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homes meant to be

Everything—including the design and build of their Pueblo-style home—fell neatly into place when two East Coasters finally made their move to New Mexico.


rational refuge

Armed with spreadsheets and a ton of research, a physicist and an engineer designed their dream home in the East Mountains, and not one thing is out of place.



beautiful baths

Look for a series of lovely bathrooms throughout this issue, from Japanese-inspired spaces to bold, masculine makeovers.

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All the details on 39 amazing newly built and remodeled homes in Albuquerque that will be available to tour April 28–30 and May 5–7. The handy pullout map makes it easy to navigate your way around the Parade. S U C A S A S P R I N G 2017


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16 Life+Style Southwest Freestanding tubs are trending in 2017; Steve Thomas designs his landscaping with purpose; and a roundup of garden décor that’s as fun as it is chic.

On the cover: This colorful Pueblo-style home in Placitas is about as far from New Jersey as you can get—and that’s just fine with its delighted owners. Read about it on page 38. Photograph by Patrick Massengale.


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26 Design Studio The always colorful Moll Anderson talks to Su Casa about life, love, and her newest book; Pantone’s Color of the Year adds some Greenery to your home; and local home stagers reveal why it pays to stage before you sell.

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Community gardens nurture friendship and the growing of healthful foods; secondhand is all the rage at local consignment shops; Tom Smylie introduces us to New Mexico’s grosbeaks; and bonsai is a hobby for those who enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

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Look at your home with fresh eyes and a new perspective as we review Moll Anderson’s new book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life® With Color: What’s Your Color Story? and Domino.

120 Su Cocina James Selby discusses family-owned Gruet Winery and its complement of sparkling wines; use one to create a refreshing sparkling wine cocktail.

128 What’s Happening?

Concerts, festivals, and fun events going on around Northern New Mexico this spring.


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elcome to spring! In this issue of Su Casa Northern New Mexico we are reminded that our home can be an ongoing art exhibition where we serve as the curator. When you consider that, like a painting or a sculpture, our homes have texture, color, and shape—both inside and out—they are like pieces of art. The structure of the home, the walls, and exteriors are but a beginning point. In this issue we look at several ways in which the artistic influences in your home work together to create a finished piece of art. This issue is of course also the one where we bring you all of the details about the Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade in Albuquerque. There are 39 newly built and remodeled homes on the Parade this year, and Su Casa is the Parade’s official magazine, with images and descriptors of each home and a handy pullout map to guide you to each one. Throughout the Parade, you will see gorgeous homes that appeal to the varying tastes and preferences of us would-be homeowners. Some are traditional, some contemporary, but each is a work of art with a strong sense of design and functionality—terms, I should add, that are not mutually exclusive! Many of the homes in the Parade are direct collaborations between a homeowner, a builder, and often an architect. Like any creative project, the personalities, skills, and passions of each participant come together to create the final stunning residence. During the Parade you’ll get to meet many talented builders and designers, and who knows? Perhaps you’ll soon be working collaboratively on a masterpiece of your own. Once complete, the real fun begins. You become the artist, curating your home inside and out. Almost everything in the home has the opportunity to be a piece of art. Our story on bathtubs is a clear example of a practical item also serving as a beautiful sculptural art form. Our story on chic garden décor is a roundup of fun outdoor elements that add design, flair, and color to your yard. Like any artistic effort, there are few, if any, rules; we are limited only by our imaginations. Use the homes you see in the Parade as a starting point, and then let your creativity fly.

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wall is all about visual punch, the minimalist mirror and floating knotty alder cabinetry offer a bit of rest for the eye and a feeling of Zen. “I love to go with high quality products that won’t break the bank,” says Marlene Vance, RayLee Luxury Homes’ sales and marketing director and the design force behind the room. “The powder room is a space where you can add a lot of bang for your buck.” RayLee Luxury Homes,


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The Usk by Drummonds, modeled after an 18thcentury bateau bath design, is an elegant “boat bath” style perfect for traditional and contemporary bathrooms. Courtesy Usk by Drummonds


mperial, pedestal, skirted, or circular, freestanding bathtubs are undoubtedly the bathroom trend for 2017. These eye-catching centerpieces—whether antique, reproduction, contemporary, or traditional—work to create a perfectly tailored bathroom as well as a retreat in which to soak. There are many considerations that go into determining whether a freestanding bathtub is the right choice for your bathroom. Loreen Perry of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos’s Golden Eagle Design ( emphasizes two major points when deciding on a new tub: installation and upkeep. “I have an 1,800-pound granite Stone Forest bathtub that is right by the front door of the showroom,” Perry says. “It’s a beautiful piece of art, and customers fall in love with it. Then we begin asking

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If you have your heart set on incorporating a freestanding tub into your master bath suite, Derick Holman, showroom manager at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery ( in Albuquerque, reveals the many options that homeowners have in regard to appearance, style, and functionality. But there is definitely a trend, Holman says. “The styling of today’s popular freestanding tubs . . . is more modern, showcasing a geometric shape. The overall look is cleaner, the design takes up less space, and the models with slimmer basins don’t take as long to fill up,” he notes. A freestanding tub is often designed to be the visual focal point of a bathroom. Your eye can’t help but be drawn to a sculptural art form that softens the sharp angles and geometrics of bathroom tile and cabinetry. Leave it to contemporary designers to combine the attractiveness of a freestanding tub with the practicality of a conventional tub. According to Kathy Fennema of Santa Fe By Design (, “We are now beginning to see tubs that are connected to one wall, which renders the look of a freestanding tub.” And if white used to be the predominant tub color, it is no longer. “We’re also seeing colors for composite and acrylic tubs, including red, blue, yellow, and purple, as well 20

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The Papillion bathtub in Cumulo granite from Stone Forest.

Below: Pescadero, by Victoria+Albert, features a wave-style rim. Courtesy CrossWater

Your eye can’t help but be drawn to a sculptural art form that softens the sharp angles and geometrics of bathroom tile and cabinetry.

as muted colors.” Holman agrees, adding that these colorful tubs pair with the expanded offering of contemporary faucets. He also notes that acrylic is beginning to overtake porcelain and cast iron. “The price point for an acrylic freestanding tub is a little lower,” he says, “and more design options are now available beyond the standard oval shape.” As for the longevity of the style, Fennema states that Santa Fe By Design has being consistently selling freestanding tubs since opening its doors in 2002. She cites their dramatic presence and lower water usage among other reasons for their current popularity and lasting appeal. Whether you’re looking for a freestanding tub for aesthetic purposes, or intend to transform your bathroom into a mini luxury spa, there are thousands of ideas and options to consider before taking the plunge into this always stylish and continually evolving trend.

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the hard questions: How are you going to get this into your bathroom? It will be a challenge for a remodel; even in a new home, you’ll need to place it [the bathtub] before a lot of the walls go up.” Then there’s long-term care. “I think our number one seller right now is solid surface material,” Perry explains. “Most tubs have the same material going all the way through the surface, so if it gets scratched up, you can buff out those marks.” Many tubs available, including the popular clawfoot variety, are cast iron or acrylic, and though those materials are easier to clean, it must be done on a regular basis. Copper and stainless steel tubs are also rising in popularity, but Perry cautions that they can involve higher maintenance: “The manufacturer recommends they should be rinsed out and dried thoroughly after each use,” she says.

Above: The Waldorf back-to-wall tub by CrossWater blends the style of a freestanding tub with the practicality of a built-in. Jacuzzi’s Siena tub (above, center) was named one of Beautiful Kitchens & Baths most innovative products for 2017.




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Left: Sea Cove Cottage in all its blooming summer glory. Notice how the row of lovely Limelight hydrangeas offers a subtle buffer between the porch and passersby, but still allows for neighborly interaction.

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landscape design as functional as it is beautiful


ne of the emerging building trends right now is small, tightly designed, energy-efficient houses. Curiously, boomers and millennials alike are gravitating to these compact homes, with both groups sharing a desire to be connected to the community around them. When we embarked on a comprehensive renovation of a small 1905 Shingle-style Victorian in a fishing village in Maine, my wife and I were fully aware of its “connectivity”: Sea Cove Cottage

is next to the post office, across from the church, a stone’s throw from the general store—and within spitting distance of a couple of neighboring homes. I’m all about conviviality and neighborliness, but I need some privacy, too, and aside from keeping the shades drawn, the way to achieve that is through a really clever landscape plan. We turned to friend and landscape designer Anne Cox, who specializes in the coastal Maine environment. As with any building, renovation, or landscaping project, I always use professional designers and architects. And I’ve found, over the years, that if you’re clear about your design objectives and your budget, you’ll get excellent results at a reasonable cost. And so it is with Anne. Her first take is generally right on, and here’s the plan we are currently implementing—one designed to be as functional as it is beautiful. The cottage has a broad front porch overlooking the sidewalk and street, with views of the harbor. The landscaping challenge here is to provide the opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors while sitting on the porch but also to maintain some separation. A row of glorious Limelight hydrangeas

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does the trick. We’ll prune them to railing height and use Limelights along the walk and side porch, too, for continuity. Two Japanese tree lilacs frame the house. Their June blooms are gorgeous, and their overhead canopy provides additional texture and a sense of privacy. Anne favors them because they’re small and avoid entanglement with the overhead utility lines. They’re also quite tolerant of the winter coastal winds. The side yard was more of a challenge. The septic field is here, so our vegetable gardening will take place in raised beds lined with geotextile set in a quadrangle of pea stone. Privacy from the street is afforded by grasses, also in a planter, behind the stone wall. We’ll use Karl Foerster feather reed grass, which grows to five feet and maintains winter interest until cut down in the spring. Additional privacy is afforded by a long, narrow garden shed “floating” on the toe of the septic field, and privacy fence along the drive. Both the shed and fence will be planted with annual vines to soften the edge. Regardless of where you live—Maine, Santa Fe, or El Paso— plant choices will vary according to climate, but landscape design principles are universal: use trees and shrubs to provide texture and layers (horizontal and vertical), and mix evergreen, deciduous, and seasonal grasses with “hard” features (stone walls, sheds, fences) to both soften the edges and give depth, variety, and privacy. I also cannot stress enough the tremendous advantage of hiring a design professional. Thanks, Anne! Summer’s around the corner and I can’t wait to see this plan realized!

Above: Working with a professional landscape designer, Steve and Evy sketched out a plan for their compact lot. Thinking in terms of function, privacy, and beauty, the team incorporated flowering shrubs and trees, a raised vegetable garden, and privacy borders made of hard features as well as shrubs and grasses.

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by Amanda Jackson

garden chic

funky and functional décor to brighten outdoor spaces

Whether diminutive or extravagant, sun-kissed gardens and yards crave color and eye-catching décor. Your outdoor spaces are a further extension of your style and personality, so check out this roundup of products—some funky, some functional—that will have you enjoying your garden all year round.

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Jackalope Decorative Glazed Ceramic Pots If you’re looking for just the right accent for your entryway, courtyard, or backyard, these beautiful, highly color-saturated glazed clay pots offer an unexpected surprise in the garden. Available in many sizes and in a variety of colors from vibrant blues and greens to fiery reds and oranges, they are ideal for showcasing everything from delicate herbs to robust prickly pear cactus. Where could you use a pop of color? $25–$900, Jackalope,

Osuna Nursery Louie and Larry Lawn Gnomes Not your typical red hat yard gnomes, Louie and Larry are made from 100 percent recycled material and are a jovial additional to any garden. At just under 2 feet in height, these cheerful fellows look great singly or as a pair. Not into gnomes? Check out the other recycled yard sculptures available at Osuna Nursery, from airplanes and boats to dogs, horses, fish, and even elephants. $290, Osuna Nursery, Rehm’s Nursery & Garden Center Artisan Bench Nothing says old Mexico like a brightly painted bench under the summer sun— and nothing says New Mexico like a brightly painted bench tucked beneath a covered portal. This charming bench, made to seat two, is available in a variety of colors, including red and yellow, washed blue, and brick red (shown). $300, Rehm’s Nursery & Garden Center, 24

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one colorful character


hen designer and life stylist Moll Anderson published her last book, Seductive Tables for Two, Su Casa invited her to write a regular column for us. For the past two years, we’ve been thrilled to include in our pages Moll’s take on everything from remodeling tips to pillow placement. With a new book just released in March, the part-time Santa Fe resident took a few moments out of her busy schedule to sit down with Su Casa and talk about why she’s a big fan of color, strong women, and following your hunches.—Amy Gross

Did you have a breakthrough career moment? I was working at a furniture store in Nashville for $10 an hour—it was very humbling, to say the least—and this was at 40 years old! I had to sell my car. I said, “Okay, God, I need a miracle today. I need a sign.” And that day a woman named Patty St. Lawrence walked in the store. I’ll never forget it: She walked up to me and said, “Hi, are you an interior designer?” And immediately I thought of the Oprah author who said, own it! And I said, “Why yes, I am!” Long story short, Patty and I really connected, and I designed her empty, 15,000-square-foot house in just 30 days! She let me do a walk-through of it on TV, and my career started. How did you meet your husband Charlie? We were set up by my mentor in Nashville, Kitty Moon Emery. She just passed away from pancreatic cancer, and she defined dignity and grace like no one else. She 26

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became family to me, and ended up introducing me to Charlie. I met him when I was 45; we’ve been married 11 years. Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ came out about 10 years ago. Why did you feel you needed to write Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ With Color: What’s Your Color Story? now? When I started this book I really wanted to get back to my original brand. The Seductive Home was a table book, and it was really chronicling my “before.” I had fallen out of love with color as a small child, then black became my signature color—still is, by the way; it’s one of the best foundation colors for design. But as I was figuring out the book I realized that black is a gateway to change, and that I’d been cocooning—protecting myself with that color. I knew then we needed to have a color lesson and a color story in every chapter. This book ended up being the book that I’d always wanted to write, that I didn’t know I was supposed to write. Jeff Katz Photography

Moll, how did you get started in interior design? Well, my son had gone off to college, and I had just gone through a divorce, and I just decided I really wanted to just change everything. So I picked up and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. I was trying to shift the energy of my life based on things that had happened to me in my childhood. I found myself on the couch for a week or two, feeling pretty depressed. I had painted all the walls I could paint, and I turned on Oprah and she had on a “life-changer” show. The guest was saying that one of the ways to really find your true passion is to go back through photographs that chronicle your life. The first pictures I came upon were before and after photos of remodeling I had done—not only everywhere I’d lived, but my friends’ places, too. It was crazy; I had gone through my whole life designing, and I just assumed everybody could do it.

