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36 mixed media

An Albuquerque custom home builder blends art and function into a personal masterpiece.

44 the well-considered house

Traditional elements complement modernist sustainable design in an architect’s personal home in Old Town.

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52 a view to a thrill

In the Escarpment House, midcentury meets California modern on the West Mesa, just beyond Petroglyph National Monument.

SPECIAL SECTIONS 58 on vacation, at home

A clever addition provides year-round fun for a young Santa Fe family.

62 this is where we live

Six stunning kitchens prove that this room is truly the heart of the home. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



in every issue 12 Inside Su Casa

14 Life+Style Southwest Steve Thomas discusses alternative wall construction, kitchen standbys are reimagined for convenience, upgrading outdoor spaces, toys for alfresco entertaining, and more.

26 Cosas Bonitas

Native American pottery preserves Southwest culture through an ancient, beloved art form that’s highly collectible today.

28 Design Studio

Today’s pools and spas are total entertainment centers that appeal to all the senses.

32 Masters of New Mexico

Anthony E. Martinez creates beautiful Spanish Colonial reproduction furniture.

71 Su Libro

Fire! Two books take us inside an Iron Chef’s grill and through centuries of Native American pottery making.

75 Southwest 101

Catching rain makes even more sense in a drought.

78 Su Cocina

Get cookin’ with three restaurant-quality recipes perfect for summer entertaining.

Coveted by both novice and expert collectors, traditional Native American pottery is beautiful, functional, and intensely personal.

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88 Dream On

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hether we live in a large or a small home, the bottom line is that we tend to live in just a few of its rooms. And in almost every household, the kitchen is the most popular spot. The theme of this issue is cooking spaces, both indoor and outdoor. Maybe it’s instinctual—we want to be close to food, drinking and socializing around the food preparation. The aromas coming from the kitchen or barbecue draw us in like a beacon. In social gatherings, kitchens are fun—full of activity, wonderful aromas, and lively conversation. It’s no wonder that kitchens now frequently include televisions, seating areas, open access to other rooms, computer stations, and sometimes even fireplaces. The kitchen is the heart of the home and the source of the nourishment we seek, edible and otherwise. Our patios and outdoor living spaces are often extensions of our kitchens, containing not just barbecues and grills but stovetops, refrigerators, wine chillers, and entertainment areas as well. Men still gather in the barbecue area, wanting to be close to the meat, the fire, the smells, and camaraderie of cooking. I find myself looking longingly at my patio all winter, anticipating the wonderful summer evenings with friends and laughter. Maybe it’s the desire to be close to nature, but there’s just something so special and fun about eating and entertaining outdoors.  With that in mind, we’re delighted to show you six incredible kitchens and several outdoor living spaces that are stunningly welldesigned as well as practical. Knowing that you and your guests are going to congregate in these living areas, why not make them as beautiful and welcoming as possible. Like the rest of your home, these spaces speak to who you are. With both kitchens and outdoor living areas, the important thing is to have a comfortable space where you can spend quality time with loved ones. It’s our hope that this issue of Su Casa will give you ideas and inspiration for those spaces. Summer in Northern New Mexico is so conducive to creating special times and communing with nature, even if it’s just outside your patio door. I promise, the effort to design these beautiful spaces in and around your home will be paid back in lifelong memories. Have a wonderful summer.

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bring on the elements In designing this modern ramada for a home in Albuquerque’s Spruce Park, architect Don Dudley and builder Rodric Herrera felt it should not compete with the look of the original Spanish Pueblo Revival home built in 1925. The cold rolled metal roof has weathered to a rich tan, fulfilling homeowners George and Kate Luger‘s desire for an enriched color palette; vigas reflect the home’s traditional Southwestern style. An industrial-grade I-beam that reaches beyond the courtyard keeps the space around the pool as clean as possible, eliminating the need for excessive posts or columns. The result is a contemporary portal that blends seamlessly into the fabric of the backyard and uses the elements to its own advantage.

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The Southwest leads the way in alternative wall construction

Rammed Earth. Literally earth (generally from the house site itself ) mixed with a little cement and water, rammed earth is created when these elements are compacted inside a form in layers or “lifts” with a pneumatic tamper. It’s incredibly beautiful, with geologic striations that make

“Rammed earth is incredibly beautiful, with geologic striations that make the walls look like they grew out of the ground—which, in fact, they did.”

the walls look like they grew out of the ground— which, in fact, they did. Some builders insulate the exterior of the walls with spray-on closed-cell foam and finish that with stucco; other builders leave the exterior to show, sealing the wall with a water-repellent sealer and protecting it with wide roof overhangs. ICF: Insulated Concrete Forms. Looking a lot like Lego blocks, ICFs are foam forms that are hollow in the center, with toothed tops and bottoms that allow the courses to interlock. Steel reinforcing bar is laid in the hollow space which is then filled with concrete. You’ve got a rocksolid concrete wall that’s well insulated inside and out. With exterior stucco and Making adobe bricks interior plaster, you replicate out of mud and straw. the look and feel of a traditional adobe wall. ICF houses are quiet, strong, easy to heat and cool, and literally bulletproof! AAC: Autoclaved Aerated Concrete. Formed in a factory out of

sand, cement, aluminum powder, and, in some cases, fly ash from coal-burning power plants, AAC comes in big blocks. The blocks have a cellular structure that makes them lightweight and gives them insulating properties.

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e used to think of the exterior walls of our houses as, well, walls. They were punctuated by windows and doors and topped off with a roof, and the oldschool builders used to tout the value of “letting the building breathe.” Now with stricter energy codes, higher heating and cooling costs, and the need to keep homes healthy through good indoor air quality, our exterior walls have become part of an overall system called the “building envelope.” In most locations across the United States, exterior walls are still built with 2 x 4" or 2 x 6" studs, with wood sheathing and exterior cladding (wood, vinyl, cement board, etc.). Insulation is fiberglass, cellulose, and sometimes foam, and the interior surface is typically drywall. But the Southwest has its own architectural and environmental demands, not to mention an opportunity to utilize some unique materials that don’t readily translate to other parts of the country. Here are a few of my favorites.

The blocks are mortared together, stuccoed on the outside, and typically plastered on the inside. They form a deep wall, replicating the look and feel of adobe with good thermal and acoustical properties and those deep window wells that look so good in the Southwest. Adobe. Then there’s the old standby: mud. Adobe is mud and straw formed into blocks and left to dry in the sun. It creates thick walls with deep window wells that scream “Southwestern style.” In my own renovation in the historic district of Santa Fe, I went to great pains to restore the adobe structure as it was: out of plumb, out of square, and way out of plane—a mud pie of a house. I plastered the interior and insulated the exterior with closed-cell foam clad with stucco. I came to love the sinuous forms and organic feel of the house with nary a straight line within the four exterior walls. The house has great acoustical properties—it’s quiet—and it just feels good, probably due to adobe’s quality of absorbing moisture and then giving it up, like a clay pot. The house can be heated for a dollar a day, and if you open the windows at night and close them in the morning, there’s no need for air conditioning. Adobe does require some attention. If your roof leaks into the exterior walls, for example, they will melt! But having cursed it during the renovation, I came to love it after I was done. I’d definitely consider using adobe again.

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the kitchen, Old standbys are reimagined for ease of use


With one swipe, trash drops neatly into a waste bin hidden directly beneath the counter. Read more about this awardwinning kitchen on page 62.

Above and right: Silverware stays organized in this rounded-edge drawer designed by Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork.


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Left: Mark William Photography (2); Below: Elise Lampasi


f I could have everything in my top kitchen drawer, I’d be the happiest person,” says Doreen Godwin, co-owner, with husband Mike, of Ernest Thompson Furniture. It is certainly appealing, the idea of having one’s kitchen knives, plates, serving dishes, and even appliances at waist height for easy grabbing. Thanks to hyper-functional kitchen cabinetry and organizational devices built directly into drawers and cabinets, homeowners can now make their kitchens work for them. Take, for example, the typical cabinet: the door is vertical and swings out. Manufacturers today are flipping cabinets, introducing long, horizontal units that aid fast-moving cooks because the door lifts up and out of the way during meal preparation. Using full-extension drawers tucked within cabinets is far easier (and kinder on the back) than reaching into the recesses of a narrow cabinet for a heavy cast iron skillet. The possibilities for creative cabinetry are both endless and really quite ingenious. Many come about when homeowners approach a cabinet designer with specific needs they want addressed—increasing counter space or hiding unsightly appliances, for example. “Homeowners are more informed today and come into the showroom with an idea of what they want. But then they see how many options exist from cabinet and shelf manufacturers,” says Scott Tregembo, sales manager at Albuquerque Cabinet Brokers. Other popular convenience features include rolling bottomshelf units for trash cans, pop-up trays for mixers, drawers that


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A raised dog bowl platform slides neatly beneath an oven; extra space behind the bowls stores food and treats. Right: Now you see ‘em, now you don’t. Appliances and other kitchen essentials disappear behind folding front doors for instant decluttering.

roll out from within cabinets for pots and pans, slide-out hanging panels for oversized cooking utensils, and slow-close cabinets and drawers. The result is often a decluttered, quieter kitchen. But big kitchen drawers remain Godwin’s favorite. “Not only do you get more space with a drawer, but it looks different from your neighbor’s. It looks like furniture,” she says. With the creative use of inserts and dividers, kitchen enthusiasts can turn their drawers into real working spaces. In the right drawer, unwieldy plastic containers and their matching lids are not only visible, they can also be arranged for quick and easy access while preparing school lunches. A changing American social lifestyle has influenced ease of use in kitchen design. Most notably, the kitchen has become the central focus of the home in open-floor layouts—it’s where the family Right: Every conceivable kitchen gadget rests in its own custom-carved space in a Santa Fe kitchen.


