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Cultured Pearl

Author: Gussie Fauntleroy
Issue: August, 2009, Page 68


An antique Handel piano lamp (on the bookcase, right) and a portrait by Chinese artist Zhang Wen Xin add charm to a cozy adobe-walled reading corner in the wife’s office. Above the hand-carved bookcase, color and light enter through the back of the glass-tile mosaic in the adjacent great room.
Clean angles and new skylights lined with iridescent tiles to match the backsplash transformed the kitchen into a striking Contemporary space.


Large garden-view windows in the great room provide abundant light for artwork, including a painting by the late American artist Karl Schrag. Vigas fitted with metal straps lend a Contemporary Southwest feel.
The master bedroom, added during the home’s latest remodel, opens to a sitting area, his-and-her baths (opposite) and an office for the husband (not pictured). As elsewhere in the home, walls treated with a hand-ground mineral plaster finish create a feeling of earthy warmth. Interior designer Bree Lovelady chose fabric colors based on one of the homeowners’ favorite paintings of the Rio Grande and Sandia Mountain by Jeff Otis.

Below left: Sienna-colored porcelain floor tile, also used in several other rooms, adds freshness to the wife’s bath, while purpleheart and padauk wood cabinets allow for generous storage space. The upper portion of the back wall is clad in one-inch iridescent copper-color tiles; the bottom portion is covered
in larger square glass tiles. Three skylights provide abundant daylight.

Below right: At the back of the house, a handmade ceramic-tile wall mosaic by Albuquerque artist Paz makes a dramatic statement in a covered dining area. Votive candles, an adobe brick fireplace, and glass pendant lights produce a mellow glow for evening gatherings. Seen through a door to the family room (left) is a whimsical painting of Wonder Woman by Albuquerque artist Ken Saville. A kiva fireplace warms an adjacent covered sitting area to the right.

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