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Forever Home

After building for clients for many years, Mike and Alexa Knight set out to build their own dream home, an art- and natureinspired residence in the North Valley.


Modern Pioneers

Tapping into the spirit of the Old West, a couple builds their contemporary dream home in the East Mountains.



Kitchens We Love

From classic Southwest to ultra-modern, these five kitchens represent the best in design and function for modern living.

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Adding a second deck to their already lovely outdoor living spaces created a whole new set of ways these homeowners can experience the outdoor beauty of Santa Fe.

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16 Life+Style Southwest Here comes the sun­—and a unique walkway; cool new tools that really add “splash” to the kitchen; shade structures to help you safely enjoy the Northern New Mexico sunshine all summer; Steve Thomas on designing the perfect kitchen.

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42 On the cover: Surrounded by acres of natural beauty, this contemporary residence captures impressive mountain views from the dining room and almost every other place in the home. Read about it on page 58. Photograph by Amadeus Leitner.


26 Enchanted Spaces Color can make or break your mood, says Moll Anderson. Learn how to choose colors that contribute to your happiness and your home design.

70 Su Libro If you’re not inspired to create after reading these two hot new cookbooks, you’re not hungry. Recipes, too!

78 Vida Buena The International Folk Art Market brings the people and crafts of many cultures to Santa Fe in July; the gracious charm of Charleston, South Carolina.

88 What’s Happening?

The summer is packed with things to do around Northern New Mexico. Here’s a roundup of events, concerts, and festivals happening July through September. 6

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74 S u Cocina A roundup of gadgets and spices that will add flavor to your kitchen; easy summer citrus and spice recipes; James Selby talks mezcal and shares refreshing mezcal cocktail recipes.


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very architect and design builder knows their most important task is capturing the best views through optimal siting. We, as homeowners, want to see as much beauty as possible when we look out our windows. A major factor in the selection of my home was the view toward the ski area from the master bedroom. As a devoted skier, with my head still on my pillow, I love to look up and get a read on any new snow or weather. That view is priceless to me. We have views from our homes, and also within our homes. In our feature on kitchens, attention was paid to the view one enjoys from within the kitchen as well as from the kitchen seating areas. When cooking, home chefs would much rather face their guests instead of a wall. A vantage toward a television or window might also be a factor. As our cover suggests, a well-captured view can create an entirely different dining experience. As we arrange our new homes or re-arrange our existing homes, we might very well consider placement of artwork at places in the home where the eye travels. I have a figurative painting that fits beautifully at the end of a hall. Visually it draws the viewer toward it and through the hall space, but in this particular case, the oddness of the artwork makes it more appropriate for a less public area of my home—yet I still enjoy viewing it daily. The featured homes in this issue paid great attention to the views and how each room relates with the outdoors. Our outdoor living feature is a home that abuts a lovely hillside with a trickling waterfall—a seamless integration of architecture with nature. The bottom line is that our eyes and our souls crave satisfaction by enjoying visually pleasing elements within our homes as well as outside of our homes. This issue is a reminder and inspiration to us to consider sightlines. Is your home capturing the most visually pleasing possibilities? As we say at Su Casa, your home is your life; make it beautiful.

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Tobi Wilde has a vision for every hardscaping and landscaping project she’s called to design, but you can bet those visions don’t include neatly squared paving stones or other matchy-matchy materials. “Everywhere I look I see ‘lazy brain’ used of gravel. I want the Earth to feel the love I have for her, and color is part of the glory of life,” says Wilde, who, along with business partner and collaborator Adam Steinberg, operates Glorious Earth Landscapes in Santa Fe. A client gave Glorious Earth carte blanche to completely revamp her dark, enclosed outdoor staircase, and Wilde, who felt the space unwelcoming, decided to open it up with the brightest of all possible symbols. “I call it the Rising Sun,” she says, noting that from the bottom to the top, the sun expands bit by bit, even as the stairs themselves narrow as they rise. In blues, roses, pinks, and oranges, the rich hues of the Rising Sun and its lengthy walkway are utterly natural and organic. And that’s no accident. “My heart guides me,” says Wilde. “My desire is to empower and exalt the landscape, taking it to its highest level.” Glorious Earth Landscapes,

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learned my most important lesson about kitchens 30 years ago, when I renovated a 1700s colonial for our family home. I restored the formal living and dining rooms in the front but gutted the back of the house to create an L-shaped kitchen/dining/living area that opened onto the garden. This being our first “grown-up” home I figured we would sit in the formal rooms during gatherings and make intelligent conversation with our friends. But during the housewarming party, our 60 guests wandered through the formal areas, peeked at the garden, then plopped or stood wherever they could find room in the kitchen. By 11:00 PM the remaining party animals were sitting flank to flank on the island and counters, or standing where there was no room to sit. The formal rooms were completely ignored. It was an “aha” moment, and since then we’ve just focused on the kitchen/ dining/living suite. A few observations on kitchens: “Kitchen” comprises three functional blocks: food prep, dining, and lounging. The blocks should be continuous, or at least inter-visible. They can be “stacked” in layers (picture a galley kitchen, then a dining table layer, then a living room grouping perhaps centered around a fire-


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place), or the blocks can be in an L or U shape. The key is that one must always be able to see the kitchen. Our current kitchen at Sea Cove Cottage is small, but my wife Evy, an excellent cook, claims it’s our best so far. In the renovation I knocked down the wall between the old dining room and kitchen and opened up the original front hall. Now you can see the kitchen from the entire first floor. The kitchen is a workshop. If it’s pretty but doesn’t function well it’s not much good. Excellent design is key. For Sea Cove we used a professional designer, Robin Siegerman, to lay out the floor plan and general cabinet configuration. Cabinet specialist Rick Spencer specified the actual cabinets, door configuration, and working hardware package. We eschewed custom in this kitchen in favor of cost-efficient, factory-built cabinets, and they look great. Edit your stuff. To open up the space we used cantilevered upper shelves instead of cabinets. A thin LED strip applied to the underside illuminates the counters. This open concept works great, but only if you scrupulously edit your kitchenware. What you see in the picture is what we

use for every occasion. In terms of batterie de cuisine, Evy kept only her best stuff. Every piece does double or triple duty . . . or it goes. Functionality is key. Most of the surface area of a kitchen is in the countertops. In our last two kitchens I’ve used quartz composite (Silestone), which is now very good, very durable, very heat- and stain-resistant, and easy to clean. Remember: workshop. Spend for quality where it counts. I’m a sucker for beautiful tools so I pushed for the top of the line Wolf/Sub-Zero package. Even at builders prices they’re expensive—but worth it. Like a well-engineered tool they give me pleasure every time I use them, and they don’t break. The takeaway from all this? Focus on design, simplicity, and quality. The kitchen suite is where you and your family will live and your guests will hang out—especially if there is good food and drink to be enjoyed there! Steve Thomas is a home renovation expert. The former host of This Old House and Renovation Nation, he now heads up Steve Thomas Builders.

Left: Steve and Evy’s kitchen at Sea Cove Cottage flows into a compact dining room and then into a small living room. Open shelving takes the place of upper cabinets, creating the feeling of more space.

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unshine: We can’t get enough of it in the winter, then suddenly, we’re running for cover. Fortunately, options abound for Northern New Mexico homeowners who want to maximize warmth and light in winter and mitigate them in the summer. In addition to being adaptable to seasonal needs, awnings, sails, pergolas, and other shade structures add practical value and aesthetic appeal to home exteriors. Though Northern New Mexico is blessed with less humid summers than most areas of the country, our altitude puts us closer to the sun and its harmful UV rays. Applying shade to a hot, sunny day reduces the ambient temperature up to 30 percent, making it possible to enjoy outdoor living and entertaining comfortably and safely. Strategically placed outdoor shade structures can also help to reduce heat indoors, resulting in energy savings. According to Sara Talachy of Santa Fe Awning Company (, with locations in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and El Paso, by blocking 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays, shade structures lengthen the life of not only outdoor furnishings, but also indoor fabrics and upholstery that receive direct sunlight. The first step in designing a shade structure, says Talachy, is to evaluate how the sun rises and sets against the home. “Then we can recommend products to block the sun,” she explains. “Santa Fe Patio


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A circular pergola by Landscape Solutions ( of Rio Rancho performs double duty as a shade structure by day and underlit outdoor kitchen cover by night.

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Wind and Solar Screens™ facing south significantly block heat while preserving the view; north-facing, they block sun in the morning.” Motorized retractable solar screens make it effortless to restore your entire northern view once the sun is overhead. Santa Fe Awning Company uses an automation product called Somfy myLink, which allows users to control their awnings and shades via cell phone—helpful for giving the appearance of someone being at home while you’re away on vacation. Retractable screens come standard with a manual hand-crank, says Talachy, with motorization an optional upgrade.

The first step in designing a shade structure is to evaluate how the sun rises and sets against the home, says Sara Talachy of Santa Fe Awning Company. Far from being strictly functional, shade structures should complement the home’s exterior and add to its aesthetics. “We love the look of awnings and other shade products,” says Jill Mowery Litt, co-owner of Rader Awning (, with locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. “Awnings ‘dress’ a house and give it a softer look. All of our awnings are custom made so we can accomplish this with many different frame styles and fabric colors.” Rader Awning offers a number of shade products, from awnings 24

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and fabric patio covers to roll curtains, shade sails, and more. Some come with “smart” motorized options, and all are outfitted with Sunbrella, a, durable, acrylic-based fabric with a 10-year warranty. Resistant to UV rays, fading, mold, and mildew, this breathable and bleachable workhorse material comes in a dizzying 250 solid colors and stripe patterns. Pergolas have long been a favorite shade structure in Northern New Mexico, as they filter sunlight while keeping the scenery well in view. Adding a fabric cover atop a pergola adds even more function when it’s warm, and the cover can be easily removed and stored when temperatures drop in the fall. Continuing to gain momentum in 2018 are geometrically shaped “shade sail” systems in residential use. “The look of these systems is just beautiful and adds an element of design and color to any space,” says Mowery Litt. “We use triangles, squares, and rectangles to try to block the most amount of sun, all while creating a certain look.” In addition to sunshine, there’s another weather conundrum to consider in Northern New Mexico: monsoon season. Before calling off that party, consider louvered patio cover systems by Equinox and Arcadia, available from Rader Awning. These metals systems open and close like window blinds, but when closed, are watertight, diverting rainwater to gutters on the perimeter. The top reason why people avoid the outdoors in summer is inadequate shelter from the sun. Spend more time outdoors this summer with a cool summer shade that will beat the heat. Then in winter, raise or remove shades and awnings to maximize solar gain and reduce heating expense. Already affordable, shade structures practically pay for themselves.


