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in the Upper Valley VOL. 21 NO. 4 AUTUMN 2015

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Built around a pool, an Upper Valley home delivers year-round family fun and a visually stunning atmosphere.




52 a long time coming

Albuquerque home designer Suzanne Williams officially passed the baton to her daughter Erin in 2012, but there was one project they had to collaborate on together: Suzanne’s current residence, an extraordinatry pitched-roof contemporary in Corrales.

106 unexpected finds

A lot of planning and details went into the design of this gorgeous, desert modern home in the Upper Valley. But the discovery of fun surprises they didn’t plan for has made their home even more interesting for its owners.



There are 37 homes on Albuquerque’s Fall Homes of Enchantment Parade, which will be held October 9–11 and 16–18. Before you go, catch all the details about each home in this issue, from descriptions and pricing to directions and builder information.

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66 Fall Homes of Enchantment Parade


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18 Life+Style Southwest Reclaimed wood adds pedigree to even the newest homes; Steve Thomas “seeks professional help”; fabulous wall décor; and more.

28 Design Studio

Year-round outdoor living; ShowHouse Santa Fe and Moll Anderson brings her vacation ideas home. NEW! A charming reading nook with an innovative wallcovering is our first-ever Super Space.

42 Su Cocina

Chef Steven Lemon of Pranzo sources ingredients for work and for home at the Santa Fe Farmers Market; the dos and don’ts of wine tasting.

62 What’s Happening? Live performances and events through December.

120 Vida Buena Relax and rejuvenate in the healing waters of three of the Southwest’s mineral hot springs.

S u Libro 122

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36 Four species of towhee can be found in Northern New Mexico—if you know where to look.

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132 Adios A guest suite any visitor would be thrilled to call their temporary home. On the cover: An award-winning kitchen is just one of the many standout features of a clean-lined Corrales contemporary. Read all about it on page 52. Photo by Robert Reck.

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the season to dream



Right: Clad in stone and built around a pool, this Upper Valley “mountain modern” home is as stunning outside as it is inside. For the story, see page 106.


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Kate Russell

Bruce Adams


t’s easy to sense the change of seasons in New Mexico. You can smell it. Not just the fragrance of roasting chile, but an aroma that suggests even the air and the plants are changing and getting ready for a new season. We start pulling out evening sweaters and spending more time indoors and enjoying our homes from an indoor perspective. The holidays are looming in the not-too-distant future. It’s time to begin dreaming. Whether you’re remodeling or buying a new home, the process all starts with a need, a wish, and an idea. The good news is that all you have to worry about is the need or the wish. Your builder will have lots of solution ideas. This issue of Su Casa, which contains information about the 37 homes on the Albuquerque Fall Homes of Enchantment Parade, is all about needs, wishes, and ideas. As you tour these homes, I suspect that you will develop wishes you didn’t know you had, and identify needs that should be addressed. You may see solutions for home or design problems that have challenged you. You might discover a potential lifestyle, provided by the design or qualities of a particular home, that will suggest to you a need to relocate—that there’s a house that fits your lifestyle and needs so much better than your current one. Our homes are our castles, regardless of size. We are entitled to have our homes exactly as we wish, reflecting who we are and even our eccentricities. It is the one place we can be exactly who are—and maybe who we want to be. Our home is the stage upon which we can dress, relax, dine, and pursue our passions in exactly the form we choose. You may find, however, that the limitations of your current residence will compromise these wishes. They don’t have to. The high-quality builders in this publication can build you a home that will be the perfect stage for your life. Think about your stage and the life that you would like to see performed. Remember the other players on your stage and how they’ll be able to perform in a home more closely aligned with your passions. It’s then you get to dream and maybe even visualize what your home might look like. If your dreams and visualization are cloudy and unclear, I have wonderful news for you: As you see how others have created their dream homes on the Parade of Homes, your own vision will be unleashed and your passions stimulated. It is, after all, the season to dream.

Photos: Kate Russell

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Life+Style Southwest The “Icarus” mirror with its feather-like layers of weathered driftwood by artist Ben Forgey is the highlight of a remodel by Santa Fe’s HVL Interiors that makes the most of natural textures, simple shapes, and clean lines to bring a dated guest bath into the present. The soft, vegetable colors of the cast concrete sink, limestone tiles on the tub surround, and velvety wall paint all work in harmony to create a serene retreat that reflects the calm of the outdoor view. “The homeowners wanted to absolutely love everything in the room, and make sure every detail was a luxury,” says designer and principal Heather Van Luchene, ASID. “This was a really fun collaboration.” HVL Interiors, 18

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These 1"-thick reclaimed Southern pine planks from Texas are used by Echo Reclamation to make tabletops and shelving.

Pat Crowe

Despite its distressed appearance, this gate by La Puerta Originals is brand new—with the exception of the salvaged panels inset into the doors.

a piece of history reclaimed wood adds character to Southwestern homes


hey say that what’s old can be new again. For some homeowners, sourcing antique wood and repurposing it for use in even the newest and most contemporary homes is a primary design goal. Reclaimed, salvaged, vintage—whatever the term, many people believe there’s nothing like really old wood. “The patina that comes with aged wood is beautiful, and the grain is incomparable,” notes Pat Crowe, founder and owner of Echo Reclamation ( in Albuquerque, which sells reclaimed wood to area businesses and homeowners and uses it to make furniture. For flooring, Crowe reclaims antique Southern pine, which he says is “almost as hard as red oak” and once grew in abundance from East Texas to the Atlantic. It was timbered out by the late 1920s, however, so the wood Crowe sources—which is used for flooring and furniture-making—comes from buildings in Texas built before 1930.

“People are starved for character, personality, and soulfulness in their homes,” notes Melissa Coleman, president and owner of Santa Fe–based La Puerta Originals (, adding that today’s homeowners are looking for something unique. Often they’ll find it in La Puerta Originals’ 4.5-acre antique yard, which boasts the largest reclaimed inventory in the country—doors and carvings from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Swat Valley in Pakistan, among other places. The company also typically gets in some 30,000 board feet of antique Douglas fir per month, salvaged from deconstructed Army barracks from the Western part of the United States. “We build new pieces from old materials,” says Coleman, whose husband Scott is the lead designer of the custom doors, cabinets, and furniture pieces sold by the company. Of the 60 or so doors produced by La Puerta in a given month, many are built around an antique door or carving. “You have to have a certain level of tolerance for holes in the 20

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“The patina that comes with aged wood is beautiful, and the grain is incomparable.”—Pat Crowe

Pat Crowe of Echo Reclamation built this table from wood reclaimed from an abandoned schoolhouse in Wingate, Texas. Above: Panels with Nuristani (Afghanistan) goat symbols will be incorporated by La Puerta Originals into an interior door.




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wood because it’s been reclaimed and repurposed. Of course,” she adds with a smile, “we think that’s okay.” So do La Puerta’s customers, who are often as interested in the provenance of their wood door or the story behind their furniture as they are in having a piece that’s one of a kind. And they’re willing to pay for it. Just because a piece of wood is old doesn’t mean it’s inexpensive. In fact, quite the opposite is true: Reclaimed wood typically costs considerably more than new. What you’re paying for, says Crowe, is the overhead. “Deconstructing is very hard work,” he explains. “It’s dangerous and dirty. You have to worry about nails, about mouse droppings and detritus falling on you, and the possibility of collapse. And then you have to pull out the nails and tacks and trim the waste wood.” When a customer comes to them with a request for reclaimed floors, Albuquerque’s Benchmark Wood Floors, Inc. ( uses several types, including river-recovered logs from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee and timbers salvaged from old buildings and remilled and repurposed into flooring. Although reclaimed flooring represents only a small percentage of Benchmark’s product, president Kevin Mullany notes that the customers who are actively seeking reclaimed wood flooring are “very educated and have done thorough research. The most important thing to them about using reclaimed wood is their perception that they’re not destroying any forest.” 22

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Goodwin Company in Micanopy, Florida, salvages old wood and supplies it to flooring companies like Benchmark Wood Floors in Albuquerque. With holes and irregularities left in the wood, riverrecovered heart cypress log rounds (right) and antique heart pine (above) are truly one-of-akind flooring options.

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“The most important thing to [our customers] about using reclaimed wood is their perception that they’re not destroying any forest.”—Kevin Mullany

Decorative panels, lintels, and other accent pieces are saved by La Puerta Originals to be re-created into furniture, gates, and even bathroom vanities.

Coleman agrees. “I like the sustainability of using that material. If we don’t use it, it’ll likely just be discarded.” And that would be a shame, because unlike new growth wood, antique wood is a limited commodity. As Coleman notes, “When it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Life+Style Southwest

Design it yourself? Not me.

by Steve Thomas

“Seek professional help” applies to homebuilding, too

Steve Thomas


n one of my early projects some 35 years ago my wife suggested we work with an old family friend who was a very successful and well-known New York designer. Fully convinced of my own capacity in that regard I proudly presented the designer, the late Marilyn Ruben, with my renovation plan, expecting praise and her blessing. Instead Marilyn said, very patiently, “Well, that’s a good start.” She then laid a piece of tracing paper over my design, and with swift, sure strokes of her pencil completely reconfigured my plan, spun the drawing around, and said, “Perhaps something like this.” Speechless, I started to get really defensive when I realized that her design was really great, and mine was, well, the work of an amateur. That’s when I learned the value of a really good design professional. I am very active—some architects and designers I’ve worked with (along with my wife) would complain way too active—in the design process, but I’ve come to understand that for a project to be successful you need a vigorous and independent voice for

I’ve come to understand that for a project to be successful you need a vigorous and independent voice for design. Stephen would argue for design elements from the architectural point of view, and I would argue from the practical standpoints of cost and “buildability.” Sometimes he prevailed, sometimes I did, but most times a synthesis emerged that was probably the best design solution of all. Stephen would often stop by the job site on his way to or from his studio, check out the progress, and sketch revisions on the back of a 2x4. Then, I’d build it. The process was more like sculpture than architecture, and we had a blast. If you’re looking for a good designer or architect, here are some pointers. First and foremost, seek recommendations from friends. Go look at any prospect’s work. Interview them. Then ask yourself if their practice fits your job. An architect who principally does 8,000-square-foot adobe homes might not be the right fit for your 1,500-square-foot contemporary. Does their design work reflect your style? Did the prospective design professional listen to you—and to your

significant other? Ask them straight out how they charge: Will they fix-price the job, and what can you do to reduce their scope of work and therefore their fee? Ask them for recommendations, and take the time to go talk to those folks. This seems like a lot of work, but remember, it takes the same bricks and mortar to build a bad design as it does a good one. There are three buckets of cost in any project: workmanship, materials, and features. Design is the element that weaves them all together. You don’t want to compromise on workmanship, because poor build quality will come back to haunt you year after year. However, you can trim costs by eliminating features and by trading materials—polished concrete for costly Italian marble flooring, for example. There are dozens of trade-offs like this throughout a project. Where a design professional really earns his or her keep is to help you make these trade-offs so you can stay on budget and still achieve a great design.

Above: Steve Thomas and architectural designer Stephen Samuelson collaborating on Thomas’s Santa Fe remodel. Their ongoing war cry “You design it, I’ll build it!” created a synergy and shared creativity between them that produced an efficient, elegant home design.

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design. Probably the best illustration of this process was the project I did that was featured in this magazine several years ago (Su Casa, Winter 2013, “This Old Adobe”). The house, a small, Eastside Santa Fe adobe, required renovation from the ground up and redesign from the inside out. Santa Fe–based architectural designer Stephen Samuelson took on the challenge in a magnanimous gesture of friendship.

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a yard for all seasons

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colorful landscaping trends to keep you outdoors all year long

Uplighting, underlighting, and a fire pit provide an ambient glow in this backyard designed by Lifescapes. No hard lines here; the rounded, flowing lines of the brick patio mimic those of the mountainous landscape.


hink summer has to be the end of colorful, outdoor living? Think again. When winds turn colder and temperatures drop, it may be tempting to retreat inside for a long winter’s nap, but savvy planting, coupled with exciting trends in outdoor living, make year-round outdoor living not only possible, but beautiful and comfortable, even in Northern New Mexico.