Would you share with us your own color story? I had been abused by a family friend, unbeknownst to anyone, over a period of time at a very young age—4, 5, and 6. Like many abused children, I went into protective shock, and learned to move on. But when I started doing this journey

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about color, I realized that as I was going through my life in black, I was subconsciously trying to protect myself. I was doing the whole shroud thing. It wasn’t until I met Charlie, and I had broken through everything, that I started blossoming and getting in touch with the little girl inside me. I finally loved myself, which enabled me to mirror someone who had the same feelings and the same open heart. And I started falling in love with color again. I started noticing flowers, colors that were special and that I was drawn to. And one day I said to Charlie, “Let’s knock out the walls. We need to lighten this place up.” And when we did, the shift that started to happen was so powerful. I was always about creating atmosphere, even if it was dark. But now it needed be colorful, it needed to be happy, and it needed to have energy. So I went through a whole shift, like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. So are you saying a person’s color story is already written and something to be discovered, or is it something you can consciously create? It can be both, but here’s the thing: We are born into our parents’ color story and we start from there. Let’s say your mom had a love for red but you didn’t have a good childhood. Red might not be a color you want around you, and you have to figure out why it affects you. We don’t always understand how powerful our psyches are, and how much energy and information we take in—even as small children and growing up, when we think we’re not paying attention. Sensory awareness is so important. 28

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Do you see your own color story changing or evolving? I think it’s ongoing. I just did a thing in my kitchen in Dallas. The first color coming into my new color story was yellow—energetic yellow. I loved this painting in my kitchen, but I kept wishing the yellow in it was much more energetic. So I took it up a notch— found the most intense yellow flowers, and these energetic velvet pillows in a hot, hot yellow. We replaced those, and the energy in the room shifted that simply. I think at different times we’re drawn to things when we need the energy of that color. How did you muddle through the beige and neutral ’90s and 2000s? Remember I was into black, so I chose olives and eggplants as my neutrals. Now I create neutrals as a color and they might be pastels, or metals, because I love all of those things. If you want the lightness and the airiness of neutrals, you can have the energy of the color simply by bringing in flowers, throws, pillows, and art into the space. And it’s also interchangeable when you do that. You mentioned your favorite color is black. Do you have a least favorite color? Actually I call black my signature color. I don’t have a least favorite color, but I have least favorite hues of color—certain golds that make me feel like I look yellow. So I tell people, before you decide you hate a certain color, let’s get in touch with hue of the color and see if that doesn’t affect how you feel about it.

Each chapter in your book has a diagram of what you call “Insta-Inspiration.” That came to be when I was going through my Instagram. I realized that no matter whose photos you looked at, including your own, that you see certain things you’re drawn to, like, oh, I have a lot of this color. I want to teach people to pull their paint colors, or color swatches, out of their InstaInspiration pictures that they love. Where you do most often find your Insta-Inspiration? Oh gosh, everywhere! Fashion, art. Flowers inspire me a lot—they’re living inspiration. Food—I think the way we plate food is super important. I love Santa Fe, because you go and see all these tomatoes in all these colors at the farmers market, and not only do you want to eat them, but you want to place them in your kitchen in bowls, and it brings color in a whole other way. What projects, personal and professional, are you working on right now? I’m in pre-launch right now for the book. It’s really fun and exciting when TV producers say, this is groundbreaking stuff! It’s a reminder that I’m in this zone of “this is exactly what I need to be doing.” And in the midst of all this, the Paleo diet has become such an important part of my life. I want to share that, too, so we’re starting to talk about doing a cookbook! We’re getting ready to do some work on our Santa Fe house because our family has grown. We went from having two grandchildren to five this summer, and we can’t all fit anymore! The kids love being there all together for the holidays, so we’re thinking we’re going to have to knock out a wall or something pretty soon. But it’s going to be fun! Lots and lots of good stuff.

Read all about Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ With Color: What’s Your Color Story? on page 116.

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Design Studio

by Amy Gross

it’s easy to go Greenery Pantone’s Color of the Year is hard to miss—but fun to use


antone—the recognized authority on color that informs industries from fashion to interior design—recently unveiled its 2017 Color of the Year. “Greenery,” a bold tropical-lime green hue, has created a lot of buzz, signaling a not-so-subtle shift away from neutrals and monochromatics. Indeed, vibrant and eye-grabbing, Greenery is not for the faint-hearted, but used thoughtfully, can prove transformative to spaces large and small. The usual clichés apply here: Less is more. A little goes a long way. Use with caution. Greenery is unlikely to be embraced in large format (you probably won’t want to apply it to more than one or two walls). It is brilliant, however, as an accent color—happy, whimsical, and delicious. Think furniture, pillows, and even artwork. Intrigued but skeptical? Read on to discover ways you might incorporate this kicky and trending hue into your home.

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Keller Chair by Hancock & Moore Not quite ready for a big chunk o’ green? This fabulous, velvety accent chair incorporates Greenery in a more subtle way, in a pattern of blues and browns perfect for a transitional-style bedroom or living room. Dana Stringer Interiors,


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Design Studio

by Catherine Adams

by most accounts, a home staged is a home sold Above: Marty Wilkinson of Metamorphosis staged this newly built spec home for the Santa Fe Parade of Homes. In the dining room, she opted for bright white chairs to help the eye focus on the home’s beautiful dark wood flooring and cabinetry. The house, she says, sold quickly!

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Above: With just a few quick additions—dining and island seating, artwork, and some countertop items—Nicole Rorem of Su Casa Staging added warmth and coziness to formerly empty kitchen and dining spaces (left).


he value of staging a home for sale is gaining ground in Northern New Mexico, especially as the real estate market picks up around Santa Fe and Albuquerque for the typically busier spring and summer seasons. It’s a classic case of spend some now to make more later. By staging a home in a way that plays up its strengths, it stands to sell faster—and at a sweeter price. “Staging is less expensive than a price reduction,” says Marty Wilkinson, interior designer and owner of Metamorphosis ( in Santa Fe. “People often leave a house sitting on the market, empty, reducing the price, when they can actually raise the price with some good staging.” Wilkinson says that demand for staging has increased by as much as 75 percent over the past 10 years, and credits this growth to more realtor referrals and online buyers (who now have free and open access to the MLS) whose first impression of a home is through pictures. It’s a given that tastefully furnished rooms speak louder than empty ones. While Wilkinson prefers to stage empty homes with her own furnishings, Mindy Abramson, who is the only Certified Staging Professional (CSP) in New Mexico and the owner of Distinguishing Style ( in Albuquerque, focuses on occupied properties and using the seller’s own furniture. She works with what is there. “I start by assessing the property to identify all ‘obstacles’ to the sale,” she says. “Not all obstacles are big. Some are easy fixes”—better placement of furniture, art, lighting, and accessories, for example. Others fixes are more involved, requiring extensive renovation. “Each property is so very different and thus needs to be individually assessed,” Abramson explains. Stagers have their own way of working, so it’s good to find one with a compatible approach. “Everybody does it a little differently,” says Nicole Rorem, owner of Albuquerque’s Su Casa Staging (, but the end game is basically the same. “The goal is to overcome ‘unconscious objections’ in order to sell homes quicker and for a higher price. Our [staged] homes average 27 days on the market. They have an average sales-to-list ratio of 99.5 percent, and nearly half sell for 100 percent or more than list price.”

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Staging professionals may charge differently for their services: by the project, by the room, by how many months on the market. The work process varies, too: the one-day makeover, the two-week overhaul, the year-long collaboration. Stagers work closely with clients to create that inviting, homey feel that speaks to buyers, while taking the style, size, and age of the home into account. Plus they all aim to make the whole experience easier on the seller.

“[People] think cleaning and decluttering is enough, but there’s a price tag on pride. It can end up costing sellers more in the long run.” —Mindy Abramson, CSP


“Selling a home is stressful under the best of circumstances,” Abramson says. “Why add more? It always makes sense to stage. The biggest mistake people make is thinking they can do it on their own. They think cleaning and decluttering is enough, but there’s a price tag on pride. It can end up costing sellers more in the long run. The more they delay, the more they risk making decisions that inadvertently create more obstacles.”

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Mindy Abramson, CSP, of Distinguishing Style, stages homes using the sellers’ current furniture. In the home above, the furnishings were awkwardly placed: a sectional blocked the windows and the dramatic cowhide chairs were lost among too many other pieces. Abramson brought in a space-defining area rug, changed out the coffee table, uncovered the bench, and placed the cowhide chairs against the windows, where they naturally draw attention to the incredible views beyond.

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As part of a comprehensive Santa Fe home remodel by Carlos Kinsey of Kinsey Architecture + Design, the kitchen and a dirt-floor shed were transformed into an elegant master bath reminiscent of a Japanese bathhouse, or onsen, adorned with a few simple, modernizing finishes. Naturally, a massive copper Japanese soaking tub anchors the space, its rich finish playing beautifully with a wide band of metallic mosaic tile running horizontally across the walls of the soaking area and the walk-in shower. Rolling doors made of translucent 3form panels divide the bathing areas from his-and-hers vanities and other practical spaces; sandwiched between the panels are pieces of real grass, which softens and lends an organic, earthy feel to a striking bath clad in stone and metal. Design and Build: Kinsey Architecture + Design; Tile: Statements In Tile/Lighting/ Kitchens/Flooring; Cabinetry and Countertops: H and S Craftsmen/Counter Intelligence

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Enamored with an iridescent glass mosaic tile they found in a Florida hotel, the owners of this striking bathroom decided to incorporate it into their remodel—indeed, they designed the entire bath around it. Paired with largeformat porcelain tile on the floor and walls, it makes a dramatic statement indeed. 36

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Above: The bathroom is sans tub, not only because of space constraints but for aging in place considerations. The same swath of mosaic tile pops in the curbless, walk-in shower with its built-in seat.



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all about the tile When it came time to remodel their 1970s-era master bath into something more modern and masculine, Bert Umland and his husband Greg Grannan had one thing in mind: a rich, iridescent tile they had found in a hotel in Miami. Ultimately they decided the hotel’s tile might be too slippery running along their floor, so they found a smaller version locally in Albuquerque that posed less of a safety issue. Marc Coan of Marc Coan Designs helped them work up a more functional floor plan that included simple, frameless cherry cabinets and a large curbless walk-in shower with a wide threshold and a bench along one wall. Large-format wood-grain tile on the floors and walls added visual interest and showcased the star of the show—the rich, pearlescent mosaic—to dramatic effect. Shortly after the bathroom’s big reveal, Umland’s daughter pointed him to a mosaic table in her own backyard. To Umland’s astonishment, it was the exact same iridescent tile in his own master bathroom. “Tile choice must be a genetic thing!” he laughs. Who knew? Designer: Marc Coan Designs; Contractor: DB Bryson Construction; Tile: Architectural Surfaces Inc.; Cabinetry: DeWils Custom Cabinets; Countertops: United Stoneworks






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everything fell neatly into place when an East Coast couple made the move to New Mexico

The views go on forever in Placitas, and Jon and Erin Height’s home captures them from all angles. Beautifully landscaped, the outdoor spaces are designed with relaxation and downtime in mind.


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by Jessa Cast

photographs by Patrick Massengale


any people enjoy the wonders of New Mexico—its landscapes, culture, art, weather. But one couple wanted to live here so badly they spent 17 years pursuing that dream. Former New Jersey residents Erin and Jon Height, wanting to see the West, traveled to New Mexico in 1990 and, like many before them, were immediately hooked. After a decade of deciding exactly where to settle, they discovered Placitas; seven years on they’re still giddy. When asked if they miss New Jersey, the question isn’t even finished before they passionately, and in unison, affirm “no!”—not because they disliked their home state, but because they love the Southwest that much more. Specifically, the vast neighborhood called Diamond Tail Estates where they chose to build.



Many people dream of having a library in their house; the Heights made it happen—complete with a cozy fireplace and amazing views. In a vibrant burnt orange, American Clay covers the walls and the ceilings, for a feeling that’s at once dramatic and completely homey.


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Situated in Placitas, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Diamond Tail’s rolling desert hills and natural vistas make every direction a sight to behold. Of the original 20,000 acres of Diamond Tail Ranch, which harkens back to the 19th century, 1,800 acres have been set aside for home sites in Diamond Tail Estates, a high desert development. Almost 40 percent of that space will remain preserved as open space, part of the developer’s land stewardship philosophy, which includes wildlife and water conservation. Phase II is in development now, with lots ranging from one acre to almost three. With their own plot purchased in 2004, the Heights were forced to wait out the declining market before selling their New Jersey house, and finally in 2009 they were able to temporarily relocate to Rio Rancho. In their search for a builder, they hit it off with Bill Reynolds, president of award-winning New Haven Homes. By September of 2011 they were living in their custom-made abode. New Haven Homes, a design/build firm celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has a strong foothold in this development. “We’ve

The Agave Blue walls of the living room (above) are a warm complement to the dark-stained oak floors and rustic wooden furniture. Vigas fan out from latilla-clad ceilings in a quintessentially Pueblo style.