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t’s no secret that colors symbolize different things: light blue—tranquility; yellow—happiness; red—anger or passion. But are you aware that colors also provide a full sensory experience that is crafted from the day you come into this world? If you have an unconsciously negative feeling toward a color and that color is dominant in your life, you’re probably not going to feel your most comfortable. Embracing colors that speak to you in the most positive way is one great technique to help “capture your happy!” Our color story begins from our childhood and includes all of our senses, emotions, and experiences—good and bad. As mentioned in my latest book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Color, “Sense memory plays a significant part in who we are today. Color is a powerful influencer, and the way we feel when we see a color we dislike can affect us physically. We may suddenly feel exhausted, anxious, or angry, and although we may not understand why, it’s definitely a strong aversion. You may have known you hated a color, but didn’t realize the color was actually adding to your anxiety.” So if you have walls painted in your home in the color you dislike, or have upholstered furniture in that same color, your house could literally be making you sick! According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders represent the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, and it is not uncommon for someone with anxiety to also suffer from depression. Both disorders stem from a variety of risk factors including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events, and affect all ages Left and opposite: Personally, my happy color is a vivid bright blue, so it was extremely important to me to infuse this hue of blue into my home décor. The idea is to see a color and capture the positive feelings derived from your sense memory toward it, and then manifest those feelings into your home and life. For instance, the minute I think of summer, the color blue immediately comes to mind. It’s the color of the ocean that I vacationed near with my family in La Jolla, California, as a little girl; the blue sky that was clear and bright on a hot summer day; and the color of striped beach towels, umbrellas, and cover-ups along the sand.

and genders. So if you’re already depressed, then the colors you choose to surround yourself with in your home and life could either help you and create a more comfortable, welcoming space, or they could add to the intensity of your anxiety. Once you’ve identified your happy color, try incorporating it into your life through different ways such as re-covering your sofa or chairs with fabric in that color, or ease into it by picking up a new set of sheets for your bed, or adding throws or pillows to a bench or couch. Fresh flowers are a must-have. If flowers are hard to find year-round in your favorite color, try a gorgeous vase or a piece of art. You can even incorporate a staple piece of clothing in your happy color to wear on those important days where you need a little boost of confidence. Why color? Because color brings joy and can symbolically shift your energy if you’re open to it. I don’t profess to have all of the answers, and I don’t have a degree in psychology. I’m just hoping that by sharing a bit of my color journey, it might encourage you to take a chance on really living a fully sensory aware and colorful life!

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This commonly mislabeled natural stone has the durability of granite and delicate veining of a marble. The term is often confused for engineered quartz surfaces which have recreated similar colors. Nature does it best, though. There is a depth and sparkle only available from a genuine, natural stone. We stock 16 different varieties of quartzite at Rocky Mountain Stone.

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H 2 ohhhh! stylish and functional tools make a splash in the kitchen

Moen Align Chrome Touchless Faucet

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When it comes right down to it, the kitchen is primarily used for two things: cooking and cleaning up. We love these kitchen products that make both tasks easier, and are at the forefront of contemporary kitchen design. Just add water!

Cooking is messy. When kneading dough or making hamburger patties, hands are often covered in stuff you’d probably rather not have all over your fixtures. Touchless faucets turn on automatically so there’s no touching of metal—until after your hands are clean. Moen’s Align with MotionSense™ is a onehandle faucet with an ultra-contemporary look and a modern purpose. The high arc offers more space beneath to work, and the pulldown faucet with its retractable hose is ideal for rinsing vegetables, pasta, and the sink itself. $515, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery,

Watermark Designs Elan Vital Pot Filler

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A pot filler mounted above the stovetop is the one “luxury” homeowners quickly realize they can’t live without. Eliminating the need for lugging heavy pots of water from sink to stove, pot fillers offer convenience as well as safety, and now, intriguing design. Watermark Designs’ Elan Vital pot filler is sleek and industrial, a trending utilitarian look accentuated by a machine-stamped on/off lever handle. Shown here in Rustica Brass, it is available in 24 finishes for the ultimate in customization. $2,606, Santa Fe By Design,


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Kohler Smart Divide Vault Apron Front Sink

Apron front sinks are deep, and divided sinks can feel too cramped to work in. What’s the ergonomic compromise? Kohler’s Smart Divide kitchen sink design, which gently separates the sink into two compartments via a low-rise divider. Not only do you have more elbow room to work, but larger pots and pans fit better for easier washing. This gleaming and spacious stainless steel apron front sink is a contemporary undermount design, offering plenty of space for stress-free cleanup duty. Price upon request, Dahl Plumbing,

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rom dim to dazzling, lighting transforms any space. Beyond illumination, lighting can instantly change the look and style of a room from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. When selecting options for your next light fixture, consider these trends from the product experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. IlluminAngles Shine a light on sharp edges, acute angles, and clean lines. Aptly named “IlluminAngles,” this new lighting trend describes fixtures that combine an open framework and a vibrant light source to illuminate geometric silhouettes. Limitless LED Focus your attention on LED. The artistic and seamless integration of LED bulbs and plates inventively delivers energy-efficient illumination. The true beauty of LED lies in its limitless possibilities. Artisanal Glass Illuminate your appreciation for hand-crafted artistry. Lighting fixtures with artisanal glass celebrate the time-honored technique of molding cut glass into sophisticated shapes and exquisitely transparent forms. Although modern technology makes the process more efficient, each piece showcases a detailed application of skilled craftsmanship.

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Indoors Out Take the indoors out! Use decorative outdoor lighting, such as oversized chandeliers and multi-pendant clusters, to provide functional illumination and bring a sense of warmth and comfort to your outdoor entertaining areas.

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When selecting your next lighting fixture, consider incorporating one of these trends to create a space that is functional, well-lit, and beautifully illuminates your style.

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ohn and Cristy of John Mark Custom Homes like knowing they have helped people feel special and right at home, in their own homes. Right from the start, they knew there was something particularly special about designing and building homes from the ground up with the family who would make that house their home. Homebuilding is often about compromise, but John feels differently. When John began his company, it was based on the idea that homeowners shouldn’t have to compromise, and that with the right help, they could afford to make something truly their own. “I share in the belief that every homeowner deserves to live in a home designed just for them,” John says. “Not close to what they want, but exactly what they want, right where they want to live.” Each John Mark Custom Home is built with quality construction and to your specifications. “I don’t build homes without you because I wouldn’t know where to start,” John explains. “I don’t just build homes, I build dreams.” Having gone through the building process themselves, John and Cristy want people to know that building a custom home is not beyond their budget—in fact, it can be more affordable than buying a home. They also realize how important it is to work with someone you can trust and who has the experience to walk you through the process. Some builders have a tendency to try and fit your dreams into their design. “Our homes are truly customized; we never try to fit you into our mold,” says John. “And we work hard to keep costs down without compromising quality.” John invites you to go to his website or contact him for more information and your building consultation.

“John is very creative with great attention to detail,” say owners Dr. Payson and Grady Ripley.

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rank Lloyd Wright believed that the hearth was the heart of the home. The folks at Mountain West Sales echo this sentiment, the idea that a fireplace is a focal point that provides warmth, beauty, and ambience. Mountain West Sales’ Albuquerque showroom is filled with fully functioning fireplace displays, wood burning stoves, and hearth products for builders and homeowners to view and select from during the homebuilding process. John Lyle purchased Mountain West Sales in 1991, carefully developing in his store a culture of information, guidance, and selection. No hard sell here; it’s all about the proper product selection for the project, with advice from an expert. All of the employees at Mountain West Sales have longevity with the company, and with them comes a ton of institutional knowledge. Today the company is run by John’s son, Jim Lyle. From early on Jim worked in and learned all aspects of the company: warehouse, delivery, installation, and office management. Father and son worked well together, and after Jim acquired his master’s degree in finance, John retired in 2008, leaving the business in his son’s capable hands. Unfortunately this change of leadership occurred during the economic downturn, so Jim streamlined inventory and focused on solid business relationships while turning over every rock for additional business. Jim says that customer service is key in maintaining a strong business. After all, he notes, “Each job is attached to a homeowner, so it’s important to get the job done right.” Builders regularly bring their clients into the showroom so that the Mountain West Sales experts can provide guidance to the homeowner directly. When the homeowners are able to draw on Mountain West Sales’ expertise and knowledgably choose their own fireplace products, the builder-client relationship is strengthened. John Lyle still loves working with clients and is frequently in the showroom on Saturdays. Stop by and visit; he’d love to see you.

Just a few of the many displays in the Mountain West Sales showroom.

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tepping inside the doors of Santa Fe’s La Puerta Originals is like embarking on a historical journey, where, in a 18,500-square-foot production facility, unique architectural pieces are incorporated into majestic doors, cabinetry, mirrors, and gates. Each stunning item has history behind it and a story living within it. Melissa Coleman, owner of La Puerta Originals, is passionate about the business of reclaiming old wood and architectural antiques in order to give them life in a new way. “There is something about wood as it ages through the years,” she says. “There’s a certain quality…. It’s living and breathing.” Wood reclamation is a painstaking process that begins with many hours of extracting nails and other pieces of metal from the old—sometimes very old—wood. Sometimes the wood is milled for trim pieces, but other times it is left in its natural form to add more of a historic representation for a finished piece. “Nothing is wasted,” says Melissa, noting the hardware room, where numerous drawers are filled with old rusted iron latches, hinges, knobs, and clavos—the adornments for stunning new pieces with an old world aesthetic. Nothing is machine manufactured; it’s all solid wood, handcrafted and finished with water-based product. Scott Coleman is the design mind behind La Puerta Originals. It’s his job to carefully consider each client’s needs and desires as well as the blueprints during the design phase. Often he, Melissa, and their team work with clients remotely because their client base is national and even international. Whether the job is one extraordinary entry door or a complete set of kitchen cabinetry, each project is very special and receives the same amount of care. With 20 onsite craftsmen and one very talented designer, La Puerta Originals’ finished products are truly “original.” Visit online or in person. Either way, you are in for a historic treat. Bedroom door with antique carved panels and custom bed with antique rope carved columns.

Born of a need, inspired by an artifact, crafted by hand. We build custom doors, gates and furniture — by hand — using reclaimed wood and architectural antiques from around the world.

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n exactly the way a house is built, Joe Boyden started from the ground up, working in the construction field from the age of 16. Today, after having defined and refined his homebuilding skills for over three decades, this extraordinary custom homebuilder has grown Homes by Joe Boyden into one of New Mexico’s premier residential design/build firms. “When your name is on the product you take it very seriously,” says Melinda Bowen, Director of Sales and Marketing for Homes by Joe Boyden. Indeed. Joe personally oversees, from start to finish, the construction of nearly 100 homes per year. It’s not unusual to see Joe around the construction site running the backhoe, operating a Bobcat, or wielding a hammer. Each project is as important as the next, and all of them have to be right. “A lot of builders forget to finish,” says Joe. “We are finishers!” Joe and his team firmly believe that because all families are unique, with different needs and personalities, every home should reflect that individuality inside and out—today, tomorrow, and for years to come. It’s that “people first” philosophy that has made Homes by Joe Boyden successful in building beautiful homes and lasting relationships over the years. With his skill in design and construction and his unfailing determination, this “good ol’ boy” has grown his business into the solid, reputable, and well-respected company that it is today, building locally and statewide in numerous communities. “Flexibility is the name of the game when designing and building,” says Joe, who works with each client to customize the perfect floor plan and believes sincerely that a custom home is within reach for everyone. Whether your budget is $200k or $2 million, Joe can make it a reality. 2018 Spring Parade of Homes award winner.