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all-season color

Above: Flagstones, carefully placed large boulders, and a rustic waterfall give this pool area, designed by The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors, year-round visual interest. 28

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As summer ends, delay or eliminate the annual fading of greenery with carefully selected cultivars (selectively bred plants). Tried-and-true Northern New Mexican favorites for fall and winter interest include many varieties from the pine, spruce, and fir families, which often produce cones and colorful berries. “Oregon grape has a broad, glossy leaf, like holly, which is a nice texture to contrast a matte, drab winter. It features yellow blooms and blue berries in other seasons,” says landscape architect Catherine Clemens, principal at Clemens & Associates (, a landscape architecture, contracting, and maintenance firm in Santa Fe. Clemens also suggests red twig dogwood, a shrub so named for the color of its bark in winter. “The ruby-red twigs look great against evergreens or a pile of pinecones in a container,” she adds. Even deciduous trees in winter dormancy can provide visual interest. “Use deciduous trees and plants that have character—multitrunk common trees to ornamental dwarf trees like vitex, crape myrtle, ninebark trees, and Japanese maples,” suggests Rick Garcia, president of Landscape Solutions, Inc. (, which serves Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding area.

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Not all homes have views to die for, but the creative and thoughtful placement of plants that bloom at different times of the year can create amazing visual interest right in your own backyard.

A langorous, flowing water feature created by Rick Garcia and his team at Landscape Solutions is dotted with green ground cover and colorful ground and water plants. Its dramatic, multilevel design delivers the wow in this Albuquerque yard.

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Design is the first step to re-envisioning your yard. “If you don’t feel your outdoors has a flow or cohesiveness to it, you don’t want to be there,” adds Henry. “Walking outdoors should feel like you’re walking into an extension of your home.” To that end, dressing up the outdoors for year-round revelry is possible with unprecedented options in all-weather furnishings, upholsteries, rugs, art, and accessories. Clemens notes that outdoor fabrics have advanced beyond the stiff canvas of a few years ago, and that color—whether natural or manmade—can make a huge different in your landscaping. “Amazing pillows and cushions are available in velvet and chenille now, making it more comfortable to be outdoors,” she says. “And big containers with evergreens, garden ornaments, and rugs are perfect examples of ways to add color outside in cold weather.” Clemens also suggests incorporating 30

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“This Santa Fe yard was in a state of tragedy; I wanted to lavish it with love,” says landscape designer and healer Tobi Wilde of Glorious Earth Landscapes. Wilde’s business partner Adam Steinberg built the fantasy pathways she designed. Colorful rocks and a water feature added depth and sound.

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Where to plant is as important as what you should plant for a successful landscape design. “Lead the eye to a mountain view with layers of depth,” says Eric Henry, owner of Lifescapes (, an Albuquerque-based landscape design firm. He suggests building on the lawn with a layer of ornamental grasses, then shrubs and small trees leading to that majestic view.

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Brightly colored walls in a lazy S are a recurring theme in this garden designed by Clemens & Associates for a sophisticated art collector in Santa Fe.

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permanent color in features such as tile around a fountain, or a bold accent wall. Certainly they contribute color year-round, but these features really pop when summer plant life fades to gray. Henry notes that outdoor kitchens and fire features are coming up in virtually every job his company does because the backyard is ideal for entertaining. “If you like to hang out around the island or kitchen counter, take that outside,” he suggests. Outdoor fireplaces under shelter of a stately ramada make the perfect backdrop for family dinners— even Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. Finally, don’t forget outdoor lighting. “Lighting done right can make the outdoors extremely inviting, create a draw for those quiet moments, or add a festive feel to gatherings with friends and relatives,” says Rick Garcia. Fall is an ideal time to make structural as well as botanical updates and additions to outdoor living spaces. An investment in a landscaping project today can turn your yard into a four-season sensation.


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Rethink the idea of “the dead of winter” by giving your landscape a visual boost with perennials that provide vibrancy on the bleakest of days. Mike Erickson, a vice president of Plant World, Inc., in Albuquerque, highlights a few of his favorite colorful options. What new varieties are suitable for the Northern New Mexican climate and provide fall or winter interest? Tiger-eye sumac, grown as a large shrub or a multitrunk tree, has striking fall color. Its chartreuse foliage stands out and looks quite nice in our environment. “Hot Wings” tatarian maple is an ornamental shade tree with bright red seeds against green leaves in late summer. As fall approaches, leaves change from yellow on the inside to orange red toward the outside. This tree also tolerates the high alkalinity in the soil around here. “Blonde Ambition” blue grama, a mounding ornamental grass that reaches approximately three by three feet, has seed heads that come out green and then turn blonde and hold on well into winter. What’s your short list of landscaping staples for fall and winter? Burning bush, a large shrub, is not particularly showy in season, but in fall, it turns an amazing red. Raywood ash, a large shade tree with a compact growth habit, has striking fall color, from red to purple. For winter interest, I like “Arnold Sentinel” Austrian pine. Columnar and dense, it’s a dwarf pine with slow growth, making it a good match for smaller lot sizes. It’s too cold here for oleander, but Arizona rosewood, a drought-tolerant evergreen, has a similar look and will survive our climate. How about fall and winter gardening? Fall is a good time to plant anything that is cold-hardy for our zones or below. In winter, start cold-crop veggies like broccoli, kale, and spinach indoors so they are ready to set out in early spring. Plant World Inc.,


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Desert Rose Landscape & Maintenance in Santa Fe created a lush but waterfriendly flowerbed using butterfly bush, alpine currant, Jupiter’s beard, and other colorful, xeric plants.


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the space reading nook created by Chandler Prewitt, Chandler Prewitt Design

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o say that the owner of this Santa Fe condo is “high-powered” might be the understatement of the year—she’s the attorney for a railroad. But when she manages to make it out to New Mexico for a little downtime, her cozy reading nook is a peaceful sanctuary where she can steal a book off a nearby shelf, curl up on a comfy chair, and shake off the demands of work—at least for a little while. “Santa Fe is her getaway place, and her condo is her little pied-à-terre,” says interior designer Chandler Prewitt, who, with D Maahs Construction, renovated the entire condo in about a year. “The condos at Quail Run are a great example of compact, urban living in Santa Fe,” he adds. The reading nook, which is part of the home office in the master suite, is carefully furnished with a Lee Industries hair-on-hide wingback chair, an Old Biscayne Designs pedestal table, a Robert Abbey floor lamp from Reside Home, and an eye-catching, fluffy sheepskin area rug from Overland in Taos. The textural Weitzner wallcovering— handmade paper applied to a monofilament grid—gives the room added depth and dimension from an unexpected place; indeed, it almost begs to be touched. Prewitt chose the covering specially for his client. “I’m a big wallpaper fanatic; I’ll put it on ceilings, cabinets, everywhere,” he says. “When I came to Santa Fe, people told me, ‘We don’t do wallpaper here.’ And I said, ‘Oh, I’m going to change that.’”—Amy Gross


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The historic Frank Applegate Estate in Santa Fe will receive a modern “Lux New Mex” makeover this fall. Fans of interior design are invited to tour ShowHouse Santa Fe over two weekends, October 3–4 and 10–11.

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t’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. And with the creative vision of nearly 30 talented designers leading it, 2015 ShowHouse Santa Fe promises to be a feast for all the senses—a creative melding of Western chic design within a historic shell. The historic shell in question: a sprawling Eastside compound built in the 18th century that’s still named after the modernist artist who expanded and lived in it in the 1920s. With no fewer than six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and several living areas, the Frank Applegate Estate, presented by Deborah Bodelson and Cary Spier of Santa Fe Properties, is the perfect location for a ShowHouse tour. This year’s theme—“Lux New Mex”—encourages the participants, who represent expertise in interior design, landscape design, and fine art, to embrace classically Western materials such as leather, denim, and suede in their own personal reinvention of Santa Fe style. Each designer or design team is assigned a space to make over, and according to co-coordinator David Naylor of David Naylor Interiors, ShowHouse gives designers at all levels the same opportunity to show off their talents. “We have veteran designers and designers who are brand new,” says Naylor, “but they’re all equal with this event.” The public is invited to tour ShowHouse over two weekends, October 3–4 and 10–11. Proceeds from the tour and The Fiesta (a gala preview party on October 2) benefit For more information about tickets and all ShowHouse events, visit—Amy Gross

Enchanted Spaces

by Moll Anderson

inspiration destination create spaces inspired by your favorite travel locations


ur summer vacations may be behind us, but now we can take some time to reflect on the memories of those fun summer getaways. Whenever I have a fabulous and memorable vacation, I spend time reflecting on the spaces that inspired me and take away more than just photos and memories from the trip. In my mind, I tuck away the simple details that brought me the most joy

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Imagine a destination—either a place you have actually traveled to or a location that inspires you—and bring the elements of this magical place to your home.


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in order to create a destination in my home that I can enjoy every day, all year long. First thing to do is think back to the hotels or resorts you visited. What made these locations really special and unique? Maybe it was the room you stayed in, the overall feel of the hotel, the views, the gardens, or the beaches. All you need to do is look for those elements from your destination and mirror them in your home. Having a crazy busy schedule, I don’t always get to travel everywhere my heart desires. To be honest, I simply cannot be away from work long enough to actually get to some of the more exotic locales like Morocco. But I never let that hold me Left: “Luminaries placed around the courtyard give the look of having been dug up during an excavation,” says Moll.

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Ornately carved wooden columns add to Moll’s Moroccan experience at home, as do the outdoor furniture cushions she covered with pretty scarves (above).

back and keep me from traveling to a faraway place right in my own backyard. Imagine a destination—either a place you have actually traveled to or a location that inspires you—and bring the elements of this magical place to your home. I was inspired by the magic of Morocco in reimagining my outdoor living areas. I found beautiful carved doors (see page 38) in Los Angeles in a warehouse and made them the focal point of my outdoor

Don’t worry about being perfectly on track as if a historian were keeping score.

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space. I used the doors to create a courtyard effect, and just like that, the transformation began to sweep me off my feet. Soon I was adding decadent details in the fabrics, walls, accessories, and textures, which all provided the finishing touches to my Moroccan theme. You can easily do the same. Don’t worry about being perfectly on track as if a historian were keeping score. All that matters is that you are creating your dream destination—in your own home.

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farm to his tables Chef Steven Lemon cooks with ingredients from the Santa Fe Farmers Market both at home and at Pranzo Italian Grill by Ashley M. Biggers


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hef Steven Lemon’s 2014 return to Pranzo Italian Grill wasn’t just a homecoming to the restauarant—it marked repatriation to the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Lemon was the original chef of Pranzo, from 1989 to 1995, and when he bought the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant last year he sought to elevate the food to its original quality—beginning with fresh-from-the-field ingredients. Lemon shops regularly at the market, perusing the staples of Santa Fe— chile, corn, beans, squash, and tomatoes. He rarely goes with a shopping list; rather, he allows that day’s harvest to speak, letting it spark his culinary imagination. “It keeps the food communal,” he says. “[The farmers] show up with what they picked that morning. We buy it and prepare it. And our customers eat it that same day.” On Saturdays, he drags his son out of bed and to the market, allowing the youngster to pick out what looks good to him, whether it’s garlic from Stanley Crawford’s El Bosque Garlic Farm or a grass-fed ribeye from Red Mesa Meats. Often these ingredients make their way to the chef’s home, sometimes directly to Pranzo’s kitchen. His trips to the market go beyond shopping for produce. He shares camaraderie with the farmers whose passion for quality ingredients equals his own. “It’s wonderful what the farmer can do—and endure—just to get some heads of lettuce. It’s really hard work,” he says.

Right: “Farmersmarket fresh” means you can put hands on the produce you’re thinking about buying and talk to the folks who grew it. In Steven Lemon’s case, his purchases are used both at home and at work. “We were farm-to-table before it was cool—26 years,” says Lemon of Pranzo.



Right: Pranzo chef and owner Steven Lemon chooses fresh greens from a farmers market vendor. Above: An assortment of mushrooms, green and wax beans, herbs, squash, and garlic.

Below: Lemon hits the Santa Fe Farmers Market both days it’s open during the summer and fall—Saturday and Tuesday— to see what’s freshest. Right now: lettuce, tomatoes, rapini, sweet corn, squash blossoms, and Tuscan kale.



Lemon has a standing policy that he’ll buy from any farmer who shows up on his restaurant’s doorstep, and he often travels directly to the fields throughout the week. Each Tuesday and Thursday during the summer he drives to Espanola Valley Farm (owned by Salvador and Dolores Corona) to pick squash blossoms. He zooms back to the kitchen to prepare a filling with which to stuff the delicate flowers before they wilt. Often, his dishes highlight the ingredients’ flavors at their simple best, as with a pan-seared ribeye paired with a classic red wine, such as the Gattinara from Travaglini Giancarlo, available at Susan’s Fine Wine & Spirits. The Travaglini label is known for its use of the nebbiolo grape—Chef Lemon’s favorite. He says the classic red wine’s floral notes and intense cherry and spice flavors make it a perfect complement to the mushroom-like flavors of the hearty steak. Below: A sprinkling of salt is the final step before roasting basil oil–soaked chanterelle mushrooms— a woody complement to a hearty grass-fed ribeye steak (left).