Left: A double-wide— and double-sided— lintel marks the wide archway leading from the living room to the entry hall, where a herringbone-patterned stone inset in the ceiling adds another point of visual interest.



been successful in building a number of homes in Diamond Tail,” Reynolds says, noting that the company’s sixth custom home there is underway—though the Heights’ exuberance about New Haven could well drive up that number by way of happy word-of-mouth. “This is going to sound ridiculous and untrue, but I’m not kidding you: All the people we worked with, they took such a great interest. It was a very positive thing,” says Jon. “We are fond of Bill and very pleased with what he’s done for us. We marvel every day at what we live in.” Tony Wegrzynek of Watermelon Mountain Design Works designed the home. His company partners with New Haven Homes, serving as their primary designer. The three-bedroom, 3,600-squarefoot Southwestern-style home is tucked neatly into a desert rise, offering nothing but nature as far as the eye can see. At night, a tiny, faraway break in the hills allows for a glittery glimpse of Santa Fe’s city lights, enjoyed from the Heights’ north-facing back patio and in-ground pool. Certified at Build Green New Mexico’s Gold level, the tight and efficient home boasts, among many other green features, solar-heated water. “We

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Right: Shadows play against the arches and curves of the hallway, illuminated by skylights as well as wall sconces.

The butler’s kitchen (below) features a wet bar, a mini fridge, lots of storage, and a walk-in pantry. The same cabinets and countertops from the kitchen are mirrored here.

basically use the radiant in-floor heat; we never turn on the hot air,” says Erin. Creature comforts include two gas fireplaces, electronic blinds, and a built-in vacuum system.

“We marvel every day at what we live in.” —Jon Height By way of their search for the beloved Decorá cabinets they’d had in New Jersey, the Heights introduced New Haven Homes to Erin Ware at Wild Wood Cabinetry and Design, creating an ongoing relationship for the two businesses. Erin loved their old cabinets, but opted for a slight upgrade in the new house, noting, “Those were maple, but these are gorgeous!” Fanned vigas on the cedar-slat living room ceiling draw the eye toward picThe spacious kitchen opens into the living room, and both overlook the pool area and capture incredible views. Erin loves her Decorá cabinetry, which is topped with granite and configured into several convenient prep areas.



The Prairie-style guest room is furnished with English antique pieces and comes with the obligatory gorgeous views.

The home’s textural, naturally pigmented American Clay walls are like a living skin, absorbing and releasing humidity as needed and offering incredible aesthetic warmth.

Above: The Roy Rogers cowboy room, another guest bedroom, is a nostalgic reflection of the West the Heights fell in love with when they first visited years ago.

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ture windows framing the incredible northern view. The main entry and gallery hallway stun new arrivals with a barrel arch, layered with multiple sources of light, and a herringbone-patterned tile ceiling. But perhaps the most exquisite features of the home, the ones that invite tactile exploration, are the American Clay walls. Locally produced and installed by Solamente Clay Walls, these naturally pigmented

earth clay products are like a living skin. “They absorb humidity and give it back to the room as it dries out. A feel-good product,” says Reynolds. The Agave Blue color of the living area appears velvety, while the buffed brown finish in the master bedroom mimics leather. Both finishes provide a beautiful contrast, and bring warmth and vivacity to the home the Heights love so much. “I’m so glad we moved here, because there is a community,” says Erin. Jon agrees, so much so that he joined, and then became president of, the Diamond Tail homeowners’ association. Just one more example of how everything seemed to fall into place when he and Erin moved to the Land of Enchantment. Every once in a while Reynolds visits with the Heights and they shoot the breeze over a dram of Scotch. “It’s a wonderful thing to have clients who become friends,” Reynolds muses. “Work turns into something other than work. A house turns into something more than a house.”

Above and left: Blue New Mexico skies offer the perfect backdrop to the Heights’ Pueblo-style home in Diamond Tail Ranch, complete with a pool and ample seating in both the front and back yards.

Below: Even when the weather is cool, a woodburning kiva fireplace built beneath the deep covered portal allows for outdoor enjoyment most of the year.

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BEAUTIFUL BATHS: Bright Contemporary


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Above and opposite: Tile size and pattern is mixed and matched to great effect in this white and gray master bath, a sleek contemporary space and a comfortable retreat.

modern marvel Aaron Borrego, a Santa Fe real estate agent, can’t stop laughing when talking about what this beautiful white bathroom looked like before Borrego Construction remodeled it—mostly because it wasn’t even a bathroom. “It was a weird bonus-slash-storage room,” he says. Borrego Construction ran plumbing to the 10 x 10-foot space and created a master bath with his-and-hers vanities and a spacious, walk-in shower. Erica Ortiz, principal of NeuBleu Interior Design, chose the simple, white and gray finishes, including the Shaker-style cabinetry and the interesting geometric mosaics in the backsplash, shower, and shower floor. Small but perfectly placed Pella windows on either side of the shower let in just enough light to brighten the spaces while maintaining some privacy. Clean, sleek, and contemporary, this bath embodies the modern look Borrego says is so hot in Santa Fe right now. In fact, the property went under contract soon after being remodeled—a successful flip in a rebounding housing market. Contractor/Remodeler: Borrego Construction; Interior Design: NeuBleu Interior Design; Lighting: Ray of Light; Tile: Dominguez Carpet & Tile; Windows: Pella Windows & Doors

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Now that a wall of cabinets and a divider wall have been removed, this remodeled bathroom offers so much more room to maneuver. ADA bars are discreetly placed around the room, including in the expanded and curbless shower, where a wall of cheerful pink mosaic tile adds visual spark.


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BEAUTIFUL BATHS: Universal Design Makeover

delightfully “out there”

Above: Placed at different heights, the his-and-hers vanities feature china vessel sinks, a marble stone backsplash, and a gorgeous custom wash on the cabinetry hand-applied by D Maahs Construction’s craftsmen.

Mary and Norm Kaczmarek remodeled their Santa Fe home space by space, but Mary’s favorite part of the renovation is her master bathroom. Not only is it now decidedly 21st-century chic, but thanks to her contractor, Douglas Maahs, CAPS, of D Maahs Construction, it’s also ADA-compliant and designed with aging in place in mind. A huge wall of cabinets previously hogged much of the small space, and a wall divided the commode from the rest of the small room. DMC reconfigured the room minus the cabinets and the wall; the more open space now features a curbless shower and a vanity that can accommodate a wheelchair if needed someday. The finishes are mostly monochronomatic—the cabinets, the countertops, the backsplash, and even the vessel sinks seem to arise from the same creamy palette—but Mary had been itching to add some color to her remodeled home from the get-go. She jumped on the opportunity with her bathroom. Working with interior designer Deborah Anderson, Allied ASID, Mary says, “I told Deborah I needed something a little ‘out there’; I needed some red.” Anderson came back with an eye-grabbing iridescent glass mosaic tile, fuchsia towels, and colorful curtains that add the “spark and dazzle” Mary had been craving. Functional and fun? That’s one heckuva bathroom. Contractor/Remodeler: D Maahs Construction; Interior Designer: Deborah Anderson, Allied ASID; Glass Mosaic Tile, Large Format Wall Tile, Stone Pebble Shower Flooring: Statements In Tile/Lighting/Kitchens/Flooring



rational refuge research, planning, and spreadsheets pay off beautifully for an engineering couple


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by Keiko Ohnuma photographs by Chris Corrie and Johnelle Korioth


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t’s probably no accident that Johnelle Korioth and Chris Musial’s home swept the awards at the Fall 2016 Homes of Enchantment Parade, happening when it did. During a tense election season when everyone seemed to be on edge, the elegant simplicity of the warm modern home exuded a calm so pervasive as to be nearly invisible. This was not an effect, signposted by burbling fountains, meditation cushions, or Asian temple references, but the natural outcome of thoughtful planning in every detail. Johnelle is a physicist, after all, and her husband Chris an engineer. They met in 2013 as career professionals, so you wouldn’t expect their first and only home build to be a frivolous fantasy. Still, the way they approached the project—much as you’d design an airplane or launch a study—offers an object lesson in rational problem-solving. They knew what they wanted, more or less, and began by researching floor plans online, drawing up lists, and creating a spreadsheet with a budget penciled out. Only then did they start looking for builders. In Ted Lowe of Lowe-Bo Homes they found an engineer after their own hearts, who

Above: Like his human parents, German shorthair pointer Flash loves the outdoor areas of his awardwinning home. Inside (left), the look is transitional modern, with cool, clean, neutral finishes in the open-concept living area and kitchen. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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not only built the type of home they wanted, but, as Johnelle says with a laugh, didn’t freak out when they walked in with their spreadsheet. “They brought or sent in four pages of stuff in a questionnaire format,” recalls Lowe, a veteran, awardwinning Albuquerque homebuilder. He rolled up his sleeves and dug right in. The three spoke the same language, and ended up as good friends—a compatibility that can be felt in the easy tranquility of the transitional Southwestern home.

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A physicist and an engineer respectively, Johnelle and Chris knew what they wanted in their new home. They researched floor plans and created a budget, and then found Ted Lowe, a builder who spoke their language.

Above and opposite, bottom: Would you expect two engineers to create anything other than an efficient, livable floor plan? Open and flowing, the living room, kitchen and dining nook pass easily into one another.

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Opposite, top: The interiors are largely transitional, but the massive, frosted-glass front door, is pure contemporary design and an impressive entry to the home.

It was Lowe who suggested a lot in Las Leyendas, a newish development in Sedillo that was priced to sell and convenient for Chris’s job near Kirtland Air Force Base. With two-acre lots, clear night skies, and mountain views—ideal for Johnelle’s 8-inch Newtonian telescope on the patio—the community started making more and more sense. “It came down to bang for the buck,” Johnelle explains, and indeed, the affordable lot price meant she and Chris had that much more to spend on line items for the build. Neither too big nor too small, their “Goldilocks” house would be precisely 2,400 to 2,600 square feet, with clean lines and a harmonious flow, with “every single inch used,” says Chris. It would be all one level and designed to let them age in place—“to meet our needs right now and later,” Johnelle says— with features designed to fit seamlessly into their daily lives, including two rambunctious dogs who get full run of the rooms. Given their easy agreement on most everything they wanted in a home—“That’s what happens when you’re an eHarmony couple,” Johnelle winks—the home was move-in ready in seven months. She and Left: Comfortable, low-maintenance furnishings and just-right accents earned the home—and Korioth, who chose and placed them—an award for Best Interior Design.




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The award-winning kitchen features a double Wolf oven and range for heavy-duty culinary adventures. Open shelving helps to create the feeling of more space, while a huge butler’s pantry (hidden behind the stove wall) keeps things neat and tidy up front.

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Homeowner Johnelle Korioth and builder Ted Lowe happily geeked out together over blueprints and plans.

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A simple but efficient office is tucked neatly into the hallway, so that no guest bedroom space is wasted.

Left: Richly patterned granite tops the counters in the kitchen. Right: One of Musial’s beloved guitars, part of what he winkingly calls his “harem.”

“I don’t view it as one of those ‘Don’t touch anything’ houses. It’s lived in and loved.” —Johnelle Korioth

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Chris Corrie

Chris researched everything meticulously, from the Morso wood-burning stove that would go in the living room (clean-burn certified, totally flush, with a visible fire) to the quartz Cambria countertops in the kitchen (easier to maintain than granite) and the rolling barn door connecting the butler’s pantry to the hallway. Though modestly sized and priced for a custom build, the four-bedroom, twoand-a-half bath home has features carefully chosen for a life of luxury, like Johnelle’s splurge, the six-burner stove in the kitchen, and the beckoning patio that’s a de facto second dining room and living room complete with built-in fireplace. Chris, who likes to tinker, got a three-car garage with windows for natural lighting to accommodate his workbenches and motorcycles. One bedroom serves as Johnelle’s work-athome office, and one is Chris’s music room and overflow guest quarters, where he keeps his “harem,” as Johnelle calls the rack of electric guitars lined up in the closet. The couple wanted their master suite separate from any guest quarters—a design achieved by a barely noticeable hallway off the kitchen that



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Right: An enormous picture window in the master bedroom offers uninterrupted views of the outdoor patio and the scenery beyond it. A serene palette of grays and beiges extends into the master bath (below), adding to the suite’s air of refined minimalism.

Light, bright, and airy, the master bath (above) relies on finishes that, while beautiful and elegant, are also durable, like the Silestone countertops and porcelain, wood-look tile flooring. A Southwest-style area rug adds just the right amount of color to the monochromatic spaces.


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opens into a spacious, light-filled apartment where Johnelle loves to linger among the 360 views. The clever master bath design arranges bathtub, sinks, walk-in shower, and W.C. in a radiating pattern that connects the bedroom to the walk-in dressing room and exercise room. Green features were a given for the couple, from efficient furnaces and a tankless water heater to dual-flush toilets and recycledcontent tiles. But what stands out about the home on closer inspection is the attention to detail found in every drawer and closet. Johnelle, who hates clutter, says, “I thought long and hard about everything.” She is therefore justifiably proud that her own interior design earned one of the home’s four awards, the others being Best Kitchen, Best Outdoor Living Space, and Premier. “Every single thing we chose together,” notes Chris, “and 80 percent of it, either one of us would have chosen alone.” His wife quips, “This is what happens when you have two engineers make a house.” For every added feature, they would go back to Lowe with their spreadsheet to learn the exact cost, and see where else they might trim. “We could have built a million-dollar home, but why? We wanted to retire early,” Johnelle reasons.

