Stories from this issue

Casa Mariposa: capturing the magic of Taos

Casa Mariposa in Des Montes is a dance of light and shadow. The mood of the home changes with the time of day and the seasons. This spectacular house was designed to echo the shape of a mountain on the ancient volcanic plain to the west. Pueblo and territorial architecture are captured and reinterpreted in a completely original way by world-renown architect Antoine Predock.

The rug dealer of Taos

Robert Vander knows rugs. For nearly four decades Vander has been traveling between New Mexico and Asia, bringing a sweeping assortment of Oriental treasures to his retail location, Alhambra, where Chinese and Indian finds co-mingle with Nepalese altars and Tibetan-style artisan creations.
The foyer’s white limestone floor accentuates the transition into the Great Room. Coat tree by Jim Stoner.

Why we love the rooms we love

Ask people what rooms they love the most, and you’ll get answers ranging from favorite childhood hideouts to dreamhouse living rooms with fifty-mile views. But if you ask them why, they may not be able to explain that the first was an intimate refuge that made them feel safe and secure – while the second delivered a fantastic expansiveness that somehow took them beyond themselves.
Inside, the home is so warm and liveable that it’s hard to imagine you’re inside a modular structure. (photo by Vishu)
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Four Ski Valley homes raise the bar for sustainable living

Taos’ signature “Passive Solar” design long ago melded into the broader rubric of “green building.” Building technology continues to evolve in pace with the mounting concern over carbon footprint and climate change. Here we look at four high-performance homes in Taos Ski Valley.
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Light, bright and happy: Turning a commercial asset into a home

What do you do when you have an asset that no one else wants? Do you invest more money in the hope you’re not throwing good money after bad, or do you take your losses and move on? This …
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TSV Launches New Phase With Luxury Housing Project

The ongoing evolution of Taos Ski Valley took another major step forward with the announcement in December 2018 that the ski area was embarking on its first housing development, the Blake Residences.

Enchanted Homes: "High Design" edition this Thursday

This month’s Enchanted Homes “High Design” edition looks at high tech sustainable ski homes; the new Blake Residencies condos; offers tips for making your home holiday-friendly; and more.
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In the land of Enchantment: A mountain paradise awaits

In addition to the alfresco elements of life in the main house and guest house, Los Cielos Ranch comes with a full range of opportunities for the outdoors enthusiast, all within its 300 acres, where you can enjoy hiking, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting.
Taos Real Estate Broker Pavel Lukes is pictured with his dog, named Charlie, at the Pueblo de los Suenos condominiums he commissioned.
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Successfully managing significant sources

Location; mountain views; sprawling acreage; tidy small houses. What we want to call home means different things to everyone who is looking to buy or sell a property, whether in New Mexico or anywhere else.
Michael Povilaitis, of Taos, tees off at Taos Country Club.
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Championship golf at Taos Country Club is Taos best kept secret

The High Country is known the world over for skiing and snowboarding, but its best-kept secret is golf. Attitude at altitude is one of the big perks of mile-high-and-more elevations. Located at …
Only a one-of-a-kind stone fireplace would do in this Great Room setting. Aaron Magee of MageeBuild assembled the modular core, and the owners helped gather the stone which was installed by Loveless Stone and Tile. A gas loglighter makes starting fires incredibly easy.
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The Art of home Design: What's hot in fireplaces

On the face of it, not much has changed in the world of fireplaces. You still see the usual array of corner “kivas,” ranch-style fireplaces with mantles, and metal inserts and …
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Stylin' with Stone

In recent years, natural stone has taken backseat in the trend towards contemporary design with its use of concrete, porcelain, and the many shades of gray.

Destination Home

This is more than a home… it’s an experience.  Located between Taos and Arroyo Seco, these 9.7 acres against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo mountains deliver all the …
Daniel Streebe, of Handcrafted Doors of the Southwest, poses for a portrait Tuesday (June 25) at his El Prado workshop.
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Handcrafted Doors of the Southwest

Handcrafted doors of the Southwest – built in the Taos tradition In Taos, there is a long tradition of handcrafting everything needed for life. The Pueblo people grew and made much of what …

Small patios with big design

Any courtyard or patio can become a dream landscape, according to Ben Maddox, proprietor of Maddox Outdoor Solutions. Here the local landscaper and ISA-certified arborist shares some of his …

Love your mother, Earth that is

Touch the earth and the earth breaths back – that’s what it feels like standing in Julie Parker’s poured-earth home overlooking the Río Grandé Gorge.
Pat Woodall poses for a portrait Tuesday (April 23) at his downtown studio and gallery.

Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery and Southwest Framers

The Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery is bursting with color and grace. It is filled with flowers, aromatic smells, and the distinctive artwork of Pat Woodall.

Nine Design Solutions

There’s no question that living small has become a big thing.  Whether by circumstance or choice, the way in which we view our material world is undergoing a quiet revolution.
Thomas Soule poses for a portrait at the site of a home-in-progress Monday (March 4) in Ranchos de Taos.
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Start to finish sustainable building

Thomas Soule and Mark Brewer are Taos sustainability contractors who strive to make the world a better place – for humans and the planet in general.
Mike Laughlin poses for a portrait at Sierra Pacific Windows on Monday (March 4) in Taos.
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'Seed to window' manufacturing

At Sierra Pacific, "Seed to Window" means that every atom of wood used in the company's windows is harvested from forests that have been tended by the company's founding family, the Emmersons, for four generations.
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Net zero-energy home appeals to creative and enviro-tech spirit

This home at 11 Turkey Springs Road in Valdez is a rare opportunity. The 5,000 square-foot passive solar homestead sits on 30 forested acres in the secluded Gallina Canyon neighborhood.
1. Perennials
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7 native plants that reduce water use

With so much focus upon the impacts of climate change, we asked our experts: Can you name seven native plants that reduce water usage for our immediate present and our future? 
Realtor Pennie Herrera Wardlow
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Realtor profile: Pennie Wardlow, Century 21 Success

Realtor Pennie Herrera Wardlow has deep roots in Taos. She was born in the family home where she lives now. Those who came before her constructed the home with hand-made adobe bricks and wood harvested from the nearby mountains...

Enchanted Homes: Sustainable Living Issue

In this month’s Homes magazine, we profile a beautiful 5,000 square-foot passive solar homestead sitting on 30 forested acres in Gallina Canyon neighborhood and seven native plants we recommend that reduce water use.
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5 reasons to replace your front door in 2019

1 Stunning beauty is the primary reason the people of Taos replace their front door or entryway, says Taos Door & Hardware Company’s Peter Barlow, founder and designer of their all-custom …
Standing in the great room of the home with its expansive southern views, Powell said, “One of the most striking comments people make to me is: ‘This feels really good.”
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A featured home: Simple and spacious

Standing in the great room of the home with its expansive southern views, one of the most striking comments people make is: "This feels really good.”
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Move over formica. Modern countertop options for homebuilders and renovators

Modern countertops and vanity trends are calling more and more for stone or stonelike finishes and Taos homeowners are as equally trendy. Traditional stone products, such as marble, natural and …
Dan and Christina Gonzales with son Jeremiah Gonzales on the left.
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Dan's Flooring: Healing homes, one job at a time

Dan’s Flooring and interior design business in Ranchos de Taos has kept Taos – and Northern New Mexico in general – warm and stylish for three decades as of last August. The …
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Realtor profile: Lisa Cancro of Taos Properties

“We were fortunate to come here more than 22 years ago,” she says. “I love the small town feel of our community. People here are friendly and always ready to talk to you and help out.”
The wisteria-topped portal, built by artist Ed Sandoval, makes for shaded outdoor seating in the cultivated courtyard.
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Historic compound renovated in harmony with natural surroundings

Since 1995 it has been owned and lovingly renovated by Chef René Mettler and his wife Kimberly Armstrong, owners of the highly popular Italian restaurant, Trading Post Café.
Adobe artist Carmen Velarde poses for a portrait in her Ranchos de Taos home on Saturday (Nov. 10).
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Carmen Velarde, age 90, and one of the last traditional enjarradoras

Up until she was 88 in 2016, Velarde still helped with the enjarre/mudding of San Francisco de Asís Church in Ranchos de Taos.
Tierra Wood Stoves owner Bob Bishop poses for a portrait Thursday (Oct. 18) at his store in Taos.
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9 questions with Bob Bishop, Tierra Wood Stoves

People are thinking about keeping warm with wood stoves. They help reduce the heating costs and after about two years, people find they will likely pay for themselves.
John Johnston, of Berkshire Realty, poses for a portrait Thursday (Nov. 8) outside his Real Estate Office in Taos.
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Realtor profile: John Johnston

