Interior Design Best in Design 2019

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3,500 square feet 3 bedrooms

Clockwise from left: Large-format porcelain floor tile emulates marble in the dining room; the table is hand-adzed, harkening to Southwest fashion but in a modern way. The skylit kitchen features a new solid-surfacing island and all-new cabinetry and appliances. Blown-glass ovals define a console in the dining room. A sculptural fixture lights the foyer. Neutral furnishings and white walls backdrop the clients’ art collection, while wooden beams were stained darker for graphic contrast.


When a retired couple moved from Florida to New Mexico, they soon found their penchant for clean lines didn’t jibe with the local Pueblo Revival architecture, all rounded corners and rustic wood. “They preferred a modern aesthetic,” explains designer Lisa Samuel. That’s where she came in, instituting a gut renovation that swapped small windows for expansive fenestration, tiny rooms for a seamless flow of larger ones linked by wide square portals, and forest-green and charcoal slate flooring for pale marble-look porcelain tile. The couple’s art collection—which includes an Andy Warhol—was of paramount importance. So Samuels treated walls to a brightening white and kept furnishings neutral so that the art—highlighted by all-new light fixtures—provides color pops and focal points. Existing beams were stained a deeper hue in the living room and the wooden planks between them covered over. Reconfiguring the kitchen, formerly dull and dark and now sleekly European in style, “increased storage two-fold,” Samuel says. “It was a complete transformation.” Samuel also designed several custom pieces, including an imposing carved-wood dining table that speaks to historic hand-adzed furniture from the Southwest but in an entirely contemporary way. SAMUEL DESIGN GROUP LISA SAMUEL, ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ PROJECT TEAM INNOVATION PAINTING PHOTOGRAPHY DANIEL NADELBACH 52 INTERIOR DESIGN

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