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Clockwise from top left: Elise Lampasi; Mark William Photography (2); Amy Gross

“If I could have everything in my top kitchen drawer, I’d be the happiest person.”—Doreen Godwin

gathers, works, and entertains. The other driving force behind convenient cabinetry is the larger direction of universal design. This concept of equal access for everyone has taken root in new builds and remodels. “The most important thing to know about kitchen conveniences is that they can be applied to any design––from frameless modern cabinets to traditional framed cabinets,” says Steve King, owner of Davis Kitchens and a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). “We are seeing inexpensive modifications, such as removing round knobs for cabinet doors. They are being replaced with hardware that you don’t have to grip to open. Latches and larger pull handles are easier for a person to open.” Even the bathroom is being reconsidered for convenience and ergonomics; master bath cabinets raised to kitchen height means less bending over the sink. Indeed, the idea of raising cabinets and appliances is catching fire. Hate leaning over to load the dishwasher? The trend now is to place dishwashers on 8–10" platforms so that loading is almost an entirely forward motion. But with such a distinct move toward ergonomically improved design, what then becomes of the cabinets that are less convenient to access—those that are knee height or high above the head? “People will always grow into their spaces,” says Chris Hanks, cabinet designer for Ernest Cupboard Company, a division of Ernest Thompson Furniture. Hanks points out that as easier access to everyday items increases, so does the availability of storage for longer-term items, such as holiday china. “We design for lifestyle,” he says. “We look at how you are going to use the kitchen, and then we give you the look and style you want for kitchen convenience.” 22

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Mark William Photography; Top: Amy Gross (2)

Far left: Pull-out spice and condiment shelves flank the range of interior designer Jennifer Day’s Santa Fe kitchen. Left: To maximize space in a small guest kitchen, Building Adventures Unlimited of Santa Fe installed multi-functional shelving that slides left to right and then tucks neatly into the cabinet.

It’s a family prank to ask guests to set the table, says the owner of this custom kitchen designed by Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork. “After 15 minutes of looking, they’ll finally ask where the silverware is.” Read more about it on page 66.

good to know Kitchen convenience isn’t limited to kitchen design. Sick of bananas that brown in two days? Tired of teary onion eyes? These fun tips will make cooking a little bit easier. 1. Bell peppers with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and therefore better for eating raw. Bell peppers with four bumps are better for cooking. 2. Bananas won’t ripen as quickly if you separate them from the main stem. Avoid strings on the banana by peeling from the bottom, monkey-style. 3. To avoid soggy leftover pizza, reheat slices in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. You might need to put a lid on the skillet to melt the cheese. 4. Microwaving a lemon for 15 seconds before squeezing will double the amount of juice it yields. 5. To avoid teary onion eyes, cut the onion in two and place the halves in water for 15 minutes before chopping. 6. Add raw rice to the salt shaker to keep the salt free-flowing. 7. Removing the stems from chile peppers will help them stay fresh longer. 8. A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains from sticking together. 9. Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. Low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavor. 10. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your houseplants. It contains nutrients that are good for plants. From SheKnows (, FIELDS (, Life Hackery (lifehackery .com), and Zee News (

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backyard appeal Lori L. Roybal, president of Pamela D. Earnest Interiors, Inc., talks about how to spruce up your outdoor space with color, lighting, and materials that last

Q &A

In a desert setting, what’s the best way to add a pop of color to your outdoor space?

In the summer, it’s easy to add color with flowers. The problem occurs in the winter when the vegetation is dead and everything is brown. I suggest using planters that have color. Ceramic pots come in hundreds of colors from sage green to bright red. Of course, the cushions on your patio furniture can be re-covered with a colorful print, and outdoor drapes are always interesting. These days, all of the accessory manufacturers offer outdoor accessories. Anything you can accessorize a home with inside has been adapted for outdoor use.

Thinking of furniture, textiles, cushions, etc., what are the best materials to use outdoors? The sun in the Southwest can be brutal on outdoor furniture and accessories. That’s why it’s important to buy items specifically for outdoor use. Otherwise, you’ll be replacing them within

a year or two. Fabrics and accessories specified for outdoor use are guaranteed for mildew resistance and stain resistance as well as fading. I have sold outdoor furniture where the fabric is as vibrant today as it was five years ago when it was first purchased. Usually the frames of outdoor furniture are made of metal, wood, or faux rattan. The only maintenance that metal and faux rattan require is to be washed off in the new season. Wood furniture requires a light sand and a coat of replenishing product when needed.  

Do you have any recommendations for a standout accent piece? An outdoor fireplace or fire pit always stands out and is much more accessible than people realize. There are plenty of affordable, portable options that burn gel alcohol. They burn clean and don’t need ventilation, so you can even use them in enclosed spaces. Another easy accent is subtle lighting. This can be done with battery-operated faux candles that make use of a timer and turn on every night at a certain time. Solar-operated landscaping lights, which don’t require an electrician to install, are also a good option.

A large, circular fire pit (right) surrounded by comfortable, colorful patio chairs invites lounging and chatting, even on chilly high desert nights.

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Above: Poolside chaise lounges and outdor dining chairs are covered in materials designed to handle the elements. Metal and faux rattan furniture needs little maintenance, says interior designer Lori L. Roybal, but you can lightly sand and refinish outdoor wood furniture if it’s starting to look worn.


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Native American pottery— for the novice or expert

by Samantha Schwirck

Photographs by Gabriella Marks

Dolores Curran (Santa Clara), 2013, clay and matte paint, 5.25" high x 3.75" diameter, at Adobe Gallery

Jacob Koopee (Hopi), Red Seed Jar, 2005, Hopi red clay, 6" high x 10" diameter, at Andrews Pueblo Pottery & Art Gallery

I Debbie Brown (Acoma), 1990s, traditional acoma clay and natural paints, 13 x 14", at Palms Trading Company


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n the Native American culture, ceramic vessels and pots are used for cooking, serving, and storage. Though they may be functional, these pieces are also intrinsically beautiful. In fact, Native American pottery has become famous—and collectible—worldwide for its artistry and allure. Today, many local retailers sell traditional pottery with the goal of sharing and preserving Southwest culture through this ancient art form. Palms Trading Company celebrates 80 years of business in 2013, looking back at its humble beginning as a beer garden that later morphed into a trading post that carries all types of goods and collectibles. In addition to Native American jewelry and rugs (among other items), pottery is a big draw at Palms, which is located in Albuquerque’s Old Town area. “The staff is able to accommodate and educate anyone, from the Native American art novice to the very savvy pottery collector,” says owner Guy Berger. “We continually take it upon ourselves to stay educated on meanings, symbols, processes, types of clay, paint, and stones, as well as developments in the pueblo communities.”

Charles Navasie (Hopi), 4.75" high x 5.5" diameter, at Agape Southwest Pueblo Pottery

Agape Southwest Pueblo Pottery carries more than 2,500 handmade pieces of pottery from pueblos throughout the Southwest in their Old Town store. The pieces are organized by pueblo and/or date, with the artist’s name visible. Owner Richard Myers opened the store 26 years ago, and today daughters Vicki and Jennifer help run the show. “We are a small family-run business,” Jennifer says. “We will take the time to teach you about the pottery so you can make an educated purchase no matter what price range you’re interested in.” Also in Old Town, Andrews Pueblo Pottery & Art Gallery carries a vast selection of traditional pieces in addition to other art, including beadwork, carvings, and jewelry. Helen Andrews first opened the store in 1974, hoping to encourage and sustain local culture and art. According to gallery manager Yvonne Stokes, Andrews has also become a community gathering place of sorts. “Visitors stop in for coffee or tea and stay to chat and just look around— friends, locals, longtime customers, new customers, former employees, and artists,” Stokes says. “It’s a fun place to be.” In Santa Fe, the trend is toward pottery in a gallery setting. Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery, located downtown, showcases Native American pieces dating from the 1880s to the present. The store opened in 1993 when Andrea Fisher— then a buyer for the Case Trading Post at the Wheelwright Museum—saw a lack of local institutions focusing solely on pottery. Today, Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery specializes in Maria Martinez’s famous black-on-black pots, but also sells works from approximately 500 Native American artists, including pieces from the village of Mata Ortiz in Mexico. “Over the last Adobe Gallery 20 years, we have seen potters teach their children and then children to continue the tradition,” says employee Derek Fisher, who notes that their experts also appraise pottery, in person and Agape Southwest from photographs. “Our staff members are truly experts on Native Pueblo Pottery American pottery,” he says. In a similar gallery-type setting, Alexander E. Anthony Jr.’s venerable Adobe Gallery carries Native American pottery (as well as baskets, Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery paintings, and other Native art) on Santa Fe’s Canyon Road. Anthony opened the space in 2001 after 23 years operating a gallery in Albuquerque, Andrews Pueblo Pottery and he prides himself on his staff’s knowledge and expertise. Discern& Art Gallery ing collectors are regular patrons. “It has been a good year for the sale and acquisition of outstanding objects from collectors of the past,” Anthony says. “The combination of art objects becoming available from old collecPalms Trading Company tions and the desire of collectors to add great items to their collections continues to sustain the market.”

Tony Da (San Ildefonso), Polished Red Bear, undated, native clay and turquoise, 4 x 7", at Adobe Gallery

Diego Valles (Casas Grandes), 2013, polished jar with three different polishing pressures, 13" high x 12" diameter, at Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery



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outdoor spaces,

personal oases

by Alicia Kellogg

Today’s pools and spas appeal to all the senses


heightened sense of design permeates all aspects of the home and garden these days, and the backyard swimming pool is no exception. The basic pool has evolved into a personal oasis, as personally and uniquely styled as the home inside. Forget standard rectangular designs; today you’re likely to see sleek modern silhouettes, circular pools-within-pools, and multilevel pools set into natural backgrounds, with spas and hot tubs as attractive as they are relaxing. Elegant waterfalls and fountains are becoming standard in pool areas that are so well appointed you might question whether you really ever need to go indoors.

“People are motivated by the senses, and we’re finding that all of these things are being mixed into swimming pools.”—Robert Horne 28

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Left: Lee-Sure Pools and Design Deck remodeled this uniquely shaped pool and spa with an infinity edge and view of the Sandias. The decking is colored concrete that has been stamped, highlighted, and sealed. Below: Picasso Builders and Aquatic Pools made efficient use of limited space for a pool in this backyard. Read more about the home on page 36.

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Gerald and Linda Hermanson of Hermanson Construction in Albuquerque have seen a significant change in design preferences since starting their business more than 30 years ago. “I think part of it is that people are seeing the cable TV shows, they are browsing the Internet, and also traveling,” Linda says. “People are being exposed to so many different possibilities of what they can do with their pools.” This translates to endless options for customization, and customers are jumping on that bandwagon. “Our industry has been changing incredibly over the last, I would say, 10 years,” says Robert Horne, owner and designer of New Mexico Pools and Spas in Albuquerque. “Someone doesn’t just want a square hole in the ground that they can jump into, get wet, and jump back out of.” In his business, Horne has noticed swim-up bars coming into play, as well as “a mix of fire and water.” Elaborate fire pits are very popular right now. “People are motivated by the senses,” Horne explains, “and we’re finding that all of these things are being mixed into swimming pools.” Waterfalls and fountains are more than just pretty; they also create earpleasing sounds. Energy-efficient LED lighting in and around a pool provides colorful visual effects, while an adjoining spa is a design that encourages both swimming and soaking.

