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Mountain Mod

Capitalizing on enviable views and an indoor-outdoor experience, this contemporary marvel looks right at home in the rustic East Mountains.


Peace in the Valley

An artistic blend of several architectural styles and design influences, this custom home is a haven for its builder owners and area wildlife.



Fall Parade of Homes

Bring this copy of Su Casa with you as you tour the 33 beautiful and innovative new homes on the Albuquerque Fall Parade of Homes, October 12–14 and 19–21. Details about each home and builder are included, plus maps and directions.


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20 Life+Style Southwest A mod bar tucked into an authentically Southwestern hacienda; effective and attractive home acoustics; pumpkin-spiced dĂŠcor; Steve Thomas on the three buckets of building.


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On the cover: A French country kitchen sets the tone for a remarkable, warm retreat in the North Valley. Read more on page 52. Photograph by Jerry Walters.

34 Design Studio See-through style makes a comeback; ShowHouse Santa Fe 2018; the ins and outs of choosing Oriental rugs; Moll Anderson keeps the holiday spirit going all year long.

60 V ida Buena Fall planting tips from a landscape architect; visiting the Texas Hill Country; an important jewelry exhibit at Albuquerque Museum.

98 W hat’s Happening?

Northern New Mexico events, exhibits, festivals, and live performances from October through December.

100 Su Cocina A special holiday cookie recipe; James Selby returns from Oregon Pinot Camp in the Willamette Valley.

108 Su Libro A review of five cool home design and build apps ideal for designers, builders, and DIY decorators.

112 Adios This dining room is spare and clean, but the views are everything. 6

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A necklace by Phillip Loretto (Jemez Pueblo) is part of the American Jewelry from New Mexico exhibition at Albuquerque Museum.


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Right: Beyond the stone arch of this award-winning North Valley home by Rutherford Design & Construction is an oasis enjoyed by humans and nature’s creatures alike. Read more about it on page 52. 14

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ne of my favorite local restaurants, which has locations in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, has one quality that I truly appreciate: You can have a conversation with the person across from you without having to yell to be heard. The owner explained to me how the pillows in the booths and the sound panels on the ceiling all work to thwart the noise that’s all too common in restaurants. When dining out, we enjoy a peaceful environment where we can eat, socialize, hear, and be heard. We crave that same peace and quiet in our homes. One couple in this issue of Su Casa Northern New Mexico positioned their contemporary home out in the East Mountains in order to achieve that peace and quiet. Another was able to achieve a level of sound management by positioning landscaping, walls, and windows to block unwanted noise, and even wrapped their home around a center courtyard to embrace the quiet. There are other ways to find the sounds of silence. Sound panels, like you might find in a recording studio, have the functionality to absorb sound and make your space more serene. I love that these panels nowadays also double as interesting pieces of contemporary art. In a noisy world, this is one of the finest solutions I’ve seen to bring us the peace that we long for in our homes. It may not be peaceful all the time, but designing a home with serenity in mind is a great start. Also in this issue, we’ll guide you through the 2018 Fall Parade of Homes. Thirty-three new homes are spread out throughout the Albuquerque area representing a wide variety of architectural styles. Tour them at your own pace. Looking for ideas? Between the many locations, both urban and rural, the innovative styles, and different price points, the perfect home is out there for you. And, likely, the perfect home builder, too. This issue is full of inspiration. New houses, remodeled houses, and quiet houses—they’re all within these pages, and all have been tailored to the needs and desires of the folks who love them. They’ve found their peace; now find yours.

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There are only a couple of giveaways in Bryan Brooks and John Haupert’s stunning home near the Santa Fe Opera that indicate it’s anything but a mature, stately, Spanish-style hacienda. From its heavy vigas and painted exposed adobe walls to the dark Saltillo tile floors and ornate wrought iron chandeliers, the home (appropriately dubbed “The Hacienda” by its owners), feels like it has withstood the test of time. In truth, the house isn’t that old, but following a comprehensive interior renovation led by interior designer Chandler Prewitt and building contractor Douglas Maahs, it has all the hallmarks of an authentically aged estate. Modern conveniences belie its actual age, however, and some improvements, such as the living room bar closet, are just plain cool. Closed, the antique doors are a nod to the home’s sense of place; open, they showcase colorful barware and modern glass art, and draw the eye to Sue, a horse owned (and painted) by Santa Fe artist Poteet Victory. Cheers! Chandler Prewitt Design,; D Maahs Construction, 20

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s residential projects trend toward open, undivided spaces with more exposed steel, concrete, and glass than ever before, a troubling detriment tags along: uncontrolled reverberation. Reverberation occurs when a sound is made, immediately reflects off of a nearby surface, and repeats itself in a layered confusion (not to be confused with the more distinct “echo”). Everyone knows the frustration of attempting to engage in conversation in these modern spaces brimming with unbridled sound, feeling like they just can’t hear. The problem isn’t that there’s too much sound. The problem is runaway sound, which stems from lots of hard surfaces for sounds to bounce against, lots of right angles enabling those sound waves to travel, and little to no attenuation in place. Many industrial-style restaurants suffer from this, but proprietors aren’t necessarily aware it’s an issue. “They like the liveliness,” explains acoustic treatment professional Donald Salas, owner of Eagle Rock Contracting ( in Albuquerque. “They want it to sound busy. But the staff and customers can’t really hear one another.” Similarly, people may be most irritated by untenable din levels in their own homes, where it’s hard to understand the television or party guests. Sound attenuation often isn’t discussed when building or buying a new home. The good news is there are ways to make living spaces aurally friendly, even after moving in. “Ideally, you want to

Above: Eagle Rock Contracting installed fun, colorful, and noise-dampening panels called tectum baffles in the cafeteria of Tres Volcanes Community Collaborative School. Right: Metropolitan Acoustics in Philadelphia helped the musician owners of this Santa Fe home create optimal acoustics in their living room, which doubles as a live performance space. 22

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Left and below: The deeply textured surface of Submaterial’s Wall Panel 067 helps trap reverberative sound in a modern residence. Here it is also used in combination with a remote-controlled lift mechanism to conceal the owner’s flat-screen television.

cut sound travel time down to one second, or less for a music studio,” explains Salas. For 37 years he’s installed acoustic tile ceilings in commercial buildings and schools, but lately has been installing attractive, home-worthy solutions as well, which is especially of interest to the millennial generation looking to marry aesthetics and function.

“We’re finally incorporating sound into the design of a building instead of treating it as an afterthought.” —Dave Hamlin To mitigate disruptive sound, there are several options that can be purchased and installed by the homeowner or executed by a professional. To diminish sound reverberation, the easiest fix is to install sound-absorbing panels on two adjacent walls, or a ceiling and adjacent wall. Salas recommends CMA (Creative Materials for Acoustics) panels, which hang like stylized cushions just below the ceiling or may be wall-mounted. These days they come in all shapes and sizes and can be modified. By painting them or adding prints, CMA panels can serve as artistic installations. Higher-end versions can even be printed with highdefinition photos, making them very functional art. After all, no one wants obvious acoustics. For a small, DIY improvement, simply attach sound-dampening panels to the backside of existing canvas art. David Hamlin, creative director of Albuquerque-based 24

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Submaterial (, accidentally stumbled upon this growing niche where art and sound treatments merge. He originally started designing in felt for the aesthetic of the material, and then the acoustic aspect became prominent. Submaterial’s 100 percent wool felt is sourced from FilzFelt, a German company. “It’s engineered for beauty, but it has a terrific NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) value,” says Hamlin. Hamlin quickly recognized a need in “huge, open-plan spaces where the acoustics are horrible.” Now Submaterial makes bespoke felt treatments in a variety of colors and textured designs, from smaller, portable, wall-hung panels to entire wall coverings. All their products are custom-made, modular, flexibly contemporary with subtle midcentury modern stylings, and totally green. Some can even be used as a sort of movable sound-absorbing curtain. More ideas are in the works, including wool felt tabletop décor and lighting options. The company is offering a firsthand look at its products at an open house on Thursday, September 27, 4–9 PM, at 6000 Midway Park Blvd, Suite B, in Albuquerque. All design enthusiasts are welcome, and Hamlin says everyone who drops by will be automatically entered to win a handmade, wool felt design panel. Bottom line: by incorporating some tasteful sound treatments, denizens of modern homes can proudly have guests over and hear them, too. Even listening to music while home alone will be a richer, audibly clearer experience. “We’re finally incorporating sound into the design of a building instead of treating it as an afterthought,” says Hamlin. Easy on the ears and the eyes.

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Why wait till Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner to roll out this gorgeous table runner? The 98” or 108” runner colorfully captures the spirit of the entire harvest season. $60–$70, Williams-Sonoma

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Your guests will ooh and ahh over these adorable napkin rings, especially when they’re paired with real linen napkins for a lovely and authentic tablescape. $3, Pier 1,

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So many sides, never enough serving bowls! Grab a couple of these hand-painted beauties and pass the yams and mashed potatoes. $49.50, Pottery Barn


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Harvest Pumpkin Doormat

From trick-or-treaters to Thanksgiving dinner eaters, this sturdy (and biodegradable!) natural coir doormat can handle all the foot traffic you’ll see this season. Personalize it for an extra welcoming touch. $60, Williams-Sonoma,

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Blue and Orange Pumpkins Pillow

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Who says pumpkins have to be orange? The subtle hues of this 18 x 18” embroidered throw pillow capture all the hues of real gourds, making it versatile enough to enjoy in every season. $40, Pier 1,

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The gourd goes glam! Made of steel, glass, and acrylic “gems,” this shimmering candle holder is the perfect seasonal accent for even the most contemporary of homes. $30 (available online only), Pier 1,

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Recycled Glass Pumpkin Candle Cloche

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Available in four shapes and sizes, these hand-blown glass cloches are an elegant, sophisticated spin on the lowly pumpkin. Use them with flameless candles (sold separately). $19.50–$69, Pottery Barn

Staub Cast Iron Pumpkin Cocotte

This stunning cast iron cocotte effortlessly goes from kitchen to table, keeping your favorite stews and soups toasty warm. Available in White, Black, Basil, and Burnt Orange (shown here). $371–$400, Williams-Sonoma

Paired with your family’s treasured Thanksgiving serveware, these coolly autumn-hued linen napkins will add panache to your holiday table. $32 set of 4, Pottery Barn

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by Steve Thomas

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n my public speaking I am frequently asked how to estimate the cost of a building or renovation project. My answer, mostly in jest, is to get three estimates, which will break out into low, medium, and high. Then you simply add them all together. This elicits nervous laughter, knowing nods, outright groans, and elbows to the wife, husband, or partner with the accompanying “I told you so!” The fact is, a new custom home or renovation is a unique entity, and controlling costs starts with an understanding of the underlying dynamics. So here goes. There are three “buckets of cost” in any project: Workmanship, Materials, and Features and Finishes. Workmanship is the care and attention to detail carpenters and tradesmen put into every aspect of the project, no matter whether you can see it or if it is buried in the walls or floor. Workmanship equates to


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“build quality” in a vehicle. We all know the higher the build quality the lower the maintenance and the longer the troublefree life of a car. Same with a building. This argues for finding a contractor with a reputation for high quality workmanship and integrity in his or her business dealings. Their pricing will probably be higher than others, but as I like to remind my clients, “only the first time around.” The Materials bucket refers to all the materials that go into the project, from the quality of the screws and nails (yes, these have varying levels of quality) to the quality of the plywood, OSB (oriented strand board), roofing material, and electrical and plumbing components. Again, it’s like buying a brand new vehicle with poor quality brakes, shocks, and tires. The car might look and drive great at first, but the flaws soon begin to show.