Above and right: Lemon’s recommendation for a perfect ribeye pairing: Travaglini’s Gattinara Riserva 2004, available at Susan’s Fine Wine & Spirits. Made with the nebbiolo grape, “it has a nice wood and spice flavor,” says the chef. 44

Lemon has a standing policy that he’ll buy from any farmer who shows up on his restaurant’s doorstep.

Pan-seared Ribeye with Roasted Chanterelle Mushrooms serves 1 THE STEAK 1 14-oz dry-aged, grass-fed ribeye Olive oil Salt and pepper Butter Place a skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add a little olive oil to the pan. Salt and pepper the steak. Place the steak in the pan to sear, 4–5 minutes on each side. Put a pat of butter in the pan and let it melt. Baste the steak with the resulting juices for the last minute on each side. Place the steak on a warm plate. Allow it to rest for 5–8 minutes before serving. THE MUSHROOMS 8 oz chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned 1 1/2 oz basil oil 1 shallot, diced Fresh thyme Salt and pepper Toss the mushrooms and shallot in the basil oil and allow to marinate. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper; place in a clay dish. Bake, uncovered, at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Editor’s note: Stay up to date with what’s available each month with the Santa Fe Farmers Market’s online produce calendar: uploads/Monthly-Market-Product-List-byClass.htm


a taste of heaven expand your wine knowledge one delicious sip at a time


ow do you learn about wine? Taste, taste, taste. Local wine shops regularly offer consumer tastings—gratis, or for a modest fee. Wine festivals and special events proffer as many as 60 to 100 wines for easy sampling. To help you enjoy participating in a tasting, here are some tips and etiquette. At your favorite wine emporiums, ask to be signed up for emails

Try everything. Don’t pass on whites because you only like cabernet. Broadening your palate will expand your knowledge and pleasure.

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by James Selby announcing their tastings. Best not to put away a three-course meal before attending one; your senses should be alert and ready to perceive aromas and flavors. Likewise, going into a tasting on a completely empty stomach won’t do you any favors, either. Larger venues and festival events will have food, but most in-store tastings are casual, with a half-dozen or more wines of a particular variety, region, or winemaker on offer. Rarer are vertical tastings (the same wine from different vintages) or horizontal (same type of wine in a single vintage). Wines will be arranged in order from the lightest and simplest to the most full and complex. Try everything. Don’t pass on whites because you only like cabernet. Broadening your palate will expand your knowledge and pleasure. Wine shops will provide disposable cups at a tasting; it’s perfectly correct—and polite— to use the same cup throughout.

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Best not to put away a three-course meal before attending a tasting; your senses should be alert and ready to perceive aromas and flavors. You’re welcome to bring your own wine glass since it will enhance tasting of the wines and allow you to see and smell them better. If packing glass seems risky, consider reusable, stemless acrylicware like that made by Govino. It gets crowded around a tasting table. Don’t be shy about putting your arm out to get a sample, then step out of the fray and focus on your taste. Use the “Six S” method: See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Savor, Spit. “That’s disgusting!” a woman said to me at a tasting. “People are spitting in that bucket!” “But, madam,” I replied, “it’s a ‘spit bucket.’” “Well, I’m not spitting!” she said indignantly. Remember that a dozen one-ounce samples is equivalent to half a bottle of wine. Don’t let your enthusiasm for new wines impair your ability to judge them, let alone drive afterward. Take notes you can refer back to. The wine shop may provide printed handouts for this, or you can bring a designated journal. Moleskine makes several specifically for wine. Tastings are a wonderful way to sample a slew of different wines— at little to no cost—so that you can make informed decisions about how to invest your wine dollars later. Be safe, ask questions, and have fun! James Selby has directed wine programs in New York, Portland, and Santa Fe, where he lives and works as a wine consultant and writer.

who’s pouring? Whether you’re a novice wine drinker or dedicated oenophile, there’s a wine tasting event happening around Northern New Mexico you should check out. Here’s a sample (pun intended) of just a few of the many wine bars, wineries, and restaurants in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas that regularly offer tastings.

Arroyo Vino

218 Camino La Tierra, Santa Fe 505-983-2100 Arroyo Vino holds Saturday afternoon tastings along with monthly wine seminars. See the website for details, as cost and vineyard selections vary.

Gruet Winery

8400 Pan American Frwy NE, Albuquerque 505-821-0055 Tasting room open Monday through Friday from 10 AM–5 PM, and Saturdays from noon–5 PM. Sparkling wines, vintage sparkling wines, and still wines.

Jubilation Wine & Spirits

3512 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque 505-255-4404 Free tastings twice a month, on Saturday afternoons from 2–4 PM. Check the website for occasional winemaker

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La Bella Vino Winery

10126 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque 505-922-6610 Tasting room open daily 11 AM–8 PM except Tuesdays. Taste a variety of wines, including those from New Mexico wineries Milagro, Tierra Encantada, St. Clair, and others.

La Casa Rondeña

733 Chavez NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 505-344-5911 Saturday afternoon tours ($25) at 1:30 and 4:30 include a private wine tasting.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Grand Tasting, September 26, 12:00–4:00 PM Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Drive, Santa Fe Taste wines from some 100 vineyards, complemented by bites from more than 80 Santa Fe–area restaurants. Tickets are $150, sold online only.

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

901 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque 505-243-9916 In the bistro, do a tasting with the bartender or at your table. Private tastings are also available.

Susan’s Fine Wine & Spirits

1005 S St. Francis, Ste 105, Santa Fe 505-984-1582 A Santa Fe favorite, Susan’s offers both wine and beer tastings on Friday and Saturday evenings. Call for times and selections.

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lying low you can spot towhees by keeping an eye to the ground


hear a rattling and scruffy sound in the underbrush from the nearby dry leaves. It sounds like a covey of quail, but upon closer examination, I see a single ornate bird of black, white, and ruddy rust coloring. It’s a male spotted towhee in search of berries, seeds, and insects. With a flurry of his black and white wings he explodes from the underbrush, calling his given name, tow-heeeee! Towhees are active groundfeeding members of the finch family, and in fact they are commonly seen in brushes or on the ground. The spotted towhee is the most colorful of the four species of towhee found in New Mexico. Males have black hoods, chestnut-colored flanks, and white underparts, with conspicuBelow: Resembling a robin but with striking markings on its back, the spotted towhee can often be found foraging for food on the ground. Opposite: The green-tailed towhee has a distinctive, bright red cap.

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by Tom Smylie

ous white wing patches and corner tail feathers. Slightly smaller and more streamlined than robins, they are nevertheless much more ornately patterned. The green-tailed towhee is the smallest with muted green coloring and a jaunty red cap. They’re found on the mountains above 7,000 feet in bushy undergrowth of sage, wild rose, currant, and other ground cover but move to lower elevations during the winter. Brown, or canyon, towhees are a sooty brown with a buffy throat bordered with dark streaks. The most common and trusting members of their family, they’ve earned their nickname, “the camp bird” around ranch country because they are often seen around human dwellings and developments. Abert’s towhee is the largest of the species seen in New Mexico but is confined to the bottomlands of the Gila River of New Mexico and Arizona. Look low and listen carefully, and you’ll have a good opportunity to see one of these grounddwellers that make up the more than 400 species of birds to be found in our state. Tom Smylie, from Edgewood, New Mexico, is a retired wildlife biologist affiliated with the World Center for Birds of Prey.

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coming the design baton passes from mother to daughter, and together they build a magnificent contemporary in Corrales

Despite its contemporary design and finishes, the home pays homage to Northern New Mexico style with a pitched roof.


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Clean lines and sharp angles are the hallmarks of this split-level home in Corrales. Abundant natural light flows through floor-to-ceiling windows (above), sliding window walls (left), and a stainless steel pivot entry door (below).

by Amy Gross


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uzanne Williams has designed many, many homes over her career— including a few for herself—but she and her husband David agree: This one takes the cake. “I am so comfortable here,” says Suzanne, who operated her eponymous architectural design firm in Albuquerque for 22 years. “We finally got a house that was more livable.” No doubt its purposeful design was due, at least in part, to the fact that its lead designer and builder knew her clients pretty darn well: Erin Williams is David and Suzanne’s daughter, and her company, Erin Williams Homes, picked up, quite seamlessly, where Suzanne Williams, Inc. left off in 2012. Mother and daughter SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


The “front” kitchen (a pantry and a prep area are hidden behind the cooktop wall) is finished with Calacatta Gold marble and oversized limestone floor tile. A regional winner of the 2014–2015 Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest, the kitchen features horizontal-grain walnut cabinetry, ergonomically designed drawers, and an integrated flow of appliances.

David assembled the wine room his wife designed. “There were thousands of parts,” Suzanne marvels. This view from the kitchen captures not only the wine room but the small vineyard the couple hopes will produce enough grapes to pay off in bottles of white wine.


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share design and décor aesthetics, fortunately, and David and Suzanne’s contemporary residence, a 5,100-square-foot, two-bedroom home in Corrales, reflects its three collaborators’ shared vision and best ideas and preferences. Good thing, too; its owners don’t plan to move again. “This will be our final resting place,” Suzanne deadpans. Despite the light-hearted banter that’s almost always going on between them, it’s clear that the Williamses, who might not always take themselves very seriously, certainly are not joking around when it comes to home design. Suzanne and Erin share a passion for quality construction, high-end finishes, and midcentury architecture and furniture; they also feel they have an obligation to support

Below: A cozy TV nook opposite the wine room is a lovely spot to catch up on the day.

A dreamy atmoscape (at right) by New Mexican artist Angus Macpherson is representative of the Williamses’ colorful, modern art collection. Expansive, arctic white walls allow the art to be displayed gallery-style throughout the home.

“From early on, I was partial to midcentury modern architecture, not even understanding where it would take me.”—Suzanne Williams

With an impeccable eye, Suzanne mixes elegant, designer furniture with iconic midcentury pieces like the Barcelona chairs in the foreground. A study in neutrals, geometries, and light, the living room offers several interesting focal points.



He doesn’t play, but David, a retired periodontist, makes guitars in his workshop. A few of his hollow body acoustics hang in the media room (left), one of the family’s favorite places to gather.

Chris Hanks and Suzanne codesigned this sexy, cantilevered desk in a distinctly midcentury style. Poised above the pool off the second-floor master suite, it’s filled with light and captures lovely views. Work? Bah.


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The master bedroom is a virtual treehouse with its corner windows overlooking Corrales farmland. A sliding barn–style door (below) divides the bedroom from an office and a sitting room. Very cool, says Tater, an English cream lab.

local craftsmen and subcontractors and maintain those relationships. In fact, that’s one of the reasons Suzanne encouraged her daughter, who had worked with her for years, to take up the baton and strike out on her own. Suzanne had shut down operations, but suddenly three potential clients were knocking on her door. “I said, Erin, look at all the people who would have work if you took these jobs. Thirty subs?” Erin agreed, and Erin Williams Homes was born. With no shortage of clients since hanging out her shingle in December 2012, she builds clean-lined, contemporary, luxury homes in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The home she designed with and for her parents is sited on a bucolic lot in Corrales with an extraordinary view corridor facing east. “When we settled on this lot, I said to SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


In the master bath, a walk-in shower is hidden discreetly behind the floating vanity. A mix of finishes—porcelain, limestone, walnut, glass, chrome, sheepskin—keeps things visually interesting while fun, translucent cabinets add depth.

Partially frosted windows over the freestanding tub provide privacy while regular windows let in abundant light.


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Erin and David that we should do something more typical of Corrales,” Suzanne says. They decided that natural brick-laid stone would look better and fit the environment, and the pitched roof—a first for Suzanne—is certainly New Mexican. Despite its ample square footage, the home has only two bedrooms—complete master suites upstairs and downstairs. The one upstairs, designed by Erin, offers breathtaking views through corner windows. David and Suzanne figure they’ll move into the downstairs master when stairs become an inconvenience. There’s a large office/ sitting area just off the upstairs master, and in fact, tons of additional dedicated space in this house: a media room, a glass-enclosed wine room off the kitchen, and an enormous studio and workshop. “We live in every room of this house,” Suzanne says. “Except for the fitness room,” David jumps in, not missing a beat. “We avoid that like the plague.” The kitchen and living areas on the first floor open into one another, with 11-foot walls of glass facing the pool area and those gorgeous views. The elegant and functional kitchen, which Chris Hanks of Ernest Thompson Furniture Company entered in SubZero/Wolf’s 2014–2015 Kitchen Design Contest, won a regional award for Best Kitchen out of some 17,000 entries, and no surprise. Combining the design preferences of all three members of the Williams family, its pantry and prep space are tucked behind the cooking

Right: The backyard is designed for gracious, comfortable entertaining, from the pool and covered seating areas to the wood-fired pizza oven. Below: Suzanne built raised beds to simplify her gardening hobby. David raises bees; his hives produced 100 pounds of honey last year.