Left: Water jets spouting from a wall create both auditory interest and movement in a pool designed by architect William Osofsky (more on page 44).

Homeowners are also playing with different pool depths. “Sun shelves are very popular now,” says Lee Poper, president of Lee-Sure Pools and Design Deck in Albuquerque. A sun shelf is a section of shallow water that lets you recline in a lounge chair from the comfort of the pool. Resort-style, your toes stay in the cooling water while you work on your tan. The infinity-edge swimming pool is hugely popular due to its dramatic look. The combination of a specialized design and a drop in the terrain makes it difficult to tell where the pool surface ends, creating in some cases an almost dizzying optical illusion. Linda Hermanson says she might suggest this type of pool design to maximize the drama of a particularly spectacular view. As creativity enhances the look and design of swimming pools today, pool technology is changing the experience of owning a pool. “People are wanting things like automation,” Horne says, “and a new big thing is mobile apps.” “If you want your spa on at six o’clock, you just call it up on your iPhone, punch it in, and it turns the spa on,” Gerald Hermanson says. “When you get home, it’s hot.” Even the lowly pool cover is enjoying new advances. An automatic pool cover—a key innovation, according to the Hermansons—minimizes maintenance while also reducing evaporation, cutting heat loss, and enhancing safety. For years, pool maintenance has received a bad rap, and with good reason. Fortunately, a slew of new conveniences in pool upkeep means homeowners can spend less time maintaining and more time enjoying their thoughtfully designed outdoor space. And isn’t that what having a pool is all about? 30

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Below: Because it was plastered in black, a pool by Hermanson Construction looks like a natural pond and allows the sky and greenery to reflect in the water. Read about this Santa Fe outdoor living space on page 58.

“People are being exposed to so many different possibilities of what they can do with their pools.” —Linda Hermanson

An infinity edge pool by Hermanson Construction.

Q&A Linda Hermanson, co-owner of Hermanson Construction

Courtesy of Hermanson Construction

What are homeowners doing with swimming pools today that you didn’t see in 1982 when Hermanson Construction first opened for business? People are taking backyards and turning them into home vacation spots. They’re really putting a great deal of time and money and attention into their backyards, looking at them as whole entertainment centers. We see people incorporating shade structures and outdoor kitchens and putting in fire pots, where you run a gas line and you have a copper or stone bowl near the water. People love the sound of water, so they are doing cascading features going into the pool or into the spa—they’re looking for the sound and movement of the water as well as being able to swim in it. They want to be able to entertain or be out in the backyard and have the pool be an accent piece. How has the look of the pool developed over the years? I’ve seen a real change in the design aesthetic as far as finishes. People still will pick the classic blue tiles, but over the last 10 or so years there’s been a real shift toward naturals. Aesthetic has become very, very important. No longer are people saying “I want a diving board” and you put in a standard white board; the boards come in colors. You may have somebody picking a taupe one or a gray one that is a little bit more muted. People are getting much more in tune with details of colors in places where before things were white. The customers are very often coming in with a vision. Hermanson Construction, Albuquerque, 505-856-0123, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Masters of New Mexico

by Samantha Schwirck Photographs by Julien McRoberts

the art of woodwork A master furniture maker shares his inspiration

Left: Spanish Colonial–style furniture maker Anthony E. Martinez. A colorful chest (above) incorporates Valdez chip carving, some of Martinez’s own design, and an antique lock from South America.

“Woodwork, and art in general, is very therapeutic.” —Anthony E. Martinez Today, Martinez’s chests and trasteros are strong reminders of New Mexico’s history and of the area’s emblematic Spanish Colonial woodwork that originated in the early 1500s with Cortés’s conquest of Mexico. The style began as an imitation of popular European furniture, and only the best craftsmen were commissioned to carve and create these pieces for churches and government buildings. Later, after Mexico gained independence, Spanish Colonial–style furniture became more varied, with the true creative spirit of each artisan shining through in his or her finished product. Martinez’s authentic skill and ingenuity, as well as a strong continued on page 82


Northern New Mexico native with a background in fine arts, master craftsman Anthony E. Martinez continually finds inspiration in his local upbringing. The artist’s muse when creating his remarkable Spanish Colonial furniture reproductions can be traced back to childhood memories: antique furnishings in his grandfather’s home, for example, or his neighbor’s habit of discarding unique items that Martinez felt were beautiful. When he was a freshman in high school, a shop class further piqued his interest in woodwork. “My brother Chris was my first mentor,” Martinez remembers. “Unfortunately, I recently lost another mentor, the late Sam Maloof from Alta Loma, California, who was famous for his rocking chairs.” 32

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One of Anthony E. Martinez’s traditional hand-carved trasteros.

Anthony E. Martinez Business: Furniture maker

Location: 2015 Piñon Street, Santa Fe Signature Style: “I am known for taking a brand-new piece and making it look hundreds of years old, and also for colorful pieces. My most recognizable style is my best-selling design, Valdez chip carving, which is very historical to New Mexico.”



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alfresco, all summer Entertaining? Whether you’re expecting a large group or a few close friends, here are some of our favorite accessories to help move the party outside and keep it going all summer long.

California Outdoor Concepts Monterey Fire Pit When the sun goes down, the party continues around this welcoming fire pit constructed of noncorrosive materials and natural granite. Each model (California Outdoor Concepts makes 10) comes in multiple shapes and sizes, and all models come with a stainless steel burner. $1,999, Patio & Hearth Co.,

Woodstock Percussion Basso Profundo Wind Chime Eastern tradition holds that tones have a healing effect on the human body. Stimulate your guests’ senses with an extra-large wind chime that really makes a statement in your backyard. $3,750, Osuna Nursery,

Eton Rukus Solar Speakers If it’s out in the sun, this solar-powered boom box can play music all day long. It also has Bluetooth capability, making it the perfect complement to your smartphone or tablet. $150, REI,


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Solair Sunbrella Retractable Awning Retractable awnings cool your patio or deck by nearly 20 degrees, and the fabric design adds a pop of excitement to your outdoor space. Solair makes this model with wind sensors—the awning retracts before being damaged. Price depends on size and fabric, Patio & Hearth Co.,

by Samantha Schwirck

Williams-Sonoma Pizza Que Grill Stone Cook brick-oven-quality pizza on your outdoor grill with this durable stone, which absorbs high heat to produce crispy crusts and piping-hot toppings and cheeses. A built-in thermometer tracks grill temperature. Rachael Ray Serving Bowl Mix up your presentation with a contemporary and colorful take on the classic serving bowl. At two quarts, this one can hold your favorite hot or cold dish. Plus it’s freezer, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

$100, Williams-Sonoma

$29.99, Target,

Pottery Barn Vintage Bowling Set Get your guests on their feet at your next barbecue with a rousing game of lawn bowling. This set is carved from mango wood and features a hand-stained and hand-painted finish for a vintage look. $129, Pottery Barn,

Lynx Freestanding Professional Grill Cook for groups large and small with Lynx grills, featuring stainless steel grilling grates, internal rotisseries, and ceramic briquettes. Price starts at $3,799, Builders Source Appliance Gallery,

Moss Outdoor Croissant Easy Armchair Comfort and style collide with this outdoor armchair by Kenneth Cobonpue. The cushions are tear-proof, easily cleaned, and made of UV-resistant Hularo fiber. The frame is electrostatic powder-coated steel. Price on request, Moss Outdoor, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


mixed media

Part art, part function, an Albuquerque home is a builder’s personal masterpiece

Picasso Builders, 505-720-0627,

by Ben Ikenson


Photographs by Amadeus Leitner

he Tuscan-style homes lining the gated development of Ocotillo in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights feature mostly matching red concrete­–tiled rooftops and stucco facades. It could be easy to overlook a house in this row of similarly styled homes. But one subtly deviates from the mold, with copper gas lanterns, weathered blue cedar shutters and garage doors that vaguely suggest life en Provence, and 200-year-old multicolored clay roof tiles that were, in fact, reclaimed from France and installed by the traditional (and very labor-intensive) mortar-boost method. When a custom homebuilder sets out to build his own home, the project is sure to involve many noteworthy details, regardless of whether passersby take note of them from the


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outside. Inside the home, the details add up like expert brushstrokes on a canvas. “Construction is my art, and homes are my medium,” says Chris Martinez, owner of Picasso Builders. Martinez lives here, in what could rightly be called his masterpiece, with his wife Tami and their three kids. “We built this home keeping our family and lifestyle in mind,” he says. “Of course, our tastes really come through, too. We really

A carefully manicured walkway leads to the stoneface entrance. The classic Tuscan facade belies the interior’s modern aesthetic.

Weathered blue shutters and garage doors echo the palette of the Sandia Mountains in the background of this home in the Northeast Heights.



own bedrooms and drifted apart. I wanted my boys to be close to each other and become closer as they got older, so we let them choose between having separate bedrooms or sharing a room and having a theater. They chose sharing a bedroom.” Not a bad deal, considering the theater includes a 135" screen, surround sound, and plush leather stadium seating for eight that “rivals any movie theater in town,” Martinez says. Martinez started his custom home building firm in 2002 after he and Tami moved from their hometown of Española. Since relocating to Albuquerque, they’ve lived at 12 different addresses, but they knew that eventually they would create the place where the family could stay put comfortably. “There’s everything we wanted in a home here in a relatively compact, low-maintenance package with fun spaces and lots of cool details,” Martinez says. Those details, which include pieces of art and a number of antiques, certainly reflect the couple’s worldly taste. It was, in fact, one very contemporary piece of furniture that would inform the design of the kitchen and great room: an eight-piece, modular, white leather Italian sofa by Living Divani that the couple acquired from a designer Left: The modular Italian leather sofa by Living Divani is the sole piece of furniture in the living room. The electronic pocket door from Santa Fe Doors is usually open in the summer, revealing an unobstructed view of the pool, patio, and fire pit.

wanted it to look like an old home that had been renovated with very modern aesthetics.” The interior of the 3,320-square-foot, three-bedroom home, which includes a gym equipped with commercial-grade machines and a state-of-the-art theater, blends contemporary metropolitan loft influences with antique architectural elements. Modern features, such as the massive electronic pocket door that connects a gleaming and airy kitchen to the inviting poolside patio, stand in sharp contrast to old world details: handmade light fixtures from Spain; plastered floors with wood inlays; a mosaic inlay and cast iron clawfoot tub in the master bath; and a white brick-lined ceiling of groin arches with a trio of skylights and antique stained glass windows in the hallway leading to the master suite. Nine-year-old Saya has a large bedroom/bath of her own. Her brothers, Ky, 11, and Nash, 7, share. “Growing up, I shared a bedroom with my brother, and we talked each other to sleep,” says Martinez. “Once we were older, we had our Right: Tucked into an alcove, a hand-painted tile mural from Portugal adorns a backsplash of Carrara marble above the Wolf range and double oven. 38

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Sparkling white inset cabinetry from Eternal Stone provides a brilliant contrast to the dark-stained island made of reclaimed wood. Sixteen-foot ceilings and white-shuttered Andersen windows add to the room’s wide-open feel.