2016 Parade of Homes Best Kitchen award winner.



race your fingertips across an American Clay wall, and you’ll feel what makes this earth plaster special. Depending on the mix and type of trowel used, it might feel as sensuous as suede or as smooth and cool as porcelain. Because color comes from powdered pigments stirred directly into the mix, American Clay’s finish communicates depth and integrity. The earth plaster is far easier to apply than traditional plaster, infinitely forgiving, and easily repairable. And American Clay’s plasters are healthy, both for contractors and homeowners—no chemicals, no dust, and 100 percent mold-resistant. In the 1990s, Croft Elsaesser was working as a high-end faux-finishing contractor in Albuquerque when the solvents and other chemicals he was exposed to daily began to take their toll on his health. Seeking a solution, Elsaesser looked back at what people were putting on their walls eons ago: clay, sand, and natural pigments. He also looked back at his own childhood, in which he grew up in an adobe house near Santa Fe, playing in arroyos and around adobe corrals and coming home covered in the same orange dirt that made up his house. In 1999, hoping to create a product with a similarly earthy connection, he began exploring clay-based plasters as an alternative to gypsum- or lime-based plasters. But he hit a wall, so to speak, when early experiments were fraught with issues and lacked the beautiful earth tones he envisioned. After two years of what he calls “trowel and error,” the inventor had a workable mix.   “We were ready to reintroduce the oldest building material on Earth,” he says. Today, American Clay produces and sells their Natural Earth plasters all over the world. Made from fine clays and marble dust, the company’s earth plasters are good for people and planet: nontoxic, mold-proof, breathable, humidityabsorbing. Excess plaster can be dried and rehydrated for repairs. In other words: no waste, just “Naturally Beautiful Walls.” 

Right photo, Plaster: Porcelina™, color: Suglarloaf White, trowel compression. Left photo, Forte Base, color: Seabrook, sponge compression.

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ake your home the destination. Norwalk custom furniture, hand-crafted in the USA and available through Designer Warehouse, offers many options to help make your rooms beautiful, peaceful, positive, and comfortable environments that reflect who you are and how you live. It is important to view fabric in your own home, and with Norwalk you may check out large fabric samples and live with them for a day or two so you feel confident in the selections you are making. Norwalk also offers an online “draping tool,” which lets you see what the piece will look like in the fabric you select. Norwalk has one of the most fashion-forward fabric lines in the industry, offering over 250 performance fabrics that take away the worry about spills and stains without sacrificing beauty or a soft feel. Norwalk also offers a range of beautiful Sunbrella upholstery fabrics that endure direct sun while being highly resistant to staining.  Norwalk offers many custom frame and seat cushion variations that allow the comfort seeker the freedom to select their preferred arm style, seat depth, seat construction, and number of seat cushions. Designer Warehouse recommends clients sit in different sofas and chairs in their store to see which ones fit them the best. In addition to fitting you correctly, it is important that the furniture is the correct scale for your room. The designers at Designer Warehouse can take your room dimensions and create an AutoCad drawing to show how the furniture will fit into your home or office. After you find your perfect upholstery pieces, Designer Warehouse also offers great floor lamps, art, area rugs, and accessories to provide everything you need to finish your room and make your home the perfect destination. Designer Warehouse… designing for the comfort of home.


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re you looking to build a beautiful custom home at an affordable price, with an award-winning master general contractor overseeing the complete process? Would you like a collaborative, step-by-step decision-making experience throughout your build? Then Vineyard Homes and owner/builder Deb Short should be your next call! Over the past 20 years Deb Short has built Vineyard Homes into one of the finest custom building companies in New Mexico. Vineyard Homes is a member of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico and has won several building awards during the Parade of Homes. Deb is a master general contractor who enjoys her work and strives to provide the best building services to each of her clients. Having recently become a grandmother, Deb understands that families need ease of workability and value in their homes. Her warmth and loving nature transfer into the building process, which she strives to make as enjoyable as possible. “Making the design-build process an experience my clients can enjoy, instead of stressing over, is one of my main goals,” says Deb. Many builders do not take this approach, she notes, and you are left to make big decisions on your own. Deb believes the quality of her homes is equal to the effort she puts into satisfying her clients. According to Christine and Robert Becker, former clients of Vineyard Homes, “Deb’s willingness to help, her pleasant and fun personality, personal knowledge, and experience contribute to her being an outstanding contractor and business partner during the process of building a new home.” “Call for your free consultation today,” says Deb. “You have absolutely nothing to lose, and you may even gain some knowledge that may help you choose the best builder for you.” “I was so excited to win awards for both of my parade homes this year. It was unexpected and rewarding,” says Short.


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house has a few key components: walls, a roof, and a door. What makes a house a home are the people whose passion and heart bring life to the house every day, starting at day one, when the builder breaks ground. “Everyone lives a little different; everyone has unique needs and has desires for the way they want to live,” says Mike Fietz, the owner of Westway Homes. “The main, overarching attitude is we want to be flexible, to provide all of our customers with that vision and the dream they have of what their home is going to be, where their family is going to live and make memories.” Westway Homes operates as a highly functioning business, but also as a family. Oftentimes, staff stays past typical “office hours,” because their day is not done until the job is done. Being the best is not a 9-to-5 type of job, and Westway Homes is relentless in the pursuit to be an industry leader, not an industry follower. “Building communities that inspire, one family, one home, at a time” is Westway Homes’ mission statement. Staff work every day to put the statement into action. By working closely with subcontractors and other industry leaders, customers are presented with innovative, imaginative designs set to inspire. Concepts presented by Westway Homes are unlike anything else on the market, leading the industry into a new age. When customers walk into the model home, they get a glimpse of what Westway Homes can do for them. It’s not just four walls and a roof, but a house that feels like a home from day one. “Our goal is to be in communities,” says Fietz. “We want to be a part of the community—not just building houses, but being a major part of our customers’ lives and their families’ lives.” We build high-quality new homes in highly desirable locations — because where and how you live truly matters.

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xperience “Perfect Bliss”…. At Sukhmani Home, brothers and owners, Sat Gurumukh Singh Khalsa and Hari Mander Jot Singh Khalsa, are passionate about their customers. “Our customers experience a sense of welcome, warmth and inspiration from the moment they enter the door,” explains Hari Mander Jot Singh. They want to ensure you are in love with the pieces you take home. With 20 years of home furnishing and décor experience, Hari Mander Jot Singh and Sat Gurumukh Singh will personally work with you to help you design your home and create spaces you will love. To make your buying experience even easier, Sukhmani offers a five-day consignment period with white glove delivery and set-up to make sure it is truly the right fit and feel for your home. “If you are consulting with an interior designer, architect, or design-build expert, we can assist them to customdesign furniture and architectural elements from around the world,” Sat Gurumukh Singh says. For the finishing touch, they carry an exquisitely curated collection of textiles, hand woven rugs, art and upholstery. Feeling Adventurous? They even offer guided buying trips to India, China, Indonesia, and Turkey. Take the first step in finding your perfect bliss and visit the beautiful Sukhmani Home showroom, located in Nob Hill, Albuquerque at 112 Amherst Dr. SE. Don’t forget to visit Sukhmani Jewelry across the street.

Find beautiful pieces to fill your home and allow sukhmani – “perfect bliss” – to radiate throughout your home.


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hat’s in a name? Well, the owners of Jeebs & ZuZu would say . . . quite a lot. It’s an unusual name because Jeebs & ZuZu offers an unusual concept for home improvement. Their business model was developed as a way to simplify the often overwhelming process of home renovation, and they are here to serve you. That’s what it’s about: service and straightforward project planning and management. The company’s old-fashioned diner atmosphere isn’t just a fun design affect. An actual “menu” of options allows you to quickly determine what’s on offer and how it fits into your budget. Will it be the Jeebs & ZuZu Signature Kitchen or the Princess of Monaco Kitchen? Estimated pricing is right there and available on the menu. No surprises, just straightforward information. The owners of Jeebs & ZuZu know that each job is unique in size, scope, and budget. Sometimes it’s as simple as an elegant update; other times it’s a full makeover. The process starts with a complimentary visit to your home where they will assess your space as well as your needs and desires. The next step, the design phase, is your opportunity to plan your project with dedicated design experts. This 10-hour block of time allows for custom drafting and design work in order to provide you with two or three options. Once the detailed proposal is approved and scheduled the construction phase begins. Not to worry, though: Jeebs & ZuZu are prompt, clean, friendly, and efficient. After all, it’s all about serving you. Once your project is complete Jeebs & ZuZu are available for routine maintenance so you can enjoy your new space for years to come. It’s so rewarding to Jeebs & ZuZu when they can help a homeowner live a better life in their home, and they always want to leave their clients with a smile.

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nature and art inspire a North Valley retreat

Hidden away in a bucolic area of the North Valley, Mike and Alexa Knight’s award-winning home takes a cue from midcentury and Craftsman-style architecture.


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by Ben Ikenson

photographs by Kirk Gittings


ver the course of more than two decades, Mike and Alexa Knight of Lee Michael Homes have designed and built more than 300 custom homes in the Albuquerque area. Recently, the couple took the briefest of pauses from creating custom homes for clients in order to create a dream home of their own. The result—a 2,600-square-foot soft contemporary home with an adjoining 1,000-square-foot casita on an acre in the bucolic North Valley—racked up a slew of honors for Lee Michael Homes in the 2017 Fall Parade of Homes, showcasing the kind of detailed work for which the company is reputed. More importantly, it is every much the home the Knights wanted for themselves. “As builders, we typically would build and move every few years,” says Alexa, “but we’d reached a point in our lives where we finally wanted to settle into more of a ‘forever’ home, like what we seem to design and build for our clients.” Additionally, adds Mike, he and Alexa wanted to downsize from their 4,200-square-foot home on two acres in the East Mountains to “a single-level, easierto-care-for property in the North Valley,” closer to their daughter and three grandchildren. The Knights commenced the new project about two years ago, first prioritizing the completion of the guest quarters, where they would live with Harry Houdini, their 120-pound Alaskan malamute, while waiting for their East Mountains home to sell. “It was definitely a lesson in how much space you really need to live, and a testament to our marriage, especially after coming from such a large home,” laughs Alexa. “We were living in the 500-square-foot portion of the casita with a Murphy bed to pull down in the living room and running our business in the front 500 square feet.” Through the duration of the new home project, the couple assumed their respective business roles. Mike took charge of construction and engineering logistics; Alexa handled design and interior decorating. “I make it strong; she makes it pretty,” Mike quips. Inspired by Craftsman Bungalow and midcentury modern architectural influences, the home is a SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


In the cozy great room, a classic brick fireplace is the focal point, while soaring vaulted ceilings draw the eye upward. Sliding glass doors on either side of the fireplace open to a large outdoor living living area and outdoor kitchen. 44

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Left: The kitchen is warmly appointed with dark cabinetry, granite countertops, and nautical pendant lighting. From the prep island juts a bar-height dining island for informal meals. The “cabinet” beneath the rack of cookbooks is a cleverly hidden pantry.

Below: Just off the great room, the formal dining room handily hosts larger gatherings. You’re not seeing things; the space is octagonal, as is the table. Recessed cross beams are an echo from the kitchen—here, though, the lighting is formal and dramatic.

contrast of contemporary and rustic design elements, featuring an abundance of clean lines, geometric angles, high ceilings and windows, exposed beams, and an organic flow from interior to exterior spaces that produces a graceful yet informal feel. More significantly, it is a very personalized manifestation of the Knights’ deep appreciation of natural and artistic beauty.