Their home easily accommodates the host of hobbies and interests Suzanne and David are finally able to indulge in their retirement.



space, while all of the appliances are well integrated into Hanks’s horizontal-grain, Corazon walnut cabinetry. Suzanne had purchased an enormous slab of Calacatta Gold marble from Rocky Mountain Stone years before and had been waiting for the right time to use it. It now serves as a dramatic backsplash to the cooking space opposite the waterfall island—also marbleclad—where original Bertoia barstools add the perfect midcentury modern touch. The home is filled with lovely features, most of which were built, designed, or both, by its owners. “David’s always had a hobby and is always making something,” his wife explains. On a whim, David, a retired periodontist, designed and built a wood-fired pizza oven for the patio, and one day decided to try making acoustic guitars. He builds them in his workshop—when he’s not tending to his beehives. He and Suzanne also have several raised bed gardens and even an experimental vineyard on the north side of the house. Rick Hobson of Milagro Vineyards chose the Rhône Valley white grapes for David and Suzanne; in return, they’ll get a few bottles of wine from the crop. With Erin splitting her time between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the decision was made to build a casita on the same lot as her parents’ home for when she’s in town. “It’s a fun challenge for me,” says Erin, “trying to design the casita so that it has the same big house feel and appointments as this house, but at a smaller price per square foot.” The casita, she notes, will be “more slick [than the main house]. It’ll use a lot of technology and be easier to care for.” It’s delightful to see how Erin and Suzanne feed off each other’s energy, and how united they are in their all-the-way modern design aesthetics. You won’t see Erin Williams Homes building any Tuscan residences, though her mother admits, “At first, I would accept any style that came along, but I wasn’t happy. From early on, I was partial to midcentury modern architecture, not even understanding where it would take me.” Turns out, it would eventually take her to Corrales, New Mexico, where her own home not only espouses every design and décor preference she’s developed over the years, but also accommodates the host of hobbies and interests she and David, who have been married 51 years, are finally able to indulge in their retirement. In many ways this home represents a lot of firsts; in others, it’s been a part of them for years. “Mom,” her daughter says thoughtfully, “I think you’ve had this house for a long time.” 60

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Above: The views from the pool— and indeed, from much of the house itself—are spectacular. Comb-like metal fencing is unobtrusive and lets the beauty of the scenery flow throw it. Below: Steaks, vegetables, or pizza? A gas grill and a woodfired oven (which David built) make outdoor cooking a snap.

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ALBUQUERQUE GRECIAN FESTIVAL October 2–4 Friday & Saturday 11 AM–10 PM, Sunday 11 AM–5 PM 308 High St SE, ABQ Free on Friday from 11 AM–5 PM; all other dates/times $2–$5, free under 12, active/retired military, firefighters, and police officers Lose yourself in a three-day international experience amid live Greek bands, authentic Greek foods, and colorfully dressed dancers.


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ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA October 3–11, times vary Balloon Fiesta Park $8 general admission, under 12 free, other prices vary The 44th annual “Where Dreams Take Flight” Balloon Fiesta premier international ballooning event is back again with more traditional New Mexican food, souvenirs, and nationally and internationally based hot air balloons. On October 10, country artists Gloriana will be performing alongside national headliners The Band Perry, whose hit singles include: “If I Die Young” and “You Lie.”

RIVER OF LIGHTS November 28–January 3, 6–9:30 PM (Closed December 24, 25, 31, January 1) ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden $6–$12, under 3 free A beautiful display of over 500 glittering animated and stationary light displays in New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday production is back with hot food and drinks, Supper with Santa in the Shark Reef Café, the Polar Bear Express, and Holiday Nature Crafts on select evenings.

ALBUQUERQUE AMERICAN INDIAN ART FESTIVAL October 3–4, 10 AM–5 PM Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 2401 12th NW, ABQ $3–$6, under 5 free Celebrate the traditional and contemporary beauty of over 100 indigenous artists working with various mediums, accompanied by food and entertainment.

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27th RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—BALLOON FIESTA October 2–4 and 9–11 Fridays and Sundays 9 AM–5 PM, Saturdays 9 AM–6 PM Expo New Mexico $8–$21, under 12 free Ranked as number six in the nation, this show’s iconic “Big White Tent” will allow attendees to talk with some of the 280 fine artists, sample traditional New Mexican dishes, listen to live music, watch demonstrations, and shop to their hearts’ content.

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October through December

5th ANNUAL ALBUQUERQUE TANGO FESTIVAL October 28–November 1, times vary Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town Prices vary Enjoy five days of dancing and three days of classes for observers as well as dancers of all levels. This year’s event features a tango clinic, milongas, and world-class DJs and instructors.

FAMILY PROMISE CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR November 21–22 (Saturday 10 AM–4 PM, Sunday NOON–4 PM) Four homes, various locations $20 For the second year, tour homes in Albuquerque that have been splendidly decorated for the season, and enter the raffle to win a Christmas table design and other holiday décor. The four-home tour benefits Family Promise, a not-for-profit organization that helps families who are experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque to achieve independence.

RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—HOLIDAY SHOW November 27–29, 10 AM–5 PM Lujan Exhibit Complex at Expo New Mexico, $7–$9, under 12 free From pottery to leather to jewelry, this festival is a great kickoff to your holiday shopping season. Browse original gift ideas while enjoying live holiday music, festive food samples, and more. CHRISTMAS AT THE PALACE December 11, 5:30–8 PM Palace of the Governors Santa Fe Plaza Mr. and Mrs. Claus make their annual visit to the Plaza to join in family-friendly holiday fun that includes hot cider, cookies, live music, craft-making, and more.

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Signature Community

Mariposa New builders join in supporting the revitalization of this amenity-filled, master-planned community by Ben Ikenson photographs by Chris Corrie


n many cultures, the butterfly symbolizes transformation and rebirth, which is aptly fitting for a master-planned community in Rio Rancho that goes by the Spanish word for that lovely winged creature. Due largely to the housing crash and recession, Mariposa had been stalled for several years. Now it is poised to spread its wings, thanks to the vision of Harvard Investments, a community development firm, and the interest of several topnotch builders. “Seeing Mariposa come back to life and flourish with tremendous builder activity is very encouraging to us,” says Tim Brislin, vice president of Scottsdale, Arizona–based Harvard Investments, which boasts extensive experience in large master-planned communities and the revitalization of distressed communities. “The builders have their ears to the ground and know what the market is looking for. Working together, we plan to establish Mariposa as the best-in-class master-planned community in New Mexico.” Set amid breathtaking vistas and pristine natural landscapes, the 6,500-acre Mariposa is indeed prime real estate. Although the community initially opened with great success, the original development company’s financial challenges left the property with an uncertain A 12,000-square-foot community center is the hub of activity for residents of Mariposa.


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“Mariposa has a great design with excellent infrastructure and amenities, beautiful home sites, a gorgeous setting, and a great Rio Rancho location convenient to both Santa Fe and Albuquerque,” says Tim Brislin. future. Thanks to the work of the City of Rio Rancho, the property’s bondholders, and the new master developer, the financial issues,

The spacious fitness center (above), the indoor and outdoor pools, and miles of trails around Mariposa encourage exercise and exploration.

including those surrounding the PID, have now been permanently resolved. “The original vision was superb,” says Brislin. “When we bought it last year, we thought it was a phenomenally planned community with incredible potential. It has a great design with excellent infrastructure and amenities, beautiful home sites, a gorgeous setting, and a great Rio Rancho location convenient to both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.” Mariposa is now buzzing with activity. Today its state-ofthe-art community center is reopened, the beautiful community park is resodded, and the homeowners association has been reestablished. And to ensure a diversity of home options for future residents, four new builders have been recruited to join Sivage Homes and Twilight Homes. The new home builder lineup includes nationally renowned D.R. Horton as well as local stars like Rachel Matthew Homes, RayLee Homes: A New Generation, and Abrazo Homes (this issue’s Featured Builder). Model homes are currently being built, and development steadily continues in each of Mariposa’s six existing neighborhoods. “With so many reputable builders in one place plus an array of estate lots, buyers will have access to a wide variety of styles and floor plans to make their dreams a reality,” says Brislin. “It is unique in all of the metropolitan area for buyers to have this many home choices in one location plus great amenities.” A contemporary sculpture representing the area’s native blue grama grass welcomes visitors at the entrance to the community. A large community park (left, bottom) is the perfect place for pooches and owners alike to stretch their legs.




Connecting Mariposa residents to the community’s central amenities and to the natural beauty around them are miles of trails ideal for hiking, biking, and running. Home prices start at an accessible $200,000, and custom designs and luxury features are also available. Buyers seeking higher-end options can tour custom home sites with undisturbed surrounding landscapes and unrivaled vistas. The community also features a number of impressive amenities: a 12,000-square-foot community center with fitness equipment, locker rooms, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a 4.5-acre community park that includes a playground, basketball courts, and wide open turf space. Connecting residents to these central amenities and to the natural beauty around them are miles of trails ideal for hiking, biking, and running. With some 120 homes already occupied, Brislin expects residents will eventually occupy about 2,000 homes total. In August, a grand opening enabled scores of prospective new homebuyers to view model homes. “It’s very exciting to see the project unfold,” says Brislin. “The whole idea behind the community—to blend superbly designed homes and community buildings with the existing natural beauty—is hard to resist.” Visit for more information.

Mariposa residents enjoy a multitude of amenities including a café area, an indoor pool (above, center), weekly fitness classes, and covered outdoor seating areas at the park (right).


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Mountain views and the natural beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys enhance home sites and landscaped areas of the community.

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Driving Directions from Rio Rancho and Albuquerque’s Westside: Follow Unser Boulevard 6.5 miles north of Northern Boulevard. Turn left onto Mariposa Parkway to enter Mariposa. From Albuquerque and the Sunport (Airport): Proceed north on I-25 to Exit 242 (US 550 in Bernalillo). Turn west onto US 550 and go 7 miles, turning left on Northwest Loop Road. Go 1.2 miles, then turn left onto Unser Boulevard. Mariposa is just 2 miles up the road, on the right. Turn right onto Mariposa Parkway to enter Mariposa.

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Featured Builder

Abrazo Homes Customers get more than they might expect, but everything they deserve by Ben Ikenson photographs by Chris Corrie


n late 2007, Brian McCarthy and Mackenzie Bishop founded a company that converted recycled shipping containers into ultra-affordable housing for employees of the maquiladoras along the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border. Unfortunately, the recession doomed their efforts, but there was an upside. “It was our failed venture together that really forced us to rethink what success looks like,” says McCarthy. “We bottomed out together, and we’ve worked our butts off ever since to make sure we never have to do it again.”

In 2010, at the height of a major housing slump, McCarthy and Bishop established Abrazo Homes, a homebuilding company that has since left a major mark on the Albuquerque metropolitan area. With homes in seven distinct local communities, including Petroglyphs Estates and Mariposa (this issue’s Signature Community), the company has garnered major props, including last year’s Avid Gold award, the top spot for customer satisfaction in a survey on 747 builders in the Western United States.

“We want all of our homes to include the amenities our customers expect and require in order to live proudly and comfortably in their homes. … As we like to say, ‘Upgrade if you want to, not because you have to.’”—Brian McCarthy “Buying a home is typically the largest financial commitment that our customers will make in their lifetimes. We like to honor and respect the trust that our customers place in us,” says Bishop. “We pride ourselves on the service we provide to our customers and in offering an unparalleled level of value included in the base package.”

Light and bright, the open-concept floor plan is designed around entertaining. Above: Abrazo’s homes in Petroglyph Estates sit on the volcanic escarpment with views of the Sandia and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.


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Abrazo Homes, 505-369-4663,

“We pride ourselves on the service we provide to our customers and in offering

The kitchen demonstrates creative use of lighting, including under-cabinet and under-island lighting, as well as abundant natural light via skylights.

an unparalleled level of value included in the base package.”—Mackenzie Bishop

The expansive master suite features a freestanding tub, an oversized, walk-in shower, and optional closet system.

Wall accents and geometric tile patterns that mimic lines in the circular ceiling treatment create a dramatic entry.