“We wanted it to look like an old home that had been renovated with modern conveniences.” —Chris Martinez, Picasso Builders

Things are taking off for Picasso Builders, and this “airplane wing” desk may be why. Quartz stone finish walls and white shutters are found throughout the house.



A limestone fireplace by Architectural Surfaces, Inc. (ASI) is the focal point of the master bedroom, which leads directly to the pool area via sliding doors. Deep-set shelves provide plenty of space to showcase family photos.

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furnishings gallery in Boston called Casa Design. “We really like this piece,” says Martinez. “It’s functional but also aesthetically pleasing and kind of defines the laid-back feel of the room and our family.” Working closely with his go-to architect, Ron Montoya of Ron Montoya Designs, Martinez wanted to ensure that the kitchen/great room was functional, certainly, but also a stunning showcase of style. Again, the details add up: white inset cabinetry with chrome icebox latches and chrome cup pulls; Cararra marble countertops and a dark-stained island made from reclaimed wood; plastered floors inlaid with mosaic wood accents; a hand-painted tile backsplash from Portugal over the stainless steel six-burner oven; a handsome limestone corner fireplace; and enormous knotty alder beams spanning the 16-foot-high ceilings. Because the room connects seamlessly to the poolside patio, where a 9-foot rectangular fire pit made of brick and natural stone complements the 40-foot-long lap pool just beyond it, it’s a great area for entertaining. “We can easily have 50 people in here and on the patio, and there’s no sense of being cramped at all,” says Martinez. The patio also has plastered floors and inlaid wood tile accents (custom-designed by Martinez) and features a large covered seating area with a television behind a glass panel. Brick columns and arches adorn the stucco walls, and trellises on the back wall, beyond the pool, Left: Antique viewing windows allow a peek into the home theater, where brothers Ky and Nash love to hang.

An antique Indian motorcycle is displayed in the stateof-the-art home theater designed by Listen Up. The theater boasts comfortable stadium seating for eight, a 135" projection screen, and 7.1 surround sound.



Wrought iron lighting in a variety of designs illuminates the home. Here, birdcage chandeliers from Restoration Hardware.


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are lined with young evergreen vines. Occupying most of the backyard, the pool itself is an alluring addition to the ambience; deck fountains create the relaxing sound of splashing water, audible from within the great room, and add to the overall resort vibe. When the Martinezes are not entertaining, the open great room and patio area are still clearly the central gathering places for the family—even if the kids would say that they prefer spending time in the theater on family movie night. “They do their homework in here,” says Martinez. “We eat together, watch TV. We just like hanging out together and lounging around a lot in here.” This is not the traditional family scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. But it is indeed a work of art for the ages.

In the master bath (above), Carrara marble and brick-tiled wainscoting from ASI provided a neutral canvas for Chris Martinez to design the floral mosaic inlaid into the porcelain tile floor.

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the well-considered house Modernist sustainable design defines an architect’s home in Old Town

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by Charles C. Poling


Photographs by Kirk Gittings

ust north of Old Town, Albuquerque, architect William Osofsky has created an elegant home uniting traditional New Mexico elements with a modernist sustainable design. Through its exposed vigas, judicious use of glass, and pleasing mix of fine and rustic finishes, the house expresses casual elegance while holding tight to the secrets of its past, which is literally buried within its walls. Well, it’s not much of a secret, since Osofsky enjoys talking about how in 2009 he transformed the old 2,300-square-foot terrón (earthen-block) farmhouse into a new 4,200-square-foot home in the subdivision he developed, Acequia Escondida. Keeping those rustic old walls intact and reusing vigas and bricks from the farmhouse was important to Osofsky. A thoroughgoing modernist, Osofsky is also a highly eclectic art

Architect and homeowner William Osofsky. Left: The outdoor kitchen, which Osofsky refers to as the cocina, overlooks the jetted pool.



“I greet people at the gate,” says owner/architect William Osofsky of the entry to his courtyard (above, top). Left: Another outdoor sitting area features a blue architectural minimalist sculpture. The artwork at the top of the stairs (above) is by renowned Danish artist and ceramicist Bjørn Wiinblad.

and object collector. So it’s not surprising the home he designed for himself has deep ties to the local architectural tradition while expressing both the aesthetics and the lifestyle needs of the 21st century. In fact, the house is all about its context in various dimensions: the architectural legacy, of course, but also the semi-urban location, the historical backdrop, the agricultural heritage of the land, the changing needs of aging baby boomers, and the new understanding of energy use relative to the global climate. That context starts with location. Osofsky bought his three-acre property in 1981 and lived on it with his family with the intention of eventually creating an infill development (well before the term gained currency in reluctantly urban Albuquerque). The quick access to Old Town, Downtown, the hospital district, and the University of New Mexico struck a chord with Osofsky’s New Urbanist inclinations. As he puts it, New Urbanism takes underdeveloped metropolitan property, increases the residential density, mixes commercial and residential uses, and capitalizes on access to urban amenities. Here that means a strong sense of place. Osofsky began developing the property in 2004, platting the land for seven homes

Above: All of the wood in the house, including the kitchen cabinets, is distressed, handfinished walnut—”a very American wood,” Osofsky says. Rocky Mountain Stone provided the Cambria granite countertops, which were waterjet finished to remove sheen. The yellow-and-white “handkerchief” tile pattern in both the indoor and outdoor kitchens is credited to Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragán (1902–1988).



and an acre of open space with an initially problematic stretch of the Alameda acequia as its centerpiece. He carefully stepped the ditch with recycled rubble and boulders, then softened it with wildflowers and perennials. He also planted more than 200 trees on the property. In Acequia Escondida, a few homes front the ditch, each one low and introverted behind four-foot, exposed-adobe walls. As you round the corner toward Osofsky’s residence, you notice what he calls the “familial resemblance” between the homes. He designed them all, although different contractors built them. Osofsky built his personal home with the help of construction manager Brook Cleff. He describes it as contemporary-regional design, drawing from New Mexico vernacular and from John Gaw Meem, modernist Mexican architect Luis Barragán, other modernists, and Osofsky’s peers seeking to push New Mexico’s architecture forward. The home sits close to the gravel road. You don’t see it so much as enter its environment. “I greet people at the gate,” he says. It’s really the front door. Step through and you hear water. Six jets from a purple-blue wall on the left pour into a long rectangular reflect-


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Crisp edges to the plaster throughout the house and the great room (below) reflect what Osofsky calls “a higher order of design” in which the walls serve as a backdrop to his eclectic art collection. Over 4,000 square feet of flagstone from Arizona Tile covers the first floor and the courtyards. Opposite, clockwise from top: This master bath (there are three in the home) was inspired by Clyfford Still, Gustav Klimt, and other artists; an amethyst bathroom features a sandstone sink from Stone Forest in Santa Fe; the upstairs master suite opens to a large private deck with an outdoor fireplace.

The house expresses casual elegance while holding tight to the secrets of its past, which is literally buried within its walls.



There are three master suites in the house, each with its own distinctive bathroom. The seafoam green of this bath coordinates beautifully with simple white pedestal sinks and the shower and tub in white Carrara marble from Rocky Mountain Stone.

ing/swimming pool surrounded by flagstones. To your right under an open pergola sits the outdoor cocina and a slate patio, across which you reach the actual front door. It all feels very Mexican-urban; vertical window slits upstairs pay explicit homage to the modernist Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. Entering, you step straight into the spacious and deftly proportioned great room. Its rectangular shape, 14' beamed ceilings, and viga, corbel, and latilla accents recall a grand sala or ballroom by John Gaw Meem. The crisp plaster walls, tall commercial-grade windows, serial patio doors, and sculpted fireplace—à la Meem, again, but updated—assert the contemporary mood. Walk through the other first-floor spaces—the gorgeous guest bedroom and its amazing bathroom, with vigas reclaimed from the old house, or the yellow-and-white–tiled kitchen—and you begin to understand what Osofsky means when he says, “It’s a complete reinvention of the old house.” Every ground floor room has at least one set of double glass doors leading to a courtyard, creating a seamless connection between indoors and out. Slate flooring runs continuously from interior to exterior, inviting at least three-season use of outdoor living space. “Harmony between landscape and architecture is always a goal,” Osofsky notes. 50

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In the great room, a sculptural Meem-inspired floating fireplace is an intriguing focal point. A thoughtful and savvy collector of art, Osofsky’s tastes are eclectic and run from American folk art to the paintings and ceramics of Bjørn Wiinblad. A plate by the Danish ceramicist hangs above the doorway.