“We wanted to eat in an informal space but not have our backs to the great room, so we created a T-shaped island instead of the typical rectangular shape.”—Mike Knight “A lot of the ideas and room relationships . . . were a culmination of our many years of designing and building for other families,” says Alexa. “But we really wanted the focus of our home to be on the simple elements of nature, and blending those with the artwork we’ve accumulated over the years. Our favorite pastime is traveling and collecting things along the

way, so we were going for a no-fuss approach to the home that wouldn’t detract from our personal pieces.” Indeed, focal pieces of art adorn the home quite spectacularly. In the entry foyer, for instance, a 20th-century Chinese cloisonné cabinet is displayed against a backdrop of floor-toceiling brick veneer for a dramatic welcome to the home. A large wall in the great room was configured to accommodate an ornate Japanese six-panel folding screen depicting watercolor illustrations of falcons. Other favorite pieces that the Knights designed the home around: a porcelain bird collection; a set of Japanese warrior paintings; carved wood king and queen corbel SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


The Knights appreciate Asian art for its elegance and simplicity, and it can be found throughout their home. In the great room, a Japanese folding panel depicting falcons is a favorite piece.

statues; and a collection of plates—keepsakes representing many of the countries the Knights have visited. “We find that Asian art is art in its simplest of forms, celebrating nature and form, which is why it lends itself well to warm modern architecture, and suited the style of this home perfectly,” says Alexa.

“We really wanted the focus of our home to be on the simple elements of nature, and blending those with the artwork we’ve accumulated over the years.” —Alexa Knight If not objects d’art themselves, many of the home’s details are indeed thoughtful artistic statements. Rustic cherry cabinets detailed with a gray wash compliment the distressed tongue-and-groove beamed ceiling that draws the eye from the great room outside to the large covered patio and the commanding views of the Sandia Mountains in the distance. Custom-built black box beams for the ceilings, the fireplace mantel, and shelving in the hallway create a symmetry of angle, depth, and proportion. Working in unison, a set of great room tables made with slabs of live walnut, and thick, exposed wooden structural elements bring nature into the home, while gorgeous quartzite 46

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All sleeping quarters are set apart from the public areas via a long, narrow hallway. Crossbeams akin to those in the kitchen and dining room are used here as rustic shelving for Mike and Alexa’s mementos and personal treasures.

A 20th-century Chinese cloissonĂŠ cabinet makes for a stunning and dramatic entry, backed by a wall of brick veneer rising to a deep soffit. In a clever twist, the ceiling is replaced by a large skylight, which suffuses the entryway with plenty of natural light.

Mike and Alexa Knight of Lee Michael Homes are loving the dream home they built for themselves.



The master suite is spacious and homey, with a large bay window looking over the backyard. Like the great room at the other end of the house, the master bedroom’s ceilings are high and vaulted.

Above: As their home’s interior designer, Alexa expertly blended the eclectic mix of art, furniture, and décor she and Mike have collected over the years. Below: A striking mosaic tile is used as the backsplash to his-and-hers vanities, and in an eye-bending stripe running across the floor and up the shower.

stone slab countertops in the kitchen and bath inspire the color palette for much of the rest of the home. The Knights, who enjoy cooking and entertaining, wanted the kitchen—with its Thermador appliances, three refrigeration systems, and custom island—to dictate the flow for the adjoining spaces. Speaking of that island, “It’s different than most of the islands we’ve built,” says Mike. “We combined stone and wood surfaces together for a more social gathering place in the heart of the kitchen. We wanted to eat in an informal space but not have our backs to the great room, so we created a T-shaped island instead of the typical rectangular shape, with a taller walnut slab infinity top to allow for cozy seating and an easy serving surface.” For larger gatherings around a meal, the octagonal-shaped dining room was configured specifically for a large octagonal table, where, in Arthurian fashion, “there’s no bad seat and everyone can see each other very easily,” says Mike. After having lived in the new home now for the better part of a year, the Knights have only positive feedback, reporting that they feel right at home, which is especially good for people who’ve spent their careers making others feel at home. “It’s all about comfort and nesting,” says Alexa, “and just feeling like we can put our feet up at the end of a busy day.” 48

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resources Builder/Contractor Lee Michael Homes Home Design Lee Michael Homes & Pistols Drafting Interior Design & Custom Painting Alexa Knight (Lee Michael Homes) Appliances Builders Source Appliance Gallery All Cabinetry, Custom Hood & Custom Box Beams Los Ibarra Cabinetry Fireplaces Mountain West Sales Tile and Tile Flooring & Brick Kitchen Backsplash Arizona Tile The Knights make good use of their covered outdoor areas in all weather. A grassy patch makes a great impromptu bocce court.

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on-trend transformation The owners of this 1950s-built home near UNM were looking for a light and bright update of their dark, plywood-clad kitchen. Master cabinet and furniture maker Gorky Pacha of Woodlife Cabinets & Furniture replaced the old cabinets with slab front drawers and modified Shaker style upper and island cabinets that allow for easier cleaning, and integrated the freezer and refrigerator into the cabinets for a seamless look. All of the self-close cabinets and drawers are maple (“The best hardwood for painting,” according to Pacha), and are painted in two on-trend colors: Benjamin Moore’s satin finish Dove White and Galveston Gray, which beautifully balance the light gray backsplash, stainless steel appliances, white quartz countertops, and vintage look pendants. Completing the transformation: an island, connected to a table, that adds even more storage and functionality to this beautiful new space. Cabinetry: Woodlife Cabinets & Furniture,; Appliances: Builders Source Appliance Gallery,; Designer: Janis LaFountain; Paint: Benjamin Moore 50

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A soothing combination of grays and warm whites has brought this 1950s kitchen into the 21st century. In the gorgeous cabinetry by Gorky Pacha, undermount lighting is built into the boxes, which rise to the ceiling to maximize storage space.

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KITCHENS WE LOVE: CLASSIC CRAFTSMAN Now with a floor plan that facilitates flow and access to the dining area—not to mention elbow room for multiple cooks working in the same space—this warm, inviting kitchen is equipped with all the modern conveniences and finishes.

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Originally built with a peninsula that blocked off the dining area, this Albuquerque kitchen was in desperate need of a design fix. Owners Jim Boone and Sue Ruth worked with designer Kathy Jackson of Marc Coan Designs to change the kitchen’s floor plan and transform the awkward peninsula into a compact but super-functional island, which not only reclaimed much of the peninsula’s old storage space, but improved the flow of the kitchen dramatically. Now, more than one person at a time can be working there. To capture a classic Craftsman look, the team opted for Waypoint cabinets in Tawny Oak and Craftsman-style pulls. A cheerful green backsplash is a nod to Southwest style, while stainless steel appliances and black Silestone countertops are all modern accents. Notice anything about the lower cabinets? They’re not cabinets at all, but drawers, pull-outs, or wood Susans—all designed for quick, easy access.

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When the view’s this good, you want nothing to detract from it. The owners of this contemporary Santa Fe residence opted for clean, unfussy finishes and high-end materials in their kitchen, which captures unobstructed Sangre de Cristo views through a single picture window. “There’s a lot of symmetry here,” says Kurt Faust, a partner with Tierra Concepts, Inc., the award-winning builder of the home. Indeed, a center axis runs from the kitchen to the living room fireplace, centered on the striking Lindsey Adelman globe chandelier. Just off the kitchen a pantry hides small appliances, so that the only things in sight are immaculate countertops and jaw-dropping mountain scenery. Builder: Tierra Concepts, Inc.; Appliances: Builders Source Appliance Gallery,; Cabinetry: Baglione Custom Woodworks; Sinks and Fixtures: Santa Fe By Design 52

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Honey-colored, flat front cabinetry softens and warms the black soapstone countertops and Carrera marble island and backsplash. The huge picture window, drawing in breathtaking Sangre de Cristo views, no doubt makes mealtime cleanup a completely painless process.


A soffit was built down to create defined space for the multi-layer and multi-depth cabinets. Polished black appliances and glossy red finishes teleport this kitchen firmly into the future.

Though gray is certainly a trending kitchen color in 2018, rarely, if ever, is it paired so dramatically with a bold red, as it is in this Santa Fe kitchen remodel by D Maahs Construction. DMC owner Douglas Maahs credits his clients, DeAnn Owen and Scott Glendinning, with the black-gray-red concept: “It was my execution, but their vision!” To make the kitchen feel less blocky, the team built a soffit down to create a framed section of multiple-depth cabinetry. The cabinets, a combination of textured melamine, textured glass-front, and opaque bronze-plated glass, enhance the oxidized metal look of the Dekton countertop material and the polished black appliances. But it’s the daring, “look at us!” cardinal reds of the quartz island countertop and the glossy glass backsplash tile that really catch the eye and fire the imagination. In futuristic fashion, a number of features are cleverly hidden, including the range hood and a wet bar. This is a kitchen that delivers one fantastic surprise after another.

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KITCHENS WE LOVE: GOING GRAY A careful blend of contemporary and rustic, this North Valley kitchen takes clean-lined Shaker-style cabinets and softens them with a washed brick backsplash and a reclaimed wood island countertop.

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Looking completely at home in the rural North Valley, this warm, inviting kitchen is at once contemporary and a bit rustic, with a touch of history thrown in. Marc Sowers of Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork built the beautiful Shaker-style maple cabinetry with its inset beaded face framing, as well as the custom hood. Painted in a cool gray, the cabinets contrast nicely with the 8-foot, distressed alder island, whose countertops were made from white oak reclaimed from a 150-year-old church. Tying the kitchen together are a veneered brick backsplash, a Kohler farmhouse sink, neutral quartzite countertops, and Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances. The fridge is integrated—a look Sowers loves. “We love panelized appliances because they have the look of furniture,” he says. “It’s fun for us!” Cabinetry and Woodwork: Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork; Appliances: Builders Source Appliance Gallery, 56

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Wild West spirit drives a contemporary East Mountain home


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by Jessa Cast

photographs by Amadeus Leitner


ate and Gary, self-proclaimed tech minds with artistic tendencies, were mulling over building a retirement cabin. A mountain retreat, a place to get away from it all. The peace and quiet would be so refreshing, they reasoned. They’d design it to their liking, with a photo studio for him and craft studio for her. Someday, that would be so nice. Dream, dream, dream. Then a thought thrilled them: “Why wait to build our retirement home when we can live in it today?” With that, the game was on. After eyeing a 9.75-acre lot in the San Pedro Overlook subdivision, located in the east Sandia Mountains, they made an offer and purchased their home site. This gated, dark-sky community markedly celebrates its flora and fauna and offers homesteaders stunning views and desert solitude. Wild horses roam here, along with deer, coyotes, and bobcats. Both employees of Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, Kate and Gary were undaunted by a commute others might assume too lengthy. A mere 30 minutes door to door, they relished the scenic drive. They had staked their claim to a bit of the Wild West.

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Though the home’s overall palette is neutral, textural finishes, like the stacked stone fireplace surround in the living room (above) give depth to the spaces. Crombie Construction custom-made the brushed steel fireplace mantel and the hearth that runs the length of the wall, a truly contemporary feature. A photographer, Gary proudly displays his collection of old cameras.

The next hurdle: finding a builder. The first nudge came when, upon introducing themselves, some neighbors-to-be boasted of their builder, Richard Crombie, of Crombie Construction Inc. Another nudge came when one of Kate’s associates, another former Crombie client, heard they were considering him, and insisted, “You’re going to be happy with Crombie when he builds your house, and you’re going to be happy with him after he builds your house.” They were sold.

Light, effortless, and airy, the home invites its inhabitants to feed their hobbies and their souls. Above: The living room, dining room (above), and kitchen all open to one another, with a wall of windows and glass doors offering impressive east-facing mountain views. Can you imagine a lovelier place to enjoy breakfast or dinner? 60

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For 35 years Crombie and his wife, Carolyn, have specialized in custom homebuilding in the East Mountains. “Out here, the client has more of a pioneering spirit,” Crombie explains.

