Southwestern Homes & Living

 

performance art

If there’s anything Brian Johnson and Marsha Hunter have learned over the years, it’s to keep an open mind and go where the road leads them. Trained to be professional opera singers and performers, Brian and Marsha figured their lives would be spent on the stage, always in front of an audience. They were half-right. Today they still spend a great deal of time at podiums, but as highly sought-out teachers of presentation and communication skills to attorneys.
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this one's for us

Shane and Deb Woods and their sons Ashton, 5, and Braden, 2 1/2, are the kind of loving, tight-knit young family who’d probably be happy anywhere—in a bungalow, a cabin, or even a yurt—as long as they were together. But for the last half year, their familial coziness has enjoyed the luxury of sprawl in a splendid home with acreage bordering on Atalaya Mountain in Santa Fe. And that has its pleasures, too.
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first time's the charm

An abiding love for his mother fueled the flames of John Jones’s budding career in the Albuquerque custom homebuilding industry. John’s mother, Lois Jones, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, resides with John and his girlfriend, Cristy Delgado, and their children, Lauren and Zenon. Lois takes comfort—and maintains happiness—in the routine of being near her family, so it was important to keep her in their care. “The best thing for her is seeing my face every day,” says John.
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history in the remaking

A retablo made by famed New Mexican Santero Roberto Gonzales is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C. Its companion piece, however, is housed in a tiny private chapel in a Corrales, New Mexico, compound that recently underwent a comprehensive restoration and remodel. “I wanted to showcase the artistic talent and uniqueness of New Mexico folk art and also create a room dedicated to reflection and prayer,” explains the homeowner, Dr. Reza Mehran, who added the chapel during the renovation.
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second nature

A young Santa Fe couple embraces a new spin on the city’s signature style with an innovative green home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic organic design.
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the place to be

Explore three one-of-a-kind kitchens designed to be shared and enjoyed—and look great while doing so.
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at ease with tradition

An elegant family home steeped in New Mexican style and Rio Grande Valley history gracefully balances grand rooms with intimate spaces.
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high desert modern

An Albuquerque architect creates a rambling contemporary showplace with warm livability and sun-worshipping outdoor amenities just for her family.
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heaven can wait

From entertainment Eden to xeric oasis, exterior design gets personal at two unique expressions of at-home outdoor living.
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green's anatomy

The Emerald Home in Santa Fe reaches the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality, delivering a triple threat of green inspiration, technical innovation, and exceptional beauty.
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building a healthy home

In pursuit of a peaceful place, a couple creates a serene backdrop for family life shaped from natural materials, artful aesthetics, and earth-conscious choices for mindful living.
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more than a makeover

A bright new kitchen, expanded rooms, and lower energy bills breathe new life into a 1930s bungalow that still fits its original footprint.
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new kid on the block

Designed to fit its historic Albuquerque neighborhood like a glove, an architect’s new downtown home makes a splash with bright color, intimate courtyards, and bold architectural features.
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heavy lifting with a light touch

A remodel steeped in Santa Fe style deftly matches modern updates to the wavering imperfections of an old adobe home.
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inside story

From her shadow box artwork to her storied eastside Santa Fe adobe, Lucinda Hoyt fashions her personal experience and singular style into a world all her own.
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immaculate construction

Geometry meets poetry when a first-rate architect, great builder, and terrific clients converge on a peerless site.
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backyard bliss

Two distinct New Mexico landscapes inspire designs for outdoor living grown from unique visions of regional flora and site-specific outdoor architecture.
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mud slinger

The desire to live simply inspires a Californian to move to the country and rescue a crumbling adobe at the confluence of two rivers.
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the good life

A California couple make the move to New Mexico for a peaceful new life in their art-filled retreat minutes from Taos Ski Valley.
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green from the ground up

Traditional farming meets 21st-century sensibilities at an off-the-grid greenstead where an inventive family is sowing the seeds of a sustainable future.
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true to form

For one Corrales, New Mexico, couple and architect/designer team, renovating a worn-out adobe house with elegant lines and spaces created the opportunity for place-sensitive design that harmonizes with the village’s rich architectural heritage.
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urban ambition

Though firmly grounded in its venerable Albuquerque neighborhood, this Su Casa Magazine/AIA award-winning home embodies the city’s transition from adobe past to digital future.
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still trapped

In this adaptation of material drawn from his award-winning book River of Traps, author William deBuys finds that even a new house and the passage of time can’t weaken the connections to land and community in a tiny New Mexican mountain village—or dim the lessons learned from a wise norteño neighbor.
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picture perfect

Nestled in a hilly village north of Santa Fe, this tasteful home proves that adobe done right embodies classic New Mexico tradition.
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cooking with the queen of chile

When legendary Southwestern cook and chile expert Jane Butel needed a new location for her cooking schools, she set up shop in her own kitchen. Get cooking with a sampling of Jane’s New Mexican recipes.
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Santa Fe calling

An old adobe charms Bay Area designer Linda Applewhite into applying her life’s work to the City Different.
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cozy jewel

Artist Diane Moreno found a rickety shack above the Pecos River and created a uniquely rustic hideaway that feels a million miles away from her Wichita, Kansas, roots.
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adobe designer throws a curve

Designer and builder Mike Fischer creates a dramatic expression of adobe architecture with the aptly named Crescent House near Santa Fe.
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true to tradition

Award-winning architect Edmund Boniface hews close to the roots of Santa Fe style while incorporating modern materials and construction techniques.
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into the Sandia skyline

Drawing inspiration from the soaring sky and the nearby Sandia Mountains, architect Cindy Terry designs an award-winning masterwork.
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hands across the generations

Multiple generations share a rich tradition of owner-built homes and true community in northern New Mexico.
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a fresh perspective

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Architect Carlos Kinsey designs a striking hilltop house near Cerrillos, New Mexico, that exploits mining-area architecture and an
eco-friendly sensibility.
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hope triumphs

Out of the Cerro Grande Fire’s destruction rises an inspired home designed by the late architect George Pearl in Los Alamos.
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line of sight

In the foothills above Santa Fe, artist Hillary Riggs fashions a home from her aesthetic vision of color, texture, and form.
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myths, memories, reflections

From then to now, the basic facts of village life shape experience in northern New Mexico.
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trading places on Route 66

From longhorns to an Eye Dazzler rug, the author’s collection of family memorabilia recalls a vanished way of life.
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