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Warm up this winter with a hot cuppa joe at one of several Northern New Mexico coffeehouses.

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midcentury modern(ish) A central Albuquerque remodel is an elegant fusion of vintage spirit with contemporary function and materials.

history in the remaking New Mexico’s cultural legacy is preserved in a graciously restored Corrales hacienda.

immediately at home Green, gorgeous, and ultra-livable, a Corrales home hits all the high notes.

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Modern Santeros continue the centuries-old practice of making New Mexican devotional folk art, exploring faith using materials and means both traditional and contemporary.

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16 Life+Style Southwest A vibrant gentleman’s quarters; ductless heating and cooling systems; a roundup of fun and stylish pet products; and Steve Thomas’s “Confessions of a Serial Renovator.”

26 Design Studio

Corrales artist Orlando Leyba’s custom art studio is as architecturally stunning as it is functional; a wrap-up of ShowHouse Santa Fe 2015, which operated around the theme “Lux New Mex”; and Moll Anderson on beautiful and comfortable guest spaces.

60 Vida Buena Courtesy Andrew Montoya

New Mexican devotional art; getaways to Aspen and Breckenridge, Colorado; green housekeeping services; old world wines get a new world twist (and vice versa); and tips from a professional on training your new puppy.

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78 What’s Happening? Events, art exhibits, concerts, and live performances happening around New Mexico between January and March.

88 Adios A parlor and studio are reimagined with an artist’s soul and spirit in mind.

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The “keeping room,” by Erica Ortiz of NeuBleu Interior Design, was one of several dozen spaces artistically reimagined in ShowHouse Santa Fe.


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s the bright, unfiltered New Mexico sun warms us despite the cold temperature readings, winter is a time when we reflect on our homes and how much we enjoy them. Winter also has a way of pointing out a home’s efficiencies and deficiencies, so this indoor time is welcome: It allows for reimagining our home and how it works for our lives as well as our design aesthetics. At some point we have to come to terms with the challenge of the process. Don’t let it scare you. As an interior designer friend who often encourages me to take on major projects in my home says: Once you do it, you’ll have years of enjoyment and will never have to do it again. Point taken. In this issue we visit three homes whose owners each took on the excitement, challenge, and process of building or remodeling. As you will see, they have all achieved the goal of successfully executing their projects—and have even lived to tell about it (and to show Su Casa the beautiful results!). They’ll never have to do it again if they so choose. It’s inspiring for us to realize the investment pays rich dividends in home enjoyment and pride. These three homes are reflective of life in New Mexico, drawing inspiration, to varying degrees, from our culture, our history, and local building traditions. That doesn’t happen magically; it begins with some serious homeowner soul-searching, determining just how traditional or just how contemporary to go. Other questions include design decisions, green building elements, home automation systems, and the furnishings to complete the effort. Regardless, the builder can handle it and turn your vision into a reality. And if you’re unsure of your vision, good builders in Northern New Mexico will help you find one. This is an intimate process based on a trusting and open relationship between the builder and homeowner. When I see successful homes, invariably what I hear is how well the builder and homeowner communicated and connected. On the cover of this magazine we promise ideas, inspiration, and resources. While we deliver on that promise, we are but a starting point, as each homeowner has a unique vision and use of their home. Our goal is to show you how visions are realized and homeowners are made happy. You, too, can be a happy homeowner.

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Interior designers Jeff Fenton, Kendra Henning, and Chris Martinez of Santa Fe’s Reside Home love getting into the heads of their clients—even when they’re imaginary. “We decided our client was a man of the world,” says Fenton of the gentleman’s quarters he and his partners designed for ShowHouse Santa Fe (see “Lux New Mex,” page 28). “He fancied himself a game hunter, but never quite had the conscience to pull the trigger.” Appropriately, then, the “trophies” on this gentleman’s wall are faux. The cowhide rug with its painted zebra print plays off the black and white herringbone pattern bone veneer dresser, while the dresser itself is a counterpoint to the deep red walls and other red accents. Masculine and powerful, the wall color “embodies the feeling of luxury, richness, and warmth,” says Fenton. An ideal retreat for a confident, compassionate Santa Fe gentleman. Reside Home, howyoureside.com

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uctless “mini-split” heat pumps are the fastest growing segment of the nation’s residential heating and cooling market, according to John Onstad, president and general manager of Santa Fe– based Hubbell Electro-Mechanical (hubbellmech.com) “They’re quick and easy to install, offer room-by-room temperature control and amazing air filtration, and are whisper-quiet,” he says. Mini-splits, which Onstad says represent about 75 percent of his sales, are also extremely energy-efficient: “They’re renewable energy sources because they extract energy from the environment and magnify it.” Compared to large single-zone ducted central systems that have been used in U.S. homes for many decades, Onstad notes that mini-splits are zoned so that virtually every room has its own thermostat. “They’re used almost universally around the world since energy costs are much, much higher than in the U.S., and it’s essential that room-by-room control is available to conserve energy.” Mini-splits consist of two components, typically referred to as the indoor unit and the outdoor unit. The indoor unit is installed on a wall (near the ceiling) or on the floor; the outdoor unit is installed on the roof or on the ground. The two units are connected by small-diameter refrigerant piping and supplied by electricity from the house panel. There are a variety of indoor units, however, and some can be concealed from sight. One outdoor unit can serve up to eight indoor units. Additionally, according to Richard Marti, co-owner and service manager of Comfort Doctor Heating Cooling & Plumbing (comfort-doc.com) in Santa Fe, “Mini-splits can be controlled by either wireless remote or wired remote, [and] we can also install controls that can be controlled via Wi-Fi.” One of the biggest selling points for mini-split systems is that there is no need for ductwork, which describes a hefty number of homes—


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“Mini-splits are quick and easy to install, offer room-by-room temperature control and amazing air filtration, and are whisper-quiet.”—John Onstad

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As the temperatures drop outside, minisplit systems prove their worth, kicking out amazing heat on even the coldest Northern New Mexico days.

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especially older homes—in Central and Northern New Mexico. “They have an advantage over evaporative cooling in various ways, such as the ability to provide both heating and cooling utilizing the much-talkedabout inverter technology,” Marti explains. “Mini-splits boast some of the highest SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings in the HVAC arena. They also have various air filtration options depending on models and brands. In this area of the state where wildfires occur, we often have to shut down our evaporative cooling systems and are left in an uncomfortable position. With a mini-split system, outdoor conditions will not affect your indoor comfort.”  Onstad agrees. “The amazing thing about current heat pump technology is its ability to heat your home when it’s very cold outside,” he says. “Back in 2011 the temperature hit negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit in Santa Fe. I had about 20 homes that used heat pumps as their only source of heating. I had only one complaint—and the problem was over when the temperature ‘warmed up’ to negative 10 degrees.” So what do they cost to install? “About $10 to $17 per square foot of conditioned space,” says Onstad. “That means that a 300-square-foot great room will cost about $5,000, and a 3,000-square-foot home will cost about $30,000 all-inclusive, outside of tax. But rules of thumb are very often wrong, because there are so many options and variables.” There are also heat pump models designed to heat and cool water, making them ideal for already-popular radiant flooring systems. “We’re using these water-side products to air-condition homes by pumping cold water through the radiant floor piping. Just like radiant heating it’s very even and comfortable and totally noise-free,” Onstad says. “It’s the cooling technology of the future.”  

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by Stephanie Love

pampering fun indulgences for furry friends In pet-crazy Northern New Mexico, we love spoiling our dogs and cats—our buddies, our best friends, our beloved family members. These fun pet “paw-ducts” are designed with pet health, safety, and comfort in mind, and many of them look pretty darn stylish in the home as well. Don’t have a pet yet? Make a New Year’s resolution to adopt a furry family member from an area shelter, then check out this list for ways to let your new pet know how much you love them.