The sleek, modern kitchen is a study in sharp angles and rectangular geometries. Cleverly placed windows suffuse light into the space from above and below the slab-front cabinetry. While almost every finish in the ktichen is smooth or flat, the range’s backsplash is a sculptural, textural tile. Inset: The butler’s pantry wall is the perfect nook for storing wine.



Kit (or perhaps her sister Kaboodle; the Abyssinian cats are nearly identical) is ready for bed, in a master bedroom designed simply and without clutter for peace and relaxation.

“These types of people have very specific thoughts of how they want things to be. They’re nonconformists.” Kate and Gary agree with that description of themselves; they were building a contemporary home in the desert Southwest, after all, and pet-friendly features were a design priority. There’s a laundry room-slash-dog run, a swank kitty closet, and pet-safe “air gaps” where humans can access the outdoors without fear of pets escaping and being at the mercy of predators. Indeed, with metal mesh gates and enclosures, Willow the sheltie puppy and cats Kit and Kaboodle get to enjoy the mountain air as much as their humans—safely. “That dog is going to live large,” says Crombie with a smile. “So are the cats.” “Kate and I are both artistic but very technical,” says Gary. “We liked Richard’s [Crombie] technical acumen and the way Far left: In the spacious master bath, the “hers” of the his-and-hers vanities features custom cabinetry, lighted sink mirrors, and of course, a view. In the kitchen the sculptural backsplash tile is vertical, representing flames. Here in the master bath shower (left) the same tile is laid out horizontally, depicting waves.


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Another example of carefully chosen finishes and accents, in this case carved barn doors and Gary’s powerful, black-and-white photography, adding texture to the monochromatic palette.

he explained things. It wasn’t ‘squishy.’” With the help of designer Mike Cabber, the group designed a 3,975-square-foot, three-bedroom, contemporary Southwest home, oozing with novelty. Throughout, visual clutter is adroitly hidden: the coffee station is tucked away, double ovens are secreted in the butler’s pantry, and no shower reveals its shampoo shelf from afar. All surfaces are meant to hide dust but are also easy to clean. “This is our lazy house,” says Kate. Light, effortless, and airy, the home invites its inhabitants to feed their hobbies and their souls. Gary’s studio, wholly outfitted for his award-winning photography, doubles as a TV room. He also makes daily use of the gym, which could flex as an additional bedroom. Kate’s studio is filled with organized, accessible storage for her multifaceted interests: music, reading, jewelry-making, and knitting. Both studios afford ample sunlight through vista-rich windows. The two cats and new puppy, very important parts of the family, also have their own spaces. The kitty closet,

Above, left and right: In her bright and tidy studio, Kate pursues interests from music and knitting to reading and jewelry-making (Gary has his own studio). Her jewelry supplies are stored in custom storage drawers that would be the envy of any crafter.



Linear and streamlined, the single-story home barely registers on the horizon, maximizing the natural scenery on all sides. The rear façade shows multiple outdoor seating spaces where the owners can enjoy a breezy summer evening chatting and stargazing.

Kate and Gary still marvel that their “someday” home happened so much sooner than they’d dreamed.

which can be closed off during a party, delivers natural sunlight and access to the master bedroom via a cat door. Outside the laundry room, in an enclosed “yard,” Willow frolics in the sun on artificial turf.

“We counted passing satellites, and then a shooting star. From our couch! That was the moment we knew we were home.”—Kate, homeowner While the San Pedro design review committee required Southwestern staples such as stucco and recessed windows, Crombie nevertheless accentuated an open, contemporary vibe, personally crafting the attractive steel banco and upper frame of the living room fireplace. From the front door, a visitor can see the San Pedro Mountains straight through the house. The back patio, connected to an enclosed courtyard (another pet-safe air gap) affords a framed view of the Western vista, steps away from an evening mesa stroll. Front to back, every room inspires visual wanderlust. Nimbly tucked into the protective hillside, the layout allows occupants to relish the patio on an otherwise too-windy day. 64

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Above: The four-legged members of the family helped drive the design of Kate and Gary’s home. The kitties can enjoy the fresh air in the enclosed central courtyard, safe from coyotes and other predators.

Left: Impossibly adorable sheltie puppy Willow has no idea how lucky she has it. Her very own meshenclosed and faux-turfed courtyard (far left) is doggie heaven.

Smart details abound, from inset nightlights to stainless steel toe-kicks under the bar. A gray kitchen sink hides any sign (stains) of Gary’s love affair with tea. Backsplash tile installed vertically in the kitchen resembles the motion of flames, while the same tile installed horizontally in the master bathroom recalls ocean waves. Built for aging in place with wide hallways and roll-in showers, this LEED Gold–certified green home will inexpensively serve its occupants beyond their retirement years, more comfortably than that cabin they had in mind. Kate describes the magical day their sofa was delivered; at the time it was the only piece of furniture in their freshly minted home. When night fell, she and Gary lingered in the nearly empty living room. “We curled up on the sofa together, turned off the lights, and stared into the darkness through those massive windows,” she recalls. “We counted passing satellites, and then a shooting star. From our couch! That was the moment we knew we were home, even without anything in it but a place to watch the stars.”

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Outdoor Living

by Eve Tolpa

photographs by Chris Corrie

peaceful, easy feeling doubling the deck space exponentially increases the enjoyment of a Santa Fe home’s outdoor living spaces

A substantial bridge connects the upper deck of Debbie and Steve Gray’s home to a casita. It is suspended above a lovely, meandering waterfall (below), which winds its way down a slope to within close view of the newly built lower deck.


ong before Steve and Debbie Gray purchased a house in Santa Fe a decade ago, their relationship with the area was strong. Steve’s career in oil and gas had moved the couple all over Louisiana and Texas, where they eventually settled in Dallas to be closer to their grandchildren. Throughout the various moves, though, the City Different was always in the picture. “We’ve been coming up to Santa Fe forever,” says Debbie, who notes that as the prospect of retirement began to come into view, so did the couple’s criteria for a second home. “We wanted to be out in the mountains where Steve could go fishing, and I needed to be near people and places to eat.” As it turns out, Santa Fe fit the bill in every way. “For the size town it is, the restaurants are extraordinary,” 66

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Above: For privacy and additional insulation when the temperatures are cool, a set of antique doors decoratively close off the lower deck.

Debbie says, citing The Shed and La Choza as family favorites. As for Steve, he’s a big fan of “all those Dale Ball hiking trails, one of which is behind our house.” Above: The brand new and completely covered lower deck is like a second living room. Overhead fans, built-in heaters, and cushy furniture make it a great place for reading and napping.

Right: Bounded by boulders and rocks and dotted with colorful native plants, the waterfall is a main point of visual and aural interest.

“I’ve often said, ‘I’m gonna come down and read a book,’ and it turns into a nap. It’s really made this house a much better second home to hang out in.”—Steve Gray For years, the Grays’ spacious two-story home in Santa Fe’s Sierra del Norte subdivision met most of their needs—as well as those of their friends and family, who, not surprisingly, love to visit. “We have five bedrooms, so we can have as many as four or five couples stay here,” Steve says. “People can come to the mountains, enjoy the cuisine and art.” There was, however, one drawback to the property: It was missing an outdoor space. The couple met with builder/remodeler Bill Deuschle of Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions in May 2015, and showed him the small deck that was originally built onto the house. Its line of sight, which used to stretch to Sandia Peak, had been recently SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


With multiple seating and conversation areas, the upper deck is partially covered for year-round enjoyment of the beautiful, unobstructed mountain views.

Picturesque paths and walkways wind their way around the house and yard. The Grays can jump on a Dale Ball trail just behind their house when they want more strenuous exercise.


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blocked by a neighboring structure. “They’d go out on their deck and they’d see a building,” says Deuschle. “They asked me if they could expand the deck and recapture some of the views.” The home’s upper story connects to a casita via a bridge that crosses an arroyo, and the city required that the expanded patio stay on the side of the arroyo closest to the main house. The Grays had their own requirements, with a wish list that included a radius staircase to connect the patio’s upper and lower levels, as well as a specially designated “dog shower” for their black Lab, Anna. The couple had visions of entertaining guests on their new patio by the end of summer 2015, but the team ran into some wrinkles in the plan. Through what he calls “a lot of forensic work,” Deuschle discovered that the bridge to the casita was rotting, and the garage wall that backed up to the lower portion of the patio had major water damage. The upshot? There was a lot more work to be done than anyone expected. “In hindsight,” says Steve, “we got lucky we found the problems before they got worse.” In the process of creating the Grays’ new outdoor space, Deuschle and his team replaced the arroyo bridge board by board, in addition to fixing windows and re-stuccoing both the main house and the casita. The renovation was completed in May 2016, delivering restored Sandia views and a new staircase encircling a storage area that includes an industrial sink and floor drain, ready for dog washing. Most dramatically, Deuschle created a cozy second patio beneath the upper deck with built-in heaters. “Even though it’s open to the air,”

Debbie Gray, with Anna, enjoying her updated and expanded outdoor living spaces.

he explains, “they can use it all year long.” A trickling stream runs through the revamped outdoor space, providing a lovely focal point and the soothing sounds of bubbling water. “You can really hear the waterfall,” Steve says from the shady, peaceful new sitting area, which—with its inviting sofa, chairs, and coffee table—functions essentially as a second living room. “I’ve often said, ‘I’m gonna come down and read a book,’ and it turns into a nap. I just think that it’s really made this house a much better second home to hang out in.” The project earned Fabu-WALL-ous a Best Outdoor Space award in the 2017 Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association Remodelers Showcase—and the Grays offer Deuschle and his crew an accolade of their own. “FabuWALL-ous’s attention to detail is excellent,” says Steve. “They are the nicest contractors we’ve ever dealt with.”

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Above: Redesigning the outdoor areas meant incorporating natural materials—stone, wood, water, greenery—in wholly organic ways. Below: Sitting outside on a warm day, the Grays watch hummingbirds and drouse to the soothing sounds of a rushing water feature.