Sam Sterling Architecture, 505-232-2520,

a view to a thrill

Midcentury meets California modern on the West Mesa


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by Charles C. Poling Photographs by Kirk Gittings


hen you find a lot like this, perched at the boundary of Petroglyph National Monument and the black cliffs that define Albuquerque’s West Mesa, you’re not going to squander it on just any old house. The Escarpment House, designed by architect Sam Sterling, positively gapes at a panoramic view of central New Mexico. Mountains anchor the horizon in a huge arc, lined like sculptures in a gallery from the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo ranges in the north, to the Sandia Mountains across the Rio Grande Valley to the east, and the Manzanos and Los Piños trailing southward. “We knew we wanted the view,” says homeowner Steve Hamlin, who with his wife Linda Bonniksen-Hamlin bought this stunning lot in the summer of 2007 after almost literally stumbling upon it. “I thought it was part of the monument until I saw utility boxes one time when I was driving by. We made the purchase in about 48 hours.” Finding the architect took a little more time. Self-confessed “architecture wonks,” Steve and Linda share a strong appreciation for the midcentury modern designs of developer Joseph Eichler, who filled his California subdivisions with geometrically clean-lined homes that aspired more to the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright than Levittown, Long Island. Steve Jobs grew up in an Eichler knock-off. ’Nuff said. Steve and Linda met with a few designer-

slash-builders. Several seemed like fine builders, but the couple weren’t convinced they could deliver the desired finesse. Then Sam Sterling came over, expressed an immediate affinity for that California modern style, and went straight for the Eichler book lying on the coffee table. They’d found their man. Sterling graduated from the University of New Mexico architecture program in 1989. He detoured to the University of Texas at Austin for a master’s degree in architecture before returning to his native New Mexico. After working for superstar architect Antoine Predock for 12 years—“that was like going to school”—Sterling broke out on his own in 2006. Since then, his firm has racked up awards in competitions held by the Albuquerque chapter of the American Institute of Architects and by Su Casa. Depending on the project, his staff numbers three to five or more. “We specialize in architecture,” Sterling quips, meaning, We do everything. Eliza Linde worked as project manager on the Escarpment House. For a builder, Sterling turned to Bob Ruth of Sunbelt properties. Ruth has earned a stellar reputation over the years—not only for building fine homes, but for meeting the exacting standards that often attend modernist designs by architects. “Ninety-eight percent of our work comes from architects,” Ruth says. “We love that. You get a better product and a different client, too. They’re expecting more, not only from the architect but also the construction team. That works very well for us. It’s a niche we’ve developed over the last 25 years or so.” Linda points to one spot in the master bathroom where the walls join in a tight triangle along both horizontal and vertical planes. All the lines meet perfectly—a detail that particularly delights her. That’s what you get with a builder like Bob Ruth. The design for the home came together after Sterling and Linde met extensively with the homeowners. Rooms are arranged around a central courtyard, which includes a lovely cantile54

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Above, top: The sleek, open kitchen features maple cabinets from Davis Kitchens and a black quartz countertop. Above and opposite: A cantilevered steel staircase leads from the inner courtyard to a rooftop deck. Left: The home’s eastern walls feature Pella panorama windows, while the western walls do double duty as a noise barrier and a spot for the homeowners’ extensive art collection. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Architect Sam Sterling on the rooftop of the Escarpment House. Below and right: Expansive views of mountains and the West Mesa.

The Escarpment House, designed by architect Sam Sterling, positively gapes at a panoramic view of central New Mexico.

Above: Step through the home’s front entrance and your eyes are drawn to its inner courtyard, which houses a shallow pond that also doubles as an evaporative cooler of sorts during Albuquerque’s hot summer months.

vered steel staircase to the rooftop deck. Sterling says the courtyard, “a classic New Mexican archetype that allows for outdoor living in all seasons,” essentially substitutes for the en vogue great room of more mainstream homes. Like the nearly windowless north wall that buffers the house from cold winter winds, it’s another hat tip to classic New Mexico design without invoking vigas, corbels, and howling-coyote imagery. Back at the entry, the flow directs you to the right, through the living room to a dining area. Go left and you meet the simple, maple-cabinet kitchen with its black quartz island. Cabinets are modular units from Davis Kitchens in Albuquerque. In fact, many fixtures and accessories were sourced for price, not flash. The family room is dominated by those east-view, floorto-ceiling Pella windows. Another left and you’re in the master bedroom. Linda credits project manager Linde with the creative breakthrough of “torquing” the master bedroom a few degrees to the east to take full advantage of the continued on page 77



Outdoor Living

on vacation, at


A cleverly designed addition provides year-round enjoyment for a young Santa Fe family

Kinsey Architecture, 505-989-1226, Annie O’Carroll Interior Design, 505-983-7055,

The huge sliding NanaWall peels back to reveal flagstone on either side for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. Christina’s desire for a black pool that reflected the trees and the sky was realized by Hermanson Construction.

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A sea of comfy orange and white pillows inside the pool house invites lounging and TV watching. With a fire going and the glass doors closed, this cozy space can be used year-round; it’s where the family celebrates Christmas.

by Amy Gross

hen Santa Feans Connor Browne and Christina Price made the decision to completely reimagine their backyard into an outdoor living oasis, there was no question whether this new space would only be for show. The family planned to use the heck out of it— and use it they do. The pool and 900-square-foot detached pool house were completed in September 2011, so the family’s first official summer using both was last year. “I think we used it every single day, from April to October,” says Christina. “Even when we were building it that first summer, they were still finishing the stonework, so we swam with all of the workers right there.” Connor, a portfolio manager with Thornburg Investment Management, and Christina, an ER doctor at UNM in Albuquerque, are both East Coasters who grew up surrounded by water. A competitive swimmer and lifeguard in his youth, Connor is gratified that all of his children seem to enjoy the water. “I have so much fun with the girls in the pool,” he says. “I love that they’re little superstar swimmers.” Affectionately nicknamed “Camp Browne” by the lucky friends and neighbors who often bring their kids to hang out with Connor and Christina’s girls—Ella, 5; Juliette, 3; and Pippa, 5 months—this is outdoor living at its best. Carlos Kinsey of Kinsey Architecture served as architect and contractor on the 12-month project, which included a pool, a pool house with a full indoor bathroom and outside shower, an outdoor grill and pergola, a fire pit, a hot tub, a new lawn, and landscaping. Of his vision for the addition, Kinsey says, “This project was a modern interpretation of a prehistoric camp, but with all the modern conveniences. It incorporates all of the natural and spiritual elements: fire (warmth), water (life), earth (stone), and wind (shelter).”



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Connor and Christina entertain several days a week in the summer. Adults can usually be found chatting around the fire pit or soaking in the hot tub (left), while the kids swim in the pool or play games on the lush lawn. The resin furniture from the Dedon Collection at Moss Outdoor in Santa Fe is completely waterproof and extremely durable.

Christina loved the idea of “walking through a fadeaway wall into a stone house,” a dream that she would come to realize. Having vacationed in several beautiful places and discovered elements in each that appealed to their personal aesthetics, the couple took lots of photos and shared them with Kinsey. “They wanted to feel like they were on vacation when they were at home,” says Kinsey, noting that one of the vacation elements his clients loved was stonework they’d found in Cabo San Lucas. Next thing Kinsey knew, he was getting a crash course in stone application; both the interior and exterior walls of the pool house utilized an Ashler geometric pattern, and the amount of stone used was staggering. “Each piece had to be cut, which meant more waste,” Kinsey says. “It was also very labor intensive.” The heated pool house is used 12 months of the year; with radiant heat in the flooring and a woodburning fireplace as the focal point, it’s where the family sets up their tree to celebrate Christmas. It’s also the place where adults and kids tend to congregate when it’s time to get out of the sun, so roomy, comfortable sofas, a large flat-screen TV, a full bathroom with shower, and a small but well-equipped kitchen create a feeling of being at home even in the detached space. Builders Source Appliance Gallery provided the kitchen appliances, while Annie O’Carroll Interior Design handled the interior (and in some cases, exterior) design elements. The first order of business: furniture that could take a beating. After swimming, a bevy of wet children routinely crashes on the sofas in the pool house to watch TV while the adults hang out around the fire pit. 60

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“This project incorporates all of the natural and spiritual elements: fire (warmth), water (life), earth (stone), and wind (shelter).” —Carlos Kinsey

Interior designer Annie O’Carroll turned to Moss Outdoor when covering the indoor furniture cushions in an ultra-durable chenille-like fabric by Perennials.

A heavy-timber pergola provides shelter from the sun and is the perfect spot to tuck a grill, cabinetry, and an outdoor dining table.

“The sofa fabric is actually an outdoor fabric from Perennials,” says O’Carroll. “It has a lush feeling like chenille but is super functional for a pool setting. It can take lots of abuse and is washable.” The cushions, in a festive orange and cream, are a nod to Princeton University, Connor’s alma mater. The colorful pillows cover the sofas, chairs, and even the extra-long banco that serves as storage space. “The pillow number kept growing and growing and really gave the space its fun color palette,” says O’Carroll. “We kept everything casual, cozy, and playful.” The orange and cream color scheme also meshes well with the cool, lightcolored flagstone inside the pool house. Designed by McCumber Fine Gardens, the flagstone leads directly outdoors and also makes up the pool decking. “I love the way the NanaWall doors open wide to the outdoor space,” says O’Carroll. “There’s a seamlessness between the indoors and the outdoors, something we strived for during the design phase of the project.” The centerpiece of the outdoor space is, of course, the pool. Built by Hermanson Construction, the pool design— black plaster with a tile border—was Christina’s baby. “I wanted it to look like a pond, and I wanted the sky to reflect in it,” Christina says. Over 11 feet at its deepest end, the pool also has an 8-inch baby pool for the littlest swimmers. Even when the pool closes for the winter, the round hot tub and matching gas fire pit (perfect for roasting marshmallows for s’mores) get plenty of year-round use. A beautiful soft lawn just off the fire pit is the perfect place for the kids to kick around soccer balls under the watchful eyes of their parents. Connor and Christina estimate they probably have friends over three nights a week, so the Viking gas grill tucked beneath the heavy timber pergola sees a lot of burger grilling. Cabinets next to the grill hide the trash and recycling bins, and on the opposite side of the grill there are cabinets strictly for wet towels. “It’s such a fun place to entertain,” says Christina. “Everything we asked Carlos and Annie to do just turned out perfect. It’s like a whole different part of the house that we’ve opened up.” SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Dark cabinetry contrasted with white stone creates a timeless look in this award-winning Albuquerque kitchen.

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A niche above the sink houses a revolving exhibit of artwork in lieu of a traditional backsplash. The 18 x 24" oil on canvas above is an original by homeowner Elise Lampasi.