In the community of Las Leyendas, the East Mountains are a magnificent backdrop. The home’s adobe coloring, unfussy contemporary lines, and simple landscaping allow it to blend seamlessly into its environment.

“I don’t view it as one of those ‘Don’t touch anything’ houses,” she adds. “It’s lived in and loved.” Lowe agrees, saying he immediately recognized it as a winner. “I like most homes I build, but this house, I could see myself living in very easily.” Fitting their needs elegantly and exactly, a daily payoff on thoughtful planning, the couple’s Goldilocks home turned out to be just right.

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Raised bed gardens are built handily into two edges of the backyard wall, where Korioth and Musial grow fresh vegetables all summer.

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With a fireplace, ample seating beneath deep ceilings, and mountain views, the home earned the award for Best Outdoor Space in its category.

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community gardens produce bounties of food and friendship

Top: Proudly posing with their fall pumpkin harvest are members of the Eldorado School Community Garden in Santa Fe. The community garden (above) includes a circle garden, which is tended by many members, as well as in-ground and raised beds. There’s also a cactus garden, a labryrinth, and places to sit, chat, and catch up with gardener friends. 58

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ountering the real difficulties of growing food in New Mexico’s harshly arid conditions, the Rio Grande Community Garden (, part of the Rio Grande Farm in Albuquerque, and the Eldorado School Community Garden ( in Santa Fe, set their members up for successful growing seasons and bountiful harvests of healthfully grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers. And as the names suggest, one of the benefits of a community garden is the coming together of folks with a shared passion. “Our garden is a green and safe space where about 30 people with a love of good, healthy food and an interest in food self-reliance come together in an urban oasis to make things grow,” explains Ian Colburn, coordinator of the two-acre Rio Grande Community Garden, located on Montaño Road in Albuquerque. Between the kickoff potluck and the end-of-season harvest party, Colburn’s gardeners get together for monthly meetings, tours, and classes designed for people interested in urban agriculture. Friendship isn’t a requisite, but often blooms—pun intended—as a result of getting hands communally dirty in the pursuit of juicy summertime tomatoes and plump fall pumpkins. But there’s also time for solitude and contemplation in a locale so beautiful that the local Plein Air Society often sets up easels on the edge of the planting rows, and where it’s

Above: Most community garden members prefer to grow edibles over flowers.

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The Rio Grande Community Garden is set up in rows. Members rent a row for the season, which they will work until harvest time.

talking—not surprisingly—about food. The garden makes its own compost—restaurant food scraps, aged horse manure, and other organic material, watered and turned. Circle garden members also practice crop rotation, companion planting, and organic gardening principles. “We keep our rules to a minimum, but we ask members to agree to our no-chemical pesticide policy,” Robles says. “There are many gentler ways to keep the pests off of the plants, including Dr. Bronner’s soap, which is very effective.”

“It’s rewarding to experience the abundance of life you can coax out of this environment, and knowing you had a hand in creating that abundance.” —Carol Robles

Above: Rio Grande Community Garden members prepare rows at the beginning and end of each growing season. Careful stewardship of the soil helps to ensure a successful garden, as evidenced by the gorgeous veggies and flowers shown below.

Gardeners can start their seedlings in March in the greenhouse, and as with the Rio Grande Garden, a tool shed is on hand with pretty much everything needed to start and maintain a plot or row, from stakes and cages to spades and shovels. Every year Robles looks forward to sharing with the 50 or so other member gardeners the whole cycle of life. “There’s enormous satisfaction in planting a tiny seed in the greenhouse, and a few months later taking home a Shishito pepper,” she says. “It’s also rewarding to experience the abundance of life you can coax out of this environment, and knowing you had a hand in creating that abundance. It’s a very lovely feeling, and it can get you hooked.”

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not uncommon to see roadrunners, migratory birds, and rabbits. Naturally, the bunnies are not always so welcome, but garden members are wise to the many ways of defending their crops. Stacks of plastic pots are on hand from years past and tomato cages too, which can be wrapped with cloth to protect the young plants. Gardeners also learn how to protect and cultivate the soil using practices of regenerative agriculture and by following the national organic standards. “We’re always experimenting with which cover crops work best,” Colburn says. “Lately, we like to have white clover pathways instead of bare furrows.” Up in Santa Fe, the 1.5-acre Eldorado School Community Garden has a drip irrigation system running throughout the 39 individual in-ground and raised beds and the more communal 2,500-square-foot circle garden. “This takes the pressure off of members, who can go on vacation knowing that their plants will continue to be watered,” says membership coordinator Carol Robles. Individual gardeners come and go as they please, and circle gardeners work in teams once a week for an hour and a half. The teams communicate with each other by email or by entering a few notes in a notebook for that purpose: We planted X, or weeded Y. “Very low-tech,” Robles says. The garden areas are landscaped, surrounded by varieties of sage, butterfly bushes, lavender, and wild grasses, and busy gardeners often look up from obsessing over their tomatillos to see bluebirds, hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. There’s also a cactus garden, a labyrinth, and a few benches where members can spend time together often



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at second sight consignment shops are treasure troves for savvy shoppers and sellers

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hat was taboo is no more. Secondhand clothes and castoff furniture no longer denote indignity; in fact, for some individuals, reused is the only way to go. “Today buying secondhand is culturally and socially acceptable,” says Mindy Peterson, owner of Albuquerque’s Déjà Vu Consignment Shop ( “Now it’s considered green, recycled.” This bodes well for consignment shops specializing in used merchandise. Consignment shops have long given people a place to display and sell used goods, from furniture and jewelry to vintage clothing and designer handbags. Each shop has its own set of rules, but typically, prices are set by the shop and proceeds are (more or less) split down the middle. Payment is made in the form of cash, check, or store credit. Some shops purchase items outright, but usually at a lower price. The consignment period for clothing and accessories is typically for the season, often longer for furniture and décor, with items marked down in stages. If an item doesn’t sell, it is returned to the consigner, donated to charity, or handled as mutually agreed upon. Even when not in style, consignment shops are essentially recessionproof. Some people just may not admit to shopping there. Prices on “gently used” clothing and accessories are simply too good to pass up. “You’ll


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At La Casa Bella, a vignette of secondhand but high-quality furnishings and décor items offers something for every taste and decorating style.

Courtesy Stephen’s

Prices on “gently used” clothing and accessories are simply too good to pass up. “You’ll typically pay a third, to a quarter, of what you’ll pay full retail,” says Mindy Peterson.

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Stephen’s—A Consignment Gallery offers everything for the home, from furniture and framed art to sculpture and unusual décor.

Frocks and frills? Yes, and jewelry too, at Las Casa Bella.

consignment tips Look for stores that carry what you want to sell. For example, clothing shops may carry designer, career, vintage, boho chic, or couture. Furniture shops may carry antique, midcentury modern, vintage flea, contemporary, or art deco styles. “If you have a rug you’ve been told is a Cochise blanket, well, we call that family lore. Go to someone who specializes in Native American,” recommends Stephen Etre. Visit the store. See how you get along with the owner and/or manager. Do they seem trustworthy? Professional? Do you feel respected and comfortable? Clarify how and when you’ll be paid, and what happens if your pieces don’t sell. Get it in writing. Ask if they advertise, how often, and where. More people in the door works to your advantage.

You’d hardly guess these cute shoes, purses, and accessories from Déjà Vu were pre-loved.

“If you’re selling an old Coke bottle, go to eBay and check out completed auctions,” he says (emphasis on completed). Just because a thing is listed for $100 does not mean it is worth anywhere near that. Current market value is represented by actual money exchanged. If asking a consignor to determine market value, remember the difference between an estimate and an appraisal. Estimates are free, verbal, and best guess. Appraisals are not free, they are written, and are verified by research. Consignment tends to reward all involved. Etre finds the “sense of discovery” gratifying. He also likes “the people, their stories, how they let you into their life.” Peterson most appreciates the sense of community consignment encourages. “My favorite part, hands down, is the community of ladies that come in here,” she says. “They are fabulous. I really do call it a community. It has a cohesive feel. It’s wonderful to watch women who’ve never met supporting each other and having fun. When they walk in, they decompress.” Déjà Vu Consignment Shop, 2000 Carlisle NE, Ste H, ABQ Stephens—A Consignment Gallery, 2701 Cerrillos, Santa Fe

Courtesy Déjà Vu

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A collection of accessories, purses, and jewelry for the Lady in Red, at Déjà Vu in Albuquerque.

typically pay a third, to a quarter, of what you’ll pay full retail,” Peterson says. While it is true that online sites like eBay and Craigslist have opened up whole new worlds of resale, nothing replaces a kindly consigner with in-depth knowledge, or the consignor-consignee relationship that often ensues. “It’s a relationship built on trust,” says Stephen Etre, owner and founder of Stephen’s—A Consignment Gallery (, which has been a Santa Fe fixture since 1986. He sells not clothing but family heirlooms, art, and antiquities. “The internet can create a false sense of expertise,” Etre cautions. “You really need someone with experience to apply all that information— someone trustworthy. If you don’t know where to turn, start with a certified appraiser. Certification implies professional decorum and ethics.” Etre, who is trained and certified by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (UPAP), does think the internet has its place.



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Northern New Mexico is a mecca for consignment shops that sell all kinds of goods. Here are just a few to sample. Congeries Consignment 1368 Cerrillos, Santa Fe Everything from practical to extravagant in the form of antiques, décor, clothing, jewelry, books, textiles, and outdoor entertainment.

La Casa Bella on the Promenade 5200 Eubank, ABQ Upscale boutique with distinctive furniture, home décor, clothing, and jewelry. Ooh La La 518 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe Eclectic selection of women’s designer fashions, with ambience hailing from the Big Band era. Smart Consignment Decor 3107 Eubank NE #33, ABQ Furniture, art, jewelry, and accessories for the home with an emphasis on basic furniture pieces, not glam and glitz. The Beat Goes On 333 Montezuma, Santa Fe Designer fashions for women emphasizing natural and organic fibers, global designs, and lightly used jewelry, handbags, shoes, and boots. The Octopus and the Fox 514 Central SE, ABQ Handmade items created by local artisans, including colorful apparel, accessories, jewelry, décor, baby clothes, and stuffed animals. The Raven Fine Consignments 1225 Cerrillos, Santa Fe Upscale furnishings and lighting for home and garden, including chandeliers, fountains, and fine accessories. 62

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grosbeaks are the beauties and songsters of New Mexico’s elevations

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Furniture on Consignment 2015 Candelaria NE, ABQ No-nonsense new and used furniture for the home and garden with rustic, natural wood and Southwestern pieces.


ne of the real treats of walking through the mountains of New Mexico in summer is hearing the grosbeaks, whose serenading calls are similar to the robin’s, but more mellow and rich. But seeing a brilliantly colored grosbeak is even more of a delight. We find three grosbeak species commonly in our state: the blackheaded, evening, and blue. A fourth species, the rose-breasted, is rare, but once seen is not to be forgotten, with its triangular bright splash of red on a white breast with black head, wings, back, and tail. In each species the male is very colorful; the females are similar but their coloration is duller and less conspicuous. Grosbeaks spend their winters in the tropics and return to New Mexico forests above 5,000 feet to nest, raise young, and spend their summer months. The most common grosbeak, the black-headed, is easy to identify: a large bird with an all-black head, rich cinnamon body and under parts, black wings with white wing bars, and as the name implies, a large beak. The female will lay a clutch of three to four eggs in a loose nest of twigs and weeds in open woodlands. Blue grosbeaks are the smallest and prefer stream and valley habitats up to 7,000 feet. Although the males are a rich deep blue with rusty brown wing bars, in poor light they’ll look as black as blackbirds. I find the evening grosbeak the most beautiful. It’s a chunky bird about the size of a starling. The body is a dull yellow, with feathers tapering into a chocolate-brown head topped with a bright yellow streak that goes from the beak to over the eyes. They’re gregarious, travel in flocks, and are very noisy as they move about the forest eating tree seeds. They’re also fond of sunflower seeds. The evening grosbeak was mistakenly named because it was believed it only sang in the evening. After a winter of mostly brown birds, the annual spring arrival of the flashy grosbeaks to New Mexico is heartwarmColorful grosbeaks migrate to New Mexico’s mountains in the spring ing. Their beautiful songs and colors go a long way in making to nest and raise their young. You our state “a land of enchantment.” might hear before you see the blue Tom Smylie, from Edgewood, New Mexico, is a retired wildlife grosbeak (above) or the striking biologist affiliated with the World Center for Birds of Prey. black-headed (top).

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Estates at Santa Monica

Signature Community

Affordable, modern living in the Northeast Heights photographs by Chris Corrie


ocated in Albuquerque’s Far Northeast Heights, Estates at Santa Monica is one of the last large developments in that area. Established by Titan Development, one of the Southwest’s largest, most active real estate developers, the subdivision is situated in a mixed-use setting between other Titan creations: Broadstone Promenade and Broadstone Santa Monica, both multifamily developments, and Elan Santa Monica, Albuquerque’s newest senior living community. The 20-acre subdivision near the cross streets of Louisiana and San Antonio boulevards will include 109 homes that are expected to range from the low $300s to the mid-$400s. Model homes in Estates at Santa Monica are open daily. “We are fortunate to have two of the best local builders building in our community,” says Titan marketing director Greg Mays of Estates at Santa Monica. “Stillbrooke Homes and Abrazo Homes both demonstrate the quality and customer satisfaction standard that is essential to the Titan mission.” Abrazo Homes was established in 2010, at the height of a major housing slump, by partners Brian McCarthy and Mackenzie Bishop. A homebuilding company that has since left a major mark on the AlbuAbrazo Homes is one of two home builders in Estates at Santa Monica. Their model features a multi-story layout, an open floorplan, and durable, modern finishes.