Attention to quality in Workmanship and Materials is especially important in harsh environments and as the building ages. On the surface you can see flaws as they develop—failing windows, rotting trim, spalling concrete, efflorescence in brick or stucco—but it may take years for inadequacies buried in the walls or floors to reveal themselves. And by then the builder’s warranty will have expired and the remedy will be expensive. Being penny-wise and pound-foolish in these two categories can extract a high price. The final bucket is Features and Finishes, and it is in this bucket you can do some trading. Features are upgrades like swimming pools, hot tubs, high-end bath and kitchen fixtures and appliances, bar areas, built-in outdoor grills, home theaters, and so forth. All great to have, but all are optional. Fin-

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Above: Workmanship is one of the three buckets of cost associated with building. It is the literal and figurative foundation for quality construction, and according to Steve Thomas (shown here on a recent job site), one area that should never be skimped on.

ishes are items like wainscoting, crown molding, granite counters, marble floors, fancy wall and paint treatments—anything that’s, well, a finish. If you’re trying to contain costs, this is the bucket to do it in. Options can be deferred for a later phase of the project—the hot tub, the swimming pool, the outdoor grill area. And you can trade an expensive finish for a less expensive one. For example, a dyed and smoothtroweled concrete floor is relatively

Being penny-wise and pound-foolish in worksmanship and materials can extract a high price. inexpensive while still solid quality. Put stone or high-end tile on it and the floor becomes expensive. Plain painted drywall is relatively inexpensive, while three-coat plaster with a diamond finish is more expensive. A kitchen counter of imported Italian marble is expensive; Corian or even laminated wood less so. You get the idea. Here’s another way to graphically illustrate the cost-in-building problem. Scope, Quality, and Cost are all interlocked. You as a client get to pick two. If you want high quality and low cost the only way to do that will be to decrease the scope of the project. Correspondingly if you want large scope and high quality, then you’ll have to accept higher cost. If you want low cost and a large scope you’ll have to deal with low quality. This is a fixed law, and I would be very suspicious of any builder who says they can give you high quality, a large scope, and a low price. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Steve Thomas is a home renovation expert. The former host of This Old House and Renovation Nation, he now heads up Steve Thomas Builders.

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see-through style What’s new in décor? The answer is pretty clear. What’s cooler than infusing a hot color into a design palette? Infusing none! To lighten and visually expand small spaces, emphasize accent colors, and add an ultra-contemporary kick to even the most traditional rooms, clear furniture and décor is enjoying an elegant resurgence from the gaudier ’60s and ’70s. No need to dump your current furnishings; glass and acrylic are best enjoyed in small doses and as tasteful accent pieces. Here are some to get you started.

Hancock & Moore Infinity Chair

Designed by Alan Price for Hancock & Moore, the Infinity Chair gives the illusion of being suspended in mid-air by two acrylic side arm panels. The seat is upholstered in channelstitched silver metallic leather and is curved to mirror the human spine’s natural curvature. It’s surprisingly comfortable, and unbelievably chic. Starting at $3,020, Dana Stringer Interiors,

Nostalgic Warehouse Crystal Cabinet Hardware

Made with the highest-quality lead-free crystal, Nostalgic Warehouse’s line of crystal cabinet hardware pulls and knobs are a return to an age of elegance, refined for a modern lifestyle. When metal seems too cold and wood too clunky, these faceted pulls add a delicate sparkle to drawers and cabinets like beautiful cut gems. With intricate detailing and available in both traditional and contemporary styles, they are eye-catching accents for sure. $20 each, Santa Fe By Design,

Hubbardton Forge Apothecary Pendant

Made by hand in Castleton, Vermont, each Hubbardton Forge light fixture has a fresh yet timeless appeal. The Apothecary Pendant is a clever twist on the clear Edison bulb, in that the illumination doesn’t come from the bulb at all. Instead, light trickles down through bulbs recessed into metal canisters into thick, hand-blown hourglass vessels for warm, diffuse illumination. From the company’s New Traditional Collection, this pendant is sure to spark a design trend of its own. $2,366, Bright Ideas dba The Lamp Shop,

Pfeifer Studio Remini Cocktail Table

The 51-inch clear glass top of this striking cocktail table is designed to show off what’s going on beneath it. Made of lauan wood, a tropical hardwood, the undulating base is a sculptural work of art for a table that needs no other adornment. Functional as well as beautiful, it exemplifies contemporary design with an Italian flair. $2,175, Pfeifer Studio,


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Got wine? No need to waste valuable under-cabinet space with these sleek and uncomplicated wall-mountable wine racks that hold up to eight bottles each. Made of strong, clear acrylic, the holders show off the shapes and colors of the wine bottles themselves—creating instantaneous and evolving wall art to satisfy your minimalist aesthetic. $310 set of 2, Molecule Design,

Pottery Barn Acrylic Gallery Frames

Designed to take advantage of a modern décor trend, Pottery Barn’s clear acrylic frames are perfect for creating gallery walls of artwork and photography. Available in three sizes ranging from 16 x 19” to 30 x 30”, the frames can be displayed vertically or horizontally, and the only color you’ll need to worry about matching to your artwork is the mounting hardware, available in silver or brass (shown here). $79–$149, Pottery Barn,


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presentation is everything by Amy Gross


he pairing of chefs with interior designers may be one of the most perfect recipes ever concocted. In October, ShowHouse Santa Fe, Northern New Mexico’s most innovative design project, returns with a new house, a new theme, and an impressive lineup of top interior designers and artists partnered with culinary masters from the City Different. Like chefs, interior designers are always experimenting with unusual combinations of “ingredients” to create exciting new spaces. This year, the theme “A World of Taste” encourages 14 designers to infuse a traditional Santa Fe house, listed with Santa Fe Properties’ Bodelson-Spier Team, with trending and innovative furnishings and décor inspired by a specific cuisine. Each design team has been paired with a top Santa Fe chef, who will create a dish for the Friday night Gala Preview representative of the collaboration. Attendees will enjoy a worldly feast for the senses as they nosh on delectable bites offered by each chef and enjoy stunning tablescapes created by the design teams. Local celebrity chef and Su Casa contributor Chef Johnny Vee is the Gala host. As in its previous five years, proceeds from ShowHouse will benefit Dollars4Schools, which, under the umbrella of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, helps Santa Fe public school teachers fund classroom projects, programs, and field trips. To date, ShowHouse has raised over $140,000 in support of nearly 300 programs in 36 Santa Fe schools. There are two ways to see ShowHouse Santa Fe. First, at the Gala Preview on Friday, October 5 (6–9 PM), where the reimagined house will be unveiled for the first time, and food and beverages will be served under the big tent. Gala tickets are $125 each. Can’t make the big reveal? ShowHouse will be open October 6–7 and 13–14 (11 AM–5 PM each day) for self-guided tours. Tickets are $30 each. To purchase tickets and for updated information, visit ShowHouse has become a Santa Fe tradition, so don’t miss this year’s delicious twist. Come for the design; come for the food—“A World of Taste” is sure to indulge all the senses.

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by Catherine Adams

photographs by Amy Gross

magic carpets Oriental rugs are works of art you can walk on

Above: An intricately patterned Persian rug from Classic World is about 100 years old. Despite the wear and tear life throws at handmade Oriental rugs, they actually increase in value as they age, making them excellent investments.

Right: This neutraltoned rug from Arrediamo exemplifies a contemporary style and pattern that works well in modern homes. From Nepal, the rug is made with vegetable dye.


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hen it comes time to purchase a rug for the home, you can’t go wrong with an authentic Oriental rug. The artistry and romance associated with these beautiful rugs is the stuff of legends and Arabian nights. Oriental rugs are literally works of art you can walk on. Like art, they hold their value when taken care of, even appreciating into prized family heirlooms. Also as with art, determining authenticity of an Oriental rug can be a challenge, and selecting just one rug from a showroom containing thousands can be overwhelming, especially for the novice buyer.

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“Look for a reputable rug dealer in business for a long time,” says Mike Leyden, manager of Santa Fe–based Arrediamo (, which deals in top-of-the line Oriental rugs. Once you’ve found an expert you can trust, says Leyden, “The rest is fairly simple.” Legitimate dealers understand the importance of authenticating what they sell and are happy to answer questions. Where is the rug is from? How was it made, and by whom? You may want to inspect the underside. Hand-woven pieces tend to have a coarser finish and mismatched knots, whereas machine-made products have a more uniform look. Usually, the higher the knot count per square inch, the better the weave, but it’s not always the case; some traditional rugs are loosely woven. The best rule: “Buy what

Above: A vibrantly hued but simply patterned Gabbeh rug from The Rugman of Santa Fe.

you like in a size that fits,” says Leyden. “You’re buying functional, subjective art.” Basically, an Oriental rug is evaluated by origin (country or region), age, design, and quality. As for origin, there’s some confusion over the difference between Persian and Oriental rugs. All Persian rugs are Oriental, but not all Oriental rugs are Persian. Persian rugs originate from what is modern day Iran and remain the widely copied cream of the Oriental rug world. Oriental rugs come from all over Asia and Europe, including Iran, India,

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“Buy what you like in a size that fits. You’re buying functional, subjective art.” —Mike Leyden Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Romania, and China. Designs vary from region to region and are named accordingly—Baluch, Peshawar, Turkmen, Chobi, Kazak, Qashqai—with patterns and symbols specific to individual tribes. These tribal rugs from nomadic communities are known for their durability, flair, and rich history rooted in the natural world. They are spun from sheep wool and dyed with natural colors extracted from vegetables, flowers, fruits, and nuts. Geometric motifs represent, among other themes, protection, fertility, and prosperity, and weaving skills are passed down through the generations. Around Northern New Mexico, many homeowners gravitate toward ancient tribal patterns that play well with local styles. Ercan Nalkiran, owner of The Rugman of Santa

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Left: What makes rug buying fun is also what makes it a bit overwhelming: the sheer variety of patterns, colors, and sizes available. Mike Leyden of Arrediamo (at right) patiently spreads out several rugs on the ground so a customer can attempt to envision how they might look—and fit—in his home. Opposite: The Rugman of Santa Fe owner Ercan Nalkiran stands in front of a rug designed by Erbil Tezcan, which won the award in the Best Handmade Rugs category in the 2014 Domotex rug show.

Fe (, notes that such patterns are found in Persian Gabbeh rugs. “The Gabbeh pattern blends well with Southwestern and Navajo styles in this area,” Nalkiran explains. “It is more tribal, primitive.”

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Right: Repair is an important aspect of the rug business. Here, Imran Joseph of Classic World demonstrates that it’s done the oldfashioned way— strictly by hand—by artists who take pains to ensure each stitch is perfect and that colors match exactly.

Authentic, hand-knotted Oriental rugs are an endangered species threatened by mass production, government sanctions, and disappearing nomadic lifestyles. Just ask Imran Joseph, who, along with his two brothers, has owned Classic World ( in Albuquerque and Santa Fe since 1999. “True Oriental rug artists are becoming increasing rare,” Joseph says. “We’re seeing more ‘program’ pieces created by big, automated manufacturers. They follow instructions, not their hearts.” Both Leyden and Nalkiran agree that authenticity is getting harder to come by, and both treasure what they have in inventory. Last but not least, when buying an Oriental rug you may want to ask if it was made in a place prone to child labor—a definite negative. On the upside, some villages utilize co-ops that give back to the community in ways like reforesting. Leyden notes, “It’s important we all be responsible.”

plan before you shop A well-chosen Oriental rug can enliven a room, warming the space with a touch of underfoot luxury. Consider the room and the feeling you wish to achieve. Contemporary Oriental designs go well with sharp-edged furnishings; old world designs fit better with more traditional décor. But don’t be afraid to mix old and new. Consider size carefully as it affects both aesthetics and price. Generally speaking, if your goal is to fill an entire room with a rug, subtract about three feet from every side. Smaller area rugs needn’t always extend under furniture. Leave a border around runners. And when you push chairs back from the dining table, make sure they remain on the rug. 40

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Above: Every square inch of Classic World’s Santa Fe showroom is covered with rugs of all shapes, sizes, and colors.