Elise Lampasi, a pilates instructor who works out of her Corrales home, had no shortage of kitchen ideas when she met with Tim Rizek of Rizek Design & Remodeling. “I had a whole binder from 18 years of collecting clips from Architectural Digest and kitchen magazines,” she says. “I called it my ‘someday binder.’” As a painter, Lampasi loved the idea of a play of contrast between dark and light colors and the use of natural materials. “I wanted the kitchen to be bold and dramatic but not in a kitschy way,” she says. Cabinetmaker Larry Garcia designed the dark wood cabinets throughout the kitchen, plus the ledge atop the island and the “cloud” that floats over it with inset lighting. Contrasting with the dark cabinetry is a white stone— actually cement made to look like limestone—from Daltile. Lampasi loved the stone as a backsplash so much that she opted to extend it across the adjacent dining room wall as well. The soapstone countertops (in Brazilian Black) from Villanueva Granite & Tile in Placitas look like marble but have the casual feel she desired. A small square of butcher block on the island is a perfect prep area, especially with the nifty corner hole that allows for easy disposal of scraps into the trash can hidden below. Lampasi admits that they went way over their budget when it came to appliances, but a demonstration of a TurboChef high-speed oven at Builders Source Appliance Gallery sold her on the technology. “It literally will roast a pork tenderloin in nine minutes, like it’s been in the oven for 55 minutes,” she marvels. Built into the wall, the high-speed oven is on top; the bottom is a regular convection oven. At 800 pounds, it took a forklift to get it into the house, but for big entertainers like the Lampasis, the TurboChef was a worthwhile investment. Rizek’s team converted the single skylight in the kitchen into two. Lined with copper-colored glass tile from Arizona Tile, the skylights emit a warm glow that provides much-needed ambience to a room that receives little afternoon light. The natural light also serves to highlight a unique feature of Lampasi’s kitchen: her art niche backsplash. “I had looked at a gazillion backsplash ideas, but I knew I’d get bored with them,” she says. “I wanted something different to look at.” That something different turned out to be her own artwork, which is now easily removed and changed out when the mood strikes her. A cleverly placed stainless steel shelf acts as a water barrier between the sink and the paintings—or photographs, or whatever happens to strike her fancy. Lampasi’s kitchen was the winner of the Albuquerque Remodelers Council’s Grand Award in the 2013 Excellence in Remodeling Awards; Rizek’s team has won the coveted top prize six years out of the past 10. “To know we’ve stayed at that level of excellence with so many talented remodelers out there is a great feeling,” says Rizek, who credits Lampasi and her husband Richard with making the project so enjoyable. Lampasi’s grandfather, Raymond Miera, was a pastry chef in Albuquerque for many years. “A lot of his things are here, and I’m always thinking of him when I’m in this kitchen, enjoying the cooking process,” she says. “Cooking is love in my family.” Rizek Design & Remodeling, 505-463-6127 SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


“Wendy fell in love with the island. It was so funky, so retro—and she loved it.” —Ben Lucero, Lucero Homes

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The neutrality of the stainless allowed the homeowners to develop the redand-white color scheme they desired without worrying that it would take over the room. But to Wendy’s surprise, that simple color scheme turned out to be quite a challenge. “Finding the red to match the tiles [on the island] was surprisingly difficult,” she says. “That tone of red isn’t really made anymore; it’s all more orangey today.” She was, however, able to match the Lotaburger red perfectly in the custommade, vintage-looking red vinyl bar stools and red-and-white dinette from American Chairs in Chicago. A whimsical chandelier above the dinette and red pendants from Albuquerque Lighting are perfect accents, while the hardwood maple floors with their dark finish allow all of the colors to really pop. Even the granite, a color called Snowflake, has minute flecks of red in it. But it’s the glass tile backsplash Wendy is most proud of. From Architectural Surfaces, Inc. (ASI), the backsplash is a white frosted glass with thin strips of opaque red glass woven in. “ASI was the only place I could find just the right color,” she says. The kitchen overlooks the pool area and is the natural gathering place for family and guests. The Luceros estimate they spend about 90 percent of their waking time in the kitchen. Says Wendy, “It’s the hub of the house.”

The original island, with its padded vinyl cabinetry and Lotaburger redand-white color scheme, set the tone for the entire kitchen remodel.

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red, white, and retro When he was searching for his family’s new home, builder Ben Lucero of Lucero Homes found a great house in Los Ranchos but just knew his wife was going to hate the kitchen. With its bright red–tiled island (and padded cabinets!), the kitchen was certainly unusual. To Lucero’s surprise, his wife immediately understood his vision. “She fell in love with the island,” he marvels. “It was so funky, so retro—and she loved it.” Formerly the home of Blake Chanslor, the founder of the Blake’s Lotaburger chain, the antebellum-style home was sorely in need of updating. Lucero and his wife, pediatrician Wendy FronterhouseLucero, went all in, completing a comprehensive whole-house remodel in about six months. The fabulous remodel, showcased in the Fall 2012 Parade of Homes, was easily one of the most-viewed homes on the tour, and its kitchen possibly the most unique. The Luceros chose to pay homage to Chanslor and the Lotaburger color scheme by keeping the red-and-white island and the white padded vinyl cabinets that surrounded the island and the rounded corner cabinet. In fact, they built the entire kitchen around those elements. Today, gleaming white cabinets from Blue Sky Woodworks are punctuated with stainless appliances from Builders Source Appliance Gallery. The extra-large Sub-Zero/Wolf fridge with its clear door is a prized appliance, while most of the other appliances are also Wolf models: the induction cooktop, double oven, and long microwave beneath the range that pops out. The sink—a roomy, farmhouse style—is stainless, too. 64

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The Martinezes’ kitchen is a melding of old-fashioned style and modern convenience. A trap door in front of the double oven leads to a wine cellar.

art and soul It’s clear that the craftsmen who designed Danny and Renee Martinez’s Albuquerque home were artists. In the case of the Martinezes, those talented craftsmen were the homeowners themselves. Danny and Renee, owners of Casa del Sol Construction, remodeled their much-loved adobe in 2008. Built in the late 1800s, the original house was at one time a tavern. Perhaps that’s why the kitchen remains, quite literally, the heart of the home even today. Situated between two living areas, it’s the perfect central spot to serve the 30-some guests that usually congregate for the holidays. “I wanted it to look like an old-fashioned kitchen with the cupboards,” Renee says. “But I wanted modern, shiny appliances to go with it.” She loves her two ovens, both KitchenAids; one sits in an arched and tiled alcove along with a gas range, and the other is built into the wall and partnered with a microwave. Stainless steel counters on either side of the range increase prep space for cooking. Other clever conveniences include hidden and separate garbage and recycling drawers, a GE Profile dishwasher disguised with matching cabinetry, and extradeep cabinets above the refrigerator.

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Casa del Sol Construction, 505-410-8122, The central island is naturally the place where friends and family gather to have a glass of wine while Renee cooks. The granite, Golden River from Rocky Mountain Stone, is a soothing slate gray with tan streaks that mirror the gorgeous hand-plastered walls (in “Placitas Gold”) that run through much of the house. The pressed-tin ceiling is a reminder of the home’s early days as a tavern, while Talavera tile and a teal farmhouse sink cement the old-fashioned look. Both Danny and Renee are native Albuquerqueans, and they are not the only artists in the family. Danny’s father, Richard Martinez, handcarved the lintel that peeks into the kitchen. Danny himself built the cabinetry around the island and the range and joined the two hutches flanking the sink so that the look appears seamless. A family of artesanos created this wonderful kitchen. And for them, family is what it’s all about.





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While remodeling their home in 2010, a Los Ranchos couple realized that what they really had on their hands was a reconstruction. Although a complete overhaul made the project a bit more daunting, it gave the owners carte blanche to fully reimagine the spaces they’d been living in, including the kitchen. “We tried to go after something that fit in with New Mexico style, with an adobe lineage but Spanish architecture,” says the homeowner. The rich, old world style that flows through the house is perhaps most apparent in the kitchen with its luscious, hand-carved alder cabinetry and travertine backsplash and alcove. The homeowners worked with Marc Sowers of Bespoke Woodwork, presenting him with general direction and then giving Sowers plenty of freedom to create. But the project was not without its challenges. “We were working within a relatively small space, and we had a lot of [appliances] that had to fit in there somehow,” says Sowers. The solution, he says, was to move much of the equipment to the butler’s pantry, an alley space cleverly hidden behind a wall that houses recessed niches and the pride of the kitchen: a peacock blue La Cornue oven and range. The La Cornue was specially ordered through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery from the manufacturer in France. These homeowners opted for side-by-side gas and electric ovens, a five-burner range, and a plaque—a tool specially made for sauce making. On what the homeowners call “event days,” two buffets and an extra-large island, all topped with a warm granite from Rocky Mountain Stone, allow for easy food preparation. With no fewer than three Sub-Zero refrigerators and two Asko dishwashers, the owners also take no chances with storage and clean-up. Before or after the meal, guests can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the stunning curved bar, another Sowers-designed room. For entertainers, it’s all about making guests feel comfortable and well tended to. This kitchen does that in spades. 66

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As a self-described “pretty experienced amateur rehabber,” David Miller had high expectations when he and his wife, Sherry Thompson Miller, began looking for a builder to design their contemporary home off Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. A recommendation from a realtor friend led them to Kevin Skelly of K.M. Skelly, Inc. In siting their home, the Millers, both retired, wanted to capitalize on the jawdropping views of the state and federal lands that immediately abut their property line. Their contemporary kitchen, with its expansive window walls and shiny cabinetry (a high-gloss acrylic called Parapan), captures the greenery. “We wanted something very reflective,” says Sherry. And boy did they get it. The Parapan cabinets feature tall pull-out pantries to the left of both the oven and the Sub-Zero refrigerator. Multifunctional cabinetry was important to the Millers, who deliberately opted out of upper cabinets on the opposite corner of the kitchen in order to let the gorgeous Pella windows do their thing. To the right of the sink, an appliance garage houses the toaster, mixer, and coffeemaker, and most of the Millers’ dishes are in drawers that pull out. There are only two upper cabinets; both have hinges that allow the door to swing up and out. In keeping with the clean and uncluttered look of the rest of the kitchen, glass tile from Allbright & Lockwood in rich brick hues slips around two sides of the room, but at a modest height of only 6 inches. The granite countertops are perfect for food prep and display, and when guests need a place to sit while the Millers prepare dinner, the limestone bar to the left of the range, with its tiny embedded seashells and fossils, is a great nook for enjoying a glass of wine from the wine rack discreetly tucked into the oven-side wall. “I have to give the creative nod to Sherry on the kitchen,” says Skelly. “This was totally her brainchild.” K.M. Skelly, Inc., 505-992-1459,

Pella windows allow for panoramic views when cooking or cleaning up. A glass shelf snakes across the windows and around the aptly-named Futuro exhaust hood.

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Hand-carved alder cabinetry, warm granite, and a travertine alcove set the tone for this Spanish-inspired kitchen. The curved bar (below, to right) hides multiple appliances and amenities for gracious entertaining.

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Rich Anasazi-style stonework helped the kitchen earn the title of Best Kitchen in the 2013 Excellence in Remodeling Awards sponsored by the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association.