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Above: Estates at Santa Monica, a Titan Development project, is one of the last subdivisions to be created in the highly desirable Northeast Heights, with excellent schools, dining, and shopping close at hand.

Above: Abrazo Homes offers many exceptional finishes in their homes, such as this intriguing glass tile mosaic backsplash.

Soaring ceilings, clerestory windows, a floor to ceiling fireplace wall, and a clean, neutral palette make this Abrazo Homes living room feel light and airy.

querque metropolitan area, Abrazo has built homes in nine distinct local communities, including its most recent work in the prime location of Estates at Santa Monica. “Where else in Albuquerque can you be two miles away from the Journal Center, Whole Foods, a golf course, and the great shopping and dining of the Paseo/Wyoming corridor?” Bishop asks. “The convenience and access of this community is unparalleled.” Abrazo was also pleased to seize on the unique opportunity represented by the subdivision. “Estates at Santa Monica is the most significant ‘infill’ project to be built in Northeast Albuquerque in the past decade,” says McCarthy. “It’s remarkable to see an opportunity like this arise when two years ago there were virtually zero building sites in the area. This subdivision was highly coveted among local builders, and we feel extremely honored to have been selected as a builder for this project.”

“Where else in Albuquerque can you be This two-story design by Stillbrooke Homes at Estates at Santa Monica captures beautiful east-facing views of the Sandia Mountains.

two miles away from the Journal Center, Whole Foods, a golf course, and the great shopping and dining of the Paseo/ Wyoming corridor? The convenience and access of this community is unparalleled.”—Mackenzie Bishop Similarly, Stillbrooke Homes, an award-winning local homebuilding company that has been in business for 20 years, was honored to be selected for Estates at Santa Monica. “We are very proud to offer these new homes in this superior location, as well as our proven tried and true designs that we have been building in the Northeast Heights for many years,” says Scott Henry, President of Stillbrooke Homes. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Stainless steel appliances, ample cabinetry, granite countertops, and a contemporary-style backsplash make Stillbrooke Homes’ kitchen warm, inviting, and highly functional.

Henry describes the new three- to five-bedroom homes as having traditional Albuquerque Southwest home elevations but also featuring more contemporary interiors, including smooth walls, shadowbox doors, raised custom hand-finished cabinetry, simple profile thick baseboards and trim, and modern design elongated gas fireplaces. “Many more features highlight these homes for families or empty nesters including faux wood blinds, finished garages, granite kitchens, front yards with automatic watering, and many energy efficient amenities that help save on total costs for homeowners,” says Henry. So far, both builders have sold several homes in the community. “The reaction and traffic in the models has been outstanding,” Henry says. “Although the model homes are from a new series designed in-house, we will build and personalize any of the hundreds of floor plans we have developed over the last 20 years, so customers are not just stuck with just a few plans.” “We pride ourselves on the service we provide to our customers— and in offering an unparalleled level of value included in the base package,” says Bishop. “Buying a home is typically the largest financial commitment that our customers will make in their lifetimes, so we honor and respect the trust that our customers place in us.” Abrazo Homes, 505-510-4626, Stillbrooke Homes, 505-858-1800, 72

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Above: The open floor plan of this Stillbrooke Home has wonderful flow and encourages family living. Finishes and upgrades include durable, wood-look porcelain floor tile, a granite-topped kitchen island, and a Euro-style gas fireplace.

Estates at Santa Monica

Signature Community

Your dream home awaits you at Estates at Santa Monica! Nestled in a quiet community with quick and convenient access to Paseo Del Norte, Louisiana Blvd., and everything the Northeast Heights has to offer, including schools, shopping, and dining, Estates at Santa Monica are waiting for you!

Directions: From the Big I, take I-25 north and exit San Antonio Blvd. Proceed east (right) and turn left on San Pedro Drive, then turn right on Santa Monica Avenue. The entrance to the subdivision is a few blocks down on the left.

Looking for a new home at Estates at Santa Monica? Talk to one of these fine builders:

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Flow Homes Building healthy, sustainable homes based on nature’s best practices by Ben Ikenson

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ith over 20 years of combined experience, Bill Alcorn and Jesse Deubel build custom homes for clients throughout the entire Albuquerque metro area, from the East Mountains and Placitas to Corrales and Rio Rancho. As partners in Flow Homes, Alcorn and Deubel are typically building about a dozen homes at any given time, and they take immense pride in the fact that each build is not only unique (there are no set floorplans), but also extremely efficient. In fact, Flow Homes, a custom production builder, demands all of their homes be Gold-level certified by the Build Green NM program, which requires testing by an independent third party and certification that indicates various metrics of energy consumption. “Our clients are eager to learn about the advanced technology we utilize to ensure that maximum efficiency is attained in each home we build,” says Alcorn. “Few of our customers are familiar with a heat pump

Above: Built to Build Green NM Gold certification (as are all of their homes), Flow Homes’ 2017 Spring Parade entry is an elegant “modern Tuscan” design that’s as energy efficient as it is strikingly beautiful.

A spectacular wrought iron and glass door and a gracious stairway greets visitors at the entry.

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Talk about dramatic! A travertine hand-laid ceiling marks the entry tower, where an abundance of natural light pours through the many windows, and a walkway on the second floor swells above the foyer.

A Romeo and Juliet balcony surrounded by a solid oak handrail overlooks the first floor, a touch that’s distinctly Tuscan.

or an energy recovery ventilator [ERV] prior to visiting one of our homes. Most are aware of green building concepts such as energy efficiency when they first approach us with their ideas, but they aren’t always aware of all the elements that should be incorporated in a truly efficient home.” For instance, along with standard packages loaded with amenities including granite counters, solid wood interior doors, alder wood cabinetry, and custom tile work, abundant natural light is a hallmark of the company’s homes, which typically feature soaring ceilings, large windows, skylights, and Solatubes.

Flow Homes demands all of their homes be Gold-level certified by Build Green NM. “We try to design homes with enough natural light so that no artificial lighting is necessary during the day in the kitchen, dining area, family room, master bedroom, and bathrooms,” says Deubel. Many clients are pleasantly surprised to learn that an airy, light-filled structure can also be efficient thanks to proper insulation, though Deubel explains that with such a tight building envelope, “mechanical air exchange is really important.” To this end, Flow Homes uses a state-of-the-art fresh air ventilation system, which continuously pumps in fresh air from outside but, by virtue of its energy-cap76

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turing technology, maintains the indoor air temperature. All the air brought in from outside must pass through a MERV 8 filter so that not only is the fresh air comfortable, it’s also free from contaminants like dust, pollen, and other allergens. Water conservation is another signature facet of Flow Homes’ approach. “All of our properties are preconfigured for xeriscaping,” says Deubel. “Inside, we use tankless water heaters equipped with integrated recirculation pumps and lowflow fixtures, which cumulatively help achieve water usage that is only 65 percent of the average home.” The company takes inspiration from Gunther Pauli’s The Blue Economy, a book that explores innovative solutions to environmental issues. The book’s 12th chapter examines the seven distinct flows critical to every building: air, light, water, energy, sound, matter, and the occupants themselves. “These flows that exist in and around every building constructed ultimately determine the performance of that structure,” explains Deubel. “The performance of our homes has a direct effect on Above: The spacious master bath is like a spa retreat, with the performance of the occupants who reside in those homes. travertine-clad walls and floors, granite counters, sumptuous alder Natural ecosystems are 100 percent efficient. Our homes are cabinetry, and a large, arched walk-in shower. designed and built in accordance with best practices observed in nature—an approach called biomimicry.” In terms of homebuilding, the ‘seven flows approach’ is a very holistic one that aims to balance people’s need for health and comfort with the needs and provisions of the natural ecosystems on which people depend. “It has been described as green building on steroids,” Deubel quips. “We are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such terrific customers,” he adds. “When they employ us to build their brand-new custom home, it is a tremendous honor. We’ve adopted a team approach wherein every customer is an integral part. My wife, Lisa, is another key member of the team. As our office director, she works tirelessly to coordinate customer financing and ensure that all of the administrative duties associated with running a rapidly growing business are in order.”

Flow Homes, 505-401-5235,

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Beautifully illuminated inside and out, Flow Homes’ “modern Tuscan” design—the company’s most popular— makes a real statement. The company also produces Southwestern, contemporary, and Northern New Mexico–style homes, and all come with a host of upscale standard features.



Flow Homes LLC


9841 Benton Street NW The Knolls

featured builder 4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,298 sq. ft. $437,150 (base price) $498,640 (base price + all upgrades)

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte west. Exit right (north) onto Coors to Irving. Turn left (west) on Irving and proceed to Congress. Right on Benton.

Welcome to paradise! This fabulous modern Tuscan Home built by Flow Homes features soaring 22-foot ceilings in the great room and unmatched granite and porcelain detail everywhere. Solid pine doors and alder cabinets accent every room, while delightful early Tuscan stone columns and windows are grace-

ful, warm features. Spacious and beautifully appointed, the chef’s kitchen with its stainless steel appliances and granite-topped counters would please the pickiest cook around. All of this luxury, and efficient, too! This amazing custom home is Build Green New Mexico GOLD certified.

Bill Alcorn (505) 401-5235

Subcontractors & Vendors

All businesses are located in the Albuquerque area. Appliances: Builders Source Appliance Gallery

Lighting Fixtures: Turn On Lighting

Block: Aspen Block Walls

Lumber & Trusses: ProBuild

Cabinetry: Gatewood Cabinets; Aguilera Cabinet Installation

Mortgage Financing: Elite Financial

Cantera: Cantera Stone Supplier

Painting: LV Painting

Concrete: Hammer Construction

Plan Design: Ron Montoya Designs

Countertops: TNT Stone

Shower Doors: Wholesale Glass

Dirt Work: Dave’s Bobcat Service; Harold’s Grading & Trucking

Site Clean-up: Tyler Baker Construction Clean-up

Electrical: Johnny’s Electric

Solatubes: Natural Lighting Company

Fireplaces: Mountain West Sales

Stairs & Railings: Albuquerque Stair

Flooring & Carpeting: Floors and More

Stone Supply: L&P Building Supply; Utility Block

Framing: Hammer Construction

Tile: Emser Tile & Stone; Hernandez Handyman

Garage Doors: Wayne Dalton Garage Doors

Title: Fidelity National Title

HERS Rater/Green Verifier: Sustainable Energy and Building of NM

Variance Wall Finish: Illusions Custom Finishes

Home Cleaning: Horn Custom Cleaning

Windows: All Seasons Windows & Glass

Insulation: Miller’s Insulation

Wrought Iron: Delgado’s Wrought Iron


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John Mark Custom Homes 9801 Bentley Court NW

5 bedrooms 3 baths 3,584 sq. ft. $469,000 John Jones (505) 480-4537

Another must-see from award-winning John Mark Custom Homes! This New Mexico Build Green home boasts numerous energy saving features, Spanish Revival–style exterior, soft modern and


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transitional interior touches. Features include high vaulted ceilings, rich colors and textures, two master suites, a chef’s kitchen, and resort-style outdoor living spaces with a step down fire feature.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte and turn west (left) on Paseo Del Norte. Turn right (north) on Coors, left on Irving, left on Congress, and right on Bentley.


Stillbrooke Homes


9747 Calle Chamisa NW Villa Chamisa

3 bedrooms + study 2 baths 1,742 sq. ft. $233,807 (base price) $257,957 (base price + all upgrades) Jayme Pierson (505) 577-9643

One of our most popular 3 or 4 bedroom floor plans on a corner lot! Upgraded features include wood floors, a large couple’s shower in the master bath, an open family room that meets the kitchen

with a large built-in kitchen island and hand-stained custom cabinets. Check out the 3-car garage with its pull-through feature.

One weekend. Hundreds of open houses.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte. West on Paseo Del Norte to Golf Course Road, turning north. West on Paradise to Calle Chamisa. Your journey home starts here.

April 15 & April 16 Times vary. Please see listings for participating dates and times. Contact your REALTOR® for your custom list of open houses. The Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (GAAR) invites you to our annual metro-wide open house event. Our REALTORS® will be opening the doors to hundreds of their best properties for our largest open house event ever! Visit to view open house listings.

Powered by local New Mexico Realtors® – your expert guides on your journey home.




Hakes Brothers

7435 Window Peak NW

Durango at The Trails


4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,374 sq. ft. $339,990 (base price) $385,559 (base price + all upgrades) Kyle Cropper (505) 710-5491

Attention to detail abounds in the many architectural features within this Tuscan-style home in the prestigious Durango at The Trails community. This versatile, open design provides a

gourmet kitchen with a large island, and a spacious dining and living area, making this home a natural for entertaining family and friends.

From the Big I, take I-25 north, and exit west on Paseo del Norte. Turn left onto Rainbow Road, right onto Woodmont, left on Sunlight Peak, and right onto Window Peak.

Own the Home You Love AT HAKES BROTHERS WE TAKE PRIDE IN BUILDING HOMES YOU LOVE. Our passion for building is evident throughout the design of our homes, from the innovative features and custom amenities, to our professional architectural designs. Our commitment is to provide exceptional value and customer service to our family of homeowners. 82

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GRG Custom Homes by Management Systems Inc. 6300 Pima Drive NW Los Volcanos


4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,657 sq. ft. $485,000 (base price) $545,000 (base price + all upgrades) Cipriano T. Garcia (505) 710-5187

A beautiful Southwest Mediterranean home designed with spectacular views of the city and Sandia Mountains, within walking distance of the Petroglyph Cliffs. The uniquely handcrafted wood

interiors, plastered walls, and stone construction demonstrate the artistic quality that GRG Custom Homes has mastered from 40 years of building custom homes throughout New Mexico.