How can you preserve the life and look of your rug while it develops its own unique history? Ercan Nalkiran, a.k.a. The Rugman of Santa Fe, has the answers. How do I best care for my rug at home? Vacuum your rug when needed, but don’t overdo it; too much vacuuming can wear a rug out. Put the vacuum all the way up so the rolling brush doesn’t scrape the fiber of the rug, and don’t try to vacuum the fringe. Clean up any pet stains as soon as possible to get rid of any odor and to help guard against rotting. Keep an eye out for moth damage, especially in areas you can’t see or don’t use, like under furniture. Does living in New Mexico present unique challenges to Oriental rugs? The hot sun can fade an Oriental rug over time, so keep it out of the direct sunlight, and that includes sun coming through skylights. Sand and dust particles can work their way down to the bottom of a rug, then when you walk on it, it becomes abrasive like sandpaper, rubbing and breaking down fibers. To counter this, turn the rug over every so often and walk on it for a while, working the sand back up to the top where you can get at it with a vacuum. How often should I have my rug professionally cleaned? It depends on how much usage your rug sees, whether or not you have pets, that kind of thing. Once a year is typically good for rugs that get a lot of use; otherwise, every four or five years should do it. What if my rug gets damaged? Bring it in! We have two, highly experienced rug repair professionals from Turkey who re-knot and re-fringe rugs, restoring them to original condition while preserving authenticity.




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he holiday season is a special time to celebrate friends, family, home, and tradition. This time of year also provides the perfect excuse to dress up your spaces and engage in festive activities you don’t normally get to do year-round. Christmas and Hanukkah are two holidays that inspire many in the world to stop their crazy schedules just long enough to decorate specifically for the occasion. It’s a time where we plan, create lists, spend money, wrap gifts, cook and bake timehonored recipes, and ultimately create a different atmosphere within our homes and lives. Yes, there’s some stress, and we might find ourselves complaining, but at the end of the day, our traditions are important to us. It seems that creating our holiday ambience is something we’ll continuously go the extra mile for, whether that involves dragging trees, living or fake, into our homes or decorating the front lawn with thousands of lights. Decorating for the holiday season can mean many things: hanging stockings along the fireplace, placing a wreath on the front door, setting out the family menorah in its place of honor, or changing your entire table setting. We create these big moments within the home that take time and appreciation, yet somehow often forget about ourselves. While it’s important during these months to make your home feel like the holidays, a lot of the season’s spirit and cheer comes from within. Who says you can’t live your best life every single day? Who says you can’t make people around you always feel special? It doesn’t mean you should feel obligated to decorate for every single season and holiday; it means that you can create a positive, festive, and happy atmosphere within your home every single day through your energy. If you’re manifesting an encouraging and

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Left: Presentation is everything! Think about creating a special tree in the colors that make your heart happy and add ornaments and trimmings in those colors. How fun is this fuchsia tree? Wrap the presents all in coordinating colors and give everyone in your family a specific wrapping paper and ribbon that represents them. Plus, if you have a large family, it makes it super easy for everyone to find their gifts.

comfortable atmosphere on a daily basis, those around you and in your home will feed off of it. You can simply create the sense of holiday magic all on your own, whenever you want! You can achieve this in many ways within the home by doing small things that make you happy. Some ideas include lighting a fire in the fireplace, blasting music throughout the house, adding fresh

You can create a positive, festive, and happy atmosphere within your home every single day through your energy.

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flowers, or using the good china for a casual dinner with the family. As I always say, “You are the most important person who will ever step foot into your home,” so as you go into this special time of year, pay attention to what you and your family love the most about this time, and give each other the gift of keeping the magic alive 365 days a year.

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contemporary looks right at home in the rustic East Mountains


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by Ben Ikenson

photographs by Amadeus Leitner


hough situated in the lush East Mountains environs of Nature Pointe, the spacious home of Andrew and Crystal Glen is no rustic lodge or alpine chalet. There are no elk horns hanging above a large stone hearth, not a strip of wood paneling on the walls. Rather, the 3,500-plus square foot abode is all about clean lines, hard surfaces, modern art, bright, airy living spaces, and massive panoramic windows that work together to produce a sense of ultra-modern sophistication without the slightest dent in the home’s sense of place in the highaltitude landscape.

“We wanted modern, but modern that celebrated the scenery outdoors.” —Crystal Glen “We knew we wanted unique architectural details that mimic the style of Frank Lloyd Wright,” says Crystal, pointing out the curved front feature wall, the cantilevered outdoor, seemingly free-floating ceiling, and, the giant, floor-to-ceiling commercial windows that showcase the amazing natural surroundings. “We wanted modern, but modern that celebrated the scenery outdoors.” Crystal and Andrew met in 2007, when both were pursuing doctoral degrees in atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University. They were drawn together by their mutual love of the outdoors. Crystal, a Texas native, and Andrew, originally from Great Britain, married in 2010 and relocated to New Mexico shortly after. She went on to build her career as a research and development manager, while he established himself as an environmental consultant. Left: Expert siting and walls of windows capture gorgeous Sandia and mountain views from Andrew and Crystal Glen’s Nature Pointe home. Though the setting is rustic and woodsy, the house is cool and contemporary, with minimalist furnishings and artful décor such as Morning Glory IV, a striking glass sculpture from Santa Fe’s Liquid Light Glass. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Above: Giving the kitchen a bit of three-dimensional depth, a drop acoustic panel also helps absorb the sounds bouncing off hard, modern surfaces, such as the quartz countertops, porcelain floors and walls, and slab front cabinets.

Right: Large, monolithic fireplace surrounds are a Modern Dwellings hallmark. Made of a highly polished porcelain that matches some of the kitchen backsplash tile, the fireplace is deliberately unadorned save for an impressive hearth and Eurostyle glass fireplace. A deck adjoining the living and dining areas extends the living space.


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But if their new home is any indication, the young scientists could almost certainly do well for themselves as architectural designers, given the extent of their involvement in planning the layout, selecting materials, and overseeing myriad details for their homebuilding project. “Everyone warned us how horrible it was to build a house, with builders not being responsive and cutting corners and missing schedules,” remembers Crystal. But as Andrew points out, after looking for more than a year at existing homes for sale in the area and realizing none suited their modern taste, “We decided to have our dream home built, and we wanted to be as much involved in all the details as possible.”

Even the most contemporary elements work together to produce a sense of ultra-modern sophistication without the slightest dent in the home’s sense of place in the high-altitude landscape. The Glens already had a builder in mind: Todd Erenstein, of Rio Rancho–based Modern Dwellings LLC. “We met Todd while skiing in Santa Fe, and he welcomed us to his own home to see an example of his work, which we absolutely loved,” says Andrew. “We knew that when we were ready to build our own place, Todd was the man for the job.” The Glens actually partnered with Erenstein well before they knew where they would be building. As Erenstein recalls, “We worked together on this project for nearly two years before the Glens secured a lot, plans were drawn, and financing was in place.” Having lived in the East Mountains for more than five years, Andrew and Crystal were attached to the peace and tranquility of the mountains, and to the convenience to Albuquerque. “The dynamic seasons and spectacular views really suit our adventurous natures, so we focused on options in this area,” says Crystal. Eventually, in the Tijeras enclave of Nature Pointe, they found a two-acre lot on a gently sloping hill overlooking the undulating juniper- and piñon-studded countryside to the northeast and the Ortiz Range and South Mountains in the distance.

Enhancing a palette of cool grays and whites, the mosaic kitchen backsplash mixes polished, matte, and textured porcelain tiles for visual interest.

Below: In keeping with the modernist theme, lighting in the home is inventive and avant garde. Hubbardton Forge’s “Zephyr” chandelier juxtaposes sculptural grace against sharply angled windows and dining room furniture.



Above: The master bath is serene and spa-like, with light-colored floating cabinetry and white quartz countertops. Wave-like, textural tile behind the freestanding tub and colorful pebble tile beneath it creates the perfect subtle contrast against the otherwise smooth surfaces.

Right: Once again, smooth, simple elements play against a textured background. We love this powder room, whose single cabinet provides just enough storage space for a small room and “floats� inches off the floor for an open, ethereal effect.


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Forewarned by friends that the building process “could be a nightmare,” the Glens were thrilled to enjoy a completely opposite experience. “Todd was a pure pleasure to work with,” says Crystal. “He integrated us into the entire process, let us make our own design choices from the planning stage to completion, while still giving his thoughts on our choices and helping us make final decisions when we got stuck.” Ultimately, the collaboration approach proved a success. “It’s truly a house that was designed by all of us, including architectural designer Mike Cabber,” says Erenstein. “The four of us sat down numerous times to go over each iteration of the plan. It’s a gorgeous home, and I can see the influence that we all put into it. I like this methodology because it really allows us to come up with the best possible product by not designing and building in a vacuum.” Judges in the Spring 2018 Parade of Homes clearly liked the home, too, as it earned Modern Dwellings LLC a Premier Award and awards for Best Kitchen and Best Bath. Indeed, to step inside the Glen home is to enter a dwelling whose modern minimalist sensibilities do not distract from the powerful sense of place that the huge windows in the great room bestow. In addition to the dramatic views, the 12-foot-high

Above: A spacious walk-in shower mimics the tile choices from the master bath’s tub area, while a teak bench allows for showering, Japanese-style.

Persian kitty Ronan takes napping seriously in the sleek and streamlined master bedroom. A diptych called Waves by Tina Lambert hangs above the bed, which is illuminated by a subtle ambient light. “The color can be changed and remotely controlled by an Amazon Alexa and our other smartphone features,” says Andrew.



Left: Elodie Holmes’s bold glass and steel sculpture Comets Guardian echoes the hues of the mountains in the far distance, the grays and blues of the sky, and the colorful wood fencing in the backyard. Floor to ceiling windows in this space, and at the end of what the Glens call the “infinity hallway,” offer a focused, vertical snapshot view of the mountain scenery that means so much to them.

ceilings, floating cabinetry, and open layout add a serene airiness to the home. The home boasts many impressive details: an abundance of out-of-view, well-conceived storage space that helps keep the place free of clutter; threedimensional tilework in the bathrooms and kitchen that creates subtle texture; and an “infinity hallway” ending at a floor-to-ceiling window that serves as a dramatic reminder that the mountain scenery is just a step away.

An “infinity hallway” ending at a floor-to-ceiling window serves as a dramatic reminder that the mountain scenery is just a step away.

The Glens’ home is only minimally adorned, so every piece of art delivers visual punch. Below: Tina Lambert’s vibrant acrylic diptych Galloping Guide makes a dramatic statement in the infinity hallway.


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Throughout the home are colorful works of art by Tina Lambert, a certified interior decorator who creates custom art for clients’ homes, as well as striking pieces of glasswork from Liquid Light Glass in Santa Fe. An oversized garage accommodates the couple’s lifestyle and hobbies, and that includes a freestanding dog shower for pooches Carter and Samantha. “Like us, our dogs like to play outdoors, so having a way to clean them up properly without a fuss is key,” says Andrew. The centerpiece, of course, is the great room, with its massive wall of windows, gleaming, monolithic fireplace, and its immediate proximity to the large outdoor space. The open layout of the great room and the adjoining patio is as ideal for entertaining large groups as it is for enjoying quieter moments with the dogs. “We moved in in February, and there’s really nothing like watching the snow falling from the comfort of our living room,” says Crystal. “It’s even better than we could have imagined our dream home to be.”

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peace in the Valley a custom home is a haven for its builder owners and area wildlife


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by Jessa Cast photographs by Jerry Walters


fter 17 years in a traditional (and many times remodeled and expanded) adobe home, Ric and Kriston Rutherford began casting around for a potential new homestead. Tired of living on a long, narrow lot, they were hoping to find one that was square-shaped and more flexible in terms of views and usable yard space. One lucky day in 2015, while motoring around the North Valley, Ric and Kriston they stumbled upon the perfect acre of land, secluded and thick with Chinese elm trees. It was square. It was for sale. And then . . . it was theirs.

Ric Rutherford spent some of his formative years abroad, experiencing the rich histories and styles of Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Years later, he’s literally brought the world into his home.

Even though it’s brand new, Ric and Kriston Rutherford’s award-winning North Valley home feels as though it’s been around for years. Colorful brick paving, clay roof tiles, and weathered railings on the bridge spanning a pond lend an old world feel to a home that’s actually an artistic blend of several styles.