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talking food if these two cookbooks don’t inspire you to start creating, you’re not hungry

Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A., by Wesley Avila, with Richard Parks III, Ten Speed Press, hardcover, $30

It’s probably a good thing I don’t live in Los Angeles, else I’d be eating at Guerrilla Tacos at every opportunity, consuming far too many tortillas, and going all fangirl over the former food truck’s affable, intriguing proprietor, Chef Wesley Avila. On a whim one day in 2012, Avila purchased a food cart for $300, and initially served only two kinds of tacos—chicken and steak. Later he launched his now-famous mobile taqueria 70

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that allowed him to bring, as he says, “Guerrilla Tacos to the masses.” Before that, the self-professed “fat kid from Pico Rivera” was a DJ, a teamster, a culinary school student, and a fine dining cook. He is funny, eminently quotable, and threads a truly fivestar narrative throughout his cookbook. His wife Tanya came up with the name Guerrilla Tacos (emphasis on the “LA,” and it stuck. “Sometimes it seems our lives resemble that of soldiers participating in unconventional warfare,” Avila explains. “With the truck, our locations, and with our tacos, everything is always changing, every single day. We keep it small, dynamic, guerrilla.” Avila looks at a taco as a blank canvas and asks, “How do you want to paint it?” The tacos recipes in Guerrilla Tacos are the physical representations of the chef ’s imagined combinations of flavors: green bean and egg; roasted pumpkin, chile, and fig; lobster and habanero. Octopus and chorizo? Tuna poke and sea urchin? Sure, why not. A surprising number of the tacos presented are vegetarian, but there are classic meat versions as well—chile Colorado (on a taco); pork sparerib; and the simple chicken taco that kick-started Avila’s business. “This is not ‘authentic’ Mexican food,” Avila stresses. “The truth is there’s no such thing as an authentic taco. Taco makers have always known this; if you look at the taqueros cooking in Mexico, there is always experimentation.” He dismisses that least inspired of Mexican cheeses, cotija, with a disdainful snort. “It smells like feet.” While most of the recipes in Guerrilla Tacos are Avila’s, the chef is quick to credit those from his mom and dad, who shaped and nurtured his enjoyment of and fascination with food from an early age. “Every day there was something different to eat . . . stuff that’s just undeniably delicious,” he recalls. “No wonder I was such a fat kid, obsessed with food and eating. My favorite place to sit in that house in Pico was on the couch in the living room, taking in the sounds and smells of my mother’s cooking

Above: Roasted Pumpkin Tacos are topped with a very kicky salsa because, says Avila, “There are a lot of sweet components, and we need to cut the sweetness with some spice.”

in the next room.” Avila’s mom passed when he was in high school, leaving the teenager without an anchor. He drifted from job to job, eventually becoming a teamster, but entered the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena at the urging of his wife. He worked in restaurants continuously until the fortuitous day he purchased the food cart and later, the food truck. Since the cookbook’s publishing, Guerrilla Tacos has gone brick and mortar, certainly an appropriate evolution for the guy who loves feeding the masses. Don’t expect restaurant Guerilla Tacos to be like food truck Guerrilla Tacos, though. “There really isn’t a business plan we can write for this,” says Avila. “It’s just about evolving.”—Amy Gross

Chef Wesley Avila made his mark on the Los Angeles food scene with the Guerrilla Tacos food truck, now a restaurant.

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’m a cookbook person. Though I’ve narrowed my collection down to a handful over the years, and these days usually find my next recipe on the internet, I’ll still salivate over a great cookbook. And I’m picky. Creative recipes are a given, color photography is a must, and I’m a sucker for an engaging narrative by the author whom, we are to assume, is a mad foodie. I recently got my hands on two new cookbooks from Ten Speed Press that deserve sharing, especially in this summer season that celebrates flavor, color, and outdoor dining.

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Shrimp and Chorizo Taco

Makes 6 tacos 1 lb U16 shrimp 8 oz chorizo 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 6 corn tortillas, warmed Raw tomatillo salsa for topping (recipe below) or prepared tomatillo salsa Using a paring knife, peel and devein the shrimp. Set aside. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, render the chorizo for 3 to 4 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Add the shrimp and let brown, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and let blister, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the shrimp and chorizo mixture evenly among the tortillas, then top with a healthy dose of salsa. Serve immediately. To make the tomatillo salsa, combine 1 lb husked and rinsed tomatillos, 1 avocado, garlic, cilantro, and 2 stemmed Serrano chiles in a food processor. Season with salt and lime juice. Cover and pulse three or four times, then let it blend for a while. You’ll start to see the seeds. Keep it chunky. Taste and season with more salt. Reprinted with permission from Guerrilla Tacos, copyright © 2017 by Wes Avila, with Richard Parks III. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Labneh Ice Cream with Pistachio-Sesame Brittle reflects what Lebovitz calls “a renewed interest in the flavors of the Middle East.”

Inspired by a food tour of Japan, Lebovitz’s matchainfused Green Tea Ice Cream has a distinctive flavor and an even more distinctive color.


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The Perfect Scoop Revised and Updated, by David Lebovitz, Ten Speed Press, hardcover, $25

irst published in 2007, The Perfect Scoop has been spiffed up and updated by professional cook and baker David Lebovitz for its 2018 re-release. A lot can happen in a decade, culinarily speaking, and Lebovitz has jumped on the chance to infuse his muchbeloved ice cream cookbook with trending flavors and ingredients that appeal to a hip, food-savvy audience. It’s really hard to review a book about making ice cream without wanting to eat ice cream every second. (Please admire my restraint.) Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how hungry you are for a frozen treat), ice cream isn’t a dish that can be quickly thrown together; it requires a deft hand, loads of patience, and time. If you have those things, and a passion for frozen desserts—ice creams, gelatos, sorbets, granitas—then this is the how-to cookbook for you. Whether you’re new to ice cream-making or a veteran, the first chapter (“Basics”) is worth a visit or revisit. Here is where the author details every piece of equipment you will need to make ice cream (including the all-important primer on ice cream makers), ingredients to use or avoid, and his painstaking, step-by-step instructions for making perfect ice cream custard. From there it’s a matter of practice makes deliciously perfect. If your tastes run vanilla—or chocolate, or strawberry—there are many recipes for simple, single-flavor or fruit-forward ice creams and gelatos to satisfy. More experimental frozen dessert lovers will thrill to exotic flavors, such as basil, prune-Armagnac, and candied bacon and bourbon. While there are over 200 recipes in The Perfect Scoop, only a few come with color photography. But what Lebovitz lacks in visuals he makes up for in charming recollections, anecdotes, and personal observations that precede every recipe. “My first, and only, attempt at being a Boy Scout ended with me kneeling on rocks by a stream, scrubbing burned pots after a campfire dinner while the senior scouts relaxed and ate s’mores,” he recalls. “I didn’t trek 10 miles into the woods weighted down by an overloaded backpack to wash dishes, so I turned in my kerchief.” Lebovitz’s positive takeaway from the experience: s’mores, which he used to create a favorite recipe for S’mores Ice Cream. And that’s his point. When it comes to ice cream and frozen desserts, you can use your experiences and personal tastes to create what appeals to you and tickles your fancy. Learn the basics of the craft and then experiment. Start here; go . . . wherever. Create, and make memories.—AG

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Watermelon Sorbetto Popsicles

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Makes about 1 quart of sorbetto 3 cups watermelon puree (from a 3 lb watermelon) 1/2 cup sugar Big pinch kosher or sea salt 1 T fresh lime juice 1–2 T vodka (optional) 1–2 T mini semisweet chocolate chips In a small, nonreactive saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of the watermelon puree with the sugar and salt, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the remaining 2 1/2 cups watermelon puree. Mix in the lime juice and the vodka, if using. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. During the last minute of churning, add the mini chocolate chips. Serve sorbetto in bowls, or pour the just-churned mixture into plastic Popsicle molds and freeze until firm.

Reprinted with permission from The Perfect Scoop Revised and Updated, copyright © 2018 by David Lebovitz. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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by Amy Gross

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spice it up kitchen essentials that make cooking more flavorful—and fun!


kitchen can be tricked out with the most technologically advanced appliances and the fanciest cookware, but cooking starts and ends with quality ingredients and proper seasonings. How does your pantry stack up with respect to the basics: salts, peppers, spices, herbs, and oils? Here are a few flavor enhancers to add to your collection, along with items that will help you make the most of them.

RSVP Endurance Gray Marble Mortar & Pestle Mortars (bowls) and pestles (clubs) have been used for centuries to grind spices and herbs into powders and mix substances into pastes. This lovely marble set is ergonomically sized for easy handling and will quickly become a must-have item in your kitchen. The marble’s color composition and veining will vary. $20, Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe,

Los Poblanos Culinary Lavender

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Organically grown Royal Velvet lavender buds from Los Poblanos’ gardens in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque make a wonderful addition to baked goods, syrups, meats, and even ice cream. The 9 gram weck jar shown here will keep your kitchen stocked for a long time; a little lavender goes a long way! Never used culinary lavender before? Try Los Poblanos’ culinary lavender in our recipe for Lemon Lavender Scones on page 76. $12, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm,

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Bérard Olivewood Salt Keeper

Looking for a meaningful housewarming or wedding gift? This lovely salt keeper, carved from oiled, richly grained olivewood, holds up to 8 ounces of cooking salt within close reach. The swiveling magnetic lid lets you grab a pinch of salt using just one hand. For an extra special gift and lasting heirloom, have the keeper engraved with a single- or triple-digit monogram. $50, Williams-Sonoma, 74

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Cuisinart Spice & Nut Grinder

Pulverizing nuts and spices has never been easier, thanks to this compact but powerful grinder. Just press on the lid and within seconds up to a half cup of nuts or spices will be ground into your desired consistency. Store whatever you’re not using right away in the grinding bowl using the handy and airtight plastic lid. $40, Williams-Sonoma,

Savory Spice Shop Meat and Seafood Rubs

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Move over marinades; spice rubs are the way to go for grilled and roasted meats and seafoods. The trio shown here includes Asian Delight BBQ Rub, a sweeter blend with notes of cinnamon and cloves; Pike’s Peak Butcher’s Rub, a classic combination of aromatics perfect for pot roast and grilled chicken; and Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning, a smoky, heady blend of paprikas and garlic that will elevate your grilling to new heights. These spice blends—and hundreds of others—qualify for Savory Spice Shop’s reward program, and they ship all over the world. Try the Asian Delight BBQ Rub in our recipe for Orange Balsamic Salmon Salad, page 76. $6.70–$6.95, Savory Spice Shop,

Trudeau Graviti Electric Salt & Pepper Mills


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As elegant and eye-catching as they are ultra-functional, these stunning cylindrical salt and pepper grinders are battery-operated. Simply flip the mill over and with one flick of the wrist, the grinding begins. Flip it back upright, and the grinding stops. Look Ma, one hand! Made of stainless steel in a gleaming copper finish. $45 each, $90 for the set, Williams-Sonoma,

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Don’t be intimidated by Indian cooking; the famously spice-forward cuisine is really one of the easiest (and most comforting!) to create. Bursting with flavor, each 2.1-ounce jar in Penzey’s gift pack offers a great starter for learning Indian cooking or expanding your knowledge. Includes Balti Seasoning, Garam Masala, Maharaja Curry Powder, and Tandoori Seasoning. $46, Penzey’s,

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ummer is a colorful season in Northern New Mexico in many respects, bolstered by the bounty of fresh produce that’s so readily available at local farmers markets. It’s my favorite time to get creative in the kitchen. With these two recipes, I’m combining three of my favorite things: citrus flavors, spices, and fragrant herbs. Enjoy!—Amy Gross, Editor

Lemon Lavender Scones

Orange Balsamic Salmon Salad

Toss the peppery arugula in the dressing while the salmon is cooking so that it grabs every delicious drop. If you prefer, grill the salmon outdoors to keep the kitchen nice and cool. Serves 2 8–10 oz. salmon fillets 2–3 tsp Savory Spice Shop Asian Delight BBQ Rub (see page 75) 4 cups arugula 1 oz goat cheese 2 golden or regular beets, cut into bite-sized pieces 1/3 cup yellow pepper, thinly sliced 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar Juice from 1/2 lime 2 T juice and 1 tsp zest from 1 orange 1 1/2 T olive oil + more for drizzling 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard Honey Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread beets into single layer on a baking sheet, drizzle lightly with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30–35 minutes. Allow to cool slightly or to room temperature. Cut salmon into 2 pieces. Combine Asian Delight BBQ Rub with salt and pepper to taste, and liberally rub the salmon on three sides. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 T olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, orange zest, orange juice, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper, whisk to emulsify, and add a drizzle of honey to taste. (You might want to reserve a tiny bit of the dressing to drizzle over the salmon.) Toss the arugula in the dressing to thoroughly coat, and set aside. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a nonstick skillet to medium-high heat. Place the salmon, skin side down, on the skillet and cook for 60 seconds. Flip and slide the skin off, seasoning the exposed side with more Asian Delight rub. Cook salmon to 60 percent done, then flip and cook for another 3–5 minutes, making sure it does not overcook. Plate arugula salad and top with goat cheese, roasted beets, onion, and peppers. Place salmon on salad and drizzle with reserved dressing, if desired. 76