Bowsers Artisan Double Wood Feeder A sophisticated alternative to bulky stainless steel bowls, these handcrafted rubberwood artisan feeders display pet food with culinary class and elevate your pet’s food and water for safer consumption. The squared white ceramic bowls are dishwasher-safe and lead-free, and they match the modular design of the feeder. Neutral-toned finishes in bamboo, walnut, and fossil enhance the material’s natural beauty to match any room. $61–$215, Teca Tu, tecatu.com

Pendleton Blanket Bed A tired dog is a good dog, and this ultra-comfy—and Southwestern stylish—bed is just the thing for Fido to rest up on after playtime. Made with a polyester fiber that resembles fluffy fleece, the bed’s striking, colorful stripes will complement nearly any décor scheme. Sized for dogs (and cats!) big and small, it’s available in Arcadia (black) and Yakima (khaki).

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by Steve Thomas

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hen I renovated my first house right out of college, my tool kit consisted of a circular saw, a drill, and some hand tools. Over the years (and 10 or so more renovations), I’ve put together a princely tool collection—a shop, a well-equipped job-site trailer, a beefy pickup truck, even a small backhoe. Occasionally I’ll head out to the shop just to hang out with my tools; they give me a sense of substance, of well being, of wealth. More importantly, tools allow me to do stuff, to build stuff, to renovate— and that’s part of my identity. As my current renovation of a shingle-style Victorian began to wind down, I incautiously declared this one to be my last. My wife archly suggested that I sell my trailer and tools and settle down. I was dumbfounded. Not so much that she came up with the suggestion—after 30 years of marriage, she knows how to get my goat—but at realizing this probably was not my last renovation. I wasn’t about to “give up” renovation any more than a painter would give up painting. 24

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There’s something deeply satisfying about taking an old house at the end of its cycle and breathing another 100 years of life into it. You can’t ignore or cover up these problems once they’ve been uncovered; they must be fixed, and the structure must be strong and code-compliant. Then there are problems pertaining to how to make a renovation of an old house look right. Most old houses are out of plumb, level, and square, and in these conditions you pretty much disregard your fancy laser level and simply use your eye. As in boatbuilding, if it looks right, it is right. Except when it’s not! Likewise, there’s an art to installing a level kitchen counter beneath a level kitchen window, on an old, way-out-of level kitchen floor—without making it look or feel obvious. Which heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems will you choose? Appliances? And finally, there’s the little issue of trying to stay on something that resembles a budget. There is an old quip: “How do you determine the true cost of your renovation project? Get three bids and add them all together!” Unfortunately, that’s not too far from there truth; it’s routine to go 50 percent (and over) the initial budget.

So why bother? (I’m often asked). Why not tear it down and start from scratch? It’s true that some houses are not worth renovating. But most of the houses I’ve done are historic; they’re either in a historic district or, like Sea Cove Cottage, have been part of the fabric of the village for over a century. At the end of the day, I’m not the owner of my buildings as much as the steward. When I pass a house on to another family, and they pass it on, I want to know (as the owner, the carpenter, and the renovation contractor) that I’ve done right by the building—that it will live on because of the time, money, and care I put into it. So, will I ever stop renovating? Doubtful. As I say, I like the work. It’s inherently satisfying, and besides, it gives me an ever-ready excuse to buy new tools!

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The fact is, I like the work. There’s something deeply satisfying about taking an old house at the end of its cycle and breathing another 100 years of life into it. And it’s challenging. Old house renovation presents a series of unique problems that often start with structural issues: sills, beams, headers, rotting wood, rotting brick, rotting adobe.

Above: Steve Thomas at work on a historic Santa Fe adobe in 2012. Most recently Thomas completed an extensive renovation of a Victorian cottage in Maine. What’s next for this serial renovator?

Steve Thomas is a home renovation expert and the spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity International.


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Design Studio

the box that soars artist Orlando Leyba’s dream studio

Streamlined and elegant, Orlando Leyba’s studio features corrugated metal walls, plenty of windows, and an unbeatable view. Right: The artist at his Corrales studio.

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visual arts teacher at the Albuquerque Academy, multimedia artist Orlando Leyba instills in his students that art is about freedom of expression, a willingness to take risks, and resisting the temptation to be formulaic. Yet when he decided to build a studio adjacent to his home in Corrales, Leyba had a simple request for his contractor, Paul Kenderdine of PWKI LLC: “I want a box!”—a space with great light and separate areas to paint and show his work. In truth, Leyba was looking for a comfortable box. Like many artists, he had always painted in his garage, where he broiled in summer, froze in winter, had poor light, and showcased his work among bicycles and gardening tools. Raised in Chimayó, Leyba has always been inspired by images. He would draw, doodle, and design sports helmets and jerseys while watching television or attending church. Although this often got him into hot water, he pursued his passion, majoring in studio art at the University of New Mexico and earning an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. After teaching high school in the Boston area for 11 years, he moved his family back to New Mexico. Obsessed with edges, design, color, and layers of material features, Leyba is drawn to contrasting physical and emotional elements and his canvases express the good and bad in history, nature, and life. 26

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He describes his art as “visual dichotomies rooted in his experience growing up in New Mexico.” His work, which expresses the emotional experiences that come from being raised in a Hispanic family surrounded by American culture, juxtaposes “the beauty of cultural blending with negatives of ethnic tension.” Inspiration for his work also comes, Leyba says, from the “dichotomies I observe in the color and texture of the New Mexico landscape. Customized lowriders are a part of the landscape in Chimayó. The image of 16 layers of lacquer on a lowrider contrasts with an eroded arroyo with trash in it, and I like to put these items together in a painting.” Leyba’s richly textured, bold, and colorful work has been shown at Blue Rain Gallery and Peyton Wright Gallery in Santa Fe, 516 ARTS in Albuquerque, and Tafkaj Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, his work is included in the permanent collection of the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Museum. Within 10 minutes of seeing Leyba’s proposed studio site and its incredible views of the Sandias, contractor Kenderdine knew he would build his creative client the best box ever—a box that soared. “The contemporary design is a radical departure from architecture in the area, but I designed the structure to tie it into the Corrales landscape,” says Kenderdine, who, like


A white-walled corridor encircles the main work spaces, providing an excellent way for Leyba to display his art.

Above: Leyba works on a piece that will be part of an upcoming group show at the April Price Projects Gallery in the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Below: Nopali, mixed media on linen-covered panel, 32 x 25".

Leyba’s work expresses the emotional experiences that come from being raised in a Hispanic family surrounded by American culture. Leyba, incorporated contrasting physical and emotional elements into the project. The result is an artist’s dream. The strong, contemporary studio sits adjacent to Leyba’s adobe residence. Corrugated aluminum siding and a gently sloping roof are reminiscent of old New Mexico houses and barns, but the simple structural design does not interfere with the complexity of creating art. The north-facing windows fill the studio with light, but long cantilevers protect the artist’s work from the New Mexico sun. An interior corridor rimming the studio is a gallery where Leyba can display and guests can ponder his powerful art. Interestingly, Kenderdine the contractor credits Leyba the artist with “giving me the freedom to express myself as an artist.” And Leyba, who acknowledges he never envisioned how wonderful the studio would be, gives kudos to Kenderdine for building him the “best box ever.”

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Lux New Mex in its third year, ShowHouse Santa Fe explored the “new” Old West by Amy Gross photographs by Kate Russell

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rank Applegate would have been impressed. The modernist artist, who purchased (and greatly expanded) the Santa Fe residence on El Caminito in the 1920s for his family, might have actually felt right at home in the dramatically decorated spaces of ShowHouse Santa Fe 2015. After all, the 29 talented designers who completely reimagined this sprawling estate followed a very artistic theme—“Lux New Mex”—and turned to familiar Western classics such as denim, leather, and suede to transform dozens of empty rooms, nooks, and outdoor spaces—and this house had many—into amazing bedrooms, living areas, salons, meditation and art rooms, guest suites, patios, and more. Over 3,000 visitors toured ShowHouse over two weekends in October. Various fundraising efforts, including a lavish Fiesta Gala, helped the ShowHouse committee raise over $30,000 for Santa Fe–based educational foundation Dollars4Schools—the event’s third straight year supporting this worthwhile organization. After months of preparation, ShowHouse was unveiled to an excited crowd of savvy home design enthusiasts. Here are just a few of the spaces created by the participants (see others throughout this issue), who ran with a shared theme but used their own unique talents and artistic eyes to create a ShowHouse at once livable and elegant.