Though this is the first ground-up home Ric and Kriston have built for themselves, as the owners of Rutherford Design & Construction, they’ve built and remodeled plenty for others. The company started remodeling houses in 1993 and soon branched out into new homes and commercial construction. Rutherford’s work, peppered all over town, includes many tailormade homes as well as familiar commercial properties such as Fiat of Albuquerque, Builders Source Appliance Gallery, and Melloy Dodge. The design of their personal home took a mere matter of hours for these two experts, who came to the drawing table with plenty of ideas borrowed from other projects. Nevertheless, they were exhilarated to include all the details made possible by a from-scratch home. “We had the opportunity to do everything we’d ever dreamed of,” says Kriston. So they dreamed big. The 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom home is distinctive. A huge fish pond, complete with a bridge and flowering lily pads, greets guests at the front gate. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Above: An intriguing blend of finishes and materials, the dining room features imported French limestone floors, rustic wood furnishings, and even a metallic, transitional-style chandelier. Below: A brick red bookcase built by Gorky Pacha of Woodlife Custom Cabinets & Furniture adds an eye-catching pop of color to the library.

After building and remodeling homes for clients for years, Ric and Kriston Rutherford (above, with pooch Diesel) adopted ideas from other projects and from Ric’s world travels to design their own dream home.


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Inside, vaulted ceilings and archways carry the eye high, delineating changes in space. A two-sided wood-burning fireplace warms the social spaces. The layout was carefully considered so each interior room captures an attractive exterior scene. “In every room you have a different view,” says Ric of the strategically placed windows. “You’re not looking at a wall; you’re looking through it.” Every bedroom has outdoor access, and there are indeed lots of reasons to step outside. In love with their locale, Ric and Kriston made sure to put as much intention into the exterior spaces as those inside. “We utilized the entire piece of property,” says Ric. “Outside, there’s a campfire area, a center courtyard, a south courtyard, an east courtyard, and a swing set. If it’s too windy there, come over here; too much sun here, go over there.” Depending on the time of day and the season, they might be harvesting grapes they’ve grown, taking a dip in the pool, showering al fresco, or hosting a barbecue. Moreover, this haven isn’t just for humans; the property is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, a sanctuary for Mother Nature’s creatures.

Above: With farmhouse sinks, quartzite countertops, multihued, antiqued custom cabinetry, and Belgian Rubble Stone as a warm backsplash, the kitchen and butler’s pantry exude French country charm.

Left: A sweet dining nook immediately off the kitchen eliminates the need for seating in that busy room, plus it affords a lovely view of the backyard and pool.



A see-through fireplace connects the great room (shown here) with the dining area, and offers a peek into the kitchen as well. The furnishings and dĂŠcor are comfy, yet chic and transitional, and pair beautifully with the stone of the Tuscanstyle arches and fireplace surround. 56

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Left: In the master bedroom, as in the rest of the house, natural clay walls bring a bit of New Mexico into the old world aesthetic.

Below: The master bath is an experience unto itself, with a central shower “room” clad in dark-grouted tile and finished with divided light windows that swivel to allow moisture to escape.

Indoors, however, is where the house really shines. That it’s a HERS Gold–rated, green home and runs on Control4 smart home technology is certainly impressive. So are the awards Rutherford Design & Construction swept in its price category during the Spring 2018 Parade of Homes: Premier, Premier Green, Best Kitchen, Best Bath, Most Innovative, and the Buyer’s Choice Award. The laundry room cleverly shares a wall with the master closet, hidden behind sliding barn doors, where hampers glide between the master closet and the laundry room, eliminating the dreaded basket-laden trudge. Function is artful here; a TV in a tall kitchen cabinet becomes visible via remote control, and bathroom drawers have outlets built into them so hair dryers are always ready to go and simple to stash. “Making it easy to cut visual clutter is what makes people actually put things away,” says Ric. All the creature comforts blend in so as not to disturb the aesthetic. But it’s the character of the house that’s most arresting, the delicate tension between modernity and antiquity. Bespoke, custom-stained knotty alder cabinetry nimbly marries the polished contemporary and rustic, old world aesthetics, as do the many repurposed furniture pieces refurbished by Kriston. Ric spent some of his formative years living abroad, experiencing the rich histories and styles of Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The time spent marinating in the vestiges of Europe’s bygone times stuck with him; years later, he’s literally brought the world into his home. The style of this house is a conglomeration of so many harmonious things, it defies labeling. But it’s fun to try. Is it French? Indian walnut wood abuts gorgeous limestone floors imported from France, and there’s that classic farmhouse sink, so yes, it’s a little French. Maybe a bit New Mexican, too, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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With the lovely trickle of a fountain in the background, the dreamily lit interior courtyard looks like a scene straight out of Tuscany. Several rooms open directly to the courtyard, and all adjoining spaces offer views of it through large picture windows.

thanks to light glinting off specks of blond barley straw mixed into natural clay walls, a local classic. Raw-edged stone windowsills contrast with sleek fixtures, making it both rustic and contemporary. The substantial stone walls and floors are stately, as though disassembled from a historic country chateau and transported here for reassembly. It feels like a step back in time. Tuscan? Yes, in a muted way, though everything is in soothing variations of gray and cream, anchored by a single broad slab of Taj Mahal quartzite in the kitchen. Distressed wood and raw, rusted metal accents indicate a touch of industrialism. And then there are the antique, 18th-century mesquite Dutch doors.

“In every room you have a different view. You’re not looking at a wall; you’re looking through it.” —Ric Rutherford Mixing many genres together sounds intriguing in theory, but if not done well can be a recipe for disaster. In this spectacular, hard-to-label home, the Rutherfords have masterfully fused their eclectic sources of inspiration into a mellifluous domicile. “French farmhouse?” Ric muses. “Modern rustic industrial farmhouse!” Kriston counters. Really, they just call it home.


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Both the kitchen and the living room open to the courtyard, the latter via huge sliding window walls that create a seamless indooroutdoor experience.

Dramatic purple lighting and a carved stone backsplash elevate the hot tub beyond the usual.

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Q+A landscaping expert Louise Janney, RLA, shares her tips for fall planting

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Fall is one of the most important planting seasons of the year in Northern New Mexico. Su Casa caught up with landscape architect Louise Janney, RLA, of Osuna Nursery, who shared her fall gardening strategies. Louise, what are some key differences between growing zones in Albuquerque and Santa Fe that novice gardeners should be aware of? Climate differences in each zone (Santa Fe is Zone 6a and 6b; Albuquerque 7a and 7b) relate to temperature and number of days above freezing or hardiness zones. The lower the number of the zone the colder the low temps will get down to. We’re talking -10°F in 6a and 5° to 10°F in Zone 7b. The duration of weather in temperature ranges above freezing will impact the ‘growing season’ for annuals and non-perennial herbs and vegetables. This time frame is changing and we are seeing some unusual weather; however as a rule Zone 7b growing season begins mid-April/early May and runs through September/October. In Santa Fe mid-May is usually the last freeze, and the growing season is through September. Are there ideal plants for each zone? Ideal is a difficult term when it comes to plant selection. There are many variables that influence the ideal selection. It is very helpful to visit local gardens, walk neighborhoods, and attend garden tours to see what is thriving. Note the location of plants in terms of sunshine, adjacent walls and structures, the type of soil and mulch, and general exposure. For example, most crepe myrtles will not tolerate -10° F, but they do well in Albuquerque. In the right location (one that’s protected from mid-day sun), Japanese maples do well in Santa Fe, but they need extra protection in Albuquerque so they don’t burn and get wind damage. Some fruit trees don’t do well because of early frost or too short a growing season for fruit to ripen. 60

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The Master Gardeners and Extension Services have a lot of information on what to plant and when. Another consideration in growing in Albuquerque vs. Santa Fe is the quality of soils. It is very important to understand the type and pH of soil you have and select the best plants, soil amendments, and watering practice for that soil. What’s best to plant in fall? Fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, cactus, and perennials. The chart on page 62 shows some of the plants that have great fall color or character that last well into the season for Santa Fe and Albuquerque regions. Any strategies for pairing or grouping certain plants? This is a broad question, so let’s consider a garden that carries interest through fall and winter. Think of your garden as a room or a number of rooms. Plants can frame and structure the edges of the room. Tall, bushy, evergreen, and rich texture plants can give you the walls and ceiling. Background plantings have mass and density to create a sense of enclosure. Group evergreen trees and shrubs with large deciduous shrubs in either a formal or casual distribution around the perimeter of the area. Mugo pines, brooms, and Oregon grape are good mid-story Top: If a flash of dramatic color is your goal, the Chinese pistache tree is a great option, turning a brilliant red in the fall months. Below: Coneflower’s sweet purple blooms add wonderful color to a garden. Plant it now and watch it come back year after year.







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Above: With its lovely white petals, viburnum is an excellent deciduous shrub to plant for mid-story height.

evergreens. Viburnum, currents, burning bush, and barberry are good mid-story deciduous shrubs. Group evergreen low-growing junipers, euonymous, and kinnikinnick near a moss rock grouping and fill around this group with golden rudbeckia, orange hummingbird mint, and bright purple lantana, coneflower, and chrysanthemums. Seed nasturtium and violas in pots so they will be coming up when it is cooler. Think about layering the plants, so the small and low-growing ones are generally in front, mid-size plants are in the middle, and larger plants are toward the back and sides. Trees provide the overhead canopy with small deciduous trees as accents. Bring in the ornamental grasses to prevent monotony and group them close in groups of threes and fives of same species. Identify a focal point such as a birdbath and use it to draw attention into the space.

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New Haven Homes 63 Turquoise Drive

East Mountains


San Pedro Overlook

3 bedrooms 3 baths 3,200 sq. ft. $820,000 From the Big I, take I-40 east to NM 14/ Cedar Crest (Exit 175). Turn left at the light and head north on NM 14 for 11.7 miles. Turn left at San Pedro Overlook community entrance. Please stop at the gate house for access to the community. Stay on Turquoise Drive, following signs to the home.

Nestled on a spectacular property in San Pedro Overlook, this Southwestern-style home captures breathtaking views. Two separate wings provide privacy for the owners and their live-in guests in this sophisticated


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yet casual custom home design that’s loaded with handcrafted features such as carved wood beams and chiseled stone accents. Check out the pizza oven too! It’s a New Haven Home you won’t want to miss!

Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476

Scott Patrick Homes 13605 Piedra Canto Way



Wilderness Canon in High Desert

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,845 sq. ft. $849,500 From the Big I, take I-40 east to the Tramway exit north. Continue on Tramway to Spain. Right onto Spain to High Desert Place. Turn right on High Desert Place and continue into the Wilderness subdivision. Stay on High Desert Place until you reach the gated community of Canon on the left. Turn left onto Piedra Canto Way.

Located at the foothills of High Desert, this contemporary custom home has panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and beyond. The home is appointed with many upgraded

features including a front enclosed gated courtyard with a security camera and beautiful rear yard landscaping with a water feature and fire pit.

Altair Homes

13701 Ricegrass Place NE

Jolynne Becker (505) 828-9900



High Desert

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,992 sq. ft. $1,220,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte (Exit 223). Take Paseo del Norte east to Tramway. Right on Tramway. Left on Academy. Left on Cortaderia Street, which turns into Blue Gramma Road. Left on Pino Ridge Place and right on Emory Oak Place. Left onto Ricegrass Place NE.

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green build techniques. Altair’s integrity and award-winning design ensures that each home or remodel meets your personal needs, lifestyle, and budget.

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Lowe-Bo Homes 11804 Corona Avenue NE



North Albuquerque Acres

5 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,436 sq. ft. $766,560 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte exit (Exit 232), turning east onto Paseo del Norte. Turn left (north) onto Lowell Drive, then left onto Corona Avenue.

This stunning Southwest contemporary home in the prestigious North Albuquerque Acres is located perfectly for fantastic views of the sunset and Sandias. The interiors showcase a mod-

ern kitchen, an open floor plan with wonderful wood-look floors, quartz countertops, and a contemporary fireplace. Plus, a great outdoor living space.

Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555

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Panorama Homes

northeast heights


10511 Santa Monica Avenue NE

5 bedrooms 4.5 baths 4,475 sq. ft. $1,165,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte exit (Exit 232). East on Paseo del Norte approximately 3.25 miles to Eubank. Right on Eubank, travel about a mile. Left at the traffic light onto Del Rey Avenue. Immediate right onto Eubank frontage road, which curves to the east and becomes Santa Monica Avenue.

This sleek and modern Scottsdale-style contemporary home by Panorama Homes was designed to be family-friendly. Indoor living areas

flow effortlessly to outdoor living areas, for an extremely livable home with lots of personality.

John Lowe (505) 688-6834

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Right Angle Homes by DeBassige 8341 Glendale Avenue NE

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North Albuquerque Acres

6 bedrooms 6 baths 4,300 sq. ft. $950,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte and head east (right). Turn north (left) on Wyoming, then east (right) on Glendale.

This sharp contemporary home has it all. Aggressive lines and bold material choices blend magically with the luxurious and modern design to provide a suite of features that will be on everyone’s wish

list. Smartly and uniquely designed to provide innovative functionality to every square inch of this amazing home, this North Albuquerque Acres masterpiece is a must-see.

Scott Patrick Homes 9205 Desert Ridge Pointe Court NE

John DeBassige (505) 710-3775

northeast heights


Desert Ridge Pointe

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,688 sq. ft. $618,800 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte exit. Proceed east on Paseo del Norte to Wyoming and turn left. In 1.9 miles, turn right onto Glendale. Desert Ridge Pointe is located immediately to the left.

This Scott Patrick Custom Home is located in our newest gated eight-home subdivision. The home has many features including skylights

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throughout and an open dining, kitchen, and living area. Enjoy views of the Sandia Mountains from the rear covered patio and yard.

Jolynne Becker (505) 828-9900

Luxury Design Builders 8800 Silver Oak Lane NE



Silver Oak Estates

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,760 sq. ft. $749,900 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte, turning east. Turn left (north) on Louisiana one block north of Alameda. Turn left on Oakland and left on Silver Oak into the gated community.

Luxurious Tuscan-style home with soft touches and open floor plan, with 20-foot ceilings, custom wood cabinets, travertine floors, stone accents, and a glass floor. This home is perfect

for both family living and entertaining upstairs and downstairs. Located in a great Northeast Heights gated subdivision that captures amazing mountain and city views.

Stillbrooke Homes 7305 Dana Point Drive NE

Lawrence Peralta / (505) 900-4451 Gary Padilla / (505) 900-4996



Santa Monica Estates

3–4 bedrooms 2 baths 2,105 sq. ft. $367,990 (base price) $399,950 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to the San Antonio exit, turning east. Turn north on San Pedro, right (east) on Santa Monica, and then left on Dana Point.

This 3-bedroom + study is an open floor plan. The living room features a fireplace with wood mantel and mosaic stone surrounds opening up into the kitchen and covered patio in the

backyard. Master suite features a large walk-in closet, his-and-hers sinks, and a separate shower and bath. The garage’s additional half space is perfect for extra storage or a workshop.

Mike Davis 505) 514-8143



Abrazo Homes

7305 Brentwood Blvd. NE


Estates at Santa Monica


4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,963 sq. ft. $409,950 (base price) $482,000 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to San Antonio Blvd. (Exit 230), heading east on San Antonio. Left onto San Pedro, then the first right (east) onto Santa Monica Avenue. Continue east to Brentwood Blvd., turning left (north).

The “Coco” floor plan sets the trend for beauty and practicalit. With the versatile option of an oversized room or second master suite, this home is perfect for a growing family. This home

is set traditionally with warm accent features and an amazing outdoor living space overlooking the beautiful New Mexico westside sunsets.

Jeff McCrea (505) 859-5975



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5800 Venice Ave NE Albuquerque, NM 87113 505-883-6076

Reliance Construction, Inc.

66 Vista Montana Loop



Vista Montana

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,223 sq. ft. $825,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Placitas/Hwy 165 Exit, turning right onto Hwy 165. Almost immediately, turn right onto Vista Montana Loop and proceed to the home.

This home exemplifies the classic New Mexico style this award-winning builder is known for. A majestic tile and plaster fireplace with natural stone hearth pairs beautifully with the oversized

beams and corbels. Solid wood custom doors, hand-carved built-ins, Viking appliances, Pella windows, and wood and tile floors all add to the beauty and comfort of this impeccable home.

Kay Beason (505) 379-3877


1 Chaco Mesa Trail



Anasazi Trails

4 bedrooms 4 baths 3,100 sq. ft. $699,500 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the second Bernalillo exit (Exit 242) toward Placitas. Turn right onto NM 165 and proceed to Trails Road East, turning left. Trails Road East turns into Anasazi Trails Road. Left onto Anasazi Trails Loop. Left onto Chaco Mesa Trail.

Placitas like you have never seen before! This sleek and sophisticated contemporary designed by Paul W. Kenderdine boasts clean lines, beautiful modern finishes, and a thought-


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ful, flowing floor plan with fabulous exterior living spaces off every bedroom. Large, dramatic windows bring the outside in and showcase the spectacular and picturesque vistas.

Paul W. Kenderdine (505) 867-1765

Hakes Brothers 3630 Kenai Drive NE

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Lomas Encantadas

**Home not open for viewing Sunday, October 14, or Sunday, October 21 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,119 sq. ft. $270,990 (base price) $298,721 (base price + all upgrades)

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the second Bernalillo exit (Exit 242). Turn left (west) onto Hwy 550. Make a left on Hwy 528, take a right on Enchanted Hills Blvd NE, left on Lincoln Ave NE, make a right onto Camino Venada NE, then turn left onto Camino Encantadas. Turn right onto Franklin Rd NE, then left onto Kenai Dr NE. Luxury finishes at an unbeatable value. This beautiful Spanish-style home is located in the popular Lomas Encantadas community! The

gourmet kitchen opens to the spacious dining, living, and patio area, making this home a natural for entertaining family and friends.

Eric Korpus (505) 750-8241

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Homes by Kim Brooks 3012 Vatapa Road

Vista Entrada West

rio rancho


4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,867 sq. ft. $368,950 (base price) $439,950 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Bernalillo exit (Exit 242). Go west on 550 to 528. Turn south on 528 to Idalia. Turn west on Idalia to Vatapa Road. Right on Vatapa.

This home is one that you just can’t miss, showcasing high ceilings, inviting living spaces, and an abundance of natural light with its oversized windows and skylights. The kitchen

emphasizes quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, and both a butler’s and a walk-in pantry. The large open floor plan is a perfect mix of comfort and style.

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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 1803 Castle Peak Loop NE

Rio Rancho


The Peaks at Mariposa

3 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,917 sq. ft. $354,990 (base price) $469,010 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (US 550), turning west onto 550 for approximately 6 miles. Turn left onto Northwest Loop Road, the left onto Unser for about 3 miles. Take a right onto Mariposa Parkway, then a left onto Blue Grama. In about a mile take a left onto Pike’s Peak Loop, then an immediate left onto Castle Peak Loop.

There is an understated elegance to this spacious home. The owner’s suite features a clawfoot tub and spa shower, while the additional bedrooms are en suite. The kitchen features an expansive

island with views to the great room and courtyard. Natural light is enhanced by smooth white walls, and wood finishes warm the space.

Tammy Thornton (505) 917-1677

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Abrazo Homes 2604 La Luz Circle NE




3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,750 sq. ft. $257,950 (base price) $297,270 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Bernalillo exit (Exit 242), proceeding west onto Hwy 550 for about 7 miles. Turn south (left) onto Northwest Loop Road. Continue to Unser and turn left. Travel approximately 2 miles to Mariposa Pkwy and turn west (right). Continue on Mariposa Pkwy. Turn south (left) onto Redondo Sierra Vista, make the first left onto Santa Fe Vista Pkwy, and then right onto La Luz Circle. The construction of this “Anne” plan home by Abrazo Homes and a team of local businesses will be raffled off in November to benefit El Ranchito De Los Niños, a long-term children’s

home dedicated to raising brothers and sisters together who would otherwise be separated in foster care. Raffle tickets are available for purchase and support a great cause.

Larry Stapp (505) 453-6049

ECOterra Design/Build 6017 Ridgeline Place




4 bedrooms 5 baths 2,840 sq. ft. (house + casita) $1,118,105


This resort-like retreat on a bluff captures expansive views of mountains, mesas, and city lights. The contemporary Southwestern home has a main home, casita, and pool and boasts a comfortable outdoor


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living area with a glass wall slider. The home’s systems can be controlled from any smart device. Built to Build Green NM Gold/Emerald (pending), it will operate at or near net zero in energy costs.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Rio Rancho/Bernalillo/Placitas exit (Exit 242). Turn west (left) on NM 550 through Bernalillo. When in Rio Rancho turn south (left) onto Northwest Loop Road. Northwest Loop Road turns into Unser. Take Unser to Mariposa Pkwy, turning west (right), then turn south (left) onto Redondo Sierra Vista NE. South (left) onto Blue Gramma, north (right) on Reservoir Road, east (right) on Ridge Top Road, then left onto Ridgeline Place. Michael Cecchini (505) 918-8476

Westway Homes 2461 Lynn Drive

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The Enclave at Vista Montebella

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,220 sq. ft. $329,900 (base price) $349,900 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte west. Turn north on Golf Course Road. West on Westside Blvd. South on Unser. West on Black Arroyo. North on 18th Avenue to Lynn Road.

Rio Rancho’s newest and best community is the Enclave at Vista Montebella. This home features a modern, open living space designed for today’s lifestyle. The en suite master features a large walk-in

closet, a garden tub, and an enclosed shower. The Enclave at Vista Montebella features some of the best views around. Luxurious and efficient, this home is Built a Better Way, The Westway.

JP Rael (505) 463-4305

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Homes by Kim Brooks 1522 21st Avenue

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3–4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,412 sq. ft. $347,950 (base price) $428,950 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte and turn west. Stay on Paseo del Norte to Unser Blvd., turning right on Unser. Proceed to Wellspring. Turn left or west onto Wellspring, then left again on 21st Avenue.

The San Juan floor plan is a perfect blend of luxury and livability. Its clean lines, combined with a dramatic design and touch of style, invite


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you in. This modern Southwestern home, built by Homes by Kim Brooks, features designer touches that are sure to impress.

Lindsey Anderson (505) 385-6701

Right Angle Homes by DeBassige



7527 Prickly Brush Street NW

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,845 sq. ft. $249,000


Come and see the finest combination of quality and value in town. This ultra-functional contemporary home has unmatched features and amenities for the price, not to mention a fan-





tastic open floor plan with zero wasted space. Take in unobstructed views while enjoying the upgraded modern features you deserve.

Stillbrooke Homes 5901 Ermemin Avenue NW

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte and head west (left). Turn north (right) on Universe Blvd. Turn west (left) on Irving. Turn north (right) on Prickly Brush.

John DeBassige (505) 710-3775



Paradise View

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,617 sq. ft. $234,813 (base price) $259,975 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte, turning west onto Paseo del Norte. North on Golf Gourse Road, west on Paradise Blvd. to Park Lane NW. Right onto Ermemin.

This popular one-story home features the perfect open floor plan. The kitchen has upgraded stainless steel appliances, built-in seating in the nook, and custom built- and stained cabinets.

The spacious living room leads to the covered patio with gas stub. The owners suite has a large, upgraded super shower, enclosed commode room, and his-and-hers sinks and closets.

Jessica Rinaldi (505) 573-2256



Roku Development LLC 9825 Benton NW



Knolls of Paradise

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,338 sq. ft. $475,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte exit, turning west (left) onto Paseo del Norte. From Paseo del Norte, exit north on Coors. Left on Irving, left on Congress to Benton.

Elegant and modern, this purposeful home is located in the Knolls of Paradise with quick access to Paseo del Norte and shopping. Impeccable craftsmanship and details encom-

pass this home. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor living in this highly desirable community. A 2018 Fall Parade must-see!

Steve R. Chavez (505) 415-9533

Over 125 Home and Remodeling professionals totaling 250 booths, full of great home ideas. Live Better!

