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35 Tea Master Sen Soshitsu notes in the introduction to his book, The Spirit of Tea, “The tea spirit is a spirit of peace, and the culture of tea is a culture of hospitality.”

intentional remodeling

“You just don’t collect things when you have a small home.” —Tonia Prestupa

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When Tonia purchased this South Capitol home 17 years ago, she was looking for an affordable, safe neighborhood close to downtown. The yellowstuccoed adobe built in 1939 was “nothing special but had good bones,” she relates. She lived there alone for two years before marrying Michael, a Realtor with Prudential Santa Fe and a musician who spent many years as a member of the New Christy Minstrels, a popular folk group. Their son, Nicholas Umphrey, is now 14. As Tonia’s family has grown, the house has not, but it has been remodeled to reflect the way the family lives. Remodeling always presents challenges, but as an interior designer, Tonia had the background to take them on. Tonia operates Tonia Prestupa Interiors in Santa Fe and describes herself as an “environmental designer.” After working for so long with high-quality green-building products through her own remodels and those of her clients, Tonia has expanded her business to include consulting with builders, architects, homeowners, and other designers looking for the best eco-friendly, sustainable, nontoxic materials, flooring, paints, and finishes available. The first major remodel Tonia undertook after buying her house was to redo the front entrance. With a low overhang, it was dark and unwelcomcontinued on page 72

Su Casa Winter 2011  

Su Casa Winter 2011

Su Casa Winter 2011  

Su Casa Winter 2011