It’s no surprise that Marty Wilkinson’s (Metamorphosis) inspiration for her sleeping porch was a gorgeous rocking bed she found at Las Vegas Market. “Everything about this space was meant to be indoor/outdoor,” she says, pointing out the Robert Allen textiles, the ikat design pillows, and the powder-coated bed frame. 28

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Above: Sisters Megan Smith, Robin Smith, and Janen Korth (Smith Design LLC) describe the kitchen as “not just a place to cook, but a place to create.” To keep with their sense of place and reflect the space’s New Mexican roots, they brought in luxurious finishes: a local artisan-crafted tin backsplash, a handcrafted tin chandelier, and hand-painted cabinets. Opposite, top: Landscape designer Catherine Clemens (Clemens & Associates, Inc.) welcomed guests at the entry with a beautiful balance of foliage and art, including a geometric piece by Georgia O’Keeffe’s former assistant and renowned sculptor, Juan Hamilton, and hand-painted, fir posts that evoked a centemporary totem feel.

Above: Karen Rizzo (K. Rizzo Interiors) turned a narrow, bookshelf-lined space into a tranquil meditation chapel. Rizzo placed the single chair so that the occupant can easily gaze into the mirror, reflecting upon nature and “who they are in the environment.”


Above, top, left: ShowHouse cofounders Jennifer Ashton (Jennifers Ashton Interiors) and David Naylor (David Naylor Interiors) collaborated on the living room, which they divided into a laid-back lounge area and the more formal area shown here. “We played with a masculine and a feminine energy,” says Ashton, who notes how the Arctic Pear chandelier softens the heavy wood accents and leather chairs and sofas. Above: The sun room had to stay true to its namesake, so Nikki Palermo (PARQ Designs) omitted window coverings to allow raw, natural light to showcase her denimand-suede–inspired color scheme. Her soothing palette and design emphasizes the gorgeous craftsmanship of the wooden windows and French doors. Above, top, right: This lounge space is part of the original 18th-century house, and Matt and Heather French (French & French Interiors) ran with the Lux New Mex theme in their palette—a balance of vibrant colors paired with black-and-white patterns, highlighting Native American pottery on the table. 30

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In the oversized library, a massive leather sectional centered the room and allowed Patti Stivers and Virginia Smith (Stivers & Smith Interiors) to “keep the feel of the property but introduce contemporary elements.� Western and Native art add color and depth to this casual, multipurpose space.


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company’s coming creating beautiful, comfortable spaces for guests

“Mi casa es su casa—my house is your house. That is truly the way God intended us to live, opening our homes with love and warmth, and sharing our food, wine, fellowship, and laughter.”—Moll

Moll appointed her compact, 900-square-foot guest casita with all of the comforts of home plus the luxuries of a fine hotel. The bedroom (above, top) features sumptuous linens, ample reading lighting, storage space for clothing and suitcases, and a romantic fireplace. Hisand-hers vanities in the bathroom (above) are a lovely touch, along with plush towels, a walk-in shower, and a medicine cabinet. 32

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Above: A smartly designed kitchenette allows guests the convenience and freedom to stay in for meals or keep their favorite snacks handy. A comfortable seating area brings it all together—a cozy spot for coffee or cocktails.

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y husband and I love opening our home to family and friends, so no matter where we call home, I make sure we have plenty of room to host guests. When designing for company, it’s important to create a comfortable, welcoming retreat—one with the necessities of home and the luxuries of a fine hotel. With our family and friends living away, Santa Fe became a destination for us to gather together for an extended stay. I added casitas to accommodate our guests, and even though the spaces are small, there’s room for all the essentials. In this casita, I packed a lot of punch in under 900 square feet of living space. It’s appointed with a bathroom with two fab sinks and a walk-in shower, and a kitchenette with a refrigerator and freezer drawers, double burners, a coffee station, and a stackable washer and dryer. A table for two in the kitchen invites intimate dining and a place to relax over morning coffee or evening cocktails. But it’s the casita’s bedroom that’s the star of the show with a huge bed, oversized plush pillows, and luxurious Matteo linens. The fireplace lends ambience and a touch of romance to the space, and is always a welcome addition on those chilly Santa Fe evenings.


No matter the size of your guest space, you can create a welcoming guest room or suite in your home. Here are some tips:

Luxurious Linens A comfortable mattress is the most essential piece for your guest room. Add sheets of Egyptian cotton of at least 400 thread count, as well as a selection of pillows from soft to firm. Your guests may be allergic to down, so include some hypoallergenic options. Have extra blankets available even in the middle of summer; everyone has a different body temperature. A Seating Area Create a sitting area for guests to relax and share coffee or a glass of wine. If there’s room, a desktop for electronics and a card with the Wi-Fi network and password will be appreciated. A notepad and stationery are nice additions to your well-appointed guest suite. Beverage Bar No space for a mini-fridge? Add a bar cart or tray for your coffee and beverage station. Lighting Have ample lighting for reading, including bedside lamps and extra lighting in your sitting area. A Well-stocked Bath In addition to bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, provide guest robes, a basket of quality toiletries, a vanity lighted mirror, and a hair dryer. A little medicine drawer is always a lifesaver.  Storage Guests appreciate a place to store their clothes. An empty closet with hangers or a designated place to hang or store clothes and luggage will make them feel right at home.

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Flowers Always welcome your guests with fresh flowers!

Moll Anderson Life stylist and philanthropist Moll Anderson is an Emmy Award–winning television personality and the best-selling author of four books, including The Seductive Home.

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midcentury modern(ish) an elegant fusion of vintage spirit with contemporary function

Fresh metalwork and unobtrusive landscaping contribute to a clean and streamlined entry experience.

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he term “modern”—as it applies to home design— is bandied about a lot these days; seems everyone has his own interpretation of what it means. Even midcentury modernists are divided: Purists cling tenaciously to their pink bathrooms, aqua cabinets, and periodauthentic appliances—regardless of functionality—while other fans of the style, like Serge and Jane, who recently renovated a midcentury modern home in central Albuquerque, temper their respect for the genre with an equal appreciation for contemporary conveniences and materials. With guests frequently in town, Jane and Serge bucked the trend toward tiny living and instead upsized into a 4,000-square-foot, single-story home with plenty of space for the hobbies, furniture, and collectibles they’d moved from two previous homes in New Mexico. But while the couple’s

furnishings were midcentury chic, their midcentury home had lost some of its authenticity over the years. “We wanted a nod to the ’60s, but there wasn’t anything to keep!” laughs Jane. “We spent a lot of time undoing the ‘colonialization’ from former owners—brass hardware and so on.” When she and Serge identified their other priorities in remodeling the home—creating a thoroughly modern kitchen, ditching the dated, stained carpets, and adding more style and function to the home overall—they turned to architectural designer Wristen Paschich of Paschich Design Group, whose modernist sensibilities lean toward the industrial, the sustainable, and the ultra-functional. “Wristen has a good vision; he’s a good listener,” notes Jane. “Like many guys of his generation, he’s more respectful of women. He listened to me, and to Serge.” (Take that, Draper and Sterling!)

Above: New windows, textural porcelain tile, and a resurfacing of the fireplace really opened up the entry living room. Metal screens (foreground) are an authentically midcentury design and are duplicated in the master bath. Jane collects vintage servingware, such as this charming Couroc roadrunner tray (right), whose cousin is in the other living room.

