would complement, not overpower, it. This balance was achieved though strategic placement of their paintings, sculptures, and glass pieces. Indeed, the home’s foyer doubles as an exhibition space, with an assortment of colorful paintings adorning a long hallway. “We started collecting Native American art about 12 years ago,” says Carol. “I like things with color and a spirit in them that speaks to me. We love Southwest art, so most of our art has come from Santa Fe.” To help facilitate O’Carroll’s design vision while they were all working long-distance, Mike emailed her photos of every piece of furniture and art he and Carol owned and planned to put in the house. He also came up with the idea for the LED-embedded cabinetry that serves as a dividing wall between the living area and the dining room. “Mike drew sketches and gave them to the cabinetmaker,” says Carol. The resulting structure, with its see-through shelving, supports the couple’s art collection without overshadowing it. On the other side of that shelving is one of the home’s standout features: a custom, glassenclosed wine racking system in full, glorious view of the dining room. With its own cooling system and specially reinforced shelving, it holds more than 1,000 bottles, all kept at a constant temperature. “The glass room turns the bottles into a work of art,” says Mike. “With modern cooling systems, they don’t have to be underground anymore.”
joining of spirits
The cozy and restful master suite deftly embodies Mike and Carol’s unique preferences, both aesthetic and practical. “Since the home is so open, they wanted something small and intimate for themselves,” says Yardman. Fittingly, the focal point of the attached master bath is a two-sided mirror that reflects the Jemez on one side and the Sangres on the other. “When we Below: Greg Reiche’s sculpture Convergence, a piece commissioned by Mike and Carol, holds the place of honor on an exterior courtyard wall.