before and after
Get a firsthand look at designer Linda Applewhite’s old Santa Fe adobe before her transformative renovation and see photos of her stunning results.
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The original galley kitchen and the hall that ran adjacent to it felt dark and closed in, so Applewhite reconfigured the space with structural changes. Removing both the hallway and the wall between the kitchen and dining room opened and illuminated the space. An island made of an English store counter topped with an aged, distressed piece of French zinc now provides additional workspace.
Applewhite retained original elements such as the living room’s corner fireplace but enlivened the formerly white walls and formal atmosphere with a warm color palette. The large red French antique armoire complements the fireplace, which is now embellished with plaster and rich layers of color.
The adobe’s living room before the remodel was cold and unwelcoming with stark white walls and formal blue drapes. Now a warm and approachable area, the living room harmonizes with the historic while incorporating contemporary art and scalloped details on furniture and accessories.
The old adobe’s original spiral staircase had delicate turned balusters and looked like it belonged in a home in New England rather than in New Mexico. Applewhite's transformation integrates historically inspired New Mexican balusters and newel posts and a rich faux wood-grained texture by artist Shawn Man Roland.