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A foursome of chairs from the Robert Hall/Beacon Hill collection creates an intimate conversation group, pulled together with a rug from Aga John Oriental Rugs.

Interior designer Fernando Diaz mined his Mediterranean and Latino heritage when he remodeled his own home, a project that brought warmth and comfort to the austere surroundings created by the previous owners. Walls came down to combine what Diaz describes as a "multitude" of unused rooms into an open floor plan that allows him to enjoy the entire house. The great room now flows into a dining area and the chef's kitchen, where the stained crown moulding picks up the richness of the generous island and dark hardwood floors.

An enthusiastic entertainer, Diaz designed conversation areas around the massive marble dining table and in the welcoming seating area. "Instead of the usual couch and chairs, I put four chairs around the round coffee table," he says.

"It gives each person their own space, they they can get cozy with each others. It's great for conversation."

During the renovation, Diaz replaced a nondescript fireplace with a classic French-style stone fireplace. It's generous and commanding and provides the focal point," he says. "The top of chairs are very high, which balances the room, and the drapes provide the perfect backdrop." He covered each of the chairs in patterns from the same color palette, pulling together the arrangement with a sophisticated rug in complementary hues.

Diaz spent the first decade of his career as commericial designer, but has focused the last 20 years on residential projects. "I design for how the clients live, how they work and how they play," he says. "I design so their environment reflects who they are.

Fernando Diaz, ASID
Fernando Diaz & Associates