From the Big I, take I-40 west, exiting Coors and heading north. Take Coors to Montano. Left (west) on Montano to Tesuque Road, turning right (north), then left (west) on Santo Domingo.

Custom Homes


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Scott Patrick Homes 4915 Valle Rio Trail NW

El Bosque

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,812 sq. ft. $598,700 Eva Sellers (505) 463-4461 or (505) 828-9900

Some of the features in this new comtemporary Scott Patrick custom home include quartz countertops in the kitchen and master bedroom, a freestanding tub in the master bath,

and a large kitchen pantry. The great room, dining, and master open to an oversized rear patio with views of the Sandia Mountains.

From the Big I, head west on I-40 to Coors Blvd (Exit 155). Turn right on Coors and continue 1.5 miles. Right on Sevilla Avenue. Left on Tres Gracias and proceed into the El Bosque gated community. Stay left on Valle Rio Trail. The house is on the left.



ALBUQUERQUE 12521 MONTGOMERY BOULEVARD NE AT TRAMWAY 505.291.9494 Ask a designer or visit for details. Sale going on for a limited time. ©2017 Ethan Allen Global, Inc.


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TC Building & Realty Inc. 1007 Cottonwood Place NW


5 bedrooms 4.5 baths 5,258 sq. ft. Tom Cardenas (505) 823-4543 / (505) 991-4486

A unique blend of modern luxury together with the distinct texture of stone, architecturally carved wood, and elements of iron embody this Old World

yet sophisticated retreat. High performance is key to this age-in-place–designed masterpiece. You don’t want to miss this one! Follow TC Building home.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Rio Grande, turning right (north) and traveling to the Village of Los Ranchos. Turn left on Cottonwood Drive, then turn right on Cottonwood Place to the home.




William Cervantes Enterprises, Inc. 10434 Amara Vista Court NE Amara Vista


3 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,444 sq. ft. $575,000 William Cervantes (505) 400-3752

Modern style home with open living, dining, and kitchen. All bedrooms feature full baths. Walk-in closets in all bedrooms. Drop-down soffit in living

spaces. Fourteen-foot-high ceilings in living space and entry. Artwork niches throughout. Two outdoor decks with beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Alameda exit and proceed west on Alameda to the right-hand exit onto Edith. At Edith turn right and head north for 1.5 miles to the gated subdivision on the right side.


build Founder William Cervantes and his team have been designing, building and renovating properties for 26 years. A critical eye for detail and craftsmanship, combined with a hard work ethic results in innovative, high-quality, custom products—delivered on time and on budget.

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Lee Michael Homes


201 Las Colinas Lane NE

3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,900 sq. ft. $350,000 Alexa Knight (505) 681-9447

Lee Michael Homes features a courtyard concept home with multi-generational living offering two owner suites designed around a private courtyard. The front suite could be used as a home

office, studio, or in-law quarters. Warm contemporary finishes, all on a one-third acre site with mountain views. More sites available to build with Lee Michael Homes in this community.

From the Big I, go north on I-25 to the Osuna exit. Go west on Osuna to Edith. Turn right on Osuna going north to Las Colinas Lane. Turn east on Las Colinas Lane to the home on the north side.

Building for today’s lifestyle.

Winning Awards for Over 25 Years High Performance Green Homes Remodels, Additions & Restorations No Cost Custom Designs Mike & Alexa Knight

Local Design/ Build Team

505.299.1500 .




GRG Custom Homes by Management Systems Inc. 1427 Valle Lane NW Candelaria Village


3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,900 sq. ft. $385,000 Simon Garcia (505) 615-9229

Nestled in a private gated community in the heart of the North Valley, this Southwest contemporary home features an open floor plan with beautifully hand-carved vigas and latillas, stunning wall finishes,


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impressive stone flooring and accents, custom cabinets, granite countertops, and a charming courtyard for entertaining guests. This home captures the quality that GRG Custom Homes is known for.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to the Rio Grande exit, turning north on Rio Grande. Turn right on Candelaria Road and proceed about 2 miles. Turn right at the gated community of Candelaria Village.



Las Ventanas Homes 2409 Kestrel Court NW

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,403 sq. ft. $565,000 Missy Ashcraft (505) 362-6823

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Rio Grande north. Turn left (west) onto Kestrel Court, which is between Matthew and Candelaria. Home is on the right. Southwest contemporary design in a North Valley location, soaring windows, beautiful finishes, attention to detail, and efficient floor plans are what buyers have come to expect

from Las Ventanas Homes, and this home has it all. Come see for yourself and let’s discuss building your new home. If you hurry this home may still be available.

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1424 Terrazas Court Fiesta

4 bedrooms 2 baths 1,863 sq. ft. $236,990 (base price) $249,990 (base price + all upgrades) Claudia Knigge (505) 850-6093

Monique Parsons (505) 453-6347

You’ll love coming home to the beautiful master planned community of Fiesta, ideally located near shopping, schools, and the new Facebook Center. Kick your shoes off and retreat to your luxurious

master suite with its spa-like bathroom, all part of the “Peralta” plan. Large living and dining areas open up to a beautiful outdoor living space.

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Live worry-free in your new, fully warranted Twilight home. Twilight Homes offers the strongest warranty in New Mexico. Every item built into your home is under full warranty for two years. Additionally, there is a 10-year structural warranty providing you protection from the potential of any major issues down the road. Ask your sales associate for more details. Sales (505) 903-9736 92

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From the Big I, take I-25 south to Los Lunas (Exit 203) and turn left onto Main Street (Route 6). Left on Los Cerritos, right onto Highline, third left onto Escalada, and first right onto Terrazas.


Dennis Chavez 505.280.9484 Dennis@DennisChavez.Realtor

Linda Coy 505.259.7477

Beverly Hilton 505.250.6272

Kas MacKenzie 505.205.4375

Jesse Maestas 505.350.6662

Jessica Martin 505.710.5541

Jessica O’Callahan 505.710.3675

Jeanette Raver 505.250.5799

Sandi Reeder 505.269.9498

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Marie-Claire Turner 505.980.0280

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Avalon Builders, LLC 460 Jubilee Blvd. Jubilee Los Lunas

12 2 bedrooms + den 2.5 baths 2,178 sq. ft. $274,900 (base price) $379,000 (base price + all upgrades) Karen Clary-Aragon (505) 866-1777

An inviting great room and dramatic fireplace provide a warm welcome as you enter this contemporary beauty. Designed for spacious living and gracious entertaining, this home offers a gourmet


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kitchen, elegant dining area, large den, private guest suite, luxurious master suite‌and a dog shower! Perfect for your new, active Jubilee lifestyle.

From the Big I, take I-25 south to Exit 203, and turn right (west) onto NM 6 (Main Street). Follow NM 6 for approximately 1.8 miles to the entrance of Jubilee Los Lunas. Turn left into the community onto Jubilee Blvd., following the traffic circle around to the second exit to stay on Jubilee Blvd. to the model park.


JUBILEE LET US BUILD OUR HOME OUR WAY! In looking at several active adult communities in Albuquerque and elsewhere, we felt nothing compared to Jubilee. And, when we learned we could customize our home, that was THE deciding factor! We added 600 sq. ft. to the plan we chose, adding things like nichos, arches, a bay window, steam shower, soaking tub and tray ceilings… and we took out a corner cabinet in the kitchen, moved the double oven and extended the granite bar… plus, much more!

Escape from the city… enjoy our picture-perfect views… and love every minute of your new active lifestyle, with all the big-city conveniences just twenty minutes north in Albuquerque! You’ll experience amazing flexibility in modifying the floor plan you choose, and once you move into your beautiful new Jubilee home, you’ll find plenty of indoor, outdoor and social activities to choose from! It’s all about CHOICES, and no one offers more than Jubilee!

Jubilee was great to work with every step of the way. We can’t say enough good things about our new Jubilee life and lifestyle!

Gail Gentling & Tim Thorstenson Jubilee Residents


We invite you to call or check us out online, and visit us in the very near future.

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Twilight Homes

2200 Gandert Drive SE

Mesa del Sol

5 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,044 sq. ft. $399,990 (base price) $420,000 (base price + all upgrades) Rene Capenos (505) 385-9285

Sophisticated and luxurious with a touch of hip describes both this home and the community. The “Residencia� plan features island seating in the kitchen, an upstairs balcony

with views, and an elegant master suite. Also included is a wonderfully versatile casita perfect for multigenerational living, a studio, or amazing guest quarters.

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One of the perks of owning a new Twilight home is the 22-month walk through. At this milestone of ownership, we will come to your home and complete a thorough inspection. If any defects are identified at that time, we will have them addressed under the coverage of your full, 2-year warranty. How great is that? Ask your sales associate for more details. Sales (505) 903-9736 96

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From the Big I, take I-25 south to Rio Bravo and turn left. First right onto University, right onto Arbus, right onto Penn, first left onto Gandert.

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Panorama Homes

9 La Canada Place San Pedro Creek Estates 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,753 sq. ft. $875,000 John Lowe (505) 688-6834

This, energy-efficient, Build Green New Mexico–certified modern mountain home is surrounded by expansive 360-degree views of

mountains and red rock canyons. Thoughtful details are elegantly combined to produce a warm, comfortable, contemporary style.

From the Big I, travel east on I-40 for 14.5 miles. Take Exit 175 toward NM 14/Cedar Crest and travel north on NM 14 for approximately 10.7 miles. Turn left into the entrance of San Pedro Creek Estates, and continue on Via Entrada to Camino Real. Turn right on Camino Real and continue 1.3 miles to Via Alcalde. Turn right on Via Alcade and proceed .3 mile to La Canada Place. Right onto La Canada Place. Home at end of cul de sac.

It’s the special details that make it yours with a beautiful custom storage solution built just for you and the way you live. Call us today or visit us online to be inspired and arrange for your free in-home design consultation.

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Mateo Builders LLC 4408 Royene Avenue NE

Multiple Additions & Interior Remodel 2,951 sq. ft. in additions $1,100,000 (remodeled portion only) Matt Mullet (505) 980-8218

Unexpected mountain views and thoughtfully designed interior and outdoor living areas flooded with natural light provide the canvas for this remodel in our client’s beloved Altura Park


neighborhood. Unique and masterful craftsmanship in wood, tile, steel, and stone complete this luxurious and welcoming home.

From the Big I, take I-40 east to the Carlisle exit and turn right. Take Carlisle south to Constitution and turn left. Constitution east to Avenida MaĂąana and turn left. Right onto Royene.

More Brothers Construction 424 Spruce Street NE


Entire Home Remodel (Kitchen, Living Room, Master Suite, Garage, and Bath) $225,000 (remodeled portion only) Kyle Tidmore (505) 837-2955

Located in a well-desired UNM neighborhood, this newly remodeled 75-year-old home has 3 bedrooms, including a guest suite, 3 baths, and an extra large 3-car garage. The home includes a brand new


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kitchen and an exterior remodel with landscaping. Straight lines mixed with original oak floors make this midcentury modern a keeper.

From the Big I, take I-25 south to Exit 224B. Turn left (east) onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue NE, then turn left onto Spruce.

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Stillbrooke Homes 7304 Brentwood Blvd. NE

Estates at Santa Monica


4 bedrooms 2 baths 1,715 sq. ft. $335,000 (base price) $363,160 (base price + all upgrades) Tamara Groves (505) 350-3977

One of our most popular 3 or 4 bedroom floor plans, this spacious home is perfect for entertaining with the kitchen, nook, and great room completely open! Look for features such as upgraded antique

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white full overlay custom cabinets, upgraded stainless steel appliances, granite, “wood-look” tile flooring, full landscaping with an auto watering timer, and a 3-car garage with pull-through feature.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to San Antonio, turning east. Proceed to San Pedro and turn north. Right (east) onto Santa Monica, then left on Brentwood.

Abrazo Homes

7309 Brentwood Blvd NE Estates at Santa Monica


3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,164 sq. ft. $335,350 (base price) $398,220 (base price + all upgrades) Jeff McCrea (505) 859-5975

Discover Abrazo’s newest floorplan, the elegant “Jane”—now available in the Northeast Heights! This tasteful single story home boasts 3 spacious bedrooms, a study (or third garage bay), and a

work center. This home has it all: functional design, the latest in Smart Home technology, and the upscale style that you’ve come to expect from Abrazo Homes.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to San Antonio. Turn right (east) on San Antonio and continue to Louisiana. Left on Louisiana, first left onto Santa Monica. Right on Brentwood Blvd. Go through the landscaped roundabout and the house will be ahead on the left-hand side.





Stillbrooke Homes

6905 Papaya Street NE Papaya Place

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 1,969 sq. ft. $289,000 (base price) $325,167 (base price + all upgrades) Blaine Query (505) 280-6301

From the Big I, take I-25 north to San Antonio east. South on Wyoming to Burlison, west on Burlison, then north on Truchas to Vickery. Wow! Northeast Heights new homes from the $260s! These homes feature granite kitchen countertops, separate tub and shower, custom


hand-stained kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, upgraded wood-look tile, full landscaping, and much more!


