When you step through the door of TOTEM - a just-opened interiors/design shop in Santa Fe - you get two warm welcomes...one from Owner/Designer/Creative Director Ernie Sulpizio, and the other from his sweet French Bulldog Lola. I think you can figure out who's who. 

I dropped by the other day and got the grand tour of the handsome space. This two-story emporium of everything-I'd-like-to-buy, is full of modern furnishings, vintage clothing, Native American and contemporary jewelry, yummy scented candles, fabulous towels and robes...and the list goes on. 


The space, says Ernie, was designed to feel as if you're entering a beautiful home - the living room straight ahead as you walk in; the dining room just to the left; and upstairs the bedroom with open racks of vintage clothing. And his signature color palate of black and white and neutral creates a serene atmosphere to browse to your heart's content. 

Wonderfully-curated design elements, furniture and accessories are placed 'just so' everywhere.



Ernie Sulpizio Design

1415 West Alameda - Santa Fe, NM

I stopped by my favorite Olive Oil emporium - OLEACEAE at La Fonda on the Plaza - and saw these wonderful Native Stone Carvings by Newt Robinson in the window. Of course I had to photograph them and Newt had just dropped by so we had a chat while I clicked away..

A retired Santa Fe dentist, former cowboy and now rancher, Newt first began carving fetish animals out of marble, onyx and scraps of stone he salvaged from building sites; they were sold through the NAMBE stores. Now he only uses native New Mexican stones that he finds on his ranch in Las Vegas, New Mexico and then carves into ravens, eagles, buffalo, and roadrunners. He tries to keep as much of the natural stone as possible - even the cracks and fissures - and says that when he chooses a stone he can already 'see' the animal or bird in it. "What's exciting for me," says Newt, "is to look at all the stones I've collected and suddenly spot a 'bear' or  a 'raven' and pick it up and start carving."

Newt Robinson

Available at OLEACEAE at La Fonda on the Plaza
100 E. San Francisco -Santa Fe, NM

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