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Both homeowners were deeply involved with the remodel, which took about five months to complete. “Serge loves a project, and we love the idea of infill,” Jane says of their decision to renovate an older home with vintage character rather than build new. They also loved the neighborhood’s central location—close to an airport for Serge, who travels quite a bit, and which satisfies what Jane calls her “five-minute rule. It only takes me five minutes to get to all the places I was already going to.” His clients were well versed in midcentury modernism, but Paschich, who has earned multiple awards for homes of different styles, including modern, found himself on a bit of a learning curve—albeit a fun one. “I found midcentury to be refreshing, and a nice change of pace,” says Paschich, who credits his clients with opening his eyes to the details of the style. “I was impressed with its movement and freedom. A lot of fun can be had with

Above: A Penguin hot and cold server (on left) is part of Jane’s collection of vintage cookware and serving pieces.

The sparkling kitchen is well-loved—and well-used. Glossy red and gray cabinets pair perfectly with white subway tiles, white Radianz countertops, and stainless steel appliances. An opaque wall of storage (at right) neatly hides clutter.

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colors and textures.” Indeed. Serge and Jane’s home is an elegant play of old against new, the pairing of polished contemporary finishes with older woods and ’60s-era plastics. Contemporary art and colorful furnishings are mixed right in with their vintage counterparts. All parties clearly had fun reimagining the kitchen, with its shiny, cardinal red cabinetry, glass subway tile backsplash (arranged vertically rather than horizontally, European-style), and the sleek, glossyfront pantry that houses Jane’s impressive collection of vintage vases, bowls, covered casserole dishes, Jadeite, Fiestaware, and Pyrex. Everyone was relieved to see the shag carpet go. It was replaced with a combination of textural, largeformat ceramic and porcelain tile that emulates petrified wood and creates depth and interest throughout the home, including in the entry, where the pieces are cut to 10-inch by 5-foot strips. In fact, the entire entry enjoyed a significant facelift.. “The owners wanted more visual punch there,” says Paschich, who added extra windows to the wall that doubled the amount of light com-

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ing in. Repainting the front door, adding satin nickel fixtures, and replacing the fleur de lis scrollwork in the metal columns with straightforward bars worked wonders in updating the entryway. “Simple details like these are all that’s needed at times to modernize,” notes Paschich. But other times, it’s sticking with the original details that gives a home—particularly a midcentury modern home— authentic period impact. In Serge and Jane’s case, one bedroom was repurposed into a hobby room-slash-library. The semicircular arch dividing that space from the second living area is a brilliant example of midcentury architecture and original to the house. “We brainstormed different ideas about how to close that arch off with doors,” Jane remembers. “The idea of adding waffle glass on either end kind of grew organically.” It was a brilliant move. The waffle glass, apart from being eye-catching, helps let in light even as it creates a bit of privacy for whomever is enjoying the space. Metal screens that flank the entryway and the sitting area are also original to the house; a matching screen privatizes the master bathroom as well. Strongly evocative of the early ’60s, the screens were deliberately left in place, simply painted white, and remain a favorite element of all members of the remodeling team. It’s this give and take of old and new, along with an appreciation for both sensibilities, that makes Jane and Serge’s home completely unique. They’ve chosen their contemporary art and furnishings just as carefully as their vintage pieces, displaying them all with a practiced eye in a way that’s both a nod to an earlier era and a celebration of what makes the 21st century so darn livable. It’s a little bit midcentury, perhaps a little more modern, and wholly their own.

“I was impressed with [midcentury’s] movement and freedom. A lot of fun can be had with colors and textures.” —Wristen Paschich

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An expansive covered patio illuminated by skylights overlooks the backyard, which, though currently grass-covered, may soon be xeriscaped.

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by Ben Ikenson Inside a pair of 17th-century French gates and an adobe privacy wall surrounded by mature cottonwoods, an oasis rich with culture and tranquility awaits at Hacienda de Reza.

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retablo made by famed New Mexican Santero Roberto Gonzales is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C. Its companion piece, however, is housed in a tiny private chapel in a Corrales, New Mexico, compound that recently underwent a comprehensive restoration and remodel. “I wanted to showcase the artistic talent and uniqueness of New Mexico folk art and also create a room dedicated to reflection and prayer,” explains the homeowner, Dr. Reza Mehran, who added the chapel during the renovation. The stunning Spanish Colonial/Pueblo Revival home known as “Hacienda de Reza” was restored and renovated with loving consideration and painstaking attention to the area’s history. “Every detail was thoroughly considered, so the project was done almost academically,” says interior designer Susan Westbrook, president of Susan Westbrook Interiors, Inc., who consulted exhaustively with her client and recruited many of the craftspeople, artists, and subcontractors involved in the 18-month-long project. “We worked so diligently to adhere to the historic and cultural sensibilities involved.” A native New Mexican designer and historical preservationist whose work has garnered international acclaim for over three decades, Westbrook employed her expertise in regional architecture and New Mexican folk art to turn an old home into an authentic domestic celebration of the region’s rich cultural legacy. (See the article she contributed to this magazine, “Inspired by Faith,” page 60.) “We wanted to create a vintage sensibility,” says Westbrook. “Reza really wanted a sparse, monastic feel, and I think this was successfully communicated.” The compound includes a modest caretaker’s residence, a 700-square-foot casita, a meditation koi pond, horse stables, and countless details that collectively enhance the sanctuary-like feel of the place. Set on five acres in the bosque along the Rio Grande, the 5,200-square-foot home is a graceful homage to New Mexico’s early Spanish heritage and a cherished retreat for a worldrenowned thoracic surgeon who spends most of his time abroad. Designed for relaxation and reflection, the many portales, fountains, and courtyards on the grounds provide a sense of peace within the compound. Swiss artist Reto Messmer painted the main courtyard’s mural of St. Francis.

A live cottonwood rises through the ceiling of the mudroom, welcoming home the owner and his guests while softly easing the transition from outdoors to indoors.

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The sunny formal living room is filled with antiques, rugs, and exceptional lighting, as well as devotional and other art, including a landscape by Albuquerque artist Frank McCulloch. The picture windows showcase an east-facing view of the Sandias; a French door leads to the main courtyard.

“The best escape for a surgeon is nature, and I get a lot of that at the hacienda,” says Mehran. “Everywhere you go in or outside . . . you find something which triggers emotions—surprise, curiosity, admiration. There is no boredom here.” Altogether, the doctor’s colorful and rustic retreat is his own personal prescription, though his demanding schedule does not allow him to benefit from it as much as he’d like. Professionally, Mehran has perfected a number of surgical procedures, though lately, he says, his research has been on improving pain after thoracic surgery. “We are so successful at this that often patients can go home after a major surgery in as little as a day.” A polylinguist whose interests extend far beyond the scope of medicine, Mehran has often been described as a renaissance man. A native of Switzerland who grew up speaking French, Mehran learned Farsi living in Iran and learned English while studying medicine in Montreal. After serving two tours of duty as commanding officer for the advanced surgical team with the United Nations Peacekeeping Services in Yugoslavia, he learned to speak Spanish and even fly helicopters in Central America. Additionally, he pilots twin-engine planes, enjoys scuba diving, and entertains an active interest in paleontology. Mehran is also a big fan of alpacas—which explains the enclosure that holds eight of the llama-like creatures—and chickens. Twenty or so freely roam his property. Mehran found himself drawn to the Land of Enchantment’s unusual color palettes, which he describes as “bright and contrasting. I wanted to see this in the hacienda. Despite all its colors, nothing is overwhelming, because they’re all earthy and in balance with the nature that abounds around the hacienda.” 46

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As for the home itself, unusual features include a unique entry mudroom with antique Mexican star lights hanging from the ceiling and a stately cottonwood growing straight through the roof. But much of the true success of the renovation is due largely to the details in the design and interior of the home, suggested and designed in large part by Westbrook.

Susan Westbrook used her expertise in regional architecture and New Mexico folk art to turn an old home into an authentic domestic celebration of the region’s rich cultural legacy. In the kitchen, for example, which is replete with modern Viking appliances and custom cabinets with European detailing, Westbrook designed the traditional blue-and-white Mexican Talavera tile work. The backsplash highlights a noteworthy feature: a ceramic bowl set concavely into the wall above the stove that was made specifically for the project by Gorky Gonzalez, a famous ceramicist from Guanajuato, Mexico. Westbrook also worked with the late Joe Carr in designing all of the hand-


Left: It may look traditional, but the chef’s kitchen is appointed with every modern amenity. In Santa Fe style, cobalt blue tiles and Viking appliances, a custom copper sink, and solid honed flagstone countertops are perfect counterparts to the rich, hand-crafted cabinets and classic coved ceilings.

