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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:40 pm | Updated: 8:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

This dining room is an example of how pieces from around the world can come together to create a refined and sophisticated look in the Southwest, says Scottsdale designer Ernesto Garcia. “The inspiration for this room was the clients,” says Garcia. “They are welltraveled, well-educated.”

This dining room is an example of how pieces from around the world can come together to create a refined and sophisticated look in the Southwest, says Scottsdale designer Ernesto Garcia. “The inspiration for this room was the clients,” says Garcia. “They are welltraveled, well-educated.”

Garcia says he met with the clients and talked extensively about what they were looking for before forming a design plan.

“I needed to get a feeling for who they are, for the imagery they are attracted to,” he says. “Designing the space is like painting a portrait. I need to paint a picture of who these people are.”

As he shopped and traveled, Garcia pulled together pieces that would work in the space. He found two columns in an antique shop in London’s Chelsea neighborhood, which he used to flank the entrance to the room.

“They were in pieces, damaged,” he says. “I took a picture of them and e-mailed it to my client in the middle of the night. She called me back and said ‘Do not come back without them.’ ”

The rug is a silk and wool creation that Garcia designed, and was influenced by the works of Antoni Gaudi that he studied while in Barcelona. The two glass art pieces are from artists who studied under internationally known glass artist Dale Chihuly.

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