Indeed, Abrazo builds “all-inclusive” homes that come with more amenities than most of their peers: a full Whirlpool appliance package, blinds, covered patios, an integrated home network and entertainment package, and a home automation system that allows users to control lighting, security, door locks, and climate control from anywhere in the world—with no monthly fee. “We want all of our homes to include the amenities our customers expect and require in order to live proudly and comfortably in their homes,” says McCarthy. “With our wide range of included amenities, our customers get everything they need and should expect on day one. This is not to say we don’t afford them the ability to upgrade their homes at our in-house design studio, but, as we like to say, ‘Upgrade if you want to, not because you have to.’” Both graduates of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School

of Management, McCarthy and Bishop became friends and associates in the early 2000s, launching a dozen new communities in 2006 and 2007 for another prominent local homebuilder. After their efforts in Mexico, the pair established Abrazo Homes, initially operating out of a 400-square-foot temporary building. Today, the company comprises more than a dozen devoted employees, from its sales team to its design and construction staff. “We always strive to manage by example,” says McCarthy, “and we’ve been able to assemble the hardest-working, most results-oriented team we could have ever imagined. There are no ‘job titles’ at Abrazo Homes. Everyone maintains a team first mentality, and we all pitch in to assist one another to accomplish our goals.” In terms of the housing market, “It has nowhere to go but up,” McCarthy quips, before offering a Darwinian perspective. “Joking SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Featured Builder aside, we see the market as lean and mean, with any improvement yielding sizeable gains on the business side. The downturn has been tough for everyone, but those of us who are left are leaner and better for it. Customers get a better-built home, builders have to be much more attuned to their buyers, and decisions have to be very well considered. It’s a challenging environment, but one with great opportunity for the well-run builder to not only survive, but grow.” Case in point: Abrazo Homes.

“We have the best team in the business!” says Abrazo Homes partner Brian McCarthy.

The open dining, kitchen, and living areas take an entertaining approach and encourage easy congregating. Below: Abrazo’s “infinity door” invites you to the outside and easily accommodates indoor/outdoor living. The community enjoys wonderful Sandia and city of Albuquerque views.


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Abrazo Homes 8008 Compass Drive NW


Featured Builder

Petroglyph Estates

3 bedrooms 3 baths 3,153 sq. ft. $388,850 (base price) $489,450 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte, turning left on Paseo Del Norte and continuing to Unser. Turn left on Unser and continue to Rainbow/ Compass. Turn left on Compass, and the home is on the left side of the street.

This breathtaking residence rests atop Albuquerque’s volcanic escarpment and captures panoramic views of Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains, and the Rio Grande Valley. Petroglyph Estates offers one-quarter to one-halfacre lots in the desirable Volcano Vista school

district. This expansive, single-story plan features double master suites, a 3.5-car garage, a home theater, and an indoor/outdoor living area that is an entertainer’s dream. High-tech features and contemporary finishes meet classical design in the Fall Featured Builder home!

Warren Harris (505) 450-5520

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Rachel Matthew Homes 6504 Pato Road NW



Petroglyph Estates

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,584 sq. ft. $364,900 (base price) $429,900 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-40 west to Coors, turning north (right). Take Coors to Western Trail and turn left. Right on Unser for 2.5 miles, then right onto Kimmick. Right on Urraca, then right onto Pato.

Our model home in Petroglyph Estates is settled on Albuquerque’s Northwest Mesa, where you will find large estate lots and convenient access to schools and shopping. This model features a

separate casita and a balcony overlooking a stunning view of the Sandia Mountains. Your dream home awaits you!

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Stillbrooke Homes 2300 Westcreek NW


Krystin Apodaca (505) 792-4663



3 or 4 bedrooms 2 baths 2,201 sq. ft. $307,950 (base price) $339,779 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, travel west on I-40 to the Unser exit, turning right (north). Take Unser to Tierra Pintada, turning left. Right onto Westcreek.

Our newest signature home features a luxurious “oasis” master bath with a cavernous “couples” shower that also opens to a private master garden patio. The rotunda entry opens into a


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large family room with a corner fireplace that adjoins a spacious open country kitchen and an L-shaped veranda. This flexible floor plan offers either 3 or 4 bedrooms.

Robin McMorries (505) 934-5812

Pulte Homes

9047 Fenton Lake Road NW

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4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,639 sq. ft. $258,990 (base price) $347,669 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-40 west to Unser Blvd, turning north (right). Left onto Tierra Pintada, right on Mirehaven Pkwy, then left onto Redondo Peak Drive NW.

Nestled in the Petroglyph National Monument in the new Mirehaven master planned community, our most popular floor plan offers an open and inviting gathering room and kitchen with a large

teardrop island and café. Features include a private den, a large owner’s retreat, a guest suite with full bath, a large covered patio with outdoor fireplaces, and stunning views of the Sandias.

Wade Messenger (505) 341-8578

Tour the Parklane at Mirehaven to discover your new neighborhood. Mirehaven, Albuquerque’s newest master planned community is surrounded by the Petroglyph National Monument with beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains. Mirehaven offers a large community park featuring: play structures, picnic tables, outdoor musical instruments, soccer field, & basketball court.

The Parklane Features: • Open gathering room and kitchen • Private Den • Large Owner’s Retreat • Guest Suite • Outdoor covered patio and fireplace Continuing a policy of constant research and improvement, Pulte Homes reserves the right to change price, plan, specifications or availability without notice or obligation. Photographs are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be an actual representation of a specific community, neighborhood or any completed improvements being offered. See sales consultant for details. ©2015 PulteGroup. All rights reserved 08/2015 PGI Realty brokerage for Pulte Homes: 505-761-9606 7601 Jefferson NE Suite 320, Albuquerque NM 87109 SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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Koinonia Architects & Builders 4308 Willow View Lane NW


Oxbow North


4 bedrooms 4 baths 3,129 sq. ft. $875,000

From the Big I, take I-40 west to the Coors exit, turning right (north). Proceed 2 miles to Namaste Road and turn right. Right onto Summer Hill Lane. After entering the first gate of Oxbow North turn left onto Deer Meadow, then turn right onto Willow View.

Sited on the Rio Grande River bluff, this Andalusian custom home draws you in with its entry courtyard, bell tower, and water feature. The rich palette of warm stucco, Variance interior plaster,


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wrought iron, mission tile, and rough-sawn heavy timber corbels are skillfully combined to create a reflection of Southwestern European countryside charm.

Paul R. McDonald (505) 249-8634 koinonialuxurycustomhome

Tiara Homes

4627 Cayetana Place NW

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3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,155 sq. ft. $359,900

From the Big I, take I-40 west to the Coors exit, turning right (north). Right on Sevilla, right on Mi Cordelia, right on Rafael Cruz, right on Monte Frio, left on Edwardo, then left on Cayetana Place.

Come see this beautifully designed open floor plan perfect for entertaining. There are features galore, including walk-in closets in all bedrooms, a large pantry, a kitchen island, and a snack bar,

a tandem 3-car garage, a separate master suite with a soak tub and a large shower, professional landscaping, stone accents, numerous skylights, plus much more.

Rich Gantner (505) 804-7424



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Scott Patrick Homes 4900 Valle Romantico NW


El Bosque at Andalucia


4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,010 sq. ft. $639,900

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Coors Blvd northbound (Exit 155). Turn right onto Coors and continue 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Sevilla into Andalucia. Continue to Tres Gracias, turn left, and proceed into the gated community of El Bosque.

A relaxed North Valley feel awaits you in this open-concept, custom home floor plan featuring a large window of walls in the great room that highlight the surrounding Bosque and mountain

views. Gracious architectural features include wood flooring, a game room, and a granite and stainless steel kitchen that opens to the main living areas.

Eva Sellers cell (505) 463-4461 or (505) 828-9900

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Kuhn’s Construction 5804 Mesa Vista Trail NW


Mesa Ridge Estates


3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,980 sq. ft. $365,000 (base price) $385,000 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, travel north on I-25 to the Montgomery/Montano exit. Proceed west on Montano, crossing Coors, and then continuing three blocks to the gated Mesa Ridge Estates on the south side of Montano. First house to the east of the gated entrance.

ered patios, a European open living concept with ample floor-to-ceiling glass, and massive sliding glass doors that open to private patios with a signature water feature.


Dan Kuhn (505) 238-0431

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This 1,900-square-foot, European-style contemporary home designed by Eric Spurlock boasts tall ceilings and comprises 3 bedrooms, including a segregated master suite, 3 bathrooms, 4 cov-

Dan Kuhn, Builder

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D.R. Horton

8908 Sunhorn Place NW

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Valle Prado at The Trails

3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,304 sq. ft. $279,990 (base price) $398,430 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-40 west to Exit 154 (Unser), turning right (north) on Unser. Proceed to Rainbow and turn left, right onto Universe, and left onto Woodmont. At the dead end, turn right onto Sunhorn Place.

Whether it’s the gracious owner’s suite privately located in the back of the home or the oversized great room and kitchen ideal for family gatherings, the Grayson is well appointed for

the luxury home buyer, family, or empty-nester. This home, at 2,304 square feet, lives large!

Paul Rodriguez (505) 410-8171

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Twilight Homes 8827 Valle Prada Lane NW



Valle Vista

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,735 sq. ft. $324,990 (base price) $375,990 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo Del Norte exit. Proceed west to Rainbow Blvd. Turn left on Rainbow. Turn right on Woodmont. Take first left onto Valle Prada Lane. Model home is immediately on the right.

Who doesn’t love a gated community within walking distance of award-winning schools? Enjoy a private, luxurious master suite on the first floor with 3 bedrooms and a flexible loft

upstairs. Curl up in the reading nook tucked away off the staircase. It will bring a smile to your face.

Jose Andreu (505) 450-2861

You’re family is unique, your life is unique, you should be able to build a new home to match.


At Twilight, we say yest to changes. If you want to move a wall, add a wall, or a window, or a door, or an entire room - we are going to say “yes”. Just try that with another home builder! Come see for yourself why we are the most exciting builder in town.



Altair Homes

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6204 Wild Onion Avenue NW Chamisa Ridge



3 bedrooms 2 baths 3,000 sq. ft. $500,000 (base price) $692,000 (base price + upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte. Proceed west on Paseo Del Norte to Unser. Make a right on Unser, heading north to Paradise Blvd. Turn left (west) on Paradise to Coneflower Drive, then turn left on Coneflower and proceed to Wild Onion.

Altair’s 38 years of building experience and knowledge will ensure your home is built to the highest energy efficiency and integrity regardless of budget. Altair integrates state-of-the-art mate-

rial, the latest in green building techniques, and beautiful designs to accommodate your personal needs whether you are building or remodeling.

Terri Yoakum (505) 797-1112 or (505) 459-5782

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Mesa Verde Homes 9361 Riverfronte Road NW



4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,126 sq. ft. $956,500

From the Big I, go north on I-25 to Paseo Del Norte and turn left (west). Proceed to Coors and turn right. Right at the stoplight at Irving, then right onto Riverfronte Road.

This green-built Spanish/Mediterranean–style home is located on a beautiful Bosque lot near the river. Some of the features include custom cabinets and doors, a large kitchen


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with a walk-in pantry, a study, a formal dining room, large covered portales for comfortable outdoor living, and much more.

Marie “Betty” Blea (505) 991-1405

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Twilight Estate Homes 2411 15th Street SE

Vista Montebella

Rio rancho


4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,002 sq. ft. $419,900 (base price) $499,900 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north, exit at Paseo Del Norte, and continue west to Unser. Take Unser north to Wellspring Drive (across from Presbyterian Hospital). Turn left on Wellspring. Take the first left on 21st Avenue and continue to the stop sign. At the stop sign, go left onto 15th Street. The model is on the right.

This designer’s dream home on a half-acre lot showcases spectacular views. It’s unforgettable, with commercial-grade appliances, custom lighting, stone floors, and iron doors. The home has

spacious double living areas, an outdoor entertaining area, a large media room, a study, 3-plus bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 3-car garage.


Wade Wingfield (505) 550-8818

Twilight Homes is building in nine communities throughout the greater metro area. We carefully choose the neighborhoods we build in, assuring that you will have access to great shopping, quality schools, entertainment, healthcare and in many cases great views. What’s the point of having a fabulous house if it’s not in a great place? Come see for yourself why we are the most exciting builder in town.



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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 1815 Castle Peak Loop NE

The Peaks at Mariposa



3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,644 sq. ft. $305,990 (base price) $376,100 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 and head west (left) onto Hwy 550 for approximately 6 miles. Left onto Northwest Loop Road, left onto Unser for about 3 miles, right onto Mariposa Parkway, left onto Blue Grama, left onto Pikes Peak Loop, then left onto Castle Peak Loop.

Traditional meets contemporary in this spacious and bright RayLee Home. Features include the most desired interior finishes and amenities, with multicolored cabinets, floating shelves, a built-in

bar, and plenty of windows to capture the stunning New Mexico landscape. The master suite is full luxury with his-and-hers closets, a freestanding modern tub, and an oversized spa shower.