When John Johnston retired from a long career in business development, sales and marketing, he and his wife spent several years looking for the perfect place to relocate. Taos was their top choice.
The gourmet kitchen includes a 60-inch, dual-fuel Wolf range (with grill, griddle and ventilation system) and two Asko dishwashers. To preserve a simple 1920s look and feel, the Hamiltons have created an uncluttered kitchen.
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Restored grandeur, modern splendor

In 2009 Peggy and John Hamilton bought the property, gutted it and restored the single-family home to its stately grandeur.
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Thinking about kitchens and baths

In today's world the range on cost to create a kitchen can be dramatic.
Amos Barwick, of Barwick’s Red Willow Woodworks, poses for a portrait in front of cabinets he built Friday (Sept. 7) in Taos.
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9 questions: Amos Barwick

Today there are so many accessories you can put inside your cabinets, more than shelves and drawers.
Christine Valvano, Salsa Realty
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Realtor profile: Christine Valvano, Salsa Realty

With 35 years of experience in real estate, Valvano has the knowledge and perseverance to serve her clients.
The par 72, 6,653-yard, 18-hole Angel Fire Golf Course surrounded by the southern Rocky Mountains.

Golfing at high altitude

Taos Country Club sits at 7,000 feet in elevation, Valle Escondido Golf Club at 8,500 feet and Angel Fire Country Club at 8,400. Most visitors come to Northern New Mexico from much lower elevations …

9 Questions: TurnKey Vacation Rentals

What brought you to New Mexico? My husband and I sold everything we owned -- home, martini & multi-media businesses, including the real estate and a coffee cart -- in the span of one week. We …

Expansive yet private ranch

The Village of Angel Fire is an active, year-found resort town. As a popular destination, the Angel Fire Airport has a jet-capable runway for private aircraft. To the south, about 20 minutes away, …

Joy Junction: Farmers Markets deliver fresh and fun on a weekly basis

We all know how even a moment of pure joy can turn our whole world around, and I suspect that’s one of the main reasons we flock to our Farmers Markets – for the sheer fun of it!Where …

Realtor Profile: Alicia Bomhoff of Taos Sage Real Estate

When Alicia Bomhoff founded Taos Sage Real Estate, she was thinking of the green color and also the wisdom associated with the name sage. Taos Sage symbolizes her dedication to sustainable housing …

New edition of Enchanted Homes this week

In this month’s Mountain Living edition of Enchanted Homes, you will be inspired by an expansive, yet private ranch nestled in beautiful Black Lake. The stunning 11.23-acre horse property has …

Thinking about design

What is design? If you look at any number of sources it boils down to a plan or drawing that shows the look and function …

Taos in five glimpses

There is no image of Taos as characteristic and unmistakable as the summits of Pueblo, Kachina and Wheeler …
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Realtor profile: Meet Rachel Singer

A glimpse of a starry sky during a visit to Taos convinced Rachel Singer that this was her true home. She had read about a …
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Designing Taos

We asked two Taos architects to describe what it's like to design homes in Taos.

The light is everywhere

"The light here is so incredible. It’s like you’re outside when you’re inside," said homeowner Judith Kendall.

Send your home to school

Imagine driving to your home, the serpentine pathway lights twinkle as you arrive. The garage door opens, and the surrounding …

9 questions for Dan’s Carpet, Tile and Window Coverings

“Old, sad homes … run down and beat up. We beautified the soul of the house, we made someone’s day and bettered their life.” These are the words of Daniel Gonzales who said he fell in love with the flooring business as a young man.

Sustainability: thy name is Taos

Or its nickname, anyway. The way I see it, this isolated part of northern New Mexico has always been a pioneer on the cutting edge of sustainability even if it didn’t know it.
Solar array in the Weimer Foothills of Taos.

Solar – explained

Enchanted Homes posed the question, “So, you wanna go solar?” to two solar energy companies in Taos County and came away with a primer on the who-what-where-when and how of delivering energy from the sun into your home. Here’s what Charlie McGarity of PPC Solar and Mark Jackson of Sol Luna had to say about how homeowners can get into solar energy.

Realtor Profile: Amanda Tafoya

Working with Realtor Amanda Tafoya is like having the home field advantage. She was born and raised in Taos and her kids have grown up here, too. She is familiar with the unique aspects of Taos.

A life experience

An earthship is a passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials. Many of these sustainable homes dot the Taos area.
Nick Collingnon poses for a portrait on a roof he was working on in Arroyo Seco Wednesday (Feb.23).
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Nick & Oliver Collignon of Collignon Roofing

Collignon Roofing has been around since 1975. How did it come to be established?

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