Lighted nichos are tucked into the soft plastered walls of a hallway.

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A spectacular commissioned chandelier illuminates the elegant custom dining table. Mehran likes to enjoy his morning coffee in front of the great room fireplace and read the paper, taking in what Westbrook calls “the divine quiet that defines this room.”

wrought candelabra-style chandeliers and farols (lanterns). Honed Taos flagstone countertops blend seamlessly into the hand-hammered copper Mexican farm sink. “I also found a number of rugs that were inspired by early Persian designs, but were customized to complement the local palette,” says Westbrook. “The wall finishes by Fresco Harmony are intentionally soft plaster that mimics the clay-lime whitewashes originally used in Spanish Colonial architecture.” Outdoors, portales, corbels, and nichos characterize much of the walled-in, Saltillo-tiled plaza, which connects the buildings and contains a swimming pool, a covered outdoor kitchen, and fountains. On the wall of the courtyard, a charming colorful mural, painted by Swiss artist Reto Messmer, depicts a pastoral scene with Saint Francis walking among familiar chickens and

of a hacienda—the way it could have been then.” —Reza Mehran

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alpacas, a stand of cottonwoods lining the banks of the Rio Grande and the majestic Sandia Mountains beyond. Greeting visitors, and bidding them farewell, are enormous, antique French wooden gates that open onto the actual scene of the estate’s lush and sprawling grounds. The gates, relics from the 17th century, instantly transport the imagination to another time. And indeed, that was the idea. “I wanted to create the feel and look of a hacienda,” says Mehran. “The way it could have been then.” Left: The stately master bedroom’s focal point is a king-size bed overlooking mountains to the east. Matching the rest of the home, this suite’s warm rustic feel contrasts its modern amenities—remoteoperated blackout shades, heated bathroom floors, and a multiple-head shower.

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At the front door, guests are invited to strike the metal gong made by Terry Adams of Desert Edge Metal Works. The xeric landscaping is simple, water-friendly, and appropriate to the Southwestern style of the home.

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W An unobstructed view of the Sandia Mountains is what East Coast transplants Carol and Craig Levy, joined here by Callie, now get to wake up to every day.

hen Carol and Craig Levy launched their search for a post-retirement home, the active East Coast couple had a list of criteria for their new scene: It had to be west of the Mississippi and facing a mountain, with outdoor activities in four distinct seasons, a variety of good people, and a minimal carbon footprint. Of all the cities they vetted, Albuquerque fit the bill perfectly. It’s clear how much these transplants love Albuquerque, its landscape, and its people. Avid ballroom dancers, it took no time at all for Carol and Craig to immerse themselves in the local dance community, assembling a cadre of new friends straightaway. Craig, a former educator for emotionally disturbed teens, and Carol, formerly with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, hail from bustling cities with big attitudes. When comparing the East Coast to New Mexico, Craig, with a contented smile and an easy glance to the Sandia mountains, says languidly, “It’s a little more relaxed here.” If ever these two led harried lives, the Land of Enchantment has erased all the evidence. After deciding upon a locale, it took Carol and Craig just six months to find a tranquil acre of land in Corrales, one with sweeping mountainword views.word Tripsword to New Mexword word word wor ico to attend the semiannual Homes of Enchantment parade became routine, and the couple found themselves gravitating toward builder John Lowe, founder of Panorama SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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Homes, whose attention to detail and flexibility in design suited them. In 2014, Lowe happily took on the challenge of building a home for clients who still lived half a continent away. “We basically built the house by email,” says Carol. Except for a few madcap weekend trips to select finishes, the Levys executed their part via phone, Facetime, and email. Lowe was able to manage the building of the house longdistance, always maintaining his clients’ enjoyment of the process. It’s clear that even after 22 years and over 250 homes, Lowe loves his work. Whipping out his phone to show photos of his current projects, eyes sparkling, he’s all too excited to discuss his homes—and his wonderful clients. “I love building different styles of homes, and the Levys are really artistic,” he says. Lowe’s assiduous standards for a handsome and lasting home—partly what drew the Levys to Panorama in the first place—are evident in this Southwestern-style residence. “We always make our finish as perfect as possible,” says Lowe. “We don’t expect our customers to compromise.” Panorama began building certified green homes in 2008, and the Levys’ home is a fine example of the craft. Carol Orona, the company’s passionate green expert, educates every client on the intricacies of an energy-efficient home. It was gratifying, then, to all parties involved in building this home—especially the homeowners themselves, who had sought to create a smaller carbon footprint in their new abode—that it won several awards in the 2015 Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade, including a Premier Green Award.

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“We want to keep our lives here pretty simple, so we don’t want to become collectors, but we’re drawn to Native art and have bought a few things that have caught our eye,” says Carol of the pieces above the mantel and behind the sofa (opposite, top). “It’s impossible not to be drawn in by all the beautiful art in this area.” SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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A sun mosaic was the homeowners’ solution to the lack of a view over their corner sink, as well as an homage to the sunny days that drew them to the Land of Enchantment.

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With three bedrooms and at 3,000 square feet, the home is certified by Build Green New Mexico at the Gold Level. Its HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating of 56 makes it an impressive 44 percent more efficient than traditional construction, accounting for lot design and floor plan layout, water and energy efficiency, and other factors. Carol and Craig’s annual energy bills will be so low as to make residents of traditional construction, well, green with envy. But tankless water heaters and meticulous insulation methods, while environmentally attractive, are not meant to be central to the Levys’ daily awareness. Lowe’s intent, in fact, is that his clients won’t notice these behind-the-curtain amenities. Carol and Craig love to host dinner parties, and due to thoughtful sound attenuation, will never fret over their guests’ ability to converse comfortably. Nor will they experience unintended temperature changes from room to room in this carefully acclimatized envelope. Instead, guests take note of (and frequently pet) the leather-textured granite countertops and the herringbone-patterned tile floors. No room enters at a straight angle, and most walls are curved—something Craig especially wanted— so everything veritably flows. Every detail is devoted to creating a positive experience, one that allows the Levys to live green without feeling fettered. “One thing John does that I think is brilliant is give you time with an inte-


The Levys’ home won several accolades in its category in the Spring 2015 Homes of Enchantment Parade, including the coveted Premier, Premier Green, and Best Kitchen awards. Indeed, with its rich alder cabinetry, vibrant blue island, and eye-catching sun mosaic, the kitchen is at once artful, comfortable, and functional.

rior designer,” says Carol of their assistance from designer Ansel Roney. According to Carol, Roney saved them from a self-inflicted surfeit of beige, giving them the confidence to complement their Southwestern style with bolder colors. Curvaceous soffits with soft lights line the living area, intersecting a tiered, hand-painted fireplace. Three life-size metal figures adorn the living room wall, custom made by metal artist Terry Adams. Outside, Luke Resnik of Agua Dulce Earthscapes designed the minimalist landscaping to be water-wise and easy. Carol quips, “Luke doesn’t do plunk-a-plant; he ties your house to the environment.” Designed with everything right where they want it, the function of the home pairs seamlessly with its look and feel. After 40 years of marriage, the Levys know how they live and how their house should work for them. Whether entertaining friends, painting in their hobby room, or dancing, it just fits. “Moving into this house was like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes,” says Carol. “It became ‘home’ immediately.”

Right: The multipurpose room, which the owners use for painting, playing the keyboard, photography, beading, yoga, and practicing their ballroom dance moves, features another cleverly designed curved wall, this one punctuated with windows that capture the views. A custom cabinetry piece serves as elegant storage as well as work space.

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Ray Salazar of Radiant Illusions Painting & Design hand-painted the fireplaces in the home, including the one in the master bedroom. A welcoming guest bathroom (below) features a custom alder vanity with copper insets, a glowing glass vessel sink, and wall-mounted fixtures.

