, a good number of them belong to the Traditional Kitchen Design category. Today I want to share with you an exciting Kitchen Transformation: How a 1950’s ranch with an 80’s style kitchen becomes a charming European Style Kitchen.

This poor kitchen had undergone a few random changes through the years and needed a harmonious and unifying makeover. The clients wanted open and comfortable spaces that projected a relaxed and traditional sense of elegance.

Here are some of the guidelines I followed to remodel this kitchen and breakfast nook area:

1) To create a more efficient layout for the space I replaced the “L” shape counter with a perimeter counter and a central bar/preparation island.
2) The island was equipped with its own sink, a vast preparation area, refrigerator/freezer drawers, recycle bins, utensil drawers and generous lighting from recessed cans right above preparation area. To define the breakfast counter, I used a long butcher-block slab and elevated it from the main granite surface of the island, illuminating it with wrought iron pendants with linen shades to avoid glare.
3) To give the space a greater sense of height the ceiling was sloped and decorative wood beams were applied to create a country kitchen atmosphere.
4) Regarding surfaces: the glossy small floor tile was replaced with a large size grey-blue slate, which gives the kitchen the texture and warmth it was missing. For the backsplash, I selected a light blue handmade tile; inlaid rosettes and liners were placed behind the cook-top, which became a new focal point in the space.
5) As for the cabinetry, I replaced the light maple with a rich raised panel mahogany door style, using the crown detail as a unifier and adapting the entire layout to house state of the art appliances. There is an almost luxurious quality to the deep red tones brought out by the mahogany finish against the pale blue background of the walls.

If you are unhappy with your kitchen because it’s old, tired and no longer functional commit yourself to remodeling it; as they say “a change would do you good”. The kitchen and great room remain the two most important gathering spaces for families, they should be functional and inviting spaces for everyone to enjoy.
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Eclectic Interiors – The alluring ensemble of past and present

Eclectic interiors are without a doubt the most complex to create. They are created from vast and diverse sources and require a keen understand of the historic and cultural content of every object in a space, their scale, color and texture; all of which must coexist in a harmonious dialogue.

To exemplify the task, let me share with you my design process while designing this Dining Room for a well traveled couple who own an outstanding art collection:

• Located adjacent to the living room, the space needed to be “framed” with a distinctive architectural feature. During one of my buying trips, I found these columns at an antique store in Chelsea, London. They came from a late 18th century English estate. With weathered marks on their carved stone surface, I found them noble and dignified and felt they would perfectly flank the space.

• My clients, who are passionate about entertaining friends and family, agreed, “nothing encourages conversation like a round table”. I clearly understood their lifestyle, so I found an outstanding rosewood French Deco reproduction dining table; its clean lines and rich graining give it the anchoring weight required as the focal point of the room.

• To complement the refined clarity of the French Deco table, my search lead me to stylized Regency chairs which gracefully display their dark frame against the ivory color walls, adding movement to the space.

• This now harmonious dining ensemble needed to rest on something other than a predictable Asian rug, it needed something dynamic to support and enhance it, something unexpected that would empower the room. Inspired by an Emilio Pucci vintage dress, I designed the wool and silk rug, which was woven in the USA.

• When it comes to lighting, it would have been easy to succumb to the tempting and often ubiquitous crystal chandelier. However, the room needed a light and airy source of illumination that would allow all other furnishings in the space to reveal themselves without heavy and sparkly competition. Hence, I designed the most minimal “chandelier” I could: a chrome ring with small Murano glass pendants.

Eclecticism is revival, new energy and life, the chance to converge so many of the things we love, old and new, in one home; threading the beads that constitute our own histories and the possibilities of our future.

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Ernesto Garcia, ASID with Ernesto Garcia Interior Design, LLC is featured in the January issue of "Sophisticated Living" . The article shows Ernesto's remarkable design skills and well deserved reputation in the Luxury Residential Market. Don't miss this wonderful article in the most exclusive magazine in the valley.
(click on link below - pages 18/25).

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Ernesto Garcia's 2014 ASID First Place Award will be featured in the Home Section of the "Arizona Republic" this Saturday, February 28, 2015 - Ernesto received this First Place Award in the Residential "Singular Spaces" category. You can read the article at the following link:…/california-transplants…/23958955/
March 13, 2015
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Ernesto Garcia Interior Design, LLC receives the Best of Houzz 2015 award.
Ernesto Garcia Interior Design, LLC has been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2015 awards! You can read the full press release here:…/Houzz-Announces----Best-Of-Houzz-201…
Ernesto Garcia, ASID won in the Design category, his portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2014. We have already placed a "Best of Houzz 2015" winner badge on his Houzz profile page; visit his profile page to see it:
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