Panorama Homes

9912 Cielito Oeste Way NE Cielo Estates 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,775 sq. ft. $588,000 John Lowe (505) 688-6834

This beautiful home features many Panorama signature details within a unique and livable floor plan, including a large covered patio with fireplace, perfect for outdoor living. Every home in


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Cielo Estates is custom-designed, with a secure and private gated entry, and built to certified Build Green New Mexico standards.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte. Take Paseo Del Norte east almost 3 miles to Holbrook and turn right. Left onto Palomas. Make another immediate left onto the frontage road and follow it to the subdivision entrance. Left onto Cielito Oeste Way.



Diego Handcrafted Homes 13219 Russian Sage Court NE High Desert

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 4,350 sq. ft. $1,876,000 Diego M. Ruiz (505) 573-8888

An artful fusion of modern architecture and old Spanish architecture, this home blurs the boundary between luxurious indoor and outdoor living. Light, shadow, proportion, and scale are skillfully

and thoughtfully expressed in stone, iron, wood, and plaster in this high-performance green home, while utilizing aging-in-place design principles.

From the Big I, travel north on I-25 and turn right on Paseo del Norte. Turn right on Tramway Blvd. Left on Academy Road. Left on Cortaderia Street and then turn left on Pino Ridge Place. Left on Russian Sage Court.



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Scott Patrick Homes

9520 Ridge Vista NE North Tramway Estates 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,765 sq. ft. $649,800 Eva Sellers

(505) 463-4461

This Scott Patrick contemporary custom home has spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains. The open floor plan is full of features including

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quartz countertops, a butler’s pantry, a gated front entry, and an oversized rear patio off the main living area.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte and turn right (east). Proceed approximately 6 miles east to Tramway Blvd and turn left. Proceed to Tramway Lane and turn left. North Tramway Estates will be located immediately on the right side of the street.

Picasso Builders 10275 Elena Drive NE

North Albuquerque Acres


6 bedrooms 4 baths 5,208 sq. ft. $2,200,000 Chris G. Martinez (505) 720-0627

From the Big I, head north on I-25 and turn right (east) on Paseo Del Norte. Turn left (north) on Eubank. West on Elena. This modern home features polished Terrazzo concrete floors combined with black granite and brushed aluminum inlays, steel baseboard, commercial storefront windows, a large kitchen


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with a hidden pantry, a home theater, a bar, a 20-foot-wide sliding pocket door, and an infinity edge diving pool with an extensive patio covered with silver travertine pavers.

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Picasso Builders

9340 Modesto Avenue NE North Albuquerque Acres


6 bedrooms 4 baths 4,009 sq. ft. $1,475,000

Chris G. Martinez

(505) 720-0627

This Coastal Transitional home features white painted cabinetry, wainscot paneling, quartz countertops, and beautiful tile accents throughout. The exterior features white stucco, simu-

lated board and batten, brick accents, a black standing seam metal roof, a diving pool, a batting cage, and a basketball court.

From the Big I, head north on I-25 and turn right (east) on Paseo Del Norte. Turn left (north) on Ventura. East on Modesto Avenue.



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Tiara Homes Inc. 8923 Signal Pointe NE

Signal Pointe

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,817 sq. ft. $589,900 Rich Gantner (505) 804-7424

Beautifully located in Signal Pointe in the Northeast Heights with unobstructed views of the Sandias. Private, secure courtyard entry and open floorplan. The well-appointed kitchen features a large island

including plenty of seating for informal dining. Separate master suite includes large walk-in closet and spacious bath with large shower and garden tub.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo Del Norte exit and turn east (right) onto Paseo Del Norte. Proceed to Ventura and turn left. Left on Signal.

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Rio Grande Homes

8923 Vista Oakland Court NE

Vista Oakland

4 bedrooms 4 baths 2,941 sq. ft. $599,000 Todd J. Kruger (505) 250-8135

Old world beauty with all the modern touches your family will love. A dramatic, open, lightfilled area adjoins the extended patio with an outdoor kitchen and pergola, making this home

perfect for entertaining. There are unique amenities throughout, including timeless iron accents, decorative custom tile, and genuine hardwood flooring.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Alameda exit and turn right (east) on Alameda. Proceed to Louisiana Blvd NE. Go one block north on Louisiana Blvd NE to Oakland Avenue NE. East on Oakland Avenue to Oakland Court NE.




Vineyard Homes, LLC


10 Sundagger Loop

Anasazi & Petroglyph Communities

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,468 sq. ft. $525,000 Deb Short (505) 235-5225

Visit the Vineyard Homes model and enter to win a FREE kitchen range for your new home! This gorgeous Southwest home sits on a bluff with amazing 360-degree views.

Huge living room ceiling beams complement the large kitchen driftwood stained island. Come see us at another must-see Vineyard Parade Home!

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Bernalillo/Placitas (Exit 242). Turn right onto Hwy 165 east, then immediately turn left onto Frontage Road North. Right onto Petroglyph Trails. Right onto Norte Trail. Go up the hill, turn right onto Pueblo Bonito, then left onto Sundagger.


We build more than just houses...we build homes. When you choose Vineyard Homes, you are choosing an award winning builder with an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. We take pride in creating homes that are not only beautiful to look at but comfortable to live in. Contact Deb about building your dream home today! • 505-235-5225 • 106

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New Haven Homes 33 Meadows Court

Anasazi Meadows

4 bedrooms 4 baths 5,847 sq. ft. Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476

Designed and built by the New Haven Homes award-winning design team, this elegant, Southwest-style home features a grand kitchen that sets the stage for luxurious entertaining. Crafts-

manship is highlighted with American Clay walls, hand-adzed timbers, and hand-scraped rustic hardwood flooring, adding comfort and warmth to this unforgettable space.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 and turn right onto NM 165. Take first left onto Frontage Road and proceed to Petroglyph Trail (Anasazi Meadows subdivision), turning right. Turn right onto Anasazi Meadows Court (just past Ocate Court). Continue on Anasazi Meadows Court as it turns into Meadows Court.




Lowe-Bo Homes


43 Palomino Road

Mustang Mesa

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,322 sq. ft. $426,740 Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555

This beautiful Southwest contemporary exterior fits the beauty of its Placitas surroundings and captures fantastic views of the Sandia Mountains. The interior design and styling is an eclectic combina-

tion of traditional Southwest and contemporary. Features include granite countertops, dual tone cabinetry, detailed tile work, and a great RV garage.

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From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (NM 165 East), turning right onto NM 165 East. Continue for 6.3 miles, then turn left onto Camino de Las Huertas. Continue on Camino de Las Huertas about 3.1 miles, then turn left onto Palomino Road.

Call Ted Lowe at 505-991-2555


Twilight Homes

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2801 Redondo Santa Fe Mariposa

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,312 sq. ft. $319,990 (base price) $409,990 (base price + all upgrades) Pauline Hansen (505) 349-3723 / (505) 917-1387

Chic, modern, and sophisticated, this home has it all. Need flex space—maybe a home office or a casita? Done. Three-car garage on your must-have list? Check.

How about amazing views? All day long. State-of-theart tiled walls, incredible lighting, and decorated to the nines. You won’t want to miss this one.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Bernalillo. Take Exit 242, turn left onto 550, and go about 7 miles. Left on Northwest 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.

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2-10 Home Warranty Company has awarded Twilight Homes their Sterling award, given for being tops in the country in warranty customer service. We are so proud of our team for having their dedication to service and buyer satisfaction recognized by such a prestigious award and organization. We hope you notice the difference too! Sales (505) 903-9736 SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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Sivage Homes

2500 Desert View Road NE Desert View at Mariposa


3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,565 sq. ft. $439,500 Kyle Albert (505) 715-6326

This beautiful home showcases careful design and craftsmanship from award-winning Sivage Homes. The spacious open floorplan is ideal for entertaining. Experience a well-appointed kitchen with Bosch

appliances, granite and quartz countertops, a spalike owner’s bath, beautiful tile treatments, plus much more while touring this home.

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

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1990 Castle Peak Loop NE The Peaks at Mariposa


3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,946 sq. ft. $324,990 (base price) $545,352 (base price + all upgrades) David Newell (505) 338-1438

This sophisticated home located in The Peaks at Mariposa boasts luxury and livability. Entertain in the gourmet kitchen, relax in the spa-inspired

master bath, and enjoy the best views that New Mexico has to offer.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 and head west (left) on to Hwy 550 for approximately 6 miles. Turn left onto Northwest Loop Road, left onto Unser for about 3 miles, right onto Mariposa Parkway, left onto Blue Grama, left onto Pike’s Peak Loop, then left onto Castle Peak Loop.

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Twilight Homes

6708 Mountain Hawk Loop NE Mountain Hawk


4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,730 sq. ft. $265,990 (base price) $289,990 (base price + all upgrades) Doug Strawa (505) 270-2733

This special family home—the “Chamisa”—has exactly what is on every family’s wish list: several spacious bedrooms, two living areas, and a

luxurious master suite. Located in the highly rated Sue Cleveland school district and with a budgetfriendly price, this home is hard to beat.

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Since we began building in Albuquerque, Twilight Homes has been recognized for our innovative, outside-the-box design and new home construction. We have been committed to a higher level of thinking in every detail in an effort to create living spaces that our buyers will love and enjoy for many years. Visit a model home and see what we mean. Sales (505) 903-9736 112

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From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Bernalillo exit (Exit 242). Turn left onto Hwy 550 and drive west 7 miles. Left onto Northwest Loop Road. First left onto James Wall Road, second right onto Raptor Road, first left onto Mountain Hawk Loop.


Twilight Homes


3000 Vatapa Road NE Vista Entrada

3 bedrooms 4 baths 3,413 sq. ft. $480,000 (base price) $690,000 (base price + all upgrades) Pauline Hansen (505) 917-1387

The “Palmetto” sits on a half-acre lot and highlights a broad range of options: 3 bedrooms plus a home office and a bonus theater room. The kitchen is outfitted with Bosch appliances and a Thermador

cooktop. The open plan main living area encourages gathering, while a 20-foot wall of disappearing glass doors lets the outside in. Fantastic outdoor entertainment area!

{ Twilight Difference #5 }


You are the reason why we, at Twilight Homes, work so hard to design and build exceptional new homes. It’s our dedication to your happiness, your lifestyle and your peace of mind that drives us each day to strive for something better than the rest. We hope you will come visit one of our many model homes and see for yourself what the Twilight Difference is all about. Sales (505) 903-9736 114

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From the Big I, take I-25 north to Hwy 550 (Bernalillo) exit and turn left (west) onto 550. Turn left (south) on Hwy 528. Right on Idalia, proceed about a mile, then turn right onto Vatapa.

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Homes by Kim Brooks 1111 26th Street

5 bedrooms 3 baths 2,837 sq. ft. $304,450 (base price) $363,941 (base price + all upgrades) Ken Johnson (505) 991-2595

This spacious home features a grand entrance. Its main floor features an open concept perfect for entertaining. The separate family and living rooms provide plenty of space your entire family can

enjoy. A grand staircase leads upstairs to a luxurious master suite with its own sitting room, huge walk-in closet, and private deck.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte and turn west. Take Paseo Del Norte to Unser and turn right (north). Turn east on Southern Blvd. to 26th Street. Right on 26th and follow the Parade signage.

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Twilight Estate Homes

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2303 13th Street SE Vista Montebella

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,878 sq. ft. $520,000 (base price) $580,000 (base price + all upgrades) Wade Wingfield (505) 321-0769

SOMETHING NEW! This house is a mixture of fresh and warm contemporary like you have never seen before. The house is designed to take advantage of beautiful mountain views from a new perspective. It is thoroughly modern and filled with natural and organic

materials. The house features a stunning arching metal roof, an expansive front portal, and sleek “floating” walls throughout. Additionally, the gourmet kitchen and master suite are elegant and functional. These 2,878 square feet of living space are built for today’s lifestyle.



2303 13th St. SE

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505.301.1747 Dave Kaminski

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte west. Turn right (north) on Unser Blvd. Turn left (west) on Wellspring. Turn left (west) on 21st Ave. Left (south) on 15th Street. Right (west) on 22nd Ave. Left on 13th Street. The home is on the SW corner of 13th Street and 22nd Ave.

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Call 505.550.8818 Teresa King

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corrales Remodel

694 Applewood Road


Kitchen & Master Suite Remodel $150,000 (remodeled portion only) Kyle Tidmore (505) 837-2955

This home, located on a quiet Corrales drive, features a new kitchen and master suite. The sunken living room was filled in, while the entry, dining, and kitchen were opened up.

The kitchen now opens to a welcoming living room, and the master suite is a retreat worth spending time in.


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From the Big I, take I-25 north and exit Alameda, heading west. Turn right (north) onto Corrales Road, then left (west) onto Applewood.

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Sun Mountain Construction 1 Coroval Court

4 bedrooms 4 baths 2,900 sq. ft. $971,950 Norm Schreifels (505) 892-8855

This home is built to the Build Green New Mexico Gold level. Some of the features in this Southwest contemporary include custom cabinets and doors, a large kitchen with a walk-in pantry, a

music chamber, an office, a pool, and large covered portales for comfortable outdoor living. Let us design and build your custom GREEN home.

From the Big I, go north on I-25 to Alameda Blvd. Turn left on Alameda and go 4.3 miles to Corrales Road. Turn right on Corrales Road, go 1.8 miles, and turn right onto Coroval Court.