“Moving into this house was like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes. It became ‘home’ immediately.”—Carol Levy

A custom-made door with a katsina painting hides shelves in a guest room, eliminating the need for a space-taking dresser.

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Proof that you can build a house long-distance, the Levys’ Corrales residence represents years of dreaming and successful planning.

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The expansive covered portal in the rear of the house (which faces the mountains, above) is set up for year-round living with a fireplace and a ceiling fan. Large, remote-controlled blinds extend to the floor to cut down on sun and dust.

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Catherine Robles Shaw, San Miguel Archangel, enconchado retablo

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to mimic the look of gold. New Mexican religious folk artists used their devout craft to adorn not only these simple but powerful churches, but also home altars, which were built to accommodate the acute shortage of priests and churches. Homes often doubled as places for baptisms, weddings, and funerals. The creation of devotional art continues today, with modern Santeros relying upon materials both traditional and contemporary to produce their coveted pieces. Religious art can take many forms, including crosses made from a variety of media; carved poignant bultos (wooden statues) depicting any number of saints and religious figures; richly

Bulto by Andrew Montoya, La Sirena de Muerte (The Mermaid of Death).

This exceptional art form was born in a remote land defined by few material possessions, in a time when contact with Europe was almost nonexistent and trade with Mexico difficult and expensive. The clerics who attempted the task of Christianizing the indigenous people used their only tool— architecture—to impress, building churches that were longer and taller than anything found in a pueblo, and holding masses just as the sun’s rays were hitting the altar to reinforce God’s glory. No ornate, oil-painted altar screens from Europe, stained glass windows, or gold Baroque crucifixes were available, so the Franciscans quickly got creative in communicating the splendor of their faith without glorious props and trained artisans. Crosses, for example, were inlaid with straw

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“The act of devotion concerns the quest for intimacy with the Sacred.”—Santera Marie Romero Cash Right: Andrew Montoya, Nuestra Señora de la Paz (Our Lady of Peace), retablo of carved wood and homemade gesso with natural pigments, watercolor, and pine sap varnish, 31 x 16 x 2". Left: Bulto of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers and laborers, by Frank L. Garcia.

Opposite, bottom: Susanne Baca, San Pasqual, mosaic and acrylic, 22 x 15”. San Pasqual is the patron saint of cooks and kitchens and is a common figure in New Mexican folk art.

Right: Back to the Fifties by Marie Romero Cash was inspired by the 1950s and its iconography.

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Opposite, top center: San Rafael Arcangel, by Frank L. Garcia, made of sugar pine, jelutong, homemade gesso, natural watercolor pigments, piñon varnish, and beeswax.

Opposite, top right: Catherine Robles Shaw, The Journey of San Francisco Xavier, enconchado large retablo with embedded seashells.

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Left: A straw-inlaid cross by Jimmy Trujillo demonstrates the ingenuity of the original folk artists, who lacked gold to create their devotional pieces.

painted retablos (complex altar screens, or painted single panels on wood, tin, or copper); and embroidered colchas (altar cloths). Celebrated as a living tradition by churches, collectors, artists, and preservationist groups such as the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, devotional folk art is conserved to ensure that the art form carries on to future generations, protecting our unique cultural identity’s past and future. We bring these heartfelt creations into our homes to humanize and enhance our environments. Indeed, devotional art is not always a religious statement as much as it is a celebration of the human spirit and ritual. From a bulto of St. Francis carefully placed in a nicho to a retablo depicting the Virgin Mother on a bedroom wall, devotional art helps us create interiors that express our life experiences and are extensions of ourselves. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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cool Colorado

by Danielle Urbina

two small ski towns with big personalities

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Above: Hitting the slopes is easy in Colorado, where there’s a wide variety of ski options. Aspen and Breckenridge offer endless snowy terrain for beginners, experts, and everyone in between.

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Below: The doors at the historic Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge swung open in 1879. It has been a local favorite for more than 130 years.

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or some active types, the best time of year to be outdoors is not only when temperatures drop, but when the snow is falling. Colorado has long been a mecca for skiers and travelers looking for winter recreation, excellent dining, and plenty of Western history. Two of Colorado’s favorite skiing destinations, Aspen and Breckenridge in the western-central part of the state, pull visitors in like magnets. Every year, vacationers flock to these small towns (Aspen’s year-round population is a little under 7,000 and Breckenridge is just over 4,700), which swell in size during the winter months with tourists eager to take advantage of great skiing at impressive elevations (7,890 feet for Aspen and 9,600 for Breckenridge). Though each town has its own personality, both offer something for everyone, which makes them among the top– rated ski vacation destinations for travelers from all over the world. In Aspen, black diamond terrain at Aspen Mountain is a ski enthusiast’s dream. While the mountain is full of slopes for skiers of all levels, Aspen Mountain Powder Tours takes it to the next level, offering fresh tracks located at the back of the mountain for an unparalleled adventure. Aspen is also home to three other mountains (Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass); each brings something different to Aspen’s atmosphere, whether it’s Snowmass’s family-friendly vibe or the big-mountain terrain of the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands. With an average of 25 feet of powdery snow each year, Breckenridge offers excellent skiing and snowboarding at one of the most popular resorts in America, the Breckenridge Ski


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Aspen offers the gamut of winter recreational activities, including ice skating (shown here) and horse-drawn carriage rides (above).

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Of course all that time spent playing outdoors is bound to work up an appetite, and the dining in both towns is superb. Foodies will be delighted to venture into any one of the more than 80 eateries in downtown Aspen, offering anything from homestyle American cooking to innovative restaurants with plantbased menus. In Breckenridge, great dining is everywhere, both on and off the slopes. Four peaks on Breck’s mountain offer delicious eats for hungry skiers, while restaurants in the town’s historic district serve up great food and a slice of history. Don’t miss the Gold Pan Saloon—rumor has it that this bar is the oldest operating saloon west of the Mississippi. If you prefer your speed dial set to low, stroll through the Aspen Museum of Art’s expansive collection of contemporary art, or take in a show at either the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet or Theatre Aspen where performers garner rave reviews. Learn more about Breckenridge by taking a tour of some of the town’s most famous historical sites; afterward you may find yourself enjoying a cold one at the original Breckenridge Brewery. Wherever you end up, you’ll find that there’s not one reason to love Aspen and Breckenridge—there are many.

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Wherever you end up while traveling through either town, you’ll find that there’s not one reason to love Aspen and Breckenridge— there are many.

Jeremy Swanson

Resort. Breck (as the locals call it) offers five peaks spanning 2,908 acres, terrain parks, bowls, super pipes, and the highest chair lift in North America. Not into skiing or snowboarding? Check out excellent hiking (especially in the fall), rock climbing, snowshoeing, sledding, and winter biking. Take a hike in Aspen’s picturesque Maroon Bells (they’re said to be the most photographed peaks in North America), or get your thrills by exploring historic mining ruins and snowshoeing across the manicured trails at Breckenridge’s two Nordic centers.