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These heavy and satisfying English scones have a wonderful aroma and can be served with or without the glaze. Resist the temptation to add more lavender than what’s called for; too much gives baked goods a soapy flavor. Makes 8 scones 2 cups flour 5 T white sugar 1 T baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 6 T cold, unsalted butter 1 tsp Los Poblanos culinary lavender (see page 74) 2/3 cup full-fat half and half + 1 T for brushing 1 large lemon 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar 2 T turbinado sugar (if not glazing) Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with two sheets of parchment paper. Steep the lavender in the half and half in the refrigerator while you prepare the dough. Zest and juice the lemon, reserving the juice for the glaze. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the half and half all at once, making sure to scrape all of the lavender into the bowl. Mix with a spoon, scraping the sides of the bowl, until all elements have been mostly incorporated. Lightly flour a work surface and carefully dump out the dough. Using your hands, knead carefully, pulling in any stray dry crumbs, until the dough just holds together. Form a ball, then flatten to a circle about 1/2" thick. “Square” up the edges of the circle. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 equal wedges and place on the baking sheet about 1" apart. Lightly brush the tops with a little half and half. If not glazing, sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 13 minutes. Unglazed scones can be served warm. If glazing, let the scones cool completely. Add the lemon juice little by little into the powdered sugar, stirring constantly, until your desired consistency has been reached. Drizzle the glaze over scones and allow it to harden slightly before serving.


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International Folk Art Market the world comes to Santa Fe for the weekend


useum Hill in Santa Fe will overflow with sights, sounds, and aromas from all corners of the world as the International Folk Art Market (IFAM) takes over Milner Plaza, July 13–15. Even though this is the 15th market, IFAM is the new kid in town (compared to Traditional Spanish Market and Santa Fe Indian Market), but its reach extends to all corners of the world. The first International Folk Art Market, held in July 2004, was two years in the making. A small group of Santa Feans with the expertise, energy, and connections necessary to organize such an event put together the funding and people-power—much of it volunteer—to bring 61 artists from 36 countries to Museum Hill. No one knew what to expect. They hoped that over the two days, 5,000 people might come. To everyone’s astonishment, crowds began lining up hours before the market opened, and people just kept coming: 12,000 in all. Sales approached $1 million. The organizers realized IFAM had the power to change lives.

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Left: Rangina Hamidi, founder of Kandahar Treasure, shows the elaborate needlework done by Pashtun women in Afghanistan. Many of the women have been widowed, and embroidery provides socially acceptable employment. Top: The entrance to International Folk Art Market is always colorful and festive.

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Above: Pascuala Messco, a weaver with Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, demonstrates weaving of the Andes.

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Below: Meeri Tuya of the Maji Moto Widows Project, Kenya. Not permitted to own or inherit property, Maasai widows can support their families by creating and selling elaborate beadwork.

What is folk art, anyway? IFAM defines it, in part, as utilitarian and decorative items, made by hand, expressing cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics. Folk art by its very nature is rooted in tradition, with skills handed down directly from older artists to younger people. It might mean intricate embroidery from Lao PDR or the Palestinian Territories; jewelry from Tuareg silversmiths from Niger or from an artists’ cooperative in Bolivia; wool rugs from Kyrgyzstan; or drums made in Nigeria. At IFAM, these handcrafts are sold by people who have had a hand in making them, all dressed in their finest traditional clothing. The 2018 market will host 162 artists from 53 countries, some new to market, others returning. The exhibitors were chosen from 640 applicants, narrowed down by selection committees made up of curators and academics familiar with art from each region. Experts in business and marketing have a say, ensuring that the chosen vendors will do well in Santa Fe. Final selections are made, according to Sandy Peinado, Director of Artist Opportunities and Social Impact, to create what she calls “the magic of the market,” a wonderfully balanced range of regions, types of work, and price points.

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Above: The Artist Procession starts on the Santa Fe Plaza at 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 12, followed by a concert by Pascuala Ilabaca, a Chilean singer and songwriter.



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Left: The stage at the Folk Art Market is hopping all weekend with the world’s performers. Here, African Showboyz play music with roots in their native Ghana.

In 2017, 22,000 people came to the market and spent over $3.1 million. Ninety percent of the sales revenue goes home with the artists, with average sales equaling $20,000 per booth. The earnings have a huge impact, particularly for artists from developing countries where the average income is around $3 per day. “It’s one of the aspects of the market that I love that isn’t [always] understood,” says Peinado. “With the money the artists take home they not only take care of themselves, but do wonderful things for their communities.” She tells of a man from Ghana who built a better road for his community, and a co-op from India that funds healthcare for women. IFAM collects gross receipts tax on sales (although as a nonprofit they are not required to do so), adding over $255,000 to state and city coffers last year. The goal of the market is to help folk artists become self-sustaining. To that end, Peinado organizes educational programs each year that are aimed at helping artists succeed at market and find other outlets for their work. This year, an experienced ESL teacher will teach a few necessary English words and phrases to those who don’t speak the language. New artists get special attention and mentoring from IFAM staff and volunteers and from experienced vendors. According to Peinado, these first days are crucial for the artists. “For many of them, this is the first time they have been together in a community of people who do something similar.” Some of the artists are well-traveled and at home in the world; others have never been

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Below left: Rafael Cilau Valadez, from Mexico, works on a Huichol yarn painting. The vivid yarns are pressed into a base of beeswax and resin, which hardens and holds them in place. The intricate paintings contain images and symbols important to the Huichol people.

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Above: This Yemenite bridal bracelet, made by Ben-Zion David of Israel, uses silver and gold set with opal.

far from home and have just taken their first-ever airplane flights to get here. With so many people attending—plus some 1,600 volunteers who make the market run—is there any hope of finding parking? IFAM has that covered. Park in either the PERA or South Capitol lot, where special buses run to and from Museum Hill, all included in the price of admission. For those coming from Albuquerque, the Rail Runner stops at South Capitol, immediately adjacent to the bus stop. Be sure to bring a friend or two, and immerse yourselves in the color, excitement, and hopeful spirit of the International Folk Art Market. FOR MORE INFORMATION: International Folk Art Market, Below: Phez’kwemkhono Bomake-Ncheka Cooperative of Swaziland makes these brilliant baskets.

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charmed, I’m sure gracious Charleston is rich in lowcountry history and culture


ith its cobblestone streets and antebellum homes, Charleston is a step back in time. The charming city, once solely a seaport, is now the crown jewel of the Carolinas, constantly transforming, and yet maintaining its unique culture and deep-rooted history. As it continues to top lists on many travelers’ must-see destinations, Charleston is also quickly building on its present-day aesthetic, becoming the place to which new generations of chefs and restaurateurs, artists, and eager entrepreneurs are flocking—and thriving.

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Charleston lays claim to a storied history that began some 400 years ago when, thanks to its coastal location, it became a hub for ships carrying raw materials back and forth from England. Ships returned from Europe laden with foreign, luxury goods, which quickly earned Charleston its cosmopolitan reputation and nickname, “Little London.” In the 18th and 19th centuries, Charleston plantations and farms, utilizing slave labor, powered the local economy by producing rice, cotton, and indigo. It was in Charleston Harbor that the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and the city suffered during and after the war. On top of all that, natural disasters have plagued the city, including multiple fires and an earthquake in the 1800s, and Hurricane Hugo in 1989. After each devastation, the people came together and rebuilt Charleston. Today, it’s one of America’s most preserved cities, evident in the Georgian architecture Left, top: Charleston exudes Southern charm, where the clip-clop of a horse and carriage along the streets of historic neighborhoods is a common sound. Left, middle: Since 1804, the Charleston City Market has been a hub for both visitors and locals to purchase authentic, handmade goods and vibrant art from over 300 vendors. Left, bottom: Named for its strip of pastel-colored homes, Rainbow Row features some of the oldest architecture in Charleston.

Above, left: Moss-draped branches grace the entry to Boone Hall, a plantation established in 1681 by Major John Boone. One of the oldest working farms in America, Boone Hall still produces strawberries, peaches, and other produce. Above, right: Sweetgrass basketry—an important part of Gullah tradition—is an artistry that dates back centuries. Today, sweetgrass baskets can found in markets all over the city.

of homes on colorful Rainbow Row and in the plantations you’ll find outside the downtown area, including Boone Hall, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and Drayton Hall. Other historic attractions include Fort Sumter, and the Heyward-Washington House. As you stroll the cobblestone-lined streets, you’re sure to hear the melodic symphony of church bells coming from the many churches that stand tall in the city, from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, where George Washington worshipped during his tour of the South, to the Old St. Andrews Parish Church, the oldest surviving church in the Carolinas.

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An important part of what makes Charleston such a magical place is its eclectic culture. The city effortlessly blends old traditions with new ones, and offers a variety of live music venues, museums, and art galleries to discover. Charleston City Market on Meeting Street, houses vendors selling everything from sweetgrass baskets and spices to art and handcrafts. For contemporary art enthusiasts, Robert Lange Studios, Redux Contemporary Art Center, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art are the best places in the city to view exciting new works from emerging artists. For something more in tune with the South, check out Lowcountry Artists and Wells Gallery (on nearby Kiawah Island), where you’ll find art focused on the lowcountry experience. Charleston has its share of annual festivals, which brings visitors to the city in droves. Spring is a particularly great time to visit, either to check out the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, or Piccolo Spoleto Festival, a two-and-a-half-weeklong celebration of performing, literary, and visual arts. But festivals and art only begin to scratch the surface of Charleston’s vibrant culture. For centuries, African-American contributions have indelibly influenced the city in so many ways. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of local Caribbean and Gullah culture by taking a Gullah tour, which includes visiting

sweetgrass markets, Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Jones Hotel.

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No trip to Charleston is complete unless you’ve spent some of your time experiencing the city’s local food scene, where you’ll find everything from lowcountry delicacies to James Beard Award– winning restaurants serving up Southern food in new, innovative ways. For a taste of old Charleston, stop by 82 Queen in the French Quarter for their famous she crab soup, as well as other staples like fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, grits, and tomato bacon jam. In Cannonborough, Hominy Grill is home to one of the best Charleston Nasty Biscuits (fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy) in the city, as well as a variety of grit bowls. For visitors and locals alike, Husk in the French Quarter celebrates Southern ingredients with seasonal dishes and serves some of the best Above: Charleston’s booming food scene hops with everything cornbread anywhere.

from old fashioned barbecue and fresh seafood to lowcountry fare.

Before he delivers his famous last line in Gone With the Wind, Rhett Butler tells Scarlett O’Hara he’s going back to Charleston in hopes of finding a life of charm and grace, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this coastal city. Drawing on her deeply Southern ambience and historical roots, and despite any setbacks, Charleston continues to carry herself with timeless grace.