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Rachel Matthew Homes 1811 Castle Peak Loop NE

Tammy Grady-Thornton (505) 917-1677




4 bedrooms 4 baths 2,590 sq. ft. $328,700 (base price) $359,900 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242, heading west (left) onto Hwy 550. Left onto Unser Blvd, right onto Mariposa Pkwy. Turn left on Redondo Sierra Vista, left on Blue Grama, left on Pikes Peak Loop, and left onto Castle Peak Loop.

This model home features many options available in The Peaks at Mariposa, such as a casita with a separate entrance, an open floor plan, and a 3-car garage. Visit our Coyote model home


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today and see how you can achieve all of life’s modern conveniences while capturing the beauty of Mother Nature.

Krystin Apodaca (505) 792-4663


1916 Ridge Court

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Mariposa–Ridgeline Estates



3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,470 sq. ft. $710,000

From the Big I, travel north on I-25 to Exit 242 (Bernalillo/Placitas). Head west on NM 550 to Northwest Loop Road and turn left. Right onto Mariposa Parkway, left onto Redondo Sierra Vista, then left onto Blue Grama to Ridge Court on the right.

ECOterra presents a beautiful Pueblo-Southwestern design, an artisan’s custom dream home exuding color, style, and function at every corner. We delivered on our clients’ vision with breathtaking

views from the outdoor living space and the rooftop deck. This home is expected to achieve BGNM Gold energy level certification for exceptional energy and water conservation features.

Michael Cecchini (505) 918-8476



Sivage Homes 2304 Desert View Road NE

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Desert View



3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,618 sq. ft. $415,000

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (Bernalillo). Turn left onto Hwy 550 and proceed west 7 miles. Turn left onto Northwest Loop Road and then left onto Unser. Travel 2 miles to Mariposa Parkway and turn right. Left onto Redondo Sierra Vista, left onto Blue Grama, then right onto Desert View Road.

Craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident throughout this special home by awardwinning Sivage Homes. The open kitchen and living spaces are perfect for entertaining friends

or relaxing with family. The luxurious master bath provides a quiet retreat. Cherry cabinets, granite counters, and beautiful tile treatments reflect unmistakable quality.

Adrian Calderon (505) 998-1813

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Twilight Homes 2801 Redondo Santa Fe


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4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,312 sq. ft. $273,990 (base price) $365,000 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Bernalillo. Take Exit 242, turn lefto onto 550, and go about 7 miles. Left on NW Loop Road (becomes Unser), proceed about 3 miles. Right on Mariposa Pkwy. Left on Redondo Sierra Vista. Right on Santa Fe Vista. Left on Redondo Santa Fe. Model is immediately on the left.

Chic, modern, and sophisticated, this home has it all. Need flex space—maybe a home office or casita? Done. Three-car garage on your musthave list? Check. How about amazing views? All

day long. State-of-the-art tiled walls, incredible lighting, and decorated to the nines. You won’t want to miss this one.

Ann Daniel (505) 349-3723

Your new Twilight Home is built to green building standards which will reduce energy usage considerably.


Not only will this help to lower those energy bills, but it also means a more comfortable home and a smaller environmental impact when constructing your new home. Come see for yourself why we are the most exciting builder in town.



D.R. Horton 2667 Manzano Loop

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Vista Manzano at Mariposa



3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,150 sq. ft. $244,990 (base price) $324,997 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242, turning left onto Hwy 550. Turn left onto E Hwy 44, then left onto Northwest Loop and left onto Unser. Turn right onto Mariposa Parkway, left onto Redondo Sierra Vista, and finally left onto Vista Manzano Loop.

The Buxton offers 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 3-car tandem at over 2,100 square feet. Featuring an oversized kitchen that faces the living room, you’ll never be too far from your loved ones.

Abrazo Homes

2612 La Luz Circle


This home is light and bright, bringing outdoor living indoors and providing plenty of space to grow into.

Paul Rodriguez (505) 410-8171

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3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,287 sq. ft. $252,000 (base price) $312,000 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Hwy 550 in Bernalillo. Turn left (west) on Hwy 550 and continue to Northwest Loop Road/Unser. Turn left on Northwest Loop and continue for 2.7 miles to Mariposa Parkway. Right on Mariposa Parkway, left on Redondo Sierra Vista. Left onto Vista Sandia and follow La Luz Circle to the right.

This elegant home is designed around the serenity and majesty of Mariposa. It features an airy and open floor plan that captures panoramic views while offering bright indoor and outdoor


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living spaces. The community boasts indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, walking trails, and 3,000-plus acres of open space. This is New Mexico at its finest.

Larry Stapp (505) 453-6049

Twilight Homes 7129 Napoleon Road NE

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Lomas Encantadas


4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,608 sq. ft. $249,990 (base price) $299,990 (base price + all upgrades) Take I-25 north to Bernalillo. Exit 242, turn left on 550. Turn left on 528. Right on Enchanted Hills Blvd. Left on Lincoln. Right on Nativitas. Left on Franklin. First right on Napoleon. House is on right, after Lexington.

Love drama? This home is for you. Twentyfour-foot ceilings in the foyer are topped with clerestory windows and a tower. Enjoy phenomenal views of the Sandias in this four-

bedroom home with huge family gathering places upstairs and downstairs. A 25-foot-long covered patio completes this perfect family home.

Pauline Hansen (505) 917-1387

You are going to love your new home, with it’s new kitchen, new bathrooms, brand-new carpet, new windows and more.


Best of all, you know there won’t be a single leak, or stain, or crack, or unexpected draft. If, for any reason there is, you know that it will be fixed, fast, after just one easy phone call. Come see for yourself why we are the most exciting builder in town.



Lowe-Bo Homes 3306 Icarian Court

Vista Entrada

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4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,856 sq. ft. $446,000

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242. Turn left (west) on 550, then left on NM 528. Right on Idalia Road, right on Chayote Road, right on Icarian Road, then left on Icarian Court.

Another beautiful Southwest contemporary exterior in Rio Rancho by Lowe-Bo Homes, with expansive views of the Sandias that cannot be missed. The interior showcases a billiard room

with beautiful wood flooring, stain-grade wood doors, and an open feel. The kitchen and bathrooms feature quartz countertops and wonderful tile work and accents.

Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555

Value and Quality through generations of experience. Call Ted Lowe at 505-991-2555 505-345-4331 90

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Casa Verde Builders 6528 Icarian Road NE

Vista Entrada



3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,175 sq. ft. $349,700

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Bernalillo/Placitas exit. Go west (left) on Hwy 550 to the 528 (Pat D’Arco Hwy) intersection, turning south (left). Right onto Idalia, right onto Chayote, and then right on Icarian.

All of these options at one low price! This home’s custom construction boasts energy efficiency to Build Green NM Gold certification with blown-in insulation, vinyl Low-E thermal double pane windows, and an

energy-efficient furnace. Features include 18-inch tile, granite counters, a travertine backsplash, alder cabinetry, 10–16–foot ceilings, a 3-car finished/insulated garage, and a spa-like master retreat.

Shawn Stalls (575) 202-0577 Bill Alcorn (505) 401-5235

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No matter how you look at it, hard water wreaks havoc in our homes. Culligan® Water Softeners remove damaging minerals from hard water, leaving you with spotless dishes, softer skin and hair, and more efficient plumbing. To get yours, call Southwest Water Conditioning at 505-299-9581 or visit



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Homes by Joe Boyden 1112 Avenida Los Suenos

Bosque Del Rio Grande



4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,266 sq. ft. $500,120 (base price) $599,900 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, travel north on I-25 to Exit 242 and proceed west on Hwy 550. Turn south (left) on Sheriff’s Posse Road. Make a left through the gate onto Avenida Los Suenos.

Sumptuous Southwest elegance with luxurious finishes and amenities on a rare, Bosque-adjacent lot, offering amazing forever views of the Bosque and the Sandia Mountains. Beautiful native cottonwoods have


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been preserved. Craftsmanship abounds: travertine tile, Variance plaster, stacked stone accents, natural wood vigas, herringboned rough-cut cedar ceiling, hand-oiled alder interior doors, and much more!

Melinda K. Bowen (505) 259-6022

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J.G. Madue単a Homes 156 Camino Barranca

La Mesa



3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,823 sq. ft. $698,500

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (Placitas). Proceed right (east) on Hwy 165 about 2 miles, then turn left (north) on Tierra Madre Road, which turns into Camino Barranca. Proceed about 2.2 miles to 156 Camino Barranca on right.

Designed in collaboration with the owners to reflect their lifestyle, this Pueblo-style home features a gourmet kitchen, a custom fireplace, and two large outdoor living spaces with views all around. Finely crafted details include

the herringbone brick floor design, inlaid tiles, and traditional Southwest woodwork. This home, which is pending Build Green NM certification, blends gracious living with modern building science and many green elements.

Jim Madue単a (505) 250-2236



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Panorama Homes 9507 Peak Vista Avenue


North Tramway Estates


3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,953 sq. ft. $698,000

From the Big I, travel north on I-25 to the Paseo Del Norte exit, turning right (east). Follow Paseo Del Norte to Tramway Blvd and turn left (north). Proceed .9 mile and turn left onto Tramway Lane. In about 100 yards, turn right onto Sandia Vista Drive NE. Home is straight ahead.

Built on the west side of Tramway Blvd, across from The County Line restaurant and the Outpost Ice Arena, in the newest Far Northeast Heights neighborhood of North Tramway

Estates, this home magnifies the stunning view of the touchable Sandia Mountains. Build Green New Mexico–certified, it is filled with Panorama Homes’ unique and classic detailing. A must-see!

John Lowe (505) 688-6834

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Fireplaces from Traditional to Modern styling. Gas . Wood . Pellet




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New Haven Homes 11705 Carmel Avenue NE


North Albuquerque Acres


4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,714 sq. ft. $967,000

From the Big I, travel north on I-25 to the Paseo Del Norte exit, turning right. Head east on Paseo Del Norte toward the Sandia foothills about 4.3 miles to Lowell Drive NE. Turn left onto Lowell Drive NE. Proceed north to the second street and turn left onto Carmel Avenue.

Designed to enjoy the best of New Mexico’s mild year-round weather, this Southwest contemporary custom home provides for casual yet luxurious living and entertaining. Enjoy spectacular

views of the Sandia and Jemez Mountains from a covered view deck situated over the walk-out lower level patio. Loaded with custom features, it’s a New Haven Home you won’t want to miss!

Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476



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Las Ventanas Homes 6200 Ghost Flower Trail NE


The Legends at High Desert

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,630 sq. ft. $469,900 (base price) $478,500 (base price + all upgrades)

From the Big I, travel east on I-40 to Tramway and head north on Tramway. Turn east (right) on Academy. Go through the stop sign at Cortaderia. The next right is The Legends subdivision; enter onto Ghost Flower Trail and proceed to #6200.

Efficient design of this smaller home allows for ease of living without sacrificing luxury, quality, or attention to detail. Just a few lots remain in this beautiful gated community, where you’ll


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enjoy Sandia views, a real copper garage door, quartz countertops, beautiful wood floors, open kitchen/living area design, and windows that soar to the kitchen’s 12-foot ceiling.

Missy Ashcraft (505) 362-6823

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Stillbrooke Homes 8204 Grape Arbor Court NE


Vineyard Court Estates


4 or 5 bedrooms 4 baths 3,161 sq. ft. $649,950 (base price) $697,275 (base price + all upgrades)

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte, turning east (right) onto Paseo Del Norte. Left onto Holbrook, left onto Holly Avenue, then right onto Grape Arbor Court.

The entry tower opens into a lush garden courtyard leading to a covered entry porch and the semi-attached casita. The curved window walls in the dining room and kitchen nook add both

charm and light. The expansive covered rear patio is accessible from the massive open family room that adjoins the gourmet kitchen complete with GE Monogram appliances.

Mike Davis (505) 514-8143



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Lee Michael Homes 7910 Rancho Roberto NW



1 bedroom 1 bath 1,000 sq. ft. $230,000

From the Big I, travel north on I-25 to the Osuna exit, heading left (west). Proceed on Osuna to 4th Street and turn right. Go past Ranchitos and just past Groff Lumber. Turn right on Sarah Lane to the first turn-in road. Go south on Rancho Roberto into a cul-de-sac; home is on the west side.

Set among the cottonwoods, this casita has all you need to live, dream, work, play, and garden. Designed as a mini-home to complement its parent home, it shouts “pizzazz” with black-

ened beams, pine ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with exotic granite and white ice appliances, a steam shower, a hydroponic greenhouse/sunroom, and a man cave garage.