Santa Ana Star Center • Rio Rancho, NM The statistics and numbers prove it… early January is the absolute BEST TIME OF THE YEAR to exhibit at a Home Show. Booth sales are already filling up. If you wait too late into the year, we will be sold out. • First hour attendees get in for FREE • FREE parking • And MOST IMPORTANTLY … it’s the very first Home Show of the year. After the holidays, attendees are MOST LIKELY to initiate new home projects. In addition, they are far LESS LIKELY to attend the later shows in the Spring

Interested in exhibiting? Call today! 505-269-6985 88

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From the front door to the backyard, and beyond, you’ll find it all!

Pulte Homes



6326 Vista del Bosque Drive NW Pulte Homes at La Orilla 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,003 sq. ft. $375,000

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte and turn left, heading west. Take the Coors Blvd. exit and turn left. Turn right onto La Orilla Road, then left into the subdivision on Vista del Bosque Drive.

This luxurious Senita townhome features an open first floor with gathering room, café, and a modern kitchen that impresses with quartz countertops and premium built-in stainless steel appliances,

including double ovens. The generous owner’s suite offers a retreat and balcony for privacy and relaxation. With the innovative Pulte Smart Home, enjoy maximum control of this home’s livability.

David Eaton Michelle Moore (505) 349-9955 /



Sun Valley Custom Homes 6401 Picardia Place NW



Petroglyph Estates

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,913 sq. ft. $630,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte, turning west (left). Turn south (left) on Unser, east (left) on Rosa Parks, south (right) on Urraca. Turn east (left) onto Picardia Place.

Sun Valley Custom Homes’ newest Westside model with Sandia views is comfortable contemporary, with crisp, clean lines combined with warm tones and organic materials that make the home


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modern and livable. Floor to ceiling windows, brick floors, light wells, a true masonry fireplace, and steel and glass barn doors are dynamic elements that make this home architecturally unique.

Wade Wingfield (505) 321-0769

Ranco General Contracting



6905 Rim Rock Circle NW

4 bedrooms 4 baths 3,933 sq. ft. $1,100,000 From the Big I, take I-40 west to Coors Blvd. (Exit 155), turning north on Coors. Left on Western Trail. Right on Unser. Right on Molten Rock Road. Continue straight to Rim Rock Circle.

Beautiful contemporary home offering the most modern features along with the tranquility of nature. Placed on the rim of the Petroglyph National Monument with breathtaking views

and a rooftop deck, the home features two large, retractable doors opening to the yard with a pool, two firepits, and a putting green.

D.R. Horton

8704 Downburst Avenue

Randy Case (505) 891-2813

WESTSIDE Stormcloud Estates


4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,532 sq. ft. $355,990 (base price) $388,600 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-40 west to Unser, turning north. Left on Tierra Pintada to Stormcloud Estates.

Check out Albuquerque’s first new home construction integrated Multi-Generational Home! The Madison Multi-Gen floor plan eliminates the need for a separate, expensive casita, and the separate entryway

ensures privacy and still incorporates another entrance into the main living area. Be amazed by the 10-foot tray ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel built-in appliances, and yes, Build Green New Mexico!

Edward Montoya (505) 750-1209



Paschich Design Group



2600 Teodoro Road NW

3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,100 sq. ft. $700,000


This home represents a convergence of Northern New Mexican iconography and modern simplicity. Nestled against protected open space the home features a great amount of glass to





capture the 360-degree views available. What’s more, the home includes a “lookout tower” with a continuous ribbon window reinforcing the fantastic North Valley setting.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Rio Grande Blvd. Head north on Rio Grande to Teodoro Road. Turn west (left) onto Teodoro.

Wristen Paschich (505) 250-1887

M-Art Building Company, LLC



5102 Guadalupe Trail NW

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,313 sq. ft. $499,000 From the Big I, take I-40 west. Turn right onto Rio Grande Blvd north. Turn east (right) on Griegos Road, then north (left) on Guadalupe Trail. Continue approximately .25 mile, then turn east (right) onto a gravel road also called Guadalupe Trail.

This architecturally modern, Build Green NM–certified home is designed with an open, flexible floor plan well suited to a variety of lifestyles and family dynamics. The spacious


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design abounds with natural light, incorporates extra wide and tall doorways, and is beautifully appointed with quartz countertops, elegant tilework, and a spacious, covered outdoor area.

Tony Rivera (505) 507-0390

Reliance Construction, Inc. 601 Camino Espanol NW



Spanish Walk

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,370 sq. ft. $512,900 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Osuna exit. Turn west (left) onto Osuna to 4th Street. Take 4th Street south to Camino Espanol, turning west.

This contemporary Southwest–style home is designed for comfortable living indoors and out, displaying traditional Southwest beams, a unique fireplace design, and a soft modern touch eye-catcher: a

turquoise island in the gourmet kitchen. The separation of master and guest bedrooms allows for privacy, and stunning colors add to the open functional design. You must see this perfect “downsize” home.

Kay Beason (505) 379-3877



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721 14th Street NW

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,100 sq. ft. $459,000 From the Big I, take I-40 west to Rio Grande Blvd. Head south on Rio Grande to Mountain and turn east (left) on Mountain and proceed to 14th Street, turning south (right) on 14th.

This progressive architectural design, built to the LEED for Homes standard, demonstrates a sophisticated synthesis of progressive design elements. Using modern geometries, forms, and spaces, the home confidently reveals itself.

Though an example of modern living, the home feels quite comfortable set among the regional styles of New Mexico. Concrete floors, steel beam work, and an avant-garde kitchen provide an urban contrast for our historical setting.

Wristen Paschich (505) 250-1887


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Westway Homes 2208 Gandert Avenue SE

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Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,462 sq. ft. $349,900 From the Big I, take I-25 south and exit at Rio Bravo, heading east to University. Proceed south on University to Arbus Drive. Right on Arbus to Penn Avenue. Right on Penn to Sagan Loop. Left on Sagan Loop to Gandert Avenue.

Mesa del Sol is an innovative, environmentally friendly community with walkable neighborhoods and a wide variety of housing. This amazing home features a modern, open floor plan with an enormous kitchen,

dining, and living space, bedrooms that offer private, multigenerational living, and two covered patios. Luxurious and efficient, this Build Green NM Gold home is Built a Better Way, The Westway.

JP Rael (505) 463-4305


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D.R. Horton 9 Hermanos Loop

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Eastland Hills

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,461 sq. ft. $177,990 (base price) $191,535 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, go south on I-25 to Exit 203 into Los Lunas. Head east on Main Street and turn right on El Cerro Road. Turn left and head east on El Cerro Loop and continue east past the right light up Meadow Lake Road to Cypress Gardens subdivision. Go south on Cypress Blvd. to Camel Road, go west (right) and come down the hill, south on Wilson, and then turn west onto Hermanos Loop. Discover new moments in a new home! Never been lived in, new home warranty, energy-efficient benefits, and impressive living spaces are all included in this open Jemez layout. A cov-

ered patio, refrigerated air conditioning, minutes from downtown Albuquerque, and no PID tax are packaged affordably. Experience gracious suburban living in Eastland Hills.

Edward Montoya (505) 750-1209

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A Wo�ld Away... Yet So Clo�e.

Escape the busy pace of the city at Nature Pointe! Our gated community is nestled in the pines just 13 minutes east of Albuquerque. If you close your eyes you will remember camping trips of the past. Numerous trails beckon your daily walk. Nature Pointe offers starry night skies, colorful sunsets and the NAIOP Award winning clubhouse is like none other. Expansive 2-acre lots start at $99,000. 96

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Westway Homes 1621 Camino Cancun SW

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Rancho Valencia

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,747 sq. ft. $324,900 (base price) $364,900 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 south to Los Lunas. Exit at Main Street, heading east on Main Street to Camelot. South on Camelot. East on Camino Canyon to Camino Cancun. House at the corner of Camino Canyon and Camino Cancun.

Huge, modern, and with an open floor plan, this home offers the finest in multigenerational living in the thriving Village of Los Lunas. One master suite downstairs and one upstairs with a view deck, provide privacy

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and separation for the largest of families. The massive gourmet kitchen opens to the outdoor living space that features a fireplace. Luxurious and efficient, this home is Built a Better Way, The Westway.

JP Rael (505) 463-4305

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Vida Buena

by Danielle Urbina

head for the hills

a mashup of culture in Texas Hill Country

A Courtesy Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau

s the saying goes, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” While that may be true in many aspects, sometimes it’s the little things that are just as special, such as all the small towns that make up the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. At the crossroads of West, Central, and Southern Texas, Hill Country is known for its unique natural features and a melding of iconic cowboy culture and a mod, hipster vibe. No matter where you choose to stop, you’ll undoubtedly find unique Texas culture from town to town.

a breath of fresh air

Above: Driftwood Estate Winery in Driftwood, Texas, is one of the more than 50 wineries found in Texas Hill Country, offering not only of some of the best wines in the state, but vineyards with stunning views. Above, top: From Marble Falls to Burnet, Texas’s famous bluebonnets (and other wildflowers) blanket fields and other open spaces with spectacular color every spring.


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Scenery is huge in this part of Texas, and there’s plenty of it to see right from your car. Driving down rural roads in the area delivers breathtaking views and varied natural landscapes. About three miles outside of Johnson City, Farm Road 1323 takes you down a path of green rolling hills and fields of colorful wildflowers, while Farm Road 337 west of San Antonio features larger hills and limestone canyons. Along the way, stop to grab a bite to eat, stroll a wildflower or lavender farm, or pick juicy peaches at the Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg. In Wimberley, Blue Hole, surrounded by more than 100 acres of natural forest and cypress trees, is one of the best-known swimming holes in the area. West of Austin, in Spicewood, Krause Springs is a gem tucked within 115 acres of land owned by the Krause family and features 32 springs, a man-made pool, and a natural pool that flows into Lake Travis.

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Above: Walk around the tiny town of Luckenbach, and you’re likely to hear a strumming guitar and a country crooner. All throughout Hill Country, live music is key, and you’ll find plenty of it—from Austin, the “Live Music Capital of the World,” to Kerrville, where the Kerrville Folk Festival is the country’s longest continually running music festival.

Colorado Bend State Park offers 5,300 acres of wilderness to explore. The park’s most popular trail, Gorman Falls, is a two-and-a-half-mile trek that leads to a breathtaking waterfall. For sunsets and stargazing, Llano’s Enchanted Rock is famous for its pink granite dome and interesting rock formations.

peace, wine, and BBQ

Think Texas is only about beer? Thanks to the area’s sunny and dry climate throughout most of the year, more than 50 vineyards and wineries scattered throughout Hill Country produce several tasty varietals including cabernet, zinfandel, and tempranillo. In Fredericksburg, Wine Road 290 is home to 19 award-winning wineries including 1851 Vineyards, 4.0 Cellars, and Lost Draw Cellars. In Stonewall, picturesque Becker Vineyards is a family-owned winery whose Cabernet Fran Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon Texas, and Merlot Reserve Estate recently won four Double Gold medals in the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Family-owned and specializing in Spanish-style wines, Pedernales Cellars produces world-class (and award-winning) wines. Their tasting room is unlike any other, nestled in the heart of Hill Country with views for miles. Nothing says Texas like good ol’ fashioned barbecue, and some of the best is found in the most unlikely places—small, unassuming diners, gas stations, and pit stops. In Llano, visitors and native Texans alike flock to longtime favorite Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ. Simply known as “Cooper’s,” the family-owned restaurant keeps their menu short, offering beef ribs, smoked brisket, sausage, chopped beef by the pound, and fabulous fruit cobblers. In Driftwood, Salt Lick BBQ serves up gigantic plates of brisket, turkey, sausage, and pork ribs with sides of potato salad, coleslaw, and beans—all topped, of course, with their sweet and spicy Salt Lick barbecue sauce. 100

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Above: Known as the Peach Capital of Texas, Stonewall offers juicy peaches and other peachflavored goodies throughout the year and during the annual Peach Jamboree. Above, top: Adventure awaits at Pedernales Falls State Park with everything from camping and fishing to tubing and horseback riding.