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by James Selby

a glass sipper mezcal’s Cinderella story This family makes five other village designated mezcals, each uniquely expressive.” In 1995, Del Maguey ($70–$100) was founded by New Mexican and James Beard winner Ron Cooper, who’s largely responsible for introducing single village mezcals into the U.S. Recently, controlling share was sold to conglomerate Pernod Ricard, fueling concerns about sustainability of rarer agave plants. Hopefully higher price tags will govern their exploitation? Made of a wild-harvested subspecies of agave in small batches, El Jolgorio Barril can fetch $160. “Delicate nose of savory herbs introduces citrus, tart fruit, and peppery palate.” Nope, not a wine, but a description of Agaves de Cortés Joven ($40) from the village of Santiago Matatlán. Terroir, variety of agave, and tradition of distillation are celebrated in quality mezcal, much as they are in wine. ¡Salud y Dixeebe! (dee-shee-bay, Oaxacan for “Cheers!”)

Below: A mezcalero from Del Maguey, a producer of single village mezcal, stands atop a pile of roasting hearts of maguey (agave plants). After roasting outdoors in a conical pit for three to five days, the hearts are ground to a mash and fermented.

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ezcal, ancient spirit from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, is relatively new to the United States. Tequila is a type of mezcal, but mezcal isn’t tequila. While both are distilled from the agave plant, they come from different regions. Tequila is commonly made by steaming agave before distilling, whereas mezcal is baked inside earthen, rock-lined pits fired with wood. Roasted agave is then distilled into smoky alcohol. Tom Street is owner of Street Brothers Beverage Company. “Drinkers are going to mezcal over tequila because they’re getting bored,” he says, leaning on the bar of Eloisa restaurant in Santa Fe where he’s the beverage director. “Fine mezcal should be sipped neat; it loses character over ice. In cocktails, mezcal smoke is an accent. Higher smoke levels stand up to mixers, whereas subtler mezcals won’t.” When asked how to determine “fine” mezcal, Tom grabs two bottles. “The heritage of the spirit should be on the label. This bottle says ‘Mezcal’ and ‘Made from Agave.’ It doesn’t tell you what kind of agave, or where it’s made,” Tom explains. The second bottle is Nuestra Soledad, San Luis Del Rio ($50). “Here you have the region it’s from, the district and town, the palenques (distillery), the agave type, the name of the mezcalero (master distiller), the year it was made, the bottle number, and how many bottles were made.

Above: El Jolgorio Barril is a single village mezcal made from a rare subspecies of the Karwinskii agave, which grows wild at high elevations.

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here’s nothing complicated about any of these refreshing chilled mezcal cocktails, perfect for summer get-togethers. You’ll love the blends of sweet fruit and kicky chile flavors, so stock up on limes and your favorite mezcal and let the party begin! Each recipe makes one cocktail.

Paloma Lavanda


Place a 1-inch thick slice of cucumber and the leaves of 1 sprig of rosemary into a Boston shaker and muddle. Fill shaker with ice and shake well. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a small sprig of rosemary on top.

Maggie’s Job Chile liqueur gives this cocktail by Eloisa bartender Andrea Duran a nice kick.

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2 oz Del Maguey Vida 1/2 oz Oscar 697 Bianco 1/2 oz fresh lime juice 1/2 oz agave syrup Cucumber and rosemary

Nick White

This herb-forward cocktail is the creation of bartender Nick White of Sydney, Australia.

Thanks to Eloisa bartender Zoe Martin for this refreshing and fragrant cocktail. 1 1/2 ounces Agave de Cortes Joven Mezcal 1 ounce lavender syrup 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice Grapefruit soda (like Q or San Pellegrino) Grapefruit wheel for garnish Combine mezcal, syrup, and lime juice with ice in cocktail shaker; shake. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Add fresh ice, then top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with one quarter of a grapefruit wheel.

1 1/2 oz Nuestra Soledad San Luis Del Rio Mezcal 1 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice 1/2 oz J.M. Shrubb Liqueur d’Orange (or good quality orange liqueur) Grapefruit peel for garnish Combine all ingredients with ice in cocktail shaker; vigorously shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with peel of grapefruit.

Smoke and Fire Margarita 3/4 part Montelobos Mezcal 3/4 part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur 3/4 part Milagro Silver Tequila 1 part fresh lime juice 1/2 part agave nectar Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of an old fashioned glass, salt it, and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and double strain over fresh ice into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


high plains songster the curve-billed thrasher is one unique bird

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hile camping in the high desert plains of Northern New Mexico, your serene morning might be broken by the penetrating and distinctive whit-whit call of the curve-billed thrasher. Follow the sound and you’ll glimpse a large, drab brown bird (10–12 inches) with a whitish throat, mottled breast, a long, downwardly curved black bill, and distinctive yellow-gold eyes. Besides its laser gun–like whit-whit sound, the curve-billed thrasher also boasts an elaborate and incredibly melodic song that includes low trills and warbles, best enjoyed in the spring during mating season. In the United States, there are 12 species of the thrasher family. New Mexico has seven of these fine singers, including the mockingbird, catbird, brown thrasher, Bendire’s thrasher, sage thrasher, and crissal thrasher. For the most part, they inhabit the southern section of New Mexico from the Pecos Valley to the Arizona line; however, they can be found in other areas of the state, and they prefer thorny desert shrubs and grasslands. Ground dwellers, thrashers are very active as they use their thick curved beaks to dig in the ground in search of insects, grubs, berries, and the fruits of cactus. They’re also regular visitors to backyard feeders. The male and female are similar in coloration and size and remain together year-round, mating for life. They nest in the spring months of April and May, building a large bulky nest in thick brush, though they prefer nesting in thorny cholla cactus. They’ll line the nest with soft grasses and lay between four or five pale bluish eggs. Like many other species of desert dwellers, thrashers amaze me in their ability to pick their way through cactus spines without becoming impaled. This summer, listen for a penetrating and abrupt whit-whit bird call to cut through the still morning or evening. You’ll know you’re in the company of the intriguing curve-billed thrasher. Tom Smylie, from Edgewood, New Mexico, is a retired wildlife biologist affiliated with the World Center for Birds of Prey.

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This charming North Valley home has it all, from beautiful grounds to elegant, Pueblo-style interiors. At 4,600 square feet, the main house has plenty of space, including five bedrooms and dual master bedrooms filled with natural light and updated amenities. The flowing open floor plan brings the gourmet kitchen, dining room, and cozy living room together in the center of the home, with doors that open to a charming sunroom facing the lush outdoors. Exquisite details abound in this home—rustic vigas, colorful walls of tile in the kitchen and bathroom, and brick floors that give the home serious Southwestern character. The spacious property also comes with a two-bedroom casita (complete with kitchenette), a caretaker apartment, a large garage, and patios surrounded by a serene pond and lots of greenery.

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Built with authentic details in mind, this lovely Tinnin Farms home in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque highlights the best of Pueblo-style design, including exposed adobe, vigas, carved spiral columns, brick and hardwood floors, and ripped latilla interior doors. Sited on over an acre of land, the home features five spacious bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as decks throughout that showcase expansive views. Down the winding staircase, you’ll find a grand foyer plus two living rooms complete with custom masonry kiva fireplaces for cozy nights by the fire. In the kitchen, updated features—neutral-toned cabinetry, pristine appliances, and plenty of prep space—make the area great for entertaining. Outdoors, living is easy with private courtyards (one with a fireplace), open and covered patios, Zen and vegetable gardens, and a relaxing pool to cool off on hot summer days. List price: $899,900 Contact: Joseph Szklarz 505-269-1819, Q Realty,




exhibit includes prototypes of Leonardo’s designs for an automobile, a bicycle, a helicopter, and other machines unthinkable in the Renaissance, as well as reproductions of his artwork.

Domingos en Arte June 3–August 19, 7:30 pm National Hispanic Cultural Center 1701 4th St SW ABQ $11–$18, free ages 12 and under Performances on nine Sunday evenings. Local, national, and international performers include La Chamba, July 1, with surf sounds from Peru; Changüi Majadero, Afro-Cuban band from East Los Angeles on July 29; and local favorites Nosotros, August 12, with a blend of rock, salsa, jazz, and cumbia. Santa Fe Bandstand June 21–August 25 Santa Fe Plaza or SWAN Park Downtown or 5000 Plaza Central Free Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes and head for the Plaza or the Southside. Five nights a week, Santa Fe Bandstand offers free concerts at 6 PM. Eighty percent of the bands are New Mexico–based, and national acts like honkytonker Dale Watson, blues singer Marcia Wilson, and Native American rocker Joy Harjo also take the stage. Fifteenth Annual Pork & Brew June 29–July 1 Santa Ana Star Center 3001 Civic Center Circle NE, Rio Rancho $6, $4 active military, seniors, and children 4–12 Three days of barbecue from regional vendors, beer, and live music. Family-friendly activities include an arts and crafts fair, a petting zoo, and pig races.


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International Folk Art Market July 13–15 Museum Hill 700 block of Camino Lejo, Santa Fe $10–$225 Now in its 15th year, the International Folk Art Market (see page 78) is bringing 162 artists from 53 countries to show and sell their creations. Their earnings have provided education, infrastructure, and medical care for their home communities. Sharon McElvain

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International Folk Art Market

Santa Fe Indian Market August 18–19, 7 am– 5 pm Saturday, 8 am–5 pm Sunday Santa Fe Plaza Free Almost 1,000 of North America’s finest Native artists show and sell their wares. Associated events include the Native Cinema Showcase, a clothing design contest, music and dance performances, and Native foods. New Mexico State Fair September 6–16 Expo New Mexico 300 San Pedro NE, ABQ What’s your pleasure: livestock show, music, deep-fried everything, rodeo, art exhibits, or the midway? The state fair has it. One of the largest in the nation, fairgoers come from all over to enjoy the spectacle.

HIPICO Santa Fe Summer Series

HIPICO Santa Fe Summer Series July 18–August 12 HIPICO Santa Fe 100 S Polo Dr, Santa Fe Free Four weeks of A-rated hunter/jumper competitions, open to the public. In between jumps, you’ll find music, food, the Art of the Horse exhibition, other vendors, and even wiener dog races. Aquarium Overnight July 20, August 17, or September 14, 6:30 pm–8 am ABQ BioPark Aquarium 2601 Central Ave NW ABQ $30 Want to sleep with the fishes? Snuggle up next to a shark? Each month, the Aquarium Overnight gives you the chance. Games and crafts, a touchpool, and marine-themed films fill the evening, then unroll your sleeping bag for a snooze in view of your new aquatic friends. Da Vinci, The Genius Through July 29 New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science 1801 Mountain Rd NW ABQ $22 adults, $20 seniors, $12 Children Although Leonardo da Vinci is best known as an artist, he was also a prolific inventor. The

Rio Mira at Globalquerque

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July through September

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¡Globalquerque! September 21–22, 4–11:30 pm National Hispanic Cultural Center 1701 4th St SW ABQ $20–$59 adults, $15–$35 ages 6–15, ages 5 and under free Three stages, indoors and out, are filled with performers from Cuba, Italy, Egypt, and other far-flung locales. The Global Village offers international food, crafts, and more, and free family activities will be available during the day on Saturday. Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta September 26–30 Times, locations, and prices vary: see website for details Seminars, wine dinners, a golf tournament, and film festival are just a few of the food-anddrink–centered events offered. Saturday’s Grand Tasting is always the highlight of the annual event.

Su Casa Northern New Mexico Summer 2018 | Digital Edition  
Su Casa Northern New Mexico Summer 2018 | Digital Edition