Alexa Knight (505) 681-9447

Building for today’s lifestyle.

Winning Awards for Over 20 Years High Performance Green Homes Remodels, Additions & Restorations No Cost Custom Designs Mike & Alexa Knight

505.299.1500 .



Local Design/ Build Team

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Boulevard Homes Design + Build 1912 Rio Grande Blvd NW



3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,445 sq. ft. $487,000

From the Big I, travel west on I-40 to the Rio Grande exit. Turn right (north) onto Rio Grande. Two streets past Indian School there is a small cul-desac on the right side of Rio Grande; the home is in the cul-de-sac.

Sleek modern lines and luxurious classic materials combine for an elegant twist on contemporary design in this inviting custom home from award-winning Boulevard Homes that will appeal

to both modernists and non-modernists alike. Highlights include a home theater and a luxurious master retreat with a spa-like bath and a boutique custom dressing room.

Amber Kennington (505) 507-0451



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Paschich Design Group 1509 Rosemont Avenue NW

Downtown / Sawmill Area



3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,143 sq. ft. $370,000

From the Big I, proceed west on I-40 to the Rio Grande exit, turning south (left) onto Rio Grande. Make a left on Mountain and proceed to 15th Street. Turn north (left) and proceed to Rosemont Avenue.

This progressive architectural design demonstrates a sophisticated synthesis of contemporary design elements and modern geometries, forms, and spaces. The home is an example of modern living that feels


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quite comfortable among the regional styles of New Mexico. The concrete floors, the steel beam work, the suspended staircase, and the avant-garde kitchen provide an urban contrast for our historic setting.

Wristen Paschich (505) 250-1887

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Mesa Verde Homes 1419 Coal Avenue SW

Albuquerque Country Club Area



4 bedrooms 4 baths 2,309 sq. ft. $390,211 (base price) $420,211 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, go west on I-40 to the 12th Street exit. Turn left (south) on 12th Street and go 1.3 miles to Central. Turn right on Central, then left on 14th Street. Proceed .5 mile to 14th and Coal.

This townhome is located in the Albuquerque Country Club area and is built to the Build Green New Mexico Gold level. Some of the features in this contemporary-style home

include a separate living area/apartment, an office, and a roof deck for comfortable outdoor living. Come visit us and see all of our floor plans.

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Waszak Custom Homes 824 San Juan Place NW

Marie “Betty” Blea (505) 991-1405


Guadalupe Estates


5 bedrooms 5.5 baths 5,600 sq. ft.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to the Rio Grande exit and turn right on Rio Grande. When you get to the 4-way stop sign at Rio Grande and Chavez Road, turn right. Turn right onto Guadalupe Trail, right on Mullen Road, then right on San Juan Place and enter into the gated subdivision.

Tucked away in the Village of Los Ranchos is a warm contemporary home built on a lush acre of irrigated land. Sustainable energy features include photovoltaics, insulated concrete form construction, and

high-efficiency insulation and home systems. Also special are the home’s automation, hand-plastered walls, custom cabinets and doors, high-end tile, pool, sunroom, Humidifall system, and 6-car garage.

David Waszak (505) 250-7888



D.R. Horton

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12008 Monachos Road SE

Volterra Villas


3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,038 sq. ft. $240,990 (base price) $265,990 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-40 east to Exit 116 (Juan Tabo). Turn right (south) on Juan Tabo NE, continuing onto Juan Tabo SE, and then turn left onto Monachos.

This new and exciting line in townhomes from D.R. Horton is a must-see. Architectural function and fashion are optimized for you and your growing family. At just about 2,100 square

feet, this 3-bed, 2.5-bath, 2-car-garage home is contemporarily designed for modern living.

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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 1663 Domino Drive SE

Paul Rodriguez (505) 410-8171

Volterra Village



3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,868 sq. ft. $218,990 (base price) $248,947 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-40 east to Juan Tabo south. Follow Juan Tabo over Central and the Volterra Bridge, then follow signs to RayLee Homes.

East side living in contemporary style is only part of what this home has to offer. Designed with an open concept, this home features sleek finishes like quartz countertops, a sub-


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way tile backsplash, and private courtyards. Its urban style and convenient location make it the perfect place to call home.

Tammy Grady-Thornton (505) 917-1677

Infinity Homes 18 Mustang Mesa Trail

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Nature Pointe


3 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,007 sq. ft. $680,000

From the Big I, travel east on I-40 to the Exit 178 (Zuzax). Turn right and continue east (left) on Hwy 66 for 2 miles. Turn right onto Five Hills Road, right on Sedillo Road, then left on Avenida Allegre to the entrance of Nature Pointe. Follow Nature Point Drive to Mustang Mesa Trail.

This beautiful, custom ranch-style home is located in Nature Pointe, one of the East Mountains’ gated communities just 22 minutes from

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the Big I. It features custom ceilings highlighted by exposed beam trusses, an open floor plan, courtyard entry, an RV garage, and much more.

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exquisite design and detailing are the hallmarks of a North Valley home, but its owners also delight in the things they didn’t plan for


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by Amy Gross photographs by Kate Russell


uilding a home from scratch comes with a host of potential challenges— unexpected design hiccups, working with contractors and suppliers, and endless decisions about materials and fixtures. When building a home long-distance, the project becomes even more complicated. These smart homeowners assembled a dynamic and trustworthy team of design and building professionals who understood their needs and vision completely—the vision of a visually stunning yet livable family home with ample space for relaxing and entertaining. the dream team Brian and Robin were living in Ohio when they embarked on the design and build of their fourbedroom home in Albuquerque’s North Valley, in a neighborhood they chose, Brian quips, because of the “number of jungle gyms we spied per lot.” Designing a home for and around their two young sons—now ages 8 and 5—was certainly a major goal, but there were plenty of grownup considerations as well. “We wanted a house built around a pool, a house that was just as easy to live in outdoors as indoors,” says Robin. The couple was also keenly interested in incorporating green and energyefficient elements into their home, which is LEED Gold–certified and almost net-zero thanks to a solar array on the garage. After interviewing a host of architects, they discovered that Stace McGee of EDI shared their vision. “Stace understood the language we were using,” Brian explains. “He loves the outdoors himself and has young children.” Engleman Construction, a builder of environmentally responsible homes in New Mexico and Texas, brought McGee’s plans to fruition, and Jim Philippon of Construction Advisory in Durango, Colorado, was Brian and Robin’s independent construction supervisor and “eyes on the ground,” facilitating operations while they were some 1,500 miles away. Rounding up the team, Santa Fe–based interior designer David Naylor of David Naylor Interiors added the finishing touches, incorporating rich, textural fabrics into their home and furnishing it with an intriguing blend of modern pieces and antiques.

A dramatic, steel-beamed entry leads from a metal gate to the front door. The enclosed courtyard is the owners’ favorite place for morning coffee, featuring a modern koi pond running the length of the walkway. Opposite: The liberal use of glass, steel, and rustic stone give the home a mountain feel, but xeric landscaping places it firmly in the high desert.

A slab of walnut that floats above the kitchen island is an interesting sculptural contrast to the angular cabinetry, while creative lighting, such as this custom steam beam fixture, is a recurring theme throughout the house. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Eschewing dining tables with leaves (which he says “open up at Thanksgiving and then stay open all year”), interior designer David Naylor decided to go big from the start, turning a 12-foot slab of teak into a custom table in his shop. Captain’s chairs and an ikat-covered bench keep it fun.

In a house filled with modern finishes, stone, and concrete, an antique French side table somehow looks perfectly at home. So does springer spaniel Porter, the official front door greeter.


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a surprise around every corner The home’s contemporary mountain design relies heavily on glass and metal, but stone, wood, and other earthy materials speak a distinctly Southwestern vernacular. A peaceful, private courtyard in the front of the house—a favorite coffee spot in the morning—leads to the entryway, where a room called “the studio” houses art supplies for times when any family member might be inspired to create. “This room was an unexpected find for me,” says a delighted Robin, who admits they had no idea initially how to purpose the space. In the foyer, just off that studio, an ornate, 18th-century French table has somehow found its ideal resting place among stone walls and stained concrete floors. “It’s the play of opposites coexisting,” says David Naylor. “It makes you think, ‘Oh, these people are up to something!’” No kidding. Just around the corner from that French piece, an open-concept kitchen/dining/living room area is a delight for the senses, an intermingling of textures, materials, and color. “The surfaces were hard, so we brought in soft goods to balance the architecture— the bride for the groom,” Naylor explains. More unexpected finds and assorted eye candy include the 12-foot dining table made of a single slab of teak (with a fun array of mismatched chairs); an office off the kitchen that’s half wine room; Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork’s kitchen cabinetry, so beautiful and functional that Brian and Robin quickly found other places in the home for

Sowers to add more cabinets; a cozy reading room that opens through the ceiling to the second floor; and on the living room fireplace wall and the in the hallway, magnificent, 19th-century teak columns with bone and jet inlay from Agra, India. “That one was a tough answer for them to grasp,” Naylor says of the columns, “but when I drew it, they saw the answer.” And that, he notes, was what made Brian and Robin so fun and fulfilling to work with: “These types of things only happen to clients who are open to listening and are willing to take risks.” peaceful, easy entertaining Brian and Robin’s lot, which was nothing but dirt and a few trees in the back when they bought it, did offer the advantage of backing up to walking trails and the Rio Grande. Being Midwesterners, they envisioned a green, lush yard, and indeed, sitting outside under the covered—and always shaded—back patio, the family now has a lovely view of cottonwood trees and grassy, landscaped areas that extend to the rear fence. Walkers and joggers are always moving along the trail. The kid-friendly backyard includes a treehouse built by Robin’s father and Brian, a zip line, and the obligatory swing set and sandbox. Adults enjoy the fireplace; the pool house with its TV, outdoor kitchen, and outdoor shower; the hot tub; and the comfortable outdoor seating areas on three sides of the pool

“The surfaces were hard, so we brought in soft goods to balance the architecture— the bride for the groom.” —David Naylor

Though small in square footage, the reading room soars to the second floor through the open ceiling, with another fantastic light fixture anchoring the space and drawing the eye upward. Below: The family room embraces color, as in the rose-hued sectional and the mod geometric rug.



“I had a running narrative in my head about Brian and Robin, that they were world travelers who loved staying in high-end resorts,� says Naylor, who suggested the antique Indian columns for the sumputous living room. At once visually stunning and completely livable, the space combines vibrant blue hues and unusual, touchable textiles. Naylor took the initiative in ordering the Berman Rosetti chairs (foreground) in cowhide for his clients, who love the look. 110

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Facing floor-to-ceiling windows opening to the pool area, the master bedroom is filled with natural light. The elegant platform bed, end tables, and metallic pendant lights suggest a contemporized midcentury feel.

His-and-hers floating vanities in the master bath are anchored with tall cabinetry and feature plenty of storage space. Eye-grabbing mirrors keep the space from feeling too angular, as do the organic sinks and freestanding tub.

that keep kids easily in sight. Not surprisingly, a lot of entertaining goes on here, and the homeowners are delighted that friends and their families are gravitating toward their home. According to Brian, he’ll often come home from work to find an impromptu party going on and 30 people in his house. And he loves that. “We spent a lot of time and effort trying to figure out how we could easily have a bunch of people over to watch a football or soccer game, or just have cocktails around the pool—a place where it didn’t always have to be ‘just kids’ or ‘just adults,’” says Robin. “Sometimes we do that, but we wanted a place where we could also mix generations, where everyone would feel comfortable.” SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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With two young children in the home, Brian and Robin needed furniture coverings that were kid-friendly but elegant. “Today’s performance fabrics are really beautiful, durable, and long-lasting,” says Naylor, who used them both indoors and outdoors.

The pool house includes a full outdoor kitchen with a TV (perfect for game nights), a fireplace, an outdoor shower, and comfortable seating. Thyme growing between the flagstones adds an organic feel to the contemporary spaces.


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“We wanted a house built around a pool, a house that was just as easy to live in outdoors as indoors,” says Robin.

There’s more to this backyard than just its pool. The kids love their treehouse and monkey bridge, the zip line, and the swing set; adults enjoy the comfortable seating areas and shaded hammock.