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Texans love their live music, and Hill Country celebrates it in a big way. Luckenbach—the town just outside of Fredericksburg made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson—has devoted itself to music, and the Luckenbach Dance Hall hosts some of the best-known artists in the country music scene. If a night of two-stepping is what you’re after, don’t miss Gruene Hall, the oldest, most famous dance hall in Texas. Since 1878 it has remained a place to dance, unwind, enjoy live music, and if you’re lucky, catch an up-and-coming act on their way to stardom. As the heart and soul of Texas, Hill Country brings together all the flavor and culture the state has to offer. And as one-of-a-kind road trips go, this one is a treasure trove of experiences.

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October through December Courtesy Albuquerque Museum

From Invisible to Visible: The ChineseAmerican Experience in Albuquerque, at Albuquerque Museum.

FROM INVISIBLE TO VISIBLE: THE CHINESE-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN ALBUQUERQUE Through January 6, 2019, Tuesday–Sunday, 9 AM–5 PM Albuquerque Museum 2000 Mountain NW Adults $5–$6, seniors $4, children 12 and under $3 Albuquerque has had a significant ChineseAmerican population since the 1880s. Many Chinese immigrants arrived as workers on the railroads and put down roots as owners of laundries, restaurants, and grocery stores. The exhibit chronicles their lives, the intense discrimination they faced, and their continuing contributions to the social and civic life of Albuquerque. 28TH RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—BALLOON FIESTA SHOW October 5–7 and 12–14, 9 AM–5 PM daily In the Big White Tent, Sandia Resort & Casino 30 Rainbow Rd, Albuquerque $10 one-day pass, under 12 free, $12 festival pass, free covered parking Held on the two weekends of Balloon Fiesta, this arts and crafts market includes the work of 200 artisans. Food booths, beer and wine, and children’s activities.


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ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA October 6–14, times vary Balloon Fiesta Park $10 general admission, under 12 free, $15 general parking, other prices vary The 47th annual International Balloon Fiesta takes places over nine days and draws an eclectic crowd of ballooning enthusiasts and novices alike. Located at Fiesta Park, there is a chainsaw carving contest, a music fiesta, fireworks, evening “glows,” and multiple mass ascensions of over 500 balloons. WICKED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WITCHES OF OZ October 17–28, times vary Popejoy Hall 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque $52–$142 The Broadway musical hit tells the story of Oz before Dorothy and Toto dropped in, a tale of sisterhood, friendship, and rivalry. Premiering in 2003, Wicked is the 7th-longest running show on Broadway. SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL November 3, 10 AM–4 PM Immanuel Presbyterian Church 114 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque Free admission & parking The Scandinavian Club of Albquerque and the Rosemalers Club hold their annual Scandinavian Festival with food, Norwegian and Swedish folk art, a kids’ craft corner, and Scandinavian dance performances at 11 AM and 12:30 PM. AN UNPREDICTABLE EVENING WITH TODD RUNDGREN November 12, 8 PM National Hispanic Cultural Center 1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque $34–$54 Songwriter, producer, artist, video pioneer— Todd Rundgren has been doing it all since the 1960s. For his “unpredictable evenings” he has a single song planned to open the concert. After that, anything from his six-decade career is fair game.

5TH ANNUAL PUEBLO FILM FESTIVAL November 16–18, times vary Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque $10 suggested donation The 5th Annual Pueblo Film Festival is three days of films from Pueblo directors, featuring Pueblo actors, and illuminating the contemporary Pueblo experience. Screenings of films, presentations, and discussions are all part of the weekend. WISE FOOL NEW MEXICO’S CIRCUS LUMINOUS November 23–25, various times Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W San Francisco, Santa Fe Adults $20–$45, children $12–$27 Wise Fool presents their annual professional circus production with acrobats, aerialists, and more accompanied by live musicians playing original music. Held on Thanksgiving weekend, Circus Luminous is the perfect event for holiday guests looking for a memorable experience in Santa Fe. 19TH ANNUAL RIO GRANDE HOLIDAY SHOW November 23–25, 10 AM–5 PM Friday and Saturday, Sunday 10 AM–4 PM Expo New Mexico’s Manuel Lujan Building 300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque $8 one-day pass, under 12 free, $11 festival pass, $5 parking Get a jump on holiday shopping and buy arts and crafts direct from the 185 artisans included in the show. Pianists, carolers, and mariachis keep the mood lively, while children’s activities keep the younger family members amused,

ABQ BioPark hosts the annual River of Lights through December 30.

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The 47th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta at Balloon Fiesta Park.

RIVER OF LIGHTS November 24–December 30, 6–9:30 PM (Closed December 24 and 25) ABQ BioPark 2601 Central NW, Albuquerque $12 adults, $6 children ages 3-12 Named one of the 15 most spectacular holiday light

shows in the United States, Albuquerque’s River of Lights includes light displays, animated sculptures, and synchronized music. Other attractions include holiday nature crafts, a G-scale model railroad, and the Polar Bear Express. OLD TOWN HOLIDAY STROLL December 7, 5–9 PM Historic Old Town 303 Romero St NW, Albuquerque Free Kick off the holiday season with an enchanting evening in Old Town. The Albuquerque Museum is open for family events and jazz. Live music, dining, shopping, hot chocolate, and more round out this festive event.

The Canyon Road Farolito Walk is a magical Christmas Eve tradition in Santa Fe.

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NEW MEXICO BOWL December 15, 2:30 PM Dreamstyle Stadium, UNM 1414 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque $25–$40 The annual New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. The New Mexico Bowl game marks the traditional opening day for college football’s bowl season.

CANYON ROAD FAROLITO WALK December 24, begins at dusk Canyon Road, Santa Fe Free A beloved Santa Fe tradition, the Canyon Road farolito walk takes place on Christmas Eve, beginning at dusk. Expect to see farolitos, luminarias, musicians, and carolers while you enjoy hot chocolate and biscochitos and smell the burning piñon logs. THE COMPLETE BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS December 29, 7 PM Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W San Francisco, Santa Fe $12–$80 Santa Fe Pro Musica, under the baton of music Director Thomas O’Connor, presents all six of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg concertos. Written as a job application for a position with the Margrave of Brandenburg, who did not even acknowledge their receipt, Bach’s six pieces for varied small groups and soloists are a masterpiece of baroque composition. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Su Cocina

cookies for Santa—Italian-style


‘ve been making these biscotti for a decade, and I’m not sure why I still think of them as “holiday” goodies, because they’re delicious all year round. Nevertheless, friends and family start queuing up in the fall, making sure they’re still on Santa’s “Nice List” to receive a bag in December. This is truly a treasured recipe. Buon Natale!—Amy Gross, Editor

Orange Pistachio Biscotti These biscotti have a softer, easier-on-the-teeth texture than typical biscotti. Mountain dwellers should use the highaltitude version of the recipe, or you’ll end up with flat sticks rather than nicely rounded cookies. (The original recipe is included as well.) I like to prepare the batter in the evening and let it refrigerate overnight, then bake the cookies in the morning.

Photographs by Amy Gross

Makes about 58 cookies High-altitude recipe (6,000+ feet)*

Top: The logs spread into loaves upon baking. Center: Using a serrated knife to slice the logs keeps the cookies from crumbling. Bottom: Most biscotti recipes call for baking the cookies on both sides, but these bake upright, and just one time. 104

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3 1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt plus a couple of dashes 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 1 3/4 cups sugar 4 T. finely chopped orange zest (2–3 oranges) 4 tsp. vanilla extract 1 T. juice from the oranges 4 eggs 2 cups roasted salted or unsalted pistachios, shelled Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Beat butter until soft, then add sugar slowly, beating until fluffy. Add flour mixture slowly and at low speed, beating to combine. Stir in pistachios. Cover and chill for at least an hour, but preferably overnight. Preheat oven to 360 degrees and line two baking pans with two sheets each of parchment paper. Divide dough into four sections. Roll each section onto a floured surface into logs about 13” long and 1 3/4” in diameter. Bake 2 logs on each pan about 4” apart for 25–28 minutes, until light golden brown. Remove from oven. Using a serrated knife, slice the logs, which will have spread, into cookies 1/2–3/4” thick. Place the cookies, upright, back on the parchment-lined baking pans and bake for another 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks and store in tightly closed baggies or containers. *Original recipe (low altitude) 3 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 2 cups sugar 4 T. finely chopped orange zest (2–3 oranges) 3 tsp. vanilla 4 eggs 2 cups roasted, salted or unsalted pistachios, shelled Follow instructions above but bake at 350 degrees.




by James Selby

from the ground up Oregon wines


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hen I told my wife I was invited to Oregon Pinot Camp she cheekily asked if she should write my name in my underwear. Every June, 300 sommeliers, restaurateurs, and retailers from around the country and the globe are invited to the Willamette Valley to participate in a four-day confab of seminars in geology, soil and climate influences, vine management, fermentation, and, yes, tastings. The Willamette Valley begins at Portland, stretches 100 miles to Eugene, and is 60 miles at its widest point. In 1965, David Lett, founder of Eyrie Vineyards, was the first to plant viniferous grapes in Willamette Valley. By 1970 there were five wineries; today there are over 500. Yet, in spite of Eyrie Pinot Noir placing second at the 1979 Gault-Millau Wine Olympics in Paris, it was still hard to get people to pay attention. The French, however, took note. Véronique Drouhin, winemaker for Maison Joseph Drouhin at her family’s renowned winery in Burgundy, tells of her father scouting Oregon in the ’60s and realizing the area could produce wines like home. In 1980, Veronique established Domaine Drouhin Oregon, one of the Willamette’s premier wineries. “OPC” ( was created in 2000 to further awareness of Oregon wines. Each morning campers are ushered onto school buses by cheerful counselors, all professionals in the wine industry, and dispersed to wineries, vineyards and barrel rooms to meet winemakers, owners, and viticulturists. And, of

course, to taste, taste, taste! Pinot noir is the most important grape in Oregon, and samplings from Ponzi, Chehalem, and Brittan Vineyards confirmed its elegance and place. However, with the fashion swinging away from excessively oaky, buttery chardonnay, OPC made a case for its style, too. Willamette chardonnay is a balancing act of subtle ripeness and ripping acidity, byproducts of a longer, cooler growing season than Napa Valley, delivering a leaner, food-friendly wine. Seminars also showcased other brilliant whites produced from pinot gris, riesling, and pinot blanc. Whether it’s an emerging young winemaker like Evan Martin of Martin Woods producing award-winning Gamay, established vintner Josh Bergström converting to biodynamic farming, or sommelier-cum-winemaker Rajat Parr of Evening Land Vineyards, this entire community contributes to the progressive energy within—and without—the Willamette Valley. I came away from Oregon Pinot Camp with a sense of collaboration. All of us are driving the bus. If you’d like to participate in a similar, if not so rigorous, event, the International Pinot Noir Celebration ( is held for the public the last weekend in July in the Willamette Valley. As the name suggests, wineries and chefs from all over the world, including Burgundy, New Zealand, South America, and California, showcase their craft.

Above: Bergström Wines Old Stones Chardonnay is made from grapes farmed without the use of harsh chemicals or fertilizers. Left and below: Over 300 sommeliers and wine professionals annually attend Oregon Pinot Camp to taste and learn about Willamette Valley wines.

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James Selby has directed wine programs in New York, Portland, and Santa Fe, where he lives and works as a wine consultant and writer.

