in the living room. The piece holds special meaning for Mike, who appreciates its theme of “passing on generational knowledge. Hoopes notes how the arresting landscape pulls the eye to the outside and to the simple and elegant courtyards created by Serquis + Associates Landscape Architecture. Accessible though floor-to-ceiling windows and 10-foot sliding glass pocket doors that allow living space to flow from inside out, multiple seating areas on all sides of the house are punctuated by fountains, xeric plantings, and, more often than not, mountain views. “You look at a landscape diagram, and you’re looking at dots on a piece of paper,” says Carol. “I knew [Solange Serquis’s work] was going to be nice, but I had no idea it was going to add so much.” Veteran interior designer Annie O’Carroll (Annie O’Carroll Interior Design) created a stylish and subdued interior scheme that also complements what Yardman refers to as the home’s “great view corridors.” “There does have to be an anchor somewhere,” says O’Carroll, citing the house’s “strong architectural feeling” as a jumping off point, along with Mike and Carol’s extensive art collection and furnishings, which O’Carroll repurposed for the new environment. “When you are working with clients’ artwork and you re-cover some of their furniture, you are really honoring their aesthetic,” she says. Carol loved that approach. “I was really happy we did that, because I had a lot of pieces that I like. For me it was more fun doing that than going out and buying all new.”
The Johnsons knew they wanted a “very contemporary” neutral interior palette, along with strong accents that 50
The focal point of the attached master bath (above and right) is a two-sided mirror that reflects the Jemez on one side and the Sangres on the other. An organic, freestanding tub may offer the best view from the entire house.
Walls and flooring in the Johnsons’ home was kept deliberately neutral so that art pieces and lively accents, such as a kicky red-and-white headboard, would pop.