This is one of the bedrooms of CASA BELLA, a luxurious Santa Fe vacation rental that I recently toured and photographed. To say that I fell in love with this home is an understatement. It's an oasis, just a few blocks from Santa Fe's famed Canyon Road, and an easy walk to the historic Santa Fe Plaza.
I'll take you on a tour...
The front garden.
Step through the front door into the bright, open living room/diningroom. It has an old-world feel and is dominated by a beautiful hand-sculpted fireplace with a handsome Santos taking center stage on a rough wooden mantle. The room is filled with light.
This magnificent hand-crafted chandelier is a sculptural gem, hanging above the dining room table. And the glass-prisim light below, punctuates
the beamed ceiling in the sunny breakfast room off the modern kitchen.
The rooms flow one into the next and deep inset windows bring the outside in. Table tops and window sills are filled with potted orchids and
niches showcase vintage santos. Doors open into lovely rooms...
Beautiful doors open into lovely rooms...
And, secret gardens and patios offer charming nooks for morning coffee, cocktails and quiet times outdoors.
This gorgeous store/gallery opened in April and features fine art, jewelry and home furnishings. But that really doesn't describe the beautiful aesthetic that greets you when you walk through the door. Large paintings by artist/manager Kathy Piccione and handsome photography by owner Robert Dawson pepper the walls. Unique, handmade buffalo hide chairs, Moroccan & Turkish rugs and pillows, and contemporary silver jewelry by James Faks, Jules and other New Mexican artisans - are all showcased beautifully in the gallery's charming rooms. And a working studio is tucked into a side room, where you might catch James Faks working a silver piece of jewelry, or Kathy painting at her easel. It's a visually stunning romp...
PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT DAWSON
ARTIST KATHY PICCIONE
Silver concho belt, necklace and rings by James Faks