It took some time to figure out the specifics, but there’s no doubt this family knew exactly what it wanted. Even today, the Ortegas take pride in the process. “What we think makes our home special is that we hand-picked everything in this house and have placed it exactly where we want it. And every decision was made as a family,” says Sergio. “Everything” means everything—from appliances and furniture to artwork and all décor. The Ortegas readily admit that their tastes are a bit eclectic, describing their home as a mix of Mexican and Moroccan styles, with a bit of Spanish and Tuscan influence thrown in for good measure. “Nobody told us ‘buy this cross or that painting’; everything was handpicked by us. Yes, it’s a mix of styles, but it’s simply what we liked,” says Dora. “If we saw something we liked, we bought it, and we didn’t base it on whether one thing went with another. But in the end, everything turned out really pretty.” That ever-changing floor plan also managed to come together just right for this close-knit family. A grand dining room was passed over in favor of an informal nook right off the kitchen—“We never used the formal dining space in our former homes,” notes Dora—and the extra floor space went to a full entertaining bar for the parties and reunions the Ortegas love to host.
S U C A S A A u t u m n 2013
The Ortega family, from left: Dora, Kassandra, Sergio, Sr., and Sebastian with their fourlegged family members. Eldest son Sergio is away at school.
Su Casa El Paso & Southern New Mexico Autumn 2013 Digital Edition