“You spend your whole life living in your kitchen.”—Elmer Salazar Elmer and Susie love cooking, especially Japanese teppanyaki griddle cooking. They went to Builders Source Appliance Gallery for new stainless appliances, expecting to pick out a few functional pieces to round out the remodel. But Elmer soon realized it was like being in a candy store. “Before I knew it, I was into a 48" Wolf stove with griddle, gas burner, Wolf exhaust fan, and double side-by-side oven,” he says with a chuckle. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and microwave, plus a Fisher & Paykel double-drawer dishwasher rounded out the package. The Salazars also had a coffeemaker built into the wall that ties into an innovative whole-house filter system that also filters sediment from the water coming through the refrigerator and sinks. The stunning, Anasazi-style mosaic stone from Emser Tile that covers the massive Wolf exhaust hood, the island, columns, and nichos required a bit of finessing in order to work around rounded corners, but the result is a warm, rustic feel in the kitchen that Caswell calls a “woodsy, mountain look, definitely not your typical Santa Fe style.” For their part, the Salazars are delighted with their new space and yes, still spend most of their time there. “The kitchen just flows now,” says Susie. “Everything’s where it should be. Everything makes sense!” Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions, LLC 505-982-9699,

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After 27 years in their Velarde home, Elmer and Susie Salazar decided the time had come to remodel the space they spent the most time in. For two avid cooks, the decision was a no-brainer. “You spend your whole life living in your kitchen,” Elmer points out. In redesigning it, Susie was looking for increased functionality. Elmer admits, “My thing was to get the toys.” Previous remodeling projects had left bad tastes in their mouths. So when the Salazars, both retired from distinguished careers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, enlisted the help of Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions of Santa Fe, they had very simple, but very specific demands of their remodelers: Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it. And according to Elmer, Fabu-WALL-ous delivered. “Chuck [Caswell] would call the subs and say, ‘I need you here on Tuesday at 2:00.’ It was never open for discussion. The guys had worked so much together that they knew what was expected. Chuck really kept the project moving.” And move it did—six weeks to the day, per Caswell’s plan. Susie’s dream of more functionality and space was realized with a huge island topped with a single sheet of granite from Arizona Tile. “Susie didn’t want any seams,” says Elmer of the granite, “and she didn’t get any.” The granite that snakes along the range side of the kitchen also came from a single sheet. H and S Craftsmen designed the warm cabinetry throughout the kitchen, including the large niche in the center of the room for a big-screen TV that can be viewed all the way from the dining room.

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The downstairs rooms flow together with minimal doors. “This house is almost like the new loft, where the spaces interact,” Osofsky says. “I let form and design create separation.” An upstairs master suite with a 450-square-foot deck provides views of the Sandia Mountans. This area and the east side ground floor guest suite are new construction, with 24" frame walls creating a heavily insulated envelope. So what about those captured terrón walls downstairs? “Demolition took two months,” Osofsky says. “It was like peeling an onion, layer by layer.” New perimeter foundations were then poured around the existing walls, which created a 10" cavity on the outside. Filling it with insulation made the home highly energy efficient. The new roof structure rests on the new framing and footings poured externally to the terrón walls. Two feet thick, the final walls create amazingly deep window and door openings, showing off the mass and generating an intriguing play of light and shadow. Osofsky loves texture and the tactile quality of materials. Rough slate flooring contrasts with sharp-edged plaster walls. A skip-trowel technique leaves gaps in the silky plaster finish that begs to be touched. American walnut wood throughout—doors, trim, cabinets, tub surrounds—“is very American, very rich,” but grainy and grooved. Repeating the kitchen’s Barragán-designed yellowand-white “handkerchief ” backsplash tiles in the outdoor cocina tie those spaces together. Thirty-some years since he bought the property, Osofsky has taken the time to think through every decision about both the subdivision and his own home. The care shows. He has created a hidden spot with its own identity that’s robust enough to resist the winds of fashion and smart enough to adapt to increasing urbanization. With a nod to Meem and sophisticated optimism about the urban future, Osofsky’s home suggests a promising direction for regional design. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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What does an Iron Chef, celebrated restaurateur, and Top Chef master cook for himself when he’s at home? Pretty much anything that involves a flaming grill. Michael Chiarello, vintner and proprietor of Napa Valley’s Bottega Restaurant and Coqueta in San Francisco, is a selfproclaimed fire guy. “When I have a fire going and a gorgeous cut of meat perfectly seasoned and ready to go on that fire, I am a happy man,” says Chiarello. “I can’t even explain this; I just know that cooking over a live fire satisfies some deep, primal urge.” Chiarello has written some 15 books; at 220-plus pages, filled with color photos by Frankie Frankeny, and bound in a satisfyingly hefty hardcover, Live Fire: 125 Recipes for Cooking Outdoors is a cookbook for the kitchen enthusiast who has dabbled in grilling but yearns to become a master. And if anyone can turn the amateur into a pro, it’s Chiarello, who spends ample time discussing the must-have tools and equipment one needs in order to cook with live flame. Though as the chef quickly points out, “Where grilling is concerned, the winner isn’t the person with the biggest, most expensive grill; the winner is the person who uses smoke and flame to the best advantage.”

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Su Libro This means thinking outside the firebox. In Chiarello’s world, it makes as much sense to throw fruit, pizza, or oysters on the grill as it does a pork loin or a steak. By the time you’ve flipped through Live Fire’s 125 recipes, it occurs to you that nothing is offlimits when it comes to cooking over a flame. Grilled crabs with fresh herbs? Check. Ceviche-marinated calamari and shrimp

In Chiarello’s world, it makes as much sense to throw fruit, pizza, or oysters on the grill as it does a pork loin or a steak. with cancha popcorn? Yep. Grilled lemon-saffron pound cake with lavender and fresh berries? Sure, why not? Endlessly enthusiastic, Chiarello encourages a can-do attitude from even the most down-to-earth cook. Ever use an iron cross? Rather than leading up to this rather advanced open-fire spit method, Chiarello opens with it, demonstrating how to cook a whole lamb of 100 pounds or more with ease. Make that relative ease. But I just want to grill a burger, you say. In the chapter called “Big Burger Bash,” the author presents four kinds of burgers, from a three-pound beef monster to delicate turkey and lamb varieties,


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“Dad’s Grilling Pantry,” aka Iron Chef Michael Chiarello’s neat-as-a-pin stash of grilling must-haves. His use of a variety of woods—oak, mesquite, and fragrant fruitwoods—keeps the spice (so to speak) in Chiarello’s live fire cooking.

with a host of condiments designed to complement each one. (Smoked Olive Oil-Manchego Potato Chips? Oy.) Even the most seasoned burger flipper will appreciate Chiarello’s quick tutorial on how to shape patties to ensure tenderness. There are thousands of books out there on grilling and barbecueing, but most of them espouse a specific type of cuisine or focus on one type of grilling method. Live Fire does neither. To Chiarello, it’s simply about the flame—whether that flame provides the heat for a wood-fired or gas grill, charcoal grill, fire pit, rotisserie or spit, an indoor hearth, a hot box, a plancha (metal plate), or smoldering hot coals. The point: Focus on the flame and the individuals you plan to share the resulting wonderful meal with. “Fire itself is an icon,” says Chiarello. “To center a meal around a fire marks an occasion and sears the day into your memory.” It’s clear, from the way Chiarello tells stories of his childhood and shares happy remembrances of gatherings past, that his cookbook is a labor of love—like cooking itself. Says the author, “If you can, I urge you to bring the meal outside and let the time spent building the fire become part of the day’s memories.”—Amy Gross


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Canvas of Clay: Seven Centuries of Hopi Ceramic Art, by Edwin L. Wade and Allan Cooke, El Otro Lado, paperback, $39.95.

“This is not a book about pottery,” say Edwin Wade, PhD, and Allan Cooke, MD, of their book Canvas of Clay: Seven Centuries of Hopi Ceramic Art. And indeed, this book is not about pottery; rather, it is a loving and respectful tribute to a unique art form developed by Native Americans more than 700 years ago. “[This book] is about identity, history, and social interaction, about the evolution of an aesthetic across time, about how the desire to create and know beauty continues amidst conflict and in times of chaos and change,” write Wade and Cooke. “It is about transgenerational solidarity, seeking, and faith.” In defining a book about identity and social interaction, the authors—a museum curator turned editor and a professor of medicine who is a serious collector Helen Naha (Featherwoman), of Hopi ceramics—focus primarily on the work of master cylinder, ca. 1950 (9" high by Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo (1860-1942). 4.75" diameter) Nampeyo’s pottery-making technique, known as Sikyatki Revival (so-named because it was a revitalization of the Sikyatki Polychrome tradition of the 14th through early 17th centuries), was so exceptional that she became the first Native American potter/artist to be known by name in Anglo circles. Turnof-the-century anthropologist Jesse W. Fewkes asserted that he had introduced Nampeyo to the ancient Sikyatki ceramic style, but it became clear through photographs taken on the Hopi reservation in Arizona that she had discovered the clay used by her ancestors long before Fewkes’s arrival and developed her own unique style of working and firing it. This is not a book about pottery, you keep reminding yourself as you flip through Canvas of Clay to admire the stunning color photographs of pottery crafted in every shape and size—cooking vessels, seed jars, storage jars, bottles, urns, and bowls—all hand-painted or etched in intricate and vibrant patterns reflecting the most sacred Hopi traditions. You will see “Nampeyo” mentioned frequently and come to realize that the name refers not only to the master potter herself, but also her descendants: Jean Sahmie Nampeyo, Hisi Nampeyo, Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo, and others. And all at once you will stop flipping. You will sit, and read, and absorb. If you are a devout collector, you will thrill to every exquisite piece photographed in this book and relish every morsel of information shared by two experts in their field. If the subject of Indian ceramic art is new to you, you will learn. But be forewarned: Canvas of Clay is not an easy read. It’s a crash course in history, art, sociology, and anthropology. It is at once formidably encyclopedic and quite charming—and it is clear that Drs. Wade and Cooke have no time for dumbing down a subject for which they share a great respect. Open your mind and your heart, and you will understand the authors’ passion for this art form. “[Hopi pottery vessels’] compositions can be seen simply as decorative,” Wade notes, “but to the ancient makers of the art and to current-day seekers of its meanings, a much more complex story is revealed.”—AG

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A cheerful gecko adorns a rain barrel from Tijeras Rain Barrels. Rain running off the roof is captured from above, while a spout at the base is fitted for a hose for future irrigation.

Anyone who has lived in an arid climate knows the frustration of watching rain gush off the roof, only to flood the driveway or soak the most barren area of the yard, thinking, If only I could use this water later, when I’ll need it. When it rains, it pours, and in this region of the country there’s often nothing in between. Whether you’re irrigating with city water or well water, H2O is an increasingly precious commodity in the drought-prone Southwest. For easy, low-tech water conservation, try harvesting water by catching your rooftop runoff in barrels. It’s an attractive option for storing water, and by simply adding a garden hose to the barrel you can direct the water where you want it, when you want it.