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alligraphy is a centuries-old, sculptural art form, as elegant as it is functional. Reminiscent of the curvilinear lines left behind by a careful brush stroke, the new Calligraphy collection by Corbett Lighting evokes swirling cursive script flowing across a piece of parchment paper. Calligraphy was developed by Corbett Lighting as an encore to the company’s Spellbound, a modern, decorative LED fixture in a spiral shape. “We wanted to take that same idea of movement and update it,” says President Steve Nadell. “In Calligraphy, we created a soft, striking shape and added some contrast by finishing its form in hand-applied silver leaf with polished stainless steel accents.” Two LEDs illuminate the fixture from the top and bottom and create subtle shadows on the walls—almost like artwork that’s been thoughtfully placed. A superlative selection for Southwestern modern or contemporary décor, Calligraphy is ideal in an entry, dining area, or study. “It’s one of those lyric, organic shapes that can go in a home filled with natural stone, or a contemporary home,” says Judith Reeder, owner of Santa Fe’s Allbright & Lockwood, a Calligraphy retailer. Nadell agrees: “I see Calligraphy fitting in a variety of applications, including a warm, earthy, contemporary aesthetic. The tone of the silver leaf also makes the fixture neutral, and it can look warm or cool depending on the color palette in the space.”

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or more than 3,000 years, Native Americans have sought health and healing in nature’s mineral waters. Try it once, and you’ll understand why. Onsite lodging makes these Southwest-area springs an ideal weekend recharge any time of the year.

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Sacred to eight Northern Pueblo tribal communities, waters at the family-friendly Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa ( in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, offer four mineral soaks: iron, soda, arsenic, and opening in 2016, a lithia pool. “This area will be enhanced with ramadas, hammocks, and expanded seating, which we believe will be an exciting addition to our loyal Ojo guests,” says Marketing Director Wendi Gelfound. Lodging ranges from camping to the Cliffside suites with kiva fireplaces, private outdoor soaking tubs, and private back patios facing the spectacular cliffs and Pueblo ruins that border the springs. Cliffside, Plaza, and Pueblo suite guests enjoy extended soaking hours in the new circular Kiva pool. The Artesian Restaurant offers farm-to-table freshness. Midweek day-use specials include Soak and Stretch: yoga plus springs access ($27); and the clothing-optional Private Pool and Springs Special, which includes entry for two to the springs, mud pool, steam room, and sauna, as well as two daytime hours in a private pool ($90). Ojo offers a senior and military discount, as well as free entry to the springs for New Mexico residents on their birthday.

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Long considered sacred by the Apache and Mimbres tribes, the mineral-rich water of Riverbend Hot Springs ( is just a short walk from shops and dining in historic downtown Truth or Consequences, in Southern New Mexico. Soak by the hour or as part of an overnight retreat at this serene environment geared toward couples and families with children 12 and older. Riverbend Hot Springs’ Expect an intimate connection Riverside Rock Pools run between 100–104 degrees, with nature, says General Manager making them perfect for Jake Foerstner. “Since we are the longer soaks. only all-outdoor springs on the Rio Grande, guests can marvel at not only the breathtaking vistas of the Caballo Mountains, but also a plethora of migratory birds and other wildlife.” Purchase a one-hour pass ($10, free for overnight guests) to visit five public pools of different temperatures. Lounge on the shaded patio, relax in the barrel sauna, or take a cool dip in the clear Rio Grande. Private pools, walled on three sides but open to the riverside mountain view, are clothing optional with their own cooling misters, decks, and seating. Fiftyminute sessions are a reasonable $10 for overnight guests and $15 more for day visitors.

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f the current administration is indeed able to restore U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, as it hopes, “the land that time forgot” may well soon become “the land the world rediscovered.” And should that plan come to full fruition, author Michael Connors’s stunning coffee table book Havana Modern: 20th-Century Architecture and Interiors is well timed to serve tourists finally able to visit Cuba as an introduction to the buildings and architecture of that island nation. The author notes that in the capital of Havana, there are “examples of every Western architectural style that exists from the past 500 years.” And yet, the largest part of the city was built between 1902 and 1959, the year of the revolution. Art deco and Beaux-Arts architectural styles, with Cuban elements, were popular. Between WWII and the mid-1960s, architecture in Havana was influenced heavily by modernist heavy-hitters such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and other architects favoring rectilinear cubism. Havana Modern, through gorgeous color photography by Néstor Martí, brings us face to face with those buildings, theaters, hotels, homes, churches, and schools. Some structures, like the art deco Bacardi building (former headquarters of the Bacardi Rum empire) are well preserved and have even been renovated. Others, such as


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Havana Modern: 20th-Century Architecture and Interiors, by Michael Connors, Rizzoli New York, hardcover, $65

the former Garatti’s School of Ballet and Roberto Gottardi’s School of Dramatic Arts— dramatic examples of Cuban expressionist architecture—lie in ruins. It is interesting—perhaps fitting—that just as the United States is poised to reestablish relations with Cuba, whose development was essentially put on hold in 1959, a renewed passion for midcentury modern everything is currently sweeping the world. Finding and restoring authentic homes, buildings, furniture, and art from the 1940s through the late 1960s has become an international obsession; Americans happily travel to Europe, Denmark, and Australia to find original examples of the era. Havana is about to become the next big destination for modern architecture and design, and Havana Modern is like a sensuous, colorful travel brochure—a glimpse into Cuba’s architecturally rich history and its time capsule of modernism. Heretofore visited by only a few, someday—perhaps very soon—its beauty and its forgotten architecture will be enjoyed and appreciated by many.—Amy Gross

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a new owner to write its next colorful chapter


he Village of Galisteo, which has a long and fascinating history that goes back hundreds of years, was a small military outpost in the late 18th century. One of the few old structures that not only remains standing but is used as a residence is located at 12 La Vega in the heart of the village. This charming compound, which sits on almost an acre, comprises a main house, a guesthouse, and a studio. The main house has double adobe walls; built in the early 1800s, it has since been lovingly restored and updated. The current owner, Sherry Kerstetter, added the guesthouse to the property in 2006, bringing the compound’s bedroom and bathroom total to four each. Many families, including the Ortiz y Pino family, have lived there through the years. At one time the home housed La Mancha Restaurant. “I can feel the history of the old house,” says Kerstetter. “It’s phenomenal. It feels tranquil.” Kerstetter purchased the property in 2005 from Linda Durham, who lived in the main house while operating Linda Durham Contemporary Art out of an old dilapidated greenhouse converted into a state-of-the-art, 2,900-square-foot gallery space.

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Left: The main house, as it’s called, is a study in classic New Mexico style with vigas, colorful tile, and distressed kitchen cabinets. At one time, it housed La Mancha Restaurant. The chic, updated studio and gallery (below) features an ultramodern kitchen with Euro stylings and lighting.

“It was a radical and risky location for an art gallery, and that’s part of what excited me,” says Durham. “I have so many pictures of the openings and the amazing exhibitions we did there. Some of my clients would fly to Albuquerque and drive up the back roads and stay at the Galisteo Inn. The town was full of amazing people—great intellectuals, renowned artists, and artisans.” Galisteo’s vibrant artistic community was an important draw for Kerstetter, who is an avid supporter of the area’s artists and friends with many of them. The annual Galisteo Studio Tour, which will be held this year October 17 and 18, is testament to the colorful, creative nature of this historic village and its residents. Durham says she misses her life in Galisteo to this day.  “I experienced a profound sadness when I moved away,” she explains. “I missed the villagers, the community activities, and the quiet, authentic beauty. When I left, I lost a connection that is not possible to regain.” Listing price: $1.499 million Contact: The Bodelson Spier Team, 505-660-4442, 505-690-6826,, Light and bright, Linda Durham’s former studio and gallery (left) is now comfortable living space, a distinctly modern contrast to the traditional main house (below) with its stone tile, cork floors, wood doors and lintels, and Southwest accents.

Between the main house, the studio, and the guesthouse, the compound comprises four bedrooms, four baths, and plenty of dedicated space, such as a media room (left) in the studio.

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love of interior design and style started at an early age for Los Angeles–based blogger and designer Justina Blakeney. “My parents weren’t precious about their stuff,” she says. “We were allowed to make design decisions.” Thanks to this artistic freedom, Blakeney was immediately immersed in a world of color and creativity, which paved the way to her successful career of designing and styling homes with an eclectic, bohemian vibe. It all started when she began designing and sewing her own curtains and painting vibrant murals on the walls of her childhood bedroom. “My room was a forever-unfinished canvas, consistently evolving and being layered upon, and always an accurate reflection of me at any specific state of life,” Blakeney writes. Growing up with the ability to constantly change her own environment cultivated a knack for styling homes with lots of personality. After a seven-year stay in Italy, Blakeney returned to the United States and launched her award-winning design blog, While offering design tips and easy-to-follow DIY projects, Blakeney always reminds her followers that creativity should be fun and rewarding but never over-the-top expensive. Blakeney’s first home design book, The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes, explores 20 different homes across the country that have adopted bohemian style and décor to create a free-spirited ambience. The book is split into six distinct sections (Modern, Earthy, Folksy, Nomadic, Romantic, and Maximal) that detail each bohemian theme and give instructions on how to emulate each with fabrics, colors, and textures. Looking for your inner wild child? The New Bohemians inspires homeowners to find their free-spirited sides through pages of helpful ideas, tips, and plenty of home décor eye candy.—Danielle Urbina

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Ideal Mirror & Glass has installed elegant mirrors and shower doors for over 30 years. Our gallery is one of the largest shower enclosure showrooms in the state. For your upcoming remodel or new build, come by and let us provide you with your next mirror and shower enclosure. 9930 Mcknight NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 505-294-0699 or 888-223-1847


Albuquerque Sound & Vac


When Quality Counts, Count on Us!

Providing a one stop shop for all of your well water needs! Specializing in innovative solutions, alternative options, the highest quality products and ultra-reliable service. When you need the best possible results from your well, call us, we will find a way to supply clean, healthy water to your home or business. 18471 US 84/285 Espanola, NM 87532 505-920-9220


In Bloom Florist

For over 25 years Albuquerque Sound & Vac has been your low voltage contractor for Central Vacuum Systems, DIRECTV, Home Theater Solutions, Intercom Systems, Network and Structured Wiring and Security & Surveillance Systems. We offer many of the premier brands including Beam, Yamaha, SpeakerCraft and many others. Our professional experienced team is ready to work with you on your home or business.

We are locally owned and operated, and give each client our personal attention. Whether you are looking for a single flower for a special someone, planning your wedding, or large event; we are customer-focused on your needs, your budget and every detail to make your floral experience exceptional. Let us bring In Bloom, to you at!

5701 Carmel Ave NE, Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87113 505-883-6136

7007 Jefferson St NE, Suite E Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-828-0100 800-333-2399


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Wood Moulding Specialties, Inc.

David C Peterson Construction Company

Serving New Mexico’s contractors and homeowners for over 34 years. Residential & Commercial. Choose from hundreds of patterns in stock or let us create a custom design for you. OFFERING SU CASA READERS ADDITIONAL SAVINGS 8009 Edith NE Albuquerque, NM 87113 505-897-2997


Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM, award-winning custom home builder specializing in traditional New Mexico style homes since 1980. Now building with E-Crete. Please visit my website for more information. Phone: 505-239-3729 or Text: 505-239-3729 wall treatments

Murray Drilling Company

McClendon Decorative Arts

Robert Reck



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Water Wells • Pumps • Service • Inspections Quality is in the workmanship, materials & service. Servicing Albuquerque, Algodones, Bernalillo, Budaghers, Corrales, Placitas & Rio Rancho Since 1977 Lic # WD-672 & ES10-384924 505-867-9500

We are a full service Decorative Painting, European Plastering & Historic Restoration Company with over 30 years experience. Each design is personalized in order to provide you with authentic imagery reflective of your taste and vision. Our artisans create one of a kind finishes and interior enhancements that will truly transform your home or business. John McClendon 505-217-4025 SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



When you’ve got lots of kids and grandkids visiting, as do the owners of this home in Santa Fe, you can’t have enough sleeping space. “We’ve been doing a ‘nanny’s nook’ for as long as I can remember,” says Rob Woods of Woods Design Builders, who notes how versatile that little space, which can be designed around almost any size mattress, often ends up being. “It’s a nice reading area, a place to hang out and play—or make forts out of. Kids love them.” Other Woods signatures in this warm guest bedroom include a sculptural kiva fireplace and delicious, diamondplaster walls coated with a beeswax finish. They, and other lovely touches, helped the home win well-deserved awards in its category for Best Design, Best Craftsmanship, and Best Master Suite in this past summer’s Haciendas—A Parade of Homes. Woods Design Builders, 132

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No Cost, No Obligation Design Build Green New Mexico Certified Affordable Luxury. Cost-Saving Engineering. Healthy Indoor Environments. Quiet Comfort. Model Home at 9700 Sand Verbena Trail NE (Paseo del Norte & Holbrook) | 505.688.6834

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Introducing… North Tramway Estates A new custom home community offering stunning mountain and city views. Located on the west side of Tramway Blvd. and Tramway Ln.

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