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paradigm shift two new books encourage looking at your home with fresh perspective The interior designer and author had longed to marry her interior design expertise with self-help; with this book, she has achieved that dream. “Color is a powerful influencer,” says the author, “and the way we feel when we see a color we dislike can affect us physically.” Likewise, she says, colors we’re drawn to can energize and elate. And there’s no overstating it: This book is a riot of color—including 13 chapters focusing on specific colors (black, white, and metals are in there, too) to help inspire real emotions in those looking for a shift in the enjoyment of their homes. Each chapter includes a color lesson and a color story, with eye-popping photos depicting each color—flowers, furnishings, pillows, food, shoes, even cocktails. A page of what Anderson calls “Insta-Inspiration” accompanies each chapter as well—a photo that inspired the author because of its colors. Swatches of every color from the photo are then laid out individually beneath. Ever wondered what the difference is between a “hue” and a “tint?” A quick tutorial on color language will soon have you thinking confidently outside the Crayola box. Anderson challenges, “If you knew you










Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ With Color: What’s Your Color Story? by Moll Anderson, Post Hill Press, hardcover, $35


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en years following the release of Change Your Home, Change Your Life™, Moll Anderson—self-help expert, designer, life stylist, and philanthropist—recently published a sequel of sorts to that first book. Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ With Color: What’s Your Color Story? is Anderson grown up, self-realized, deliriously happy, and doing exactly what she wants to be doing, right now. “This ended up being the book that I’d always wanted to write, that I didn’t know I was supposed to write,” says Anderson, who, as an adult coming to terms with years of childhood abuse, reached an epiphany regarding color—specifically, that she had fallen out of love with it as a child, “cocooning” herself in black for many years as a means of self-protection. She began to piece together her own “color story” a few years ago, after finally facing her childhood demons and discovering happiness in love and marriage. With an open heart, Anderson was able to fall back into love—with color.

could change your life in one weekend and clear out the cobwebs of your past with color and a brush, would you do it?” Discovering your own color story, she says, is more than DIY; it’s an emotional shift, and this book is a prescription a long time in coming.—Amy Gross Read our Q+A with author, designer, and life stylist Moll Anderson on page 26.

for art and how it lives in a space, with a funky side note on mirrors as art. Other chapters tackle subjects such as seating, walls, flooring, shelving/ vignettes, and lighting; decorating with ‘soft stuff ’ (plants, flowers, and textiles) is covered; and finally the book ends with a chapter on entertaining. There’s also a shopping resource to help spark your planning. Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home is a balance of whimsy and realistic options for new decorators figuring out their style and those wanting to redefine their style—with additional great options for renters. It is truly a nuts and bolts compendium of decorating that offers solid, widesweeping advice, clear explanations as to why certain elements work together—or don’t—and lots of how-tos to help you define and express your own specific decorating style.—Amanda Jackson

Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home, by Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $35

Moll Anderson found turquoise “InstaInspiration” in a photo of a peacock’s feathers (below), a textural oil painting (opposite), and the crystal clear waters of a tropical beach (above). Translating the color to the home, bold pillows and ottomans add pop to a sitting area (opposite, far left).

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oving into a new home? Wanting to redefine your style? Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home might just be what the home decorator ordered. Over 270 pages divided into 10 chapters cover everything from defining your style with expert terminology, how to copy or recreate a look, and the pros and cons of different styles and structures. Written by the editors of Domino magazine, Domino is laid out in an easy-to-digest magazine style, but in a longer format. Each chapter is broken into four main sections: an example of what the editors love, a handbook/how-to, style statements, and style school. The “Art” chapter, for example, begins with snapshots of art in different rooms and various styles of hanging art, followed by ideas to consider and where to find unique pieces. A brief blurb about mats and frames rounds out the discussion. Style statements serve as a visual dictionary, with snapshots of art placed in context, followed by exactly how to accomplish the look in your own home. Lastly, Style School covers the down and dirty how-to, including visualizing, curating, arranging, and hanging art, followed by topics specific to the theme: big art, color theory, placement (if not on the walls), and finally, other options

Above: The chapter on flooring highlights area rugs and the trick to expertly placing them.



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by R. Monroe

small satisfactions bonsai—an ancient art with modern appeal


on’t be fooled by their small stature; bonsai trees are proof that good things come in small pots. First things first: bonsai are not dwarf versions of full-sized trees; they’re normal specimens that have been carefully tamed, trimmed, and pruned into miniature versions of their full-size counterparts. (Technically, “bonsai” refers to the practice of miniaturizing trees, not the tree itself.) It actually takes quite a bit of daily effort and careful attention to detail to keep the trees small, healthy, and balanced-looking, but enthusiasts, known as bonsaiists, say that’s what provides the most satisfaction.

Bonsai trees are far from typical house plants—they are incredibly exotic centerpieces and a form of natural, living art for the home.

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In general, a bonsai should look ancient, even if it isn’t actually all that old—an affect created by carefully tweaking the tree’s trunk and bark. Tree miniaturization has existed as an art form in Asia for nearly 2,000 years. Originating in China, it was soon adopted and refined by the Japanese. Its rise in the United States dates back to the 1940s and ’50s, when during the war and subsequent occupation of Japan, U.S. Army officers and their wives took courses in traditional Japanese cultural practices, including bonsai. These days, bonsai enthusiasts congregate at local meetings and show off their craftsmanship at exhibitions and shows. Texas boasts at least six regional bonsai clubs comprising hundreds of members, including the Houston Bonsai Society; in New Mexico the members of the Albuquerque Bonsai Club gather for monthly meetings. Woody perennials are preferred, but many different kinds of plants can work as a bonsai. The tabletop size is the most prominent in popular culture, but bonsai trees can range in size from a few inches to up to four feet tall. Expert bonsaiists take care to coax their trees into specific shapes inspired by trees in nature: kengai or cascade-style

trees, are modeled to look as though they’re growing on the side of a mountain, while fukinagashi, or windswept trees, are styled to look as though they’re buffeted by strong winds. In general, a bonsai should look ancient, even if it isn’t actually all that old—an affect created by carefully tweaking the tree’s trunk and bark. When selecting a bonsai specimen from a nursery or from the wild, pay especially close attention to the trunk; look for an attractive trunk-to-base taper and appealing bark. Foliage should be in good condition, and roots should appear to grip the ground. Traditionally, bonsai trees are grown in shallow pots or trays. It takes quite a bit of work to maintain the miniaturist shape— pruning roots and branches, nipping new shoots, shaping existing growth, and watering multiple times a day in hot Southwestern climates. But bonsai is more about the process than the end result, as a Japanese writer noted around 970 CE: “It is only when [a tree] is kept close to human beings who fashion it with loving care that its shape and style acquire the ability to move one.”

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here’s no need to wait for a special occasion to uncork a bottle of sparkling wine, especially when those tiny bubbles and sparkling wine’s crisp, citrusy tones work so beautifully with most foods. Sparkling wines make great cocktail bases, too. If you’ve been looking for a fun, fizzy concoction that goes beyond the mimosa, here are two worth toasting—over a romantic dinner or with a lively brunch crowd. Cheers!



Clementine Crush This refreshing pink punch is as pretty as it is delicious, combining clementine juice and zest with fresh cranberries and rosemary. Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

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Serves 8 2 ⅔cups clementine juice, plus 1 T. finely chopped clementine zest, plus clementine peels for garnish (from about 12–14 fruits total) ¼ cup sugar 1 cup 100 percent cranberry juice ¾ cup fresh cranberries 8 (1-inch) springs fresh rosemary 1 bottle brut sparkling wine, well chilled 12 oz tonic water or ginger ale In a wide, shallow dish, mix zest and sugar together with your fingers. Wet the rim of eight cocktail glasses with a wet paper towel, then dredge in clementine sugar to coat. In a large pitcher, use a wooden spoon to thoroughly muddle cranberry juice, cranberries, and rosemary sprigs. Fill pitcher with ice cubes. Top off with clementine juice, sparkling wine, and tonic water or ginger ale. Stir vigorously; pour into rimmed glasses and garnish with clementine twists. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



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Gruet’s sparklers are New Mexico’s pride and joy

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A family of sparkling wines, from a family of sparkling wine makers.


ruet Winery in Albuquerque is more the product of a family vine rather than a tree, with roots in the heart of a small village in the Champagne region of France where patriarch Gilbert Gruet began the family business in 1967. On a trip through the American Southwest in 1983, Gilbert met with European expats growing wine grapes near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, and decided to plant vines there. Two of his four children, Nathalie Gruet and Laurent Gruet, in their 20s at the time, jumped in with both feet to help Gilbert make méthode champenoise (the process of fermenting sparkling wine in the same bottle from start to finish), releasing 2,000 cases in 1989. Novelty got them in the doors and reasonable prices put their wine into consumers’ glasses, but quality has kept Gruet on shelves and on wine lists from California to New York. In 2011, Gruet Blanc de Noirs ($16), the first New Mexican wine to receive 90 points from Wine Spectator, was selected for the magazine’s coveted list of Top 100 Wines of the Year, and was described as “elegant and focused, with rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread.” On a recent visit to Santa Fe a winemaker from Champagne stepped from his plane and asked, “Where may I buy a bottle of Gilbert Gruet Grande Reserve?” Produced only in exceptional years from Gruet’s oldest vines, aged before its release, this tête de cuvée exhibits creamy sophistication and brilliant acidity ($40).


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Novelty got them in the doors and reasonable prices put their wine into consumers’ glasses, but quality has kept Gruet on shelves and on wine lists from California to New York. A newer offering, Sauvage (“wild” in French), is a bone-dry, zesty sparkler with touches of green apple and citrus, perfect with seafood ($20). Bringing me to the subject, if you only drink sparkling wines at celebrations, you’re missing the pleasure of pairing them with food. Try them with fried foods, sushi, and even popcorn. Today Gruet produces 15 wines—11 of which are sparkling—topping 175,000 cases annually. Though the family has never forgotten where they came from, they have—most asJames Selby suredly—arrived. James Selby has directed wine programs in New York, Gruet Winery,

The aptly named Gruet Sauvage is tart and dry.

Portland, and Santa Fe, where he lives and works as a wine consultant and writer.

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NEW MEXICO PHILHARMONIC: THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS April 1, 8–9:30 pm Popejoy Hall, ABQ $22–$75 The music composed by John Williams for the Star Wars films holds a special place in the galaxy of cinematic soundtracks. Since the beginning of the saga in 1977 to the most currents films, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the New Mexico Philharmonic will delight audiences with the best of Star Wars, and more.

CANYON ROAD SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL May 12–13 Friday evening, 5–7 pm; Saturday 10 am–7 pm Canyon Road, Santa Fe Free Friday evening the Canyon Road Spring Arts Festival kicks off with gallery exhibition openings, often with live entertainment, light snacks, and wine or beer. On Saturday, 50+ artists from many of the galleries will paint en plein air while visitors watch them create original works. 29TH ANNUAL RIO GRANDE VALLEY CELTIC FESTIVAL May 20–21, times vary Balloon Fiesta Park 5000 Balloon Fiesta NE, ABQ $7–$20, children under 6 free; discounts for seniors and active military Visitors to the 29th annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival will be delighted by a wide variety of Celtic music, piping, dance, games, rugby, and numerous clans and vendors. Fun for the whole family.

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FIESTAS DE ALBUQUERQUE April 8, 12 noon–5 pm Historic Old Town, 303 Romero NW, ABQ Free The history and traditions of Albuquerque come alive with entertainment, children’s activities, artists’ demonstrations, plus food, shopping, and family fun. The Founder’s Procession starts at 3:30 pm. GATHERING OF NATIONS POWWOW April 27–29, times vary Powwow grounds at Tingley Coliseum Expo New Mexico, ABQ $18 per day Miss Indian World Competition April 27, $15 The 34th Annual Gathering of Nations is the world’s largest assembly of Native American and Indigenous people, drawing more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world. The Miss Indian World Competition is not to be missed. 132

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7TH ANNUAL ABQ BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL May 28, 3–6 pm; 2 pm for non-sampling, early access, and VIP ticket holders Sandia Resort and Casino, 30 Rainbow $10–$55 This 21+ event is highlighted by live music from numerous blues bands, a souvenir tasting glass, and unlimited samples of beer from craft breweries around the country. There will also be homebrew demonstrations, vendor booths, games, and more.

30TH FESTIVAL FLAMENCO INTERNACIONAL DE ALBUQUERQUE June 11–17 Various times, locations, and prices Cohosted by the National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico, this event invites the best flamenco artists in the world to participate in this project. The overall purpose is to sustain and support the artistry, history, and culture of flamenco among all national and international communities.

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LADY ANTEBELLUM, KELSEA BALLERINI & BRETT YOUNG June 1, 1 pm Isleta Amphitheater, 5601 University Blvd $40 and up Country music group and award–winning artists Lady Antebellum and solo artists Kelsea Ballerini (nominated for the 2017 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist) and Brett Young come together to wow audiences with new music and current hits.

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HERB & LAVENDER FAIR June 17–18, 10 am–4 pm El Rancho de las Golondrinas 334 Los Pinos, Santa Fe $6–$8, kids under 12 free This annual summer event features herb garden tours, numerous lavender and herb product vendors, lectures, workshops, and other hands-on activities.

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ALBUQUERQUE RENAISSANCE FAIRE April 29, 10 pm–5 pm Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum 9201 Balloon Museum NE, ABQ $5–$10, children 3 and under free The Albuquerque Renaissance Faire is an annual rain or shine event with food, drinks, and entertainment at the Tilted Tankard Tavern, the Commoner’s Food Court, shopping at the Village, events at the Children’s Realm, and much more!

68TH ANNUAL RODEO DE SANTA FE June 21–24, various times 3237 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe $10–$37 Now in its 68th year, the annual Rodeo de Santa Fe, a PRCA event, offers fun for the whole family. From “mutton bustin’” to buckin’ broncos, this high-energy entertainment is sure to be enjoyed by all. A parade, carnival, food, and beer garden are also part of the festivities.

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