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“The less it rains, the more you need to capture rain when it does.”—Joe Barr Think it’s pointless to harvest water during a drought? Joe Barr, president of Desert Plastics, which makes Tijeras Rain Barrels in Albuquerque, says, “It’s exactly the opposite: The less it rains, the more you need to capture rain when it does.” Water harvesting can start at the do-it-yourself level. “It really doesn’t matter what you catch it in,” Barr says, noting that you can simply stick a barrel under the downspout and let ’er rip. “But then people realize there’s more to it than meets the eye. The devil really is in the details. For instance, how do you get the water out and do it quickly and conveniently? What about standing water? Are mosquitoes a problem? Do you want to filter all the dead bugs and leaves out of it? Won’t the coyotes learn about it? And what about the overflow? Will it be okay, right in that spot, or do you want to channel it and control it?” Tijeras Rain Barrels makes barrels of food-grade resin in a range of styles and colors for attractive and easy water harvesting. You can’t drink the water that comes off the roof, but it comes out quite clean for irrigation purposes. The barrel design settles mud at the bottom— the mud formed when all that dust blew onto your roof when it was dry. You can clean mud out of the barrel periodically, but Barr says it’s really not much of a problem. Nifty lids accept the water from either a downspout, a rain chain (Tijeras Rain Barrels sells several styles), or a waterfall from the canales at the parapet of a Pueblo-style home. Screens filter out the major crud. One model has a valve where you can fit a hose or fill a bucket. You can even hook up a low-pressure drip system or soaker hose, especially if you elevate the barrel a foot or two. A freeze-proof valve at the bottom lets you drain and clean the barrel. For a more elaborate system, collect the water from several barrels using either pumps or gravity by linking them together and then running a line to a larger tank. Try it. Bet you’ll see the difference come summer water bill time—and probably feel great about doing your part to conserve water, too.

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This contemporary three-bedroom home is located just north of Albuquerque in Placitas. The residence, built by Suzanne Williams, is a great place for entertaining, with extravagant glass walls and views that stretch for miles. Straight lines and simple décor are at the basis of the design, with modest rock fireplaces in the living areas and bedrooms and sleek stainless appliances in the high-end kitchen. An outdoor lounging area, complete with a private pool, enhances the home’s relaxation factor, while a media room and two guest suites welcome visitors at any time of the year. List price: $1.95 million Contact: Jo Cook, Keller Williams Realty, 505-379-6099,

Fully equipped with a gym, a hot tub, and a sauna, this five-bedroom Placitas home evokes the feeling of being at a spa or resort. On the property, you’ll find three separate buildings— one main home, one casita, and one workshop/ second casita—as well as a four-car garage. Inside the home, the style is quintessentially Southwestern, with four kiva fireplaces, exposed vigas, and views of the surrounding Sandia Mountains. Finishing touches such as concrete flooring and built-in shelving, as well as outdoor xeriscaping, complete the experience. List price: $699,000 Contact: Jennise Phillips, La Puerta Real Estate Services, LLC, 505-331-2288,

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views. A dogleg hallway leads to the guest bedrooms and back to the entry. Several walls and halls have been designed as gallery space for the couple’s eclectic art collection. “The only thing I’d been able to visualize,” Linda says, “was the back room—we knew we wanted the view.” Sterling and Linde came back and strongly discouraged windows in the front, since the street side faces empty lots, newer homes, busy Unser Boulevard, a crowded subdivision a bit further west, and the punishing afternoon sun. “That [suggestion] made sense,” Linda admits. “And that’s what an architect brings to the party. So we have no windows there, and the west wall becomes a noise barrier, blocks the sun, and provides another gallery wall” for the couple’s artwork. “It also gives a real sense of privacy,” Steve adds. “It makes this house a real sanctuary. We don’t have to interact with the outside world at all.” The fully enclosed courtyard—think of an offsquare hole in a slightly off-square donut—creates an inner sanctum while stretching the sight lines and therefore the sense of space in this 2,550-square-foot home. In fact, when you step in the front door, your eye is drawn magnetically across the courtyard, through the family room, and out the window to the Sandias. Just try not to get lost in that view. The courtyard accomplishes a piece of the home’s stealth green mission, too. A shallow pond sits beside floor-level windows that, when opened with the windows on the opposite side of the courtyard, create an evaporative cooling effect as the air draws into the home. Adding to the home’s green cred are five 300foot geothermal wells and an accompanying ground-source heat pump. They heat and cool the home in tandem with a 7.7-kilowatt, 30-panel array of photovoltaic (PV) panels from Consolidated Solar Technologies. The PV panels are hidden completely behind a parapet on the garage roof. Credit Tony Pipito of Camelot Construction for creating the super-green heating and cooling infrastructure. It’s so green, in fact, that the home earned a silver rating from Build Green New Mexico even before the PV array was installed. And now with the PV system, the home achieves the Holy Grail of green building—net zero energy use—meaning it generates more energy than it uses. Going green is the right thing to do, sure, but it also fits Steve and Linda’s desire to build a simple home that will last, where quality trumps quantity, and pleasure derives from fine design in a priceless landscape. Steve says it will probably be “the last house we live in.” Naturally, they built it to last.

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Summer Spinach Salad from Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza This colorful chilled salad will keep your kitchen cool this summer, but you can also heat up the grill if you want to add a little extra. Joe Sommers of Scarpas notes, “This salad is excellent topped with fresh grilled or sautéed shrimp or hot or cold grilled chicken strips for a more substantial meal.”

Makes 2 servings, with plenty of extra dressing Balsamic Vinaigrette: 1½ tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced shallot 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon black or green pepper ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 6 oz balsamic vinegar 10 oz olive or vegetable oil Salad Mix: 3–4 ripe Roma tomatoes, diced 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced ½ medium red onion, sliced thinly 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste) Juice of ½ fresh lemon (about 1½ tablespoons) 1–2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Spinach Salad: 6–8 oz fresh washed and spun baby spinach leaves 1 oz feta cheese, crumbled Lemon wedges and Kalamata olives for garnish

Above: Summer Spinach Salad from Scarpas layers fresh spinach and feta with a mix of Roma tomatoes, red onions, and cucumber. An herbsteeped vinaigrette ties it all together.

To make the vinaigrette, sauté the olive oil, garlic, and shallot over medium-low heat until lightly browned. Add the basil, oregano, thyme, black or green pepper, kosher salt, and parsley. Let the mixture steep for 10–15 minutes. Place mixture into a bowl or large salad dressing cruet and add the vinegar and olive or vegetable oil. Shake vigorously, chill, and shake vigorously again before use. To make the salad mix, toss all ingredients to combine. To serve the salad, toss the spinach with 1½–2 oz of the vinaigrette and place on a serving plate. Mound 2 oz of the dressed salad mix on top of the spinach, sprinkle with feta, and garnish with lemon wedges and olives. Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza, with two locations in Albuquerque,


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Rockstar Carrot Cake from Vinaigrette Looking for something delicious to take to a summer picnic or potluck? “Our carrot cake has a massive following,” says Vinaigrette owner Erin Wade. “Follow this recipe to a T, and the cake comes out delicious every time.” Cake: 1 cup pecans (4 oz) 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup vegetable oil ½ cup buttermilk 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract 4 large eggs 2 cups sugar 1 pound carrots, peeled and coarsely shredded

Frosting: 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 16 oz cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter two 9" cake pans and line the bottom with parchment. Butter the paper and flour the pans. To make the cake, spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes until fragrant. Cool and finely chop the pecans. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar at high speed until pale, 5 minutes. Beat in the liquid ingredients. Beat in the dry ingredients until just moistened. Stir in the carrots and pecans. Divide the batter between the pans and bake the cakes for 55 minutes to 1 hour, until springy and golden. Cool the cakes on a rack for 30 minutes, then unmold and let cool completely. To make the frosting, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese at high speed until light, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then add the confectioners’ sugar; beat at low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Peel off the parchment paper and invert one cake layer onto a plate. Spread with a slightly rounded cup of the frosting. Top with the second cake layer, right-side up. Spread the top and sides with the remaining frosting and refrigerate the cake until chilled, about 1 hour. Slice and serve. High-altitude modifications: Increase the buttermilk by 2 tablespoons; remove ¼ teaspoon each of baking soda and baking powder; decrease sugar by 2–3 tablespoons; and bake in 350-degree oven for about 35 minutes. Vinaigrette, with locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque,

Perfect Pork Chops with Chili-Garlic Rub Fire up the grill! The secret to flavorful, juicy pork chops is in the rub—and you can use this one on everything from chicken to salmon to ribeyes. This recipe from editor Amy Gross is sure to be a hit at your next backyard barbecue.

Serves 4 4 thick-cut bone-in pork chops (¾–1” thick) ½ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1 teaspoon chili powder 4 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons fresh parsley

To make the rub, combine the salt, black pepper, chili powder, garlic, and parsley on a plate. Using your hands, liberally smear each pork chop with the rub, including the bones and sides. Heat a gas grill for 10–15 minutes at medium-high flame with the cover closed. Sear the chops directly over the flame, covered, until slightly charred, about 5 minutes. Flip chops and cook, covered, for another 5 minutes. Turn down heat, flip chops to original side, cover, and

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Be the hero at your next potluck when you bring Vinaigrette’s Rockstar Carrot Cake (above), a moist, gently spiced cake made with fresh carrots and a real cream cheese frosting that’s to die for. Still messing with marinades? Try a rub instead. This one, with garlic and chili powder, is great on everything from grilled pork chops (below) to fish, beef, and chicken. grill an additional 10–15 minutes depending on thickness, until a thermometer placed in the center reads at least 145 degrees. Avoid overcooking; the center should be pale pink. Let stand for a minute or two before serving with a delicious summer salad.



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attention to detail, have helped the artist win multiple awards at Spanish Market in Santa Fe. In fact, the market now asks Martinez to stamp dates on his pieces so they aren’t confused with centuries-old originals. In looking to the future, Martinez says he will continue to create Spanish Colonial furniture, but he also hopes to explore other artistic endeavors. “Change is always good,” he says. “I want to create some contemporary furniture pieces, and I’d like to explore my other passions: photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry making, and perhaps a bit of writing and recording music. I’d also love to work with the youth or elderly. Woodwork, and art in general, is very therapeutic.” Anthony E. Martinez, 505-501-1700,

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