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here’s nothing like coming home to a freshly cleaned house—except perhaps knowing that its cleanliness is the result of the use of nontoxic green products, tools, and procedures, and even sustainable business practices. Homeowners with allergies to harsh cleaning chemicals or with concerns about how these products may affect their families and pets are turning to green housekeeping services to keep their homes spic-and-span, in the most healthy way possible. “We use a patented cleaning technique,” says Brandon Mutz, manager of Advanced Green Cleaning (advancedgreen cleaning.com), which serves Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Each employee undergoes training in that technique, which includes cleaning from ceiling to floor, corner to corner, and throughout color-coded zones, in order to prevent cross-contamination of germs. They’re also trained in the conservation of water, energy, and other resources. Extraction is another key training point, in which the staff learns to use low-decibel tools (which protect hearing) and technologies such as HEPA filtration systems and microfiber cloths that remove—rather than redistribute—dirt and allergens from the home. That means no feather dusters, indoor brooms, or non-microfiber cloths. A cleaning service may bill itself as “green” because of its use of products largely free from carcinogens, mutagens (chemical agents that cause genetic mutations), heavy metals, and ozonedepleting compounds, among other heavy-hitting hazardous substances. Mutz points out, however, that the use of paper products by professional cleaners is also detrimental to the environment, which is why microfiber dusting cloths are best. “We wash them in our own eco-friendly machines that use less water than other washers,” he says. When the use of paper or plastic is unavoidable, the company buys products made from recycled materials. Ironically, the cleaning industry is itself a major polluter, using six billion pounds of chemicals annually. Bringing that closer to home, many individuals suffer from allergies and product sensitivities that can be remedied, at least in part, with

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green cleaning techniques. “We cater to sensitivities—we can use nothing but vinegar and water in the entire house if needed,” says Mutz. Molly Moran, founder of Green Sweep (greensweepnm.com), which serves Albuquerque and other New Mexico cities with both residential and commercial cleaning, had a light bulb moment a few years ago when she had a severe reaction to cleaning agents used by a housekeeping service in her own home. “I came home one day after a cleaning and couldn’t breathe—I actually had to leave the house,” she says. With deeply seated environmentalist values and a nonprofit background, Moran realized that a green cleaning service could fill a niche in Albuquerque. Sure enough, it did. Many of her customers have switched from traditional cleaning services to Green Sweep.

Many individuals suffer from allergies and product sensitivities that can be remedied, at least in part, with green cleaning techniques. “Most people are starting to realize just how much toxicity is in their indoor and outdoor environments,” says Moran, “and they’re looking for eco-friendly products and methodologies to get their homes clean.” Moran also cites her company’s practices of paying staff a fair wage and giving back to the community as reasons for clients coming to them. Both companies note the benefits to their own employees, who are not being exposed to harsh chemicals. And by training staff in safe product use, Advanced Green Cleaning says it’s processing fewer workers’ compensation claims, which in turn results in lower insurance costs. Green Sweep’s Moran notes that many of her employees, some of whom came from other companies, “truly appreciate that they’re not going home with a headache.” Overall, green cleaning is a win-win for homeowners and the environment. “We know we’ve removed thousands and thousands of pounds of toxins from the universe,” says Moran. “And that’s pretty cool.”


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by James Selby

back to the future

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The New California Wine, by Jon Bonné, Ten Speed Press (2013), hardcover

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efining “old world” and “new world” wines is one of those tip-of-the-iceberg cases. On the surface, it’s a fairly graspable concept: Old world wines come from Europe; new world, everyplace else. A label tells whether a wine is Californian or Calabrian. But beyond geography, discerning essential characteristics of a wine, and the stylistic approach of the winemaker, “new” and “old” become more philosophical stances than adjectives. Generally, European wines are named after their geographical locations. Sancerre is a wine. It’s also a town and a subregion within the Loire Valley of France. Although it’s made of sauvignon blanc grapes, you won’t see that on the label. Bordeaux bottles will show producer (Lafite Rothschild) and appellation (Pauillac); cabernet won’t appear on the label. Exceptions to the “old world” rule occur, like Italian pinot grigio labeled as such. New world wines, on the other hand, are labeled by the grape. For example, New Zealand has several regions, but what’s prominent on a bottle produced there is sauvignon blanc—just as in California, where

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the pecking order is producer (Heitz) followed by grape (cabernet sauvignon) and lastly, region (Napa Valley). What this all comes down to is terroir, terroir, terroir (microcosmos)—the environmental factors of a growing region—which suggests that finer wines come from locations best suited to the grape. Flavor profile is another matter. The thumbnail: Old world wines have lower alcohol, are made with less aggressive oak treatments, and may show more nuance, whereas new world wines typically have higher alcohol, riper fruit, fuller body. A movement, spearheaded by a group of domestic vintners called In Pursuit of Balance (inpursuitofbalance.com), supports creating wines more appropriate to what the vines and the earth are providing, i.e., letting the grape express what the wine is, versus what an industrial producer might decide it should be. Domestic wines can be made in an old world style, and vice versa. So is the vineyard greener on the other side of the hill? To dig deeper, The New California Wine by Jon Bonné (Ten Speed Press) is an incisive book on today’s profound shift in winemaking. The lesson here: Thin neckties are in vogue right now, but don’t toss the wide ones just yet. It’s a matter of time and taste.

Attendees at an In Pursuit of Balance conference in San Francisco (inset) sample wines made by supporting vintners like Wind Gap Wines (above, top).

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


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Professional dog trainer Arie Deller works with Willow, a mini labradoodle puppy. After asking Willow to sit and make eye contact (above, left), Deller rewards her with a treat (above, right).

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othing brings more joy than finding a puppy beneath the Christmas tree, but when the glow of the holidays has dimmed, a puppy’s unmanaged behavior can prove challenging for many families. If Santa recently delivered a furry bundle of joy to your home, Arie Deller, owner of Arie’s Dogland (ariesdogland.com), an Albuquerque-based training and daycare facility for dogs, can help you integrate your new family member with less stress and more love. A native of Rio Rancho, Deller grew up with two lab mixes. “They were fabulous with me and my brothers as kids, but otherwise were typical backyard dogs: very loved but quite destructive due to not enough exercise and mental stimulation,” she recalls, pointing out a scenario common to inexperienced dog owners. “I started working with them and really loved everything about training dogs, so it just continued from there.” After working for various boarding kennels and trainers, Deller started her own dog training business in 2006, later opening Arie’s Dogland. She uses only reward-based techniques, which essentially means that rewards such as food, toys, and play are used to motivate desired behavior and 70

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discourage undesirable behavior, such as jumping, chewing, digging, and a spectrum of other “no-nos” that are often frustratingly familiar to new puppy owners. According to Deller, reward-based training is a bit different from positive training, which is similar, but uses no punishments or consequences of any kind. “Reward-based training tends to be one of, if not the, most effective type of training, because it uses motivation of the dog for the most part—but there are consequences if needed. These consequences, though, are never harsh or painful in any way,” Deller stresses. “For example, a puppy or new dog who does something wrong, like chase the household cat, may receive a five-minute, isolated time-out. But then we would work on the situation with rewarding for calm behavior with high-value treats, given around the cat, practicing during optimal times like when the dog is a little tired. Reward-based training gives a dog a choice, and rewards the correct decision. In general, it helps set the dog up for success in all settings.” And that’s a win-win for every member of the family, both two-legged and four-legged.


baby steps Training time is quality time, say many dog trainers. And puppies love to learn. Spend time with your new family member from the moment they arrive, using these tips from trainer Arie Deller. Exposure, exposure, exposure! The more exposure your puppy is given to new people, new places, and new dogs will help him be adaptable to new situations. Keep the physical activity up by teaching fetch and taking short jogs with your new pup.  Keep the mental activity up by teaching basic commands and tricks for fun and confidence-building. Teach patience. Like many children (and many adults!), most dogs these days don’t have much patience for anything. Start young and teach the wait command at doors and gates, as well as stay for increasingly longer periods. I also highly recommend teaching puppies to have some patience while onleash—out in the world as well as at home. Try short periods of leash time of just hanging out to teach your puppy early that sometimes, nothing is happening, and we just need to have patience.  Use tools. Puppies need lots of stuff in order for our lives with them to be easy and successful. Pick up a few baby gates, a large crate, puzzle toys, and lots of chew things. If you can’t supervise your new puppy (or new dog, for that matter) every minute for the first few weeks, then she needs to be somewhere safe where she can’t get into trouble. Use help! Puppies cannot be crated all day, or even half the day while you’re away at work. They’re smart, busy, and curious, and they need attention and stimulation. If you can’t be with your new family member, consider a puppy playgroup to keep your puppy safe, socialized, happy, and well-exercized while you’re away. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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The rotating art installments at Zendo run from vibrant and colorful to understated and edgy, like Andrew Fearnside’s Replication, shown here on the walls. Left: Zendo owner Pilar Westell creates a coldpressed iced coffee.

