Located in the chic community of Los Miradores in Sante Fe, New Mexico, this sleek wood, steel, glass and stone home has been reinvented over the years. Originally a two-unit condominium, the residence was unified in the 1980s when the community was developed and was completely southwest in style with viga ceilings, corbelled ceilings and wooden posts. When its current owners left their art gallery in Los Angeles behind and moved to the City Different, they envisioned a new kind of space: one that would serve as the backdrop to their vast art collection.
“We were drawn to the potential of creating a contemporary space in Santa Fe,” say the current owners, a couple of lawyers and doctors. “The 20 foot ceilings and the potential for plentiful wall space were the main draws. We did our best to create a place that had the warmth of a home, but still had the space of a gallery to exhibit. the art and sculpture we love. “
The renovation transformed the floor plan to create open living spaces while simultaneously adding gallery walls. The owners also covered the exposed stairs and brought in new flooring for the 5,472 square foot home. There is an entertainment area with a chef’s kitchen, living and dining area, private office, bar area and media room. The house’s four bedrooms include an owner’s suite with a spa-like bathtub.
“One small decision that worried us – keeping an indoor bar from the 1980s – turned out to be a good decision for us,” say the owners. “The bar was modernized with Moroccan-style marble tiles and dark quartz tops, and it turned out to be a very nice place to entertain.”
Outside, a pergola provides shade over a large garden and patio, which is protected by high walls; one of the couple’s favorite views is contemplating the serenity of the courtyard from the kitchen while chatting with friends.