Stories from this issue
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 and Mark Brewer are Taos sustainability contractors who strive to make the world a better place – for humans and the planet in general.
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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, one of the most striking comments people make is: "This feels really good.”
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’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 …
“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.”
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.
Up until she was 88 in 2016, Velarde still helped with the enjarre/mudding of San Francisco de Asís Church in Ranchos de Taos.
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.
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.
In 2009 Peggy and John Hamilton bought the property, gutted it and restored the single-family home to its stately grandeur.
In today's world the range on cost to create a kitchen can be dramatic.
Today there are so many accessories you can put inside your cabinets, more than shelves and drawers.
With 35 years of experience in real estate, Valvano has the knowledge and perseverance to serve her clients.
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
There is no image of Taos as characteristic and unmistakable as the summits of Pueblo, Kachina and Wheeler …
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 …
We asked two Taos architects to describe what it's like to design homes in Taos.
"The light here is so incredible. It’s like you’re outside when you’re inside," said homeowner Judith Kendall.
Imagine driving to your home, the serpentine pathway lights twinkle as you arrive. The garage door opens, and the surrounding …
“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.
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.
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.
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.
An earthship is a passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials. Many of these sustainable homes dot the Taos area.
Collignon Roofing has been around since 1975. How did it come to be established?
In our annual Design issue, you'll find profiles of landscaper Angelika Heikaus and woodworker David Mapes, as well as our feature of the rustic, modern mountain home of Ron and Sylvia Wood in Angel Fire. You can read the full issue at: http://www.taosnews.com/enchantedhomes.