Zendo ArtEspresso Many Americans view coffee drinking and the ritual of making it as virtual art forms. At Zendo ArtEspresso, one of Downtown Albuquerque’s premier caffeination destinations, the line between coffee and art is a thin one. From the art on the walls, to the beverages, to the very patrons inhabiting the space, Zendo oozes with sensory delights. The intimate café is light and industrial, and the rough whiteover-red painted brick walls showcase a new local artist’s works every month. Owner Pilar Westell wanted to create a venue for the arts when she opened Zendo in June 2013. The space, which is booked through next fall, holds openings every third Friday of the month. “The art shows are one of my favorite parts [of the café], because we’re doing something really community-based,” Westell says. “And you get to see art from some of our core regulars.” Zendo recently held an Instagram Takeover contest sourced from patrons that created a body of gorgeous coffee drink photography for six chosen 72

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artists and the café itself (instagram.com /zendo413). Westell fits perfectly within the art scene she’s created in her customary black clothing, (“My uniform!” she laughs), and with stacks of silver jewelry on her fingers and wrists. Raised in Albuquerque and a graduate of UNM, Westell worked as a veterinary tech before jumping into the coffee business with a former partner. Working with local roasters Odacrem Coffee, Zendo serves fair trade and organic beans in most beverages, including the white or dark chocolate with cinnamon Zia Latte and the Turkish Latte made with cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and honey. Tea, pastries, and fruit from local vendors are also available daily. Following the trend to create more pedestrian-friendly cities, Urban ABQ approached Zendo about building a parquito, a tiny park with seating filling one parking


have a cuppa! Whether you’re in need of a fast caffeine fix, a warming latte, or just want to “talk beans” with other coffee connoisseurs, check out one of these awesome java joints around Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse 202 Galisteo, Santa Fe Coffee and books go together like Rhett and Scarlett, and Collected Works, located just a few blocks west of the Santa Fe Plaza, knows how to do both right. With comfy couches for reading and tables for sipping an Americano, the coffee shop also offers pastries including Whoo’s Donuts and gluten-free muffins fresh daily. cwbookstore.com Iconik Coffee Roasters 1600 Lena, Santa Fe Wear your skinny jeans when you visit trendy Iconik Coffee in the Pacheco Business District, but be prepared to nosh on delicious sandwiches and soup while there. They roast their own beans and experiment with new releases such as Chiapas Mexican Turquesa with notes of chocolate, cherry, caramel, and West African grains of paradise spice. iconikcoffee.com Michael Thomas Coffee Roaster 1111 Carlisle SE & 202 Bryn Mawr SE, Albuquerque The original Michael Thomas location near the airport, where few coffee shops dare to exist, is a humble and homey oasis where the beans are hand-roasted. Sit on the patio and sink your teeth into the Maple Bacon Latte that comes with a slice of bacon. michaelthomascoffee.com Napoli Coffee 3035 Menaul NE, Albuquerque Although it’s located within a strip mall in midtown Albuquerque, Napoli Coffee’s inviting ambience and specialty lattes are a tranquil respite after running errands in the area. Try the beloved chai tea latte or iced espresso with a burrito, or pastries from Le Chantilly Bakery. napolicoffee.com Ohori’s Coffee Roasters 1098 S St Francis & 505 Cerrillos, Santa Fe Known for their microroasted, gourmet arabica coffees (proudly served in many other shops in New Mexico), Ohori’s two locations in Santa Fe are longstanding local favorites. Try a triple shot vanilla bean latte with house-made syrup or a shadegrown, water-processed, decaf house blend. ohoriscoffee.com Piñon Coffee House 4545 Alameda NE, Albuquerque New Mexico Piñon Coffee Company roasts over 800,000 pounds of beans a year; you can find their uniquely flavored coffees in most grocery stores. Even better, try them freshly brewed—in hot, iced, or frozen specialty drinks—at their popular coffee house on Alameda. Bring your laptop; there are plenty of places to plug in. nmpinoncoffee.com

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Barista Hunter Shioshita serves a regular crowd of Albuquerque locals at Zendo’s Second Street location, which complements a full menu of specialty coffee drinks with burritos, granola, fresh fruit, and sweet treats from several locally owned-andoperated businesses.

space outside the café, which was completed in October 2015. “The parquito adds to this great downtown vibe where you can sit outside and enjoy the scene,” notes Westell. A new brewpub and art studios are also moving into the hip neighborhood within the next few months. “The Albuquerque coffee scene is growing exponentially,” Westell says. “People are becoming more educated about coffee, how to make it, and what tastes best. How awesome is that?” Zendo Art Espresso, 413 Second SW, zendo-coffee.com

Flying Star Cafe Flying Star Cafe has served quality coffee in a comfortable setting since way before trendy cafés became an American obsession. Jean and Mark Bernstein opened in 1987 as Double Rainbow, a San Francisco–based ice cream franchise, where the Nob Hill location still sits. Now they own six Flying Star Cafes and seven offshoot Satellite Coffees across the greater Albuquerque area. “Mark and Jean wanted to create a place of community, a place where people would come and hang out,” says Nyra Keckin, Flying Star’s marketing director. “And they recognized the need

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for good coffee in Albuquerque.” Every morning in the production facility where Flying Star also bakes its own desserts, a 25-year-veteran employee still roasts the direct trade green beans sourced from small farms and co-ops. Popular French Roast and espresso blends are the foundation of more exotic elixirs like the Café Cubano, Black Velvet, and Mexican Latte, while several seasonal, single origin coffees satisfy the purists. Part of Flying Star’s longstanding appeal is its focus on “clean food” that assuages the guilt of eating something decadent. Early adopters of the local, organic, and sustainable ingredients movement, the restaurants even bake with unrefined sugar produced in a solar-powered company. “Part of our mission is to feed you indulgently, but in a smart way,” Keckin says. “It makes the meal more special, and we believe it also tastes better.” Winning “best of” awards annually based on local voting, Flying Star Cafe shows it cares about its customers and its 400-plus staff by giving back to their communities. “People come for business meetings, to study, for family celebrations, and each location has its own feeling,” Keckin says. “We seek out organizations in each community to partner with us in various ways.” During 2015, four of the locations were renovated, notably to replace the obsolete magazine racks with space for local art and more windows and seating. The Nob Hill location will undergo a major renovation


Nothing goes better with a cup of rich, hot coffee than a sweet treat. At Zendo, try a lemon tart (shown here) made by Flour Girl of New Mexico, or indulge in one of Flying Star Cafe’s many pastries, cakes, and confections, made fresh daily.

in 2016 in part to fit the changing neighborhood. “We’re working with the original architects to freshen it up and maybe bring some new surprises,” Keckin notes. “It’s 28 years old in restaurant years, so we’re going to give it extra love.” Flying Star Cafe, with six locations throughout Albuquerque flyingstarcafe.com

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JUAN SIDDI FLAMENCO SANTA FE March 18, 7:30 PM Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe $25–$72 An impassioned ensemble of 14 dancers and musicians, led by artistic director Juan Siddi, melds classical flamenco choreography with contemporary flair in a visually electrifying show. A delight for flamenco aficionados and those new to the style. aspensantafeballet.com

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A suite in the 2015 Santa Fe ShowHouse (see “Lux New Mex,” page 28), a property owned at one time by artist Frank Applegate, kindled the imaginations of interior designers Jessica Savage and Levia O’Neill of LOV & SAVAGE Interiors & Design. The space’s creative history and plentiful natural light sparked a transformation from a home gym into an artist studio and a parlor. Adding to the imaginative and inviting atmosphere, local artist David Baca (Pippin Contemporary) provided artworks for 88

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the room. A geometrically patterned rug is a welcoming element that echoes the rustic skylight trusses and helps escort guests directly into the space. But while the design showcases aesthetics and artistry, it also emphasizes functionality and perfectly marries the space’s purpose with style. Savage notes, “Transforming the sauna into a sitting area and the shower into a wet room . . . lended to this feeling of a livable workspace for an artist.” LOV + SAVAGE Interiors & Design, lovandsavage.com

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a parlor with purpose


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