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singular design This beautifully designed home is a unique find in Albuquerque. Designed by a native New Mexican homeowner in partnership with John Brooks Design Inc., the home exudes contemporary style with hints of New Mexican landscape and culture. The private, two-acre property backs to the Bosque and features several courtyards boasting unobstructed views of the Sandia Mountains. Indoors, the four bedrooms and central living areas are laid out over 6,500 square feet, and special design touches are everywhere, from the Spanish limestone flooring and hand-stained fir beams, to textured walls and European lighting. Lovers of contemporary architecture will appreciate the kitchen, where moody hues meet streamlined, minimalist features with a stunning custom hood and backsplash. From every room in the home, Hope’s windows provide seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living spaces, which include a cozy patio, gunite pool, hot tub, and custom water features. Listing price: $2.475 million Contact: Susan Feil, 505-271-8200 Keller Williams, Variety of Styles to Choose From in 18”, 24”, and 30” Opening Sizes Burns Wood or Ceramic Gas Logs Customize with Bancos, Nichos and Wood Storage Bins

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Just Winging Through

by Tom Smylie

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the nuthatches send in the clowns

Tom Smylie, from Edgewood, New Mexico, is a retired wildlife biologist affiliated with the World Center for Birds of Prey.

position—upside-down—as it searches for insects.

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ne can’t help but smile when spying the small, sociable, and industrious nuthatch as he busily goes upside down and around tree trunks looking for insects buried in the bark. Unlike many songbirds, nuthatches do not fly south for the winter; instead they’ll continue to dig beneath the bark in search of insects and their eggs, and previously stored nuts and seeds. In fact, it’s believed the nuthatch derived its name its habit of storing of seeds and nuts in cavities of tree trunks. These tiny forest gnomes depend only on their sharp claws for scurrying about trees. Their movements are jerky, fast, and purposeful, and they are incredibly fun to watch. New Mexico is home to three of the four nuthatch species found in America. They range from the tiny 4-inch pygmy nuthatch to the 5-inch red-breasted, and the largest, the 6-inch white-breasted. These active little clowns are usually found only in forest regions, with preference to the ponderosa pines of the Transition Zone. The males and females are identical and lay clutches of 6 to 7 eggs in tree cavities. Pygmy nuthatches are usually seen busily moving throughout the forest in small groups, squawking and chattering as they search for food. The red-breasted is the most colorful of the three with rusty colored underparts, a black head, and a noticeable white eye streak running from the beak to the back of the head. The white-breasted is not as common as the others but is easily recognizable, especially if you’re a fan of Charley Harper’s modernist wildlife art. It’s easily identified by its white breast, black cap, and blue-gray back. Above: The red-breasted All nuthatches are unafraid of humans and regularly visit feeders; nuthatch has a rusty colored breast and they’ve even been known to land on people’s hands to take food. distinctive eye streaks. Top: Next time you visit a forest, especially a ponderosa pine forest, A white-breasted nuthatch listen for the low nasal calls of the nuthatches and witness their demonstrates its acrobatic upside-down antics. Can you imagine dining in that position? abilities and a typical

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by Amy Gross

American Jewelry from New Mexico a major exhibition at Albuquerque Museum explores jewelry making from prehistory to the present Above: Inlaid biface pendant, stone, shell, and turquoise, 1100–1200 CE. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. Left: Basketmaker, necklace of stone and shell pendants, turquoise, abalone shell, and plant cordage, ca. 430 CE. Arizona State Museum.

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Unidentified artist, purse ornament, 1880s–1920s, silver. Albuquerque Museum; gift of Dora Lawrence and John Lawrence.


ew Mexico has long been recognized for its exceptional jewelry, but the craft of jewelry making has roots in the area for much longer than it would even seem possible. The history of jewelry making in New Mexico (and the region long before it was called New Mexico) is explored in a major exhibition, American Jewelry from New Mexico, at Albuquerque Museum. The stunning collection includes over 300 objects representing all aspects of jewelry making and adornment from prehistory to the present. Some of the earliest pieces date to 430 CE, while many others are made by contemporary jewelry-makers whose names are easily recognized by aficionados. One such jewelry-maker is Santa Fe resident Douglas Magnus, whose turquoise, silver, and gold works are featured in the exhibition. On Sunday, September 23 (2:00–3:00 PM), Magnus, who is also a mine owner, presents a lecture, The Tiffany Cerrillos Mine, about the significance of the mine from prehistoric time and its connection to Tiffany and Co. American Jewelry from New Mexico runs through October 14, 2018. Admission to the museum is $3–$6 (free on certain days each month), with discounts for New Mexico residents. Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain NW,


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home building and decorating apps for pros and DIYers alike

Above: Wondering how an industrial light fixture would work in your midcentury modern living room? Morpholio Board lets you pull any number of design elements and furnishings into an idea board for instant comparison, and save as many different boards as you like.

Morpholio Board Free; $11.99 Pro Subscription Morpholio LLC Available for iOS devices

When inspiration hits, Morpholio Board is like having a corkboard and push pins right on your phone or tablet. This addictive app lets homeowners and interior designers create “mood boards” using photos of actual furnishings, décor items, tile and flooring choices, and much more, to see how well they work together—or not. Looking for a new look for a dated bathroom? Start by creating a new board and labeling it. Use the Images feature to pull up products from a host of well-known manufacturers and suppliers: Porcelanosa, Design Within Reach, Knoll, and many more. Or, use your phone’s camera to snap a photo of something you’ve run into at a favorite store. Move all of your products onto the board and start playing. Not only can you visually see how certain items work together; you can also get pricing estimates on most products. Though only available for iOS devices, Morpholio features a whole suite of additional options for iPad users. PROS: Fun to use; items suggested for boarding are “real” products offered by actual retailers, not generic, computer-generated furnishings. All boards can be saved for future reference—handy if you’re working on a new build or whole-house remodel and need to keep track of multiple rooms and spaces. Connects to Pinterest for additional idea saving. CONS: Takes a while to get the hang of the app, and the video tutorial is largely unhelpful. BEST FOR: Homeowners and apartment dwellers, and interior designers and decorators. 112

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There are thousands of products to browse in the Morpholio databases, from chairs (above) and fabrics to lighting and kitchen and bath fixtures. The “Get More Info” feature provides the manufacturer’s or retailer’s specs on any product. If you must have that sofa, and now, simply add it to your cart and pay for it on the spot.

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Above: Designed for contractors, engineers, and serious DIY homebuilders, Home Builder Pro Calcs performs a host of standard home construction calculations. There are also calculations for computing typical business expenses such as travel and loan costs.

When it comes to purchasing art, two questions inevitably arise: Will it physically fit in the space in question, and will it fit aesthetically?, a leading purveyor of wall art, has developed an app that lets you see how a potential art purchase will look in your setting. Using proprietary technology called ArtView ™, you can virtually experience any one of the over 2 million pieces of art sold by hanging in your home and at scale, and purchase them straight from your phone as well. A function called Gallery Wall Designer allows the user to shuffle and resize multiple pieces of art in a gallery wall setting, after first choosing a design style (midcentury modern or rustic, for example) that best describes your own. PROS: You can see how different styles of art might look on your wall. The variety of art sold by is pretty impressive. Once logged in, favorite pieces can be saved and reviewed, and completed “walls” can be saved as well. CONS: The only art you can actually see is what’s sold on; you can’t view your own personal art in place on another wall. The “View Room” function is a bit unwieldy and the action must be repeated every time you want to see a piece of art in situ. BEST FOR: Homeowners and apartment dwellers, interior designers, and business owners.

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Ideal for homeowners and apartment dwellers whose walls are blank slates, the app lets you see over 2 million pieces of art the way it would look in your room, either by itself (above) or as a gallery wall (right).


Designed with builders, engineers, architects, and construction project managers in mind, Home Builder Pro Calcs features over 400 home improvement calculations and unit conversions for construction projects of all sizes and complexity. Included are calculators for, among many other things, framing, concrete and paving, excavating, electrical, landscape and yard, wood and materials, work hours estimates, and general business items such as pricing, loans, and travel costs. Inputs and results can be done in either decimals or fractions, U.S. or metric measurements. Once created, calculations can be saved and even emailed to other members of the team or the clients so that everyone is on the same page. PROS: Easy to use and offers many different calculations. CONS: Even with a plethora of calculations available, users reviewing the app note that certain calculations are still needed, some of which would appear to be fairly common. If you’re looking for a specific calculation, be sure to read reviews before purchasing. BEST FOR: DIY homebuilders, as well as professional builders, contractors, engineers, and architects.



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Planner 5D–Interior Design Free; Premium versions range from $15.99–$24.99 Planner 5D, UAB Available for iOS and Android devices

Hutch Free with options for in-app purchases from $1.99–$4.99 each Hutch Interiors Inc. Available for iOS and Android devices

A serious app for serious designers, Planner 5D allows you to create anything from a single room or outdoor space to an entire house, from two- and 3-dimensional floor plans to the finishing details. You can create an unlimited number of projects, even with the free version. Go Premium and a catalog of over 3,000 household items—furniture, appliances, décor, landscaping features—is available to drag and drop into place. (The Premium version also lets you alter the size and appearance of furniture pieces.) A “Snapshot” function lets the designer create photo-realistic images of each project that might include shadow, lighting, and even texture. Want to show your design to your spouse, builder, or interior designer? Save it and share it! PROS: Even the free version allows an unlimited number of projects. Users rave about its versatility and ease of use in creating in both 2-D and 3-D. CONS: The Premium versions are pricey, but you can test the app using the free version first. Updates happen frequently based on user reviews and observations, but it’s the user’s responsibility to ensure they are using the most recent version. BEST FOR: Homebuilders and architectural designers, DIY home designers, and interior designers.

With the Hutch app, start with a blank room—a living room, dining area, maybe even a nursery—and fill it with furniture and décor. Decide on your space, then choose your preferred design style from one of 10, including boho, transitional eclectic, and Scandinavian. A standard furnishing arrangement appears on your screen. Click on any item—a sofa, for example—and an ever-growing list of alternate sofas will materialize. From here you can see how different sofas will look in your virtual room. Love that white leather sofa? Buy it on the spot, right through the app. Many popular brands are represented, and if the item’s on sale through the retailer, you’ll see that, too. Warning: This app is a bit mesmerizing and addictive. You’ll love it. PROS: Real products are shown in lifelike settings. Find items you like and buy them right through the app. CONS: Reviewers have called the app “buggy,” but the app team is quick to address issues. Small screen iPhones (5, 6, and SE) may have difficulty seeing the “NEXT” button at the bottom of the screen when designing a virtual room. It’s there, but you have to look for it. BEST FOR: Homeowners, interior designers and decorators, and home design “dreamers.”


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Above: Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen or designing your dream home from scratch, Planner 5D–Interior Design lets you create floor plans and photorealistic sketches in 2-D or 3-D, with thousands of household items to drag and drop into place.

Above and below: With the Hutch app, start with a basic design style, pick a room you’d like to create, and start choosing furnishings and décor in that style. Like it? Buy it! And if it’s on sale through the retailer, you reap the benefits.


old world retreat Elegance abounds in this Tuscan-style home perfect for a large family. Sitting on 7,200 square feet, the home features six bedrooms, seven baths, a game room, a movie theater, and a basketball court. At the center of the home, the spacious great room boasts cathedral ceilings adorned with large chandeliers, along with a combination of Tuscan-style features including stone, wood, and wrought iron accents. The gourmet kitchen is a home chef’s dream, with highend appliances, granite countertops, and wooden cabinetry. Privately tucked away, the master suite includes huge walk-in closets and a bathroom with relaxing features like a fireplace and soaking tub. Additionally, guests will feel right at home in the detached casita, complete with its own living room, kitchen, laundry room, and easy access to the home’s heated swimming pool and outdoor living areas.

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Rob Woods, co-owner of the venerable Santa Fe building firm Woods Design Builders, has built or remodeled three homes in Santa Fe for his own family, and countless others for clients. He and his wife Christa are loving their current home, a design Rob calls “contemporary with the Woods spin.� Though clean and uncluttered in design, it maintains many of the warm, traditional elements Woods homes are known for. Jaw-dropping views of Atalaya Mountain and the Santa Fe city lights pop through the huge windows in the dining area, where Violante & Rochford Interiors, a longtime collaborator with the Woods Family, had fun pairing an antique table from Central America with modern, white Knoll chairs. An antique cuckoo clock passed down to Rob from his grandmother is a whimsical touch, adding an unexpected bit of detail to an otherwise simple space that capitalizes on big vistas for the ultimate dining experience. Woods Design Builders,; Violante & Rochford Interiors,

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Su Casa North Autumn 2018 / Digital Edition  
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